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January 28, 2005

Rafael Martinez, 63

Rafael O. Martinez of Monticello, a member of the Rose Valley Senior Citizens, died Saturday, January 22, 2005, in Monticello. He was 63 years of age.
The son of the late Rafael Olivo and Angeles Rivera, he was born August 14, 1941 in Bega Baga, Puerto Rico.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, John Olivo and Marguerita Martinez of the state of Florida; three sisters, Awilda Owens and her husband, Dick, of Monticello, Elisa Rivera of North Carolina and Iris Spector of the state of Florida; an aunt, Petra Boston of Chicago, Ill; four cousins, including a special cousin, Annie Boston of Chicago, Ill.; a best friend, Jimmie Lou Kimmons of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Katy Alicea.
Services were held Thursday at King's Chapel in Monticello with Bishop Leon Williams officiating.
Burial was made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.

Donald F. Allen, 75
Ret. Highway Emply.

Donald F. Allen of Forestburgh, a lifelong area resident and a retired employee of the Village of Monticello Highway Department, died Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at the Ruth Taylor Institute at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Harry and Alice Keating Allen, he was born October 2, 1929, in Glen Wild.
Mr. Allen was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War, serving from 1951 to 1953.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Hemmer Allen, at home; a son, Donald F. Allen and his companion, Mary Driscoll of Scranton, Pa; a daughter and son-in-law, Karri and Brad Theis of Bethel; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Robert Galloway of Walden and Marjorie and Richard Diffendale of Bloomingburg; four grandchildren, Erin and Donald Allen of Liberty and Michael and Kelly Theis of Bethel; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Burial, with military honors, will be made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.

Thomas B. Barkley
Ret. Chief Engr., 94

Thomas B. Barkley, a 30-year resident of Dover Foxcroft, Maine, a retired chief engineer at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility and former resident of Woodbourne, died Sunday, January 2, 2005 at the Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. He was 94 years of age.
The son of the late Asa and Eva Duncan Barkley, he was born August 31, 1910, in Grahamsville. He was the widower of Myrtle Lawrence Barkley who died in October of 1995.
Mr. Barkley is survived by five children, Thomas Barkley Jr. and Richard Barkley, both of Woodbourne, Geraldine Barkley Bowers of Hurleyville, Harry Barkley of Loch Sheldrake and Marlene Lawrence of Liberty.
Cremation was made in Maine.
A memorial service will be held in Liberty at a later date.

Dorothy Stegmayer
Ret. Florist, 89

Dorothy Stegmayer of Westbrookville, a 34-year area resident and the retired owner of Stegmayer Florist in New City, died Tuesday, January 25, 2005, at Elant Nursing Home in Goshen. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late David A. and Adolson Elizabeth Conklin Dyer, she was born December 24, 1915, in Paterson N.J.
Mrs. Stegmayer was a member of the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother."
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Willis Baisley of Westbrookville and Joan and Ed Loughman of Kearney, N.J.; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Shirley Stegmayer of Martinsville, Mich.; a step-son, Fred Stegmayer and his wife, Lil, of the state of Florida; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis, with the Rev. Jeff Farley of the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church officiating.
Burial will be made in the Germonds Presbyterian Church Cemetery in New City.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church Otisville, N.Y. 10963.

Rita Rosenberger, 87
Retired Businesswoman

Rita Rosenberger, an 18-year resident of Lancaster Pa., and a former 44-year resident of Hortonville, died Wednesday, January 19, 2005, after a brief illness. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Thomas and Anna Marshall Guinan, she was born March 8, 1917, in New York City. She was the widow of Leo Rosenberger who died January 10, 1998.
In a family statement, it was said, "Rita was a woman ahead of her time. She was liberated when liberation wasn't cool. She was a loving and very energetic mother of five children and owner/manager of Leo's Market, Soda Fountain and Mobil Gas Station in Hortonville from 1944 to 1972. Rita raised her family while living in an apartment above the business. She always claimed that no woman ever made as many trips up and down the stairs as she did. She was an independent and saavy businesswoman with a country girl's hustle and a New York City Irish wit."
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Arlene Rosenberger and Leo Jr. and Pamela Sherrard Rosenberger, all of Lancaster, Pa.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Anna Rita and Eugene Schildknecht of Vincenttown, N.J. Margaret "Peggy" and Jan Martin of Georgetown Center, Me., and Barbara McCleary of Fulton; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mae Kratz of Callicoon; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters, Christene Eileen and Theresa and three brothers, Thomas, Joseph and William.
Burial will be made in Holy Cross Cemetery in Callicoon.
A graveside service will be held in March at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Callicoon, followed by a reception for friends and family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hortonville Fire Company, Hortonville, N.Y. 12745.

Daniel H. Zwickel
H.V.A.C. Tech, 48

Daniel H. Zwickel, formerly of New York and a more than 25-year H.V.A.C. technician, currently employed by Accurate Air of Manchester, died Sunday, January 23, 2005, at the Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H., after a long illness. He was 48 years of age.
The son of the late Herbert and Bertha Versnel Zwickel, he was born in Brunswick, N.J.
He attended Gospel Baptist Church in Manchester.
Mr. Zwickel is survived by his wife, Cheryl Smith Zwickel; two daughters, Angela Zwickel of Middletown and Danielle Singh of Ellenville; a step-son, Jeremy Chriss of Amsterdam; two sisters, Kathy O'Niell and Cinthia Caban, both of Bloomingburg; a brother, Kenneth Zwickel of Toms River, N.J.; four grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Lenz and Betz Funeral Home, 69 Otsego St., Canajoharie.
Services will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Spring interment will be made in the Ft. Plain Cemetery.

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