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August 30, 2005

Robert A. Kuen
Dairy Farmer, 68

Robert A. Kuen of Narrowsburg, a dairy farmer and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 20, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 68 years of age.
The son of the late Leo V. and Emily Zimmerman Kuen, he was born March 6, 1937, in Narrowsburg.
In a family statement, it was said, “He was an excellent woodsman, hunter and fisherman and the greatest father that anyone could ask for. He will be greatly missed.”
He is survived by his significant other, Sandra Tyler; seven children, Leslie, Charles, Robert Jr., Howard, Margaret. Mary and Sandra; two brothers, Howard and Leo Sr.; two sisters, Leona Tyler and Louella Kastor; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and John Kuen and two sisters, Pauline White and Florence Kuen.
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg with the Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.

Thelma Gorton
Ret. Postmaster, 82

Thelma Gorton of Grahamsville, a retired postmaster at the Grahamsville Post Office, died Friday, August 26, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Russell and Mildred Pinckney Prince, she was born March 12, 1923.
She is survived by three grandchildren, Bret Julkerski and his wife, Wendy, of Narrowsburg, Keith Gorton and his wife, Geri, of Grahamsville, and Dana Julkerski of Woodbourne four great-grandchildren, Austin and Kyle Julkerski, both of Narrowsburg, and Hailey and Brent Gorton, both of Grahamsville; a daughter-in-law, Margie Gorton of Grahamsville; a cousin, Ralph Pinckney of Parksville; a nephew and two nieces. She was predeceased by three sons, Gale Gorton, Andrew “Skip” Gorton and Gary Gorton, a daughter, Carol Sue Julkerski, and a brother, Donald Prince.
Cremation and services were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society, 142 Bloomingburg Rd., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.

Mary Lei Nowell, 61

Mary Lei Nowell of Monticello died Tuesday, August 23, 2005, at her home. She was 61 years of age.
The daughter of Esther Gerber Nowell and the late Floyd Nowell, she was born February 8, 1944, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
She is survived by her mother of Hawaii; two sisters, Daphne Nowell of California and Linda Garrison of Nebraska; a niece, Esther Marie Garrison; a nephew, Duane Garrison; and many friends in Hawaii and at the SYDA Yoga Community.
A memorial service was held Sunday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.

Rufus Hackett Sr.
Ret. Security Guard, 64

Rufus Hackett Sr. of Liberty, a security guard at the former Community General Hospital in Harris and a 29-year area resident, died Friday, August 26, 2005. He was 64 years of age.
The son of Elizabeth Moore Hackett and the late Earley Hackett, he was born June 25, 1941, in Greenwood, S.C. He was the widower of Viola Virginia Coleman Hackett who died in 1988.
He is survived by his mother of Durham, N.C.; his wife, Ernestine Holman-Gandy Hackett, at home; four sons, William Hackett and his wife, Juliette, of Lake Worth, Fla., Clayton Hackett and his companion, Felita Gilmore, of Monticello, Rufus Hackett Jr. of Monticello and Chandler Hackett and wife, Lisa, of Miami, Fla.; three step-sons, Rodney Holman of Monticello, Clarence Gandy of Hollywood, Fla., and Troy Gandy of Liberty; three daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Rodney Holman of Monticello, Elizabeth and Antonio King of Buffalo and Virginia Monique Kennedy and her husband, Henry, of Brentwood; four step-daughters, Doreen Turner and her husband, Shannon, of Monticello, Debbie Gandy of Monticello, Beverly Gandy and her companion, Allen Henry, of Mt. Vernon, and Karin Gandy of Liberty; two brothers, Earley Hackett Jr. of New York City and Willie Earl Hackett and his wife, Valerie, of Orlando, Fla.; four brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Harold and Brownie Simmons, Peter and Ruby Simmons, and David and Paul, all of South Carolina; four sisters, Christina Williams and her husband, Deheart, of Durham.N.C., and Betty Hackett of Bayshore, and Brenda Wright and Hazel Hackett, both of Greenwood, S.C.; a brother-in-law, Leslie, of Buffalo; two sisters-in-law, Mattie and Beulah; 60 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was predeceased by a son, Alexander Hackett, two daughters, Tina Williams and Cherry Wilson, and a sister, Wilhelmina Winston.
Friends may call at the Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello, on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7- 9 p.m.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Bethlehem Temple Church, Fairground Rd., Monticello with Pastor Mervin Armstead officiating.
Interment will be made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Marianna A. Ronca
OCCC Student, 18

Marianna A. “Hollywood” Ronca of Cuddebackville, a student at Orange County Community College, died Sunday, August 28, 2005, in the Town of Deerpark as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 18 years of age.
The daughter of Peter J. and Eva M. Mrozek Ronca, she was born August 8, 1987, in Denver, Colo.
A 2005 high honor roll graduate of Port Jervis High School, she played on the varsity volleyball team in high school. She also worked at Filene’s in Middletown and the Cornucopia Restaurant in Huguenot.
In a family statement, it was said, “She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.”
She is survived by her parents, at home; a brother, Andre Taszak of Kerhonkson; her paternal grandparents, Romona Ronca Frano and her husband, Martin, of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; her maternal grandmother, Maria Mrozek of Ellenville; an uncle and aunt, Joseph and Kathleen Ronca of Peekskill; an aunt, Annette Zembrzuski of Ellenville; four cousins, Michael, Tony, Christopher and Brianna; and many close friends and extended family. She was predeceased by her paternal grandfather, Pasquale Ronca, and her maternal grandfather, Kazimierz Mrozek.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Tuesday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis, with Father Peter Susaimanickam officiating.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cuddebackville First Responders, Route 211, Cuddebackville, N.Y. 12729.

Iona Barnes
Homemaker, 77

Iona Barnes of Livingston Manor, a homemaker, died Saturday, August 27, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 77 years of age.
The daughter of the late Elmer and Beatrice Williams Irwin, she was born September 5, 1927, in Bradley. She was the widow of Robert “Rusty” H. Barnes.
She is survived by three sons, Wayne Barnes, Robert “Buster” Barnes and Richard Banks; five daughters, Dianne Scibles, Iona Barnes, Beatrice Mazinski, Laura Neer and Edna Banks. She was predeceased by a son, Leslie Banks.
Friends may call at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Services will be held Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.

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