December 13, 2005
Helen L. Mudry
Ret. of Tel. Co., 79
Helen Kurpil Mudry of Fairfield, Conn., a former resident of Liberty and a retired employee of a telephone company in Connecticut, died in 2004 (no other information given). She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Mary Kurpil she was born October 20, 1925, in Parksville.
She attended school in a one-room schoolhouse. After finishing school, she stayed home to help her mother and six younger siblings. She attended Delhi University for two years, graduating in 1945. After college, she rented a room in Liberty and worked as a secretary.
Ms. Mudry went to the Liberty High School with her eleven brothers and sisters. In 1947, she started her career with the telephone company, transferring to Florida. In 1949, she moved to Connecticut, and worked for seven years with the telephone company.
She married Matthew Mudry in Bridgeport, Conn., and they were blessed with four children, Matthew Jr., Thomas, Michael and Susan. They had seven grandchildren, Nicole, Jason, Samantha, Rebecca, Sarah, Sonya and Thomas.
In a family statement, it was said, Helen was a caring and non-judgmental soul with a strong Christian faith. She helped many in need and was a great listener. She loved to sew, read about health issues, especially nutrition and alternative medicine. Her greatest love was attending Bible study groups. Helen was a good wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She will be greatly missed but always on our hearts.
She is survived by four sisters, Josie Devoe of Livingston Manor, Eva Sasnowitz of Raleigh, N.C., Anne Vuono of Liberty and Katherine Somesla of Fairfield, Conn., and four brothers, Andrew Kurpil of Liberty, Steve Kurpil of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Peter Kurpil Parksville and Sam Kurpil in Liberty. She was predeceased by a sister, Rosie Brown, and two brothers, Nick Kurpil, Charles Kurpil.
Burial was made in St. Peters Cemetery in Liberty near her parents graves.
Bernard Gaiman, 77
Once Owned Bean Bag
Bernard Gaiman of Hollywood, Fla., a former resident of Woodbourne and the former owner and operator of The Bean Bag Drive-In in Monticello for nine years, died Friday, December 9, 2005. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Max and Esther Gaiman, he was born June 21, 1928, in New York City. He was the widower of Gloria Gaiman who died after 43 years of marriage.
He is survived by his companion, Erika Schulenberg, of the state of Florida; two brothers, Seymour Gaiman of New York and Marvin Gaiman of California; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert and Carol Gaiman of Monticello, and Ira Gaiman; a daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Hal Gold of Saratoga Springs; and four grandsons, Noah, Vail and Harris Gold and Alec Gaiman. He was predeceased by a brother, Murry Gaiman.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello.
Burial will be made in the Woodbourne Synagogue Cemetery in Glen Wild.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund, 5420 N.W. 33rd Ave., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.
Elsie E. Decker
Elsie Elizabeth Decker of Monticello, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, December 8, 2005, at the Newport Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island. She was 81 years of age.
The daughter of the late Melvin D. and Lillian May Thornhill Price, she was born September 10, 1924, in Monticello. She was the widow of Victor H. Decker Sr.
Mrs. Decker is survived by three sons, Paul Decker, Clarence Brud Decker and Victor Decker Jr., all of Monticello; two daughters, Jane Ann Mello of West Kingston, R.I., and Gloria Jean Goetjen of Washington; 16 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two brothers, Charles Price and Irwin Price, and two sisters, Edith Messenger and Evelyn Strobele.
Funeral services were held Sunday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with the Rev. Roy Shaffer officiating.
Burial was made in the Messenger Cemetery in Monticello.
Vincent Schmidt, 79
Vincent J. Schmidt, a 33-year resident of New Windsor, died December 8, 2005, after a brief illness. He was 79 years of age.
The son of the late Peter and Elsie Schmidt, he was born July 19, 1926. He was the widower of Gertrude Ferrara who died in November 2004.
Mr. Schmidt was a member of St. Josephs Church of New Windsor.
He is survived by two sons, Vincent Schmidt of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Daniel Schmidt of Cheektowaga; two daughters, Cristine Laskaris of Middletown and Sharon Schmidt of Lampoc Calif.; a grandson, Christopher Laskaris of Middletown; a brother, Robert Schmidt of the state of Florida; two sisters, Madeline Forsblom, of the state of Florida, and Ruth Schmidt of Pine Brook, NJ; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Kathleen Schmidt, and a brother, Paul Schmidt.
A Funeral Mass was offered on Monday at St. Josephs Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Rd. N.E. Atlanta, GA 30329.
Elva Van Ginhoven
Elva Mae Van Ginhoven of Gibsonton, Fla., a former resident of Fremont Center and a homemaker, died Thursday, December 8, 2005, at her home. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of the late Chester and Lillian Gillette, she was born October 24, 1923, in Paterson, NJ.
In a family statement, it was said, She was a mother of six children, homemaker and friend to all. She volunteered her services for any of the local Fremont Center activities. She was known for her wonderful cooking and baking skills and her culinary expertise was enjoyed by many including family and friends. Later in life, she took an active roll in the Huegenot Society and did extensive genealogical research. She enjoyed spending time with her loving husband, children and grandchildren, and she will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Franklin M. Van Ginhoven; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Chris Van Ginhoven of Jefferson, Franklin and Sarah Van Ginhoven of Gibsonton, Fla.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Eileen Bernitt of Corning, Rachel and Michael Gustina of Corning and Kristin and Timothy Hall of Gibstonton, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Kenneth Bernitt Jr., Richard Van Ginhoven Jr., Paul Van Ginhoven Jr., Joseph Desiderio, Rebecca Bernitt Riznyk, Jennifer Bernitt de La Cruz, Melissa Van Ginhoven Hyde, Billie Jo Van Ginhoven Roush, Sam Van Ginhoven, Megan Hall, Corey Hall and Daniel Gustina; and seven great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Richard Van Ginhoven, a son-in-law, Kenneth Bernitt, a sister, Doris Kuiken and a brother Chester Sonny Gillette.
Arrangements are being handled by Stowers Funeral Home in Riverview, Fla. A memorial service is planned for the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army.
Messages of condolence may be sent to Franklin Van Ginhoven, 11122 Mark Hamilton Dr., Gibsonton, FL 33534.
James DeWinter Sr.
Ret. Advertising Rep., 80
James T. DeWinter Sr. of Circleville, a lifelong area resident and a retired advertising representative, died Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at the Horton campus of the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Alfred and Mildred Taft DeWinter, he was born March 14, 1925, in Chester.
A World War II veteran, he served in the United States Army where he was rewarded with a Good Conduct Medal and the Purple Heart. He had also been employed in the composing room for the Times Herald Record, was involved with Boy Scouts, was a 40-year member of the Circleville Fire Co., serving as chaplain for many years, and was one of the original founders of the Circleville Drum and Bugle Corps. Mr. DeWinter also served as coach and player agent for the Middletown Little League and was a deacon for the Circleville Church for several Years. He was also a member of the New York State Chaplains Association.
After retirement, he enjoyed fly fishing and even tied his own flies. He collected many types of hats, especially ball caps and was an avid and talented gardener.
He is survived by his wife, Penny DeWinter, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Jim Jr. and Sharon DeWinter of Westbrookville; a daughter-in-law, Anna Kiskis of New Windsor; a sister, Mildred Mosworthy of Middletown; four grandchildren, James A. DeWinter Sr. and his wife, Heather, of Elizabethtown, NJ, Ryan DeWinter of Westbrookville and his fiancee, Andrea, Stephen DeWinter and Katelyn Dewinter, both of New Windsor; a great-grandson, Jimmy; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Stephen.
A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Circleville Presbyterian Church with Pastor Leo Jaloski officiating. Burial will be made in the family plot in the Circleville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of ones choice.
Bethann E. Brown
Bethann Elana Brown of Wurtsboro, a licensed practical nurse at the Horton Hospital and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, December 9, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 37 years of age.
The daughter of Helen Brown Sulle and the late Edward R. Brown, she was born February 13, 1968 in Goshen.
In a family statement, it was said, Throughout her illness she never lost her sense of humor and will be sadly missed by family, friends and all who knew her.
She is survived by a son, Vincent Edward Durante, at home; her mother of Clintondale; two sisters, Holly E. Sulle of Wallkill and Lori F. Connell of Clintondale; three half sisters, Judith Freeman of Wurtsboro, Debbie Hastings of Arizona and Linda Kiernan of Mountaindale; a half-brother, Richard Brown of Middletown; a dear friend, Christian Harrington of Wurtsboro and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Anthony A. Sulle, and two half-brothers, David and Edward Brown.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Millspaugh Funeral Home in Walden. Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Greater NY Office, 149 Madison Ave., Room 701, New York, NY 10016 or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
2005 Graduate, 18
Anthony J. Garrison of Bloomingburg, a lifelong area resident and a 2005 graduate of Pine Bush High School, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 9, 2005. He was 18 years of age.
The son of Bill and Stacey Call Garrison of Bloomingburg, he was born August 8, 1987 in Suffern.
He was active in the Middletown Youth Baseball League and a big Yankees fan.
He is survived by his parents, at home; a brother, Billy Garrison of Bullville; two sisters, Angela Garrison of Bullville and Ashley Garrison of Bloomingburg; his maternal grandparents, Richie and Barbara Call of Garnerville; his paternal grandmother, Julia Garrison of Haverstraw; his maternal great-grandparents, Andy and Stacia Pondi of Stony Point; a niece, Jordan Rodriguez of Bullville; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church in Middletown.
Burial will be made in the family plot at the Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Breastcancer.org Gifts, 111 Forrest Avenue 1R, Narberth, Pa. 19072.
Oscar V. White
Ret. Social Wrk., 49
Oscar V. White of Swan Lake, a retired social worker for the County of Sullivan and a chef at the New Age Health Spa in Neversink, died at his home on Friday, December 9, 2005. He was 49 years of age.
The son of the late Vincent E. and Dorothy F. Backus White, he was born February 2, 1956, in Syracuse.
Mr. White is survived by a daughter, Amanda White of Jeffersonville; a sister, Wanda F. Allison and her husband, David, of Columbia, S.C.; and two nieces, Erin and Jennifer.
Friends may call at the Ramsays Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Graveside services and burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Constantia Cemetery.
Gail A. Kinsella
Ret. Accounts Clerk, 67
Gail A. Kinsella of Middletown, a lifelong area resident and a retired accounts clerk for the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center, died Friday, December 9, 2005, at Middletown Park Manor. She was 67 years of age.
The daughter of the late Olin and Elnora Griggs Benedict, she was born March 23, 1938, in Middletown.
Mrs. Kinsella was a member of the Middletown Womens Bowling League for many years.
She is survived by a daughter, Terry Cudney of Bloomingburg; a son, Robert Moose Kinsella Jr. of Mount Hope; a brother and sister-in-law. Olin L. Jr. and Marie Benedict of West Oneonta; a sister, Debra Benedict of Middletown; an aunt, Abbie Benedict of Middletown; two grandchildren, Melanie and Brandon Cudney of Bloomingburg; and her former husband, Robert Kinsella Sr. of Tennessee.
Friends may on Wednesday at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home with Fred Loving officiating.
Cremation will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the trust fund set up in her grandchildrens name at Citizens Bank. 3 Winterton Road, Bloomingburg, N.Y. 12721.
Florence Foerster of Bloomingburg, a homemaker and an 18-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at her home. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late Constance and Lillian Theiss Stehle, she was born December 31, 1915, in Ridgewood, Queens. She was the widow of Henry Foerster. Mrs. Foerster was a member of the Pine Bush United Methodist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 229 in Queens.
She is survived by a daughter, Shirley LaFratta, at home; a grandson, Michael LaFratta and his wife, Sherrie, at home; and three great-grandchildren, Amanda, Noel and Alec. She was predeceased by a great-grandson, John David LaFratta.
Funeral services were held Monday at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home in Pine Bush with Pastor Robert Hewitt officiating. Burial was made in the family plot at the Wallkill Cemetery in Phillipsburg.
Jane C. Stricko
Jane C. Stricko of Wurtsboro, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, December 8, 2005, at the St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry. She was 83 years of age.
The daughter of the late Edmund and Victoria Barthold Laskowski, she was born September 14, 1922, in the village of Florida. She was the widow of Joseph P. Stricko Sr. who died September 24, 1998.
Mrs. Stricko is survived by a son, Joseph P. Stricko Jr. of Goshen and Yankee Lake; a daughter, Susan Clouse of Hartsdale; two brothers, Edmund Laskowski of Texas and Richard Laskowski of New Hyde Park; five sisters, Stella Mangan of the state of Florida, Victoria Woods of Garden City, Irene ONeal of Monroe, La., Frances Gavin of Mystic, Conn., and Sophia Farrar of New Jersey; two grandchildren, Melissa and Maria; a great-grandson, Joseph Paul; and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was offered Monday at St. Josephs Church in Wurtsboro with the Rev. Peter Madori officiating. Burial was made in Sylvan Cemetery in Wurtsboro. Funeral arrangements were made by the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.
Ret. Dairy Farmer, 87
Orville J. Whitmore of Damascus, Pa., a retired dairy farmer and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, December 11, 2005, at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, Pa. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Thomas and Bessie Welsh Whitmore, he was born November 22, 1918, in Damascus, Pa. He was the widower of Elva Baldwin Whitmore who died in January of 1986 who died as the result of injuries sustained when their home burned.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Shirley and Ed Spalding of Largo, Fla., and Beverly and Lester Hillriegel of Damascus, Pa, with whom he resided; a son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Kay Whitmore of Damascus, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Linda Whitmore of Damascus, Pa.; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; and a brother and sister-in-law, Vincent and Vesta Whitmore of Tampa, Fla. He was predeceased by a son Vincent, who died in November of 1992.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Mary Bryant officiating. Burial will be made in the Conklin Hill Cemetery in Damascus, Pa. Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps or to the Damascus Community Center, both at Damascus, Pa. 18415.
Helen Bruetsch of Jeffersonville, a homemaker, died Sunday, December 11, 2005, at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Rausch Aigner, she was born August 17, 1916, in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Irwin Bruetsch. Mrs. Bruetsch was a member of St. Georges Church in Jeffersonville.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Frank Varanelli of LaHabra, Calif.; three sons and two daughters-in-law. Theodore Bruetsch of Cobleskill, George and Lynn Breutsch of Monticello and Carl and Eileen Bruetsch of Cochecton; two sisters, Sophia Werling of Richmond Hills and Judy Asdrubale of San Francisco, Calif.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St Georges Church, Jeffersonville, with Father Ignatius Vu officiating. Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.
Ret. Butcher, 96
Irving Rosen of Monticello, a retired butcher and business consultant, died Saturday, December 10, 2005, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 96 years of age.
The son of the late Benjamin and Molly Rosen, he was born October 16, 1909, in New York City.
He is survived by three nephews, Arthur Sugerman, Melvin and Stanley; several nieces; and a brother, David Rosen of Georgia. He was predeceased by a brother, Samuel, and two sisters, Esther Kotney and Sylvia Sugerman.
Graveside services and burial was held Monday at the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick funeral Home in Monticello.
Carl A. Budd
Ret. Dock Wkr., 73
Carl Adee Budd of Napanoch, a lifelong area resident and a retired dock worker for Channel Masters and VAW in Ellenville, died Friday, December 9, 2005, at the Ellenville Regional Hospital. He was 73 years of age.
The son of the late Harry and Ethel Lang Budd, he was born December 15, 1932, in Ellenville.
Mr. Budd was a member of the Wawarsing Sportsmens Club, Shongum Shockers and the F.C.R.V. He was a fire warden and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife of 52 1/2 years, Beatrice Legg Budd, at home; four daughters, Karen Budd of Grahamsville, Deborah Smith of Ellenville, Barbara Hull and her husband, Skip, of Napanoch, and Laurie Thompson and her husband, Bob, of Napanoch; four brothers, Herbert Budd of Okeechobe, Fla., Edward Budd of Spring Glen, Harry Budd of Montgomery, and Howard Budd of Ellenville; a sister, Joyce Haener of Wallkill; a brother-in-law, George Legg and his wife, Patricia; 13 grandchildren, Lisa, Brenda, Paul, Jason, Steven, Christel, Jermey, Rebeckah, Kevin, Keri, Natasha, Scott and Bradley; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St., Ellenville, with the Rev. Jay Vogelaar officiating.
Burial will be made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ellenville First Aid and Rescue Squad, Webster St,, Ellenville, N.Y. 12428 or to the Ulster County SPCA, 20 Wiedy Rd., Kingston, N.Y. 12401.
Robert C. DiChiara
Amateur Musician, 33
Robert C. DiChiara of Ellenville, a 15-year area resident and an amateur musician, died Sunday, December 11, 2005, at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 33 years of age.
The son of Lynn DiChiara, he was born January 27, 1972, in Staten Island.
In a family statement, it was said, Robert enjoyed reading, cooking, art and playing pool. He was an amateur musician who taught himself to play the guitar and a computer enthusiast who did programming. He was also an avid video game player and was a loving and devoted father to his two daughters.
He is survived by his mother and step-father, Lynn and Arthur Washburn of Phillipsport; his fiancée, Elizabeth Diamond of Ellenville; his maternal grandmother, Frances DiChiara and his godmother, Lorraine DiChiara, both of Staten Island; two daughters, Amber Diamond and Dejanira DiChiara, both of Ellenville; three special friends, Jay Morales and James Kalish, both of Ellenville and Tonya Chapman of Loch Sheldrake; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call at the Ramsays Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, on Wednesday, from 7 to 9 p.m., and on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Josephine M. Miller
Josephine M. Miller of Jeffersonville, a homemaker and a lifetime area resident, died Friday, December 9, 2005, at the Seelig Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, following a long fight with cancer. She was 60 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Nora Allen Brockner, she was born September 30, 1945, in Jeffersonville.
She is survived by her husband, Grant Miller, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Caroline and Eddie Sachs of Youngsville, and Autumn and Dan Conrad of Supply, N.C.; a son, Grant Miller Jr. and his wife, Mayra, of Roanoke, Va.; five grandchildren, Brittany and Ryan Sachs, Tyler and Reyna Miller and Colton Conrad; her mother-in-law, Beatrice Miller of Jeffersonville; eight brothers and sisters and their spouses, Alan and Ruth Brockner, Arlene and George Young, Russell and Lois Brockner, Patty and Bill Conklin, John and Joanne Brockner, Jennie and Frank Bauernfeind, Peggie and Fred Steffens, and Paul Brockner, all of North Branch; a sister and brother-in-law Judi and Tom Mueller of Raphine, Va.; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Pastor Peg Van Siclen officiating. Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer society, 419 East Main St., Suite 309, Middletown, NY 10940.
Wilma S. Hilber
Wilma Saumweber Hilber, a former longtime resident of Jeffersonville and a homemaker, died Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at the Achieve Nursing and Rehab Center in Liberty. She was 95 years of age.
The widow of Joseph Hilber, she was born January 2, 1910, in Germany.
Mrs. Hilber had been a member of the Jeffersonville and Delaware Valley Senior Citizens in Callicoon. She was an avid pinochle player.
There will be no services. Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.