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John P. DeMarsico
Ret. Crew Chief, 77

John “Pat” Pasquale DeMarsico of Woodbourne, a 32-year resident and a retired crew chief died Monday, February 20, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 77.
The son of Michael and Lotte Williams DeMarsico, he was born August 22, 1928 in New York City. He was the widower of Joyce Boyd DeMarsico.
He was a member of and past Exalted Ruler of Ellenville Elks Lodge #1971, and Wawarsing Masonic Lodge #582 F&AM. He was a friend of Bill’s for 23 years and also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Foy DeMarsico, at home; two daughters, Charlotte Palega and her husband Thomas of Ellenville, and Karen Didovets and her husband Eugene of Largo, Fla; a son, Michael Congelosi and his wife Nicole of Neversink; and six grandchildren, Chanon DiCarlo of Los Angeles, Calif., Sara Irwin and Alexis Palega, both of Ellenville, Alexandra Didovets of Largo, Fla., and Austin Congelosi and Logan Congelosi of Neversink.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Loucks Funeral Home, Inc., 79 N. Main Street, Ellenville.
Graveside services will be at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Liberty with Rev. Louise Thomas officiating.
Donations may be sent to the Sullivan County SPCA, 25 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, NY 12775 or the Neversink Fire Department EMS, P.O. Box 468, Neversink, NY 12765.

Helen M. Brown
Homemaker, 74

Helen Marie Brown of Monticello, a homemaker, died Monday, February 20, 2006 at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. She was 74.
The daughter of Joseph and Maria Soto Leon, she was born October 26, 1931 in New York City.
A family statement read, “A professional ‘Mom,’ Helen was a wonderful, giving and loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed by all who knew her.”
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Marshall S. Brown at home; her children, Josephine Chack and her husband Jerry of Masten Lake, Marshall S. “Pete” Brown Jr. and his wife Debbie of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Rusty Brown and his wife Natalie of Marlboro, George “Allen” Brown and his wife Karen of Hershey, Pa., Joseph A. “Boobie” Brown of Rock Hill, Helen “Missy” Drobysh and her husband Steve of Monticello, Marsha “Lovey” Amatucci and her husband Mark of Leesburg, Fla., and Laura “Laurieann” Brown and her husband Bob Gray of Monticello; 26 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anita Cornish of Deerfield, Fla. and Sally Torres of Oakland, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews and extended family.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Catherine Rivera and Louise Marie Romero; and three brothers, Victor, Joe and Chris Leon.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Church, Broadway and Liberty Street in Monticello with Fr. Timothy Wiggins officiating.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.

Evelyn Oretsky
Homemaker, 90

Evelyn Oretsky of Miami Beach, Fla., died Sunday, February 19, 2006 at the age of 90.
The daughter of Louis and Anna Sabin, she was born December 25, 1915 in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Jack Oretsky of Fallsburg.
She was a longtime resident of Fallsburg and at one time the owner of Jack Oretsky’s Service Station in Fallsburg and Monticello.
She is survived by two daughters, Sherry Falzack of Kew Gardens, and Wendy Oretsky of Miami, Fla.; three sons, Jace Oretsky and Richard Oretsky, both of Coral Springs, Fla., and Lloyd Oretsky of Boca Raton, Fla.; six grandchildren, Josh, Todd, Taylor, Kim, Dawn, and Jill; and two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Alex and Morton Sabin.
Burial was made in Lakeside Memorial Park in Miami, Fla.

Cindy Fischer, 48

Cindy Fischer, a lifelong area resident, died Friday, February 17, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Skilled Nursing Unit. She was 48.
The daughter of George Hetzer and Ruth Fischer, she was born June 8, 1957 in Fairview, N.J.
Survivors include her mother, Ruth Wierzbowski of West Babylon; a son, Robert Fischer; a daughter, Christine; a sister, Georgia Leon of Levittown; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation will take place at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay's Funeral Homes of Liberty.

Edith Posner
Homemaker, 91

Edith Posner, formerly of Livingston Manor and Liberty, died February 20, 2006 at her home in Albany. She was 91.
One of eight children of Joseph and Rebecca Gonsky, she was born in Brooklyn.
She grew up in Brooklyn, where she married and had three children. She subsequently managed and owned a variety of businesses. She spent summers in the Catskill Mountains during the heyday of the resort hotels, in which she ran nightclub concessions and befriended many of the entertainers and politicians of Sullivan County.
In 1956, she moved from New York City to Livingston Manor, where she initially operated the Arlington Hotel and Restaurant, and then owned and operated Edith’s Hotel and Restaurant (formerly Rice House).
In 1961, she moved to Liberty, where she began her association with the Fashion Barn chain of women’s clothing stores. She later managed other stores of the Fashion Barn chain in Westchester County, Queens, New Jersey, and Miami Beach.
In 1977, Edith retired to the San Francisco Bay Area, to be close to her children, and lived there until her move to Albany in 2005.
She is survived by a son, Allan Schneider and his wife, Mary-Jane, of Albany, and her son, Wally Posner and his wife, Cassie, of Vallejo, Calif.; two sisters, Helen Samiloff of N. Miami Beach, Fla., and Dorothy Trief of Delray Beach, Fla. and Cooks Falls; a brother, Sidney Gonsky of Brooklyn; six grandchildren, Holly Trief, Jamie Goldberg, Robert Trief, Henry Schneider, Joseph Schneider, and Andrew Posner; and four great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Sondra Trief of San Francisco, Calif.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl Street, Livingston Manor.
Burial was made in the Agudas Achim Cemetery, Livingston Manor.

Anna Theresa Novak
Homemaker, 88

Anna Theresa McDonnell Novak of Wurtsboro died Tuesday, February 21, 2006. She was 88 years of age.
The daughter of Thomas and Mary Ellen Henry McDonnell, she was born May 5, 1917 in Manhattan. She was the widow of Fritz Novak.
A family statement read: “Our mother, Anna, had a strong and steadfast union with our Lord and Savior. Her earthly endeavor and journey is now ended and she finally gets to meet and spend Eternity with her Love and longtime Friend, Jesus Christ.”
She is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law, Fred and Liz Novak of Manhattan, Thomas and Lucy O’Hara of Long Island, and James O’Hara of Brooklyn; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Emily Walther of Wurtsboro, Katherine and Robert Nasti, and Jacqueline and Patrick Fortune, all of Newburgh; 27 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her eldest daughter, Ann O’Hara-Dunikowski; three sisters, Mary, Bridgett, and Julia; three brothers, Thomas, Thomas, and Michael; and a son-in-law, Hank Walther.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Joseph’s Church, Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro with Fr. Peter Madori officiating.
Burial will be made in St. Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are under the direction of VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.

Marion D. Terrell
Homemaker, 84

Marion D. Terrell of the Bronx, a homemaker, died Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at White Plains Hospital Medical Center in White Plains. She was 84.
The daughter of Joseph and Magdelen Stockenberg Dertinger, she was born November 14, 1921 in New York City. She was the widow of Walter D. Terrell, Sr.
She is survived by her children, Lorraine Bernard, Nancy Stock, Merrie Idoni, and Walter D. Terrell, Jr.; a sister, Gay Krug and her husband Bill of Lake Muskoday; a brother, Joseph Dertinger and his wife Evelyn of Vestal; eight grandchildren, Andrea, Craig, Darci, Aaron, Jessica, Jacob, Michael and Alec; stepgrandchildren, Bobby, Brian, Brian, and Robert; great-grandchildren, Gregory, Kira and Sabin; and step-great-grandson, Michael.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday in the Gate of Heaven Church, Highland Ave., Roscoe with Monsignor Willliam Collins officiating.
Burial will be in the East Branch Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlain, SD 57326, or Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land, 1400 Quincy St. NE, Washington, DC 20017, or the Franciscans of the Renewal, c/o Fr. Benedict Groeschel, 1 Pryor Manor Lane, Larchmont, NY 10538.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.

John W. Horvath
Bus Driver, 49

John William Horvath of Monticello, a school bus driver for the Monticello Central Schools, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at his home. He was 49.
The son of the late William Horvath & Teresa O'Brien Horvath, he was born February 12, 1957 in Jackson Heights.
He was a lifelong member of the Monmouth Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also the former caretaker of the Forestburgh Scout Reservation for 21 years and a self-employed landscaper.
He is survived by his wife Debra S. Riker Horvath, at home; a son, Jonathan Horvath; a daughter, Brittany Horvath, all at home; a brother, William Horvath of Boiling Springs, Pa.; three sisters, Marion Schelling of Belfort, N.J., Joan Himmel of Bellmore and Ann Iacovetta of North Bergen, N.J.; and a nephew, Joshua Riker of Sacramento, Calif.
Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday and from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at the funeral home.
Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a fund to benefit his children. Contributions may be made directly to the family.

Linda Papafilis, 62
Ret. Businesswoman

Linda Katherine Papafilis of Woodside, Queens died Saturday, February 18, 2006 at the nursing home in College Point, Queens, from complications of M.S. She was 62.
The daughter of Joseph R. and Anna Schroeder, she was born August 22, 1943 in Queens. She was the widow of Angelos Papafilis.
She worked in an insurance office and at a driving school, and was a member of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), and the Corinthian Club. She was a member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, and St. Demetrios’ Greek Orthodox Church, Astoria.
In a family statement, it was said, “She spent many happy summers in her youth in North Branch.”
She is survived by a son, Michael Papafilis of Woodside, Queens; a brother, Joseph Schroeder of North Branch; a nephew, Mike Schroeder and his wife, Denise; a niece, Elizabeth Schroeder of New Paltz, and several other nieces and nephews, and many cousins in the northeastern U.S.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Basis Funeral Home, 27-12 23rd Ave, Astoria.
Burial was made at Calvary Cemetery.

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