July 1, 2005
Steven T. Hill
Ret. Corrections Offc., 58
Steven Thomas Hill, a retired New York State Corrections Officer for the Sullivan Correctional Facility in Woodbourne and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, June 27, 2005, at his home in Neversink. He was 58 years of age.
The son of Frances Weigand Hill and the late Douglas Steven Hill, he was born May 27, 1947, in Woodbourne.
A Vietnam War veteran, he served as a sergeant in the United States Air Force in the South Pacific. Known through the area for his service to the community, he was a past New York State Fire Warden, a 35-year member, past chief, past president and past treasurer of the Neversink Fire Department, a past member and past president of the Sullivan County Fire Chiefs Association, and a past member of the Grahamsville Fire Department and a member of the Liberty Elks. He was also a parishioner at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Woodbourne where he formerly served as an Eucharistic minister, parish councilman and parish trustee. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he was a member of the Hemlock Hollow Hunting Club in Forestburgh.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Carolyn Dean Hill, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie and Robert Moraine of Pickerington, Ohio, and Pamela and John DeMarmels of Parksville, six grandchildren, Daniel, Ashley, Joshua, Mikayla, Sarah and Aaron; his mother of Grahamsville; a sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Steven Conklin of Grahamsville; his mother- and father-in-law, Louise and Archie Dean of Neversink; three brothers- and sisters-in-law, George and Barbara Dean, Bonnie and Glen VanDenberg and Tom and Marlene Poley; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Shirley Dean Poley.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Thursday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne with Fr. John Lynch officiating.
Interment was made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neversink Fire Department, P.O. Box 627 or the Neversink First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 468, both at Neversink, N.Y. 12765.
Funeral arrangement were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Robert Hartmann, 65
Ret. Police Investigator
Robert A. Bob Hartmann of Jekyll Island, Ga., a retired 28-year investigator with the New York State Police, died Sunday, June 26, 2005, at his home. He was 65 years of age.
Born in Cochecton, he made his home in Kenoza Lake for 34 years before moving to Jekyll Island in 1995.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy with the Pacific Fleet, serving 1957 to 1962, he was a member of the Police Benevolent Association and a former 30-year member of the Lions Club in Jeffersonville and Jekyll Island. He was also a member of the Jekyll Island Mens Golf Association and was a starter at the Jekyll Island Golf Club. Mr. Hartmann was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Narrowsburg.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Hartmann of Jekyll Island; a son Robert F. Hartmann of Westford, Mass.; a daughter Judith H. Hoyle of Dunkirk, Md.; a sister, Helene Bennedum of Ballston Spa; three grandchildren, Anna C. Hartmann and Robert M. Hartmann, both of Westford, Mass., and Kathryn C. Hoyle of Dunkirk, Md.
A Memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. Georges Roman Catholic Church in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jekyll Island Fire Department, Jekyll Island, Ga. 31525 or to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, Ga. 31525.
Ret. Painter, 77
Raymond Conner of Napanoch, a retired painter at the Nevele Hotel and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, June 26, 2005, at The Kingston Hospital. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Raymond and Celestia Hendrickson Conner, he was born July 29, 1927, in Accord.
A World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Conner was a member of the Ellenville Elks Lodge #1971, The Camp Hunting Lodge and was a former volunteer fireman. He was an avid bowler and bowled in the Wednesday Night Bowling League in Liberty. He was a Mets fan to the extreme.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lorraine Williams Conner, at home; four daughters, Celestia Conner, Toni Karlovec and her husband, Robert, Barbara Stuart and her significant other, Tim Kortright, all of Grahamsville, and Debbie Silva and her husband, Jose, of Sanford, Fla.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Raymond and Colleen Conner of Lake Isabella, Calif., and Merrill and Gwen Conner of Napanoch; two brothers, Robert Conner and his wife, Agnes, of Ellenville, and Louis Conner; a sister, Mabel Skeens of Accord; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, James Conner, and two sisters, Millie Rose and Rachel Champaign.
Services were held Thursday at the Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville with the Rev. Julius Collins officiating
Burial was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellenville Elks Lodge #1971, P.O. Box 62, Napanoch, N.Y. 12458 or to the Ellenville Little League, P.O. Box 249, Ellenville, N.Y. 12428.
Gary Lee Jake Gorton of Grahamsville, a self-employed carpenter, died Monday, June 27, 2005, at the Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 54 years of age.
He was the son of Thelma Gorton and the late Andrew Gorton.
Mr. Gorton was a member of the National Rifle Association and a past member of the Claryville Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Marge Gorton, at home, a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Geri Gorton, his mother, and two grandchildren, Hailey and Brant Gorton, all of Grahamsville; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by two sisters, Sue Julkerski and Gail Gorton, and a brother, Andrew Skip Gorton.
Cremation was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucker Center, 60 Prospect Ave., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Esther Elkin/Elkanovich Goldstein, a homemaker and a more than 60-year Ellenville resident, died Monday, June 27, 2005, at Ten Broeck Commons, Lake Katrine. She was 92 years of age.
The daughter of the late Sarah and Abraham Elkanovich, she was born in Odessa, Russia, on February 15, 1913. She was the widow of Meyer Mickey Goldstein, a noted hotel steward in the Ellenville area of the Borscht Belt, who died September 20, 1985.
In a family statement, it was said, She always had a ready hand and ready words to help her family and all of her many adoring neighbors and friends throughout her 92 years. Having come from Russia with only her elder sister by her side during that journey, she joined other family members once she arrived in America. Esther made a happy life for her husband, her own mother and her children. She lived modestly and sincerely. Esther was deeply loved and will be terribly missed. Esn und bentshn un zie a mentsch (eat and pray and be a good person) were her watchwords.
Mrs. Goldstein is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Karen and Alan Blocker of Lake Katrine, Edith and Leslie Meyers of Buffalo Grove, Ill., and Arlene and Bruce Bank of Monticello; six grandchildren, Wendy Blocker Schwalb and her husband, Richard, of Jeffesonville, Seth Blocker and his wife, Linda, of Delhi, Paul Meyers and his wife, Alison, of Chicago, Ill., Stephanie Meyers and her fiance, Brett Boyer, of Milwaukee, Wisc., Stacy Bank and her fiance, Phillip Jackson, of Monticello, and Lisa Bank of Monticello; five great-grandchildren, Alex and Jessica Schwalb of Jeffersonville, Rachel and Benjamin Blocker of Delhi, and Lilah Meyers of Chicago, Ill.; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and many special friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Congregation Ezrath Israel in Ellenville with Rabbi Moshe Frank officiating.
Burial was made in Anshe Tzaydik Cemetery in Wawarsing.
Shiva will take place at the home of Alan and Karen Blocker, 20 Esther Pl., Lake Katrine through Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Ave., Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or to the charity of ones choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Ellenville.
Parts/Service Dir., 75
Norman Larry Kaye of Henderson, Nev., a former resident of Woodridge and a retired parts and service director at Potamkin Toyota in New York City, died April 29, 2005, at his home in Nevada.
Mr. Kaye was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Samuels-Kaye, at home; two daughters, Stacey TenEyck of Kansas City, Mo., and Allison Thaller of Marlboro, N.J.; three grandchildren, Melanie Rifkin, Geoffrey Rifkin and Joshua Thaller; a sister, Bea Kass of Dallas, Tex.; a sister- and brothers-in-law, Drs. Sheri and Dennis Kunimoto of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and Gary Samuels of Ithaca; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Bunkers Memorial Chapel in Las Vegas, Nev.
Burial was made at the Southern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, Nev.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice or to the Nathan Edelson Hospice Foundation, Camp Mariposa, 431 Swenson St., Las Vegas, Nev. 89119.
Ret. Electrician, 85
Edward A. Kaweski of White Sulphur Springs, a retired electrician with I.B.E. Local #806 and an over 47-year area resident, died Wednesday, June 29, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Samuel and Mary Kaweski, he was born July 28, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. Kaweski was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Panama Canal Zone.
He is survived by his wife, Helen P. Mikuszewski Kaweski, at home; two daughters Nancy Fano and Susan Kaweski, and a son, James Kaweski, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Friday from 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Adult Care Center - Family Council, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
Ret. Electrician, 71
Thomas M. Schneider of Parksville, a retired electrician with the New York City Transit Authority and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, June 30, 2005, at his home. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late Martin and Edna Marcellus Schneider, he was born June 20, 1934, in Middle Village.
Mr. Schneider was a communicant of St. Peters Roman Catholic Church in Liberty.
He is survived by his wife, Alberta P. Federico Schneider, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Theresa and Lawrence Panico of Greenwood Lake and Lori and David Kuchar of Uniondale; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas M. Jr. and Susan Schneider of Stanley and John and Nicola Schneider of Middletown; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Mary Schneider of Kings Park, Martin and Virginia Schneider of Hicksille and Paul and Laurie Schneider of York, N.Y.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Arthur Clark of East Northport and Carol and Paul Schurlein of Trumbull, Conn.; nine grandchildren, Dawn Libihoul and her husband, Shane, Thomas Schneider III, Vincent DiBello, James, Christina, Rebecca, Alyssa, John J. Jr. and Joey Schneider; two great-grandchildren, Michaela and Shayna; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 1 p.m. on Saturday at St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty, with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550.