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March 24, 2006

Fortunato R. Tunno
Ret. Service Mgr., 84

Fortunato R. Tunno of Westbrookville, died on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at Belle Reeve Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Milford, PA. He was 84.
Mr. Tunno was a 48-year resident of the area, and was the retired service manager for Al Scala Nissan in Middletown. He served in the Army Air Corps during WW2, and attained the rank of Sgt.
He was born in Paterson, NJ on April 7, 1921 to the late Raffaele and Galeranna Trotto Tunno. He was the widower of Ruth Branum who died October 28, 1993.
Survivors include three sons, Ralph L. Tunno and wife, Cathleen of Westbrookville, Douglas B. Tunno and wife Joy, of Monticello and James Dean and wife, Caroline of Oklahoma City, OK; a brother Louis E. Tunno and wife, Elizabeth of Boca Raton, FL; five grandchildren, Sharon Ruth Tunno (Honey), Ralph Louis Tunno II (Bo), Francesca Dean, Mark Dean and Matthew Dean; and a great granddaughter, Michelle Galligan. He was predeceased by a sister, Ella Fredo.
The family will receive friends at Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., 55 Saint John Street, Monticello today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Graveside services will be held at the Westbrookville Cemetery, Route 209, Westbrookville on Saturday, March 25 at noon. Rev. Ivan Csete will officiate.
The family has requested donations to be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Charles McIntosh Jr.
Horse Trader, 46

Charles C. McIntosh Jr. a horse trader of Liberty, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at Westchester Medical Center. He was 46.
The son of Dr. Charles Sr. and Margaret Hardart McIntosh, he was born August 19, 1959 in Teaneck, N.J.
He was a member of the United States Trotting Association.
He is survived by his wife, Susan who is at home; two sisters, Karen McIntosh of West Virginia and Pam DiZuzio of Florida; and one niece, Margaret DiZuzio also of Florida.
He was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Kimberly McIntosh.
Funeral services will be held privately.
Donations may be made in Charles’s name to Standardbred Retirement Foundation, PO Box 763, Freehold, NJ 07728.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne.

Ronald Van Gordon Jr.

God called Ronald K. VanGordon Jr. home on March 18, 2006.
The son of Ronald K. VanGordon Sr. and Barbara Striffler VanGordon, he was born November 4, 1970 in Monticello. Ronald loved his family very much and will be missed always.
He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Barbara Van Gordon, of Monticello; a son, Christopher; two daughters, Jacqueline and Amanda; three sisters, April Lapidas of Nyack, Barbara Cuneo and her husband, John of Montgomery, and Jeannine Price and her husband, Duane of Bridgeville; his beloved soul mate, Kim DePina and her children, Christopher and Valerie Cabral, all of Riverside, RI; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
His funeral was held on Thursday, March 23 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Robert Pinto will officiate.
Bural will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions can be made to Monticello D.A.R.E., 2 Pleasant St., Monticello, NY 12701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.

Ruth S. Appel
Ret. Teacher, 64

Ruth S. Appel, a retired teacher in the Monticello Central School District, departed from this life on March 21, 2006 following a courageous two-year battle with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease) at the tender age of 64. She passed away at her home in Monticello, surrounded by close friends.
She was born on Jan. 20, 1942 in Rochester, the second of two children born to the late Abraham and Phyllis Greenberg Simaline who were responsible for setting up the first Leukemia fund for research following the death of her brother, David at 14 when Ruthie was nearly 10.
Ruth taught at the George L. Cooke elementary school for 35 years until her retirement in 2002. She belonged to Temple Sholom in Monticello, was a member of the Monticello Kiwanis where she coordinated the “Skip-A-Meal” fundraiser to help eradicate Iodine Deficiency Disease, and participated in many community projects and events through the years. She was a beloved friend at the ALS support group in Albany.
Ruthie was a multi-dimensional person who knew how to live life to its fullest. She had a great smile, infectious laugh and an out-going personality. Friends remember her as an extraordinary teacher for 35 years, mentor to friends, and a “pro” at ‘crastinating. Many “loves” of her life included golf, her deck garden, travel (both road trips and abroad), camp, 4-lb lobsters, and Thursday night card parties. Music was a joy to her and she could often be heard whistling, humming or singing (slightly off key) until disease took her voice. She was generous to a fault, creative and innovative, empathetic and poetic, but mostly she was fun to be with because she found humor in everything and had an uncanny knack to turn even adversity into a positive experience. Her perseverance and courage during her illness will remain an inspiration to all who knew her. Ruthie’s quick wit, caring nature, and impish, fun-loving personality will remain in our hearts and bring smiles to our faces whenever we remember the great times we shared.
She was known as “Mrs. Apple” to her second graders at the Cooke School...a suitable name for a teacher who shined and provided all the right educational nutrients for her students to grow and thrive.
She was an amazing mother who never missed an important moment in her son’s life and a devoted grandmother who relished the time spent with her granddaughter until her time was cut short.
Ruth is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Alicia Appel, and her granddaughter, Erica, all of Denver, CO, as well as many cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, David Samuel Smalline.
She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by a multitude of friends who were like family to her.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, March 26th at 2 p.m. at Britton Road Cemetery in Rochester.
Memorial contributions may be made to the “Ruth S. Appel Award,” a scholarship fund at Monticello High School, c/o Ellen Nesin, 85 Rock Ridge Drive, Monticello, NY 12701, or to the ALS Foundation, St. Peter’s Hospital, 315 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.
Local funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello, funeral arrangements in Rochester by Brighton Memorial Chapels Inc.

Alice M. Heffner
Store Manager, 68

Alice M. Heffner of Forestburgh, a manager of the Huguenot Hardware Store and lifetime resident, died Monday, March 20, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Place, Port Jervis. She was 68.
She was born August 31, 1937 in Goshen, the daughter of the late Hans and Esther Nicolaisen.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Heffner at home; two sons, Todd Heffner and fiancee, Holly Celinko of Huguenot, and Chance Heffner of Schenectady; daughter, Darlene Schwarz and husband, Fred of Fredericksburg, VA; a brother, William Nicolaisen of Goshen; four grandchildren, Edward Joseph Heffner, Amanda Lynn and her husband, Karl Ramm, Fred Schwarz and Lindsay Schwarz; great-grandchild, Jenna Marie; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were on Wednesday, March 22 in the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis.
Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Place, 160 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Timothy McAuliffe
WWII Vet, 78

Timothy McAuliffe of Livingston Manor, died on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at home. He was 78.
The son of Denis and Madge Cotter McAuliffe, he was born on October 28, 1927 in New York, N.Y.
Timothy was a very generous and helpful man. He was all about family and loved animals especially dogs and cats.
He was a member of the Transit Workers Union, a charter member of Division and Depots, and a WW II United States Navy Veteran.
Survivors include his loving wife of 38 years, Rita at home; eight children, Linda Fannin of Plantation, FL, Rosemary Muzzaka of Lindenhurst, Michael McAuliffe of CT, Nicholas Morris of Daytona Beach, FL, James Morris of Brooklyn, Rita Ruvo of So. New Berlin, Keith McAuliffe of Brooklyn, and Lynn Sterling of California; two brothers, Denis and Patrick McAuliffe; and 21 grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sons, Timothy and Stephen and a daughter, Kelly.
Services will be held at the Woodbridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum, Woodbridge,NJ today, March 24 at 12:30 p.m. Entombment will follow with military honors.
Arrangements are under the direction of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home.

Paul M. Marks
Truck Driver, 56

Paul M. Marks of Livingston Manor, a retired truck driver and a life long area resident, died Wednesday, March 22, 2006 at the Albany Medical Center, Albany. He was 56.
The son of Doris Sherwood Marks and the late Frederick W. Marks, he was born August 30, 1949 in Liberty.
Paul had served our country in the US Army during the Vietnam War, he was a graduate of Livingston Manor Central School, Class of 1967, he was a twenty-eight year member of the Callicoon Center Band, an avid bowler and a former member of the Saturday Night Mixed League and had driven truck for several fuel oil companies in Sullivan County and he was a cancer survivor.
Survivors include a son, Frederick Marks and his wife, Melinda of Livingston Manor; his mother, Doris Sherwood Marks also of Livingston Manor; a sister, Joanne Clements and her husband, John of Liberty; two grandchildren, Anastaychia Grimm and Dakota Marks; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Katrina S. Grimm.
Visitation will be today from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 25 at 1 p.m. in the funeral home. Lucille Freyer will officiate.
Private burial will be in the Bon Air Cemetery, Roscoe.
Memorial contributions in Paul’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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