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November 25, 2005

Barbara Panna, 53

Barbara “Bobbi” Panna of Greentown, Pa., a former resident of Callicoon, died Monday, November 7, 2005, in Scranton, Pa.
She was born January 7, 1952, in Buffalo.
In a family statement, it was said, “Bobbi used her psychic ability to help many people. She had a large following at the NY Renaissance Faire. Most people were not aware that she suffered physically much of the time. She rose above her pain to live life to its fullest.
“She would always put herself last, placing her daughter’s as well as her beloved cats and dog, Angel’s, needs before her own. Her spirited strength will be sorely missed and remembered.”
She is survived by a daughter and best friend, Janine, as well as many friends and nieces and nephews in the Buffalo area.
She was predeceased by her parents, and two brothers, Roy and Sonny Panna.
A service of remembrance will take place on Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Lupus Foundation, One College Green, LaPlume, Pa. 18440.

Louis Komancheck
Former Farmer, 89

Louis Komancheck of the state of Florida, a former dairy farmer and a longtime resident of Bethel, died November 15, 2005 in Sunrise, Fla. He was 89 years of age.
The son of the late Joseph and Marie Huber Komancheck, he was born in 1916 in Mount Vernon.
Mr. Komancheck owned a dairy farm on Perry Road in Bethel until he retired in 1973. A member of the Fosterdale Grange, the Farm Bureau, and the Liberty Farm and Garden Club, he served on the Soil and Water Conservation committee, and other related committees.
He served from 1949 to 1973 as Subdistrict President of Dairylea, the company that collected the milk in the area. He was also a member of the Jeffersonville Central School Board for several years.
After retiring, he and his wife, Barbara, spent many happy years between Florida and Sullivan County.
In a family statement it was said, “He was a wonderful husband and father. He was a dedicated companion to his wife, sharing everything, always supporting her, always loving her. He instilled a love for life in his children, his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and showed them how to be hardworking, caring and involved.”
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, at home; three children, John and his wife, Fran Kelsey of New Holland, Pa.; Kathleen and her husband, Ricardo Lopez of Davie, Fla.; and Richard and his wife, Jan Csokmay of Escondido, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held November 18 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Davie, Fla.

Malcolm Ross Jr., 65
Ret. Park Ranger

Malcolm “Angus” Ross Jr., of Tyler Hill, Pa., a retired National Park Service employee and a longtime resident of the area, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 20, at Wayne Memorial Hospital, in Honesdale, Pa. He was 65.
The son of the late Malcolm and Camille Miller Ross, he was born on December 20, 1939, in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Ross was a graduate of the University of Miami and worked for the National Park Service for over 35 years, until his retirement in 1998.
While working for the Park Service, he was stationed in the Everglades, Blue Ridge Parkway, Lake Mead, Shenandoah, Assateague Island and Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. Prior to his employment with the Park Service, he served in the Coast Guard.
After retiring, he became involved with FEMA as a disaster assistance employee and responded numerous times to floods and hurricane related disasters. He also was a member of the Habitat for Humanity.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, JoAnne Merritt, his son Mark and his wife Selena, and his grandson, Gavin, as well as daughter, Shannon and her husband Lorenzo, and his granddaughter, Sophia. He is also survived his brothers, David and Sandy, and a niece, Amy.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on November 28, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, in Narrowsburg. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 29, at the funeral home.
Cremation will follow at Maple Hill Crematory, in Archbald, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the following charities of one’s choice: Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County, 827 Church Street, Honesdale, Pa 18541; American Heart Association, 71 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18701; America’s Second Harvest, 35 East Wacker, Suite 2000, Chicago, Il 60601.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, in Narrowsburg.

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