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October 14, 2005

Inez G. Gridley
Historian/Writer, 97

Inez George Gridley of Grahamsville, the Town of Neversink historian for 16 years, died at the age of 97.
The daughter of the late Andrew and Juliana Hanford George, she was born February 25,1908, at Red Hill, Ulster County. She was the widow of Vernon H. Gridley Sr., who died after more than 50 years of marriage.
She was a published writer of poetry and history and had co-authored several books on history, including “Brass Buttons & Leather Boots” and “Time & the Valley.” Her books of poetry in print included “Journey from Red Hill” and “Pitfalls & Promises,” which was written when she was 92 years of age. She began writing poetry as a young woman and co-founded the Alchemy Club, which has nurtured poets from the 1930s to the present. Her poetry was published in many national magazines and newspapers throughout the years, including the New York Times, the New York Herald Tribune and the Saturday Evening Post.
Her community involvement included being one of the original group that was instrumental in the fight to bring a high school to Grahamsville. She was the first district clerk of that school which is now called the Tri-Valley Central School. She was also one of the founders of the Townsman, the volunteer community newspaper which still serves the Tri-Valley area. She was a teacher whose first school was a one-room school in Greenville in Ulster County. She last taught elementary school at Tri-Valley Central School.
Mrs. Gridley was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, a national honor society for teachers.
She is survived by three children and their spouses, Carol and Daniel Smythe of Grahamsville,Vernon and Lucy Gridley of Liberty and Linda and Brad Lane of Claremont, N.H.; five grandchildren, Jennifer Ballard, Robert Jones, Andrew Jones, Timothy Gridley and Lori Anne Wolkoff; six great-grandchildren, Jean Claude Ballard, Kris Ballard, Jake Gridley, Ryan Gridley, Lauren Jones and Devan Jones; a sister-in-law, Carol Davis; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four sisters, Esther George, Ruth Murray, Linda Smith and Dorothy Grey, and two grandsons, Vernon Haver Gridley III and Charles Haver Gridley.
Graveside services and burial will be held at the Claryville Cemetery on October 18 at 11 a.m.
A memorial service will be held in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Daniel Pierce Library, P..O. Box 328 or the Time and the Valleys Museum, P..O. Box 327, both at Grahamsville, N.Y. 12740.

Jennie M. Roselle, 86

Jennie M. Roselle of Morehead City, N.C., died Monday, October 10, 2005, at Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. She was 86.
The daughter of the late George and Philipina Rapp, she was born May 21, 1919, in Monticello. She was the widow of Herbert A. Roselle Jr.
Former residents of Halesite, she and her husband moved to the Carolinas in the early 1970s.
She is survived by several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Brooks Funeral Home in Morehead City, N.C., with Bart W. Edwards, associate pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 930-B Wellness Dr., Greenville, N.C. 27834 or to the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, P..O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058.

Mary E. Mentnech
Ret. Library Clerk, 86

Mary E. “Betty”Chartres Mentnech of Woodbourne, a retired library clerk at Sullivan County Community College, died Monday, October 10, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Pierce F. and Mary Jane Hyatt Chartres, she was born October 3, 1919, in Albany. She was the widow of Leo Mentnech who died in January of 1988.
Mrs. Mentnech was a communicant of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, a member of the Loch Sheldrake Firemen’s Ladies Auxiliary, AARP and the Extension Services.
She is survived by two sons, Robert Mentnech of West Virginia and Michael and his wife, Joy Mentnech, of Hilo, Hawaii; six grandchildren, Sean D. of Morgantown, W. Va., Katherine H. of Boston, Mass, Dawn of San Francisco, and Aaron, Gregor and Jeanine, all of Hilo, Hawaii; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Paul, Jack and George, a sister, Helen Chartres, and a daughter-in-law, M. Sharon Mentnech.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.

Genevieve Hughs
Ret. Farmer, 90

Genevieve M. Hughs of Long Eddy, a retired farmer and community leader, died Tuesday, October 11, 2005, after a four-year battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late Leslie and Louisa Milk, she was born November 8, 1915. She was the widow of Herbert Hughs, whom she married in 1937.
She was an active member of the first Town of Hancock Planning Board, a former president of the Delaware Valley (Callicoon) Parent-Teacher Association, a 4-H leader and a more than 50-year member of the Dairyman’s League Cooperation. Mrs. Hughs was an essential force behind local and NYS Grange programs, serving in the Hancock Grange as well as secretary of the Delaware County Pomono Grange for over 35 years, retiring only because of failing eyesight. She was also a former active member of the Upper Delaware Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Mrs. Hughs traveled many miles over the years to Delaware County Extension programs serving as chairman of the Home Economics Committee and as a volunteer teacher bringing educational programs to local ladies of Home Bureau (later known as Home Demonstration units). She made use of all she learned in her home and community.
One of the most important of her accomplishments was her weekly newspaper column, “A Farm Wife Observes,” published in the Hancock Herald from the 1950s to the 1990s. In early 2005, a book was finally published, the contents being a selection of her columns accompanied by many pictures of family and her beloved horses, cows and dogs.
In a family statement, it was said, “Genevieve’s lifelong love of animals and joy of all living things was entrenched early in her growing up years with her three brothers and one sister on a dairy farm in Acidalia on the border of Delaware and Sullivan County. Her thirst for knowledge led her to ride horseback in all kinds of weather to complete her high school education.”
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William and Linda Hughs of Long Eddy and Herbert Roger and Lynn Hughs of Moira; a daughter and son-in-law, Louise and Tom Perras of Gresham, Oreg.; a grandson, Roger; and two great-grandsons, Timothy and Emory of Greenfield, Mass. She was predeceased by three brothers, a sister and a grandson, Jimmy.
Friends may call at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel in Hancock on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, N.Y. 13820 or to the Alzheimer’s Association (designated research), 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th Floor, Chicago, Ill. 60601.

Darrin P. Hutton
Roofer, 28

Darrin P. Hutton of Westbrookville, a roofer with Future Home Technology and a seven-year area resident, died Saturday, October 8, 2005, in Maybrook. He was 28.
The son of George and Paula Bentley Hutton, he was born January 27, 1977, in Brooklyn.
Mr. Hutton played baseball with the Sparrowbush Fire Department.
In a statement by his wife, it was said, “May the sun always shine on your face and may the shadows follow behind you. God is with you and He will always be merciful. I will always keep our love in body, mind and soul. Love you, Katty.”
He is survived by his wife, Katty Roodriguez Hutton; two daughters, Amber Ski Hutton and Clarida Garcia; a son, Robert Bartelucci; his parents of Maybrook; four brothers, Brian Hutton of Barnstable, Mass., and Sean Hutton, Glenn Hutton and Christopher Hutton, all of Maybrook; a sister, Maura Hutton of Maybrook; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Hutton.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Holy Name R.C. Church in Otisville on Tuesday with the Rev. Peter Tran Van Phat officiating.
Burial was made in Holy Name Cemetery in Otisville.

Robert Cohen
Ret. Bus. Mgr., 74

Robert Cohen of Greenfield Park, a longtime area resident and a retired business manager for the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, died Monday, October 10, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late Mitchell and Bella Cohen, he was born June 11, 1931, in Brooklyn.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Rosenblatt Cohen, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Allen Berman of Greenfield Park; and a sister, Linda Cohen of New Jersey. He was predeceased by a brother.
Memorial services were held Wednesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello with Cantor Mike Sturm officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oncology Unit of CRMC, P.O. Box 280, Harris, N.Y. 12742.

Taube Gottesman
Volunteer, 55

Taube Gottesman, a longtime resident of Loch Sheldrake and a volunteer at Coalition for the Homeless in Monticello, died Monday, October 10, 2005. She was 55 years of age.
She was a member of the Board of Directors of New Hope Community.
In a family statement, it was said, “She had a genuine love for poetry and music, and had written many poems about herself and her life. Taube was a wonderful daughter, sister and friend. She will be truly missed by all.”
She is survived by her mother, Bella Gottesman; a brother, Itzak Gottesman; two sisters-in-law, Emily Gottesman and Susan Gottesman; and a niece, Esther Gottesman. She also leaves behind many close friends and family, including her family at 17 York Ave. in Monticello.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Constantine Terezis
Ret. Driver/Del. Man, 65

Constantine E. “Gus” Terezis of Maybrook, a retired driver and delivery man for Gilman’s Cleaners and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, October 11, 2005, at the Arden Hill campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 65 years of age.
The son of the late Paul Samuel and Fay Sysmanis Terezis, he was born December 20, 1939, in New York City.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
In a family statement, it was said, “During the last six years, Gus became a quadriplegic. The family would like to acknowledge and thank all of the personal care aides that have cared for him over these years.”
He is survived by two sons, Thomas Terezis of Ellenville and Theodore Terezis and his wife, Patricia, of Durham, N.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Christopher Wade of Wurtsboro; three sisters, Marina Falcon of Durham, N.C., Helen Mason of Anaheim, Calif., and Thomasina Sfokianos of East Islip; 13 grandchildren; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Paul Terezis.
Friends may call at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden, on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family to be used at their discretion.

Frances H. Klein

Frances H. Klein, a published playwright and short story writer, died at her home in New York City on Thursday, October 24, 2005.
The daughter of the late Reuben and Dora Klein, she was raised in Monticello. She was the valedictorian of Monticello High School Class of 1934. Her family owned the former Skliar’s Hotel.
She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Albert and Ann Klein; and four nieces and nephews, Elizabeth, Debra, Kenneth and Paul.
No further information was submitted.

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