December 31, 2004
Herbert W. Dunn
Herbert W. Dunn of Hurleyville, a self-employed carpenter and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, December 27, 2004, at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Wilbert and Ida McCombs Dunn, he was born February 23, 1922, in Wurtsboro. He was the widower of Virginia Ackerley Dunn who died in 2003.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a sweet, kind-hearted man who loved telling stories and funny jokes. He loved singing and playing the accordion. He loved his wife, Virginia, very much and often said she was the best thing that ever happened to him."
Mr. Dunn was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Loch Sheldrake. A World War II Army Air Force veteran, he achieved the rank of sergeant. He was a B29 gunner on flights over Burma and the Central Pacific.
He is survived by a sister, Virginia DeGraw of Hurleyville; two nephews, Robert DeGraw and his wife, Debbie, of Hurleyville, and Ronald DeGraw and his companion, Cora, of Neversink; a niece, Lisa Wilsen and her husband, Lyle of Hurleyville; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and several step-children and step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Caskey officiating.
Burial was made in the Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Anne E. Feldman
Anne E . Feldman of Mongaup Valley, a homemaker and a 50-year area resident, died on Sunday, December 26, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Jesse and Sarah Niones Bullowa, she was born October 1, 1922, in New York City. She was the widow of Bert Feldman, who died February 2, 1999.
Mrs. Feldman was a wood carver and particularly liked carving ducks, many of which were on display in her home. She was also creative in other types of craft work.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Feldman of Saugerties and Wendy Brinn of Chichester; and three grandchildren, Adam Brinn, Jessica Brinn and Jacob Estrada. She was predeceased by three sisters, Elizabeth and Margaret Bullowa and Jean Reavey, and a brother, James Bullowa.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middletown.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2004, at the Feldman residence on Creamery Road, Mongaup Valley. Please call 583-6174 for directions.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake.
Elsie E. Smith
Elsie E. Smith of Phoenix, Ariz., a homemaker and the mother of Rev. Gene Smith of Monticello, died on Sunday, December 19, 2004, in Phoenix. She was 92 years of age. She was the widow of Wilford Smith.
Mrs. Smith is also survived by five other children, Kirt Smith of Clear Lake, Wisc., Myrna Gaston of Phoenix, Ariz., Carmen Schindler of Duluth, Minn., Maureen Johnson of Phoenix, Ariz., and Coleen Johnston of Mazeppa, Minn.
Services will be held at a later date.
Iris L. Earl
Iris L. Earl of Wurtsboro, a homemaker and a 49-year area resident, died Monday, December 27, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 66 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edward and Mamie Grady Taylor, she was born May 29, 1938, in Kinston, N.C.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence E. Earl Sr. of Wurtsboro; two sons, Kevin Earl and his wife, Ann of Tuxedo and Clarence E. Earl Jr. of Liberty and his companion, Cathleen Bien; four daughters, Helen Rivera and her husband, Modesto, of Circleville, Carol Pulos of Mountaindale, and her companion, Otis, Tammy Earl of Dingmans Ferry, Pa., and her fiance, John Burton, and Monica Smith and her husband, Jason, of Leland, N.C.; a sister and brother-in-law, Jean Carol and Robert Scott of Wilson, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, Christopher Earl and Nelson E. Earl.
Services will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Friday at the Smith, Seaman and Quackenbush Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe.
Burial will be made in the Cemetery of the Highlands in Highland Mills.
Memorial contributions may be madfe to the American Heart Association, 419 East Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Frances Koehner of Wurtsboro, a longtime area resident, died Monday, December 27, 2004, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown.
The daughter of the late Fred and Katherine Keller Koehner, she was born in Hoboken, N.J.
She is survived by a daughter, Karyn DeCarlo and her longtime companion, Duane Gibson of Greenville Township; two grandsons, Steven DeCarlo and his wife, Robin, of Monticello, and Christopher DeCarlo and his fiancée, Lauren Mykalcio, of Nanuet; a brother, Fred Koehner, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Edna Dompieri and her husband, Domenic, and Ruth Newhoff, all of Manchester, N.J.; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Private services were followed by cremation at the H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton Campus, 60 Prospect Ave., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Edith Riese of Liberty, a homemaker and a former Queens Village resident, died Monday, December 27, 2004, in Liberty. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Manheim and Rachel Friedman Sander, she was born June 13, 1911, in New York City. She was the widow of Coleman Riese who died June 23, 1969.
Mrs. Riese was a member of the Belle Park Jewish Center in Queens Village.
In a family statement, it was said, "Edith lived through the major events of the 20th century. She was a caring grandmother to her six grandchildren."
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Enid and Stanley Hersh of Monticello; a son, Alan Riese of Brooklyn; six grandchildren, Lisa Parker, Carrie Bass, Matthew Hersh, Caryn Ciccone, Michelle Goldberg and Corey Rise; eight great-grandchildren, Jessica, Coleman, Rilie, Loren, Hank Joshua, Andrew and Arianna; a niece, Diane Singer of Purchase; a nephew, Stephen Sander of Montclair, N.J.; and two grand-nephews, Nicholas Singer and Jeffrey Sander.
Graveside services and burial were held Wednesday at the Beth David Cemetery in Elmont with Rabbi Lester Polonsky officiating.
Shiva will be observed at the home of Enid and Stanley Hersh until the afternoon of December 31.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or the Simon Wiesenthal Center, 1399 South Roxbury Dr., Los Angeles, Calif. 90035.
John Newcomer, 75
John "Jack" Newcomer of Baldwin died on Friday, December 24, 2004, at the Nassau University Hospital in East Meadow, L.I. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late William and Anna Lysaby Newcomer, he was born February 13, 1929, in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Geaneva Newcomer who died earlier this year.
He is survived by a step-daughter, Donna Powell of New Paltz; a sister-in-law and her husband, Wilma and Larry Worden of Branchville, N.J.; a granddaughter and her husband, Rebecca and Jason Littlefield of San Francisco, Calif.; a great-grandson, Luke Aaron of Woodstock; nieces and nephews, including René and Lyn Tetro and Margo Tetro, Pam and Russell Roth and Bonnie and Chett Dow, as well as dear friends, Margaret Shaynak, Debbie Goldstrom, Suzanne Walsh and Andrea Tkazyik. He also leaves behind, his two companions, Callie and Blinky.
Graveside services and burial were held at the Bloomingburg Cemetery on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA of one's choice.
Marcus C. Gulle
Ret. Forklift Oper., 58
Marcus C. Gulle, a two-year resident of Indianapolis, Ind., a former resident of Middletown and a retired forklift operator for Wakefern Food Corp. in Middletown, died Saturday, December 25, 2004, at his home in Indiana. He was 58 years of age.
The son of Florence Watson Gulle Conklin and the late Marcus Gulle, he was born December 27, 1945, in Middletown.
Mr. Gulle was a member of Teamsters Union Local 445.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Florence and Theodore Conklin of Westbrookville; his wife, Donna Ofeldt Gulle of Liberty; two daughters, Elise Gulle and her companion, Jason Hofmann, of Pine Bush, and Michelle Claire and her husband, Joseph, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Joseph Claire; two sisters, Betty DeGrote and her husband, Rodney, of Montgomery, and Linda Martel and her husband, Louis, of Port Jervis. He was predeceased by a son, Anthony Michael Gulle.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, P.O. Box 356, Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 12590.
Stanley Cowton Sr.
Ret. Bus Driver, 81
Stanley F. Cowton Sr. of Cornwall, a lifelong area resident of Cornwall and a January 2004 retired truck driver for Occupations, Inc., died Monday, December 27, 2004, at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh, after a brief illness. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Thomas and Georgina Cuthbertson Cowton, he was born November 30, 1923, in St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh.
A graduate of Cornwall High School and a World War II Navy veteran, he ran a riding stable where he met his future wife. Mr. Cowton was employed as a carpenter and a ranger at West Point in the Mills at Firth Carpet Co., as a laborer at Kenridge Farm and as a truck driver for Monroe Tube, Marcus Trucking, Rupp Southern Tier and Yellow Freight as a member of Teamster Locals 445 and 707.
Mr. Cowton was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "He had a lifelong passion for all animals, but especially for horses."
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Christina Anna Meyer Cowton, at home; six children and their spouses, Joanne E. and James Schoonmaker of Manlius, Roberta "Bobbie" and Keith Lewis of Cornwall, Stanley F. Jr. and Helen Cowton of Romulus, Mich., Lorraine M. Cowton of Cornwall, Linda G. Cowton of Harris, and Jeffrey C. Cowton of Cornwall; six grandchildren, Kyle, Brett, Devon and Emmory Lewis and Craig and Leslie Cowton; two nieces, Judy Pacenza of Oklahoma and Patricia Poptanovich of Walden. He was predeceased by a brother, George M. Cowton, and a son, Thomas John Cowton.
A memorial service was held Thursday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Monroe.
Private graveside services and burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan Diagnostic Treatment Center for Discovery, P.O. Box 840, Benmosche Rd., Harris, N.Y. 12742 or to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 21 Still Road, Monroe, N.Y. 10950.
Angelo F. DiVita
Ret. Music Teacher, 79
Angelo F. DiVita, a retired music teacher at the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Fallsburg and a 50-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004, at his home. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Salvatore and Maria Licata DiVita, he was born October 1, 1925, in Manhattan.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. A graduate of Hartwick College, where he received his bachelor's degree and Columbia Univeristy, where he received his master's degree, he had been the choral director of the Fallsburg High School, a music teacher at the Sullivan Correctional Facility, a JV baseball coach and a commissioner of the Town of Fallsburgh Little League. He had also been the summer recreation program director for the Morningside Park in the Town of Fallsburg, a member of the Board of Directors of Sullivan ARC and a member of the Sullivan Dramatic Workshop.
In a family statement, it was said, "He loved to hunt, fish and handicap the races with his friends at Monticello Raceway. He will be remembered most of all for his love of family and fellow man."
Mr. DiVita is survived by his wife of 45 years (they observed their anniversary on December 5), Carol Countryman DiVita, at home; two daughters, Maria Jollie and her husband, Guy, of Rock Hill, and Angela DiVita and her fiance, John Chevalier, of Hurleyville; two sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Celia DiVita of Liberty and Paul and Amy DiVita of Oswego; a brother and sister-in-law, Salvatore and Marie DiVita of Whittier, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Jeanne DiVita of Lakewood, N.J., and Josephine DiVita of Santa Clarita, Calif.; five grandchildren, Nicole Jollie, Christine DiVita, Shaina DiVita, Katie DiVita and Andrew DiVita; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Gabriel, Alfonso and Charles, and three sisters, Antoinette Perrino, Josephine Morrison and Frances DiVita.
Friends may call on Friday, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty, with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the People for People Fund, c/o Times Herald Record, 401 Mulberry St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to the Sullivan County ARC , 162 East Broadway, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Evelyn P. Brokaw
Nurse's Aide Vol., 86
Evelyn P. Brokaw of Walden, a 62-year area resident, died Saturday, December 25, 2004, at her home. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late George Herbert and Clara May Harris Peabody, she was born September 22, 1918, in Somerville, Mass.
Mrs. Brokaw was a member and past president of the Walden Women's Club; a past secretary of the State Women's Club, Fish of Walden, Walden Sunshine Society, Osiris Country Club, Newburgh Yacht Club, a volunteer nurse's aide at the West Point Hospital and a volunteer nurse's aide at the Arden Hill Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Voorhees Brokaw Sr., at home; three sons, Robert Voorhees Brokaw Jr. of Boston, Mass., John Peabody Brokaw and his wife, Linda Castro, of Mt. Vernon and David George Brokaw and his wife, Marlene Presley of Burlingham; a daughter, Jeanne Brokaw-Iida and her husband, Lucio, of Fairfax, Calif.; three grandsons, Aaron Voorhees Brokaw of New York, George Herbert Peabody Brokaw of Mt. Vernon and Michael Robert Brokaw of Beacon; and two granddaughters, Jane Martha Brokaw of New York and Kate Masako Iida of Fairfax, Calif.
Services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 15 Walnut St., Walden, N.Y. 12586.
Helen K. Mudry, 80
Ret. Telephone Oper.
Helen Kurpil Mudry of Fairfield, Conn., a retired telephone operator in Liberty and Connecticut, died Sunday, December 26, 2004, in Fairfield.
The daughter of the late John and Mary Kurpil, she was born October 20, 1925, in Parksville, one of 12 children.
She is survived by her husband, Matthew Mudry, at home; four children, Matthew Mudry of Golden, Colo., Thomas Mudry and Michael Mudry, both of Goshen, Conn., and Susan Mudry of Sandy Hook, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Nicole, Jason, Sonja, Thomas, Samantha, Rebecca and Sara; three brothers, Steve Kurpil of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Sam and Andrew Kurpil, both of Liberty; four sisters, Katy Somesla of Fairfield, Conn., Anne Vuono of Liberty, Eva Sasnowitz of Raleigh, N.C., and Josephine DeVoe of Livingston Manor; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Nickolas and Charles Kurpil, and a sister, Rose Brown.
Services and burial were private.
Catherine P. Dunn
Ret. RN, 70
Catherine P. Dunn of Ferndale, a retired registered nurse, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004, at her home. She was 70 years of age.
The daughter of the late Bernard and Mae Connelly Dunn, she was born February 6, 1934, in Pottsville, Pa.
A member of St. Joseph's R . C. Church in Mongaup Valley, she had worked as a nurse at the Jefferson Hospital in Philadephia, Pa., and then at the Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. A brother, Bernard Dunn, predeceased her.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church, at 10 Liberty St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Victor S. Werlau
Ret. DPW Laborer, 81
Victor Stanley Werlau of Hortonville, a retired laborer for the Sullivan County Department of Public Works and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, December 27, 2004, at the Sullivan County Nursing Home in Liberty. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late William H. and Linnie Long Werlau, he was born September 17, 1923, in Callicoon. He was the widower of Jacqueline Anna Neumann Werlau who died December 18, 1986.
A 1941 graduate of Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon, Mr. Werlau was a member of the Hortonville Fire Department.
He is survived by a sister, Ethel Bennett of Millbrook; two sons, Victor Richard and his wife, Darlene Werlau, and John Kenneth and his wife, Cathy Werlau; a daughter, Gail Louise Werlau of Hortonville; six grandchildren, David Werlau, Lisa Lancaster, Ronald and Carrie Leo, John Werlau and Joshua Werlau; and five great-grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda, Thomas and Stephanie Werlau and Joseph Siccardi; a cousins, Frances Buddenhagen of Hortonville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth.
Private services will be held at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hudson Valley Office, 169 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or to the Hortonville Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Hortonville, N.Y. 12745.
Debra M. Walter
Debra M. Walter of Mongaup Valley, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, December 28, 2004, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 48 years of age.
The daughter of Elaine Dauch Hofsommer and the late John Hofsommer, she was born May 16, 1956, in Monticello. She was the widow of Rex Walter.
Mrs. Walter was a member of the United Methodist Church of Mongaup Valley and the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake.
She is survived by her mother, Elaine Bell, of Mongaup Valley; a daughter, Shanna Nelson of Suffield, Conn.; four brothers, John Hofsommer and his wife, Wendy of Monticello, James Hofsommer of Mongaup Valley, Jeffrey Hofsommer of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Todd Hofsommer and his wife, Lisa, of Pine Bush; three sisters, Theresa Foster of Deland, Fla., Kathy Kearney and her husband, Dennis, of Thompsonville, and Melody Williams and her husband, Charles, of Wawarsing; and two grandsons, Alexander and Connor.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 3534 State Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, on Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Ret. Telephone Oper., 93
Rita Bresnan-Forrestal of Jenson Beach, Fla., and Yankee Lake, a retired telephone operator and member of the Telephone Pioneers of New York, died Tuesday, December 21, 2004. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph McKay and Jennie McKay-Gold, she was born in Newburgh. She was the widow of Daniel J. Bresnan who died in 1960 and Henry W. Forrestal who died in 1992.
In the 1950s, Mrs. Bresnan-Forrestal was presented with a citation from President Eisenhower for her volunteer work with the then Strategic Air Command, centered at Stewart Field outside of Newburgh.
In a family statement, it was said, "Rita was one of the great beauties of her time and remained stunningly attractive right up to her death. When she was sixteen, she was invited by a prominent Hollywood director to go to California to audition for the motion pictures. Her parents politely declined the offer."
She is survived by a son, Daniel J. Bresnan Jr.; and a step-son, Geoffrey Forrestal.
Services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101 or to the local animal shelter or Humane Society.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Thomas F. Nerys
Ret. Guard, 84
Thomas F. Nerys of Westbrookville, a longtime area resident and a retired guard with Allstate Security in Montgomery, died Tuesday, December 28, 2004, at the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility in Goshen. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Alejandra Fargas, he was born September 10, 1920, in Puerto Rico.
Mr. Nerys was a World War II Army veteran.
He is survived by his companion and wife of 54 years, Lydda Orlandi, at home; three sons, Joseph Cardona and his wife, Maria, of City Island, Tommy Nerys of California and Charles Nerys of Middletown; three daughters, Arlene Alfano and her fiance, Richard Soldinger, of Long Beach, Vivian Nerys Frank and her husband, Stuart, of Bloomingburg, and Cathy Nerys of Brooklyn; a sister, Juanita Nerys of Brooklyn; and four grandchildren, Melissa, Christopher, Joey and Timmy. He was predeceased by a brother, Rafael.
A Funeral Mass was offered Thursday at Holy Name of Jesus R.C. Church in Otisville with the Rev. Peter TranVanPlat officiating.
Burial was made in Holy Name Cemetery in Otisville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to Orange County Residential Health Care Facility, Goshen, N.Y. 10924.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Levi Houghtaling of Damascus, Pa., a carpenter and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004. He was 23 years of age.
The son of Louis and Veronica MacPeek Houghtaling, he was born February 3, 1981, in Honesdale, Pa.
Mr. Houghtaling is survived by his parents of Damascus, Pa.; a brother, Ian Houghtaling and his wife, Ashley, of Damascus, Pa.; his paternal grandmother, Beverly Houghtaling of Damascus, Pa.; his maternal grandparents, Charles and Joan MacPeek of Damascus, Pa.; his maternal great-grandparents, Russell and Thelma Rake of Equinunk, Pa.; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call on Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Hankins Assembly of God Church in Hankins.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the church on Monday with Pastor Robert Paquet officiating.
Burial will be made in the Pine Mill (Pa.) Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hope House Orphanage, Ndola, Zambia, c/o; Hankins Assembly of God Church, P.O. Box 190, Hankins, N.Y. 12741.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.