December 9, 2005
Edna G. Hartung
Edna G. Hartung of Daytona Beach, Fla., a longtime summer resident of Cochecton, died Saturday, December 3, 2005 at Peridot Place, A.L.F., Ormond Beach, Fla. She was 90 years of age.
She was the widow of Robert J. Hartung, who died in 1997.
She was formerly a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Anne Hartung of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Steven Rieger of Wilmington, Del.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Marilyn, and a brother and two sisters.
Funeral services were held at Volusia Memorial Park, Ormond Beach, Fla. with Rev. Phil Eigitto officiating.
Burial was made in the Volusia Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Florida Hospital Memorial Hospice Care, 770 W. Granada Blvd., Suite 304, Ormond Beach, FL 32174.
Arrangements were made by Volusia Funeral Home of Ormond Beach, Fla.
Walter Sauer, 90
Ret. Industrial Mech.
Walter Sauer of Bloomingburg, formerly of Glendale, died Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at the Tucker Center for Cancer Care, Orange Regional Medical Centers Horton campus in Middletown. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late Julius and Hannah Wanke Sauer, he was born May 12, 1915 in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Eleanor M. Mentz Sauer, to whom he was married 62 years.
He was a retired industrial mechanic for both Kosters Bakery of Brooklyn and the Strick Corp. of Middletown. He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Middletown, serving as a deacon and assisting with the churchs treasury.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Bill Fee of Pine Bush; a son, Ronald Sauer and his companion Nancy, of Circleville; seven grandchildren, Lorrie Dana, Cathy Dudley, Kenneth Fee, Kip Sauer, Karly Sauer, Kurt Sauer, and Kim Hanley; and great-grandchildren, Jared Dana and his wife, Angie, Emily Dana, Matthew Dudley, Paige Sauer, and Konner Sauer.
In a family statement, it was said, He was a kind and gentle man who loved his family and his God. He will be greatly missed.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, 1525 Burlingham Road, Pine Bush.
Burial will be made in the Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to La Vida Mission School, P.O. Box 3308, Farmington, NM 87499-3308 or Middletown Christian School, 70 Highland Ave., Middletown, NY 10940.
Goldie E. Melnick
Goldie Esther Melnick of St. Petersburg, Florida, a homemaker and formerly of Liberty, died Monday, December 5, 2005.
She is survived by two daughters, Cindy Weisberg and Stephanie Volk; a son, Andrew Melnick; a sister, Mollie Wild; and grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Thursday at Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Arrangements were made by David C. Gross Funeral Homes, Beth David Chapel of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Denise Slaven, 34
Denise Slaven of Grahamsville, a lifelong area resident and a cosmetologist for New Age Health Spa in Grahamsville, died Thursday, December 1, 2005 in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She was 34 years of age.
The daughter of William Edward and Dorothy P. Manda McDermott, she was born February 1, 1971 in Kingston.
She is survived by three daughters, Ashley and Samantha Osborne, and Kristina Slaven, all at home; a granddaughter, Jersey Rios of Grahamsville; her parents of Accord; her maternal grandmother, Minna Manda, of Stone Ridge; her paternal grandmother, Anna McDermott of Accord; two brothers, William McDermott of Patterson, and Brian McDermott of Hurley; and a niece and three nephews.
Memorial contributions for the benefit of the children, Ashley, Samantha, and Kristina, may be made in care of William McDermott, 489 Bullet Hole Rd., Patterson, NY 12563.
George E. Hoeffner
Retd. DOT Insp., 69
George E. Hoeffner of Montgomery, a lifelong area resident and a retired Dept. of Motor Vehicle Inspector for the N.Y.S. Department of Transportation, died suddenly Sunday, December 4, 2005 as a result of an automobile accident. He was 69 years of age.
The son of the late Ferdinand and Clara Froelich Hoeffner, he was born May 19, 1936 in Montgomery.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a former member of the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Dept. He was a member of the BPOE Lodge #1097 of Middletown, and an honorary member of the Fallsburgh Fishing and Boating Club.
In a family statement, it was said, He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Kimmerle Hoeffner, at home; two sons, Thomas E. Hoeffner and his wife, Laurie-Kay, of Montgomery, and David Hoeffner of New York City; a daughter and son-in-law, Crista and Bob Marra of Walker Valley; two brothers, Philip Hoeffner and his wife, Ann, and John Hoeffner and his wife, Edie, all of Montgomery; three sisters, Josephine Mickey Bassett of Edgewood, N. Mex., Clare Earl and her husband, William,of Montgomery, and Marie Pulvirent and her husband, R. John, of Central Valley; grandchildren, Daniel and Sarah Hoeffner, Kyle and Kalyn Johnson, and Kristen and Timothy Marra; as well as aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Overhiser Funeral Home in Montgomery with Rev. Paul Milz officiating.
Burial was made in Orange County Veterans Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Montgomery Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 8, Montgomery, N.Y. 12549 or to the Town of Montgomery Volunteer Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 25, Walden, NY 12586.
Arrangements were made by the Millspaugh Funeral Directors of Walden.
Matthew Vaclavik of Mountaindale, a 30-year area resident and a welder for ANJ Wire Display of Flushing, died Sunday, December 4, 2005 at the Somers Nursing Home, Somers. He was 95 years of age.
The son of Adam and Maria Vavricova Vaclavik, he was born August 18, 1910 in Czechoslovakia. He was the widower of Anna Korchanik Vaclavik.
He is survived by three daughters, Mildred Bonforte of Zephyrhills, Fla. Anne Farina of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Elaine Paniccia of Yorktown Heights; two sisters, Veronica Vido and Joan Kubanik, both of Cliffside Park; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at the Church of St. Mary and St. Andrew in Ellenville.
Burial was made in the Fantinekill Cemetery, Ellenville.
Arrangements were made by the Loucks Funeral Home, Inc.
Mary Hooks Snowden
Ret. Nursing Asst., 76
Mary Frances Hooks Snowden of Monticello, a former certified nursing assistant and a longtime area resident, died Friday, December 2, 2005 at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 76 years of age.
The daughter of the late Willie Armstead and Blanche Hooks, she was born June 25, 1929 in Bromley, Alabama.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Monticello, where she was a senior usher and assisted the Vacation Bible School and the Missionary charge.
She is survived by her husband, Levon Snowden Sr., at home; four sons and daughters-in-law, Levon and Ella Snowden Jr., John and Dorothy Snowden, and Michael and JoAnn Snowden, all of Monticello, and Robert and Juanita Snowden of Raleigh, N.C.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Hopkins of Monticello, and Mamie and Kenneth Ward of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Snowden of Monticello; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three aunts, including Stella Walker of Monticello; an uncle, Isaac Hooks of Ala.; a host of nieces and nephews, cousins; and friends, especially those at the Catskill Dialysis Center in Monticello who cared very much for her. She was predeceased by a son, Mack Snowden, and a brother, Jack Hooks.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church, Liberty St., Monticello with Rev. James Matthews officiating.
Burial will be made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Dialysis Center, Forestburgh Road, Monticello, NY 12701 or to the Kidney Fund at Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.
Arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Monticello.
Rev. C. Frank Tonkinson
Retd. Minister, 90
The Reverend C. Frank Tonkinson of Poughkeepsie, a retired Methodist minister, died Sunday, December 4, 2005 at his home. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late Cecil P. and Frances M. Chamberlin Tonkinson, he was born March 29, 1915 in London, England.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during WWII. He was the retired minister of Sussex United Methodist Church in Sussex, N.J., also serving the Libertyville and Colesville charges, and a member of the Pond Eddy UMC where he was a deacon, an interim pastor, and a leader of the Youth Fellowship. He served as the visiting pastor of the Brooksville, Fla. United Methodist Church upon his retirement and relocation there, joining the choir and teaching Bible study classes. He was a member of the Port Jervis Masonic Lodge F&AM #328, the Town of Lumberland Fire Department, and the Port Jervis Lions Club. He had a part in every wedding ceremony of his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Ada Dorothy Tonkinson, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Peter Brent of Poughkeepsie; a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Gloria Tonkinson of Sun Lakes, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Laurie Brent Schiavone, Peter J. Brent Jr., Michael J. Brent, Scott T. Tonkinson, and Rev. Gregory Tonkinson; 11 great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Garrett, Jacob, Nathan, Emmilee, Aubree, Ryan, Megan, Caden, Bailey, and Malia; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert and John Tonkinson.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, Berme Church Road, Pond Eddy with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst and Rev. Gregory Tonkinson officiating.
Burial will be made in the Glen Spey Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, Berme Church Rd., Pond Eddy, NY 12770.
Funeral arrangements were made by Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc. of Port Jervis.
Francis J. Weber
Ret. Equip. Oper., 90
Francis J. Weber of Glen Spey, a retired equipment operator for the Sullivan County Dept. of Public Works in Barryville and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 90 years of age.
The son of the late John and Margaret Fahlsbush Weber, he was born November 17, 1915 in Glen Spey.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred Conklin Weber, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Robert Kearney, and Ann and David Kestler, all of Glen Spey; two sisters, Louise Greening of Glen Spey, and Agnes Rhoades of Port Jervis; four grandchildren, Patricia, JoAnn, John, and Matthew; three great-grandchildren, Kristie, Kaitlin, and Michael Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were private.
Burial was made in the Glen Spey Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lumberland Fire Department, P.O. Box 91, Glen Spey, NY 12737.
Funeral arrangements were made by Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc. in Port Jervis.
Keith F. Brooks, 77
Public Works Employee
Keith F. Brooks of Port Jervis died Thursday, December 8, 2005 at home, surrounded by his family. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Frank and Frieda Carr Brooks, he was born April 27, 1928 in McAfee, N.J.
He was employed in the Department of Public Works for the Town of Warwick, and a member and past treasurer of the Blue Ridge Beagle Club in Sussex, N.J.
In a family statement, it was said, Dads life was his family, especially his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Betty Jean Evans, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Linda Brooks of Greenville, and Ashley and Crystal Brooks of Port Jervis; three daughters, Yvonne Brooks and her fiancé, Larry VanOrden Sr., of Sussex, N.J., Andrea Fellman and her husband, David, of Huguenot, and Caroline Brooks and her fiancé, Seymour Jackson, of Middletown; a brother and sister-in-law, Victor E. and Joyce Brooks of Callicoon; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Bill Hunter of Keene, New Hampshire; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Dot Evans of Middletown; ten grandchildren, Marcus, Brandon, Chris, Michael, Dakota, Lillian, Elijah, Penelope, Amber, and Brittany, as well as all the children who called him Grandpa; a good friend, Betty Gilbert of Rexmont, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Homes, 100 E. Main Street, Port Jervis.
Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Joseph Iannone of the First Assembly of God Church of Port Jervis officiating.
Burial will be made in the North Church Cemetery in Hardyston Township, N.J. at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Eloise C. Knise, 91
Eloise Christine Knise of Bradenton, Florida, formerly of Newburgh, died Saturday, December 3, 2005, in Bradenton. She was 91 years of age.
She was born April 27, 1914 in Jeffersonville, and was a winter resident of Bradenton, Fla. since 1988. She moved permanently to Bradenton from Newburgh in 1996.
She was a graduate of St. Vincents Nursing Hospital in New York City, and a member of Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Ellen Schand of Hilton Head, S.C.; a son, Robert Knise of Fredericksburg, Va.; a sister, Rosemary Newan of Bozeman, Mt.; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Yates and Hannah Knise; two great-grandchildren, Victoria Bass and Jessica Yates; and two great-great-grandchildren, Justin and Emily Bass.
A Funeral Mass was offered Thursday at Saints Peter and Paul the Apostles Church in Bradenton, Fla.
Condolences may be sent to her daughter, Ellen Shand, 43 Jenkins Rd., Hilton Head, SC 29926.