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August 18, 2006

Robert Lew, 54
Maintenance Director

Robert Lew of Mountaindale, died suddenly Monday, August 14, 2006 at home. He was 54.
The son of Bernard and Bethia Lubitz Lew, he was born December 31, 1951 in Brooklyn.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University in Long Beach, Calif., and was employed as a Maintenance Director for the Renaissance Project in Ellenville. He was a proprietor of B. Lew Plumbing; a partner and manager of an apartment complex in Monticello; and proprietor of Jokers Tavern & Restaurant in Mountaindale. Bob was a member of the National Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI and loved to volunteer for the Big Brother Organization.
He is survived by his parents, Bernard and Beth of Mountaindale; one step-daughter, Nicole Yuhas; one brother, Benson Lew and his wife, Fern, of Great Neck, L.I.; and three nieces, Gypsy Notov-Lew, Laura Adamo, and April Adamo.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 17 at 2 p.m. at the Hebrew Congregation of Mountaindale Cemetery, Mountaindale. Rabbi Irwin Goodman will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the OSU Foundation, Morgellous Research Fund, ATTN.: Brad Walker, OSU-CHS, 111 W. 17th Street, Tulsa, OK 74107.
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home.

Dawn Spangenberg, 29
Tyson Processing Empl.

Ms. Dawn Spangenberg of Berryville, Ark., a former resident of Cuddebackville, died Saturday, August 12, 2006 in Green Forest, Ark. of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 29 years of age.
The daughter of Joseph and Delores Ladlee Spangenberg, she was born May 31, 1977 in Middletown. She was a 1996 graduate of Port Jervis High School.
She was employed at the Tyson Processing Plant, Berryville, Ark., and had previously worked at the Carlucci Home in Greenville Township.
She is survived by a daughter, Brianna Dillon of Berryville, Ark.; her parents, Joseph and Delores Spangenbrg of Hazelton, Pa.; three brothers, Joseph Spangenberg, John Spangenberg and Jeffrey Spangenberg, all of Arkansas; a niece, Destiny Spangenberg and her best friend, Chrissy Dolan of Westbrookville; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be held at a later date to be announced.
Burial will be made in Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville.
Memorial contributions may be made to her daughter, Brianna Dillon, c/o Michelle Reiley, P.O. Box 257, Cuddebackville, NY 12729.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.

Raymond Prokosch, 66

Raymond “Skippy” Prokosch of Monticello died Friday, August 11, 2006 at the age of 66. He fought his illness bravely from his home with family and friends by his side.
The son of Lydia Coney Prokosch and the late Raymond Prokosch, he was born September 26, 1939 in Monticello.
Skippy served in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1958. He lived in Monticello his whole life and, aside from his 20-year job at Sleepy Hollow as an assistant superintendent, he did a great deal of volunteer work. “Poppy’s” love for his children and grandchildren kept him very active in Glory to God Christian High School and Light and Life School in Liberty. Because of his love for his family, he was an avid skater and worked at Skater’s World Roller Rink in Ferndale. This enabled “Poppy” to be a part of the kid’s fun times.
He was a volunteer fireman for Forestburgh Fire Dept.; a lifelong member of First Church of Monticello-Presbyterian; and attended the Willowemoc Baptist Church, where his best friend Pastor William Lamb officiates.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Virginia Cherry Prokosch; three daughters, Mary Ann VanPelt and Chassidy and Selena Prokosch, all at home; four grandchildren, Desirae and Justin Schubert and Frances and Jeanne VanPelt, all at home; his mother, Lydia Prokosch of Monticello; two sisters, Joyce Bullock and her husband, Richard, of Accord, and Jeanette Hamilton and her husband, Fred, of Newfoundland, Pa.; a brother-in-law, Charles Cherry and his wife, Audrey, of Monticello; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He will be greatly missed by his friends, Tiffany and Gregg Pitula, who were like children to him, and MaKayla Jahn, Christopher Pitula, and Joshua Boyles, who were like grandchildren to him. He was predeceased by a daughter, Debra Mae Prokosch, and a brother, Douglas Prokosch.
A memorial service in honor of his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20 at the First Church of Monticello-Presbyterian, Jones Street in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Monticello.

Hugh Haynes Jr., 85
Ret. Quality Inspector

Hugh “Marvin” Haynes Jr. of Narrowsburg, a retired machinist quality control inspector, died Friday, August 11, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 85 years of age.
The son of the late Hugh Marvin Sr. and Almira Staudinger Haynes, he was born March 3, 1921 in the Mount Olivet area of Pittsburgh, Pa., though he grew up in Ridgewood, Queens.
He lived for many years in New York. As a boy, he was active in the Boy Scouts and church; as an adult raising a family, his church activities continued and expanded. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army in the 69th Infantry Division. While living in Landsford, Pa. for 31 years, he was active in a variety of organizations and activities, such as his church, especially the choir, the Coalcracker Chorus, a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, several senior groups, and the local Senior Olympics. He lived in Narrowsburg for the last three years, and was a member of the Tusten Seniors, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
He is survived by four daughters, Gail Topp of Brooklyn, The Rev. Phyllis Haynes of Narrowsburg, Nancy Haynes of Brooklyn, and Jennifer Lieckel of Freeland, Pa.; two sons, David Haynes and his wife, Marti, of Marquette, Mich., and Andrew Haynes of Pennsylvania; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Nora Roberts; a brother, George Haynes; and two sisters, Lois Frieburg and Ursula Baumer.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 9 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 64 Erie Ave., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
Funeral arrangements were made by Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg.

Edward Pepper, 82

Edward “Ed” James Pepper, a longtime resident of the area, died suddenly Sunday, August 13, 2006 at home. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Norman and Jenny McCourt Pepper, he was born June 24, 1924 in Brooklyn.
Mr. Pepper served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal from 1943 - 1946. He lived in Long Island for many years and had many occupations. He was a professional window washer for skyscrapers in New York City; an animal trainer in which he trained animals for TV commercials and parades; and shoed horses. He was an avid skater and worked at Skater’s World Rollerink in Ferndale, and his most recent occupation was as a maintenance staff member at Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake. He owned and operated the Haywire Ranch in Woodbourne as well as making appearances on the TV shows, “What’s My Line,” “The Betty Crocker Show,” and “Strike It Rich.”
In a family statement, it was said: “Dad worked every day of his life. No matter how sick he felt or how bad the weather was, he went to work. Work kept him young. He was an avid horseback rider and was very proud to be able to ride any horse. He will always be remembered as he rode tall in the saddle. Everything he knew about horses, he passed onto his daughter, Jeanne. She will always remember some of his last words which were, ‘Hold on tight, Jeanne.’ Dad had a phenomenal memory and told endless stories every time you saw him. He was a best friend to his children and many times he went without so that his children would be all right.”
He is survived by his loving children, Susie Worrell of Rhode Island, Jeanne Kern of Neversink, and Edward Pepper Jr.; one brother, Norman Pepper of Long Island; two sisters, Alice Hermann and Maureen Mullins of Long Island; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Pepper; and a daughter, Carolyn Hanna.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 17 at the funeral home. The Rev. Robert Pinto will officiate.
Burial will be made in Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.

Felix Reynolds, 75
Ret. Labor Union Worker

Felix Reynolds of Monticello, a retired labor union worker at Local #17 and an area resident for 50 years, died Sunday, August 13, 2006 at his home. He was 75 years of age.
The son of the late Elmer and Mahilia King Reynolds, he was born January 24, 1931 in Camden, N.J. He was the widower of Alberta H. Reynolds who died January 29, 2006.
Mr. Reynolds was a member of the International Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk Lodge #1612, Monticello and attended the First Baptist Church of Monticello.
He is survived by two daughters, Georgianna H. Thomas of Monticello and Rosetta H. Dyes (Richmond) of Rochester; two sons, Ricky and Ronald Reynolds of Morris, Pa.; four grandchildren, Brenton C. Walker (Abby), Katori E. Walker, Myya R. Dyes and Broderick R. Dyes; sisters-in-law, Sylvia Goldman Reynolds, Geneva Dingle (Frank), Dorothy Lambert, Ida Mae Oduola and Willie Mae Redd; two brothers-in-law, Leroy Dantzler and James Hilliard; four nieces, Darlene Wilcox-Bickham (John), Tamera Reynolds-Zwerling (Mylo), Carolyn Reynolds and Helen Reynolds; nephews, Randall Reynolds (Kathy) and David Reynolds Jr; and a host of grandnieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a daughter, Alberta E. Hilliard; and two brothers, Ellery Reynolds and David Reynolds.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 17 at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, August 18 at the First Baptist Church, Liberty Street, Monticello. The Rev. James Matthews will officiate. Burial will be made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Monticello, Liberty Street, Monticello, NY 12701.

Marguerite P. Matthews
Ret. English Teacher, 79

Marguerite “Maggie” Matthews, a retired English teacher and a 44-year resident of Liberty, died peacefully August 7, 2006 in Gwynedd, Pa. after a long illness. She was 79.
The daughter of the Rev. Cecil and Lucile Plumb, she was born December 17, 1926 in North Hornell. She was the widow of Paul F. Matthews who died in 1977.
She taught English at Sullivan County Community College from 1966-988. Following her retirement, she served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa from 1988 to 1990. She was a faithful member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and was a past clerk of the Catskill Friends Meeting in Neversink.
Mag’s love of the outdoors and activity was nurtured by many years of participation in Catskill Wheelmen Bicycle Club and the Catskill Nordic Ski Club. Mag’s joy was expressed in her singing with the Delaware Valley Chorus and acting with the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop. She was also a member of the Peacemaker Players and played a major role in two of the group’s productions. Her Liberty Bridge Group friends sharpened Mag’s sense of wit and fair play on a weekly basis. Until her illness, Mag adopted Chestnut Street in Liberty in her efforts to preserve the beauty of her town.
Mag’s dream was to make the world a better place for her children, grandchildren and all people to live without war or violence. She and Paul pursued this dream with determination and action inspired by their Quaker faith. In 2003, Sullivan Peace and Justice honored Mag for “a life of peace and activism.”
Maggie is survived by her loving sister, Marian Hamlin and her husband, Paul, of Binghamton; her four loving children, Juliet Scala of Swan Lake, Girard Matthews and his wife, Linda, of Afton, Philip Matthews and his wife, Jenifer, of Fort Collins, Colo., and Kate Gallaher and her husband, James, of Bloomingburg; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Mariner, Michelle Mariner, Daniel Sayre, and Jonathan, William, Rebecca and Aliza Matthews; and her extended family of nieces, nephews and friends who will all dearly miss Mag’s loving and thoughtful spirit.
A Memorial Service will be held in Quaker tradition at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 15 at the United Methodist Church, 170 North Main St., Liberty.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 or

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