April 12, 2005
Clara Burkey, a 34-year resident of Livingston Manor, a homemaker, and a former resident of Shamokin, Pa., died Thursday, April 7, 2005, at the Arden Hill campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 90 years of age.
She was the widow of William E. Burkey who died after 36 years of marriage.
Mrs. Burkey is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Donald L. and Janet Burkey of Livingston Manor; two grandsons, Michael Burkey and David Burkey and his wife, Kristi, all of Livingston Manor; four great-grandchildren, Christen, Jared, Kyle and Kaitlyn; two brothers, Andrew Cerklewski of San Antonio, Tex., and William Cerklewski of Williamsport, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Sunday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor with the Rev. Stewart Pohlman officiating.
Burial was made in the Northumberland Memorial Cemetery in Shamokin, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor United Methodist Church, 89 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758.
John Hanaver, 40
John Hanaver of Liberty died suddenly on Wednesday, April 6, 2005, in Liberty. He was 40 years of age.
He was born January 22, 1965, in Illinois.
Mr. Hanaver is survived by his mother, Nora Hanaver of Illinois; his fiancée, Cheryl Kahn, of Liberty; a son, John Luke Hanaver of Brookyn; two daughters and their companions, Melissa Kahn and Bruce Fore of Liberty and Kimberly Kahn and Charles Payne of Grahamsville; a brother, Mayo Hanaver of Maine; a sister, Charlene Kelly of Illinois; a granddaughter, Whitney Kahn-Fore; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty on Sunday.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Alice M. Miesner
Alice M. Miesner of Berkshire, a former resident of Monroe and a former waitress in various area restaurants, including Goose Pond Restaurant in Monroe, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005, following a period of declining health. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph D. and Anna C. Beckmier Gaudette, she was born January 15, 1915, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Thornton C. Miesner.
Mrs. Miesner was a faithful member of the Jenksville United Methodist Church and the Berkshire-Newark Valley and Caroline Center Senior Citizens Clubs.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was an awesome cook, excelling in coffee cakes and bread pudding. Her hobbies included traveling, reading, crossword puzzles, dancing and playing cards."
Mrs. Miesner is survived by two daughters, Joan Schweikhart of Goshen and Sandra Krenner and her husband, Bela, of Berkshire; six sons and daughters-in-law, Harry and Pearle Miesner of Washingtonville, William and Margaret Miesner of Deland, Fla., Daniel and Donna Miesner of Armonk, Ronald and Carmen Miesner of Texas, Robert and Corin Miesner of Ithaca and Coleman and Jean Miesner of Newark Valley; a daughter-in-law, Joan Miesner of Highland Mills; a sister, Carol Zieres of North Branch; 19 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters Grace Hillriegel and Dorothy Sadenwater; a daughter-in-law, Fran Miesner and a son-in-law, Eugene Schweikhart.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Jenksville United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1406 Monroe St., Endicott, N.Y. 13760-5495.
Kenneth Goldfarb of Monticello, a lifelong area resident, and an architect, died Wednesday, April 6, 2005. He was 78 years of age.
A graduate of Monticello High School and North Carolina State School of Architecture, where he studied under Buckminster Fuller, he was a partner in the local architectural firm of Blech and Goldfarb. He was involved with the architecture of the Ted Stroebele Monticello Neighborhood Facility, Crawford Senior Housing Project, the Jewish Community Center and the former Sullivan's Department Store. He later was a partner in Habig and Goldfarb, a Middletown-based architectural firm. He won the 2004 Sullivan Showcase Award for his design and renovation of the Eagle Plaza in Monticello.
Involved in the community, Mr. Goldfarb was a founding member of the Town of Thompson Environmental Council, a longtime member of both the Town of Thompson and the Village of Monticello Planning Boards and a member of the Village Sign Committee.
In politics, he was active in the Vietnam anti-war movement and ran campaigns for local candidates, including Joe Garlick and David Kaufman. He also ran the Sullivan County campaigns for Congressman McHugh and Presidential candidate George McGovern. Currently, he was an active and outspoken member of SPECS (Special Protection of the Environment for the County of Sullivan) and the Landfield Avenue Synagogue.
In a family statement, it was said, "His mind always nimble and inquiring. Ken was actively engaged in horticultural research. He holds two patents, one for a garden trellis system and the other for a municipal composting system. At the time of his death, he was working on a hydroponics system."
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Barbara Goldfarb, at home; two son and daughters-in-law, Mark Goldfarb and Joan Wilson of Croton-on-Hudson, and James and Helen Rados of Harris; two daughters, Lisa Goldfarb and her husband, Dermot Liddy, of Arlington, Mass., and Adrienne and Jim Austin of Arlington, Mass.; six grandchildren, Zoe and Madeleine Goldfarb, Eli and Joanna Rados and Rory and Ezra Liddy; a sister, Anita Perlmutter of Monticello; several nieces and nephews; and many loving cousins, near and far.
Funeral services were held Friday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating.
Burial was made in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to SPECS, P.O. Box 1515, or to the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, P.O. Box 410, both at Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Ret. Line Foreman, 66
Lawrence S. Ohnmacht of Cocoa Beach, Fla., a former resident of Wurtsboro and a retired line foreman for General Motors in Tarrytown with 31 years of service, died Saturday, March 19, 2005. He was 66 years of age.
The son of the late Lawrence and Mary Ohnmacht, he was born April 21, 1938, in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his wife, Clemencia Ohnmacht, at home; a son, Lawrence Ohnmacht of Germany; a daughter, Kim Francois of Vermont; six grandchildren; three step-sons; two step-grandchildren; two sisters, Laura Gilleo of Middletown and Mary Eckes of Tennessee; three nieces; and several grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Walter Ohnmacht, who died just a few short months ago. The brothers were avid fishermen and lovers of the open sea. Their ashes were combined and taken off the coast of Florida, where they were spread across the ocean.
Cremation was made at the Atlas Crematory of Funeral Solutions in Cocoa, Fla.
Owned Kennels, 55
Janice Cowen of Callicoon, the original owner of Cowen Kennels in Jeffersonville, died Sunday, April 10, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 55 years of age.
The daughter of Amelia "Molly" Forsbach and the late William Forsbach, she was born April 7, 1950, in Liberty.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a strong and caring person who touched many lives. She would open her house to family and friends and always reached out to others. Her spirit and strength will forever be an inspiration."
Mrs. Cowen is survived by her husband and best friend, Marshall Frances Cowen III, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tanya and Ken Cohen and Audra and Daniel Everett; two granddaughters, Gabrielle Cohen and Samantha Everett; a brother, Christopher W. Forsbach; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and in-laws.
A memorial service is planned for a later date.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Jesus Robles Jr., 26
Jesus Pena "Junior" Robles Jr. of Schenectady, a former resident of Monticello and employed by The Center for the Disabled in Schenectady, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 5, 2005, in Schenectady. He was 26 years of age.
The son of Machelle Horace and the late Jesus Penna Robles Sr., he was born March 9, 1979, in Palm Beach, Fla.
In a family statement, it was said, "Junior died doing one of the things he enjoyed most: riding his motorcycle. He was a loving, kind and generous son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend. He loved playing basketball and hanging out with his neighborhood friends."
He is survived by his mother of Monticello; three sisters, Monique Robles of Monticello, Christina Pena Martinez of Schenectady and Danielle H. Gibbs of Albany; his maternal grandmother, Mabel Horace of Monticello; five aunts, Lisa Crawford and Christina Robles Pena, both of Monticello, Rosa Robles Pena of the state of Florida, Maria Robles Pena and Pedra Robles Pena, both of Puerto Rico; five uncles, Savage, Vernon and Samuel Horace, all of Monticello, Luis Robles Pena of Puerto Rico and Luis Alberto Robles Pena of the state of Florida; two nieces, Nichelle Jackson of Schenectady and Domonique Sims of Monticello; four grand-aunts; a grand-uncle; two brothers-in-law, Ivan Martinez of Puerto Rico and Vincent Wright of Jamaica; two godsons, Anthony Johnson and Daniel Williams of Schenectady; his companion, Michelle Rodriguez of Schenectady; and a host of cousins and friends. He was predeceased by two uncles, Maurice Horace and Nicholas Robles.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at King's Chapel Mission Church, 15 Spring St., Monticello, with Bishop Leon Williams officiating.
Burial will be made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Monticello.
John P. Watson
Ret. Businessman, 91
John P. Watson of Roscoe, the retired owner of Watson Utilities of Cooks Falls and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, April 8, 2005, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. He was 91 years of age.
The son of the late John and Anna Gorsack Watson, he was born August 6, 1913, in Hamden. He was the widower of Anna K. Peola Watson who died November 9, 1994.
Mr. Watson was a communicant of Gate of Heaven Church in Rosoce; a charter member and past captain of the Cooks Falls-Horton Fire Company; and a former member of the Roscoe Kiwanis Club, the Roscoe-Rockland Senior Citizens and the Liberty Elk's Lodge #1545.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward and Nancy Watson of Windsor and Timothy and Sherry Watson of St. Cloud, Fla.; a daughter and sons-in-law, Bernadette and Gene Girard of Tok, Alaska; a daughter-in-law, Rosemary Watson of San Diego, Calif.; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two nieces. He was predeceased by a son, John Watson III, who died March 6, 1976.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, 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 the Gate of Heaven Church, Highland Ave., Roscoe, with Monsignor William Collins officiating.
Burial will be made in the Cooks Falls Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the R&R Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Roscoe, N.Y. 12776.
Paul F. Shields
Retired Butcher, 70
Paul F. Shields of White Sulphur Springs, a retired butcher for ShopRite in Liberty and a 30-year area resident, died Friday, April 8, 2005, at the Winggate Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility in Beacon. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late John O. and Bertha Deardon Shields, he was born December 18, 1934, in Newark, N.J.
In a family statement, it was said, "Paul was a loving and devoted husband."
He is survived by his wife, Ruth L. Shields, at home; and a sister, Sally Lancaster of Oregon.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty.
Robert Parsons, 70
Ret. Indus. Arts Teacher
Robert Wayne Parsons of Cochecton, a retired industrial arts teacher for the Monticello School District and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, April 9, 2005, at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York City. He was 70 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Lois Harrington Parsons, he was born July 14, 1934, in Ossining.
Mr. Parsons was a founding member and past president of the Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps. A veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1957 to 1959, he was the lead shooter for the U.S. Army 4th Armored Division Pistol Team, representing the United States when competing against other NATO nations in the LeClerc match in 1958 and went on to win the match for the United States.
In a family statement, it was said, "RoPar was the best of the best husband, dad, grandfather and friend. He exemplified all that was good, living his life to the fullest, finding joy at the start of the day and contentment at day's end. His love, compassion and wisdom touched all who knew him. He will be sorely missed."
He is survived by his wife, Merle H. Rifkin Parsons, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Debra Parsons of Clearwater, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Hallie and Adam Ramirez of Liberty; and five grandchildren, Daniel, Rebecca, Christopher, Adam and Jonathan. He was predeceased by a brother, Owen Parsons.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services and burial will be held at the Vestal Hills Memorial Park in Vestal on Thursday at 1 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering, 1275 York Ave., New York, N.Y. 10021 or to the Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Lake Huntington, N.Y. 12752.
Ret. Restaurateur, 96
Loulla Demetriou of Jeffersonville, a former resident of Bergen County, N.J., and the former owner of the Star Restaurant in Stroudsburg, Pa., died Monday, April 11, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 96 years of age.
The daughter of the late Constantinios and Loukia Hadjioannou, she was born November 3, 1908, at Larnaca on the Island of Cypress. She was the widow of Miltiades Demetriou.
Mrs. Demetriou was a member and founder of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Acension in Fairview, N.J.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a loving wife and mother to her husband, her daughter, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, friends and family. She was proud of her Greek heritage, a tradition that will be carried on by generations to come."
She is survived by a daughter, Lucy Karadontes of Jeffersonville; two grandchildren and their spouses, Georgia and Kevin Hart and Andy and Lori Karadontes, all of Jeffersonville; three great-grandchildren, Kali Hart, Jared Hart and Alexa Williams; a sister, Anthie Virynidos of Cypress; and a godson, Laki of London, England. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, Chris Karadontes, two brothers and a sister.
There will be no calling hours.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Acension in Fairview, N.J.
Burial will be made in the Fairview, N.J. Cemetery.
Anthony V. Barbano
Ret. Supervisor, 91
Anthony V. Barbano of Roscoe, a former resident of Brooklyn, a retired district service supervisor for the Brooklyn Union Gas Company, and a longtime area resident, died Monday, April 11, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 91 years of age.
The son of the late Frank and Mary Bueno Barbano, he was born January 15, 1914, in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Fausta Barbano.
Mr. Barbano was a very active resident of the nursing home. He built many of the holiday decorations that have been used over the years.
He is survived by a brother, Edward Barbano of the state of Florida; two sisters, Martha Alexander of Morristown, N.J., and Frances Montgomery of the state of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three sisters, Mary, Rosie and Lucy, and a brother, Frank.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the Gate of Heaven Church, Highland Ave., Roscoe, with Monsignor William Collins officiating.
Burial will be made in St. John's Cemetery in Queens.