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June 7, 2005

Memorial Service
For Kurt Engelhard

A memorial service will be held for Kurt Engelhard on Saturday, June 11, at the Callicoon United Methodist Church. Friends and family are invited to attend a reception afterwards in the church dining room.

Memorial Service
For Marion Mills

A memorial service will be held for Marion Mills, a former resident of Buck Brook who died December 27, 2004, on Thursday, June 9, at 10 a.m. at the Hortonville Cemetery. Father Ignatius Smith will officiate.

Americo Malatesta
Ret. Marble Setter, 85

Americo Malatesta of Smallwood, a 16-year area resident and a retired marble terrazzo setter, died Thursday, June 2, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Louis and Emma Malatesta, he was born November 13, 1919, in New York City.
Mr. Malatesta is survived by his wife, Carmelita Lupi Malatesta, at home; and two step-sons, Silvio Ottolia and Maureice Ottolia.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home in Pine Bush.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.

Joseph Griffin Jr.
Ret. Diesel Mechanic, 57

Joseph S. Griffin Jr. of Napanoch, a former diesel mechanic and a longtime area resident, died Friday, June 3, 2005, at the Ellenville Hospital. He was 57 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph S. Sr. and Sarah Sutten Griffin, he was born May 28, 1948, in Newburgh.
Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife, Melissa Darrigo Griffin, at home; two sons, Michael Griffin and his wife, Janet, of Marlboro, and Brian Griffin and his fiancée, Laura, of Otisville; two daughters, Theresa Griffin of Newburgh and Kiera Griffin and her fiance, Eric, of Wallkill; three step-sons, Walter Stark of Napanoch, John Stark of Kingston and Laurence Stark Jr. and his fiancée Mosha, of Monticello; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday evening at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home in Walden.
Cremation was made in the Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Jeanne Greenberg
Ret. Dietitian, 84

Jeanne Greenberg, a longtime resident of Monticello, died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in Great Neck, after a long illness. She was 84 years of age.
She was born in Brooklyn to Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro. She was the widow of Dr. Isidore S. Greenberg who died in 1983.
She graduated from Pratt Institute in 1940 as a dietitian and worked in the health field until her marriage in 1945. After that she worked alongside her husband in his medical practice until his death.
Mrs. Greenberg is survived by three children, Dr. Ellen Greenberg of Sofia, Bulgaria, Stephen Greenberg of San Antonio, Tex., and David Greenberg of New York City. She was predeceased by two sisters and a brother.
Services were held Monday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Burial was made in the Mountaindale Synagogue Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO. Box 628, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.

James Buckley, 96
Ret. NYCPD Detective

James S. Buckley of Yulan, a retired detective lieutenant of the New York City Police Department and a longtime area resident, died Friday, June 3, 2005, at the Boca Raton Community Hospital in Florida. He was 96 years of age.
The son of the late Daniel and Bridget Commerford Buckley, he was born December 26, 1908, in Manhattan. He was the widower of Eleanor Burke Buckley, who died after 50 years of marriage, and Mary Harrington Buckley to whom he was married 11 years before she died in 1994.
Committed to his community and always being a “good sport”, Jim was a member in good standing for over 50 years in the Yulan Fire Department, a member of Elks Lodge No. 645 in Port Jervis and the Lions Club, as well as a member and Sunday usher at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Yulan.
In Florida, Jim enjoyed playing golf with his sons and grandsons, where he was also an active member of The Christ Child Society of Boca Raton.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James R. and Patricia Buckley and Robert S. and Claudia Buckley, all of Boca Raton, Fla.; five grandchildren, Kris and her husband Andrew Sampson, Jodi Lynn and her husband, Taylor Olsen, Michael Drew and his wife, Cyndi Buckley, R.J. Buckley and Steven Buckley; three great-grandchildren, Vita Olsen, Kerry Olsen and James Bancroft Buckley; a brother and sister-in-law, Patrick and Mary Buckley; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
A Mass of Celebration will be offered at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church in Yulan with the Rev. Anthony Moore officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Eldred.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, 25 Beaver Brook Rd., Yulan, N.Y. 12792 or to The Christ Child Society of Boca Raton, P.O. Box 811025, Boca Raton, Fla. 33481.

Robert White, 65
Ret. Rural Mail Carrier

Robert White of Cochecton, a lifelong area resident, a retired rural mail carrier and the founder of Reilly’s Ice Cream Parlor, died Friday, June 3, 2005, at his home. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Pearl Peck White, he was born September 28, 1939, in Cochecton.
Mr. White was a 45-year member and president of the Cochecton-Lake Huntington Fire Department, a firewarden, a Town of Cochecton constable, president of the Cochecton Men’s Club for over 40 years, a director of the Cochecton Preservation Society and a member of the former Cochecton Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Hermann White, at home; two sons, Andrew and his companion, Irene Ward, of Cochecton, and Robert Jr. and his wife, Marion White, of Manchester, Md.; six granddaughters, Erin, April and Brittany White, Robin and Heather Lutz and Jessica Harrington; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, William Campbell of Honesdale, Pa., and James White of Chenango Forks; two sisters, Minnie Labar of Waymart, Pa., and Mary Samson of Whitney Point; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey White, a granddaughter, Kerri-Jo White, a sister, Betty Jane Campbell and a brother, Harvey Campbell Jr.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon with Pastor Steven Knutsen of the Rock Hill United Methodist Church and Pastor Peg Van Siclen of the Callicoon United Methodist Church officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to the Cochecton Men’s Club, c/o Howard Schuchman, P.O. Box, Cochecton, N.Y. 12726.

Barney S. Giza
Ret. Army Veteran, 71

Barney S. Giza of Goshen, a combat veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars who served his country in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years, died Thursday, June 2, 2005, in Goshen. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late Frank and Helen Wisniewski Giza, he was born October 2, 1933 in Goshen.
Mr. Giza was the co-owner and operator of The Triple J Inn in Goshen. He was a life member of VFW Post 1708, in Goshen, a member of the American Legion Post #1250 in Florida, N.Y., and a member of TREA.
In a family statement, it was said, “Barney was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, reading, playing cards and socializing with friends. He had a great sense of humor and knew how to make people laugh. A soldier to the end, he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.”
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Nancy Williams Giza, at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, John and Leigh Giza of Centreville, Va., James and Kerry Giza of Sutton, Mass, and Joseph and Susan Giza of Wurtsboro; four grandchildren, David, Jennifer, Heather and Alexandra; a brother, Frank and his wife, Josephine Giza, of New Hampton; two sisters, Hattie Pieczontka of Pine Island and Jane Shuback of Middletown; a sister-in-law, Jean Giza of Gibsonia, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Myron, Stephen and Edward, and four sisters, Blanche, Helen, Julia and Elizabeth.
Services were held Monday at the Lazear-Smith and Vander Plaat Memorial Home in Warwick with the Rev. J. Scott Barker officiating.
Interment was made in the Warwick Cemetery with military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 419 E. Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Michael Purcell
Teacher, 53

Michael Purcell of Walden, a physical education and classroom teacher for 32 years in the Washingtonville School District and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, June 4, 2005, in Newburgh. He was 53 years of age.
The son of Thomas and Theresa Bruschi Purcell, he was born September 18, 1951, in Newburgh.
A graduate of Valley Central High School, he received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Manhattan College in 1973. He attended Lady of the Lake Chapel in Newburgh.
Mr. Purcell was a baseball coach for Walden Little League, Valley Central School District, Washingtonville School District, Montgomery Cardinal’s, the Newburgh Cannons, Mount St. Mary’s College and the Newburgh Nuclears. He was also a coach for the Walden Rotary Soccer Club and Washingtonville Girl’s Varsity Basketball Team.
In a family statement, it was said, “Mike was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. His passion for baseball was shown through his many years of teaching and coaching. He was devoted to his players both on and off the field.”
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Ruth Conklin Purcell, at home; three children, Trevor Michael, at home, and his girl friend, Melissa Picone, Brady Thomas, at home, and Kelly Marie of the Town of Newburgh and her fiance, Al Guidice; a grandson, Parker Guidice of the Town of Newburgh; his parents of Walden; two brothers, Daniel Purcell and his wife, Eileen, of Campbell Hall, and John Purcell and his girlfriend, Maria Lambros, of Oneonta; a sister, Linda Fox of Spring Glen; two sisters-in-law and their husbands, Helen and Charles Goetschius of Wurtsboro and Lynda and Doyle Kimmel of Poughkeepsie; a brother-in-law and his wife, Charles and Eileen Conklin of Flanders, N.J.; and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his beagle, Shiloh. Mr. Purcell was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Barry Fox.
Friends may call on Tuesday at the Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m on Wednesday at Lady of the Lake Chapel, Route 52, Town of Newburgh, with Monsignor John Budwick officiating.
Burial will be made in the Wall-kill Valley Cemetery in Walden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Research for Pancreatic Cancer, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.

Jacob Bauernfeind, 91
Ret. Chemist/Nutritionist

Jacob Christopher Bauernfeind of Gainesville, Fla., a former resident of North Branch, died Wednesday, May 18, 2005, in Gainesville of pneumonia and heart-related problems. He was 91 years of age.
The son of the late Edward C. and Nellie Metzger Bauernfeind, he was born April 30, 1914, in North Branch.
He attended the one-room school in North Branch, graduated from Callicoon High School in 1932 and received a BS in Agriculture and Chemistry in 1936 from Cornell University. He received his MS degree in 1939 and his PhD degree in Nutrition, Biochemistry and Physiology in 1940.
After a four-year nutrition-teaching assistantship at Cornell, he joined Hiram Walker & Sons in Illinois as a research chemist and nutritionist. In 1944, he moved to the New Jersey Research Center of Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., in Nutley, N.J., retiring 1979 and moving to Florida. Mr. Bauernfeind had published over 150 scientific papers, patents and reviews and edited three books relating to nutrition.
Mr. Bauernfeind was the recipient of several awards and was a member of various organizations including the American Society of Nutritional Sciences, the American Society of Clinical Nutrition and the American Chemical Society. He traveled widely to third world countries to work on nutrition related issues.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lillian Nurmi Bauernfeind of Gainesville, Fla.; a daughter, Kathleen Bauernfeind Hurwitz of Scarsdale; two sons, Michael Bauernfeind of New Milford, N.J., and Lt. Col Edmund and his wife, Donna Bauernfeind, of Hobe Sound, Fla.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Elizabeth Cox and Mabel Gloor, both of Liberty. He was predeceased by a sister, Grace B. Wagner.
A memorial service will be held on June 18 at the Westminister Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, Fla., where he was a member.

Mary C. Kreller
Owned Resort, 87

Mary “Kitty” C. Kreller of Beach Lake, Pa., the operator of Dellwood Acres, a summer resort in Beach Lake, for 34 years, died Sunday, June 5, 2005, at her home. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Mamie and Barney Cheshire, she was born May 25, 1918, in McAlpin, Fla.
Mrs. Kreller was a member of the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women of the church and a member of the Tusten and Beach Lake Senior Citizens Clubs.
She is survived by her husband , Alvin Kreller, with whom she would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 16, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and James Beierlein of Beach Lake, Pa.; a son, William Kreller of Cape Cod, Mass.; a granddaughter, Kristen Beierlein; and a sister, Vera Lanier of Live Oak, Fla. She was predeceased by a brother, Bud Cheshire.
Cremation was made at the HG Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, Pa.
Friends may call at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Dr. Gordon Weightman officiating.
Burial of the cremains will be made in the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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