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March 17, 2006

Robert J. Nartoff, 75
Formerly of Monticello

Robert J. Nartoff Jr. of Greenbriar Estates died Tuesday, March 14, 2006 in Hampshire Care Facility in Leeds, Mass. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Robert J. and Rose V. Chesnulevich Nartoff, he was born March 17, 1930 in Nashua, N.H.
He attended school in Nashua and was a graduate of Nashua High School, and graduated from Keene Teacher College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1955. He lived most of his life in Monticello, and was active in the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, where he was a producer, actor and director of many of the theatrical group’s productions. The Nartoff-Wells Theater was named in part in his honor. He moved to Southampton, Mass. several years ago to be close to his family.
He is survived by a sister, Juanita Amedeo of Vernon, Ct.; a nephew, Robert Pranes and his wife, Barbara, of Chicopee, Mass; four nieces, Donna Safford of Chesterfield, Mass. Cheryl Pranes and Kathleen Mitchell, both of Easthampton, Mass., and Patricia Brooks of Southampton. He was predeceased by his longtime partner, Ken Wells.
Burial will be made in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Nashua, N.H. in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, P.O. Box 353, Monticello, NY 12701 or the American Lung Association of Western Mass., 393 Maple St., Springfield, MA 01105.
Funeral arrangements were made by The Mitchell Funeral Home, 15 Park St., Easthampton, Mass.

George E. Frey, 67
Line Technician

George E. Frey of Bloomingburg, a line technician for Ball Corporation, Middletown, died Saturday, March 11, 2006 at Park Manor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Middletown. He was 67 years of age.
The son of George Frey and Mae Baker, he was born August 28, 1938 in Linden, N.J.
Mr. Frey was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and an honorary member of the Bloomingburg Fire Company. He was a member of the Eagles Club, and St. James Episcopal Church, Goshen. He was also an avid golfer.
He is survived by his wife, Henrietta Taggart Frey, at home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Donna and George Frey Jr. of Arvada, Colo., and Mark Dolfini of Lafayette, Ind; two daughters, Sue Bahrenburg and her husband, John, of Pine Bush, and Gillian Vasseur of Middletown; four grandchildren, Danny, John, Eliza and Sydney; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday. Cremation was made at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bloomingburg Fire Co., Bloomingburg, NY 12721; Town of Wallkill Vol. Ambulance Corps, P.O.Box 221, Wallkill, NY 12589 or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12559.

Willis Gummoe, 87

Willis A. Gummoe of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Honesdale, Pa. and Woodridge, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006. He was 87 years of age.
He was the son of the late Fred and Lillian Stearns Gummoe.
He was of the Methodist faith, and was a member of Van Dyke United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of WWII.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris; two sons and daughters-in-law, Willis and his wife, Pat, and Brian and his wife, Peggy; and four grandchildren, Kyle Casey Gummoe, Christen Sage Gummoe, Maggie Mae Mosbarger, and Ashley Louise Salyer. He was predeceased by a sister, Bertha Merrill; four brothers, Virgil, Orvis, Delbert, and Raymond Gummoe; and a granddaughter, Casey Lauren Gummoe.
A brief burial ceremony will be held Sunday, March 19 at the Indian Orchard Cemetery in Honesdale, Pa.

Memorial Mass for
Caroline Johnson

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 18 at St. Aloysius RC Church, Church Street, Livingston Manor for Caroline Johnson, who died March 5, 2006. Msgr. William Collins will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Hancock.

Morton Browne
Ret. Ins. Controller, 88

Morton “Morty” Browne of Monticello, a longtime resident of the area, died Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was 88 years of age.
He was born in Brooklyn. He married Thelma Lipson in December 1941, and was predeceased by his wife on December 4, 1993.
He graduated from New York University, and went on to become a Certified Public Accountant, and served in the Merchant Marine in WWII. After the war, he moved to Monticello, where he held a variety of sales and management positions. He was a controller for Rhulen Insurance Agency at the time of his retirement.
In a family statement, it was said, “Morty loved playing softball and was an avid photographer. He was an early ski enthusiast, and in later years, a dedicated tennis player. Morty was a benefactor of Catskill Regional Medical Center. Throughout his life, he supported many progressive organizations working for peace and social justice.
He is survived by two sons, Paul and Bob; a granddaughter, Elena; two nephews; and his partner, Vilma Hartman Ruchman. A private memorial will be held at his home.
Arrangements were made by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.

Manuel L. Silva, 75
Carpenter/Maint. Wrkr.

Manuel L. “Manny” Silva of Livingston Manor, a carpenter and maintenance worker for Hyland Resorts of Swan Lake, died Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at his home. He was 75.
The son of the late Alexander and Jennie Espindula Silva, he was born February 12, 1931 in Topsfield, Mass.
Manny was a first-generation American, one of 16 children of immigrant parents who arrived from the Azores. He attended school in Topsfield, Mass., and later drove a truck in New England before moving to Hopewell Junction where he established a carpentry business. He moved to Sullivan County about 25 years ago.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda D. Ross Silva, at home; eight sisters, Diolinda Durkee of Needham, Mass., Beatrice Sweet of Salem, N.H., Rose Junkman of Portland, Ore., Mary Comeau and her husband, Joseph, of Absecon, N.J., Jennie Munson of Newtonville, Mass., Eleanor Halliday and her husband, Robert, of Goffstown, N.H., Anna West and her husband, Frank, of Bradford, Mass., and Joaquina Deskin and her husband, Wes Sims, of Aptos, Calif.; three brothers, Thomas Silva of Newport News, Va., Frederick Silva and his wife, Tina, of Watsonville, Calif., and James Silva and his wife, Lois, of Bradford, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn; and three brothers, Alexander, Oliver, and Serino.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Burial will be private, in the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Albert Washburn
Logger, 39

Albert Washburn of Livingston Manor, a logger with BK Logging of White Sulphur Springs and a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 12, 2006 at his home. He was 39 years of age.
The son of the late Alfred and Anna Morton Washburn, he was born October 14, 1966 in Liberty.
He is survived by two brothers and sisters-in-law, Allen and Lisa Washburn of Parksville, and Arthur and Lynn Washburn of Summitville; three sisters, Mary Ann Honaker of Lebanon, Va., Amber Cole of New York City, and Ann McAbier of Abingdon, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and his companion Sierra.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. James Gandy officiating.
Cremation will be made at the Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope.

Carlos DaCosta, 53
Owner, DC Taxi

Carlos Roberto DaCosta of Fallsburg died Sunday, March 12, 2006 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 53.
The son of the late Altamiro and Maria Tereza Rodriguez DaCosta, he was born February 22, 1953 in Brazil. He moved here in the 1980s from Brazil, and was employed at local hotels until he found joy in new entrepreneurship as his own boss.
A family statement read, “Carlos was a loving and devoted father and husband. He enjoyed bike riding and jogging on a daily basis. He was loved by many and will be missed greatly.”
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Patterson DaCosta, at home; two sons, Fabio of Brazil and Colone; four daughters, Seanna, Myana, Ciana and Rebecca; two brothers, Bira and Altamiro, both of Brazil; two sisters, Miriam of Brazil, and Patricia DeSouza and her husband, Larri, of Scranton, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Mitchell Patterson and his wife, Maureen, of Syracuse; a sister-in-law, Cassandra Knowles and her husband, Steven, of Baltimore, Md.; and a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, relatives, and friends from both the U.S. and Brazil. He was predeceased by a brother, Luiz Claudio, and a son, Carlos, Jr.
Friends may call from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of South Fallsburg, Main St., Fallsburg. Funeral services will begin at 1 p.m. at the church with Rev. Anthony Black officiating.
Burial will be made in Woodbourne Reformed Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home.

Dr. Abraham Pollack
Retired Dentist, 87

Dr. Abraham J. Pollack of Boca Raton, Fla., formerly of Liberty, a retired dentist, died on Monday, March 13, 2006 at home. He was 87.
The son of Elias and Anna Sklar Pollack, he was born September 3, 1918 in the Bronx.
He served in the African-Asian Theatre during World War II in the U.S. Army dental corps, and opened his dental practice in Liberty in 1946 retiring in 1985. He was a former member of the Liberty Rotary Club.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Davidson Pollack, at home; a son, Sheldon Pollack and his wife, Dr. Patti Werther, of Merion, Pa.; two daughters, Joan Pollack Warren of Bryn Mawr, Pa. and Eileen Pollack of Ann Arbor, Mich.; five grandchildren, Andrew, Hillary, Noah, Alyssa and Seth; and a sister, Marion Windt of Liberty. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Robert G. Warren, and a brother-in-law, Irwin Windt.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Cong. Ahavath Israel Synagogue, Chestnut Street, Liberty with Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiating.
Burial will be in Ahavath Israel Cemetery, Hy-San-Na Road, Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice by the Sea, 131 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello.

Charles VanAmburgh
Truck Driver, 71

Charles “Dutch” VanAmburgh of Narrowsburg, a truck driver for Resnick’s in Mountaindale and a longtime resident of the area, died Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 71 years of age.
The son of the late John and Mollie Latourette VanAmburgh, he was born Dec. 22, 1934 in Newburgh.
He is survived by five daughters, Debra Gonzalez of Highland Falls, Andrea James and Kristina Archuletta, both of California, Nichole VanAmburgh of Narrowsburg, and Courtney VanAmburgh of Waymart, Pa.; a sister, Emma Smith of Okla.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and his longtime companion, Deborah Dunning. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Cooper.
Friends may call from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Friday at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg with Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating. Burial will be made in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 141, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

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