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February 14, 2006

Philip R. Buck
Musician, 50

Philip R. Buck of Jeffersonville, a musician and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. He was 50.
The son of the late Raymond L. and Florence A. Farrow Buck, he was born March 25, 1955 in Liberty.
He is survived by two brothers, Gregory Buck and his wife Sandy of Kirkville, and Joseph Buck of Brooklyn; six sisters, Betty Ford and her fiance William Harper of Bronx, Jackolyn Simmons and her husband William of Edward, N.C., Berlie Gooden of Raleigh, N.C., Marie Bonner and her husband Allan of Monticello, Evelyn Buck of Raleigh, N.C., and Margaret Gallaway and her husband Hopeton of Utica; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements will be private. Arrangements made by the Harris Funeral Home of Liberty.

Hilde Bernstein, 73
Ret. of Wholesale Tire

Hilde Bernstein of Rock Hill died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, after a courageous fight with cancer. She was 73.
The daughter of the late William and Katie Rissel, she was born Nov. 11, 1932 in Straubing, Germany.
She was retired from Wholesale Tire Company in Farmingdale, where she was vice president of collections.
A family statement read, “Hilde was a good friend, loving mother and grandmother. She will be greatly missed.”
She is survived by a daughter, Sheryl Manz and her husband Paul of Monticello; a brother-in-law, John Kelly of Hammonton, N.J.; and four grandchildren, Michael Faitell, Katie Manz, Lisa Manz, and Megan Faitell all of Monticello. She was predeceased by a daughter, Charlene Faitell; two brothers, Phillip Grotz and Willie Rissel; and a sister, Roberta Kelly.
There will be no visitation.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Temple Sholom, East Dillon Road, Monticello with Rabbi Michele Brand-Medwin officiating.
Cremation will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, c/o Sheryl Manz, 269 Cantrell Road, Monticello, NY 12701.
Shiva will be observed on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 12-8 p.m. at 269 Cantrell Road, Monticello.
Arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Home.

Julia Stancil, 91
Ret. Circ. Dept. Supr.

Julia Stancil of Damascus, Pa. and Staten Island, died Thursday, February 7, 2006 at the Wayne Woodland Manor in Waymart, Pa. She was 91.
The daughter of the late Michael and Barbara Tkalcon Vulek, she was born December 27, 1914 in Staten Island. She was the widow of Glenn Stancil.
She is survived by two nieces, Augusta Hayes and her husband, Stephen of Titusville, Fla. and Pauline Osmundsen and her husband Roy of Staten Island; a sister-in-law, Wanda Vukek of Staten Island; and several other nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be held at a later date. Burial will be made in the Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Pacific, MS. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Melvin Kahrs Sr., 64
Emp. of Hartwood Club

Melvin G. Kahrs Sr. of Sparrowbush died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 64.
The son of the late Herman and Idabelle Eldred Kahrs, he was born August 21, 1941 in Honesdale, Pa.
He was an employee of the Hartwood Club in Forestburgh.
In a family statement it was said, “Mel was an industrious man around the house. Considered a jack-of-all-trades, he could fix just about anything. He enjoyed traveling with Pat, listening to country music, helping others, and he loved spending time with his family.”
He is survived by his companion, Patricia Brown; their daughter Tammy Sherman and her husband Bill of Wurtsboro; a son, Edward Utter and his girlfriend Melissa Call of Bloomingburg; five grandchildren, Freddie, Tony, Nicky, Stefanee, and Victoria; three brothers, Joseph and his wife Cathy of Sparrowbush, Frank and his wife Alberta of Ferndale, and Jimmy of Grandberry, Texas; three sisters, Alice Phillips and her husband Richard of Port Jervis, Pearl Overacker and her husband Harold of Ilion, Mary Walker and her husband James of Lititz, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Melvin G. Kahrs Jr. in 1990; two brothers, John and Fred Kahrs; and three sisters, Margaret Teeple, Helen Furman, and Elsie VanGorder.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown.
A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Timothy Woodard officiating.
Burial will follow in the family plot at Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Sylvia M. Brenner
Homemaker, 71

Sylvia M. Brenner of Middletown died Thursday, February 9, 2006 at home, with her family beside her. She was 71.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Dora Vanvorst Smith, she was born June 18, 1934 in Rivervale, N.J.
In 1953, she married Wilbur Brenner in Emerson, N.J. and lived in Paramus, N.J. for 22 years before moving to Middletown in 1976. She enjoyed dancing, playing golf and was a member of Howell’s Church.
A family statement read, “Her doors were always open to whomever needed her.”
She is survived by her husband, at home; seven children, Wilbur Brenner and his wife Wendy of Lord’s Valley, Pa., Bruce Brenner and his wife Deborah, and Dean Brenner, all of Middletown, Kenneth Brenner and his companion Rose of Monticello, Craig Brenner and his wife Michelle of Plymouth, Mass., Linda Morris and her husband Bernie of Montgomery, and Michael Brenner and his wife Dawn of New Jersey; two brothers, Arthur Smith of Totowa, N.J. and Kevin Smith and his wife Elizabeth of Chicago, Ill.; two sisters, Shirley Smith of Paramus, N.J. and Denise Uber and her husband Sam of Sandy Lake, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Mary Brenner; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home in Middletown Monday with Pastor Steve Offringa officiating. Burial was made in the family plot in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, N.J.

William Butcher, 65
Ret. Car Salesman

William C. Butcher of Liberty, a retired car salesman, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2006 in Liberty. He was 65.
The son of William Butcher and Ann Frances Butcher, he was born January 8, 1941 in Wisconsin.
He was a member of Liberty Assembly of God Church, the National Rifle Association, and the Smith & Wesson Club 1852. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Erika and Albert Murphy of Pine Bush; two grandchildren, Kourtnie Murphy and Dylan Murphy of Pine Bush; his stepmother, Nancy Butcher; a sister, Betty Class; and a dear friend, Bernadene Sauter.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by the William M. Gagan Funeral Home of Pine Bush.

William T. Mills, 71

William T. “Billy” Mills, a longtime resident of Buck Brook, died Monday, February 6, 2006 at the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C. He was 71.
He was the son of John Mills and Marion E. Mills of Buck Brook. He held various jobs in the area, including working for Yaun Company of Liberty, and the County of Sullivan.
He is survived by a brother, John Mills; four sisters, Patricia Olsen, Barbara Ackerley, Dolores Mosher, and Lucille Kelly; 17 nieces and nephews; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Messages of condolence will reach the family c/o Mr. and Mrs. William Mosher, 4551 Hummingbird Place, Fayetteville, NC 28312.

Eleanora “Lee” Palmer
Ret. Secretary, 91

Eleanora “Lee” Palmer of Barryville, a retired secretary for the American Kennel Club of Manhattan, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 at Bethany Village, Bethany, Pa. She was 91.
The daughter of William Post Alston and Eleanora Seibert Parker, she was born March 27, 1914 in Queens. She was the widow of Richard Earl Palmer.
Lee was a member of St. Ann’s R.C. Church in Shohola, Pa.; the Rosary Society, and a member of the North Shore Animal League. She was a member of the American Legion Post #1363 Ladies Auxiliary, the American Cancer Society, and The Salesian Missions of New Rochelle.
She is survived by two sisters, Hazel Iasiello of Kingston and Shirley Scarano of Crystal River, Fla.; a brother, William Parker of Canajoharie; and several nieces and nephews, including Gary Eckhart of Barryville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, Pa. with Rev. Philip Rayappan officiating.
Burial will be in Montoza Cemetery, Barryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred American Legion Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Eldred, NY 12732, or to St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, PA 18458.
Funeral arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis.

Clinton W. Crawford
Mason, 68

Clinton W. Crawford of Tijuana, Mexico, a former longtime resident of South Fallsburg, died Monday, January 23, 2006 at his home. He was 68.
The son of the late William and Sadie Lattman Crawford, he was born May 12, 1937 in Monticello.
He worked as a mason with Local Union #5 of Poughkeepsie, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1956 to 1958.
He is survived by five brothers, Ronald Crawford of Melbourne, Fla., Lawrence Crawford of Rock Hill, Glenn Crawford and Mark Crawford, both of Monticello, and Noel Crawford of New York City; 14 nieces and nephews; and his lifelong love, Lois Alsaker of South Fallsburg, and her daughters, Terri Harris and her husband, Willie, of Woodridge and Maurene DeFrank of Liberty. He was predeceased by a brother, Jerome Crawford.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello with the Rev. Roy Shaffer officiating. Burial with military honors will be made in Glen Wild Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Gertrude A. Lahm
Homemaker, 85

Gertrude Alice Lahm of Hortonville died Thursday, February 9, 2006 at home. She was 85.
The daughter of the late Royce D. and Emma Gorton Granger, she was born February 14, 1920 in Norwich Hill, Huntington, Mass. She was the widow of George H. “Dutch” Lahm.
She was a member of the Hortonville HB’s and the Hortonville Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, George F. and Lillian Lahm of Damascus, Pa., and Charles E. Lahm of Idaho Falls, Idaho; a brother, Charles Granger and his wife, Carol, of Newington, Conn.; a daughter-in-law, Twila Lahm of Idaho Falls, ID; and four grandchildren, Kimberly Rose Lahm, Jonathon Lahm, David Hermann, and Daniel Hermann.
There will be no visitation.
Cremation will be made at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Burial will be made in the Hortonville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hortonville Presbyterian Church, c/o Gloria Buddenhagen, P.O. Box 43, Callicoon, NY 12723.
Arrangements are by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.

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