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June 2, 2006

Harold Buddenhagen
Ret. Engineer, 84

Harold R. Buddenhagen died May 9, 2006 at The Manors of Hobe Sound. He was 84.
He was born in Beaver Brook and moved to Hobe Sound 23 years ago, coming from New York.
Before retirement, he was a paver operator engineer, with County Asphalt in Tarrytown.
He served in the Army during World War II.
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Romelia E. Buddenhagen of Hobe Sound; daughter, Erial A. Seeley of Oneonta; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Buddenhagen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Treasure Coast Hospices Foundation 1201 S.E. Indian St. Stuart, FL 34997.
Services will be private. Arrangements are by Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart.

Alice A. Eidel Cairns
Ret. McCrorys, 84

Alice A. Eidel Cairns was born February 19, 1921 in Woodbourne, daughter of Frank Eidel and Bertha Warren Eidel. She lived in Woodbourne and Newburgh area the first half of her life. She lived in St. Petersburg, Fla. from 1967. This is where she passed away November 25, 2005. She was 84.
She was employed by McCrorys 5 & 10 store for over 10 years. She was a member of the Northeast Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Cairns, whom she married in 1955.
Gravesite Memorial Service will be held Saturday morning, June 3, 2006 at 11:00 at Hillside Cemetery Woodbourne. Rev. Robert Pinto will officiate.
For further information contact Colonial Memorial Funeral Home Woodbourne at 845-434-7363.

Caroline Manzi
Ret. Nurse, 86

Caroline Delores Manzi, a 60-year area resident, passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. She was 86.
She was born in Brooklyn on August 27, 1919 to the late John and Santa Costanzo Semioli.
She grew up in Brooklyn during the Great Depression with six brothers. She was the only girl.
Nina, as her grandchildren all called her, married John J. Manzi at St. Michael’s Church on 41st in Brooklyn on Sept. 8, 1940. She was 22 years old; John, 24, and life was full of promise. However, eight months later our country drafted her husband into the war. In 1941, for four months while John served in the European Theatre, she had no word from him. She even visited the War Department, but could find out nothing. It was a happy ending, but not without great fear. To aid in the war effort and pass the time, she took a job at Remington in Bridgeport, CT making 30 caliber bullets and helping our country for 2 1/2 years.
After her husband’s discharge, they moved to the Catskills, to Mongaup Valley, which initially was hard to deal with since she was a “Brooklyn-Girl.” But she eventually grew to love “the mountains” and settled into a life raising three sons.
She was a practical nurse who worked in the operating room, initially at the Old Monticello Hospital and then at the Community General Hospital - Now Catskill Regional Medical Center - for close to 30 years. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph’s Church in Mongaup Valley.
She was a loving wife for 52 years, mother to three sons, John Manzi and his wife, Sharon of Mongaup Valley, Gerard Manzi and his wife, Joanne of Narrowsburg and Gary Manzi and his wife, Irva of Kingston; grandmother to eight grandchildren; great-grandmother to 3; Aunt Carrie to many nieces and nephews and a foster grandmother to countless local school children after spending nearly 20 years as a foster grandmother in the local school system.
To all, she was a role model for what a woman and family could be; hardworking, dedicated to loved ones, interested in helping those in need and aware that the simple things matter most. And for those she loved, she was there unconditionally.
A quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson sums up her journey: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”
Friends may call today, June 2, 2006 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 State Route 55, Kauneonga Lake.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m. Rev. Robert Ginel will officiate.
Burial will be in the family plot in Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel beside her beloved husband, John J. Manzi.

Donald J. Hyatt
Ret. Tele. Installer, 81

Donald J. Hyatt of Jeffersonville, a retired telephone installer for New York Telephone Company, died May 30, 2006 at the home of his daughter in Liberty. He was 81.
The son of Frank and Gussie Gray Hyatt on April 19, 1925, he was born in Ellenville.
He was a member of the Jeffersonville Fire Department, Jeffersonville Snowmobile Club, Happy Footers Square Dance Club, National Rifle Association, an avid hunter, fisherman and world traveler. He proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII.
Survivors include his children, Peter Hyatt and his wife, Peg of Marietta, GA, James Hyatt and his wife, Jane of Lompoc, CA, Susan Clark and her husband, Dan of Liberty; a brother, Franklin L. Hyatt and his wife, Ethel of Ellenville; ten grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Edythe L. Beiling Hyatt.
Services will be today, June 2 at noon at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Burial will be in the Jeffersonville Methodist Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Fire Department, Box 610, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 or Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stonybrook Ct, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Bonnie Peters Hodny
Financial Comptroller, 51

Bonnie M. Hodny, a financial comptroller at Price Rite Boat and Camper Sales, Youngsville, died May 28, 2006 in the town of Liberty. She was 51.
The daughter of Burgess and Elizabeth Ray Peters, she was born July 6, 1954 in Callicoon.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville and a former Sunday school teacher. She was a former Girl Scout. She started as a Brownie and rose to the rank of Senior Cadet.
A statement from her husband reads, “She was the Sunshine and Light of my life. She was my whole life and soul mate who made me smile on even the worst day. I’m not sure how I will get through, but I bellieve she is at peace and beside me now to help me through this. I truly love you Bonnie, with all my heart and soul. I will truly miss you.” Love, Curtis.
Survivors include her husband, John “Curtis” Hodny at home; her parents, Burgess and Elizabeth Ray Peters of Youngsville; a brother, Kurt Peters and wife, Deborah of Livingston Manor; her nieces and nephews, Patrick McDaniels, Amber Allen and Jonathan Peters; her mother and father-in-law, John and Sandy Hodny of Lakota, ND; two sisters-in-law, Trish Hodny of Lakota, ND and Jodi Compton and her children, Steven and Tesse Compton also of Lakota, ND; many cousins.
She was predeceased by her sister, Corinne G. Peters.
Friends may call today, June 2 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Inc., Jeffersonville from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 3 at the First Presbyterian Church, Main Street, Jeffersonville, with the Rev. Lee Andrews officiating.
Burial will be in Heavenly Rest Cemetery in North Branch.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

Donald DeFazio Sr.
Self-Emp. Operator, 70

Donald Anthony DeFazio Sr., the self-employed operator of A & D Sanitary Co., and longtime resident of the area, died Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at ORMC’s Horton Campus in Middletown. He was 70.
The son of the late Joseph DeFazio and Mary Cumoni DeFazio, he was born September 9, 1935 in Archbald, Pa.
Don was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving as a Paratrooper during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member and past Chief of the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept., member of the Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Woods Pond Rod & Gun Club, and Woodridge and Retreads Motorcycle Club.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ruth Maria DeHaas DeFazio, at home; a son, Donald A. DeFazio, Jr. of Monticello; three daughters, Donna Coney of Montpelier, VA, Dina DeFazio Tyler of Bethel, and Denise DeFazio Hirsch of Bethel; his stepchildren, Robert Deschambeault of Loudon, TN, Jeanne Rieber of Spring Glen, Andrea Porter of Syracuse and Karen Bologno of Sarasota, FL; a sister, Dolores Picca of Archbald, PA; nineteen grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and two nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Frances Foster DeFazio; a grandson, Shawn Tyler; and a niece, Kimberly Picca.
His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Broadway and Liberty Street in Monticello, with Fr. Robert Ginel officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.

Ruth A. Stackhouse
Ret. Nurse’s Aide, 87

Ruth A. Stackhouse, a lifelong resident of Monticello, entered into rest on Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 87.
The daughter of the late James McCaffery and Helen Edwards McCaffery, she was born April 16, 1919 in Monticello.
She was the widow of Charles Benson Stackhouse who predeceased her in 1979.
Ruth worked in the Five & Dime Store in Monticello and was a nurse’s aide in the Hamilton Avenue Hospital in Monticello.
She also worked in the Cooke School Cafeteria until she retired in 1982.
A family statement reads: “She was a loving mother and grandmother and the rock of the family whom we all will miss. She loved having all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren around her.”
She is survived by her two daughters, Janet Taggart and her husband, Frank of Monticello and Joan Blackburn and her husband, Mike of Rock Hill; two sons, Charles Stackhouse and his wife, Maryjane of Monticello and Jerry Stackhouse and his wife, Sue of Monticello; one sister, Irene Harris of Monticello; 14 grandchildren, Lori Benjamin and her husband, Rich, Kim Hogue and her husband, Dan, Brenda Cruz andher husband, JR, Charles Blackburn, Julie Stackhouse, Gary Michael Magie, Toni Ann Reiser, Katie and Kaci Stackhouse, Debbie Heins and her husband Rich, Jamie Ferriero and her husband Nick, Stacy Heins and her husband, Dave, Jim Taggart and his wife, Patty, Shane Taggart and his wife, Amy; nine great-grandchildren, Rick and Ryan Heins, Haley Heins, Danny and Jenna Hogue, Hunter Ferriero, Quentin and Meg Cruz, Brooke Irelan; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, Ruth was predeceased by her daughter, Jean Ann Taggart, her sister Marion (Skip) Knapp and her brother, James A. (Sonny) McCaffrey.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Peter’s Church, Broadway & Liberty Street in Monticello. Fr. Robert Ginel officiated.
Burial was made in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.

Loretta T. Owens
Ret. Bookkeeper, 78

Loretta Theresa Owens, a retired bookkeeper at Woodbourne Correctional Facility, and resident of the area since 1973, died Sunday, May 28, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. She was 78.
The daughter of George and Margaret Nicholson Prill, she was born June 22, 1927 in Albany.
Loretta was a member of C.S.E.A. Retirees Union, a Girl Scout Leader for over 50 years, member of American Legion Auxiliary Unit #109, Liberty, Clarence Hoyt V.F.W. Post #9217 Ladies Auxiliary, Liberty, and V.F.W. Auxiliary past President of District #2, Department of New York.
She was the widow of James Owens, who predeceased her in September of 1977.
She is survived by three daughters, Kathleen Zylko, Lorrie Wildey and Kelly Owens Meigh; her sons-in-law, Richard Maus, Richard Meigh, and Terry Wildey; a friend, Charles Pivovarsky; one sister, Margaret Bell of Phoenix, AZ; granddaughter, Cheree Pivovarsky; three grandsons, Timothy Maus of Youngsville, Kevin Maus, serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq, and Vincent Zylko of Jeffersonville; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, George Prill; her sister, Frances Prill Bender; and her son-in-law, Paul Zylko.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 2 at 11 a.m. in St. George’s Church, Jeffersonville with Father Ignatius Vu officiating.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Dorothy Behrens
Homemaker, 87

Dorothy Mae Behrens, a homemaker and lifelong resident of the area, died Monday, May 29, 2006 at her home in Wanaksink Lake, Rock Hill. She was 87.
The daughter of the late Harold VanBuskirk and Matilda Williams VanBuskirk, she was born April 26, 1919 in Goshen.
She was the widow of John Behrens and Sam Ferguson.
Dorothy was a member of the Wanaksink Lake Club and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rock Hill Fire Dept.
She is survived by many area friends including Elsie and Donald McKenney and family of Summitville.
A funeral service was held Thursday, June 1, with the Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Burial will follow at the Mt. Hope Plains Cemetery in Otisville.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Rock Hill Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 1, Rock Hill, NY 12775.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.

Kevin S. Darling, 20

Kevin Scott Darling of Harris, a lifelong area resident, died Monday, May 29, 2006 at the Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 20 years of age.
The son of Frank E. Darling and Susan B. Farina, he was born November 14, 1985 in Harris.
Kevin was loved by his family and the many people who cared for him. He will forever be in their hearts.
Survivors include his loving mother, Susan Farina and his stepfather, Brian McDonough of North Tonawanda; his father of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Andrew Trabona of N. Tonawonda; three stepbrothers, Patrick, Michael, and Jon McDonough, all of N. Tonawonda; his maternal grandparents, BettyLou “G-mom” and Howard “G-Pop” Jacobs of Mountaindale; his paternal grandparents, Yvonne and Robert Darling of Phoenix, Ariz.; several aunts and uncles and cousins; and his extended family at the Center for Discovery.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Harris Funeral Home, Liberty, with Rev. Annie Green officiating.
Burial was made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery, White Sulphur Springs.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, Family Room, P.O. Box 299, Valhalla, NY 10595.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Liberty.

Jason Rodriguez
Dir. Support Pro., 19

Jason Rodriguez, a Direct Support Professional at New Hope Community in Loch Sheldrake, a loving son, brother and uncle, died at Westchester Medical Center on Thursday, May 25, 2006, due to complications from a severe car accident on May 24, 2006. He was 19.
He was born October 26, 1986, in Harris, the son of Hector J. Rodriguez and Ana Luz Reyes.
He was a 2005 graduate of Monticello High School.
Jason is survived by his parents, Hector and Ana, at home in Monticello; and his siblings, Diana and Joey; a niece, Gabrielle; many other relatives and friends.
A Funeral Mass was offered Tuesday St. Peter’s R.C. Church, Broadway and Liberty Street, Monticello.
Burial was made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
The family would like to thank all of his friends and fellow employees for all of their help and support.
Contributions may be made to a fund for his niece, Gabrielle, at P.O. Box 536, Monticello, NY 12701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.

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