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October 26, 2004

Rafael Santiago, 57

Rafael Luis Santiago, of Middletown, died Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at Orange Regional Medical Center at Horton. He was 57.
He was born in Jayuya, Puerto Rico on August 3, 1947 to Wilson and Dolores Berrios Santiago.
He is survived by three sons, Rafael Luis Santiago Jr., Richard Santiago Sr. husband of Maria of Waterbury, CT and Reynaldo Santiago of Middletown; two sisters, Enedina Santiago of Puerto Rico and Lydia Colon, wife of Oscar of Middletown; five brothers, Antonio Santiago, Adalberto Santiago, husband of Zaida of Liberty, Wilson Santiago Jr., husband of Milagros and Manuel Santiago, husband of Lydia of Ellenville and Carmelo Santiago, husband of Mary of Middletown; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother Nelson Santiago.
Funeral Services were held at Morse Funeral Home Inc., in Middletown.
Interment was at Hillside Cemetery in Middletown.

Betty Hoogstraal
Homemaker, 89

Betty Hoogstraal, of Ferndale died on Saturday, October 23, 2004 in Passaic, NJ. She was born in Germany and was a former resident of Washington Heights. She was 89.
Wife of the late Leopold Grunbaum and Sol Hoogstraal, she is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David and Linda Grunbaum of Princeton Junction, NJ; a daughter, Renee Gershengorn and her significant other, Dr. Lawrence Weschler of New City; four grandchildren Gayle (Dino) Busanic, Brian (Lauren) Gershengorn, Lesley and Jeffrey Grundbaum.
Funeral services were on Sunday at the Becker Funeral Home in Westwood, NJ.
Burial was made at Cedar Park Cemetery in Paramus, NJ.
The period of mourning will be observed at the Gershengorn residence in New City.

Grace Reeves
Ret. Data Processor, 72

Grace Katherine Reeves, beloved wife of Alton Reeves of Liberty, died on Thursday, October 21, 2004. She was 72.
She was born on June 7, 1932 in Point Marion, PA to the late Constante and Katherine Grynkewicz.
She was an avid artist and exceptional seamstress. She was retired from her career in the data processing division of Community General Hospital in Sullivan County where she worked for many years.
She was survived by her sons James Doyle and his wife Teresa, Scott Doyle and his wife Alisa and her daughter Jessica Connor and her husband John; her sister, Elaine LaTorre and her brother Stanley Grynkewicz; grandchildren, Joseph Doyle, Bonnie Greene and her husband Tom, Sean Doyle, Katherine Doyle, Samantha Hope Doyle, Christina Doyle, Kaitlyn Doyle, Stephen-Scott Connor, Catherine Connor, John Connor III and Samantha Connor; nieces Lauren and Jacquelyn LaTorree and her step children Russell and Robin Reeves, her god son Douglas Geise, and all of her nieces and nephews and in laws from the entire Doyle clan.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Ronald McDonald house of Southern New Jersey (Camden) 856-966-4663.
A Funeral Mass was held on Monday, October 25, 2004 at the Church of the Assumption in Pomona, NJ.

Roberta Fox
Homemaker, 80

Roberta Fox died September 14, 2004 in Stephens County Hospital in Toccoa, GA. She was 80.
Born on September 6, 1924 in Liberty, she was the daughter of the late Guy Curry and Ada Coger Curry. She graduated from Ellenville High School in 1940.
She and her husband lived in Kerhonkson for many years before retiring to Martin, GA. She was very active in the Methodist Church both in Kerhonkson and Martin, GA.
Survivors include her husband Paul at home; two sons, Robert Keiser of AZ, Richard Keiser of PA; one step sister, Virginia Mason of Ellenville; three brothers, Robert Curry of Sholem, Earl Curry and Kenneth Curry of Grahamsville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews; and a very dear friend, Nancy Schwab of Kerhonkson.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Russell Curry.
Graveside services will be held on October 30, 2004 at noon at the Yeagerville Cemetery with the Reverend Maybelle Renzi officiating.
Cremation was made by the Strickland Cremation Service in Hartwell, GA.

Marvin V. Drake Jr.
Ret. Farmer, 79

Marvin V. Drake Jr., of Wurtsburo, died after a short illness on October 24, 2004 at Park Manor Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middletown. He was 79.
The son of the late Marvin V. Drake Sr. and Elizabeth Olive Smith Drake, he was born on July 25, 1925 in West Nyack.
He proudly served his country during World War II as a volunteer observer for the Army Air Force and was discharged in May of 1946. He spent many years running a dairy farm, and when he retired from caring for the cows, he drove trucks for several companies including Miller Lumber. Horses always made him smile. As he grew older he cherished family and friends more than the material things in life.
He is survived by two sons, Leon A. Drake, Sr. of Long Eddy, Christopher T. Drake and his wife, Linda of Long Eddy; four daughters, Charlotte Zupetz and her husband, John of Wurtsboro, Donna Torch and her husband, Bill of Hancock, Debra Pittenger and her husband, Carl of Mt. Hope, Victoria Drake and her companion, Joel May of East Branch; the mother of his children, Dorothy Drake of Long Eddy; a sister, JoAnne Newman-McDermott and her husband, Patrick of Middletown; fifteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and his longtime companion Helen Bienskie of Wurtsboro.
Cremation is private and at the convenience of the family.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 1 p.m. at the home of his daughter, Debra in Mt. Hope.

Joyce Ann Whalen
Teacher's Aide, 61

Joyce Ann Whalen of Barryville, a longtime area resident, died on Saturday, October 23, 2004 at home. She was 61.
The daughter of the late Frank and Ann Joel Waletitsch, she was born on January 7, 1943 in Queens.
She was a member of St. Anthony's R.C. Church in Yulan, past president of the Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, a board member of the Highland Seniors and a member of the Red Hat Club.
A family statement read: "Joyce was a homemaker and wonderful mother who loved animals. She liked crafting and taught arts and crafts at the Highland Senior Club. She was very active with the Highland Senior Club and ran the Penny Social. She also enjoyed caring for her house plants."
Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Frederick Whalen, at home, her son, Brian Whalen and his wife Marlene of Pine Bush; daughter Cheryl Ann Avitts and her husband Steve of Owosso, MI; her brother, Frank Bischoff and his wife Irene of Long Island; four grandchildren, Jimmy, Michael, David and Katrina; nieces, Kimberly and Kristy and the family cat "Jasper."
There will be no visitation.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 26, with a Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. in St. Anthony's Church of Padua, Yulan, with Father Anthony Moore officiating.
Burial will be at Montoza Cemetery in Eldred.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

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