February 1, 2005
For Neil D. Bell
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 5, at the White Lake Firehouse in White Lake from 1 to 4 p.m.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Red Cross for the victims of the tsunami disaster.
Irene M. Neely, 94
Irene M. Neely of Venice, Fla., a former resident of Middletown and the former owner and founder of Tel-Rad Message Center in Middletown, died Tuesday, January 25, 2005, in Venice, Fla. She was 94 years of age.
The daughter of the late William J. and Anna Kallberg McGuigan, she was born June 24, 1910, in New York City. She was the widow of William F. Neely who died in April 1957.
Mrs. Neely moved to Sackett Lake with her family when she was seven. She began working as a telephone operator for New York Telephone Co. in Monticello and by 19 was both a supervisor and instructor. After 20 years service, she left the phone company to open a doctor's telephone exchange known as "Neely's Answering Bureau Service." In 1955 she received a grant from the FCC to operate a mobile radio station, transforming the business into Tel-Rad Message Center.
In 1975, she retired to Venice, Fla., where she learned how to fire ceramics, improve her side stroke, played more bridge, supplied the family with macrame items, cooked her famous pot roast, finally took golf lessons and taught everyone where to find the best sharks teeth.
However, after little more than a year of retirement, she was ready to dust off her headset and accepted a position at G&H Answering Service to "operate the board," which she did until age 88. She recently reminisced, "Not many people can say that they loved their work but there wasn't a day that I went to the board that I didn't love what I did." The Park Place Retirement Community has been her home for the past five years.
Mrs. Neely was a communicant of Epiphany Cathedral in Venice and was a member of the Epiphany Guild.
In a family statement, it was said "In her unwavering faith, strength and determination, mom was an example to all who loved her. She was quick to credit devotion of 'her guys' St. Anthony and St. Jude and their intercession on her behalf as the source of her endurance. 'Gram' has always been there for her family. she assures us that she still will be."
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, MaryAnn and Lenny LaFera of Marietta, Ga., and Patricia Neely-Formisano and her husband, Michael, of Middletown; a brother, Joseph McGuigan of Fort Pierce, Fla.; a sister, Mary Motl of Stratford, Conn; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Justin and Hiroko Neely of New York City, Andrea LaFera-Bianco and Salvatore of Athens, Ga., Diana LaFera-Smith and Ricky of Marietta, Ga., Rachel LaFera-Jackson and Bruce of Jacksonville, Fla., Seth LaFera of Parma, Italy, Nathaniel and Heather LaFera of Woodstock, Ga., and Stephanie LaFera of New York City; a foster grandchild and her husband, Chrissy and Lloyd Smith and children, all of Kennesaw, Ga.; three great-grandchildren Gabrielle, Sascha and Dominic; her dear friend and husband's niece, Mrs. Evelyn Prochazka of Goshen; and many devoted nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, "Young Bill," who died mysteriously in April 1955 while serving in the U.S. Navy, a grandson, Benjamin LaFera who died at the age of 3 in January of 1973, two brothers Sebastian McGuigan and william McGuigan, and a sister, Madeline Leffer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 149 Cottage S t., Middletown.
Burial will be made in the family plot in St. Joseph's Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carmelite Drive, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Fay M. Young, 65
Frm. Falls Poultry Emply.
Fay Marlene Young of Livingston Manor, a former employee of Falls Poultry and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 65 years of age.
The daughter of the late Judson M. and Helen F. Malloch Brush, she was born September 22, 1939, in Hancock.
She is survived by four daughters, Marlene Rivera and her companion, Dan Turissini of Allentown, Pa., Sharon Swartz and her companion John Turner of Telford, Pa., Susan Perry and her companion, Ray Klein, of Roscoe, and Marsha Young of Livingston Manor; three sons, Robert Young of Livingston Manor, William Young and his wife, Lisa, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Nelson Young and his wife, Irene Alexander, of Livingston Manor; three brothers, John Brush of Fish's Eddy, Judd Brush of Charlotte, N.C., and Lee Brush of Maine; a sister, Bonnie Maier of Orlando, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with the Rev. Gerald Wondra officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Va. 22038-1131.
Eileen M. Summo
Eileen M. Summo of Monticello, a homemaker, died Friday, January 28, 2005, at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. She was 62 years of age
The daughter of the late Thomas and Marie Daly Joyce, she was born May 17, 1942, in Brooklyn.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Summo, at home; two sons, Tim Summo of Youngsville and Jack Summo III and his wife, Pam, of Maryland; a brother, Tom Joyce of Kenoza Lake; and two grandchildren, Tim Jr. and Matthew, both of Albany.
Services were private.
Arrangements were made by the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.
Grace M. Decker
Frm. Typesetter, 78
Grace M. Decker of Hurleyville, a former typesetter for the Paterson Evening News and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, January 27, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Thomas and Elsie Coman Young, she was born June 30, 1926, in Paterson, N.J.
Mrs. Decker is survived by her husband, William Decker Sr., at home; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Thomas H. and Linda Decker of West Milford, N.J., William Jr. and Jennifer Decker of Virginia, and Carl Decker of Liberty; five daughters and four sons-in-law, Jacqueline and Elbert Golder of Millsboro, Del., Marie Call of Liberty, Grace M. and Jeffery Rainforth of Aberdeen, N.J., Peggy E. and Andrew Horton of Woodbourne and Laura and Bruce Strain of Fallsburg; a brother, Robert Coman of Virginia; two sisters, Christine Moggett of Nevada and Charlotte Gilmore of Michigan; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, with the Rev. Robert Konvalin officiating.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Totowa Boro, N.J.
Ret. Laborer, 93
William Ruis of Callicoon, a retired laborer for and 50-year member of International Laborers Union in Passaic, N.J., died Thursday, January 27, 2005, at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Center in Liberty. He was 93 years of age.
The son of the late Conrad and Mary Herzog Ruis, he was born July 10, 1911, in Clifton, N.J. He was the widower of Pauline Boehm Ruis.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Pauline and Joseph Chaplin of Callicoon and Kathryn and Robert Snow of Warwick; and a sister, Kathryn Hay of Clifton, N.J; He was predeceased by a daughter, Helen Gustofson.
There will be no visitation.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Garry C. Myers III
CEO of Highlights, 59
Garry C. Myers III of Columbus, Ohio, Chief Executive of Highlights for Children, Inc., died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 26, 2005, in Columbus. He was 59 years of age.
The son of the late Garry C. Jr. and Mary M. Myers, he was also the grandson of Garry Cleveland Myers, Ph.D and Caroline Clark Myers, who founded Highlights for Children magazine in 1946. His association with the magazine started in his early teens when he worked with the address-o-graph machine labeling magazines under the supervision of the late Jess Anderson, a longtime Highlights employee. Myers was the early model for Gallant, the much-loved brother in the popular Highlights feature Goofus and Gallant®.
Following the death of his parents in an air disaster in 1960, he and his four siblings moved to Austin, Texas, where they lived with their uncle and aunt, Jack and Evelyn Myers and their family.
Following enlistment in the U.S. Army in 1965, he graduated from U.S. Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., and served as a Spanish language specialist in Panama. He received a bachelor's degree in International Affairs at George Washington University in 1972 and then earned a M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Michigan. While still in the Army, Myers was elected to the board of directors of Highlights for Children, Inc. He joined Highlights in 1975 as a management information analyst. He became vice president of mail sales in 1978 and in 1980 was named president of the Highlights corporation. He has been chief executive officer since 1981. Highlights for Children is published by Boyds Mills Press in Honesdale, Pa., together with seven other subsidiaries.
Mr. Myers is survived by his wife, Melanie Myers, at home; two sons, Gregory and Garry Myers IV, in Columbus, Ohio; two sisters, Patricia Mikelson of Columbus, Ohio, and Marie Jolene Rich of Maine; two brothers, Tom and Fred Myers of Austin, Tex.; an uncle, Jack Myers; and numerous cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday at the First community Church in Grandview, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Calkins Union Church in Calkins, Pa.
Burial will be made in the Calkins Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Garry C. Myers III Scholarship Fund, Highlights Foundation, 814 Court St., Honesdale, Pa. 18431.
Elizabeth Clark of Middletown, a homemaker, died Wednesday, January 26, 2005, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Leonard and Winifred O'Conner Knapp, she was born November 28, 1911, in Middletown. She was the widow of Linn A. Clark.
Mrs. Clark was a member of the Washington Heights Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and George Budd of Middletown; six grandchildren and their spouses, Doreen and David Patterson, Tina and Rick Leidich, Jeffrey and Sue Brink, all of Middletown, Connie and Douglas Hauser of Highland Mills, Ralph and Kimberly Brink of Bloomingburg, and Linn Brink of Syracuse; five step-grandchildren, Beth Koch and her husband, Alan, and Sara Budd, all of Middletown, Marleina Bopp of Hurleyville, Gary Budd and his wife, Karen, of Grahamsville, and Randolph Budd and his wife, Andrea; 26 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. she was predeceased by a brother Clarence Knapp.
Services were held Monday at the Morse Funeral Home in Middletown with Fr. Dennis Nikolic officiating.
Interment was made in St. Joseph Cemetery in Middletown.
Elizabeth Muth, 80
Ret. Telephone Oper.
Elizabeth Bamily Muth of Sarasota, Fla., a retired telephone operator and a former resident of Lake Huntington and Monticello, died Sunday, January 9, 2005, in Florida. She was 80 years of age.
Born July 31, 1914, she was the widow of George Muth.
She is survived by two step-sons, Peter Muth and John Muth; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a step-son, George Muth, and a sister Madolin Grecky.
Services and burial were held in the state of Florida.
Edward Furchak Sr.
Ret. Court Attendant, 81
Edward John Furchak Sr., a 60-year resident of Monticello and a retired court attendant at the Sullivan County Courthouse, died Saturday, January 29, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Stephen and Mary Betsa Furchak, he was born March 15, 1923, in Brooklyn.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a Heightfinder for anti-aircraft batteries and was in the invasion of Saipan. After the war he worked for Block and Shulman Hardware in Monticello and then for more than 25 years at the Concord Hotel before going to the courthouse.
Mr. Furchak was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Monticello where he had taken up the offering on Sundays for many years. He was also a member of the Father Justin Lyons Council #550, Knights of Columbus, the Ruddick Trowbridge Post #73 of the American Legion; the Monticello Exempt Firemen's Association and a 57-year member of the Monticello Fire Department, which he joined on June 7, 1948, and where he served as a first assistant chief.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pauline Solomon Furchak, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward John Jr. and Carol Furchak of Monticello; a daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Renee and Donald Thomas of Old Forge, Pa.; two sisters, Mary Furchak of Newburgh and Theresa Krebs and her husband, Martin, of Staten Island; two grandchildren, Jennifer Sarah Shamah and her husband, Al, of Rock Hill, and Jason Paull Furchak and his wife, January, of Clinton, Maine; two great-granddaughters, Sarah Isabelle Shamah and Jorja Pauline Furchak; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Joseph, Stephen, John and George, and two sisters, Irene Bruce and Annie Dooley.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, Broadway and Liberty St., Monticello with the Rev. Robert Ginel as the Celebrant.
Interment will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550; to St. Peter's Church Building Fund, 10 Liberty St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701; or to the American Lung Association of Hudson Valley, 35 Orchard St., White Plains, N.Y. 10603-9924.
William Schnoor Sr.
Ret. Proj. Mgr., 69
William J. Schnoor Sr. of Milford, Pa., a retired project manager for Western Union in Upper Saddle River, N.J., died Friday, January 28, 2005, at his home. he was 69 years of age.
The son of the late Rudolph and Rose Yurasitis Schnoor, he was born May 23, 1935, in Williamsburg, N.Y.
Mr. Schnoor was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Gail McPartland Schnoor, at home; three children, Pat Woodruff and her husband, Mike, and their daughter, Hailey of Wallkill, Bill Schnoor and his wife, Pat, and their children, Billy, B.J. and Casey of Port Jervis, Diane Peters and her husband, Curt, of Bloomingburg and their children, Jackie, Curtis, Russell and Beth McGrath and her husband, Chris, and their daughter, Klarissa; a brother, Rudy Schnoor of Hudson, Fla., and a sister, Rosemary Schnoor of San Mateo, Calif.
Friends may call at the Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford Pa., on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held on Tuesday at 8 p.m. with the Rev. David Repenning officiating.
Private interment will be made in the Milford Cemetery in Dingman Township, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston Township, Pa. 18640.
Linda Lewis Hillriegel, a homemaker and former resident of Callicoon, died Sunday, January 30, 2005 at the Willow Point Nursing Home in Vestal where she has resided for many years. She was 63 years of age.
The daughter of Roberta B. Guthrie Lewis and the late Kenneth C. Lewis, she was born August 25, 1941, in Port Jervis.
A graduate of Delaware Valley Central School, she was a receptionist for Dr. Hamre's office prior to her illness.
She is survived by her mother of Boothbay Harbor, Maine; a brother, Robert K. Lewis of Windsor; two sisters, Carolyn B. Moore of Boothbay Harbor, Maine, and Jan M. Lewis of Liberty; a daughter, Robin Parse of Austin, Tex.; three sons, James Hillriegel of Walled Lake, Mich., Kenneth Hillriegel of Jeffersonville and Keith Hillriegel of Tomah, Wisc.; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Jack Polin officiating.
Burial will be made in the Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Sclerosis Foundation.
Ret. From Trust Co., 81
Michail Dmyterko of Glen Spey, a retired employee of Morgan Guarantee Trust Co. in New York City, died Monday, January 24, 2005, at the Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Stefan and Anastasia Kochan Dmyterko, he was born May 8, 1923, in Ukraine.
Mr. Dmyterko was a member of Holy Cross Greek Catholic Church in Astoria.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years Sophia Makar Dmyterko, at home; a son, Alex Dmyterko, and his daughter, Olivia Dmyterko, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; and a sister-in-law, Maria Shulha and her husband, Michael, of Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Services were held Wednesday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis.
Burial was made in the Glen Spey Cemetery.
Helen K. Mudry, 79
Ret. Telephone Oper.
Helen Kurpil Mudry of Fairfield, Conn., a telephone operator in Liberty and Connecticut, died Sunday, December 26, 2004, in Fairfield. She was 79 yeas of age.
The daughter of the late John and Mary Kurpil, she was born October 20, 1925, in Parksville, one of 12 children.
She attended Delhi College.
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; four brothers, Steve Kurpil of Ft. Pierce, Fla., Sam and Andrew Kurpil, both of Liberty, and Peter Kurpil of Parksville; 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.
Adelaide C. Roddis
Ret. Waitress, 89
Adelaide C. Roddis of Liberty, a 53-year area resident and a retired waitress at the former Corey's Restaurant and former Singer's Restaurant, both in Liberty, died Saturday, January 29, 2005, at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late Walter and Mamie L. LaRosa Donovan, she was born October 25, 1915, in Brooklyn.
She is survived by her husband, Albert Roddis, of Liberty; two daughters and sons-in-law, Audrey and Grant Belton of Leesburg, Fla., and Charlotte Tinker Bullock and her husband, John, of Loch Sheldrake; a sister Pearl Degnan of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, Charlotte Huggins and Lorraine Dorn.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Memorial services will be held at the funeral home at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Loch Sheldrake Fire Dept., P.O. Box 292, Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. 12759.