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June 13, 2006

Anthony Kozykowski
Retired Farmer, 94

Anthony J. “Tony” Kozykowski of Port Jervis, a longtime resident of the area, died Friday, June 9, 2006 at home. He was 94.
He was born May 22, 1912 in Perth Amboy, NJ and was the son of the late Nicholas and the late Adele Dombrowski Kozykowski.
He was married to the late Monica C. Lahey Kozykowski who died January 29, 1981.
He was a former farmer and retired Teamster truck driver for Local 560. He was employed by Kramer Lumber Co., Clifton, NJ.
He was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis.
A family statement read, “He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening. He was known for the beautiful marigolds he planted every year. He was caring, considerate and patient. The best friend anyone could ever have and he was our Dad.”
Surviving are three sons, Bernard Kozykowski and his wife, Susan, of Barryville, John “Jack” Kozykowski and his companion, Dorothy Burnes, of Honesdale, Pa., Michael “Mike” Kozykowski of Port Jervis; two sisters, Sophie Panyko of Fairlawn, NJ and Adeline Crane of Oak Ridge, NJ; four grandchildren, Bernard T. Kozykowski, Jr. of Pottstown, Pa., Karen Kozykowski of Wallkill, James “Jim” Kozykowski of Port Jervis and Kristin Kozykowski of Clearfield, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Kozykowski; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Chester, Felix, John and Nicholas; and five sisters, Eleanor, Helen, Jenny, Josie and Mary.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.
A Mass of Christian Burial followed at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Port Jervis.
Burial was made in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Jervis.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Maureen Nearing, 62
Frmr. Democrat Corresp.

Maureen Elizabeth Nearing of Long Eddy, a former correspondent for the Sullivan County Democrat, died on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. She was 62.
She was born August 5, 1943 in Callicoon to the late Gerald and Pauline Butremuk Nearing.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Long Eddy, a former Girl Scout and a member of the New York State Special Olympics.
Survivors include an aunt, Mary Butremuk of Long Eddy; and several cousins, including Thomas Lantry, Joan O’Leary, Gene Nearing and his wife, Kathy, John Nearing and Virginia Ives.
Friends may call Tuesday, June 13 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon from 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, June 14 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 14 at St. Patrick’s Church in Long Eddy. Father Ignatius Smith will officiate.
Burial will be made in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Long Eddy.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Gerald, Pauline and Maureen Nearing Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ruth Brustman, Bank of America, P.O. Box 217, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Memorial Service
For William Mills

Graveside services for William Mills who died February 6, 2006 will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 19 at the Hortonville Cemetery. Pastor Susan Shields will officiate.

Wilson F. Cordner, 84
Ret’d. Breakstone Empl.

Wilson F. Cordner of Sidney passed away unexpectedly Saturday, June 10, 2006 at home. He was 84.
He was born November 2, 1921, son of the late Alton and Helen Moore Cordner in Ide Town, Pa.
Wilson served his country in the U.S. Army.
He worked many years at E.C.D. of Bendix in Sidney and retired from Breakstone Company in Walton.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Stoutenberg Cordner, Sidney; two sons, Gerald Cordner and his wife, Deborah, of Bainbridge and Gene Cordner of Afton; two daughters, Debra Barnard of Bainbridge and Sonja Wilson of Colorado; 17 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by three daughters, Sandra, Donna and Nancy; a son, William; and a granddaughter, Shannon Barnard.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 12 at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel in Sidney.
Burial was made in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Sidney.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Emergency Squad, River Street, Sidney, NY 13838.

Jean P. Rathje
Homemaker, 64

Jean P. Rathje of Cooks Falls, a homemaker and longtime resident of the area, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 64.
The daughter of the late Frank Pocchio and Elizabeth Fortunato Pocchio, she was born January 4, 1942 in Brooklyn.
Jean 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 Rathje at home; a daughter, Jerilynn Brock and her husband, Martin of Roscoe; four sisters, Paula Tomasello and her husband, Santo of Malverne, Carol DiGioia and her husband, John of Bellerose, Margo Piro 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.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, June 10 at the Gate of Heaven Church in Roscoe. Msgr. William Collins officiated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Roscoe Community Nursing Home or the Cooks Falls-Horton Fire Dept.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Harris Funeral Home of Roscoe.

Shawn Michael Dill
Store Manager, 55

Shawn Michael Dill of Ossining died on Monday, June 5, 2006. He was 55.
He was born May 25, 1951 and grew up in Hurleyville. His parents were the late Frank Dill and Faith Hope-Dill.
After graduating from Fallsburg High School, he continued on and earned a business degree. He relocated to Westchester County shortly after college and resided there for the remainder of his life. He spent his career in retail and as a prestigious store manager. He managed a Sears store in Flushing upon his death.
Survivors include a brother, Kenneth Dill; a niece, Laura L. Moe of Albany; a cousin, Jack Hope of NYC; and a myriad of friends that have loved him throughout his journey. Shawn will be deeply missed by all who were part of his life. Although we respect his decision to leave us early, it will take a long time for our hearts to heal.

Lucy A. Gridley
Homemaker, 70

Lucy A. Gridley, a homemaker and longtime resident of the area, died Thursday, June 8, 2006 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. She was 70.
The daughter of the late Charles and Lucy DeJohn Truncale, she was born May 21, 1936 in Newark, NJ.
Lucy was also the president of ICTC Concrete, Inc. of Liberty and a retired Licensed Practical Nurse who took great pride in her work. She was known to unconditionally love everyone that came into her life.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Vernon H. Gridley, Jr. at home; a son, Timothy Gridley and his wife, Lisa, of Santa Monica, Calif.; a daughter, Lori Anne Wolkoff and her husband, Jay, of Middletown; three brothers, Jack Truncale of Nissequogue, Michael Truncale and his wife, Mary, of Kings Park and John Truncale and his wife, Margo, of Howard Beach; two sisters, Annie Magaraci and her husband, Joe, of West Hempstead and Lorraine Stillman and her husband, Stuart, of Franklin Square; two grandchildren, Jake and Ryan; two sisters-in-law, Carol Smythe and Linda Lane; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sons, Charles and Vernon; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Truncale.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, June 13 at 11 a.m. at the Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery in Claryville with Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc., PO Box 628, Monticello, NY 12701 or to the Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 180 Mill Street, Liberty, NY 12754.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Monticello.

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