March 8, 2005
William K. MacLeay
Maxon Mills Partner, 73
William Kenneth "Ken" MacLeay of Pawling, a partner in Maxon Mills since 1976, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, after a long illness. He was 73 years of age.
The son of the late Rose and William MacLeay, he was born September 25, 1931, in Stony Point.
A gradate of Orange County Community College, he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and received the National Defense Service Medal.
Mr. MacLeay was in the dairy nutrition industry for 47 years and then was an area salesman for Agway for 25 years, before becoming a partner in Maxon Mills.
An enthusiastic member of the community, he was a past president of the Pawling Lions Club, a past president of Edward R. Murrow Park Association and served as an usher at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, all in Pawling.
In a family statement, it was said, "He was a very loving husband, father and grandfather, whose grandchildren meant the world to him, and a dear and loyal friend to many. Although he will be deeply missed, those that knew him will be comforted by the memory of his wonderful life and deep faith."
He is survived by his wife, Jane Pietrovito MacLeary, at home; a daughter, Peggy MacLeay Generoso and her husband, Chico, of Pawling; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Nina MacLeay of Torrance, Calif., and Danny and Leslie MacLeay of New Milford, Conn.; three grandchildren, Maxwell and Spencer MacLeay of Torrance, Calif., and Paige MacLeay of New Milford, Conn.; his father-in-law, Daniel Pietrovito of Pawling; a sister, Rosemary Collard of Middletown; and a brother, Dennis Mac-Leay of Bloomingburg. He was predeceased by a brother, Donald MacLeay.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Pawling.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Seminary, Rector St. Joseph, 201 Seminary Ave., Yonkers, N.Y. 10704.
Gertrude I. Nicoli
Former Waitress, 74
Gertrude I. Nicoli of Maybrook, a former waitress for various restaurants and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, March 4, 2005, at St. Lukes Hospital in Newburgh. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late George C. and Eva M. Cole Davis, she was born July 21, 1930, in Wallkill.
She is survived by her husband, Silvio Nicoli, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Silvio R. and Kathleen Nicoli of Round Rock, Tex.; a daughter and son-in-law, Denise and John James of Walden; two brothers, Thomas Davis of New Jersey and Ernest Davis of Kingston; four sisters, Genevieve Markisello of Woodbourne, Elsie Berryann of Poughkeepsie, Flora Berryann of Raleigh, N.C., and Gwendolyn VanDermark of Pine Bush; five grandchildren, John, Shawn, Mark, Renee and Deana; a great-grandson, Jeremy; and several nieces and nepews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Frank, Theron and George Davis, and a sister, Jeanette Dunn.
Friends may call at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 pm.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Rosendale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be used at their discretion.
Beatrice H. Smith
Ret. Bookkeeper, 68
Beatrice Howard Smith of Goshen, a retired bookkeeper for the Town of Wallkill, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at the Rockingham Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. She was 68 years of age.
The daughter of the late William Edgar and Pearl Gladys Baird Howard, she was born October 12, 1936, in Otisville.
Mrs. Smith was a member and served as president of the American Legion Post #151 Ladies Auxiliary in Middletown.
In a family statement, it was said "Bea loved watching the hummingbirds. She loved to bake and cook for social functions and especially for John, in hopes of him gaining weight"
She is survived by her husband, John A. Smith, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Blace Traverse of Barryville; a son, Kevin Goes of Middletown; a step-daughter, Jacalyn Grimes and her husband, Alan, of Chandler, Ariz.; two step-sons, Ronald Smith of Middletown and Raymond Smith of Goshen; a sister, Edna Machnicki and her husband, Edward, of Middletown; a brother and sister-in-law, William and Eleanor Howard of Bloomingburg; four grandchildren, Erich Traverse, Kevin Goes Jr. and Monica Goes, all of Middletown, and Andrea Traverse of Barryville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Eun Sun Brenda Goes.
Friends may call on Tuesday at the Morse Funeral Home, Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
American Legion Auxiliary services will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wedneday at the funeral home with the Rev. Peter Rustico officiating.
Burial will be made in the Pine Hill Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ret. Housekeeper, 74
Estelle L. Mershon Komonieski of Roscoe, a retired housekeeper at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, March 2, 2005, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stanley and Lottie Komonieski, she was born October 27, 1930, in Harrison, N.J.
Mrs. Komonieski was a communicant of Gate of Heaven Church in Roscoe.
She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Steve and Carol Komonieski of Spotswood, N.J., Craig D. and Eileen Meshon of Roscoe and John Mershon of Greene; six grandchildren, Lisa, Cheryl, Jennifer, Kristopher, Patrick and Michael; four great-grandchildren, Robin, Jessie, Casandra and Lydia; and several nieces and nephews.
Private funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Burial will be made in the Riverview Cemetery in Roscoe in the Spring
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roscoe Community Nursing Home Patients' Activity Fund, 420 Rockland Rd., Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Ret. Businessman, 80
Frank J. Zurawski of Liberty, the retired owner of Zuro-Jetcrete Corp., builder of Gunite Swimming Pools of Liberty, and a 55-year area resident died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 80 years of age
The son of the late Walter and Agnes Bartichuk Zurawski, he was born September 30, 1924, in Jersey City, N.J.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy Air Corps, he was a life member, a four-year past commander and a member of over 50 years of the Russell Sprague Post #109, American Legion, in Liberty. He had been active in reviving the Little Big Horn American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. He was a life member and an over 50-year member of the Clarence Hoyt Post No 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars; a 35-year member of the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545; a charter member of the Town of Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps; and a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, where he served as president and Church Council Board member for 13 years, all in Liberty. Mr. Zurawski was also a former 20-year member of the Liberty Rotary Club and was a former member of the Town of Liberty Planning Board.
He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Sager Zurawski, at home; two sons, Glenn F. Zurawski, M.D. (retired) of Palm Springs, Calif., and John E. Zurawski of Liberty; a daughter, Karen D. Zurawski of Albany; a brother, Walter Zurawski of Manville, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Kathy Sager of Liberty; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Chestnut St., Liberty, with the Rev. Audrey Pedersen officiating.
Burial will be made with military honors in the veteran's section of the Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church Restoration Fund, 26 Chestnut St., Liberty, or to the Town of Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 105, both at Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Mary E. Williams
Mary Elizabeth Williams, a nine-year resident of Canton, Kansas, and formerly a New York State resident, died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, at the St. Francis campus of Via Christi Regional Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Thomas and Gertrude McGrady Kyles, she was born October 24, 1935, in Southfields. She was the widow of Phillip Williams, who died in 1987, and Bernard P. Memmelaar Sr., who died in 1992.
She is survived by three sons, Richard Memmelaar and his wife, Joyce, of Newburgh, Michael Memmelaar of Bullville and Kevin Schock of Bloomingburg; four daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie and Michael Vineski of Hillsboro, Kans., Ruth and Rafael Santiago of Middletown, Joanne Okolo and Joe Goldstein of Tarrytown, Jennifer and Timothy Sterbenz of Round Lake, Ill.; a daughter-in-law, Pam Memelaar of Bullville; three brothers, Thomas Kyles of Chester, Thomas D. Kyles of Goshen and Michael Conklin of Chester; four sisters, Joan Edwards of Monroe, Virginia Smith of Chester, Carol Doremus of Chester and Diane Decker of Highland Falls; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandchld. She was predeceased by two sons, Bernard Peter Memmelaar Jr. and Andrew Memmelaar, a brother, Butch Conklin, and four sisters, Grace Conklin, Berniece Payne, Joyce Kyles and Agnes Edwards.
Cremation was private.
A memorial service was held Friday at the Shiloh Manor Nursing Home Chapel in Canton, Kans., with Pastor Charles Priddy officiatng.
A graveside memorial service with the burial of the cremains will be held at the Modena Cemetery in the Spring.
Ret. Plumber, 97
Howard Schaefer, a longtime resident of Shelton, Conn., a former resident of Livingston Manor, died Monday, February 28, 2005, at the Masonic Home in Utica. He was 97 years of age.
The son of the late George and Emma Buddenhagen Schaefer, he was born February 6, 1908, in the Beechwoods. He was the widower of E. DeVoe Schaefer.
Mr. Schaefer was a member of Livingston Manor Masonic Lodge since 1929 and according to his daughter, "made most of the meetings, except for the past two years when he went to the Masonic Home, staying with a friend in Roscoe to be nearby."
He is survived by a daughter, Connie Sondergaard of Worchester, and a niece, Sharon Roehrig of New Jersey. He was predeceased by two brothers, Ernest and Herman Schaefer, and two sisters, Eloise and Helen.
A memorial service will be held in Connecticut.
Burial was made in Shelton, Conn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Masonic Lodge, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
Ret. Teacher's Aide, 84
Dorothy M. "Dot" Mullally of Jeffersonville, a teacher's aide in the kindergarten of the Jeff-Youngsville Central School for 17 years and a longtime area resident, died Monday, March 7, 2005, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, after a brief stay. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of the late Vincent and Mary Collins Quirk, she was born August 8, 1920, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of William F. Mullally.
Mrs. Mullally was a member of St. George's Church in Jeffersonville, the Rosary Society of the church and the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mom was a rare gift. She was loved by all of her family and friends."
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Thomas Kutschera of Youngsville, Margaret "Peggy" and James Share of Jeffersonville, and Mary Lou and Robert Kohler of Youngsville; eight grandchildren, Susie Balfour and her husband, Scott, Lisa Kutschera, Sheri Parucki and her husband, Troy, William Share, Jamie Share, Carissa Kohler, Michael Kohler and Kenneth Kohler; two great-grandchildren, Ryan Balfour and Paige Parucki; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Louis Eisler, Fred Eisler and William Quirk.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Thursday 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 St. George's Church, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748 or to the Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 203, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601.
Ret. Dry Cleaner, 97
Rose Shapiro of Monticello, a lifelong area resident and the retired owner and operator of Mercury Dry Cleaners in Monticello, died Sunday, March 6, 2005, at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty. She was 97 years of age.
The daughter of the late Harry and Anne Wechsler, she was born October 18, 1907, in Kiamesha Lake. She was the widow of Louis Shapiro.
One of six siblings, she attended the one-room schoolhouse in Kiamesha and graduated from Monticello High School in 1925.
After their marriage in 1941, the couple relocated to Buffalo where Mrs. Shapiro worked for the Army Air Corps. They returned to Monticello after World War II and she and her husband owned and operated the Mercury Dry Cleaners on Prince St. Mrs. Shapiro later worked for Klein's until her retirement in 1981.
"Miz Sapiro," as many called her, pursued an active role in the community as a member of local chapters of B'nai B'rith, Hadassah and the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Sisterhood. She also volunteered as an inspector for many local elections.
She is survived by two sons, David Shapiro and his fiancée, Melissa Rennie, of Monticello, and Harvey Shapiro and his longtime companion,Linda, of Staatsburg; a sister, Stella Winawer; three grandchilden; a great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, George, and three sisters, Ethel Grogan, Tressa Goddess and Sarah Griff.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating.
Burial will be made in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, Landfield Avenue, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
The family will sit shiva at the home of David Shapiro in Monticello. Friends are welcome during the afternoon and evening.