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June 9, 2006

John Matzo, 89

John Matzo, formerly of North Branch, died Sunday, May 4, 2006 in Jacksonville, Fla. where he had retired. He was 89 years of age.
He was the widow of Estella Barnes Matzo, his wife of 65 years, who died in Jacksonville June 17, 2005.
He is survived by six daughters, Judy Mitchell of Jacksonville, Fla. Diane Wood of North Branch, Darlene Hoover of Dickson City, Pa., Joann Brockner of North Branch, Virginia Crum of Milanville, Pa., and Yolanda Yanish of Jacksonville, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Albert Roddis, 75
Ret’d. Post Ofc. Empl.

Albert Roddis of Liberty, a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, May 30, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Albert and Annie Bullman Roddis, he was born February 7, 1931 in New York City. He then moved to Ireland and was raised in County Cork.
Mr. Roddis returned to the U.S. to serve in the U.S. Army in 1952. He was retired from his position as window clerk at the Liberty Post Office. He was a member of the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 for 27 years and was an avid golfer.
He was the widower of Adelaide Donovan Roddis who died January 29, 2005. They were married in May 1966.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Audrey and Grant Belton of Leesburg, Fla. and Charlotte and John Bullock of Loch Sheldrake; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Tony and Hannah Roddis and Kevin and Madge Roddis, all of Ireland; a sister-in-law, Pearl Degnan of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren, Grant Belton, Christine Cerillo, Todd Bullock, Lisa Herndon, Debra Bullock, and Chad Bullock; six great-grandchildren, Jordynn, Trevor, Cristina, Samantha, Alaysia, and Logan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, William, Thomas and Noel Roddis.
Friends may call from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 10 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty.
Burial of the cremains with military honors will be held at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty with Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Robert F. Morse
Ret’d. Engineer, 83

Robert Francis Morse, a founding member of the Catskill Fly Fishing Center in Livingston Manor, died Tuesday, May 6, 2006 at Cohasset Knoll Nursing Facility in Cohasset, Mass. He was 83 years of age.
Mr. Morse graduated from Wells High School in Southbridge, Mass. in 1940. He was a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps and served as crew chief and flight engineer for B-17 and B-29 bomber aircraft. After the war he studied engineering at Brown University and held numerous engineering positions, most notably at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft in Hartford, Ct. Along with fishing and hunting, he mastered the art of fly tying and helped found the Catskill Fly Fishing Center.
He is survived by daughters Roberta Morse Tuttle of Gloucester, Va. and Elizabeth Morse of Cohasset, Mass.; three grandchildren, Matthew Morse of Uncasville, Ct., Mark Cappetta of North Branford, Ct., and Luke Wilcox of Gloucester, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Morse and Aidan Cappetta; and three nieces and two nephews.
A memorial service is planned for June 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the National Cemetery in Bourne, Mass.

Kelly Coll, 25
New Hope Employee

Kelly Coll of Loch Sheldrake, an employee at New Hope Community for the past two years, died suddenly Tuesday, June 6, 2006 in Loch Sheldrake. She was 25 years of age.
The daughter of John David Coll and JoBeth Dolgas, she was born January 17, 1981 in Cooperstown.
Her pets and her photography were her passion. She was an apprentice photographer for two years in Manhattan.
She was a graduate of Suffern High School, Sullivan County Community College, and RIT.
She is survived by her father John Coll and his wife Barbara of Kerhonkson, and her mother Jo Beth Spellicy of Loch Sheldrake; two brothers, Christopher Coll and Kevin Coll of Kerhonkson; a sister, Lucy Coll of Palm Harbor; her grandmother, Dorothy Dolgas of Suffern; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Community Foundation, Inc., c/o New Hope Community, P.O. Box 289, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.

Beverly Houghtaling
Homemaker, 75

Beverly Mitterwager Houghtaling of Damascus, Pa., a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, June 6, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 75.
The daughter of the late Louis and Eleanor Buddenhagen Mitterwager, she was born May 4, 1931 in Callicoon. Beverly was the widow of Arnold Houghtaling.
Her greatest joys in life were her children, her grandchildren and her family. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles, trips to the Amish country, her cat Tippy and family holiday gatherings.
Survivors include her five sons and their wives, Louis and Veronica of Galilee, Pa., Lyle and Deborah of Long Eddy, Keith and Diane of Callicoon, Dale and Janet, also of Callicoon and Robert and Zhanna of Beaverton, Ore.; a daughter, Dolores Frick and her husband, Lawrence of Galilee, Pa.; ten grandchildren, Rebecka, Aaron, Jacob, Todd, Ian, Shanna, Rachel, Mitchell, Vanessa and Teresa; one great-granddaughter, Cierra Roth; five sisters, Gladys Houghtaling and her husband Verne of Callicoon, Lois Houghtaling of Prompton, Pa., Cheryl Porter and her husband Francis of Long Eddy, Gail Peake of Long Eddy, and Karen Hubert and her husband Thomas of Fremont Center; a brother, Kenneth Mitterwager of Callicoon; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Terry Houghtaling, a sister, Sylvia Mitterwager and by a grandson, Levi Houghtaling.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 9 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main Street, Callicoon.
Burial will be in Pine Mill Cemetery, Pine Mill, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association or to the Disabled American Veterans Association.

Michael L. Leinbach
Carpenter & Painter, 55

Michael L. Leinbach of Thompsonville departed this life in peace on Friday, May 26, 2006. He was 55.
Born September 24, 1950 in Elkhart, Indiana, Mr. Leinbach was a carpenter and painter by trade. He spent the last 19 years in Sullivan County working his way into the hearts of many people.
A family statement reads, “He was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.” A private memorial service will be held June 25, 2006.
Arrangements made by Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne.

Mark Jeffrey Wiles, 62

Mark Jeffrey Wiles of Reno, Nevada, formerly of Mountaindale, died May 22, 2006 at Washoe Medical Center in Reno after a long illness. He was 62 years of age.
The son of Shirley and Theodore Wiles, he was born January 1, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pa.
He was the father of Joseph Solomon Wiles.
A graduate of Fallsburg Central High School, Mark attended Bridgeport University in Connecticut. He was a member of Temple Emanu El, and was a supporter of a number of Jewish organizations.
He is survived by his son, Joseph of Reno, Nev.; a sister, Sharon Wiles; two nieces, Natasha and Odessa Bates, and a nephew, Samuel Bates of Great Barrington, Mass.

Jean P. Rathje
Homemaker, 64

Jean P. Rathje of Cooks Falls, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, June 8, 2006 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 64 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank Pocchio and Elizabeth Fortunalo Pocchio, she was born January 4, 1942 in Brooklyn.
She was a communicant of Gate of Heaven Church in Roscoe serving as a CCD teacher, and a former member of the Cooks Falls-Horton Fire Dept. Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, Gerard, at home; a daughter and son-in-law, Jerilynn and Martin Brock of Roscoe; four sisters, Paula Tomasello and her husband, Santo, of Malverne, Carol DiGioia and her husband, John, of Bellerose, Margo Pirro of Franklin Square, and Ann Scire and her husband, James, of Malverne; two brothers, Frank Pocchio and his wife, Patty, of Kentucky, and Joseph Pocchio and his wife, Sharyn, of Center Moriches; a grandson, Donavin Brock of Roscoe; two special cousins, Laura Ruggiero and her husband, Paul, and Debbie Longabardo; a dear friend, John Bussetto and family; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may call from 2- 4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 9 at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Saturday, June 10 at the Gate of Heaven Church in Roscoe with Msgr. William Collins officiating.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, Roscoe, NY 12776 or the Cooks Falls-Horton Fire Dept., Roscoe, NY 12776.

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