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May 19, 2006

Victor J. Thompson
Ret. Carpenter, 87

Victor Jeremiah Thompson died May 13, 2006 in Boca Raton, Fla. after a brief illness. He was 87.
He was born November 11, 1918 in Brooklyn, lived in Monticello and later moved to Deerfield Beach, FL where he shared many years with his loving companion Adelle Wasserman.
He was a life long finish carpenter, who made fine furniture and built professional office and commercial spaces. He was a semi-pro basketball player and coach in the 1940s. He was also a decorated WWII veteran. He will be greatly missed by all his loved ones and friends.
Survivors include his loving companion, Adelle Wasserman; children, Patricia Thompson West and Victor Thompson; Vita, David, Harold, Eric, Sharon, and foster father of Bernard Wheeler; father-in-law to Ronald and Elaine; Cherie; grandchildren, Dr. Dawn West, Dana West, Shawn, Jevon Thompson Francis, Jamar, Nicole, Zakari, Raymond Wood, Garrett, Logan, Noah, Maxwell Wheeler, and Aaron; great grandchildren, Austin and Isabella Tuttle, Nicholas, Hailey and Camden Francis.
He was predeceased by his wives Grace Fleming Fuller and Sheila Watkins Thompson.
Donations may be made to Hospice By the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, FL 33486 in his memory and appreciation for the wonderful care that he received.

Claude Beach, 52
Golf Course Mech.

Claude A. Beach Jr., a lifetime area resident, died on Saturday, May 13, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 52 years old.
The son of Claude and Shirley Wells Beach Sr., he was born on January 20, 1954 in Albany.
Claude was married to Penny Whaley on May 13, 1978 in Ulster Heights. He was a golf course mechanic at Kutsher's Hotel in Monticello.
Survivors include his wife, at home; his parents of Hurleyville; three sons, Jason Beach and his companion, Theresa DeGroat, of North Carolina, Timothy Beach of Grahamsville and Jeremy Beach at home; one daughter, Tammy Beach and her companion, Locki Kasiotis, of Bridgeville; two grandsons, Jason Beach of North Carolina and Locki Kasiotis Jr. of Bridgeville; and several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements were by Ramsay's Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty.

Henry P. Irwin, 55
Ret. V.A.W. Oper.

Henry P. Irwin of Ellenville, a lifelong resident and retired Draw Bench Operator for V.A.W., died Sunday, May 14, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. He was 55.
The son of Henry J. and Margaret Trowbridge Irwin, he was born February 1, 1951 in Ellenville.
Henry was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Napanoch. He was a former member of the Napanoch Fire Company; the Wawarsing Fire Company; the Rochester II Fire Company; and the Scoresby Hose, Hook and Ladder Company. He was a life member of Kimble Hose Company and a member of the Rochester II Auxiliary.
He was formerly employed by the Rondout Paper Mill in Napanoch.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Miller Irwin of Ellenville; three daughters, Faith Beatty and her husband, Barry, of Ellenville, Hope Irwin and her companion, Shawn Terwilliger, of Ellenville, Charity Irwin of Ellenville; a son, Kirk Irwin, Sr. and his wife, Lisa, of Hurleyville; a sister, Dianna DePuy of Napanoch; a brother, James Wynkoop and his wife, Barbara, of Ellenville; eight grandchildren: Kayla and Shania Beaty, Alissa and Brittany Terwilliger, Austin Irwin, Kirk Irwin, Jr., Jazmine and Scott Decker; and three Godchildren: Roy Miller, Jr., and Kile and Nicholas Plumstead. Two nieces; one nephew; four grandnieces and one grandnephew also survive.
Funeral services were held Thursday evening with the Rev. Eileen Daunt officiating. Cremation will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, NY 12401. Arrangements were made by Loucks Funeral Home.

Esther Marshall, 89

Esther Marshall, a homemaker and lifelong Sullivan County resident, died on Monday, May 15, 2006 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 89.
The daughter of the late John and Chloe Boyd Gorton, she was born in Liberty, on August 11, 1916.
Esther is survived by her daughter, Eileen Knight and her husband Al of White Sulphur Springs; three grandchildren, Scott Ng-Evans and his wife Linda of Seattle, Wash.; Shelly Gildersleeve and her husband Guy of White Sulphur Springs, and Carrie Rau and her husband Alex of Parksville; and seven great-grandchildren, Daniel Ng-Evans, Alexandria Sammann, Alec Gildersleeve, Guy Gildersleeve II, Jeremy, Kaitlin and Lindsey Rau.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Nathaniel Marshall and one great-grandchild, Ethan Scott Gildersleeve.
Friends may call at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty on Saturday, May 20 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.

Helen VanWyck, 88
Ret. Office Manager

Helen Bennett VanWyck, office manager and dental assistant for the late Dr. Russell Pantel in Monticello, died on Monday, May 15, 2006 at Park Manor Nursing Home in Middletown. She was 88.
The daughter of the late Matilda Genovese Ficarra and Vincent Ficarra, she was born December 28, 1917 in the Bronx.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Charles T. Keller, Charles N. Bennett and John VanWyck.
Helen resided in Sullivan County for the majority of her life. She was an accomplished artist and assisted special needs children with craft projects from Nyack.
Her works will be displayed this Saturday at Park Manor in Middletown in recognition of "National Nursing Home Week."
In a family statement it was said, "She was a loving and talented woman who was an inspiration to her family, who loved her dearly. She will be greatly missed."
Survivors include three sons and their spouses: Ted and Jane Keller of Lee's Summit, Missouri; George Keller and Dottie Albert of Monticello; and Gregg "Bugsy" and Myra Bennett of Mountaindale; four grandchildren: Seth and Samantha Bennett, Kimber Holcomb and Jim Keller; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, John and Sal Ficarra; and two sisters, Sadie Muro and Yola Ficarra.
Funeral services were held on Thursday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, in Woodbourne, with interment at the Rock Ridge Cemetery, Monticello.
Donations may be made in Helen's name to the Alzheimer's Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4060.

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