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August 11, 2006

Randy L. Hutson
Ret. Chief Petty Officer, 47

Randy L. Hutson of Montague, N.J. died Saturday, July 8, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. He was 47.
He was born February 23, 1959 in Denver, Colo. the son of Marion Gill Hailey. He was married for 23 years to Mareva Babcock on May 28, 1983 in Montague, N.J.
He was a member of F.R.A. - Fleet Reserve Association Branch #229. He retired after 26 years in the U.S. Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, Washington, D.C.
A family statement read, “Although Randy’s life was short he touched the lives of many people. What you saw was who he was. What he said was what he meant. He tried his best at everything he did. His unique sense of humor will be greatly missed. The cancer was stable and it sent us into a false sense of security; his heart decided otherwise. We thought he would be by our sides for a longer length of time; we hoped his perseverance would prevail. It was time for him to go so behind we stay to continue with only our memories. Life is truly short. Live, love and be happy. In the end it’s not what you have accomplished it’s the person you became, and a great person now resides in our hearts. Fair winds and smooth sailing until we meet again.”
Surviving are his wife and their two daughters, Ashley and Mary, in Montague, N.J.; his mother, Marion Hailey of Edgewater, Colo.; maternal grandmother, Ethel Gill also of Edgewater, Colo.; three brothers, Ross Hailey and his wife, Renee, of Littleton, Colo., Bob Hailey and his wife, Kelli, of Brighton, Colo., and David Hailey of Edgewater, Colo.; two sisters, Paula Hutson of Edgewater, Colo. and Deborah Tollison of Buckeye, Ariz.; a brother and sister-in-law, Bryan and Susan Ewbank and their children, who are Randy’s godchildren, Caryn and Bryan Jr. of Westfall, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Melissa Herman and her daughter, Olivia, of Yulan; a brother-in-law, Roland Babcock, and mother-in-law, Patricia Babcock, both of Montague, N.J.; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Roland W. Babcock; and his maternal grandfather, Lawrence Gill.
Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, August 12 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wisner Prof. Bl., 407 E. Main St., Middletown, NY 10940.

Mildred F. Keegan
Homemaker, 85

Mildred “Millie” F. Keegan of Kenoza Lake died Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. She was 85.
The daughter of Jacob and Dorothy Hill Skinner, she was born August 21, 1920 in Pottstown, N.J.
She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Jeffersonville.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Harold Keegan, at home; a daughter, Viola Blume and her husband, Bill, of Kenoza Lake; grandchildren, Lorrie Ackerley and her husband, Dannie, of Kenoza Lake; and Tina Bauernfeind and her husband, Mel, of Virginia; a great-grandchild, Nicole Bauernfeind, a sister, Marge Doucet of Delaware; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Frederick, Robert and Jacob Skinner; and a sister, Gwendlyn Allen.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 11 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville. The Rev. Paul Hagadorn will officiate. Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

Earlean B. McCoy
LPN, 65

Earlean B. McCoy of Monticello died Saturday, August 5, 2006 in Adventure, Fla. She was 65.
The daughter of the late Taylor and Essie O’Bannon Bracey, she was born June 16, 1941 in Bay Minette, Ala.
She was a licensed practical nurse at Catskill Regional Medical Center, and a member of King’s Chapel Mission in Monticello, where she was president of the Usher Board.
She is survived by a son, Gerald Michael McCoy of New Carrolton, Md.; two daughters, Brundia “Poochie” Parker of Monticello and Carmen Bickham of Severn, Md.; six brothers, Samuel Bracey, Taylor Bracey Jr., Jimmy Bracey, and Tim Koen, all of Monticello; Leslie “Sonny” Bracey of S. Carolina, and Steve Bracey of New York; two sisters, Gladys Smith and Millie White of Miami, Fla.; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters and brothers-in-law and friends.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, 55 St. John St., Monticello.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at King’s Chapel Mission, 15 Spring St., Monticello with Bishop Leon Williams officiating.
Burial will be made in Rock Ridge Cemetery, Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to King’s Chapel Mission, 15 Spring St., Monticello, NY 12701.

Louise Dean
Homemaker, 82

Louise Dean of Neversink, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 5, 2006 at Kingston City Hospital. She was 82.
The daughter of Raymond and Ora TerBush George, she was born August 28, 1923 in Sundown.
Louise was a member of the Lowes Corners Baptist Church, the Revonah-Lincoln Kiamesha Chapter OES #433, a past chaplain and officer of the OES, and a charter member of both the Neversink Ladies Auxiliary and the Neversink First Aid Squad.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Archie T. Dean Jr., at home; a son, George A. Dean and his wife, Barbara, of Neversink; two daughters, Carolyn Louise Hill of Neversink and Bonnie Sue VanDenberg and her husband, Glenn, of Claryville; 14 grandchildren, Stephanie Moraine, Pamela DeMarmels, Craig Dean, Kristy Closs, Kylie Conjura, Nikki Dean, Stephen Poley, Deanna Poley, Danielle Poley, Bryan Poley, Christopher Poley, Brittany Poley, Jennifer and Amy VanDenberg; 10 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley M. Poley, and a sister, Hazel Akers.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Liberty, with the Rev. Maybelle Renz officiating.
Burial was made in the Rural Cemetery in Grahamsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neversink First Aid Squad, Rt. 55, Neversink, NY 12765 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Gerald Seitel
Ret. Businessman, 82

Gerald Seitel died Thursday, July 27, 2006 in Seattle, Washington after a prolonged illness. He was 82.
The son of Esther and Max Seitel, he was raised and educated in Roscoe and at New York University, leaving to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot during WWII.
After leaving the Air Corps, he moved to Monticello where he co-founded the Bogner-Seitel Lumber Co., and later Century 21/Kaaterskill Realty Co. He served his community as a Monticello Village Trustee, was a member of the Town of Thompson Advisory Board, served 10 years on the Monticello Central School Board, and was a member and past president of the Monticello Kiwanis Club.
Mr. Seitel was devoted to his immediate and extended family and to his friends. He maintained a lifelong interest in music, sports and flying. He will be remembered for his integrity and fun-loving spirit. Loving and loyal, he brought out the best in us all.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gloria, in Seattle; his children, Laura and her husband, Loy Martin, of Palo Alto, Calif., Peter and his wife, Jan Geier, of Seattle, Wash., Kathy and her husband, Gerald West, of Oswego and Jamie Geier of Oakland, Calif.; and his brother Abraham Seitel and his wife, Susan, of Minneapolis, Minn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Box 75169, Seattle, WA 98175 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Sean Johnson, 23

Sean Johnson of Florida, formerly of Wurtsboro, died suddenly August 4, 2006 in Florida. He was 23.
The son of Lee Iarusso Johnson and the late Paul Johnson, he was born February 22, 1983 in Queens.
Sean is survived by his mother of Florida; a sister, Brittany of Florida; his paternal grandfather, William Johnson of Wurtsboro; maternal grandmother, Lorraine Iarusso of Florida; his uncles, Richie Iarusso and his wife, Gina, of Conn., and John Iarusso and his wife, Donna, of Conn.; an aunt, Anita Kientzler and husband, Jeff, of Wurtsboro; and several cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Eric; his paternal grandmother, Mary Johnson; and maternal grandfather, Jerry Iarusso.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Church, Bloomingburg. Father Raymond Bagdonis, O.Carm., officiated.
Burial was made in the Sylvan Cemetery, Wurtsboro.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.

Thomas F. McNeely
Ret. Proprietor, 91

Thomas Francis McNeely (nee Albonesi), formerly of Monticello, died August 2, 2006 at the James G. Johnson Nursing Home in Johnson City. He was 91.
The son of Charles and Ruth McNeely Albonesi, he was born April 15, 1915 in Dumont, NJ. After his mother’s death, he was raised by his aunts and grew up and lived most of his life in Monticello.
One of his favorite childhood memories was fishing with Babe Ruth at St. Joseph’s in Forestburgh. He starred in both football and track at Monticello High School and held the school record in the 440 for over 30 years.
He served in the U.S. Army 51st Field Artillery Battalion and as a medic in the Pacific during WWII. He joined his aunt as business manager of the Hamilton Ave. Hospital in Monticello where he was also known for his skill as an x-ray technician. Later he worked tirelessly as the proprietor of the United Cigar Store and then the Book Nook in Monticello. For the last 15 years, he has enjoyed spending winters in Sarasota, Florida. He moved to Johnson City in 2001. He was a longtime member of the Masons and was active in the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian.
Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Margaret Seargent McNeely of Johnson City; two daughters, Alice McNeely and husband, John Smigelski, of Windsor and Carol Ehrets and husband, Walter, of Forestburgh; a son, Peter McNeely and wife, Yolande, of Glen Spey; five grandchildren, Owen, Seth and Caitlin Smigelski and Laurel and Russell Ehrets; cousins, Muriel Nemits, Barbara Yanchitis and Frances Alford; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sat., August 12 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 at the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian with Rev. Robert McLeod officiating.
Burial of the cremains, with military honors, will be made at 4 p.m. Sun., August 13 at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of Monticello Presbyterian, 11 Jones St., Monticello, NY 12701.

Jack Kirschenbaum
WWII Veteran, 86

Jack Kirschenbaum died Saturday, August 5, 2006 at Achieve Rehabilitation Facility in Liberty. He was 86.
The son of Samuel and Pauline Bittner Kirschenbaum, he was born Nov. 21, 1919 in Bronx, where he grew up.
He was a decorated veteran of WWII, serving in the South Pacific.
Jack was predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth, who died in 1991, who he sorely missed and was always in his heart, and one son David, who died in 2002.
Jack is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Leonard and Georgette Kirschenbaum; his grandchildren, Kevin, Kenny and Michelle Newman and Lauren and Emile Kirschenbaum; one cousin; and his best friend, Jennette Lederman.
A graveside service was held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Queens.
Arrangements were made under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home.

Paul J.H. Pen Jr.
Carpenter, 36

Paul J.H. Pen Jr. of New Port Richey, Fla., a carpenter and former longtime resident of Port Jervis, died Sunday, August 6, 2006 in New Port Richey. He was 36.
The son of Paul J.H. Sr. and Linda M. Storms Pen, he was born June 24, 1970 in Port Jervis.
Survivors include his father of Port Jervis; his mother of Tennessee; two sons, Paul Pen III and David Pen, both of New Jersey; a daughter, Ashley Pen of Florida; three brothers, Craig A. Pen and Charles J. Pen both of Port Jervis and Brian D. Pen of Alabama; two sisters, Janet Gonzales of Newburgh and Chasity Storms of Monticello; maternal grandparents, Charles and Doris Storms of Port Jervis; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Friday, August 11 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Cremation will be made at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, Pa.

Theresa M. Miller
Homemaker, 83

Theresa Marie Miller, a 50-year resident of the area, died Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton Campus, Middletown. She was 83.
The daughter of Joseph R. Amadei and Theresa M. Smollin Amadei, she was born May 20, 1923 in Maywood, N.J.
She retired from the family business, Miller’s Grocery Store in Bloomingburg.
A family statement said, “Mom was a wonderful devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She never met a person who she didn’t consider a friend. She will be greatly missed by all.”
Survivors include her husband, Henry G. Miller Jr. at home; her children, Theresa Barzly and husband, Azriel, of Port Jervis, Joanne Johnson and husband, David, of Bloomingburg, Frances Cole and husband, Timothy, of Liberty, Henry Miller III of Jacksonville, Fla., Charles Miller of Bloomingburg; six grandsons, David Jr. and Brian Johnson and his fiancée, Kateryna Polka, Shawn Johnson and his wife, Yadira, and Gregory Johnson, all of Bloomingburg, Joseph Walker-Scott of Port Jervis, and Paul Cole of Liberty; one great-granddaughter, Charlyanna Johnson; one sister, Frances Henriksen of Pensacola, Fla.; and one brother, J. Robert Amadei of Pensacola, Fla. She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, James Amadei; and a sister, Patricia Lawler.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, 1525 Burlingham Rd., Pine Bush.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Church of the Infant Saviour, Route 302, Pine Bush with Father Kevin Gallagher officiating. Burial will be made in Bloomingburg Cemetery.

Beatrice E. Mead
Ret. LPN, 77

Beatrice E. Mead of Boulder City, Nev. died August 5, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The daughter of the late Ethan and Mae Lee, she was born July 3, 1929 in Liberty.
Beatrice was a retired licensed practical nurse, was a resident of Boulder City for 6 years, and had previously resided in Greenville for 20 years. She was a loving mother and a big fan of baseball. She loved the New York Yankees.
She is survived by her sons, Merritt “Mick” Mead of Boulder City, Michael Mead of Swedesboro, N.J., and Charles Mead of Boulder City; a daughter, Patricia Ardler of Greenville; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Boulder City Cemetery Pavilion, 501 Adams Blvd., Boulder City, Colo. Boulder City Family Mortuary handled the arrangements.

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