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March 7, 2006

Frances Buddenhagen
Ret. Farmer, 95

Frances Buddenhagen of Hortonville, a lifelong area resident, died March 3, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 95.
The daughter of Jacob H. and Lulu Tyler Long, she was born June 4, 1910 in Cochecton. She was the widow of George Buddenhagen.
She was a local farmer and a homemaker.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty Jane Ringgenberg of Hortonville and Mary Lou Buddenhagen of Long Eddy; a son, James Buddenhagen of Katy, Tex.; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Ronald George Buddenhagen; five sisters, and a brother.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hortonville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hortonville Presbyterian Church, Hortonville, NY 12745 or the American Heart Association, 419 E. Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940.

Donald P. Nelson
Ret. Laborer, 81

Donald Peter “Cecil” Nelson of Cochecton, a retired laborer for the Sullivan County Highway Dept. for 34 years, died Saturday, March 4, 2006 at his home. He was 81.
The son of Eli and Anna Mae Palmer Nelson, he was born December 29, 1924 in Goshen. He was the widower of Ellen Nelson, to whom he was married 49 years.
He was a past member of the Lake Huntington Fire Dept., having served for 35 years.
He is survived by three sons, William McKinley Nelson of Anchorage, Alaska, Donald Garret Nelson of Hasbrouck, and Frederick Joseph Nelson and his wife, Linda, of Cochecton; a sister, Katherine N. Pierce and her husband, Edward T., of Cochecton; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a brother, William McKinley Nelson; a sister, Dorothy Nelson; and his twin brother, Garret Arthur Nelson.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Cremation will be made at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, Pa.
Burial of the cremains will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Huntington Fire Dept., Lake Huntington, NY 12752; Town of Cochecton Vol. Ambulance Corps, Cochecton, NY 12726 or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Christopher Corbett
Home Builder, 57

Chris Corbett, a 22-year resident of Hankins and a home builder, died Saturday, March 4, 2006 at his home. He was 57.
The son of Christopher R. Corbett Sr. and the late Margaret F. Corbett, he was born January 21, 1949 in Elizabeth, N.J.
He is survived by his partner, Mary Flynn Gruner, and a daughter, Jessica, both at home; two sons, Rob and Chris Chemerys of Callicoon; a daughter, Michelle Misiura of Raritan, N.J.; a brother, Jim Corbett of Piscataway, N.J.; and a sister, Avai of Charlottesville, Virginia; and a large extended family.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bauernfeind Cemetery in the Beechwoods with Keith and Jodi Peters officiating.
A reception will follow at a location to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Delaware Valley Youth Center, P.O. Box 354, Callicoon, NY 12723 or Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.

Michael Metzler, 49

Michael J. Metzler of Livingston Manor, formerly of Port Jefferson Station, died on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 at home. He was 49.
The son of Joseph J. and the late Ellenora M. McNally Metzler, he was born August 20, 1956 in Queens.
A family statement read, “Michael never stopped trying to overcome all the obstacles in his life. At least he is at peace with the Lord.”
He is survived by a son, Bryan J. Metzler of Port Jefferson Station; his father, Joseph J. Metzler, at home; his former wife, Debra Metzler; two brothers, Joseph J. Metzler and his wife, Diane, of Huntington and Peter Metzler; two sisters, Patricia M. Metzler, formerly of Brooklyn and Port Jefferson Station, and Mary Ellen Lazarus and her husband, Bill, of Liberty; and two nieces, Jaclyn and Caitlin Lazarus.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday at St. Aloysius RC Church in Livingston Manor with Msgr. Collins officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Monastery of Bethlehem, 393 Our Lady of Lord’s Camp Road, Livingston Manor, NY 12758 or St. Aloysius RC Church, Church Street, Livingston Manor, NY 12758.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home.

Nelson S. Maurer
Ret. Teacher, 89

Nelson S. Maurer of Loudonville died Monday, February 20, 2006 at his home. He was 89.
The son of Nelson Avery and Clara Skillman Maurer, he was born February 5, 1917 in Albany.
He was an industrial arts teacher for over 35 years at Roscoe Central School, and then for South Colonie School District. He then worked as an editor for the NYS Education Department for over 10 years. He was a past president of the Albany Camera Club, and enjoyed photography, skiing, and putting on slide presentations for area nursing homes, libraries and clubs.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Evelyn R. Sumner Maurer; a son, Bud Maurer and his wife, Sandy; a daughter, Nancy Decatur and her husband, Jack; five grandchildren, Cindy Gile and her husband, Mike, John Decatur, Jill Decatur, Jim Maurer and his wife, Meg, and Matthew Maurer; and four great-grandchildren, Ben, Evelyn, Lauren and Mason.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the New Comer-Cannon Family Funeral Home, and burial was made in Memory’s Garden, both in Colonie.
Memorial contributions may be made to Biblical Evangelist 5717 Pine Dr., Raleigh, NC 27606; Temple Baptist Church, 142 Newtown Road, Waterford, NY 12188; Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206.

Robert G. Piatt
Electrical Eng., 61

Robert G. Piatt of Blandon, Pa. died Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at home after a valiant fight with lung cancer. He was 61.
The son of the late Amos and Katherine Gage Piatt, he was born in Towanda, Pa.
He graduated from Binghamton High School in 1962, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. After his discharge from the Marines, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland in 1972.
Prior to his illness, he had worked for the last four years at Cambridge-Lee Industries, Inc., in Reading, Pa. as the engineering manager. He was a member of Maidencreek Church where he served on the church council, finance committee, and was church treasurer. He was an active member of the Blandon Lions Club.
A family statements read: “Bob was a devoted husband, step-father and grandfather who enjoyed his children and grandchildren. Bob was an avid golfer who also enjoyed hunting and NASCAR.”
He is survived by his wife of 10 years in May; stepchildren, Michael D. Shepherd, Jr. and wife, Annette, of Honesdale, Pa.; M. Kelly Shepherd of San Jose, Calif.; L. Danielle Sutton and her husband, Butch, of Palm Bay, Fla.; Jerod A. Shepherd of Elkhart, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Rebekah A. Shepherd, Jacob M. Shepherd, and Katherine O. Shepherd of Honesdale, Pa., D. Cody Haslam and Shawn R. Haslam of San Jose, Calif., Austin C. McCain, Oliver P. Sutton, and Amelia R. Sutton of Palm Bay, Fla.; a brother, Charles Piatt and his wife, Sharon, of Jackson, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at Maidencreek Church, Main St., Blandon, Pa.
A memorial service will be held at noon at the church.
Burial with military honors will be made in Maidencreek Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Maidencreek Church, Main St., Blandon, Pa. 19510; Blandon Lions Club, Blandon, Pa. 19510; American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y 13057; or Pinnacle Health Hospice, 3705 Elmwood Dr., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9476.

William Maney Jr.
Title Ins. Researcher, 61

William E. “Bill” Maney, Jr. died Friday, March 3, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 61.
The son of Willard E. and Bernice Cruthers Maney, he was born July 23, 1944 in Elizabeth, N.J. On February 27, 1965, he married Rosemary J. Marshall at St. Mary’s Church in Wappingers Falls.
He was self-employed in the title insurance business, primarily in Sullivan County.
A family statement read, “Bill enjoyed his time on the farm with his horses and was an avid hunter and fisherman.”
He is survived by his wife, at home; a daughter, Dawn M. Allison of Lord’s Valley, Pa.; a son, Keith T. Maney and his wife, Kelley, of Honesdale, Pa.; four granddaughters, Jessica Rose Allison, Cassidy Ellen Allison, Sydney Rose Maney and Ryleigh Jean Maney; a sister, Doris M. Hansen; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Reformed Church, 1153 Main Street, Fishkill.
Arrangements are by the Robert H. Auchmoody Funeral Homes, Inc., 1028 Main Street, Fishkill.

Gertrude E. Fritz
Homemaker, 79

Gertrude E. Fritz died March 3, 2006 at Bon Secours Hospital. She was 79.
The daughter of Edgar and Marion Jones Quick, she was born February 7, 1927 in Port Jervis. She was the widow of John G. Fritz.
She is survived by two sons, John C. Fritz of Glen Spey, and James Fritz of Port Jervis; a daughter, Donna Terwilliger and her husband, Guy, of Westbrookville; a brother, Everett Quick of Port Jervis.; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis. Burial will be made in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, Pa.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6725 Lyons St., P.O. Box 7E, East Syracuse, N.Y 13057.

Caroline M. Johnson
Ret. Bookkeeper, 62

Caroline M. Johnson of Livingston Manor, a retired bookkeeper and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, March 5, 2006 at her home. She was 62.
The daughter of the late Charles H. and Annabell Lake Bendle, she was born August 10, 1943 in Roscoe.
She is survived by her husband, Willie “Skip” Johnson Sr., at home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Tracey and Jason Gorr of Livingston Manor, and Julia and Tony Cosgrove of Grahamsville; a son, Willie Johnson Jr. and his fiancee, Erin Fredrick, of Woodridge; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Sheila Bendle of Middletown, Charles and Theresa Bendle of Jeffersonville, and Jeffrey and Debbie Whitted of Liberty; a sister and brother-in-law, Susie and Bruce Whitted of Conn.; four grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. at the St. Aloysius RC Church, Church Street, Livingston Manor with Msgr. William Collins officiating.
Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Hancock. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Roscoe.

Bruno J. Albasi, 74
Formerly of Monticello

Bruno J. Albasi of Greenfield died March 2, 2006 at VNA Hospice of the Moses-Taylor Hospital, after an illness. He was 74.
The son of Louis and Cessirana Baldonti Albasi, he was born in Manhattan and later moved and resided in Monticello.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and was a former member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello.
A family statement read, “His avid love for the horse racing industry led him to become a member of the U.S. Trotting Association. He owned horses with legendary winning streaks and raced them in N.Y., N.J., Del., Maine, Fla. and Pa. His wishes were to always give his horses caring homes after their racing careers were over. He was a generous friend to those he met along the way and those who knew him were always a part of the ‘Winners Circle.’”
He is survived by his wife, the former Irene Mikilia Manzo; a stepson, Dominick Manzo and his wife, Jean Anne, of Olyphant, Pa.; and step-grandchildren, Nicolo and Giana Manzo. He was predeceased by two sisters, Anna and Maria, and a brother, Fermo.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Louis M. Margotta Funeral Home, Jessup, Pa. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Peckville, Pa.
Burial was made in the Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, Pa.

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