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January 13, 2006

Georgia Anderson, 88

Georgia Anderson, “Nana,” a longtime resident of the area, died January 9, 2006 peacefully at her home.
Georgia was born November 18, 1918 in Amityville, Long Island and then moved to North Branch in 1982 with her husband Alfred, where they redesigned their home together.
She had a great love for animals, especially her collie Max, interior design and fashion. Her greatest love of all however, was her family.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Alfred Anderson, at home; her sister, Margaret D. Bleeker of Keene, NH; her daughter, Barbara Anderson, of Loch Sheldrake; niece Meg Blades, of Wayne, Pa.; nephew, James Bleeker, of Clinton, Conn.; two granddaughters, Kim Breihof and her husband Eric, of Jeffersonville, and Kristen Smith and her husband Scott, of Eldred; five great-grandchildren, Georgina Breihof (Nana’s namesake), Eric Breihof, Darian Breihof, Triniti Breihof, and Ty Smith.
A family statement read, “She will be sadly missed by all, but her memory, wisdom, and guidance will live forever in our hearts.”
As per Georgia’s wishes, no public services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Monticello.

Mary Scheidt, 95

Long-time resident Mary Scheidt passed away on December 18, 2005 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 95.
Survivors include a twin sister, Alice Gallick, of New Rochelle, a daughter, Mary Flaherty of Lord’s Valley, Pa. and a son, William Scheidt, of Queens and her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
A funeral and wake were held in New Rochelle. Burial was made in Calverton Cemetery in Long Island with her husband, William.

Everett Thompson, 68
Retired Teacher

Everett Selah Thompson of Youngsville died Saturday, January 7, 2006 at home, after a long illness. He was 68.
The son of Frederick and Iva Everett Thompson, he was born on January 3, 1938 in Liberty.
“Everett was a retired music teacher at West Seneca Elementary School. He was an avid golfer, a terrific vocalist and guitar player; and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was born in Liberty, went into the Army Airborne Division in 1956, and graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelors in Music Education. He moved to Silver Creek in 1967, where he lived for 30 years while raising his family. He moved to Youngsville in 1997 after marrying his high school sweetheart, Helen Muzuruk. He was a wonderful man and will be missed dearly.”
He is survived by his wife, Helen Muzuruk, at home; two daughters, Heather Torre and her husband, Frank, of Bristol, Conn., and Paula Thompson of New Haven, Conn.; two brothers, Frederick Thompson of Liberty and John “Jack” Thompson of Galveston, Texas; one sister, Dolores Gadshian of Monticello, and one grandson, Adriano Everett Torre.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 9, at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, in Jeffersonville. Cremation will take place at Twin Tiers Crematory, in Endicott.
Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Thomas Murray Sr., 81
Former Sales Clerk

Thomas E. Murray Sr., of Phillipsport, a resident since 1955 and a former sales clerk for Rose and Douglas, Ellenville and the Trading Post, died Jan. 10, 2006 at his home. He was 81.
The son of John Edward and Inell Folsom Murray, he was born Jan. 9, 1925 in Quitman, Ga.
He was a member of the American Legion Cook-Taylor Post #111; the Wurtsboro VFW; the Senior Citizens of Bloomingburg; and the Phillipsport Community Center. He was a former member of the Ellenville Elks Lodge #1971 and the Summitville Fire Company serving for over 25 years. Tom served in the U.S. Navy during WW II in the Pacific Campaign. He was a member of the L.C.I. (Landing Craft Industry).
Survivors include his wife, Loretta G. O'Brien Murray at home; a daughter, Barbara Ann Murray and Paul Ross of Ellenville; a son Thomas Eugene Murray Jr. and wife Angela Mutoli Murray of Wurtsboro; two grandchildren, Bridgett Marie Murray and fiancé Jayson Markell and Peter Francis Murray; his sister, Lillian Martin of Thomasville, Ga.; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.
Friends may call at the Loucks Funeral Home, Inc., 79 N. Main St., Ellenville on Friday, January 13, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 14, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, Wurtsboro. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Wurtsboro. Arrangements are by the Loucks Funeral Home, Inc.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties 80 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Ann Frances Durham, 68
Ret. Legal Secretary

Ann Frances Durham of Monticello, a retired legal secretary for the Sullivan County Department of Family Services in Liberty, died Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 68.
The daughter of the late Edward Matthew Mitchell and Bertha Jones Gee, she was born April 10, 1937 in Bayshore, Long Island.
A former real estate agent and notary public, Ann was a former president of the Sullivan Co. Legal Secretaries; first woman secretary for the Bermuda Snooker Assoc., starting their first newsletter; involved with public relations for the Adult Education Center in Bermuda; and past vice-president of the Ladies of Bermuda Club. Ann was also a dedicated member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello.
She is survived by her husband, Roger O. Durham of Monticello; two sons, Vincent Faust of Stamford, Conn. and Guy Faust of New Rochelle; a daughter, Leesa Faust of Jersey City, NJ; one brother, Michael Gee of the Bronx; one sister, Sharon Jackson of New York City; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Elaine Jones.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 13, from 2-4 and 7-9 p..m at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 14, at 2 p.m. at St. Peter's Church, Broadway and Liberty streets in Monticello. Fr. John Tran will officiate. Burial will be held in St. Peter's Cemetery in Monticello. Arrangements were made under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home.

J. Burton Sims, 68
Owned Sims Resort

J. Burton “Burt” Sims, a longtime resident of the area and owner and operator of Sims Resort Colony in Monticello, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 68.
Mr. Sims was the son of the late Abraham and Clara Arber Sims, the founders of Sims Resort Colony in Monticello.
He was born on April 6, 1937 in Brooklyn.
He attended NYU School of Commerce and NYU School of Law. He was honorably discharged from the US Army Corps of Engineers at the rank of Spec 5th class. Burt was formerly on the UJA Young Leadership Executive Board, a former board member of the Hebrew Day School of Sullivan County, a past president of Monticello Bungalow Association, a life member of ZOA and associate life member of Hadassah.
He is survived by his wife Shirley at home; his two sons Hillel and his wife Claudia of Connecticut and Gideon Sims of New York City; his daughter Miriam and her husband Robert of Georgia; and his granddaughter Liora.
Graveside funeral services were held Wednesday, January 11, at 1 p.m. in the New Montefiore Cemetery, Pinelawn.
Shiva will be observed at the family home in Monticello.
Funeral arrangements were made by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello.

Alexander Cousinin Jr., 61
Ret. Postmaster

Alexander Cousinin of Milford, Del., and formerly of Forestburgh, died Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at Mercy Medical Center, in Baltimore, Md. He was 61.
The son of Harold Cicio, of Woodridge and the late Mary Kopatz Cicio, he was born on April 21, 1944, in Monticello.
He retired from the United States Postal Service, after 33 years of service as postmaster in the White Lake Post Office.
Mr. Cousinin moved to Milford from Forestburgh two years ago.
In Sullivan County, he was a member of the VFW Blue Hen Post #6483 and a member of the Woodridge Volunteer Fire Department and Forestburgh Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a longtime member of the Woods Pond Rod and Gun Club.
Alex loved baseball, especially the Yankees and was an avid reader as well as a collector of sports memorabilia.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Anna Cousinin; his father, Harold Cicio of Woodridge; a daughter, Lauren Gabriel and her husband Jake of Colora, Md.; three sisters, Natalie Churak and her husband Alex, of Greenfield Park, Kim Salomon and her husband, Arthur, of Forestburgh, and Judy Frost, of Woodbourne; two grandchildren, Matthew Gabriel and Malorie Gabriel and two special puppies Emmy and Bitzy and several nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters in law and cousins.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 14, at 11 a.m. at the Pippin Funeral Home, in Wyoming, Del., where friends may call one hour earlier.
Burial will be in Sharon Hills Memorial Park, Dover, Del.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions should be made to the American Lung Association, 422 S. Governor’s Avenue, Dover, DE 19904.

Anthony Mitchell, 41
Formerly of Roscoe

Anthony J. Mitchell, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Roscoe, died on Monday, January 2, 2006 at St. Joseph's Hospital after a battle with muscular dystrophy.
The son of John Mitchell and Mary Ann D'Amico Finkelstein, he was born in McAllen, Texas on July 6, 1965.
Anthony moved to the bay area from Roscoe in 1998. He leaves behind one son, Anthony M. of Monticello; his father, John of Land O' Lakes; his mother, Mary Ann of Whiting, NJ; one brother, John of Hampton Bay.; four sisters, Louise of Naples, Fla., Angela of Atlanta, Ga., Anna of Houston, Texas and Rosemary Simmons of Roscoe; one niece and three nephews.
Family will receive friends on Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl Street, Livingston Manor.
Services will follow at noon at the funeral home. Msgr. Collins will officiate.
Interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.
Arrangements are under the direction of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home.

C. Benjamin Fogarty, 86
Ret. Service Manager

C. Benjamin “Ben” Fogarty of Davenport, Fla. died of cancer Thursday, January 5, 2006 in Haines City, Fla. He was 86.
Born Feb. 5, 1919 in Palmyra, NJ, Mr. Fogarty moved to Davenport from Elmhurst in 1985. He served in the Army Air Corps and fought in World War II. He worked as a service manager for Chrysler Corp. in New York.
Mr. Fogarty is survived by his wife, Kathleen (nee Strasser) Fogarty; sons, Curt Fogarty of New York, and Mark Fogarty of South Carolina; and three grandchildren.
Mr. and Mrs. Fogarty spent many summers in North Branch.

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