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January 31, 2006

Elizabeth Minkler, 67
Retired Deputy Clerk

Elizabeth Madge Minkler, a longtime resident of Jeffersonville, and a retired deputy clerk for the Village of Jeffersonville, died on Thursday, January 26, 2006, while she was vacationing in Costa Rica. She was 67.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Arrangement are being handled by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.

James A. Gruber, 42
Resort Cook

James A. Gruber, a 20-year area resident, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at his home in Lake Huntington. He was 42.
The son of James F. and Elizabeth Elswick Gruber, he was born on January 20, 1964 in Brooklyn.
Jim was a cook at the Villa Roma in Callicoon and was a former horse trainer.
A family statement said, “Jim was a great dad and a loving husband. His greatest love was his son Bradley.
“He was a former Monticello Little League Coach. He also coached football for the Fremont Red Dogs.”
Survivors include his wife, Christine Crumley-Gruber at home; their beloved son, Bradley at home; his mother, Elizabeth Gruber of Youngsville; his loving in-laws, Patricia and Richard Crumley of Mongaup Valley; a sister, Deborah Barbuto of Long Island; loving nephews, John Ryan, Matthew and Douglas Doherty of Smallwood, Alex and Dino Anaxagorou of Long Island; a niece Julia Anaxagorou of Long Island; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends were able to call at Ramsay's Funeral Home on Friday January 27, from 4-8 p.m.
Funeral services were held at Ramsay's Funeral Home on Saturday with the Rev. David Coon officiating.
Burial was in VanKeuren Cemetery, Swan Lake.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Lake Huntington, NY 12752 or to the Lake Huntington Fire Dept.
Funeral arrangements by Ramsay's Funeral Homes.

Kathleen Buley, 86

Kathleen Buley of Woodbourne died Sat., Jan. 28, 2006 at her residence. She was 86.
Born August 28, 1919 in Shokan, she was the daughter of Clarence and Edith Gray Phillips and had resided in Kingston and Saugerties for many years before moving to Woodbourne 12 years ago.
She was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. Buley Sr., on Dec. 30, 1991.
She was also predeceased by a son, Barry Buley; a sister, Mildred Birch; and three brothers, Edward, Clarence and Richard Phillips.
Surviving are five sons, Arnold of Fremont Center, Irving and Harold Jr. of Grahamsville, Bruce of Saugerties and Roger Buley of Lamontville; five daughters, Beverly Roebuck of Woodbourne, Barbara Chase of Kingston, Linda Moore of Shokan, Louise Clark of Grahamsville and Gloria Reed of Hurley; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, at Lasher Funeral Home Inc., 100 Tinker Street, Woodstock.
Burial will be in Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Woodstock.
Friends were able to call at the funeral home on Monday, January 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Burial will be in Mount Evergreen Cemetery, Woodstock.

Donald Schmidt, 73
Retired from J-YCS

Donald G. Schmidt, retired from the Jeff-Youngsville Central School in Jeffersonville and lifetime area resident, died Jan. 27, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Callicoon. He was 73.
The son of Arthur and Josephinne Dirie Schmidt, he was born June 23, 1932 in Callicoon.
He was a 52-year member, past chief and past vice president of the Callicoon Center Fire Dept.; past commissioner of the Callicoon Center Fire District and a fire policeman of the fire department. He was also a US Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife Yvonne Brustmann Schmidt at home; two sons, George Schmidt and David Stucker and wife Jill, all of Callicoon Center; one sister, JoAnne Pierce of Jeffersonville; three grandchildren, Ashlee Norris, Allison Norris and Jonathan Stucker, all of Callicoon Center; mother-in-law, Yvonne Brustmann of Jeffersonville; and a brother-in-law, Joel Brustmann of Jeffersonville.
Friends were able to call Monday at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at St. George's Church, Jeffersonville. Father Ignatius Vu will officiate.
Burial will be in Callicoon Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Callicoon Center Fire Dept. or the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad.

Allen J. Barnes, 96
Retired Trackman

Allen J. "Brownie" Barnes, a lifelong resident of the area and retired from the Erie Railroad in 1974 as a trackman, died on Friday, January 27, 2006 at his home. He was 96.
Son of the late Emmett S. Barnes and Agnes Van Gorder Barnes, he was born August 23, 1909 in Minisink Ford.
He was a life member of the Yulan Rod & Gun Club; N.R.A. (National Rifle Association); New York State Conservation Council; National A.A.R.P.; and National Trappers Association.
A family statement read, "Brownie was a quiet, gentle man who loved the outside world around him. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping, gardening and watching the birds picking berries. He loved to hunt for helgremites and gathering them with all his children for enjoyment as well as profit. His remarkable memory could recall where he caught his first trout, trapped his first muskrat or shot his first buck."
He was predeceased by his wife, Elsa P. Draxler Barnes.
He is survived by three daughters, Elsa Weber and her husband, George, of Barryville, Anita Godby and her husband, Bill, of Matamoras, Pa. and Laurie Trotti and her husband, Bob, of Livingston Manor; three sons, Alan Barnes and his wife, Kenda, of Isabella, Calif., Larry Barnes and his wife, Sharon, of Gouldsboro, Maine, and Arthur "Farmer" Barnes and his wife, Sue, of Barryville; a long line of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by three sisters, Pearl Barker, Edith Bicknell and LaVonne Schalk; and two brothers, Arthur Barnes and Emmett “Steve” Barnes.
Friends may call at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 East Main Street, Port Jervis on Tuesday, January 31, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 1, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

George Hembdt, 87
Retired Appraiser

George N. Hembdt, a lifelong resident of Sullivan County, died on Sunday, January 29, 2006, at his home in Mongaup Valley. He was 87.
The son of George N. and Bessie Lefferts Hembdt, he was born on June 28, 1918 in Monticello.
George was a Principal Real Estate Appraiser for the NYS Division of Equalization and Assessment, Albany before retiring in 1983. He was a member of the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian where he was a former elder and trustee. He was the Town of Thompson clerk from 1948-1960; a charter member of Monticello BPOE #1544 and a member of the Masonic Lodge #532 F&AM.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Clare Seargent Hembdt at home; a son, Philip G. Hembdt of Troy; a sister-in-law, Frieda M. Hembdt and a nephew, George J. Hembdt, both of Napanoch and several other nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Lefferts P. Hembdt and a sister, Madelin Evans.
Friends may call at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 55 St. John Street, in Monticello, on Tuesday, January 31 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Masonic services will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 1, 2006 at the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian, Jones Street, Monticello, at 11 a.m. Rev. Robert McLeod will officiate.
Burial will be in Rock Ridge Cemetery, Monticello.
The Hembdt family requests the memorial contributions be made to the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian, Jones Street, Monticello 12701 or to the Allen Carl Spinal Research Fund, Academic Office, 1367 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes in Monticello.

Elizabeth Wilson

Memorial services for Elizabeth C. Wilson of St. Petersburg, Fla. were held on Sunday, January 29 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, West Lake and Fourth Avenues, Spring Lake, New Jersey.
Elizabeth died on January 14, 2006 at Hospice House Woodside, Pinellas Park, Florida.
The daughter of the late Nora Townsend, she was born in Liberty, where she graduated from Liberty High School and for a number of years was employed by the New York Telephone Company in Liberty.
She later moved to Sea Girt, NJ, and then on to Spring Lake, NJ, where her family lived until moving to St. Petersburg, Fla. several years ago.
While living in Spring Lake she was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and was active in the Rebecca Circle at the church.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Claude Wilson, of St. Petersburg; two daughters, Dianne Didden, of Wayside, NJ, and Claudia Wilson, of St. Petersburg, Fla; one son, Rand Wilson, of Sea Girt, NJ; a brother, Edward Townsend, of Livingston Manor; one grandson, William Didden III, of Medford, NJ, and several nieces and nephews.
Donations may be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760.
Funeral arrangements were by the Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes. An online guestbook can be viewed at www.andersonmcqueen. com.

Peter A. LaRoche
Fmr. Monticello Res.

Peter A. LaRoche, of Darien, Ill., son of Christine LaRoche and the late LeRoy A. LaRoche, residents of Monticello from 1945-1958, died Jan. 21, 2006.
Mr. LaRoche 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, coeditor of the yearbook, on the newspaper staff, member of the National Honor Society and Junior Rotarian.
Mr. LaRoche was a graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He served as a First Lieutenant in the US Army and received an MBA degree from Syracuse University. He worked in sales for the Corning Company and Florida Tile and in later years as an individual textile broker.
He is survived by his wife, Georgia of Darien; son Scott LaRoche, Capt. USAF of Wichita Falls, Texas; daughter, Melissa of Columbus, Ga.; mother Christine LaRoche of Manchester Center, Vt.; sister Joy Brass of Dorset, Vt.; and brother LeRoy LaRoche of Potomac, Md.
Arrangements were made by Elliston Funeral Home, 60 S. Grant St., Hinesdale, Ill.

Jeanne Stillwaggon, 56
Vice President

Jeanne M. Stillwaggon of Newburgh, vice president of Weaver Gas, died Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh. She was 56.
Daughter of Elbert D. and Jeannette Weaver Stillwaggon, she was born April 3, 1949 in Newburgh.
A family statement read, "Jeanne was a very nurturing and loving wife, mother and grandmother.
“She loved her grandchildren dearly, and she will be dearly missed. She also loved to cook and enjoyed vacationing in Cape Cod."
Survivors include her loving husband, Philip Pisano at home; her daughters, Jennifer Ferraiuolo and her husband Alfred Valenti, Alison Gayle Ferraiuolo, both of Newburgh, and Jessica Pisano of Harris; her parents of Newburgh; her brother, Elbert "Jim" Stillwaggon Jr. and his wife Denise of France; her sisters, Kathy Dawson and her husband Gary of Wappingers Falls, and Joanne Bierschenk and her husband Richard of Cragsmoor; her grandchildren, Megan and Matthew Jones, Michael and Madison Valenti all of Newburgh.
Visitation was held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, January 27, at Brooks-DiDonato Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Avenue, Newburgh.
A funeral service took place on Saturday, January 28, at the Gardnertown United Methodist Church, Newburgh with Pastor Dave Kniffin officiating.
Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory.
Memorial donations in Jeanne's name may be made to the Center for Discovery, Sullivan Diagnostic Treatment Center, P.O. Box 840, Harris, NY 12742.

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