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January 27, 2006

Irene Gillette Paulus
Homemaker, 71

Irene Gillette Paulus of Barryville, a homemaker and a lifetime resident of the area, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 20, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. She was 71.
The daughter of the late Harry and Ona Liddle Gillette, she was born June 19, 1934 in Matamoras, Pa.
She was married for 48 years to Donald E. Paulus.
Irene was a member of the First Baptist Church, Port Jervis.
A family statement reads, "She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was very talented and creative. She cherished every moment God gave her to be with her grandchildren and they loved every moment with her. She will be greatly missed by all."
Survivors include her husband, Donald, at home; two daughters: Donna Kramer and her husband H. John of Hortonville, N.Y. and Holly Benton and her husband Rob of Dover, Pa.; three brothers: Bill Gillette and his wife June of Colorado Springs, Colo., Richard Gillette and his wife Charlotte of Warminster, Pa. and Paul Gillette and his wife Sandy of Silsbee, Texas; two sisters: Barbara Toussaint and her husband Pete of Matamoras, Pa. and Donna DeGroat of Matamoras, Pa.; four grandchildren: Emily Kramer, Gabriel Benton, Samuel Benton and G. Michael Benton; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Friends were invited to call on Sunday, January 22 from 2 to 4 and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 23 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, Port Jervis. The Rev. James Brosius officiated.
Cremation will take place at HG Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, Pa.
Donations can be made to: First Baptist Church, Port Jervis, NY 12771.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville.

Marlene Cohen
Restaurant Emp., 64

Marlene Wolff Cohen, of Woodbourne, died on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center in Johnson City. She was 64.
The daughter of Carl and Evelyn Sarnotsky Wolff, she was born on September 4, 1941, in Bronx, N.Y.
Marlene was the widow of Robert Cohen who died in November 1975.
She was employed as an assistant manager at Friendly’s Restaurant in Goshen.
Marlene was an avid animal lover and an avid reader as well as a dear friend who will be sadly missed.
She leaves behind one sister, Roberta Wolff of Westchester; her very dear friends, Richard and Terry Yaple and Franklin and Olivia Yaple, all of Woodbourne, Tom Weigand and Debbie Wilhelm of Rock Hill and many cousins.
Marlene was predeceased by her parents, and one sister, Deborah P. Wolff.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 395 State Route 52, in Woodbourne, with funeral services to follow.
Donations in Marlene’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation, PO Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720 and the Stony Ford Foundation, 225 Dolson Avenue, Suite 206A, Middletown, New York 10940.
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home. For further information, go to or call 434-7363.

Elizabeth C. Wilson

Elizabeth C. Wilson, of St. Petersburg, Fla. died Saturday, January 14, 2006 at Hospice House Woodside in Pinellas Park, Fla.
Born in Liberty, she moved to St. Petersburg from Spring Lake, N.J. where she was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and was active in the Rebecca Circle at the church.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Claude Wilson of St. Petersburg; two daughters, Diane Didden of Wayside, N.J., and Claudia Wilson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, Rand Wilson of Sea Girt, N.J.; a brother, Edward Townsend of Livingston Manor; and one grandson, William Didden III of Medford, N.J.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, West Lake and Fourth Avenues, Spring Lake, N.J.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.
Funeral arrangements were made by Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes.

Peter A. LaRoche
Textile Broker, 65

Peter A. LaRoche of Darien, Ill., a resident of Monticello from 1945-1958, died Saturday, January 21, 2006.
The son of Christine LaRoche and the late LeRoy A. LaRoche, he was born in Albany and grew up in Monticello.
He graduated from Monticello High School in 1958, where he was president of the Key Club, co-editor of the yearbook, on the newspaper staff, a member of the National Honor Society, and a Junior Rotarian.
He graduated from St. Lawrence University in Canton, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He earned a Master’s degree from Syracuse University, and served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He worked in sales for the Corning company and Florida Tile, and in later years was an industrial textile broker.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia, at home; a son, USAF Capt. Scott LaRoche of Wichita Falls, Tex.; a daughter, Melissa of Columbus, Ga.; his mother of Manchester Center, Vt.; a sister, Joy Brass of Dorset, Vt.; and a brother, LeRoy LaRoche of Potomac, Md.

John J. Sullivan
Ret. Postmaster, 84

John J. Sullivan, formerly of Sullivan County, died on January 2, 2006 in Mesa, Az.
John was born November 5, 1921 in Jersey City to the late George and Anne Sullivan.
John was a WW II Army combat veteran, serving with the 10th Armored Infantry through France and Germany. After the war, John returned home in September 1945 to marry his one love, Helen (Matulewicz) on September 21, 1945. John moved to Sullivan County where he began his 30-year career with the US postal service, ultimately retiring in January 1981 as Post Master of Rock Hill, a position for which he held for over 20 years.
The fire service was a very large part of John's life. He was member of the Rock Hill VFD. After retirement, John and Helen moved to Arizona, with John joining the Sun Lakes FD, retiring there after 10 years as Assistant Chief in charge of Communications. John was very active with the VFW and Knights of Columbus.
John is survived by Helen, his beloved wife of 60 years in Sun Lakes, Ariz.; their daughter Sharon Broskin and her companion Kevin McGarvey of Rock Hill; brother Jim and his wife Joan of Sun City, Fla.; two grandchildren, Tricia of Peoria, Ill. and Casey Broskin of Rock Hill; two (really great) great-grandchildren, Chase and Jenna of Peoria, Ill.; his aunt, Rita McCreery of Monticello; cousins Virginia Scott and David McCreery of Rock Hill; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was held for John on January 6 in Sun Lakes, Ariz.
A Graveside service will be held here at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, February 28 at St. Peter's Cemetery, Rock Ridge Road, Monticello.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John's memory to the Rock Hill Fire department.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information please visit

Clifford Houghtaling
Ret. Equip. Oper., 85

Clifford John Houghtaling, a retired Heavy Equipment operator for the Town of Neversink Highway Dept., died at home with his family around him on Tuesday, January 24, 2006. He was 85.
The son of Chester and Alpha Townsend Houghtaling, he was born April 8, 1920 in Willowemoc.
He was a member of the AFSCME and AFL-CIO unions.
A family statements reads, "Clifford was a really great guy and was always there to lend a helping hand. He was a very hard worker and never said, 'no.' In his more recent years he loved gardening. He will be missed."
Survivors include his wife of 64 years Bertha at home; his daughter Gloria Brackman and her husband Thomas of Neversink; his son Bert Houghtaling and his companion Betty Shaver of Grahamsville; two granddaughters Yvonne and Yvette Brackman; 3 great-grandchildren Falon McBride, Shanell Steele and Robert Thomas Steele; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one sister Theda Lovgren and two brothers Nyle and Emmett Houghtaling.
Visitation will be held Friday, January 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne.
Funeral Service will be Saturday, January 28 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Carl Casky officiating. Interment will follow at the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery, Grahamsville.
Contributions may be made in Clifford's name to the Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne. For further information call 434-7363 or www.colonialbryantfuneralhome. com.

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