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June 30, 2006

Bernadine Nickou
Ret. Medical Librarian, 78

Bernadine Nickou, a longtime area resident and retired Medical Librarian for Community General Hospital, died on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at her home. She was 78.
The daughter of the late Michael and Molly McCarthy Ryan, she was born on April 16, 1928 in Cazenovia.
Bernadine was a member of St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Liberty, Liberty Belles Home Extension Unit, and the Catskill Art Society. She was a former board member of the Liberty Museum & Arts Center, a former member of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, a former Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, Meals on Wheels volunteer and an honorary member of the PTA.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Thomas Nickou at home; two sons, Kerry Nickou of Browning, MT and Timothy Nickou of Salt Lake City, UT; two daughters, Eileen Fashoro and her husband, Craig of Houston, TX and Athena Parker and her husband, Dr. Michael Parker of Voorheesville; a brother, Michael Ryan and his wife, Jacque of Marshall, MI; five sisters, Jean Arnold of Delphi Falls, Patricia Dunne of Cazenovia, Loretta Snyder and her husband, Fritz of Tully, Ruth Anne Koennecke and her husband, Albert of Cazenovia and Shiela Gill and her husband, James of Penfield; seven grandchildren, Thomas and Donald Nickou, Carmen Knight, Brittany and Ashley Fashoro and Michael and Frank Parker; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Eileen Ryan.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, June 29, 2006 at St. Peter’s R.C. Church, Liberty.
Burial was in St. James Cemetery, Cazenovia.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 264 North Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754 or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stonybrook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral arrangements were by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc. in Liberty.

Sherwood W. Allen
Lineman, 69

Sherwood W. Allen, of Bloomingburg, passed into eternal life on Sunday, June 25, 2006 at his home in Bloomingburg after a prolonged illness. He was 69.
Born in Middletown on June 26, 1936, he was the son of the late Sherwood O. Allen and Mabelle J. Dickinson Allen.
After serving our country in the United States Navy, Sherwood went on to retire from Orange and Rockland Utility Co. in Middletown, NY in 1996 as a Lineman.
He is survived by his wife, Toyo Tsuchiya Allen at home; two sons, Elwood Allen and his wife, Jeanett of Wilmington, NC and Carl Allen of Bloomingburg; a daughter, Wanda Tucker and her husband, Steven of Middletown; a sister, Barbara Roe and a brother, Stanley P. Allen, both of Bloomingburg; his aunt, Helen Muer of Middletown; three grandchildren, Tabetha Allen, Nichole Tucker and Terri Tucker; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Cramer.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 29 at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home. The Rev. Betty Beach officiated.
Burial with military honors will be held in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Karl J. Kaartine
Ret. Medic, 73

Karl J. Kaartine (aka: Kalle Ealmar Kaartinen), of Swan Lake, a retired medic for Ford Motor Co. and longtime area resident, died Monday, June 19, 2006 at the home of his son in Salisbury Mills. He was 73.
The son of the late Andrew W. and Ida Salamina Kaartine, he was born July 10, 1932 in Rutland, Vt.
Karl had served our country in the US Navy during the Korean War as a hospital corpsman, awarded the Purple Heart and other medals. He received an Honorable Discharge on July 22, 1954. He was a member of the VFW and he had worked for Ford Motor Co. in Mahwah, N.J. for over 25 years.
In a family statement, it was said that "Karl was a loyal, devoted father and grandfather. He always put his family above himself. Karl enjoyed spending time with his family, watching cartoons with his grandchildren and being home. He also enjoyed fishing, horse racing, video games and he was an avid NY Mets fan. He loved watching Jeopardy, knowing almost every answer. Karl especially loved his faithful Chihuahua, Peppi. They were inseparable. He loved nature and animals, and enjoyed peaceful solitude outdoors."
Survivors include his son, Andrew W. Kaartine of Salisbury Mills; a daughter, Nancy I. Smith of Swan Lake; four grandchildren, Aaron Kaartine, Jeremy Kaartine, Jessica Smith and Stephen K. Smith IV.
A Memorial Mass will celebrated Saturday, July 15 at 10 a.m. in the St. George's RC Church, Route 52, Jeffersonville. The Rev. Ignatius Vu will officiate.
Burial with military honors will be at 11:30 a.m. on July 15 in Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Sunset Lake Road, Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. George's RC Church, Route 52, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty.

William F. Bartschi
Ret. Carpenter, 89

William F. Bartschi, of Roscoe, a retired carpenter and farmer and 65-year area resident, died Monday, June 26, 2006 in Roscoe. He was 89.
The son of the late Fritz and Bertha Hofer Bartschi, he was born June 15, 1917 in Bern, Switzerland.
Bill worked for Dick Bloom and later for Irving Burnham as a carpenter. He had his own farm in Roscoe and attended the Roscoe Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 65 years, Etta V. Bowers Bartschi at home; two sons, Willy A. Bartschi of Roscoe and Terry G. Bartschi of Roscoe; two daughters, Carole Currey and husband, Stephen of Roscoe and Judy Closs and husband, Albert of Roscoe; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Trudy Boddy; a granddaughter, Cindy Ackerley and a brother Otto Bartschi.
Visitation will be Friday, June 30 from 4-7 p.m. at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 1 at the funeral home. The Rev. Robert W. Hoag will officiate.
Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Orange & Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Eric Nelson
Graphic Designer, 37

Eric Nelson, of Harris, a graphic designer and longtime area resident, died Sunday, June 25, 2006 at the Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla. He was 37.
He was born June 19, 1969 in Peekskill.
Survivors include his dear friends and guardians, Julia Everett and her husband, Buddy Kelsall, of Middletown; his girlfriend, Linda Cowton of Harris, his caring and loving family at the Center for Discovery; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of Eric’s life was held on Thursday, June 29 at the Center for Discovery in Harris.
Memorial contributions in Eric’s name may be made to the Center for Discovery, PO Box 840, Harris, NY 12742.

Sylvia White
Ret. LPN, 80

Sylvia White of Swan Lake, a retired licensed practical nurse and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, surrounded by her loving family. She was 80.
The daughter of the late Raul and Emily Rodriguez Astacio, she was born July 4, 1925 in New York City.
Sylvia was a communicant of St. Peter’s RC Church, Monticello. She worked for over 50 years in various hospitals in New York City and Sullivan County. She was an advocate and activist working to improve workplace conditions and addressing community issues.
In a family statement, it was said that “Sylvia was a loving and devoted mother. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.”
Survivors include four daughters, Diane Allgeier of Liberty, Patricia Barrow and her husband, Gary, of California, Ellen J. Clarke and her partner, Guille Mejia, of New York City, and Stacey White of Swan Lake; her husband, Robert, of Monticello; two sisters, Pura Torres and her husband, Herman, of Florida, and Jenny Figueroa of New Jersey; a brother, Jesus Astacio of the Bronx; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday, June 30 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 1 at 9:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s RC Church, corner of Liberty Street and Broadway, Monticello. Father John Tran will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Rock Ridge Ave., Monticello.

Carl Harris Deitz
Musician, 67

Carl Deitz, a 40-year resident of the area and longtime area musician, working at Kutsher’s and the Raleigh Hotel as well as playing with various other bands, died on Monday, June 26, 2006 at home with his family by his side. He was 67.
Carl was born in Brooklyn on April 3, 1939, the son of Michael and Mickey Ginsberg Deitz.
He was a lifelong musician. He led numerous bands including the Carl Deitz Jazz Band, the Beautiful Earth Jazz Band, Carl Deitz and the Raleigh Orchestra, Inner Urge and the D-Train and so many more. He was a radio personality with WJFF in Jeffersonville where he volunteered his time on his spot, “Studio B.”
He is survived by his wife Nancy Deitz at home in Mongaup Valley; his son, Jeremy Deitz of Vermont; his three daughters, Suzanne Windland and her husband, Jody, of Queens, Beth Painter and her husband, Gerard, of Westfield, NJ, and Amy Norton and her husband, Stephen, of Rochester; his stepchildren, Joseph Pando and Deana Pando, both of Bethel, Patricia VanPelt and her husband, Bill, of Long Island; his brother, Syd Deitz and his wife, Marcia, of Jackson, NJ; and his sister, June Loccasano and her husband, Charlie, of Morganville, NJ; fourteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside funderal services were held Wednesday, June 28 in the Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations in Carl’s memory be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook, Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to WJFF, Jeffersonville.
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello.

Anna Semonick
Woodbourne Laundry Wrkr., 89

Anna Semonick of Woodbourne and formerly of Simpson, PA passed away on Friday, June 16, 2006 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Liberty. She was 89.
Anna was born on April 21, 1917, the daughter of Rose (Baysa) and Andrew Marshalek in Pennsylvania where she lived until she married. She moved to Woodbourne with her husband and son and was a devoted member of the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
Anna worked at the Woodbourne Laundry and later for the Channel Master Company for many years. She also cared for two of her nieces and her nephew when they were youngsters, sharing with them the language, traditions and customs of her Polish background. She was well respected in the community and had many friends. She was well known for her baking and cooking skills. She was an avid gardener and loved tending her numerous flowerbeds. Anna was highly regarded as a hard-working volunteer who devoted many years to cleaning and caretaking at her church. Her love of nature and her family was a gift to all who knew her. She was skilled with crocheting and lovingly made afghans for her family and friends.
Surviving is her grandson, Stephen W. Semonick; daughter-in-law, Marion, of Grahamsville; a sister, Lillian (Marshalek Bennett) and the late Rodney Merchant of Peru, IN; two brothers, Thomas Marshalek and his wife, Margaret, of Marietta, GA and John Marshalek and wife, Barbara, of Accord, GA; a nephew, Thomas Marshalek Jr. of Massachusetts; and six nieces, Rae Ann (Bennett) and her spouse, Thomas Reichert, of Indiana, Robin (Marshalek) and her spouse, Gary Slater, of New York, Debbie (Marshalek) and her spouse, James Rasmussen, of Georgia, Susan (Marshalek) and her spouse, Matt Issman, of DC, Cindy (Marshalek) and her spouse, Carlos Ferroiala, of New York and Judith (Marshalek) and her spouse, Grant Goldman, of Georgia.
Her husband, Stephen E. Semonick and their only son, Stephen J. Semonick; her sister, Theresa and husband, Raymond Roosa; a niece, Mable Marie Roosa and nephew, Raymond Roosa Jr. predeceased her.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, June 17 in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne.
Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery, Woodbourne. Arrangements were made under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne.

Robert Berube
Welding Supervisor, 61

Robert Berube of Summerfield, Florida, a welding supervisor for Dixie Metals and a former resident of Callicoon, died Sunday, June 25, 2006 at Summerfield Suites, in Summerfield, Fla. He was 61.
He was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, and was a resident of Callicoon, before moving to Summerville in 1993.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn Berbube, of Summerfield, two daughters, Bonnie Schlott of Narrowsburg and Lauren Fisher of Copenhagen; one son, Robert E. Berube Jr., of Lynn, Fla; three brothers, Gene Berube, of Spring Valley, Fla., Joe Berube, of Ocala, Fla., and James Berube of Connecticut; and two sisters, Louisa Alexiades, of Hopedale, Ma., and Patricia Killian, of Carlisle, Pa. He is also survived by eight grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, Fla 34478.

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