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May 16, 2006

Virginia Heath
Day Care Provider, 74

Virginia Mary Delores Heath of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Monticello, died unexpectedly Monday, May 8, 2006 at home. She was 74 years of age.
The daughter of the late Sidney Lyon and Margaret Green, she was born April 3, 1932 in New London, Ct.
She was formerly employed by the Office for the Aging in Monticello, and ran and greatly enjoyed her home-based day care center in Monticello.
Survivors include her sons, Theodore D. Howard Jr. of Lighthouse Point, Fla., Alfred Howard and his wife, Bonnie, and daughters, Alicia and Miranda of Pine Bush, Calvin Howard and his wife, Lisa, and sons, Christopher and Joshua, and daughters, Heather and Cassandra of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; daughters, Virginia Barrituau and her daughter, Nakia, of Westminster, S.C., and Nancy Howard and her daughter, Kelly, of Rock Hill, S.C.; sisters, Roberta Logsdon, Ellen Daniels and Norma Barnes and many, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her first husband Rev. Theodore D. Howard Sr.; a sister, Ruth Perkins; and a brother, Paul Lyon.
A Memorial Service was held Saturday, May 13 at the First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach, Fla. (The Pink Church).
Burial of the cremains will be made in the columbarium at the First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be to The MAJIC Children’s Fund, c/o Rick Shaw, 20450 NW 2 Ave., Miami, FL 33169 or The Imagination Station at the First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach, 2331 NE 26 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33062.

Fernando Rivera, 19
Frmr. Ellenville HS Student

Fernando A. Rivera, a 2005 graduate of Ellenville High School, died Saturday, May 13, 2006 in Summitville as a result of an automobile accident. He was 19 years of age.
The son of Tammy and Bill Sherman of Wurtsboro and Fernando and Dawn Rivera of Mt. Pleasant, Pa., he was born December 24, 1986 in Santa Fe, N.M.
A family statement read, “While his life was short, he filled it with a wonderful sense of humor. He became the guy everyone liked to be around because he was always happy and smiling.”
He was involved in many afterschool sports, Drama and TV Studio Production.
Freddie is survived by his loving parents; his siblings, Tony, Nicky, Stefanee and Victoria; his maternal grandmother, Patricia Brown of Sparrowbush; paternal grandparents, Julie and Roger Sherman of Wurtsboro; paternal grandparents, Oceila and Daniel Reiter of Bloomingburg; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a grandfather, Melvin Kahrs, and an uncle, Melvin. He leaves behind a legacy of love to them and his many, many friends.
Family and friends are may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Ave., Middletown.
A Funeral Service of Remembrance will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the funeral home. Burial will follow in the family plot in Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Marshall Brown Sr.
Retired Contractor, 74

Marshall S. Brown Sr. of Monticello, a retired self-employed contractor and a longtime resident of the area, died Friday, May 12, 2006 at his home. He was 74 years of age.
The son of the late George W. and Nettie Nichols Brown, he was born August 28, 1931 in Virginia.
A family statement read, “A loving husband, father and grandfather, he was a great teacher of life.”
He is survived by his children, Josephine Chack and her husband, Jerry, of Masten Lake; Marshall S. “Pete” Brown Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Rusty Brown and his wife, Natalie, of Marlboro; George “Allen” Brown and his wife, Karen, of Hershey, Pa.; Joseph A. “Boobie” Brown of Rock Hill; Helen “Missy” Drobysh and her husband, Steve, of Monticello; Marsha “Lovey” Amatucci and her husband, Mark, of Leesburg, Fla.; and Laura “Laurieann” Brown and her husband, Bob Gray, of Monticello; 26 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews; and his extended family.
He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Helen M. Brown, on February 20, 2006.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the funeral home with Rev. Dolores Williams officiating.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021.

Gerard Nikla
Restaurant Owner, 70

Gerard Nikla “Papa Nick” of Mars Hill, N.C. died Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at his home. He was 70 years of age.
Mr. Nikla was the son of the late James and Theresa Graff Nikla.
Born in Queens, he moved to Monticello where his parents owned and operated the Hide-Away Restaurant on Port Jervis Road. He resided in Miami, Fla. for 40 years before coming to Mars Hill where he owned and operated Papa Nick’s Italian-American Restaurant in both Miami and Mars Hill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean conflict, and was a member of the American Legion.
Surviving are his wife, Lila Nazarow Nikla, formerly of Monticello; three daughters, Deborah Nan Turner of Mars Hill, N.C., Darlene Fry and husband Rick of Matthews, and Jeri Lee Wilson and her husband John of Hollywood, Fla.; a sister, Theresa Peters of Sarasota, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Ricky and Angela Fry, Candice and Kelli Wilson and Sean Turner.
A funeral service was held Monday at Robbie Capps Memorial Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Service in Mars Hill, with Father Frank Reece and Rev. Tommy Justus officiating.
Burial was made in Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain, with military rites conducted by Mars Hill VFW Post #5483. Serving as pallbearers were Sean Turner, Ricky Fry, John Wilson, Tommy Nikla and Charles Turner.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Madison County Hospice, 590 Medical Park Road, Marshall, NC 28753 or the National Kidney Foundation of WNC, 329 Merrimon Ave., Weaverville, NC 28787.

Memorial Service
For Ronald H. Eldred

A Memorial Service for Ronald H. Eldred will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2006 at the Callicoon Cemetery near the Delaware Youth Center on Creamery Road. A native of Callicoon, Mr. Eldred died January 14, 2006 at Rome Memorial Hospital.

Catherine A. Barron
Retired Nurse, 87

Catherine A. Barron died Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the New York State Veteran’s Home in Oxford. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of Benjamin and Catherine Peake Dirig, she was born March 19, 1919 in Long Eddy.
She received her nursing degree from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing and her Bachelor’s in Public Health from St. John’s University. She was a veteran of WWII, serving as a nurse in the U.S. Army. She was a 1st Lt. working in the 125th EVac Hospital in the Rhineland Campaign, and received the Meritorious Unit Plaque. She married Robert J. Barron June 28, 1947 in French Woods. He predeceased her February 16, 1993.
Mrs. Barron was a visiting nurse in Brooklyn. Later in her career, she worked as an Operating Room Nurse at Read Memorial Hospital. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Long Eddy.
She is survived by three daughters, Catherine R. Barron of Staten Island, Andrea McGreevy of Vista, Calif., and Kristin Barron of French Woods; a brother, Francis Dirig of French Woods; two sisters, Sister Helen Dirig of Shomokin, Pa. and Mary Willis of Brookville, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by a son, Robert; a daughter, Nancy Bryla; and four brothers, Henry, Joseph, Father Edwin and Quintin.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 at St. Patrick’s Church, Long Eddy.
Burial will be made in St. Francis de Sales Cemetery, French Woods.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hancock Rescue Squad or the Hancock Fire Dept.

Eleanor L. Cain, 87
Ret. Owner Cain’s Antiques

Eleanor L. Cain of Livingston Manor, the retired owner of Cain’s Antiques of Roscoe and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She was 87 years of age.
The daughter of the late James C. and Fannie Hardenburgh Edwards, she was born October 4, 1918 in White Sulphur Springs. She was the widow of James Cain who died October 16, 1992.
She was a member of the United Church of Roscoe, a 50-year member of the Beaverkill Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and a member of the Roscoe-Rockland Garden Club. She was a member of the Roscoe NY O&W Railway Assoc., the Catskill Fly Fishing Center, the Peale Center for Christian Living, the Friends of Bassett Hospital, and the New York State Historical Association.
She is survived by her companion, James Rosiecki, at home; a niece, Rae Ann Kelly and her husband Thomas of Tacoma, Wash.; a nephew, Thomas Edwards and his wife Patti of White Sulphur Springs; two brother-in-laws, Joseph Cain of New City, and Richard Cain of Ft. Worth, Texas; a sister-in-law, Anna LaBagh of New Jersey; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.
Friends and family may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 17 at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Avenue, Roscoe.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 18 at the United Church of Roscoe, Old Route 17, Roscoe with Rev. Daniel Hulseapple officiating.
Burial will be in Beaverkill Cemetery, Beaverkill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Church of Roscoe.

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