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April 21, 2006

Harold Hemming
Retired Carpenter, 90

Harold Hemming of Woodbourne died Thursday, April 13, 2006 at home. He was 90.
The son of Albert E. and Jennie DeBow Hemming, he was born September 25, 1915 in Paterson, N.J. He was the widower of Gretchen Hemming.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he received a commendation for excellent performance of duty and outstanding leadership and initiative during which time his ship participated in the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a union carpenter for the Hudson Valley District Carpenters Local 19 and owned his own farm where he raised Arabian horses.
He is survived by a son, Thomas Hemming, at home; and a very devoted friend and caregiver, Geraldine Brock of Hurleyville.
Visitation was private.
Burial with military honors was made in the Sullivan County Veteran’s Cemetery, Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home.

Laura Turner
Homemaker, 89

Laura Turner of Callicoon, a longtime resident of the area, died Monday, April 17, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Callicoon. She was 89.
The daughter of F. E. and Catherine DeGroat Shook, she was born November 11, 1916 in Hawley, Pa.
She was the widow of Donald W. Turner, who passed away in 1982.
Mrs. Turner was a volunteer with the Ladies Auxiliary at the Grover Hermann Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Callicoon.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Gries and her companion, Harold Wilcox of Damascus, Pa. and Betty Wehner and her husband, Donald, of Callicoon Center; a granddaughter, Cindy Adams of Hortonville; a great-granddaughter, Kristina Adams; a special niece, Lola Crown; many other nieces, nephews and special friends; and two sisters-in-law, Irene Turner and Zaza VanTuyl. She was predeceased by a sister, Lola Williams, and a brother, Donald Schook.
Friends may call from noon to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 22 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cremation will be at Twin Tiers Crematory, Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary at CRMC, Grover Hermann Division, Callicoon, NY 12723; the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, Hankins, NY 12741, or the Callicoon Fire Department, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Douglas Gregory
Water Supply Insp., 87

Douglas Gregory of Cooks Falls, a watershed inspector for the NYS Water Supply, died Sunday, April 16, 2006 at his home. He was 87.
The son of Gideon and Arvilla Wormuth Gregory, he was born on August 9, 1918 in Shinhopple. He was the widower of Helen Heaney Gregory.
He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the 2nd Division of the U.S. Army, and was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was a member of the Downsville and Roscoe VFWs and the American Legion, and a charter member of the Cooks Falls Fire Dept.
He loved hunting, fishing, baseball and golf.
Survivors include a daughter, Gail Palm of Cooks Falls; a brother, Darwin Gregory and his wife, Ruth of Alexandria, Va.; a grandson, Adam Palm and his wife, Carolyn of Walton; a great grandson, Douglas Gregory Palm of Walton; a nephew, Douglas Gregory of Falls Church, Va.; and two nieces, Susan Gregory of Vienna, Va. and Pat Mead of Roscoe.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe.
Burial with military honors was made in the Cooks Falls Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 116 Main Street, Delhi, NY 13753.

Ronald Huter
Retired Mechanic, 92

Ronald Norman Huter departed from this life to join his Lord on April 11, 2006. He died peacefully at home with his wife, Marie, and son, Ronald, at his side. He was 92.
He was born January 5, 1914 in North Branch, the son of Louis and Rose Dorrer Huter.
Mr. Huter was a White truck mechanic and service manager for 39 years, a volunteer fireman for 36 years, and a recipient of the Jefferson Award for his “Two-Way Out” fire safety program. His final act was to donate his body to science.
In a family statement, it was said, “He was loved and will be missed by all.”
He is survived by his wife, Marie Rose Krum Huter, at home; his son, Ronald of Lufkin, Texas, and his daughter, Karen Wheeler of Portland, Ore.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Clinton Huter.

David Brownhill
Logger, 43

David Brownhill of Woodbourne, a logger and longtime resident of the area, died Thursday, April 13, 2006 at home, surrounded by his family. He was 43.
The son of the late George Brownhill and Ellen Buckley Brownhill, he was born May 3, 1962 in Suffern.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved fishing and hunting.
He is survived by a daughter, Melissa, of Monticello; his mother of Woodbourne; five sisters, Marjorie Houghtaling and husband, Vernon, of Monticello, Marion Davenport and husband, Thomas, of Liberty, Edna DeGraw and husband, Dale, of Woodbourne, Rosemary Schmidt and husband, Andrew, of Woodbourne, and Georganna Reichenbaugh and husband, Edward, of Liberty; his best buddies, Shadow and Joey; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be made in Liberty Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty.

Shirley C. Smith
Homemaker, 78

Shirley C. Smith of Monticello, a homemaker and 40-year area resident, died Sunday, April 16, 2006 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was 78.
The daughter of the late Charles and Caroline Phieffer Huestis, she was born September 11, 1927 in Jersey City, N.J. She was the widow of Raymond Smith who died in 2003.
Survivors include a son, Raymond Smith Jr. and his wife, Cora, of Monticello; a daughter, Carrie Simpson Smith of Monticello; three grandchildren, Raymond Smith, Ryan Smith and Anthony Simpson; and one great-grandchild, Kayleen Smith.
She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Huestis.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Monticello.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope.

Mary E. Randall
Entrepreneur, 60

Mary Elizabeth Randall of Annapolis, Md., died Saturday, April 15, 2006 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis. She was 60.
She was born March 14, 1946 in Liberty, the daughter of the late Wallace L. and Sarah Bates Randall.
She was a graduate of Liberty High School and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Mary’s strong entrepreneurial spirit and “let’s get it done” tenacity led her into some fascinating and rewarding careers. She hit the ground running in the precious metals trading market as administrative assistant to Dr. Henry Jarecki, founder and CEO of Mocatta Metals Corp. in New York City. Her success in this challenging position eventually led her to become Resident Manager of Guana Island, an exclusive 850-acre resort in the British Virgin Islands, owned by Dr. Jarecki, where she honed her skills as an administrator, hostess extraordinaire, and gourmet food aficionado – all while developing such new skills as raising tropical fruits, exotic flowers and fresh vegetables, setting up solar and wind energy projects, and maintaining much of the island as a wildlife sanctuary.
Still in love with the BVI, 14 years later she decided to launch her own enterprise, and became the owner of Caribbean Handprints, designing, printing and marketing fabrics and island wear from her home base in Tortola, where she also served on the board of directors of the island’s world-famous botanical gardens.
Upon returning to the states in 1993, she purchased Sam’s Waterfront Café at Chesapeake Harbour in Annapolis where, together with Executive Chef Phillip Sokolowski, who eventually became co-owner, they developed a thriving restaurant specializing in contemporary American cuisine. As an employer she demanded excellence, but also rewarded accordingly.
With a loving, generous spirit and a genuine interest in everything and everyone, Mary often volunteered her time and talents reading to underprivileged youngsters as well as tutoring in an adult literacy program.
She was a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, Mary was truly a free spirit with a heart for adventure. She persevered against all odds with boundless energy and a sense of humor that endeared her to all who knew her. Mary leaves behind hundreds of friends all over the world who found her to be an inspiration and ideal role model for the “can do” woman of our generation.
She is survived by a sister, Sara R. Mullin and her husband, J. Rigby Mullin Jr. of Earleville, Md.; nieces, Leslie and Jennifer Jordan, and Ann Powers; nephew J. Rigby Mullin III; and five grandnephews and nieces.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, at the corner of Forest Dr. and Spa Rd., Annapolis, Md., where friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Continuing Cancer Care at Anne Arundel Medical Center Foundation, 2001 Medical Parkway, Suite 240, Annapolis, MD 21401.
Arrangements are by Galena Funeral Home of Stephen L. Schaech, Galena, Md.

Wendy R. Worzel
Adv. Consultant, 39

Wendy R. Worzel, an advertising consultant for Narrowsburg Lumber Co. in Narrowsburg and a lifelong area resident, died April 14, 2006. She was 39.
The daughter of Louis Reiser and Jean Burnham Bodens, she was born August 26, 1966 in Port Jervis.
She was a member of Eldred United Methodist Church; a Girl Scout Leader, Girl Scouts of America, Eldred; a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Lava Vol. Fire Dept.; and a member of the PTA of George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School, Glen Spey.
Survivors include her husband, Bruce S. Worzel, at home; two daughters, Carly and Kendall Worzel, and one son, Joshua Worzel, all at home; her mother, Jean Bodens of Narrowsburg; her father, Louis Reiser of Spring Valley; a sister, Jessica Reiser of Livingston Manor; two brothers, Douglas Reiser of Barryville and Alan Reiser of Otisville; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 4-5 p.m. Monday, April 24 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 East Main St., Port Jervis.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home with Rev. Douglas Lee and Pastor Linda Bohs officiating.
Interment will be made in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Worzel Children Education Fund, c/o First National Bank of Jeffersonville, Eldred, NY 12732.

Barbara Huffman
Wal-Mart Employee, 61

Barbara Joan “BJ” Huffman of Liberty entered into rest on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was 61.
The daughter of the late James Keegan and Gertrude Bush Daniels, she was born August 27, 1944 in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Ellis Roy Huffman.
Mrs. Huffman was a dedicated employee for Wal-Mart in Monticello and in Roanoke, Va. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, aunt, great-aunt, grandmother and friend. She will be sadly missed by all.
She is survived by a son, James Varden of Beaverdam, Va.; her loving sisters, Patricia Streimer and her husband, Martin, of Liberty; Jane Marie Horos, and her husband, George, of Woodbourne; a brother-in-law, Frank Huffman, and his wife, Trudy, of N.C.; and many other Huffman family members; four grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; 13 grandnieces and nephews; and tons of friends.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Dawn Marie Grimm.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne with Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.

Phyllis A. Yoho, 72
Ret. Spanish Teacher

Phyllis A. Yoho of Kiamesha Lake, a retired Spanish teacher at Monticello High School, died Thursday, April 20, 2006 at her home. She was 72.
The daughter of the late Dr. Charles E. Yoho and Ethel Bell Yoho, she was born August 8, 1933 in Seattle, Washington.
She performed her undergraduate studies at Penn State and went on to receive her Master’s degree from the University of Rochester in linguistics. She also did some graduate work in linguistics at Harvard University. She taught in Aruba for Standard Oil, in Middletown, Ct. and Brockport. She taught Spanish at Monticello High School from 1967 until her retirement in 1999. She was an active member of the Monticello Teachers Union, a member of the Sullivan County Retired Teachers, and a member of the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian where she was active in the choir and bell choir. She was also a member of the Literacy Volunteers of America, and assisted with Monticello Foreign Language Festival.
She is survived by a brother, Dr. Robert Miller Yoho and his wife, Jean, of Clarion, Pa.; a sister, Agnes M.Y. Malloy of Kiamesha Lake; a niece, Jeanne Yoho Miller and her husband, Peter, of Nesquehoning, Pa.; a nephew, Franklin Hess Yoho and his wife, Jan, of Gastonia, N.C.; and a grandniece and grandnephews, Rachel Kerr, John Miller and Miller Yoho.
There will be no visitation.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22 at the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian, Jones St., Monticello with Rev. Dr. Robert McLeod officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to a memorial scholarship, in care of Eileen Motl, P.O. Box 1166, Monticello, NY 12701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello

Ida Russo Paglino
Ret. Insurance Wkr., 92

Ida Russo Paglino of Liberty, a longtime area resident, died Sunday, April 16, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 92.
The daughter of Michael and Anna DeMaio Russo, she was born June 6, 1913 in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Salvatore Paglino.
Mrs. Paglino was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Liberty. She worked for Beck & Levy-Tegeler and later for Rhulen Insurance Company.
She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Driscoll; a daughter-in-law, Danna Cobb Paglino; six grandchildren, John Driscoll III and his wife, Linda, Deborah Driscoll-Connolly and her husband, John, Christina Benson and her husband, Richard, Theresa Strack and her husband, Christopher, Dr. Justin Paglino and his wife, Jill, and Ethan Paglino and his wife, Jacqueline; and eight greatgrandchildren, Courtney Driscoll, Meghan Chrzan and her husband, Ron, Devin Driscoll, Patrick Connolly, Nicholas and Lindsey Benson, Spencer Strack, and Dean Paglino.
She was predeceased by a son, Vincent Paglino; a son-in-law, John Driscoll Jr.; and a brother, Al Russo.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 24 at St. Peter’s Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty. Monsignor Edward Straub will be the celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice or the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, PO Box 27106, New York, NY 10087-7106; or the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY 12401 in memory of her son, Vincent Paglino.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty

John A. Petkus
Retired Doctor, 91

Dr. John Anthony Petkus of Shohola, Pa., died Tuesday, April 18, 2006. He was 91.
Doc, as he was affectionately known by friends, was born in Brockton, Mass. March 30, 1915 to Adam and Ursula Mezeika Petkus.
He received his BA from Boston College and his Doctorate from Hahnemann Medical School, Philadelphia, Pa. He interned at Good Samaritan Hospital, Allentown, Pa. prior to opening a family practice in Shohola, Pa. His medical practice was diverse and challenging, a model reminiscent of simpler times. In his private practice he provided obstetrics, delivering over 600 children, general family practice where he was renown as an excellent “stitch” and “bone” man as many local residents who still carry his handiwork can verify, as well as an anesthesiologist at Callicoon Hospital, Callicoon; Sunnyside Hospital, Port Jervis; and Mercy/Saint Frances (Bon Secours) in Port Jervis.
Doc retired from practice in 1993 to Sun City Center, Fla. with his wife, Betty. He was an avid golfer, who garnered his first hole in one at the age of 86 as well as a seasoned licensed pilot with a passion for his planes and flight. He is remembered as a decent, gentle individual who devoted his life to serving his community. He was a devoted and loving husband and a compassionate and considerate father whose entire family is gratefully honored for his continued love as a husband, father and friend.
Dr. Petkus is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth Anne Petkus; a brother, Frank Petkus of Rockford, Ill.; children, Michael E. and his wife, Hope, of Barryville; Donna M. and Kenneth J. of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; Patricia Capobianco and husband, John, of Yulan; and Maureen Petkus of Barryville; grandchildren, Sonia Kidney and husband, Michael of Yulan, Theresa Kunkeli and husband, Yancy of Monroe, MI, Matthew, David, Peter and James Patrick Smith of Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill, Calif., Michael J. Petkus of Yulan, Adam, Lauren and Sophie Petkus, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.; great-grandchildren, Michael F. Kidney of Yulan and Yancy, Katelyn and Erika Kunkeli of Monroe, MI.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, April 22 and from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 24 at Saint Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, Pa., followed by a service at Saint Ann’s Cemetery in Shohola, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to Life Path Hospice, Pearl Team, 3010 W.Azeelle St., Tampa, FL 33609; American Legion Ambulance Fund, 17 Collins Rd., Highland Lake, NY 12743 or Pike Cty. Humane Society, P.O. Box 255, Milford, PA 18337.

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