April 19, 2005
Carol G. Edwards
Carol Gilbert Edwards of Liberty, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, growing up in Callicoon, died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 66 years of age.
The daughter of the late Daniel and Ruth Collister Pelton, she was born March 17, 1939, in Perry. She was the widow of Vernon Edwards and Frederic Gilbert.
She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, David V. and Agnes Edwards of Moravia, Thomas C. Edwards of Highland Mills and Timothy G. and Mary Edwards of Forest City, Pa.; a daughter, Laura Edwards of Liberty; two brothers, Daniel Pelton of Liberty and Robert Pelton of Tennessee; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and James Relyea of Callicoon Center and Shirley and Arthur Relyea of Clarksville; 10 grandchildren, Jessica Bevier, Bryan Edwards, Gina Edwards, Kelli Schrader, Jonathan Edwards, George Edwards, Andrew Edwards, Jennifer Moriarty, Rachel Moriarty and Richard Moriarty; a great-grandchild, Bryce Bevier; and three special friends, Conor, Brendan and Owen Siegel. She was predeceased by a sister, Marilyn Caldiero, and a brother, Gary Pelton.
Services were held at the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty on Monday with the Rev. Roy Shaffer officiating.
Burial was made in the Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of the Nazarene, Katrina Falls Rd., Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775.
Rose Foy of Woodbourne, a former resident of the Bronx and a homemaker, died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of the late Benjamin and Sarah Karp, she was born July 23, 1916, in New York City. She was the widow of Michael Patrick Foy who died in 1992.
Mrs. Foy is survived by a daughter ad son-in-law, Susan and John "Pat" DeMarsico of Woodbourne; two grandchildren and their spouses, Michael and Nicole Congelosi of Woodbourne and Karen and Eugene Divodetes of Largo, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren, Michael Congelosi and Alexandra Sasha Divodetes. She was predeceased by a daughter, Jean Hanley, a brother, David Karp, and a sister, Mary Meyer.
Graveside services and burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Pinelawn Memorial Park with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Family Care Council, P.O. Box 671, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Emma Hannon Guinness Cote, a longtime resident of Yankee Lake and Jacksonville, Fla., died Wednesday, April 13, 2005, after a long and valiant struggle with myasthenia gravis at the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late William Freeman and Mary Mildred Ryan Guinness, she was born October 21, 1931, in Newburgh. She was the widow of Paul L. Cote who died December 7, 2003.
Mrs. Cote was a member of St. Patrick's Church in Newburgh, a graduate of Mount St. Mary Academy in Newburgh and a graduate of the College of St. Elizabeth in Convent Station, N.J., with a B.A. in Math.
She is survived by several cousins, including Alma Guinness of New York and Barbara Ryan Perez of Newburgh; and many dear friends.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Patrick's Church, 55 Grand St., Newburgh, with Monsignor John Budwick officiating.
Interment will be made in Calvary Cemetery in New Windsor.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Patrick's Soup Kitchen, 55 Grand St, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.
Anna M. Payne
Anna M. Payne of Liberty, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, April 15, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Swierczek Kraycer, she was born December 10, 1935, in Olyphant, Pa.
Mrs. Payne was a member of St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty.
She is survived by two sons, Paul Muthig Jr. of Minnesota and Brian Payne of Colorado; two daughters and sons-in-law, Valerie and Leonard Mott of Ferndale and Sheryl and Kevin Blume of White Sulphur Springs; three brothers, Joseph Kraycer of Port Jervis and Michael Kraycer and his wife, Gaile, and Edward Kraycer and his wife, Susan, all of Liberty; a sister, Bernice Danzer and her husband, William, of Liberty; four grandchildren, Helen Lee, Allison Andrews, Kevin Blume and Derek Blume; five great-grandchildren, Jenna and Christopher Lee and Zackary, Tyler and Kayla Andrews; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Peter's Church in Liberty with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Liberty.
Ret. Secretary, 77
Doris Turshen of Brooklyn, a former resident of Jeffersonville and a retired secretary for Quality Bakers of America in New York City, died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Lester John and Louise Elizabeth Esselmann Hust, she was born December 13, 1927, in Jeffersonville. She was the widow of Maximillian Turshen
She is survived by a brother, Lester Hust of Youngsville; nieces and nephews, including Kent Simpson of Madison, Ind., Kim Simpson of Anderson, Ind., Valerie Doolittle of Barneveld, Duane Hust of Jeffersonville and Sherrie Hust of Youngsville; and many grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and several cousins. She was predeceased by a sister, Louise Simpson.
Services were held Monday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with the Rev. Lee Andrews officiating.
Burial was made in the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Ret. EKG Tech, 69
Porfiria Rivera, a five-year resident of Ellenville and a retired EKG technician at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, died Friday, April 15, 2005, at her home. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of the late Eugeneno and Ruperta Rosa Negron, she was born January 17, 1936, in Puerto Rico.
Mrs. Rivera was a member of the Church of St. Mary and St. Andrew in Ellenville and the AARP.
She is survived by her husband, Efrain Rivera, at home; a son, Ivan Rivera of Brooklyn; a daughter and son-in-law, Mitzi and Albert Santiago of Grahamsville; six grandchildren; several sisters and brothers; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons, William and Frank.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Church of St. Mary and St. Andrew, 137 South Main St., Ellenville.
Burial will be made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or to Hospice, Inc., 34 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Ret. Secretary, 79
Eleanor Knieriemen of Warwick, a retired secretary with Mars and Mance of Florida, N.Y., died Saturday, April 16, 2005, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Warwick. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Elsie Wigger Hyatt, she was born June 7, 1925, in New York City. She was the widow of Lothar Knieriemen.
Mrs. Knieriemen was a parishioner of St. Stephen's Church in Warwick where she served on the Altar Society and was a parish clerical worker. She was a past Regent of Court of St. Anne, Chapter 909, Daughters of the Americas; a member of the Monsignor Pregenser Rosary Group, the Charismatic Prayer Group and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels.
In a family statement, it was said, "She was a great Mom, at her finest when times were tough and especially when one of her children needed her. We all did. Those who knew her always say what a fighter she was, a woman of courage and strength. Bravely she faced life after the loss of her husband, Lothar, and throughout the many, many years she struggled with emphysema. She found comfort in her Catholic faith, the dear friends she made there and those she came to know at Creekside. Especially dear to Mom and the entire family is Mary Jankowski, a true friend and neighbor for over forty years. We want to thank all of you who visited her at home, in the nursing home and in her final days. We are grateful also for the compassionate care she received in St. Anthony's Hospital in Warwick. Mom, we will all miss you."
She is survived by two daughters, Margaret Ann Bailey and her husband, Al, of Miller Place, and Eleanor M. Knieriemen and her partner, Cindy, of Wurtsboro; two sons, Lothar J. Knieriemen and his wife, Susan, of Summerfield, Fla., and Karl Knieriemen and his companion, Tami, of Ocala, Fla.; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Alyson; a sister, Frances Nieves; and many nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Stephen's Church in Warwick.
Interment will be made in St. Stephen's Cemetery in Warwick.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephen's St. Edwards School or the Stain Glass Window Fund of St. Stephen's Church, Warwick, N.Y. 10990.
Timothy V. Gibbs
Timothy V. Gibbs of Middletown, a self-employed contractor and a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly on Friday, April 15, 2005. He was 20 years of age.
The son of Vaughn and Patricia MacGregor Gibbs, he was born April 26, 1984, in Middletown.
A 2002 graduate of Pine Bush High School, he was a star basketball player and also played for CYO and AAU. He enjoyed working on his Hondas and the Friday night car shows, but especially enjoyed spending time with his daughter.
He is survived by his parents of Middletown; a sister, Emily Gibbs of Middletown; a daughter, Caitlin Gibbs of Middletown; his companion, Erica McGuiness of Middletown; his maternal grandmother, Rita MacGregor of Middletown; his paternal grandparents, Nona Gibbs of Summerville, N.C., and Herbert Gibbs and his wife, Louise, of Atlanta, Ga.; an aunt, Jane MacGregor of New Windsor; three uncles and their wives, Bill and Cathy MacGregor of Pearl River, Bruce and Sharon MacGregor of Bloomingburg and Daryl and Barbara Gibbs of Atlanta, Ga.; and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Bill MacGregor, and an uncle, Timothy Gibbs.
Friends may call at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown.
Burial will be made in the family plot at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Middletown.
Mariah DeGraw, 25
Mariah Lee DeGraw of Rock Hill died Friday, April 15, 2005, as the result of a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Thompson. She was 25 years of age.
The daughter of Allan Sr. and Carla Oliver DeGraw, she was born September 24, 1979, in Nyack.
In a family statement, it was said, "Mariah enjoyed life and did everything possible to brighten everyone else's life. She wanted to make the world smile."
She is survived by her parents, a daughter, Allura Lynn DeGraw, a brother, Allan DeGraw Jr., a sister, Alisha Lynn DeGraw, and a nephew, Gavin Donald, all at home; her maternal grandfather, Frank Oliver of Woodbourne; her paternal grandfather, Walter DeGraw of Cairo; her paternal grandmother, Julia DeGraw VanDunk of Bloomingburg; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Mary Oliver.
Friends may call at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro, on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a fund to benefit Mariah's daughter, Allura, and addressed to Debbie Walsh, P.O. Box 457, Slate Hill, N.Y. 10973.
Kathryn T. Gerke of Highland Falls, a homemaker and a 50-year area resident, died Friday, April 15, 2005, at her home. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edward and Anna Baresich Colvell, she was born September 24, 1927, in New York City. She was the widow of Allen W. Gerke.
Mrs. Gerke was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Highland Falls and a past member of the Hillcrest Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by four daughters, Kathy Ann Gonzales of Fayetteville, N.C., Barbara Gerke-Longamore of Dallas, Ga., Wendy E. Gerke of Highland Falls and Valarie J. Gerke of Fort Montgomery; two sisters, Lois Morney of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ., and Arlene Sadler of Forestburgh; a brother, Edward J. Colvell of Dayton, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Caitlin, Danielle, Nina, Christie, Nicole, Sarah, Gabrielle and Katarina; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Courtney; and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Route 9W, Fort Montgomery, with the Rev. Jack Arlotta officiating.
Burial will be made in Eagle Valley Cemetery in the Town of Highlands.
Ret. Trucker, 84
Everett W. Menshen of Middletown, a retired trucker, a woodworker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, April 15, 2005, in Liberty. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late William and Mabel Parker Menshen, he was born April 10, 1921, in Middletown.
A World War II and Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army, he served with the 101st Airborne Division and was discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant. Mr. Menshen was highly decorated and earned many citations. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda Menshen at home; a daughter, Barbara Mineo of Portsmouth, Va.; a sister, Marion Luersen of Prospect, Conn.; two grandchildren, Wayne Bringazi and Teresa Willoughby; three great-grandchildren, J.P. Odom, Tiffany Nicole Willoughby and Breena Leigh Willoughby; his nieces and nephews, including Beverly Petrozak and her husband, David, of Middletown, Wayne Tiffany of New Jersey, John and Gordon Luersen, Lynn Priebe, Shirley Kinney and Beverly Garzon, all of Liberty, William Bertholf, James Bertholf, Eileen Wohltjen and Victoria Kurzrock, all of the Town of Fallsburg; and his special friends, Larry, Susan and Larissa Griffiths. He was predeceased by a sister, Jessie Tiffany.
Friends may call at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, 72 West Main St., Middletown, from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Mt. Hope Rd, Middletown.
Burial will be held in the Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Mt. Hope Rd., Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to the Sullivan County Adult Care Family Council, Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Steven Pickering, 54
Ret. Hotel Employee
Steven Pickering, an eight-year resident of Woodridge, a former employee of the Nevele Hotel and the Homowack, until he became disabled, and a former resident of New Jersey, died Saturday, April 17, 2005, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 54 years of age.
The son of the late James J. and Lillian F. Buernau Pickering, he was born February 20, 1951, in Providence, R.I.
He is survived by his companion, Bertha "Tiny" Nedley; and many other loving friends.
Friends may call at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 Main St., Woodbourne, on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Cremation will be private.