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July 28, 2006

Kelly Marie Goebel
Nursing Assistant, 42

Kelly Marie Goebel of New Paltz, a nursing assistant and longtime resident of the area, died Sunday, July 23, 2006 at St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie of injuries sustained from an auto accident. She was 42.
She was born April 30, 1964 in New York and was a graduate of Monticello High School.
Survivors include her parents, Fred and Rosemarie Tobes of Cuddebackville; three sons, Jordan and Cody Papacharalambous both of Monticello and Jett Capson of New Paltz; a brother, Sean Goebel of Franklin Square; two sisters, Shannon Goebel of Las Vegas, Nev. and Tara Ann Schoonmaker of Middletown; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 27 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.
Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, Pa.

Charles Gutekunst Jr.
Co-Proprietor, 58

Charles F. Gutekunst Jr., of Wurtsboro and Highland Lake, died Monday, July 24, 2006. He was 58.
The son of the late Charles and Patricia Gutekunst, he was born in Manhattan on April 24, 1948. He lived for many years in Bronxville before moving to Sullivan County.
Charles was a graduate of Fordham University and served in the Fighting Sixty-Ninth Regiment of the US National Guard. He was formerly the CFO of Crimmins Construction Company of New York City and the Financial Director of Yonkers Contracting. He was currently the Chairman of the Town of Highland Planning Board, past Vice President of the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Mamakating Lions Club. With his wife, he was co-proprietor of G-Mart Supermarket of Wurtsboro. He was an avid golfer, fisherman and member of the New York Caldedonian Curling Club.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Paulus Gutekunst at home; his brothers, James of Highland Lake and Manhattan, Gary of Katonah and Paul of Crestwood; and his sister, Annemarie Campion of Bronxville; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 28 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Shohola, Pa. The Rev. Thomas Major will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Eldred.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville.

Mildred Cohen
Homemaker, 98

Mildred Cohen, a longtime resident of Monticello, died Sunday, July 23, 2006 at home. She was 98.
Mildred was born in Poland on March 27, 1908, the daughter of Mendel Reuven and Frumah Cohen.
She is survived by her three sons, Morton Cohen, George Cohen of Monticello and Bernard Cohen of Bethel; her daughter Marilyn Kalson; her six grandchildren, Sara Ann, Mitchell, Ericka, Elizabeth, Steven and Elli; and her six great-grandchildren, Mari, Megan, Lindsey, Jared, Haley and Carley.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, July 24 in the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello. Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiated.
Burial was in the Liberty Street Synagogue Cemetery, Thompson Road, Monticello.
The family will be sitting Shiva until Friday, July 28 in the afternoon at Mildred's home in Monticello.

Alice C. Noviski
Homemaker, 67

Alice C. Noviski, of Goshen, entered peacefully into eternal rest in the late hour of Monday, July 24, 2006 at O.R.M.C. Arden Hill Campus on a starlit summer night surrounded by her beloved husband and children, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was 67.
The daughter of the late Ernest and Florence J. Green Stephens Sr., she was born on June 10, 1939 in Middletown.
Mom was known for her love of flowers, birds and gardening as well as her willingness to help others. Her door was always open for anyone who needed. She had a strong opinion and had an everlasting strong will to live, despite the challenges she had to face.
Survivors include her beloved husband, Edward Noviski Sr. at home; her daughter, Karen Plocharczyk and her husband, Vincent; precious grandchildren, Amy and Gina whom she adored of Westtown; her sons, Edward Noviski Jr. and his wife, Tammy of Greenville, Kurt and his companion, Gretchen of Goshen; two brothers, John and Barry Stephens of Wurtsboro; three sisters, Sandra Peavey of Wurtsboro, Elizabeth Vandermeulen of Walden and Marylou Smykla of Middletown; as well as several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by five brothers, Frank, Joe, Ernest, Rich and Charles Stephens; three sisters, Louise Eagan, LaVera Jones and Sarah Hummel.
A special thank you to Goshen Medical, Horizon Medical, O.R.M.C. Arden Hill and Horton Campus, all the doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, and all who participated in the care of a courageous woman.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday July 28, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Avenue, Florida, N.Y.
Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Florida, N.Y.

Edward Francis Ryan
Professional Driver, 77

Edward Francis Ryan, professional driver for SC Dept of Transportation, left this earth for a better life in heaven, on Monday, July 24, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 77.
The son of the late Edward Francis and Helen Payton Ryan Sr., he was born June 17, 1929 in Monticello.
Ed was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War, was a member of the Monticello Senior Citizens, VFW Post 9588 and the American Legion Post 73, Sullivan County Environmental, The Catskill Center for Conservation, the National Resources Defense Council and a board member of the Senior Legislative Action Committee.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Katharine VanAarle Ryan at home; a daughter, Deirdre Ann Helen Ryan of Brooklyn; several beloved cousins and many beloved friends.
Ed was a great environmentalist, conservationist and historian. The American Legion Post and the VFW conducted services on Wednesday.
His Funeral Mass was held on Thursday, July 27 at St. Peters Catholic Church of Monticello. Father Timothy Wiggins officiated.
Burial was held at St. Peters Cemetery, Monticello.
The family requests that contributions should be made to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.

Linda Ann Pierce
Registered Nurse, 47

Linda Ann Nowlin Pierce, of Syracuse, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 20, 2006 at her home. She was 47.
She was a registered nurse and was a member of Eternal Hope Worship Church. Linda was a graduate of Monticello High School Class of 1976, where she was a member of the Honor Society. She was among America's Who's Who for academic excellence. She excelled in band, choir and theater. Linda graduated with honors from Sullivan County Community College and was the valedictorian of her class.
Survivors include her husband, Ron Pierce; her daughter, Tiffany Williams of Syracuse; her son, Thomas Anthony Williams, II of Albany; parents, Rev. Lenzia and Margaret Nowlin of Syracuse; her sister, Cynthia Mamouaka of Syracuse; her brother, Troy Nowlin of Monticello; two grandchildren, Tyree and Arianna Wilson; one niece, two nephews, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, July 28, 2006 at 11 a.m. in Eternal Hope Worship Church, 1507 James St., Syracuse, N.Y.
Burial will be held in Oakwood Cemetery.

Hubert C. Hutchinson
Ret. Furnace Operator, 67

Hubert C. Hutchinson, a retired furnace operator for V.A.W. Aluminum in Ellenville, died on Tuesday, July 18, 2006. He was 67.
The son of Steven and Claudia Pierce, he was born in Texarkana, Arkansas on September 21, 1938.
Survivors include his wife, Elsa A. Hutchinson at home; a son, Pedro Arana of Liberty; a daughter, Cecilia Kimble and husband, Melvin Kimble of Rockland County; a stepson, Mark Sheeley and his wife, Trish of Rhode Island; two stepdaughters, Sandy Marl of Georgia and Rita Sheeley of South Fallsburg; a sister, Jeanette Purifoy of Nashville, Ark.; five grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, Michael.
He was a US Navy Veteran.
Funeral services were private.
Cremation was held at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope.
Arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. in Monticello.

Elsa Schoch Bassi
Ret. Dressmaker, 91

Elsa Schoch Bassi, "Grosmama", died peacefully on Tuesday, July 25, 2006, at home. She was 91.
She was born on June 23, 1915 to the late Berta and Werner Schoch, in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Survivors include her devoted and loving children, Judith Rhulen and Jolanda (Reinlieb) Bassi of Monticello, her son Ferdinand and Romi (Lueti) Bassi of Lugano, Switzerland; her loving grandchildren, Suzanne (Rhulen) and Joseph Loughlin of Rock Hill, Harry and Jennifer (Lehman) Rhulen of Evergreen, Colo., Erik Rhulen of Las Vegas, Nev., Anthony and Ashley (Scott) Rhulen of Los Angeles, Calif., Marcus and Denise (Collura) Bassi of Monticello, Pascal Bassi and Tanja Bassi of Luzerne, Switzerland and Brunhilda Schulz of Senden, Germany; her great-grandchildren, Juliette and Trevor Loughlin, Zoe and Max Rhulen, Christopher, Kevin and Amanda Bassi, Phylicia, Michael, Brian and Eileen Schulman; her devoted friends, Michael, Johanna, and Stenek; and her extended "Monticello" family.
Elsa was predeceased by her brother, Werner Schoch of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Elsa became a talented haute couturier (dressmaker) and raised her family in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, sewing and operating her own Inn, catering to vacationers from around the world as well as local people down on their luck. She was active in her youth and loved to ski and mountain climb. She enjoyed music and mostly, she enjoyed spending time with her many friends. She moved to the United States after retiring to be closer to her family. Though confronted with many challenges throughout her life, she will be most remembered for her unwavering positive outlook, beautiful sparkling blue eyes and perpetual smile.
Funeral services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Inc.

Nazaria Simmons, 2

Nazaria Denise Simmons, of Monticello and Charlotte, N.C., departed her Godly life, Saturday, July 22, 2006. She was 2 years and 7 months old.
The daughter of Elisha Colon and Andre Simmons, she was born December 30, 2003 in Harris.
Nazaria was truly an "Angel in disguise." Her favorite words were "mommy" and "pop-pop."
She is survived by her parents; her maternal grandfather, Jose Colon of Monticello; maternal grandmother, Melissa and her husband Jonathan Oney of Monticello; paternal grandfather, Ernest Simmons of Fairmont, N.C.; paternal grandmother, Sharon and her husband, Anthony Smith of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandmothers, Annie Simmons of Brooklyn, and Carrie "Kate" Johnson of Milledgeville, Ga., Thelma Waters and Joyce Oney and her husband, John of Monticello; an aunt Calandra Denise Bruce of Charlotte, N.C.; two uncles Terrell Davis and Jamal Colon both of Monticello; along with a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 29 at 12 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Liberty Street, Monticello with the Rev. Greene officiating.
Burial will be in the Rock Ridge Cemetery, Monticello.
Nazaria was very special to us and we will miss her dearly. Grammy baby.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.

Catherine Finnegan
Ret. Horse Trainer, 86

Catherine Finnegan, a lifetime resident of the area, entered into rest on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at Valley View Center for Nursing Care & Rehabilitation in Goshen. She was 86.
The daughter of Richard O'Connor and Viola Spaley O'Connor, she was born November 23, 1919 in Middletown.
Catherine was a Horse Trainer at Yonder Hill Farms in Goshen. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Goshen.
A family statement reads, "Catherine was a devoted wife and mother. She had a great love of horses throughout her life, starting with a pleasure horse and turning later to Standard Bred horses. She was also an accomplished dog breeder, having bred many prize winning dogs. Catherine was a past member of the G&M Riding Club, the American Trotters Association, and the American Kennel Club. Catherine will be missed by all and remembered as the Lady from Yonder Hill Farm. Catherine was a five-year cancer survivor."
She was the widow of Joseph Finnegan.
Survivors include two sons, P. Daniel Finnegan and his wife, Michele, of Wurtsboro, and J. David Finnegan of Cuddebackville; a brother, John O'Connor of Slate Hill; a sister, Jeanette Gallup of Fishkill; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three sons, Joseph Michael, James Richard and Jeffrey Dean; a daughter, Jeannette Ann; and a brother, Richard O'Connor.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. in the Donovan Funeral Home, 82 South Church St., Goshen. Interment will be at St. John's Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 419 E. Main St., Suite 307B, Middletown, NY 10940 or Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are by Donovan Funeral Home.

Louis B. Fragola
Business Owner

Louis B. Fragola died Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 11 p.m. at Westchester Medical Center. He had heart surgery back in February and complications prevented him from coming home.
The son of Salvatore and Ann Fragola, Louis grew up in Brooklyn. He met his wife, Ann Ferraro, while attending the Central Needle Trade. They were married in 1952. Louis then joined the U.S. Army and served in Alaska for two years during the Korean War.
Louis and Ann moved to Campbell Hall in the late 50's where he started his family away from city life. Louis followed his dream and bought Tailorland in Newburgh, where he served the Newburgh area for 40-plus years. During this time he touched many with his kind, loving ways, always helping whomever was in need. Louis was a loving husband and family man. He was a great role model for those that knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Ann of 54 years; two sons, Robert of White Plains and Richard of Bloomingburg; two daughters-in-law, Lauren and Terry; daughter, Rose and her husband, Ed Pretorius; five grandchildren, Joshua, Liza, Kristen, Kara and Samantha; and one great-grandchild, Dylan.
Louis will be missed by all who knew him, but his five-plus months of suffering is finally over and he is now with our Lord.
Visitation will be held on Friday, July 28, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Donovan Funeral Home, 82 South Church St., Goshen.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 29 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Hamptonburgh Cemetery in Campbell Hall, where a special farewell service will be held. All family and friends are invited.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hudson Valley Christian Church, 100 Grand St., Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are under the direction of Donovan Funeral Home.

Eileen P. Farkas
Food Service Wrkr., 63

Eileen P. Farkas of Loch Sheldrake died on Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at ORMC, Arden Hill Campus in Goshen. She was 63.
The daughter of Joseph and Mary Colella, she was born on September 18, 1942 in New York City.
She was a food service worker for Quality Food Management in Latham.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald Farkas at home and a sister, Lydia Gentile of Schuylerville.
Graveside services were held on July 21 at the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. in Liberty.

Herbert Katz
Ret. Postal Worker, 78

Herbert Katz, a postal worker for the Monticello Post Office, and a longtime resident of the area, passed away July 25, in the Skilled Nursing Unit of Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was 78.
The son of the late Sam and Sarah Katz, Herb was born January 26, 1928 in Brooklyn.
Herb was a 1946 graduate of Monticello High School and a Korean War Veteran, proudly serving his country. He was a member of the JWV Post 0206, American Legion Post 0073 and AARP.
Herb was a devoted husband and a caring, gentle man.
Survivors include his loving wife, Frieda Kushner Katz, whom he married November 8, 1964; his sister, Minnie Solomon of Las Vegas, Nev.; his brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Madeline Katz of New Jersey; a beloved nephew, Richard Kushner of Liberty; a special nephew, Michael Houghtaling of Livingston Manor; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Leah and Raymond Houghtaling of Parksville; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
There will be no service.
Cremation will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to the Town of Liberty Ambulance Corp., PO Box 105, Liberty, NY 12754.
Arrangements by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Liberty.

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