Sullivan County Democrat
O n l i n e  E d i t i o n National Award-winning, Family-run Newspaper
  OBITUARY ARCHIVES Established 1891 Callicoon, New York  
home  |  archives
March 21, 2006

Stanley J. Donovan
Retired Welder, 81

Stanley J. Donovan of Glen Spey, a retired welder with Pan Am World Airways and formerly of Lynbrook, died Thursday, March 16, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 81.
The son of William J. and Ethel Sculpher Donovan, he was born March 9, 1925 in the Bronx.
He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Pond Eddy and veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Maher Donovan, at home; six sons and five daughters-in-law, James and Anne Marie Donovan of Belleville, Ill., Kevin and Angela Donovan of Bernardsville, N.J., Brian and Karen Donovan of Glen Spey, Denis and Linda Donovan of Rock -ville Centre, Kerry and Wendy Donovan of Sparta, N.J., and Paul Donovan of Yarmouth, Me.; two brothers, Robert Donovan of Kingston, and Joseph Donovan of Ridge; 12 grandchildren, Eric, Thomas, Erin, Robert, Mark, Christopher, Liam, Matthew, Neale, Daniel, Benjamin and Grace; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial was offered at Sacred Heart Church, Pond Eddy, with Rev. Anthony Moore officiating. Cremation was made at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, Pa.

Helen Sabloff, 87

Helen Sabloff of Weston, Fla., formerly of Liberty, died Friday, March 17, 2006, after a brief illness. She was 87.
She was the widow of Philip Sabloff. She was active in civic and community organizations in Liberty, was president of the Sisterhood of Congregation Ahavath Israel, and of the local chapter of Hadassah. She was also active in the Boy Scouts of America and fundraising for Community General Hospital, Maimonides Hospital and the State of Israel. While in Florida she worked at Baer’s Furniture until she was 82.
She is survived by two sons, Fredric of Plantation, Fla., and Warren and his wife, Ellen, of Great Neck; a daughter, Stephanie and her husband, Steven Wasser, of Wellesley, Mass.; a sister, Roz Lazar of Boca Raton, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Jason, Benjamin, Susan, Adam, Josh, Jacqueline and Merrill; two great-grandchildren, Abby and Livie, and 10 nieces and nephews.
Services were held Monday at Cong. Ahavath Israel, Liberty. Rabbi Marvin Goldman officiated. Burial was in Ahavath Israel Cemetery, Liberty. Memorial contributions may be made to Hadassah.
Funeral arrangements were made by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello.

Margaret Hurrey
Registered Nurse, 79

Margaret “Maggie” Hurrey of Las Vegas, Nev. died Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at Sunrise Hospital following a long illness. She was 79.
The daughter of the late James and Margaret Hurrey, she was born September 9, 1926 in Pittston, Pa., and was raised in Shamokin, Pa.
She raised her family in Liberty and moved to Las Vegas upon her retirement eight years ago. She was a Registered Nurse and began her career at Community General Hospital, later becoming Director of Nursing and Administration at Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty. She was remembered by her patients because of her sense of humor and compassionate care.
In a family statement it was said, “Maggie dedicated her life to caring for her family. They will cherish the memories of summers spent at the Jersey Shore, holidays with Nanny’s famous pies and endless laughter due to her unique way with words.”
She is survived by three daughters, Ruth Pfriender of Las Vegas, Nev., Nancy Lomax of Duanesburg, and Dawne Steenrod of Albany; 11 grandchildren, Jason and Corey Pfriender of Las Vegas, Nev., Noel, Drew and Colin Lomax of Duanesburg, Lindsay, Adam and Ryan Steenrod of Albany, and Melissa, Kimberly and Scott Pfriender of Fort Myers, Fla.; three sons-in-law, Michael Pfriender, Paul Lomax, and Dale Steenrod; and Baby, her beloved chihuahua.
A memorial service was held Friday at Palm Mortuary, Las Vegas, Nev.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston, PA 18704. Contributions will be for the purpose of purchasing nursing books in memory of Margaret Hurrey who was a graduate of Nesbitt Hospital School of Nursing.

Frank J. De Mayo, 93
Mgr. for Merrill-Lynch

Frank J. De Mayo of Liberty, formerly of Valley Stream, died Sunday, March 19, 2006 with his family at his side. He was 93.
The son of John and Anita Blanke De Mayo, he was born March 12, 1913 in Far Rockaway.
He was a manager for Merrill-Lynch in New York City, and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He was a member of St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Liberty, and a member of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Dept. for more than 60 years.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia “Pat” McGrath De Mayo, at home; a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Rita De Mayo of Liberty; a daughter, Audrey Woolard of Liberty; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Marie and Ray Besemer, and Joan Fitzpatrick, all of Delray Beach, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Nicole, Phillip, and Christian Woolard, and Katlyn and Patrick De Mayo. He was predeceased by two brothers, William and John De Mayo.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, 275 S. Main St., Liberty.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter’s R.C. Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty with Msgr. Edward Straub officiating.
Burial will be made with military honors in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Sunset Lake Road, Liberty.
Funeral arrangements were made by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Liberty.

Margaret Vaughan
Retired Secretary

Margaret M. Scully Vaughan, of “The Valley,” died Saturday, March 18, 2006 at home.
The daughter of the late Henry and Mary Griffin Scully, she was born in Lancaster. She was the widow of Armand Vaughan who died in 2000.
She was a graduate of Bryant & Stratton Business School, and retired as a secretary from the Syracuse City School District in 1973. She was a communicant of St. James Church.
Mrs. Vaughan is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Colleen Vaughan of Syracuse; three daughters and sons-in-law, Candy and Paul Gatta of Liberty, Patricia and Robert McLean of Syracuse, and Virginia and Steve Wixson of Buffalo; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Scully, in 1977.
Services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Church, 4845 S. Salina St., Syracuse where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery Mausoleum in Dewitt.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Project Children, c/o Kathleen Kelly, 528 Boyden Street, Syracuse, NY 13203 or to St. Joseph’s Hospital Cardiac Care Unit, 301 Prospect Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13203.

Muriel S. Mathews
Ret. Librarian, 84

Muriel S. Mathews of Glen Wild died Thursday, March 16, 2006 at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty. She was 84.
The daughter of Harry and Ruth Sher Weinblatt, she was born June 1, 1921 in Brooklyn.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Frank Mathews, at home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Rose Mary Mathews of Glen Wild, and Frank J. and SusanMathews of Cranford, N.J.; a daughter, Muriel Robbins of Greensburg, Pa.; a son-in law, Ray Covey of Brooklyn; two brothers, Dr. Bertram Weinblatt and his wife, Florence Peterson, of New York City, and Roger Weinblatt of Kissimee, Fla.; five grandchildren, Christopher and Caryn Mathews of Grahamsville, Maureen and Robert McCleish of Cranbury, NJ, Amanda and MarkBurzynski of Bloomfield, N.J., Brian and Leslie Robbins of Greensburg, Pa., and Stefanie Covey and her fiancé, Chris Frates of Denver, Colo.; four great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Mathews, Gillian Mathews, Oren Burzynski, and Curtis McCleish; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Maureen Mathews Covey; a son, Brian Mathews, and a brother, Frederick Weinblatt.
She was co-founder of “We the People of Fallsburg,” and a member of the Calico Geese Quilting Club. She wrote a weekly column for the Republican Watchman about activities in the Glen Wild area, and was an accomplished poet. She was retired from the Brooklyn Public Library and worked at the Glen Wild and Mountaindale Post Offices.
A family statement read, “She gave us all cherished gifts that we will carry with us always. During Muriel’s journey through life she was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and mother-in-law.”
Funeral services were held Saturday at the VanInwegen Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello with Rev. Gene Smith officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ F’wy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

Monte Steingart
Retired Printer, 71

Monte Steingart of Sarasota, Fla. died March 16, 2006. He was 71.
He was born February 16, 1935 in Monticello.
He attended the University of Buffalo, and was a member of Alpha Sigma Mu fraternity. He was a charter member of the Fallsburg Ambulance Corps, and the Fallsburg Volunteer Fire Department, and a member of the Fallsburg Lions Club. He was an experienced mariner, scuba diver, motorcyclist and music lover.
He is survived by two sons, Scott Steingart and his fiancée, Lisa Shaver, of Livingston Manor, and Mark Steingart and his wife, Beth Somers, of Brooksville, Fla.; a daughter, Dacie Lang and her husband, Paul, of Woodbury; and six grandchildren, Ehren and Christopher Steingart, and Alivia Lang, Grace Lang and Evan Lang.
Services were held Monday at the Jennings Funeral Home. Cremation was made at the Jennings Crematory in Sarasota, Fla.

Sylvester Crawford
Machine Operator, 59

Sylvester Crawford of Forestburgh died Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at home. He was 59.
The son of the late Thomas and Susie Dixon Crawford, he was born January 30, 1947 in Washington, N.C.
He was a machine operator at Ellery’s Cleaners in Monticello, and was a member of King’s Chapel.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Martin Crawford, at home; three daughters, Tasonja Crawford of Washington, N.C., and Desiree Crawford and Tamarr Crawford, both of Loch Sheldrake; four brothers, Herbert Crawford and Glenn Crawford, both of Baltimore, Md., William Tony Crawford of Charlotte, N.C., and James Samuel Crawford of Washington, N.C.; three sisters, Yvonne Langley of Baltimore, Md., Mamie Simmons of New Haven, Ct., and Annie Crawford of Queens; two grandsons; three granddaughters; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services were held at King’s Chapel in Monticello with Pastor John Williams and Elder Michael Williams officiating.
Burial was made in Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY 12401.
Arrangements were made by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Monticello.

David A. Leis
Proprietor, 54

David A. Leis of Woodbourne, proprietor of Big Boys Auto, died Saturday, March 18, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was 54.
The son of Alvin K. and Lorraine C. Bellmer Leis, he was born February 9, 1952 in Amityville.
He was a member of the Masons Lodge in Monticello, the Elks Lodge No. 1544, and the Fallsburg Fire Department.
A family statements read “David was an Oldie but Goodie. He enjoyed classic cars and oldies music. He especially enjoyed car shows.”
He is survived by his wife, Marie E. Bush Leis, at home; two sons, Anthony Leis and his wife, Stephanie, of the state of Washington and Cory Leis, at home; a daughter, Melissa Leis, at home; three grandchildren, David, Melanie and Morgan Leis; a sister, Jane, of Florida, and a brother-in-law, Howard Bush Jr. of Fallsburg; good friends, Mira Anderson of South Fallsburg, and Barbara and Walt Hopper and their daughter, Erica, of Woodbourne; and many friends.
Services were held Monday at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital, Internat’l. Shrine Headquarters, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607-1460 or to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, NY 12401.

George Beldo
Maint. Engineer, 58

George Beldo of Monticello, a maintenance engineer for the Sullivan County Government Center in Monticello for 17 years, died Monday, March 20, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 58.
The son of the late George Beldo and Mary Gould Beldo, he was born March 25, 1947 in Brooklyn.
He was an accomplished chef in New York City before moving to Monticello.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Rodriguez Beldo, at home; a son, Sergio Beldo of the state of Florida; two stepchildren, Lisa Kennedy of Astoria, Ill. and David Kennedy of Canton, Ill.; a brother, Terrence Maxwell of Montgomery; five sisters, Joan Weeks and Bernice Beldo, both of Manhattan, Eleanor Harris of Bronx, Lorraine Hilaire of Middletown, and Paulette Beldo-Moore of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello.
Cremation will be made at the convenience of the family.

Glenn Corigliano, 47

Glenn Corigliano of West Haven, Ct. died Friday, March 17, 2006. He was 47.
The son of the late Matthew John and Eva Hubert Corigliano, he was born May 26, 1958 in Liberty.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Hazel; a stepson, Jeremy and his wife, Amanda Kitlas, and a daughter, Caryn; his mother; two brothers, Vincent and his wife, Patty, and Thomas and his wife, Wendy Caruso; two sisters, Eve Krum and her husband, Mike, and Dawn Eggletown and her husband, Rob; 21 nieces and nephews, and seven grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, John Frederick and Scott Steven.
A Funeral Mass was offered Sunday at the West Haven Funeral Home in West Haven, Ct.

top of page  |  home  |  archives