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April 5, 2005

Edwin D. Porter
Taxi Driver, 58

Edwin D. Porter of Woodridge, a lifetime area resident and a taxi driver for Ace Taxi in Liberty, died Thursday, March 31, 2005, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 58 years of age.
The son of the late Fay and Shirley Jenson Porter, he was born April 6, 1946, in Downsville.
He was a member of the Liberty Chapter of IOOB.
Mr. Porter is survived by his wife, Lillian Dunn Porter, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, William and Edna Bivis of Saugerties; two step-sons, Lewis Kleingardner Jr. and his wife, Linda, of Woodridge, and John Cooper Jr. of Woodbourne; a daughter, Shellie Porter of Woodridge; two step-daughters, Patricia Decker of Woodbourne and Armanda Whitman of Tampa, Fla.; two brothers, Oscar Porter and Stanley Porter, both of Hankins; two sisters, Evelyn Zinninger of Bradenton, Fla., and Ethel Harrington of Swan Lake; 16 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Eugene and Charles Porter, and a sister, Peggy Johnson.
Services were held Sunday at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.

Reuben Weis, 86

Reuben Weis, a longtime resident of Loch Sheldrake, died Saturday, April 2, 2005. He was 86 years of age.
The 12th child of the late Louis and Sarah Seelenfreund Weis, he was born June 29, 1918, in Brooklyn.
A former member of the Rose Valley Seniors Program, he decided to fully retire a few years ago.
In a statement by friends, it was said, "Reuben was a caring man, soft spoken with a gentle smile. He shared his love of Elvis with everyone he met. He leaves behind many friends and his family at New Hope Community, and he will be missed."
Services were held at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne, followed by burial.

Gregory W. Clark
Landscaper, 45

Gregory W. Clark of Monticello, a self-employed landscaper, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 45 years of age.
The son of Arthur and Evelyn Brown Clark, he was born October 27, 1959, in Monticello.
Mr. Clark was a member of the Monticello Elks Lodge #1544.
He is survived by his mother, Evelyn Jamieson of Grahamsville; his father of Bridgeville; his wife, Lisa Clark, at home; a sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Al Petrowsky of Grahamsville; a step-sister, Tiffani Pettula and her husband, Gregg, of Bridgeville; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Arthur Clark Jr.
Friends may call at the Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, on Tuesday from 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m.on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in the Glen Wild Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Hudson valley, 828 South Broadway, Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591.

Miguel Nieves III
Evangelist, 20

Miguel Angel "Mikey" Nieves III, a six-year resident of Tulsa, Oka., formerly of Ellenville, died Thursday, March 31, 2005, in a car accident in Lebanon, Mo. He was 20 years of age.
The son of Maria Oquendo-Laing and Miguel Angel Nieves, he was born November 4, 1984, in Monticello.
He was involved in a skateboarding youth ministry in Tulsa and he lived his life as an evangelist of Jesus Christ.
In a family statement, it was said, "His passion was music and art as well as his time spent with God. His last act of evangelism was when he led his three cousins to accepting a personal relationship with Jesus Christ on Monday, March 27. . . Miguel has touched the hearts of so many people all around the world and will be greatly missed."
He is survived by his brother, Anthony Nieves, at home; his mother and step-father, Marta and Robert Laing; his father and step-mother, Miguel and Mary Albanese Nieves of New Jersey; his grandparents, Zoraida and Primo Nieves of Puerto Rico; his step-grandparents, Robert and Clara Laing of Texas; his uncles, Jose Oquendo and his wife, Cecilia, of Ellenville, Carlos Oquendo and his wife, Chris, of Kerhonkson, Anibal and Alberto Nieves of Massachusetts, and Don and his wife, Amy Laing, of Texas; his aunts, Margarita Soto and her husband, Carlos, of Florida, Carmen Oquendo and her fiance, Eric Abraham, of Ellenville, and Edith Oquendo of Florida; his fiancée, Kacie Lover of Oklahoma; his best friend, Shane Stemple of Oklahoma; and several cousins.
Services will be held at the Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St., Ellenville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Ray Cali, 95
Ret. Barber/Travel Agt.

Ray Cali of Orlando, Fla., a former longtime resident of Liberty and a retired barber and travel agent, died Tuesday, March 28, 2005, in Orlando. He was 95 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Antonina Cali, he was born September 24, 1909, in New York City. He was the widower of Lilly Pletschette Cali who died in 1962.
During world War II, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He had met his wife in Belgium. He ran a restaurant in Liberty, owned Roxy Barber Shop and worked at the Sullivan County Travel Bureau.
Mr. Cali was a member of the Liberty Elks Club, the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Raccoon Hunting Club and the Sullivan County Golf and Country Club, all in Liberty. He moved to Florida in 2001 to be with his famiy.
In a family statement, it was said, "He enjoyed the friendships he made in Liberty, at work and at play. To his golfing buddies, co-workers, customers and friends, we would like to thank all that knew him for enriching his life."
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Vince and Susan Cali of Orlando, Fla.; and two granddaughters, Christine Cali and Amanda Cali.
Serivces and burial were held Friday at the Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park, Fla.

Gail L. Werlau
Homemaker, 51

Gail Louise Werlau of Hortonville, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 51 years of age.
The daughter of the late Victor S. and Jacqueline A. Neumann Werlau, she was born June 4, 1953, in Callicoon. A 1972 graduate of Delaware Valley Central School, she had worked for the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center and various grocery stores in the area. She was an avid stockcar fan, favoring Dale Earnhart.
She is survived by a son, Joshua Werlau, at home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John Kenneth and Cathy Werlau and Victor Richard and Darlene Werlau; and special friends, William Eisenbach and Michael and Tonya Dirie.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Hudson Valley Office, 169 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401; the Hortonville Fire Department, Box 71 or the First Presbyterian Church, both at Hortonville, N.Y. 12745.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.

Charles Sosnowski
Ret. Corrections Offc., 85

Charles Sosnowski of Woodbourne, a retired New York State Corrections Officer at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility and a 57-year area resident, died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at the Englewood Medical Center in Englewood, N.J. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Stephen and Josephine Sadowska Sosnowski, he was born January 1, 1920, in Brooklyn.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served on the USS O'Brien (DD 215) and the USS Bennett (DD 473).
In a family statement, it was said, "Charles was a loving and devoted husband and the light and love of the lives of his family."
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Irene Bienkowski Sosnowski, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Vera Sosnowski of Oneonta and Robert and Stephanie Sosnowski of Monroe; two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and George Dean of Neversink and Nancy and Frank Benedek of Loch Sheldrake; two sisters, Jane Koski and her longtime companion, William Bruni of Ft. Lee, N.J., and Helen Conrad and her husband, Pete, of Woodbourne; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and LaVonne Sosnowski of Visalia, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. He was predeceased by two brothers, Felix and Steven Sosnowski.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, on Tuesday froml 4 to 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m on Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Route 42, Woodbourne, with the Rev. John Lynch officiating.
Burial will be made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.

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