November 29, 2005
For Geraldine Gleich
A memorial service will be held for Geraldine Gleich of Hortonville, who died November 3, 2005, on Saturday, December 3 at the Hills Country Inn, Callicoon Center, at noon.
Arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Sally Starr, 87
Sally Starr of Monticello, a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late Vincent and Stella Kanalowsi Gurtosky, she was born June 21, 1918 in Hamtramck, Mich. She was the widow of William Starr.
She is survived by her companion of 38 years, John Fleming of Monticello; five daughters and sons-in-law, Diane and Jim Plinski of Minnesota, Rita and Alva Rossa of Kingston, Alice and Michael Lessard of Worcester, Mass., Barbara and Jack Van Dermark of Findlay, Ohio, and Kathleen and Daniel Caudle of Grassey Creek, N.C.; a brother, Edward Gurtosky of Buffalo; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was predeceased by a son, George Gurtosky; a sister, Julia VanDervort; and a brother, Chester Gurtosky.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Peters R.C. Church in Monticello with Rev. Robert Ginel officiating.
Burial was made in St. Peters Cemetery in Monticello.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home in Monticello.
Walter C. Haring, 81
Retd. Auto Mechanic
Walter C. Haring of White Sulphur Springs, a longtime area resident and retired automobile mechanic, died Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 81 years of age.
The son of the late Roland I. and Mildred S. Bird Haring, he was born August 6, 1924 in Suffern.
He was employed at Driscoll Chevrolet in Spring Valley and was a 20-year employee of the East Ramapo Central School District.
He is survived by his wife, Laura A. Mikuszewski Haring, at home; two sons, John Haring of Nashville, Tenn. and Jim Haring of White Sulphur Springs; and a granddaughter, Meghan Haring of Budd Lake, N.J.
Funeral services were held Saturday at the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the White Sulphur Springs Fire Dept., Route 52, White Sulphur Springs, N.Y. 12787 or the Town of Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Mill St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754.
William J. Morgan
Golf Instructor, 71
William J. Wild Bill Morgan of Monticello, a golf instructor and family enthusiast, died Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at his home, surrounded by his family. He finished one under par. (He was 71 years of age.)
The son of the late Irving Francis and Mary Elizabeth Leonard Morgan, he was born November 5, 1934 in Orange, N.J.
After contemplating the priesthood, he enrolled in the New Jersey National Guard and later met Marie Ofvergard and started a family. A former professional golfer, known as Willy the Wedge, he was a golf instructor at the Concord Monster golf course who devoted his free time to the game. He was a mixologist at Ds Restaurant in Monticello and later at the Concord Resort Hotel in Kiamesha Lake. He played his last round of golf with his two sons just a few weeks ago at the number 1 course in the world, Pine Valley Golf Club.
In a family statement, it was said, His family would like to thank the many nurses at the Tucker Center for Cancer Care in Middletown for their extraordinary care during his stay with them. It was Bills wish to leave the hospital to be at home with those he loved, and without the many fine people with Hospice, this would not have been possible.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Marie, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott W. and Jennifer Morgan of Hawthorne, Calif., and Henrik Rick and Jennifer Morgan of Monticello; a daughter and son-in-law, Linda L. and Joe Kelly of Monticello; three grandchildren, Jake, Carlie, and Nathaniel; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Ashley Lynn Morgan; three brothers, Frank Morgan, Jack Morgan, and Jimmy Morgan; and a sister, Mary Patterson.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday at St. Josephs Church in Wurtsboro.
Burial was made in the St. Peters Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550; the Tucker Center for Cancer Care, 60 Prospect Ave., Middletown, N.Y. 10940; or the Ashley & Sierra Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 303, Monticello, N.Y. 12701.
Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Inc. Funeral Home in Monticello.
Esther M. Longe, 55
Cashier at Wal-Mart
Esther M. Longe of Monticello, a cashier at Wal-Mart in Monticello and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at home. She was 55 years of age.
The daughter of the late Hildred Fore Sr. and Rosebell Armstead, she was born May 3, 1950 in Monticello.
She is survived by her mother of Monticello; her husband, David, of New York City; a son, Darren Crandell of Binghamton; five daughters, Adele Brink and Stacie Shock, both of Binghamton, Casondra Hasty, Frances Hutchinson, and Michelle Longe, all of Monticello; seven brothers, Willie Fore of Syracuse, Leonard Fore, Christopher Fore, and Michael Fore, all of Monticello, and Eddie Fore of Mobile, Ala.; four sisters, Janice Davis, Patricia Fore, Theresa Fore, and Tammie Fore, all of Monticello; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two granddaughters, Alicia and Shiean Longe.
Friends may call Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Ramsays Funeral Homes, Inc., 55 St. John St., Monticello.
Funeral services will follow at the funeral home.
Cremation will be made at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope at the convenience of the family.
Fred O. Brush, 67
Retd. Truck Driver
Fred O. Brush of Honesdale, Pa., a retired truck driver, died Sunday, November 27, 2005 at his home after a brief but courageous bout with cancer. He was 67 years of age.
The son of the late Fred I. Brush and Olie Malik Brush Haye, he was born June 12, 1938 in Hancock.
A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served during the Korean Conflict. He was a truckdriver for Yellow Freight for 15 years before retiring, and loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church.
In a family statement, it was said, Fred left this world with dignity and grace and will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Stella Bidwell Brush; three daughters, Sheila Francisco of Starlight, Pa., Nichola Smith of Honesdale, Pa., and Amy Krabel of Jessup, Pa.; a son, Keith Krabel of Lancaster, Pa.; a sister, Laurie Babcock of Hazelton, Pa.; and three granddaughters, Sierra Francisco, and Marissa and Britney Smith. He was predeceased by a son, Brian Brush.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hessling Funeral Home, 428 Main St., Honesdale, Pa.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with Pastor Jan Tiebert officiating.
Burial will be made in Indian Orchard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wayne Unit, 100 4th St., Suite 9, Honesdale, Pa. 18431.
Virginia McMahon, 65
Young Saturdays Tchr.
Virginia H. Ginny McMahon of Middletown, formerly of Roscoe and a 40-year resident of Middletown, died Saturday, November 26, 2005 at her home. She was 65 years of age.
The daughter of Vincent and Florence Haynes, she was born September 22, 1940 in Roscoe.
She graduated from Roscoe High School in 1958 and Orange County Community College in 1960. She worked at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers in New York City before marrying John J. McMahon in 1964.
She also taught for many years in the Young Saturdays program at Orange County Community College.
She is survived by her husband, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Denise McMahon of Sterling, Va.; a daughter, Judith, of Middletown; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Roberta McMahon of Boca Raton, Fla.; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Middletown.
Burial will be made in St. Josephs Cemetery in Middletown.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or to The Salvation Army, 80 West Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.
Funeral arrangements were made under the direction of the Morse Funeral Home, Inc. in Middletown.
Retd. Horse Trainer, 73
William Vito DiBenedetto of Farmville, Va. and Ferndale, died Saturday, November 19, 2005 in Virginia. He was 73 years of age.
The son of the late James and Josephine DiBenedetto, he was born and raised in Brooklyn. He was the widower of JoAnn DiBenedetto, to whom he was married 32 years.
He was a former professional baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers and a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army. He owned a masonry company, and then became a standardbred horse trainer. He was also an amateur field trial dog trainer and sports enthusiast.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Debra DiBenedetto of Topfield, Mass., and Kyle and Robin DiBenedetto of Ferndale; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Joanne and Mark Benedict of Hamilton, Mass., Gina and Mark Mishler of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., Angela DiBenedetto of Boca Raton, Fla., and Brenda and Robert Mizelle of Mechanicsville, Va.; a sister, Frances Diesu of Huntington; and 14 grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation for Retired Racehorses, 48 East Main St., Freehold, N.J. 07728.
Frieda Streigold, 80
Frieda Streigold of Woodridge, a retired bookkeeper for both Kessler and Kagan Meats in Woodridge and a longtime area resident, died Friday, November 25, 2005 in DelRay Medical Center in DelRay, Fla. She was 80 years of age.
The daughter of the late Morris and Becky Horowitz, she was born February 22, 1925 in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Harold Streigold who died in 1994.
She was a longtime member of the Congregation Ohave Sholom in Woodridge.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Wendy Streigold of Valley Stream, Seymour and Llyle Streigold of Long Beach, and Howard and Mindy Streigold of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Lonnie Divack of Woodbury; two brothers, Harold Horowitz of Woodridge and Abraham Horowitz and his wife, Judy, of St. Louis, Mo.; and seven grandchildren, Geri, Bonnie, Matthew, Jason, David, Scott and Brian.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the synagogue in Woodridge with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Burial will be made in the Woodridge Synagogue Cemetery, Marsh Rd., Glen Wild.
Funeral arrangements were made by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Inc. in Monticello.
Mark L. Schwartz
Oil Burner Mech., 60
Mark Louis Schwartz of Yankee Lake, a self-employed oil burner mechanic and a 10-year area resident, died suddenly Tuesday, November 22, 2005. He was 60 years of age.
The son of the late Isadore and Betty Miller Schwartz, he was born March 12, 1945 in the Bronx.
He was a member and former captain of the Wurtsboro Fire Police, director of the Sullivan County SPCA, and an avid New York Yankees fan.
In a family statement, it was said, He will also be remembered for the numerous editorials he placed in area newspapers, as he never was one to not give his opinion on a subject. Mark will always be remembered for his wise-cracking jokes, as humor was a very important part of his life. He always wanted everyone to smile. He had a love of creatures great and small. His love for animals is endless.
He is survived by his wife, Renay Friedman Schwartz, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Andrew and Paney Schwartz of Kew Gardens, and Ian and Beatrice Schwartz of Flushing; and three grandchildren, Shantavea, Alicia, and Eric of Flushing.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home in Wurtsboro with Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial was made in the Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County SPCA, 25 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775.