February 17, 2006
Roger W. Wehr, 60
Ret. Owner, RBB Constr.
Roger W. Wehr of Narrowsburg, retired owner of RBB Construction in Narrowsburg and a former employee of Sullivan County Dept. of Public Works, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 at home. He was 60.
The son of the late Karl Wehr and Hertha Shively Wehr, he was born May 25, 1945 in Danville, Pa.
He was a graduate of Indiana Institute of Technology, Ft. Wayne, Ind., where he received a degree in Civil Engineering. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served in Vietnam.
He was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, and served as a member of the church council. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and served on the Board of Directors of the Weiden Lake Homeowners Association.
A family statement read, Rogers unique character is unable to be captured or described in words or sentences. His passing has left a large void in the lives of all he knew and loved, but his presence will live on in our memories and through his completed construction and Public Works initiatives. May he finally be at peace.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, at home; his mother, Hertha Wehr of Mifflinburg, Pa.; a son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Deborah Wehr of Harrisburg, Pa.; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jamie Hayes of Ewing, NJ; two brothers, Samuel Wehr of Woodbridge, Va., and Mark Wehr of Mifflinburg, Pa.; two sisters, Diane Conneman of Ithaca, and Wendy Wehr of Minneapolis, Minn.; a granddaughter, Meara; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg with Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Maple Hill Crematory in Archbald, Pa. Burial of the cremains will be in Hartleton Cemetery, Hartleton, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Narrowburg, NY 12764 or to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY 12401.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg.
Joseph Fattorusso of Wurtsboro, a self-employed plumber and carpenter and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, February 12, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 74.
The son of Joseph and Rose LaFemina Fattorusso, he was born October 12, 1931 in Brooklyn.
He loved hunting and fishing and the fellowship that went with it. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1952-1954.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Kotula Fattorusso, at home; three sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph Jr. and Aija Fattorusso of Teaneck, NJ, John and Suzanne Fattorusso and James and Laura Fattorusso, all of Wurtsboro; a daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Albee Bockman of Hurleyville; three brothers, Lawrence Fattorusso of Brooklyn, Albert Fattorusso and his wife Joy of Staten Island, and William Fattorusso and his wife Maureen of Brooklyn; and a sister, Mildred Paola of N.J.; eight grandchildren, Anthony, Jennifer, Joseph, Melissa, Jamee, Emily, James and Nicole; a great-grandchild, Anthony Jr.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Ralph, Luis and Ralph; and a sister, Amelia.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Thursday at St. Josephs RC Church with Fr. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial with military honors was in St. Josephs Cemetery, Wurtsboro.
Funeral arrangements by VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, Wurtsboro.
Mamie R. Wood, 98
Mamie Ruth Wood of Narrowsburg, a housewife and a longtime resident of the area, died Sunday, February 12, 2006 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, Pa. She was 98.
The daughter of the late Nathaniel and Mary Warner Dailey, she was born on June 5, 1907 in Reeders, Pa. She was the widow of Edwin Wood who passed away in 1986.
She was a member of the Narrowsburg Methodist Church and the Beach Lake United Methodist Church in Beach Lake, Pa.
Survivors include two sons, Clair Wood and his wife Teresa of Clark, N.J., and Edwin Wood and his wife Lisa of Pawling; five grandchildren, Robbe, Eddie, Jimmy, Scott and Celine Wood; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by 12 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Burial will be made in the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Laura Smith of Monticello died Sunday, February 12, 2006 at the DeWitt Nursing Home in New York City. She was 80.
The daughter of Saul and Rebecca Goodman Traub, she was born July 2, 1925 in Brooklyn.
She is survived by two sons, William and Ira Smith, both of New York City; two grandchildren, Jason and Sherry Smith; and her companion James Yapp of Monticello.
A graveside service was held Tuesday at Temple Sholom Cemetery, Monticello, with Rabbi Michele Medwin officiating.
Funeral arrangements are by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello.
Theodore Vitanza, 78
Partner, V.C. Vitanza Sons
Theodore Ted Vitanza of Barryville died Tuesday, February 14, 2005 at the Horton campus of Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 78.
The son of the late Canzio and Theresa Levy Vitanza, he was born September 17, 1927 in Brooklyn.
He was a partner with his brothers in their general contracting corporation, V.C. Vitanza Sons in Brooklyn. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was also a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Port Jervis, and a member of the Masonic Lodge F&AM in New York City.
A family statement read: Ted dearly loved his family and friends, but the love of his life was his wife, Ruth. Ted cherished every day of his life and would want us all to do that. We will miss him.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruth Havens Vitanza, at home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth-Ellen and Tony LaRuffa of Barryville, Elizabeth and Charles Northshield of Rye, and Jane and Charles Margeson of Amityville; a brother and sister-in-law, Cology and Stella Vitanza of Brooklyn; a sister, Rose-Marie Vitanza of Brooklyn; grandchildren, Ted and Cindy, Bill and Lindsay, Sarah and Steve, Andrew, John, Toni Ann, and Kaitlyn; five great-grandchildren, Mikey, Lauren, Allie, Ashley and Emily; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Florence Winters, and a brother, Louis Vitanza.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at noon on Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church, 85 E. Main St., Port Jervis with Mother Jeanne Hendricks officiating.
Burial will be in Montoza Cemetery in Barryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fed by Grace, 84 Seward Ave., Port Jervis, NY 12771.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis.
Rose Fiddle, 97
Prop. of Hi-Way Inn
Rose Fiddle of Parksville, a lifetime resident and the founder and proprietor of the Hi-Way Inn in Parksville, died Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at the Seelig campus of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 97.
The daughter of Samuel and Miriam Levine Beatus, she was born July 14, 1908 in the Bronx. She was the widow of Jacob Jack Fiddle who died in 1988.
She was a life-member of Hadassah, a member of Congregation Teferef Anshe Synagogue of Parksville, and a member of the Revonah-Lincoln Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star in Liberty. She was a devoted Yankees fan who never missed a game.
In a family statement, it was said, Rose left this world as she lived: feisty, strong-willed and responsible, and mentally sharp as a tack. Although she had strong opinions, she was always deeply concerned for the well-being of the ones she loved. We thought that she would have lived forever or at least to be 110 years old, because if anyone could do it, it definitely would be Rose Fiddle. We will miss her dearly.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Rachelle and Lewis Klugman of Parksville; a son and daughter-in-law, Seymour and Lois Fiddle of Boynton Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren and their spouses; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, Joseph Fiddle; and a great-grandson, Daniel Jordan Fiddle.
A graveside service was held Thursday at Congregation Teferef Anshe Cemetery in Parksville with Rabbi Irving Goodman officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Daniel Jordan Fiddle Foundation, 450 Knollwood Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450; to the Sullivan County United Way, Monticello, NY 12701; or to the charity of ones choice. Funeral arrangements were made by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello.
Lizzie Wilkerson, 94
Lizzie M. Wilkerson of Monticello died Sunday, February 12, 2006 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 94 years of age.
The daughter of the late Charles and Hattie Mae Yancey, she was born May 15, 1911 in North Carolina. She was the widow of the late Fouchain Wilkerson who died in 1979.
She is survived by a brother, Saul Yancey of West Haven, Conn.; a grandson, Tony Wilkerson, currently serving in the military; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sons, Charles Henry and Willie Fouchain, and a daughter, Hattie Mae.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with Pastor Mary E. Alli officiating.
Burial was made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Joyce Schmidt, 70
Joyce Jean Schmidt, a homemaker from Youngsville, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. She was 70.
She was born April 28, 1935 in Fremont Center, to Walter and Lola Shook Williams.
She was married to Glenn J. Schmidt, and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother & great-grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, four sons, Lyle Schmidt of Obernburg, Daniel Schmidt of Youngsville, Dale Schmidt of Callicoon, and Troy Schmidt of Youngsville; two sisters Lola Crown of Damascus, Pa. and Edith Bellamy of Lake Ariel, Pa.; two brothers, Walter Williams of Damascus, Pa. and Charles Williams of Honesdale, Pa.; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Sunday between 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
Services will be held Monday, February 20, at 11 am at the funeral home. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Foundation c/o NYS Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150-1160.
Ret. Dry Cleaner, 65
James Jacob Rodriguez of Wurtsboro, a retired dry cleaner and resident of the area for 36 years, died Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at his home in Wurtsboro Hills. He was 65.
The son of the late Jacob and Mary Rodriguez, he was born February 26, 1940 in Puerto Rico.
He served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne, and was a founding member of the Town of Wallkill Little League. He was a past member of the Circleville Volunteer Fire Company, and the Town of Wallkill Human Rights Commission.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, June, at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Debra and Frank Catizone of Kerhonkson, and Patricia and Alex Kosik of Wurtsboro; two sons, James B. Rodriguez and Robert P. Rodriguez, both of Wurtsboro; a brother, Mario Rodriguez and his wife Gabriella; two sisters, Marilu Ortiz and her husband Peter and Marisol Rodriguez, all of Puerto Rico; five grandchildren, Christy Medina and her husband Freddie, Frank and Jimmy Catizone, and Helena and Paul Kosik; three great-grandchildren, Julia, Alexandria and Antonio; and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. Josephs Church, Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro with Fr. Peter Madori officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.
Louise M. Gale, 51
Emp. of Concord Golf Course
Louise M. Gale of Monticello, an employee of the Concord Golf Course, died Monday, February 13, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 51.
The daughter of Marion Haas Mapes and the late Clifton Mapes, she was born October 30, 1954 in Monticello.
She is survived by her mother: Marion Mapes, of Monticello; a daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and Michael Bauer of Loch Sheldrake; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Susan and Robert Jahn of Monticello, Patricia and Wayne Bernhardt of Cochecton, and Ellen and Richard Price of Monticello; a brother, Daniel Mapes of Monticello; four grandchildren, Damien, Ashley, Harley and Misty; her companion, Patrick Martin; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Paul Case officiating.
Burial will be in the Mapes Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 419 East Main Street, Suite 307B, Middletown, NY 10940.
James Noviski Sr., 62
Ret. Produce Grower
James Andrew Noviski Sr. of Wurtsboro, a retired produce grower and former employee of the Middletown School District, died Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at the Horton campus of Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 62.
The son of Andrew and Catherine Myruski Noviski, he was born June 16, 1943 in Goshen.
He was a former member of the County Seat Conservation Club and the Mountaineers Hunting Club.
He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Noviski of Goshen; two sons, James A. Noviski Jr. and his wife Patricia of Wurtsboro, and Bradley Noviski and his wife Amy of Plattsburgh; a grandson, Maximillian Noviski; a sister, Joan Krzynowek Manning of West Melbourne, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
In a family statement it was said, James family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Nilay Shah.
Friends may call from 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday at the T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Ave., Florida.
A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.