December 30, 2005
Vivian Behrman, 98
Vivian Jensen Behrman died Thursday, December 15, 2004 at the Mary McCarthy House in Sandwich, Mass. She was 98 years of age.
She was born in Brooklyn in 1907, and spent her early years between Brooklyn and Amityville. She was the widow of George W. Behrman.
She was a member of the first class to graduate from the new Amityville High School in 1924, and then went on to attend Skidmore College, graduating with a degree in Art and Education. She taught high school art and was supervisor of grades in Monticello from 1930-1934, where she also bought her first car a third-hand Model A Ford for $5.
Marrying George Behrman in 1934, she and her husband lived mainly in the Far East until his retirement, when they located in Riverside, Conn.
She is survived by a daughter, Vivian Louise Behrman of Mashpee, Mass.
William OLeary Sr.
Retd. Security Off., 78
William T. OLeary Sr. of Roscoe, a retired security officer and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, December 25, 2005 at the Seelig Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 78 years of age.
The son of the late Jeremiah and Iris Slade OLeary, he was born April 15, 1927 in Bronx borough.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1945-1946, and of the U.S. Air Force from 1946-1950. He was a member of the Floyd Keener American Legion Post #315 and the Harold Wood VFW Post #5911 of Roscoe.
In a family statement, it was said, He will be sadly missed by his family.
He is survived by two sons, Patrick OLeary and his wife, Terri, of Cooks Falls, and William T. OLeary Jr. of Norwich; three daughters, Marie Wildner of Lindenhurst, Donna Baker and her companion, Walter Meier, of Roscoe, and Kathleen OLeary and her companion, Gary Brownell, of Westbury; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Avenue, Roscoe with Rev. Skip Rankin officiating.
Burial with military honors will be made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Floyd Keener American Legion Post #315, Roscoe, NY 12776 or to the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776.
Constance M. Sullivan of Narrowsburg, a homemaker and longtime area resident, died Monday, December 26, 2005 at the Horton campus of Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. She was 73 years of age.
The daughter of the late Arthur J. and Claire Geary Brown, she was born January 15, 1932 in Queens. She was the widow of Edward V. Sullivan who died in 1982.
Mrs. Sullivan was a past president of the Terryville Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the BPOE Elks Does.
She is survived by four daughters, Dorothy Sullivan of Narrowsburg, Connie Walters and her husband, Timothy, of Farmingville, Irene Elder of Port Jervis, and Claire Sullivan and her companion, John Ferrara, of Barryville; a son, Edward Sullivan and his wife, Jeannie, of Sound Beach; a sister, Claire Lober and her husband, Charles; a brother, Kenneth Brown and his wife, Marie; ten grandchildren, Edward and Meaghan Walters, Constance Connie, Thomas, Rebecca, and Jeffrey Elder, Chelsey Sullivan, and Nicholas, Damon and Galen Ferrara.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Cremation was made at the Maple Hill Crematory in Archbald, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, NY 12401 or to the American Diabetes Assoc., NYS - Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150-1160.
Frmr. Finisher, 53
Janice E. Mechler Stubblebine of Napanoch, a lifelong area resident and a former finisher/inspector for Imperial Schrade Corp. in Ellenville, died Friday, December 23, 2005 in the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 53 years of age.
The daughter of Gordon and Madelyn Gilligan Mechler, she was born June 12, 1952 in Monticello.
She is survived by her fiancee, John Yerkins of Wawarsing; a son, John Mechler of Napanoch; a sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Kenneth Scanlon of Wawarsing; and three nieces, Jullian Zweck and her husband, Owen, Samantha Scanlon, and Katelyn Scanlon, all of Wawarsing.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Loucks Funeral Home, Inc. in Ellenville with Rev. Eileen Daunt officiating.
Burial was made in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY 12401.
Charles Pinder, 68
Auto Body Repairman
Charles Pinder of Hankins, a self-employed auto body repairman, died Friday, December 23, 2005 at his home. He was 68 years of age.
The son of Charles Sr. and Elizabeth Randolph Pinder, he was born May 16, 1937 in Dover, N.J.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He and his wife are credited with starting the display of luminaria in Sullivan County.
He is survived by his wife, Jill A. Hilt Pinder, of Richmond, Ohio; a daughter, Stacey Baldassano of Reynoldsburg, Oh.; and a sister, Alice Davidson of N.J.
Cremation was made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 238, Hankins, NY 12741.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home Inc. of Callicoon.
Roslyn Rose, 89
Roslyn Rose of Middletown, a retired bookkeeper for Certified Electronics and a 40-year area resident, died Sunday, December 25, 2005 at Park Manor in Middletown. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of Edward and Bernice Bernstein Goldfarb, she was born July 26, 1916 in Nanticoke, Pa.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Bunny and Dr. Jorge Delgado of Bloomingburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Elliott and Carol Rose of Agawam, Mass.; four grandsons, Aaron Storch and his wife, Erin, of Middletown, Robert Rose and his wife, Elisa, of Southwick, Mass., and Andrew and Evan Delgado, both of Bloomingburg; a granddaughter, Monica Kline of Albany; seven great-grandchildren, Kaden, Devin, Daimen and Ashlyn Storch, and Madison Rose, Rebecca and Hannah Kline. She was predeceased by eight siblings.
Graveside services were held in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Newburgh with Rabbi Hirshel Jaffe officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Middletown, 142 Bloomingburg Rd., Middletown, NY 10940.
Arrangements were made by Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home of Middletown.
H. Robert Barnhart
Agri. Businessman, 77
H. Robert Barnhart of Lew Beach, a lifelong area resident, died Monday, December 22, 2005 at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pa. He was 77.
The son of Hugh S. and Grace Denman Barnhart, he was born January 27, 1928.
Mr. Barnhart owned and operated a dairy farm until it was sold in 1979, and then started an agricultural service business. He was a former Town Councilman of Hardenburgh, serving as Highway Superintendent for a number of years, a past member of the Livingston Manor Ambulance Corps, and a former Livingston Manor School Board member. He was a past President of the Sullivan County Extension Service, and a 55-year member of Livingston Manor Lodge #791 F&AM, and a charter member of the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department.
In a family statement, it was said, Bob will be remembered for his strength of character, good nature, sense of humor and devotion to family and friends. He will forever be in our hearts, deeply loved and missed.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Irene OKeefe Barnhart, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Maria Barnhart of Cedar City, Utah, and Richard and Nancy Barnhart of Livingston Manor; four daughters and sons-in-law, Dawn and Richard Laurenzo of Richfield Spgs., Dale and Eric Wade of Clifton Park, Denise and Paul Carroll of Binghamton, and Diane and Ron Featherall of Jermyn, Pa.; and 12 grandchildren, Christopher Laurenzo, Keri Stenta, Clifton and Laura Barnhart, Brian and Jason Wade, Joshua and Devin Carroll, Joseph and Jill Featherall, and Emmett and Rachel Barnhart.
Services were at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home with Rev. Bebe Liozeaux officiating.
Burial was made in the Lew Beach Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice.
Hazel B. Verde, 96
Hazel B. Verde of Circleville, a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, December 20, 2005. She was 96 years old.
The daughter of Eli and Bertha Ayres Bennett, she was born November 7, 1909 in Circleville.
Mrs. Verde was a schoolteacher in the Pine Bush School District, an elder, member and chairman of the Mission Committee at the Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and a member of the Lantern Society of New York State University at New Paltz. She conducted Bible studies for the residents of St. Teresa's Nursing Home.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen V. and James Schulhoff of Gardiner; two grandsons, John Frost of Monticello, and James Frost of Circleville; a great-granddaughter, Katelyn Frost; a sister, Myrtle Bergman of Circleville; and many nieces and nephews. Shewas predeceased by three brothers, Frank, Bruce and Berton Bennett.
Graveside services were held at the Circleville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Circleville Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Circleville, NY 10915.
Arrangements were made by the Morse Funeral Home Inc. of Middletown.
Barry R. Cox Sr.
Stationary Engr., 61
Barry R. Cox Sr. of Middletown, a stationary engineer with Orange Regional Medical Center for 26 years and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, December 23, 2005 at his home. He was 61 years of age.
The son of David M. Cox and Elizabeth M. Kurz Cox, he was born November 1, 1944 in Middletown.
He was a member of the North Congregational Church in Middletown, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving at Son Nhut Air Force Base in Saigon. He was a past Commander of American Legion Post 151, and the first Vietnam veteran to serve as a commander of an American Legion post in Orange County. He was an all-state Post Commander of V.F.W. Post 5523 in the Town of Wallkill; a member of V.F.W. Post 692 in Middletown; and a member of Hoffman Lodge #412 Free and Accepted Masons in Middletown. He was a member of Cyprus Temple Shriners of Albany; a member, past president and former treasurer of the Orange County Shriners Club; a member and past Commander of Beth El Post 29 Masonic War Veterans, and served as 2nd Lieutenant Commander General Grand Post Masonic War Veterans of the State of N.Y. He was to serve as Commander General of the State of N.Y. in 2007-2008. He was also a member of Queen Esther Chapter No. 163 Order of Eastern Star, and served as Grand Sentinel of the Order of Eastern Star State of N.Y.
He is survived by his wife, Linda N. Winand Cox, at home; two sons, William J. Cox and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lexington, N.C., and TSgt. Barry R. Cox, Jr. and his wife, Denise, of Bellevue, Neb.; six grandchildren, Tiffany, Caleb, Taylor, Chris, Jordan and Ashley; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Carl D. and Donna Cox of Cheektowaga, and Raymond G.and Linda Cox of Pensacola, Fla.; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary E. and Herman Kahn of Woodbourne; several nieces and nephews; and his cat and buddy, Mr. Buffy.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home with Rev. Timothy Woodard officiating.
Burial was made in the Orange County Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tucker Center for Cancer Care, 60 Prospect Ave., Middletown, NY 10940, or Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550, or to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
Mary T. Burke, 42
Senior Probation Ofc.
Mary T. Burke of Bloomingburg, a senior probation officer for the Rockland County Probation Department in New City and a 15-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at her home. She was 42 years of age.
The daughter of Richard R. Burke Sr. and the late Maureen S. Gaffney Burke, she was born on March 21, 1963 in New York City.
She is survived by her domestic partner, Margo Dolan of Bloomingburg; her father, of Bloomingburg; a brother, Richard R. Burke Jr. of Spring Valley; a sister, Cheryl Burke of Bloomingburg; a niece, Heather Burke, and a nephew, Ryan Burke, both of Greenwood Lake.
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 p.m. Friday, December 30 at the Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., in Monroe.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Ann Badendyck, 71
Retd. Med. Transcrip.
Ann E. Badendyck of Yankee Lake, a retired Medical Transcriptionist at the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center in New Hampton, died Monday, December 26, 2005 at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Arden Hill Campus. She was 71 years of age.
The daughter of the late William Dempsey and Mary Carey Dempsey, she was born December 2, 1934 in Brooklyn.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Wurtsboro, where she was active in the Ave Maria Guild.
She is survived by two daughters, Kim Platt and her husband, John, of Wurtsboro, and Donna Belskie of Wallkill; two sons, Thomas Badendyck of Yankee Lake and Eric Badendyck of the state of Florida; five grandchildren, Brooke, Kori Ann, and Dana Platt, and Brianna and Katlin Belskie; a great-grandson, Noah; five sisters, Mary Malgraf, Eileen Colagrande, Julia Hartin, Kate Browne and Linda Burke; two brothers, Billy Dempsey and John Dempsey; and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 30 at St. Josephs Church, Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro with Fr. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Josephs Cemetery in Wurtsboro.
Memorial contributions may be made to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 Hanover Park, 16633 No. Dallas Parkway, Suite 600, Addison, TX 75001.
Arrangements were made by VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro.
Nathan Brinson, 44
Nathan Eugene Brinson of Washington, D.C., formerly of New Hampton, died Wednesday, December 21, 2005 at George Washington Memorial Hospital. He was 44 years of age.
The son of Irene Brinson Page and the late Charles Brinson, he was born October 20, 1961.
He was a 1979 graduate of Goshen Central High School, and enjoyed drawing and artwork. He pursued a career in the food service industry.
He is survived by four brothers, Tyrone and Bruce Brinson of San Antonio, Tex., Thomas Brinson of Chicago, Ill., and Anthony Page of Syracuse; three sisters, Charlotte Ann Green of Oakland, Calif., Barbara Morton of Monticello, and Priscilla Page of Middletown; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Lorraine Marbley of Maryland, and a brother, John Price of New Hampton.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Goshen.
Cremation was made in Washington, D.C. at W.H. Bacon Funeral Home Inc.
Elizabeth Martino, 91
Elizabeth M. Betty Martino of Port Jervis died Sunday, December 25, 2005 at St. Josephs Place in Port Jervis. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of Philip and Bess E. Marshall Shafer, she was born June 14, 1914 in Port Jervis. She was the widow of Joseph F. Martino Sr.
Mrs. Martino was a member of the Clara Bradley Lodge.
In a family statement, it was said, She was a loving mother and grandmother. Mom loved to go play bingo, take trips to Atlantic City and play cards with her family. She especially enjoyed just spending time with her family. We loved her dearly and she will be sadly missed.
She is survived by three sons, Joseph F. Martino Jr. of Staten Island, Michael A. Martino and his wife, Nancy, of Matamoras, Pa., and Frank A. Martino and his wife, Cindy, of Norwich; a daughter and son-in-law, Maria T. and Charles Phillips of Port Jervis; two stepbrothers, Alvord Phillips and his wife, Helene, and Richard Dick Phillips and his wife, Alice, all of Port Jervis; two stepsisters, Rotha Pedlock of Port Jervis, and Carol Tufano and her husband, Nick, of Glen Spey; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Donald and Phillip Shafer, and her stepfather, Alvord Phillips.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis.
Burial was made in St. Marys Cemetery in Port Jervis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice.
John Mucherson Sr., 80
John Edward No Talk Mucherson Sr. of Winston-Salem, N.C., a former resident of Monticello for over 50 years, died Tuesday, December 20, 2005 at Forsyth Medical Center. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Paul Mucherson and Johnnie Mae Crenshaw, he was born November 25, 1925 in Pender County, N.C.
He attended Pender County schools, and was a member of the Greater Faith Deliverance Center in Winston-Salem. He also was a member of Local #17 of the Laborers International Union of North America.
He is survived by two sons, Donald Stockton of Norfolk, Va., and John Mucherson Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Cheryl and Leonard Boggan, and Debbie and Steven Phillips, all of Winston-Salem, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Shannon Stockton, Shire Mucherson, Steven Phillips Jr., Asia Boggan, Jerry Houpe II, Dwight Houpe, Darius Mucherson, and Anna Boggan; a great-grandson, Jalen Stockton; three brothers-in-law, Henry Stockton and his wife, Opal, and Isaac Stockton, all of Statesville, N.C., and Clarence Stockton and his wife, Shirley, of Lumberton, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Lucille McNeely of Statesville, N.C.; a host of nieces and nephews, and cousins, including Hazel Williams of Monticello; and other relatives and friends, including a friend, Henry Knight of Monticello.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Rutledge and Bigham Funeral Home in Statesville, N.C. with Rev. John McClurkin officiating.
Burial was made in the Cameron Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Sanford O. Rasdall
Retd. Laborer, 58
Sanford O. Sandy Rasdall of Liberty, a retired laborer and an area resident for over 30 years, died Wednesday, December 28, 2005 at the Seelig campus of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 58 years of age.
The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Rasdall, he was born December 20, 1947 in Queens.
Mr. Rasdall had been an employee of Falls Poultry in Livingston Manor, and later at Hillside Greenhouses in Liberty.
He is survived by his friends, Dale and Carol VanDenberg, and his friends and neighbors at Barkley Gardens, all in Liberty.
Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty.
Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Wendy Herbert, 53
S.C. Sheriffs Dept. Empl.
Wendy Ann Herbert of Ferndale, a medical record and billing employee of the Sullivan County Sheriffs Dept. and a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly Friday, December 23, 2005 at her home. She was 53 years of age.
The daughter of Vera Barber Bernhardt and the late Leland Bernhardt, she was born October 25, 1952 in Monticello.
She is survived by her husband, James E. Herbert, at home; her mother, Vera Bernhardt of Monticello; a son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Krystal Herbert of Liberty; a stepson, Keith Herbert and his family of Liberty; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Glenna and Vincent Price of Monticello, and Dawn and Patrick Riley of Amsterdam; four grandsons, Keith Jr., Michael, Stephen and Lucas Herbert; two brothers-in-law, Richard Herbert and his wife, Kathy, of Jeffersonville, and Herman Herbert and his wife, Kris, of Beechwoods; a sister-in-law, Eloise McKeon and her husband, Michael, of Liberty; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, aunts and uncles; and her four-legged grandchildren, Cooter, Ghost Boy and Pupper.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Services may be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County SPCA, 25 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, NY 12775.
Arrangements were under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.
Ruth Marie Mance
Retired Nurse, 84
Ruth Marie King Mance of Liberty, a retired nurse, died Sunday, December 25, 2005 at the Seelig campus of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of Andrew Garner and Barbara von Lohr King, she was born July 18, 1921 in Glendale. She was the widow of Richard Mance.
She attended grade school in Glendale, and graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1939. In 1943, she graduated from Queens College, Flushing, and in 1945 she earned her RN degree from Yale University School of Nursing in New Haven, Conn. She married Richard Stewart Mance Sept. 6, 1947 at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in NYC. She then moved to Liberty where she worked for Dr. Payne and the Loomis Hospital. She retired as Assistant Director of Nursing at the Sullivan County Home and Infirmary in 1990.
Mrs. Mance was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, and was active in the womens organizations, teaching Sunday School and serving as a deacon.
In a family statement, it was said, She was a caring and compassionate nurse. Ruth loved to bake and sew. She was known for her delicious pies and one Thanksgiving, she made 24 pies for family and friends. She made creative cakes for birthdays and showers, and made many of her childrens Halloween costumes and her daughters dresses; she was an avid reader and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. She enjoyed the time she spent at her cottage on the lake with her family. Ruth was proud of her family and took great interest in their lives. Her family meant everything to her and they will miss her greatly.
She is survived by a son, James, her caregiver for the last six years; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jeffrey Gearhart of Delhi; two grandchildren, Amber C. Gearhart of Hummelstown, Pa., and Kassandra M. Gearhart; two sisters, Dorothy King of Douglasville, Ga., and Anna King Olson of Endicott; two nieces, Ruth Bonsick and her husband, Bob, of Liberty, and Barbara Robbins and her husband, Dan, of Newborn, Ga.; and a nephew, Dr. George Mygatt and his wife, Kathi, of Marietta, Ga. She was predeceased by two sisters, Magdalene King Marz, and Elvina King, and a niece, Joan Arnold.
Services will be private.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Burial of the cremains will be made in the Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family for a special gift to the First Presbyterian Church in Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by Ramsays Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty.