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May 2, 2006

Dorothy Harris
Ret. Dance Inst., 93

Dorothy Perkins Harris of Queens County, Woodbourne, and Summerfield, Fla., passed away at her daughter’s home in Fernandina Beach at five in the morning on April 19, 2006. She had celebrated her 93rd birthday this past Easter Sunday.
Because she looked so much like her father, Bill, Dorothy was nicknamed “Billie” and in her youth she played the violin, taught ballet and tap-dancing and attended Hunter College in New York City.
She was married to her late husband, Harold Harris, also from New York City, for 69 years. Harold passed away also in the morning on the 19th day of the month in 2002. Harold and Dorothy met when she was 15 and he was 16 years old and married six years later. Anyone who would listen could hear the beautiful love story of how Dorothy had never even dated another boy. She knew from the start that Harold was her guy. It is said that behind every good man is a good woman. A truer word was never spoken concerning the young Harris couple. Having been forced out of school to work in his father’s business, the young Harold was determined to be a good provider for his “Billie.” The young couple sat together at the kitchen table every evening as Dorothy helped Harold learn how to be an Electrician, like her dad, reading with him out of a leather bound black book provided to them by Harold’s father-in-law Bill. They would work together late into the night, yet each would be fresh for work the next morning. Dorothy as a homemaker and Harold as a man of all trades in his dad’s Restaurante Supply shop. Dorothy convinced her husband to work for the Electrician’s Union and Harold eventually joined the IBEW Local #3 and became a Gold card member. With his devoted stay-at-home wife and mother of his four beautiful daughters by his side, Harold rose to the top at Broadway Maintenance and he supervised the lighting of almost all the major highways, bridges and runways in New York City. Prior to his retirement, Dorothy’s guy Harry, supervised the electrical maintenance of the World Trade Center, Twin Towers. Dorothy has been waiting for more than three years to be reunited with her true love, and her ashes will be scattered with his at a private family memorial service.
She is survived by three daughters, Joyce Harris Mayer of Medford, N.J., Judith Harris Pappas of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Janet Harris Halecky of New York City; five grandchildren, David Snowberger, Mary Helen Sims, Jill Bercaw, Robert Mayer, and Stephen Halecky; and five great-grandchildren, Darien Bercaw, William Sims, Michael Sims, Riley Mayer and Declan Mayer.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Jeanne Claire Snowberger and a grandson, William Snowberger.

Arthur G. Ihlefeldt
Truck Driver, 77

Arthur Gaylord Ihlefeldt of Cochecton, a retired truck driver for Brey’s Egg Farm in Kenoza Lake, died April 28, 2006 at home. He was 77.
The son of Paul and Marion Gaylord Ihlefeldt, he was born June 3, 1928 in Maple Grove, Pa.
He attended the Grace Baptist Church in Callicoon, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.
A family statement read: “He was a kind, quiet man, always concerned about the family.”
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Alicia Dumond Ihlefeldt; two sons, Brian Ihlefeldt and his wife, Lucy of White Lake, and Bradd Ihlefeldt and his wife Dora of Livingston Manor; two daughters, Rebecca Rhodes and her husband Rocky of Fosterdale, and Roberta Hoyt and her husband Robert of Horse Shoe, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Donna Ihlefeldt of Jeffersonville; a twin sister, Ardis Derrick and her husband Bernard of Honesdale, Pa.; a brother, Frederick Ihlefeldt and his wife Marlyn of Carbondale, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Brent Ihlefeldt.
Services were held Monday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville. Rev. Lauren Hertzler officiated. Burial was made in the Callicoon Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stonybrook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to Grace Baptist Church, Callicoon, NY 12723.

John Acton
Ret. Inspector, 77

John Christopher Acton of Callicoon Center, a retired building construction inspector for New York City, died April 28, 2006 at home. He was 77.
The son of Michael and Mary Harvey Acton, he was born December 11, 1928 in New York City. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Moles Acton at home; three sons, G. Christopher Acton and his wife, Mary of Callicoon Center, Michael H. Acton and his wife, Kathleen of Hazlet, N.J. and David M. Acton and his wife, Melissa of Buffalo; a daughter, Jennifer Tyles and her husband, Albert of Callicoon Center; a brother, Robert Acton of Rockaway; six grandchildren; four nieces and nephews; and his extended family, the Kenneys.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Callicoon Center Cemetery with Father Ignatius Vu officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stonybrook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

William V. Koenig Jr.
Hospital Cook, 46

William V. Koenig Jr. of Long Eddy, a cook at the Grover Hermann division of Catskill Regional Medical Center in Callicoon, died Sunday, April 30, 2006 at Grover Hermann, Callicoon. He was 46.
The son of William V. Koenig Sr. and the late Patricia Harris Koenig, he was born December 15, 1959 in Oneida.
He is survived by his father; two sisters, Karen, and Gail and her husband Gary Hosmer; his companion Anita Fischer of Long Eddy; and several nephews and a niece.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 3 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 4 at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon.
Cremation will be made at Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 628, Monticello, NY 12701 or the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, MD 20852.

Lavina Jay Powell
Ret. Postal Clerk, 86

Lavina Jay Powell of Cochecton, a retired clerk of the U.S. Post Office, Katz Factory, and a lifelong resident, died Sunday, April 30, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 86.
The daughter of the late Albert and Helen Burdic Jay, she was born January 22, 1920 in Damascus Township, Pa. She was the widow of Ora Fred “Walt” Powell.
She attended Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the Cochecton Historical Society. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a past secretary of the Cochecton Planning Board.
A family statement read: “Lavina was a loving and devoted Mother and Grandmother. She will greatly be missed by her family.”
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Durward and Nancy Powell, and Jay T. and Frances Powell; three grandsons, Bryon, Chad and Cody Powell, all of Cochecton; a brother, Clarence Jay of Cochecton Center; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Albert Jay.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 2 and from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church, Lake Huntington, NY 12752.

Leroy Albert, 90
Ret. Foreman

Leroy Albert of Youngsville, a retired foreman for American District Telegraph in New York City, died Monday, May 1, 2006 at his home. He was 90 years of age.
The son of August and Caroline Yeager Albert, he was born August 17, 1915 in Brooklyn.
He was a member of the VFW and ADT Electrical Manufacturers Union.
He is survived by his wife, Marie Eiermann Albert, at home; three daughters, Catherine George of Ariz., Elizabeth Wallace of NJ, and Lorelei Reynolds of Liberty; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 5 at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Youngsville.

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