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May 6, 2005

Betty Lindsay, 78
Ret. Circulation Emply.

Betty Smithem Lindsay of Wurtsboro, a retired circulation employee of the Times Herald Record in Middletown, died unexpectedly Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 78 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edward L. and Estelle Smithem Wilkinson, she was born November 8, 1926, in Wurtsboro.
Mrs. Lindsay was a member of the Fair Street Church in Kingston, a member of the Mamakating Historical Society and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 1266 in Mamakating. She was an avid horsewoman and golfer.
She is survived by two sons, Daniel Lindsay of Callicoon Center and Pete Lindsay of Wurtsboro; a brother and sister-in-law, Edward and Linda Wilkinson of Wurtsboro; a sister, Terrie Hoar of Ellenville; four grandchildren, Danielle, Jennifer, Sean and Arianne; her longtime friend, Jim Quinn of the Bronx; several nieces and nephews; and a village full of friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 11 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro.
Interment of the cremains will be held at the Sylvan cemetery in Wurtsboro at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fair Street Church, Kingston, N.Y. 12401.

Julia Voelkers
Ret. Policewoman, 83

Julia Voelkers of Monticello, a retired policewoman with over 22 years service for the Village of Monticello, died Monday, May 2, 2005, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late Stephen and Jennie Felter Murran, she was born October 24, 1921, in Monticello. She was the widow of both Orlando Fero and Karl Voelkers.
Mrs. Voelkers was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello, the Monticello Exempt Firemen’s Auxiliary, Monticello PBA, Monticello Elk’s Lodge #1544, Ladies Auxiliary of the Ruddick-Trowbridge American Legion Post #73, the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #8201 in Rainbow Lakes, Fla., American Diabetes Association, AARP, and a charter member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Assoc.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Danny and Helen Fero of Monticello, Andrew and Bonnie Fero of Dunnellon, Fla., and Lanny “OJ” and Karen Fero of Hernando, Fla.; two sisters, Genevieve “Bee” Case of Delmar and Harriet Pirich of Monticello; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Stephen, Charles and John, and two sisters, Helen and Kate.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Peter’s Church, Broadway and Liberty Street, Monticello, with the Rev. Robert Ginel officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monticello Exempt Firemen’s Auxiliary, 2 Pleasant St., Monticello, N.Y. 12701.

Phyllis Smith
Homemaker, 78

Phyllis Shuart Smith of Spotswood, N.J., a homemaker, died Saturday, April 30, 2005, at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J.
Born in Suffern, she resided in Spotswood, N.J., Monsey and Wurtsboro, before settling again in Spotswood last year. She was the widow of Samuel D. Smith in February 2005.
She is survived by two daughters, Susan Capello of Wurtsboro and Cheryl “Cheri” and her husband, Jerry High, of Spotswood, N.J.; a grandson and his wife, Robert Louis and Maria Capello of Pearl River; a granddaughter and her husband, Aimee and Chris Nuwer of Winchester, Va.; three great-grandchildren, Gabriella Capello and Emma and Casey Nuwer; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday at the Scarr Funeral Home in Suffern.
Interment was made in the Brick Church Cemetery in Ramapo.

Memorial Service
Rita Rosenberger

A memorial service for Rita Rosenberger, former resident of Hortonville who passed away January 19, 2005, at the age of 87, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Holy Cross Cemetery in Callicoon.
Friends of the family and patrons of the former Leo’s Market in Hortonville are invited to a get-together at Lander’s Cafe in Callicoon from noon to 2 p.m.

Graveside Services
William Ashworth

Graveside services and burial of William J. Ashworth of Westbrook-ville, will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Westbrookville Cemetery with the Rev. Louise Thomas officiating. He was 87 years of age.
The Westbrookville Fire Department will conduct the services.

Marjorie Smallwood
Ret. Businesswoman, 64

Marjorie Eason Smallwood of Hot Springs Village, Ark., an interior designer and former owner of Etc., Etc., Decorating in Fort Worth, Texas, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at her home. She was 64 years of age.
The daughter of the late Earnest and Lois Eason, she was born February 17, 1941, in England, Ark.
She and her husband were married at the Western Hotel in Callicoon on August 5, 1995. They lived in the Beechwoods for several years and then moved to Duck Harbor, Pa., before moving to Arkansas.
Mrs. Smallwood was a talented interior designer, consulting and designing several areas on the set of the TV show, “Dallas.” She had a green thumb and could make a garden of flowers bloom by her touch. She was the prior owner of Southpaw shops in Fort Worth and Little Rock, the previous co-owner of Norman Property Management in Texas and included an active participation in the Dallas and Fort Worth Apartment Association.
She was a member of the Fort Worth Social Directory and the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. An artist, she contributed several paintings to the Arkansas Symphony fundraising auction.
In a family statement, it was said, “Margie was known for her generosity, friendliness and spirit of life. She was an avid reader and loved the Bible. . . Margie was a ball of fire who will be missed by all!”
She is survived by her husband, Steve Smallwood of Hot Springs Village; four children, Larry A. Mayhan Jr. of Hurst, Tex., Cheryl “DeDe” and her husband, Gus Galindo of Fort Worth, Tex., James E. and his wife, Stacy Norman of Denton, Tex., and Jennifer Norman Haecker and her husband, Andrew, of Fort Worth, Tex.; 10 grandchildren, Larry III and Brent Mayhan, Kristina, Desiree, Sam and Robert Galindo, Jake and Parker Norman, and Mable and Molly Haecker; seven sisters, May Hicks of Lonoke, Ark., Edith Burleson of Little Rock, Ark., Katherine Burleson of Pine Buff, Ark., Virginia Harness of Bigelow, Ark., Juanita Busbice of Grapevine, Tex., Anna Turner of Little Rock, Ark., and Dorothy Myers of Scott, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Earnest “Sonny” and James Eason.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church followed by burial in the Hicks Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held in Texas on Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arkansas Hospice

James M. Furey
Ret. Foreman, 72

James M. Furey, a 12-year resident of Wanaksink Lake in Rock Hill, a retired installation and repair foreman for the New York Telephone Company with 35 years service, died Tuesday, May 2, 2005, in New City, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 72 years of age.
The son of the late Thomas E. and Jane P. Conboy Furey, he was born in Nyack Hospital.
He attended St. Ann’s Catholic Elementary School and graduated from Nyack High School in 1950. He served on active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1950 to 1952, during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Corporal.. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 1959.
A former resident of New City, he started as a splicer’s helper for the telephone company in 1954 and retired in 1989. Upon his retirement from the telephone company, Mr. Furey founded Reliance Telephone Company, Inc., providing communications installation, repair and maintenance services to the Rockland County Government and SUNY Rockland Community College, which he personally ran until 1999 and continued working for until shortly before his illness in 2005.
He served as director of the Wanaksink Lake Board of Directors and as Lake President from 1996 to 1998, and continued as director until the time of his death. He was also a member of the Telephone Company Pioneers and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
In a family statement, it was said, “Jim was an avid boater and sailor and enjoyed fishing on the lake with his grandchildren.”
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Virginia Furey, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Deanna Furey of New City and Thomas and Karen Furey of Bellbrook, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Dominique, Frank,, James, Michael and Marianne of New City and Nicholas, Megan and Liam of Bellbrook, Ohio; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Sara Furey of Rock Hill; an aunt, Marge Furey of Nyack; five cousins; nine nieces and nephews; 13 grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and numerous other relatives and many, many friends.
A Funeral mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Nyack.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Hospice of Rockland, Inc., 11 Stokum Lane, New City, N.Y. 10956.

Marion DeGraw
Former Secretary, 67

Marion DeGraw of Bloomingburg, a lifelong area resident and a former secretary with Stern & Stern in Blauvelt, died Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at her home. She was 67 yeast of age.
The daughter of the late Henry Louis and Beatrice Conklin DeGraw, she was born April 4, 1927, in Spring Valley.
She is survived by three brothers, Richard DeGraw of Bloomingburg, Robert DeGraw and his wife, Carolyn, of Spring Valley, and Walter DeGraw of Cairo, N.Y.; two sisters, Helen Mann of Cairo and Louise Rathbun of New Jersey; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.
Friends may call at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, 1525 Burlingham Rd., Pine Bush, from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday with Pastor Robert B. Hewitt officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.

Albert O’Brien
Ret. Florist, 75

Albert W. O’Brien of Wurtsboro, the retired owner of Spring Street Florist in Middletown, died Tuesday, May 3, 2005, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Albert W. and Vivian Dorothy Van Curen O’Brien, he was born January 14, 1930, in Middletown.
Mr. O’Brien also worked witth Alder’s Wholesale Florist in Goshen and was a shop steward with Keiley Mueller Industries in Middletown. He was a former member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #544 and a 50-year plus member of Eagle Engine Co. #2 in Middletown.
In a family statement, it was said, “Dad will always be lovingly remembered as the biggest sports fan ever. Though his beloved Mets disappointed more often than not, he remained a loyal fan to the end. He often bragged that he never missed a televised game since the team’s inception in 1961. To the chagrin of our mother, he could have probably made the same claim concerning the Nets, Knicks and Giants. Yes, it is for sure that loyalty was Dad’s long suit. Each and everyone of us in his family knew that. His loyalty as a husband, father and grandfather was without limit and beyond doubt. In January of this year he and Mom celebrated 55 years of marriage. Together, they raised and loved their family, operated their florist business, and through all of the years, spent hardly a day apart. A devoted and loving father, Dad has been there for his children and grandchildren, always. Not only did we have the security of his love and presence as children, he was unwavering to the end in his devotion and support of his family. We looked to him always, no matter how many years passed, as a pillar of strength and the leader of our family. His death has been sudden and came all too soon. It is impossible for any of us to imagine our lives or a world without him in it. With all of the love we can summon, and all of the tears we can cry, he must now let him go. Wherever the journey takes him next, we hope and pray that he will be waiting there to guide us in that world as he did so well in this”
He is survived by his wife, Susan A. Peters O’Brien, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Neil A. and Amy O’Brien of Beacon; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna L. and Frank Squicciarini of Wurtsboro; four grandchildren, Raymond E. Knapp and his wife, Michele of Cuddebackville, Neil A. O’Brien, Shawn O’ Brien, Helen O’Brien; a daughter-in-law, Susan B. O’Brien-Prosychak, wife of Robert Prosychak, all of Middletown; and several nieces and nephews.
Following cremation at the Oxford Hills Crematory in Chester, graveside services and burial will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Westbrookville Cemetery.

Dominick Giglio
MR Inspector, 78

Dominick Atilio Giglio of Maybrook, an inspector in the paddock at Monticello Raceway and a retired employee of the New Haven Railroad System, died Tueday, May 3, 2005, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph C. and Adeline Capparella Giglio, he was born in Maybrook.
Mr. Giglio was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific on a battleship. He was a member of the of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, The Church of the Assumption, a 50-year member of Maybrook Engine No. 1 and a member of the Golden Links Senior Citizens Group, all in Maybrook.
He is survived by his wife, Katheryn Gable Giglio, at home; a son, Joseph James Giglio and his companion, Liz Maher, of Walden; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Lenny Aguele of West Windfield; a granddaughter, Marie Elizabeth; two brothers, Frank Giglio of Walden and John Giglio of Maybrook; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption in Maybrook.
Burial will be made at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Montgomery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maybrook Fire Company, Maybrook, N.Y. 12543.

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