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June 16, 2006

Leana Nichols
Housekeeper, 66

Leana Nichols, a housekeeper and longtime resident of the area, died Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 66.
The daughter of the late Richard Ballinger and Rosetta Mayfield Ballinger, she was born December 30, 1939 in Montgomery, W.Va. She was the widow of Cecil Earl Nichols who died July 22, 1995.
Survivors include her three daughters, Linda Ballinger of Newburgh, Vernell Cassidy and Cynthia Martinez, both of Monticello; three sisters, Clara Fortune of the Bronx, Leona Johnson and Frances McCasin, both of Dayton, Ohio; fourteen grandchildren; a cousin, Anne Beckley of W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 16 at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.

Ruth E. DeSimone
Homemaker, 74

Ruth E. DeSimone of Monticello, a homemaker and lifelong resident of the area, died Sunday, June 11, 2006 at the Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta. She was 74.
The daughter of the late Walter Strickland and Ida Bivins Strickland, she was born September 25, 1931 in Monticello.
She was a loving mother and grandmother.
She is survived by two sons, John DeSimone of White Lake and James DeSimone and his wife, Karen, of Monticello; a daughter, Roberta Ficus and her husband, Ken, of Woodstock; three grandchildren, Jason, Tom and Amanda; and her companion, Jack Ferrara.
She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony P. DeSimone Jr. and a sister, Doris Taggart.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
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.

Charles A. Jackson
Self-Employed, 40

Charles A. Jackson of Liberty, a longtime area resident and a self-employed pool installer, died Monday, June 12, 2006 in Liberty. He was 40 years of age.
The son of Charles T. and Mae Diane Smith Jackson, he was born April 8, 1966 in New York City.
He is survived by his parents of Liberty; his fiancee, Sheree Harper of Warwick; three brothers, Michael Jackson of Monticello, Sidney Jackson and his wife, Nicole, of New York City, and Jarod Jackson and his wife, Margaret, of Liberty; two sisters, Renee Wilson and her companion, Reggie Godley of Rock Hill, and Meleanie Jackson of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation was made at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, June 17 at St. Peter’s Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty with Msgr. Edward Straub officiating.

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