February 25, 2005
Lenora Bethea, 64
Lenora Bethea of Middletown died Thursday, February 17, 2005. She was 64 years of age.
The daughter of Rosie M. Jordan and the late William H. Jordan, she was born January 10, 1941, in Waynesboro, Miss.
Mrs. Bethea is survived by her husband, Willie Bethea; five children, Charles Anthony and Isiah of Brooklyn, Glendora Bethea of Burlington, Vt., Pamala Bethea of Queens and Dorenda Bethea of Brooklyn; her mother; three sisters and brothers-in-law Annie and Leo Armstead of Woodbourne, Eunice and James Kelly of Queens and Carolyn and Robert Allen of Middletown; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Services were held Wednesday at the Second Baptist Church in Middletown with the Rev. Leroy Nole officiating
Burial was made in the Hillside Cemetery in Middletown.
Vina M. Sochinski
Vina M. Sochinski of Parksville, a homemaker and an area resident for over 25 years, died Monday, February 21, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late Rudgar and Lillian Van Oystervelt Maloney, she was born November 22, 1923, in New York City. She was the widow of John J. Sochinski who died in 1998.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Barbara Sochinski of Parksville and Robert and Audrey Sochinski of Middleburgh; a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Louis Gaffney of Loch Sheldrake; six grandchildren, James Sochcinski, Gary Flynn, Tracey Sochinski, Barbara Kelly, Jessica Sochinski and Cortney Sochinski; two great-grandchildren, Abigail Kelly and Kylie Flynn.
Services were held Thursday at the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Carl Caskey officiating.
Burial was made in the Wallkill Cemetery in Middletown.
Ret. Actuary, 91
Charlotte Gold, a lifelong resident of Woodridge and a retired actuary for 35 years at the Associated Mutual Fire Insurance Company in Woodridge, died Saturday, February 19, 2005 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 91 years of age
The daughter of the late Lena and Pesach Shabus (the village blacksmith), she was born May 10, 1913 in Woodridge. She was the widow of Joseph Gold.
Mrs. Gold volunteered for the Monticello Community General Hospital and the Hebrew Day School of Sullivan County. She was a lifetime member of both the Woodridge Chapter of Hadassah and The Workman's Circle. Her life was filled and fulfilled with her numerous voluntary activities.
She is survived by two sons, Michael and his wife, Linda Gold of New Paltz, and Burt Gold of Bradenton, Fla., and his companion, Sherry Ames; and four grandchildren, Gabrielle, Arianne, Keyo and Colin Gold.
Private graveside services and burial were held Tuesday at the Workman's Circle Cemetery in Glen Wild with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Maurice Lee "Pat" Patterson of Interlaken, an educator, author and editor of books on local and family history who spearheaded projects of area historic preservation, died Friday, February 18, 2005, of heart failure at his home. He was 94 years of age.
The son of the late Horace Lee and Laura Reed Patterson, he was born October 28, 1910, in Wurtsboro, one of five children.
A graduate of Otisville High School, he matriculated two years later at Alfred University, graduating in 1934. He earned a Master's in Education from Cornell University in 1939 and taught math and science, infusing his teaching with humor. He served as vice principal of Interlaken Central School from 1936 to 1961 and as District Principal from 1961-1968, followed by two years as Superintendent of Schools of the newly formed South Seneca Central School. Two weeks after his retirement in 1970, he was hired to serve as Director of the Computer Center, Board of Cooperative Education Services in Ithaca. He was a participant when the U.S.S.R. invited U.S. educators to tour schools in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Dubrovnik during the East-West Cold War.
Mr. Patterson received the Award of Merit of the Regional Council of Historical Agencies in recognition of "Long and Distinguished Service in Local Historical Work in New York State," the Ruth Polson Public Service Award in appreciation of his work as president of the Finger Lakes Library System, and the Alfred University Alumni Career Citation. His biography was published in Who's Who in the East, 24th edition, in recognition of "outstanding achievement in his field and having contributed significantly to the betterment of society." The Interlaken Library genealogical reference room is named in his honor. He served two years as president of the Regional Conference of Historical Agencies Executive Committee and also served on the Board of Trustees of the Finger Lakes Library System, as vice president of the South Central Research Library Council and the General Program Council of the Reformed Church of America.
Other memberships and civic activities include service on the Seneca County Health Association, the Interlaken Firemen's Association, Sons of the American Revolution, elder and deacon in the Interlaken Reformed Church, chairman of the Seneca County Bicentennial Committee and a member and past master of the Farmerville-Union Masonic Lodge #183. He was instrumental in producing local history documentaries in the form of videos on architecture in South Seneca County, Native Americans in New York State and the Sullivan-Clinton Expedition. He coordinated his publications with his service as historian of the Village of Interlaken and the Town of Covert.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ferne Kitson Patterson, at home; two daughters, Muriel Patterson Huttenbach of Atlanta, Ga, and Janet Patterson Vavasour of Scotia; a son Reed K. Patterson of Addison; seven grandchildren, William "Pat" Huttenbach, Eric Huttenbach, Marisa Lee Huttenbach, Laura Lee Huttenbach of Houston, Tex., Carrollton, Ga., and Atlanta, Ga., respectively, Daniel Vavasour of Austin, Tex., Kerry Beck of Fredericksburg, Va., and Cristianne French of Penfield; six great-grandchildren, Steven Huttenbach, Cole and Page Vavasour and Connor, Chase and Carly Ann French; and several nieces, grand-nieces, nephews and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Lindon, Glenn and Donald Patterson, and a sister, Lois Johnson.
Services were held at the Interlaken Reformed Church on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Interlaken Historical Society, P.O. Box 270 or to the Interlaken Reformed Church, P.O. Box 335, both at Interlaken, N.Y. 14847.
Alberta M. Young
Alberta M. Young of Corbett, a custodian for the Town of Colchester and a longtime area resident, died Monday, February 21, 2005, at the Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton. She was 57 years of age.
The daughter of the late Raymond and Alice Doren Van Dresen Gummoe, she was born March 7, 1947, in Honesdale, Pa. She was the widow of Kenneth R. Young who died October 22, 1997.
Mrs. Young is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Mikal Hammon of Corbett; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth R. Jr. and Janice Young of Corbett; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Rita and Marty Keesler of East Branch and Betty and Marcus Felter of Corbett; six grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Marilou Lacey and her husband, Richard, of Corbett; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with Lucille Freyer officiating.
Burial will be made in the Spring at the Paige Cemetery in Downsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Corbett Memorial Park, c/o Janice Stickle, HC 89, Downs-ville, N.Y 13755.
Audrey M. Conrow
Ret. A&P Clerk, 87
Audrey M. Conrow of Roscoe, a retired clerk at the former A&P Market in Roscoe and an area resident for more than 50 years, died Friday, February 18, 2005, at her home. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Jay G. and Helen A. Pellen Vandermark, she was born May 15, 1917, in Masonville. She was the widow of Clayton "Pete" Conrow who died in November of 1976.
Mrs. Conrow was a member of the Roscoe-Rockland Senior Citizens and a charter member of the Cooks Falls-Horton Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by two sons, Clayton "Tiny" Conrow and his wife, Joan, of Cooks Falls, and Rodney Conrow and his companion, Loretta Duarte of Parksville; and three grandchildren, Cindy Conrow, J.C. Conrow and Kasey Conrow. She was predeceased by a daughter, Anita Conrow, and two brothers, Lyle and Millard Vandermark.
Burial will be made in the Spring in the Hambleville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Gary M. Trask
Ret. Navy Man, 65
Gary M. Trask of Sasabo, Japan, a retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and a former resident of Roscoe, died Tuesday, February 15, 2005, in Sasabo after a long illness. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Robert and Ruth Nead Trask Cromie, he was born December 18, 1939, in Roscoe.
He attended Roscoe Central School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy and attending college.
He is survived by his wife, Chiomi Trask, at home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Nancy Trask and Thomas and Barbara Trask, all of Roscoe; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Bruce Wilhelm of Las Vegas, Nev., and Vicki and David Schwarz of Roscoe; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements were made in Japan.
Memorial contributions may be made to Harold Wood Post #5911, VFW, Roscoe, N.Y. 12776 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1131, Fairfax, Va. 22038-1131.
Local arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Ret. Dental Asst., 85
Leona B. Truskoloski of Liberty, a retired dental assistant for Dr. Richard Hartman and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of the late George Sr. and Catherine Mangan Beiling, she was born May 25, 1919, in Youngsville. She was the widow of Francis Brady and William Truskoloski.
Mrs. Truskoloski was a communicant of St Peter's Roman Catholic Church and a member of St Paul's Senior Citizens, both in Liberty.
She is survived by two sons James Brady and his wife, Dianne of Jeffersonville, and John Brady of Newbury Port, Mass.; three step-daughters, Rose Wurmuth and her husband, Joe, of Hamburg, N.J., Victoria Fendrock of Randolph, N.J., and Beatrice Carlson and her husband, Carl, of Brodheadsville, Pa.; three grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday at 11:45 a.m. at St. Peter's R.C. Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Edward Lyden, 88
Edward Lyden, a lifelong resident of Livingston Manor, died Monday, February 21, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 88 years of age.
The son of the late James and Mildred Sprague Lyden, he was born March 23, 1916, in Livingston Manor
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Paul D. and Virginia Lyden of Ormond Beach, Fla.; a sister, Lorretta Korth of Honesdale, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Monday.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Msgr. Collins officiating.
Private interment will be made in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.
Ret. HS Librarian, 93
Margaret Stewart of New Paltz, a retired high school librarian, died Sunday, February 20, 2005, at The Kingston Hospital. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of the late Harry L. and Pearl Roosa Stewart, she was born August 25, 1911, in Willowemoc.
She graduated from Livingston Manor High School and attended the NYS University in Albany, majoring in foreign languages. Her advanced degree work was done at Middlebury College where her interest at that point was library science.
She spent the first few years of her teaching career in Roscoe where she taught Latin. She moved to Chappaqua where she spent 36 years. The high school library there is named for her. She was an active member of the Bedford Hills United Methodist Church.
She was known to her family as "Aunt Peggy" and often prepared meals for them when they visited at the homestead farm which she and her brother Harry kept available during the summers for any relatives who wished to renew their roots in the hills.
Miss Stewart is survived by two brothers Robert Stewart of Turnwater, Wash., and Harry L. Stewart Jr. of New Paltz; a sister, Elizabeth Zerkel of Decatur, Ind.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A sister, Virginia Becker, predeceased her.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Mt. Kisco, 300 Main St., Mt. Kisco, N.Y. 10549.
Stephen G. Enders
Ret. Shop Steward, 94
Stephen G. Enders of Bethany Village, Pa., a former resident of Hortonville and Jeffersonville and a retired shop steward for the New York State Department of Transportation, died Sunday, February 20, 2005, at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 94 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Minnie Hartz Enders, he was born February 24, 1910, in Hortonville.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of the Emmett Turner Post #286. American Legion in Jeffersonville and the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Quartararo Enders of Bethany Village, Pa.; a daughter, Stephanie Baublit of Plover, Wisc; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Burial of the cremains will be held at the Hortonville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ellen P. Stafford
Ellen P. Stafford of Roscoe, a homemaker and a former resident of Manhattan, died Wednesday, February 23, 2005, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late Patrick and Margaret McCormack Graham, she was born February 1, 1932, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. She was the widow of Desmond A. Stafford.
She is survived by seven children, Ellen Hawkins and her husband, Larry, of Stony Point, Patricia Stafford and her husband, Joe Garrett, of Albany, Geraldine Keane of Jeffersonville, Desmond Stafford Jr. and his wife, Diane, of New York, Siobhan Maloney and her husband, Bill, of Jeffersonville, Deidre Stirpe and her husband, Robert, of Tuckahoe, and Jeanne Boyd and her husband, Daniel, of Callicoon; eight grandchildren, Kaitlin and James Maloney, Megan and Lauren Stafford, Shannon and Timothy Hawkins and Brendan and Dermott Keane.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at noon on Saturday at St. George's Church in Jeffersonville with Father Ignatius Vu officiating.
Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 203, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.12601.
Scott Day of New Windsor, a mechanic at Cherry Tire in Maybrook, died Monday, February 21, 2005, at St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh. He was 47 years of age.
The son of Janet Day and the late George C. Day, he was born November 29, 1957, in Hackensack, N.J.
In a family statement, it was said, "Scott was a devoted, loving father and an avid NASCAR racing fan who will be missed by his family and friends."
He is survived by his wife of almost 20 years Anna Day, at home; his mother of Easton, Pa.; two daughters, Nicole and Stephanie Day, both at home; a brother and sister-in-law, Craig and Lori Day of Port Ewen; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Joseph Shook of Bloomingburg and Joyce and Ronald Wilson of Saylorsburg, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. at the Brooks-DiDonato Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh, on Friday with the Rev. Jack Hyatt officiating.
Burial will be made in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to Nicole and Stephanie's Educational Fund, 6 Koran Ave., New Windsor, N.Y. 12553.
Charles S. Grayson
RR Engineer, 53
Charles S. Grayson, a two-year resident of Monticello, employed for 29 years as an engineer with Metro North Railroad, died unexpectedly Monday, February 21, 2005, in New York City. He was 53 years of age.
The son of the late Stanley and Marie Kunzer Grayson, he was born April 22, 1951, in the Bronx.
He attended school in the Bronx and lived in Brewster for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Gordon Grayson, at home; a daughter, Jenna Timpone of Kingston; and three sons, Charles Grayson, Lance Grayson and Guy Grayson, all of Carmel.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Beecher Funeral Home, 1 Putnam Ave., Brewster.
Burial will be made in the Cochecton Cemetery.
Charles Jones Sr.
Charles E. Jones Sr. of Monticello, a former resident of Newburgh and the owner of C&T Blacktopping and Landscaping in Middletown, died Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 73 years of age.
The son of the late Chauncey and Edna Tompkins Jones, he was born August 15, 1931, in Newburgh.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Brown Jones, at home; two sons, Chauncey M. Jones, at home and Charles E. Jones Jr. of Monticello; three daughters, Edna I. Turner of North Carolina, Ellen M. Badarde of Minnesota and Marie Newkirk of Glen Spey; a sister Edna "Babe" Crabtree of Pennsylvania; two step-brothers, Bill and James Marchie; and 11 grandchildren, Thomas, Charles, Guy Stewart, Josh, Adam and Tanya Newkirk, Shannon Amy, Pacer and Shannon Leigh Jones, and Ellen and Mike Badarde.
Friends may call at the Doulin Newburgh Funeral Home 318 N. Montgomery St., Newburgh, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Kent E. Baker, 48
Kent E. Baker of Candler, N.C., a former resident of Cochecton and a former employee of the Bundombe County Sheriff's Department in North Carolina, died Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at the Mission of St. Joseph's Hospital in Asheville, N.C. He was 48 years of age.
He was the son of Betty Susan Baker and the late Owen B. Baker.
Mr. Baker is survived by his wife, Aundi Barnes Baker, at home; his mother of Cochecton; a daughter, Blair Baker of Fairview, N.C.; a son, Zeke Baker of Candler, N.C.; a sister, Candice Baker and a brother, Dennis Baker, both of the state of Florida; three step-children, Emily and Nathan Barnes and Scotty Garner; two step-grandchildren, Gracie Baker and Noah Clevinger; an unborn grandson, Zeke Baker II; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service and burial on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the East Cochecton Cemetery in Cochecton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.