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March 18, 2005

Blanche Beardslee
Ret. Custodian, 62

Blanche Jane Beardslee of Livingston Manor, a retired custodian, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 62 years of age.
The daughter of the late Lester and Betty Leroy Thomas, she was born January 25, 1943, in Long Eddy.
Mrs. Beardslee was a lifetime member of the Bastardettes.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Ronald Beardslee, at home; five daughters, Cindy Donnelly of Livingston Manor, Diane Broadie and her husband, Fred, of Liberty, Judith Donnelly of Liberty, Rhonda Bischert and her husband, Dan, of Livingston Manor, and Chrystal Stickle and her fiance, Peter McAdams, of Livingston Manor; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; four brothers; 10 sisters; and several nieces andnephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Ann Donnelly, three infant sons, and a brother.
Services were held Thursday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Interment of the cremains will be made in the Claryville Cemetery in the Spring.

Frank Friedrich Sr.
Ret. Truck Driver, 87

Frank J. Friedrich Sr. of Pine Bush, a retired truck driver for H.L.F. McBride Transportation in Goshen, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at his home. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Frank and Pia Schuster Friedrich, he was born March 30, 1917, in Newark, N.J. He was the widower of Ruth Friedrich who died October 26, 2004, after 65 years of marriage.
Mr. Friedrich was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Germany as a sergeant. He was the recipient of the Bronze Star. Mr. Friedrich was also the past owner and operator of the Esso Service Station in Roscoe and a member of the Teamsters Local 445 Retirees Association.
In a family statement, it was said, "Frank was an avid horseback rider and also loved hunting with his son. He was very dedicated to his family."
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Donna Friedrich of Bloomingburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Marion and Henry Ray of Frenchtown, N.J.; six granddaughters, Joan Friedrich of Mahwah, N.J., Pia Rey of New Jersey, Cheri Dillion of Texas, Heidi Diminick of New Jersey, Arlene Scheetz of New Jersey, and Leslie Templin of Alabama; and a brother, Joseph Moore of St. Petersburg.
Graveside services and burial will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the Humane Society of Middletown, 142 Bloomingburg Road, Middletown, N.Y. 10940.

Denis V. Leap, 53
Frm. Treatment Asst.

Denis V. Leap of Otisville, a former treatment assistant for the NYS Department of Health in Port Jervis and a 25-year area resident, died Sunday, March 13, 2005, at his home. He was 53 years of age.
The son of Jean W. Charbonneau Leap and the late Denis J. Leap, he was born May 16, 1951, in New York City.
Mr. Leap was a member of Holy Name R.C. Church in Otisville and the Otisville Lions Cub. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and the recipient of a Purple Heart. He was a life member of the Mount Hope Memorial Post No. 5497, Veterans of Foreign Wars, in Otisville and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter NY2.
He is survived by his mother of Otisville; a daughter, Jennifer Leap and his wife, Carmela Mazullo Leap, both of White House Station, N.J.; three brothers, Kevin M. Leap and his wife, Linda, of Huddleston, Va., Timothy P. Leap of Otisville and Patrick J. Leap of Glen Spey; a sister, Jean P. Beairsto and her husband, Andy, of Wawayanda Township; four godsons, Nicholas, Peter, John and Harold; several nieces and nephews; and a grand-niece.
Services were held Wednesday at the Gray-Parker; Funeral Home in Port Jervis followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at Holy Name R.C. Chruch with the Rev. Peter Tran van Phat officiating.
Burial was made in the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name R.C. Church, Highland Ave., Otisville, N.Y. 10963.

Marie M. Cargin, 94
Ret. Child Caregiver

Marie Margaret Cargin of Binghamton, a retired child caregiver and a homemaker, died Thursday, March 3, 2005, at The Good Shepherd Fairview Home in Binghamton. She was 94 years of age.
She was born on January 19, 1911, in Malone and had been a resident of Binghamton since 1948. She was the widow of Barton L. Cargin who died in 1962. Mr. Cargin is known in this area for the "grocery truck on wheels" in which he delivered groceries and meats to local families in the late 1930s and early 1940s. He left the area in 1942 to drive a delivery truck for Spaulding Bakeries in Binghamton.
While living in the Binghamton area, Mrs. Cargin belonged to several United Methodist Churches, including Ogden-Hillcrest and Centenary UMC.
Mrs. Cargin is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Elizabeth and William Throop of Austin, Tex.; a grandson and his wife, Capt. Alan Throop, stationed in Korea, and his wife, Capt. Meryia Throop, stationed at Camp Polk, La.; a step-daughter, Ruth Wolford of Windsor; four step-grandchilden, their spouses and children Eugene and Barbara Wolford of Vestal and her children, Barton and Lila Wolford of Windsor and their childen, Brandon and Alyssia, Janie Hadlick of Kirkwood and Michelle and her husband, Rick Penny and their expected child, and Steven Hadlick and his wife, Brenda and their children, and Robert and Sandy Wolford of Binghamton and her children; a sister-in-law, Bernice Cargin of Castle Creek; and several siblings and their children of upstate New York.
A memorial service was held Monday at the Wm. R. Chase & Son Funeral Home in Port Dickinson with the Rev. Deborah Pritts, of the Windsor United Methodist Church, officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fremont Cemetery in the early summer.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Good Shepherd Fairview Home, 80 Fairview Ave., Binghamton, N.Y. 13904.

Victor R. Miller
Ret. Housekeeper, 82

Victor R. Miller of Liberty, a lifetime Sullivan County resident and a retired housekeeper at both the Liberty-Loomis Hospital and the Sullivan County Infirmary in Liberty, died Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Frederick and Katherine Reum Miller, he was born May 1, 1922, in Kenoza Lake. He was the widower of Leonora Miller.
Mr. Miller was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Loch Sheldrake and the Liberty Grange.
He is survived by a nephew, Bruce F. Miller of Monticello; a niece, Shirley Wallach of Phoenix, Ariz.; threee grand-nephews; a great-grand-nephew; a great-grand-niece; and several cousins and friends. He was predeceased by a brother, Frederick Miller.
Services will be held at the Calvary Baptist Church in Loch Sheldrake on Friday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Ford officiating.
Burial will be made in the Lutheran Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. 12759.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.

Betty McGerty
Homemaker, 73

Betty Jean McGerty of Liberty, a longtime Sullivan County resident and a homemaker, died Saturday, March 12, 2005. She was 73 years of age.
She was born April 17, 1931, in Tarrytown.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a homemaker who loved to cook and especially enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. . . Betty will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her."
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Diane M. and Phil Auer; two grandsons, Jeffrey P. McDonald Jr. and Joseph G. McDonald and his wife, Janine; two great-grandchldren, Noah James and Joshua Andrew McDonald; a brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth E. and Ellen Bingham; seven nieces and nephews and their spouses, Cathy and Mike Alymer, Barbara and Ralph Cannon, Kim and Chris Martin, Mary and Peter Lowe, Peggy E. and Brian McCormick, Kenneth E. Bingham, and James A. III and Gayle Ann Bingham; 11 grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Lindsay and Colby Denman, Samantha and Randi Martin, Courtney and Cristol Cannon, Elisabeth and Bryan Lowe and Laurie, Joseph and Scott Morris. She was predeceased by a brother, James A. Bingham, and a nephew, Joseph Patrick Bingham.
No information on services or burial was submitted.

Emma Furman
Homemaker, 98

Emma Furman of Grahamsville, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, March 16, 2005, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 98 years of age.
The daughter of the late Harvey and Ethalinda Mandeville Van Wagner, she was born March 6, 1907, in Port Jervis. She was the widow of Van Furman.
Mrs. Furman was a graduate of Port Jervis High School and Pratt Institute of Dress Design. She worked in the Port Jervis Silk Mill before her marriage.
Following her marriage, she was a hard working farm wife and she drove a school bus for a number of years.
Mrs. Furman was a 76-year member of River Valley Chapter #33, Order of the Eastern Star, in Port Jervis and an adopted member of Revonah-Lincoln-Kiamesha Chapter #443, Order of the Eastern star, in Liberty. She was also a member of the Sullivan County Historical Society, the Tri-Valley FFA Alumni Association and the Claryville Reformed Church.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was one special lady to many people, family and friends and will be missed very much."
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Harvey "Pete" and Carol Furman of Grahamsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Eugene Fuller of Grahamsville, with whom she made her home in recent years; three grandchildren and their spouses, Amy and John Melican of New York City, Karen and Gregory Fingar of Penn Yan and Van "Chip" and Julie Furman of Grahamsville; four step-grandchildren and their spouses, Kathleen and John Donelli of Plattsburgh, Stephen and Cindy Fuller of Morrisonville, Eileen and John Costa of Woodbourne and Glenn and Wendy Fuller of Cary, N.C.; five great-grandchildren, Abigail Melican, Scott, Emily and Eric Fingar and Adam Furman; her step-great-grandchildren, Kathryn and Meagan Donelli, Stephanie and Allison Costa, Bruce and Jake Fuller and Amanda and Stephen Fuller Jr.; and a niece, Alberta Green of St. David, Ariz. She was predeceased by a sister, Alberta Tyler, a great-grandson, Jack Melican, and a niece, Ethalinda Coleman.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Order of the Eastern Star will have services at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Z. Ruter officiating.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Revonah-Lincoln-Kiamesha Chap. #443 OES, c/o Linda Immoor, Sec., 4330 State Route 52, Youngsville, N.Y. 12791; the Grahamsville Reformed Church, P.O. Box 238, Grahamsville, NY. 12740; River Valley Chap. #33, OES, c/o Betty L. Smith, Sec., 39 Church St., Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771; or to the charity of one's choice.

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