September 1, 2006
Ret. Phys. Ed. Teacher, 82
Patrick Frasca of Bloomingburg, died suddenly Tuesday, August 29, 2006. He was 82 years young, a man of great strength with a zest for life.
The son of the late Phillip and Elvira Frasca, he was born April 28, 1924 in Manhattan.
Pat was a lifelong learner and teacher of generations of youth, as evidenced by his 30 year career as a physical education teacher, dean, and coach in the New York City public school system. Retired since 1982, Pat and Rosalie led an active life, contributing their time and energies to many organizations.
He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and the Adjutant of American Legion Post 1266 of Wurtsboro, treasurer of the Mamakating Lions Club, and liaison of the Mamakating Lioness Club. He lectured to school children about his personal experiences in the Pacific in WWII, and enjoyed weekly games of golf and bowling with friends.
Survived by the love of his life, his wife of 51 years, Rosalie, Pat touched the lives of his family and friends in the way he lived his life, unselfishly and with the care and concern he showed to others. Survivors also include his brother, Eugene; sisters-in-law, Mary and Annette; brother-in-law, Richard. He was a loving uncle to Anne Marie, Frances, Angela, Richard, Ellen, and Vera; and six grandnieces and one grandnephew.
A Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 2 at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Bloomingburg, with the Rev. Raymond Bagdonis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Legion Post 1266, P.O. Box 42, Wurtsboro, NY 12790 or to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Funeral arrangements were made by VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.
Frederick S. Judd
Construction Wrkr., 29
Frederick S. Judd of Homosassa, Fla. and formerly of Wurtsboro, died Saturday, August 26, 2006 in Homosassa. He was 29.
The son of James Judd and Kathleen Judd Krom, he was born July 24, 1977 in Ellenville. He lived in Florida for five months.
Fred was a construction worker. He enjoyed boating, fishing, and listening to music. He loved bowling and had a great sense of humor. He was also a Catholic.
Survivors include his mother, Kathleen Judd Krom of Homosassa, Fla.; his father, James Judd of Westtown; a brother, Frank Wood III of Poughkeepsie; two sisters, Denise Hougen of Florida and Deanna Wood of Wurtsboro; two stepbrothers and two stepsisters; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Charles Wood.
Arrangements were made by Hooper Funeral Homes.
Ret. Bus. Owner, 95
Charles Al Ashworth of Little Falls, formerly of Westbrookville, died Sunday, August 27, 2006 at Little Falls Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. He was 95.
The son of Daniel and Sybil Decker Ashworth, he was born July 11, 1911 in Westbrookville.
Al was united in marriage with Ruth Cuddeback in Port Jervis. The couple have enjoyed a blessed union of 70 years.
He was a partner in the family business, the Ashworth Woolen Mill Factory in Westbrookville, and worked as a fireman at the NYS Training School in Otisville and New Hampton. He was a longtime member of the Westbrookville Fire Dept. The couple has resided in Little Falls for the past 20 years.
Al loved his family. He had a wonderful appreciation and love for his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by his wife of Little Falls; two children, Shirley Wilcox and her husband Frank of Little Falls, and Sharon Rice and her husband Art of Mohawk; his grandchildren, Sarah Adelman and her husband Todd and Rachael Wilcox, all of Newton, Mass., Jessica Gardner and her husband Geoffrey of Menands, and Michelle Dumas and her husband Andy of Jefferson; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Rebecca and Elizabeth Adelman, and Alexia and Kara Dumas. He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister.
As Al requested, he will be buried in the Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 with the Rev. Jeffrey Farley officiating.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.
Ret. Hotel Mgr., 87
Blanche Himmel of Liberty, a retired manager for the ladies health club at Grossingers Hotel, died Wednesday, August 30, 2006 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 87.
The daughter of the late Avram and Hannah Messing, she was born July 8, 1919 in Boyanev, Poland. She was the widow of David Himmel who died in 1978.
A survivor of the Holocaust, Mrs. Himmel was formerly treasurer for the Ferndale Synagogue.
She is survived by a son, Abraham J. Himmel of Santa Barbara, Calif.; and a daughter, Ronnie Ann Himmel of Brooklyn. She was predeceased by a brother, Meyer Messing.
Graveside services and burial will be held at noon Friday, Sept. 1 at the Ferndale Synagogue Cemetery in Parksville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello.
Stanley J. Dodd
Frmr. Race Car Driver, 70
Stanley J. Dodd, a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at ORMC, Arden Hill Campus, as a result of injuries sustained in a fall 14 months ago. He was 70.
The son of the late Stanley R. and Dorothy Emilie Faller Dodd, he was born December 13, 1935 in Middletown.
Stanley was a past member of the Middletown Elks Lodge #1097, the Hi Lo Hunting Club, Callicoon, and past Captain of the Eagle Fire Company, Middletown. He was a former modified racecar driver and partner of the New Vernon Tavern.
He is survived by his loving companion of 27 years, Susan Jacobson at home; four sons, Michael Dodd of Calif., Mark Dodd, and Stephen Dodd and his wife, Kathy, all of Middletown, and David Dodd and his wife, Anne, of Cuddebackville; a stepmother, Jean Dodd of Middletown; three grandchildren, Kimberley, Kailynn, and David Jr.; two sisters, Shirley Flynn and her husband Bill of Middletown, and Barbara Wingrove and her husband Don of Leesburg, Fla.; one stepbrother, Gary Dodd of Wurtsboro; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins.
He was predeceased by a stepbrother, Robert Dodd.
Cremation will be private.
Arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home.
Chief Oper. Officer, 35
Robert Scott Sisselman of Parksville, the chief operating officer of Keiser Equipment in Livingston Manor, died Monday, August 28, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 35.
The son of Judith Goldblatt Sisselman and the late Stephen Sisselman, he was born July 13, 1971 in Middletown.
Robert was a homegrown boy who was devoted to his family and friends, especially his two cherished daughters. His reassuring smile and caring personality gave comfort to those in his company. He had a special talent for making those around him feel warm and loved. He lived life on his own terms and will be sadly missed. He will be in our hearts forever and his memory will live on through his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, April Wendler Sisselman, and their two daughters, Lexi Shay and Zoe Sara, all at home; his mother, Judy Sisselman of Parksville; a brother, Keith Sisselman of Parksville; his paternal grandparents, Irving and Gladys Sisselman of Rockaway, NJ; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, business associates and friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello. Rabbi Irving Goodman officiated.
Burial followed in the Parksville Synagogue Cemetery in Parksville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice.
Paramutual Clerk, 85
Genevieve Mary Suhaka of Monticello, a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 85 years of age.
The daughter of James and Mary Martin Vandervort, she was born April 13, 1921 in New York City.
She was a paramutual clerk at Monticello Raceway.
She is survived by a brother, James Vandervort and his wife Shirley of Monticello; two nieces, Jamie Vandervort of Rock Hill and Mari McMahon of Kansas City, Mo.; and a nephew, Glenn Vandervort of Apoka, Fla.
Cremation was made at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsays Funeral Home, Monticello.