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September 8, 2006

Anita M. Toscano
Ret. Bus. Owner, 70

Anita M. Toscano of Lake Huntington, the retired co-owner of Pete’s Pub in Lake Huntington and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at her home. She was 70 years of age.
The daughter of the late John and Angelina Pinto Colucci, she was born February 22, 1936 in New York City.
She was married to Peter Toscano for 49 years. Anita was a member of the Catherine Cirelli Marine Corps League Women’s Auxiliary.
A family statement read, “Those who knew Anita remember that she took care of the whole town. From organizing the famous corned beef and cabbage fundraisers for the Cochecton Ambulance Corps to personally congratulating every high school graduate who came for dinner at Pete’s Pub and so much more. Her kitchen was always open; through the years she fed tens of thousands her homemade creations. Never afraid to try a new dish, this city girl created venison and bear delicacies for area hunting clubs and regularly updated her menu with the times. Her lasagna is literally world famous.
“In spite of her public life, she remained private. She enjoyed nothing more than to have her children and her grandchildren near her. She always lit up when one of her loved ones walked into the room. Independent in spirit, she lived life with dignity and energy, always faithful to her own leadings and beliefs. September 8, 2006 would have marked her 50th anniversary with Pete Toscano, her husband, business partner and friend. They never spent a day apart during their marriage.”
She is survived by her husband, at home; two daughters, Nardina Nash and her husband, Brian of Corcoran, Minn., and Maria Forlenza and her husband, Pat of Fosterdale; a son, Peterson Toscano of Hartford, Conn.; and an exchange student from Spain, Manuel Amor Machon, who she considered a son, and his wife, Teresa; one sister, Theresa Giamburro and her husband, Thomas, of Long Island; her step-mother, Margaret Colucci; a half brother, John Colucci and two half sisters, Sylvia Suriano and Mary Simone from the NYC area; six grandchildren, Heather, Kristen, Julie and Melanie Nash and Gregory and Geoffrey Sheppard; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 10at Our Place Restaurant located on Rt. 52 in Lake Huntington (the former “Pete’s Pub”).
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, NY 12401 or to the Catherine Cirelli Marine Corps League Women’s Auxiliary, 3000 Rt. 55, White Lake, NY 12786.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.

Richard John Noble
Ret. Auto Tech., 6

Richard John Noble of Narrowsburg, a retired automotive technician and a longtime area resident, died Monday, September 4, 2006 in a motorcycle accident. He was 63 years of age.
The son of the late Charles R.J. Noble and Dora Hayward Noble, he was born February 15, 1942 in Manhattan.
A family statement read, “Richard was a good son to his mother, he was a loving father, a loving Poppy and a longtime friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”
He is survived by his mother of Narrowsburg; three sons, Rick Noble of New Jersey, Scotty Noble of New York City and Nicholas Charles Noble of Narrowsburg; one daughter, Julianna Sullivan and her husband Sean of Cochecton; two brothers, Robert Noble and his wife Mary of Gig Harbor, Wash. and Roger Noble and his wife Carol of Simsbury, Conn.; two grandchildren, Jordan and Cameron Sullivan; several nieces and nephews; his companion, Barbara Herman of Callicoon; and his ex-wife and best friend, Marie Sellers of Narrowsburg.
Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, September 8 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.
Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Pastor Phyllis Haynes will officiate.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Huntington Fire Dept., Lake Huntington, NY 12752.

Donald Powaltz Sr.
Mechanical Eng., 82

Donald Charles Powaltz Sr., a lifelong resident of Liberty, died at home September 3, 2006 after a long illness. He was 82 years of age.
The son of the late Jake and Hilda L. Abplanalp, he was born October 16, 1923.
“Charlie,” as most people knew him, was employed for many years by Grossinger’s Hotel Resort as a mechanical engineer. His greatest joy was the golf course.
He is survived by his children, Daniel J. Powaltz and his wife Debbie of Forestburgh, Donna M. Serpentini and her husband Richard of Middletown, and Donald C. Powaltz of Liberty; three sisters, Eloise Abplanalp and Aline Labarr, both of Liberty, and Ann Crist of Port Jervis; a grandson, Eric J. Serpentini and his wife Aya of Okayoma, Japan; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased in 1997 by his wife, Gloria Toker Powaltz.
Graveside services were held Thursday at the Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs. The Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiated.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes in Liberty.

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas G. McCarthy of Woodbridge, Va., died August 30, 2006.
He was the son of the late Thomas J. McCarthy and Bernadine J. Labanowski.
Survivors include four sisters, Karen Harris of Spokane, Wash., Lynn Schwartz of Fairfax, Va., Susan McCarthy of Red Hook and Katrina Wingert of Youngsville; a brother, Darrin McCarthy of Kenoza Lake; an uncle, Stanley Labanowski of Pine Island; two aunts, Beverly Dudas of Eustis, Fla. and Jeanne DiCinto of Phoenix, Ariz.; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews. He was godfather to Sean McCarthy, Darren McCarthy, Aleksandra Sawyer and Alexsandra Richardson.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the T.S. Purta Funeral Home in Pine Island.
Burial was made in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Pine Island.

Yuen Sun Ying Ng
Frmr. Bus. Owner, 95

Yuen Sun Ying Ng, a former co-owner of Sam Lee Laundry in Monticello, died Friday, September 1, 2006 at the Orange Regional Medical Center-Horton Campus in Middletown. She was 95 years of age.
Born July 4, 1911 in China, Mrs. Ng was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello.
Since her husband passed away in 1968, she became the matriarch and kept the Ng family together. Her natural smiles radiated genuine warmth, sincerity and love to all she met despite the language barrier. She cherished the close interactions among her grandchildren and close-knit family. She will always be loved and remains in our hearts forever.
She is survived by a son, Peter Ng and his wife, Marie of Monticello; three daughters, Betty Ng Prendergast of Monticello, Anna Ng Yee and her husband, George of East Greenbush and Marie Ng of Brooklyn; three grandchildren, Michael Prendergast and his wife, Jen, Christopher Ng and Anthony Ng.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello. Fr. Robert Ginel officiated.
Burial was made in The Evergreens Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Arrangements were under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello.

Rebecca Rhone
Homemaker, 93

Rebecca Rhone of South Fallsburg, passed into God’s loving hands Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of Johnnie and Julia Beverly Baylor, she was born June 27, 1913 in Alabama, Ga.
In a family statement, it was said, “No words can justly describe the unmatched kindness, beauty and selflessness of Rebecca. The void that her passing has left in the lives of those who knew and loved her is indescribable. Rebecca was a beloved wife and adored mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt who sacrificed many things for the betterment of her family. She will be loved missed and remembered for eternity.”
Rebecca is survived by her daughter, Eloise Lacey of South Fallsburg; her grandson and granddaughter in-law, Jimmie and Mary Lacey of South Fallsburg; two great-grandchildren and a great-grandson-in-law, Tonya and Jonathan Watley of Port Jervis; and Jermetria T. Lacey of South Fallsburg; a host of nieces and nephews of Alabama, Fla. and Georgia; eight adopted great-grandchildren and five adopted great-great-grandchildren of South Fallsburg, Monticello, Liberty and Albany.
She was the widow of James G. Rhone; and was predeceased by three brothers, Johnnie Baylor, Jessie Baylor and Eddie Baylor.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, September 8 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 9 at the First Baptist Church, Main Street, South Fallsburg with the Rev. Anthony Black officiating.
Interment will be made in the Woodbourne Reformed Cemetery.

Amy L. Figueroa
Homemaker, 26

Amy L. Figueroa of Sparrowbush, died Sunday, September 3, 2006 at home. She was 26 years of age.
The daughter of Gary Page and Linda Crane Totaan, Amy was born February 7, 1980 in Newburgh.
She was the wife of Luis Figueroa, and a lifelong resident of the area.
She was a homemaker and an avid animal caregiver, and enjoyed working with local animal shelters.
Survivors include her husband, at home; one son, Luis, at home; one daughter, Kiana, at home; her father, of Bloomingburg; her mother, of Bloomingburg; two sisters, Stacy Page of Barryville and Ashley Totaan of Bloomingburg; a paternal grandmother, Idella Shreve of Ohio; a maternal grandfather, Lee Crane of Indiana; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home in Walden.
Cremation was made in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family.

Diane Whedon
Homemaker, 58

Diane Whedon of Liberty, died Friday, August 25, 2006 at the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Newburgh. She was 58.
The daughter of the late Albert Whedon and Alda VanDine Whedon, she was born May 22, 1948 in East Stroudsburg, Pa.
She is survived by six sons, John, Danny, Cameron, Robert, Harold and Eddie; a daughter, Ivana; three grandchildren, Naya, Armani and Joshua; a stepdaughter, Tyara Porter, and her son, Jivonte; two sisters, Vicky and Gayle; her companion of 25 years, Edward Navarro; many nieces and nephews; and her close friends, Sunny, Rhonda and Denise.
A funeral service was held Tuesday at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home.

Arthur Chandler
Hotel Worker, 55

Arthur “Turfman” Chandler, a 33-year employee of the Concord Resort Hotel, Kiamesha, died Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 55 years of age.
Arthur was born February 9, 1951 in Uniontown, Ala. He was a lifelong resident of Monticello.
A loving, caring and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, Art loved golf and was a dedicated worker. After his years at the Concord he was employed by Sports Plex in Demopolis, Ala. for seven years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Chandler, of Hartford, Conn.; five children, Debrah, Clarence, Yuwana and Demarius Chandler, all of Hartford, Conn., and Nicole Chandler of Monticello; three stepdaughters, Leola Davis of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Tracy Clarke and Nicole Davis, both of Monticello; one stepson, Kenneth Sanders of Monticello; one brother, Richard Chandler of Uniontown; two sisters, Barbara and Susie Gray of Birmingham, Ala.; a devoted cousin, Willie “Sugarboy” Chandler; an uncle, Joe Chandler of Uniontown; his longtime companion, Mary Davis of Monticello; 15 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends; his devoted bosses, Rex and Brenda Bible; and many wonderful coworkers.
He was predeceased by his parents, L.C. Chandler and Lewis Gray; a brother, Arthur; and a son, Arthur Chandler Jr.
Friends may call from 11-1 p.m. Saturday at Rock Chapel in Uniontown, Ala. A funeral service will follow from 1 to 3 p.m. Burial will be made in the Winfield Cemetery, Uniontown.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Rock Chapel, Uniontown, Ala.
Arrangements are under the direction of White Funeral Home, 100 Lucian St., Uniontown, Alabama.

Matilda Reber
Former Bus. Owner, 91

Matilda Reber of Eldred died Saturday, September 2, 2006 in Milford, Pa. She was 91 years of age.
The daughter of Max and Clara Brenell Rust, she was born February 14, 1915 in New York City.
She was the widow of Hermann F. Reber who died June 25, 1971. They married on February 5, 1944.
Matilda was the former owner of Reber’s Restaurant, Barryville, and a member of Highland Seniors Group, AARP, and the Town of Lumberland Senior Citizens.
Survivors include one son, Frederick Reber and his wife Eileen of Barryville; one daughter, Erica Reber Levey and her husband, Spencer, of Warren, N.J.; four grandchildren, Hermann Reber of Barryville, Erin Reber of Philadelphia, Pa., Alex Levey of Warren, N.J. and Dina Levey of Warren, N.J.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be made in Montoza Cemetery, Barryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ambulance, P.O. Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732 or the Yulan Fire Dept., P.O. Box 127, Yulan, NY 12792.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville.

Carolyn Jean Hanna
Homemaker, 25

Carolyn Jean “CJ” Hanna died as a result of an automobile accident on August 13, 2006 in Dade City, Fla. She was 25.
The daughter of the late Edward J. and Lori J. Hollenbeck Pepper, she was born January 7, 1981 in Harris.
Carolyn moved to Hudson, Fla. to make a fresh start with her son, Isaiah, but decided that she wanted to be back near her family and friends, and to be near her father, who died suddenly on August 13, 2006.
She is survived by a son, Isaiah Williams, who she made sure had everything he needed. He was always asking her questions and she would always answer them.
CJ loved to read to him and always made sure to do so. One of Isaiah’s hobbies was his “Tiger” collection and she would take him to the store so that he could add to his collection. CJ loved Isaiah and he adored his mother.
Survivors include two brothers, Matthew Hollenbeck and Edward Pepper Jr.; an aunt, Lisa Bailey and her husband, John, of Lutz, Fla.; two uncles, John Hollenbeck, and Scott Hollenbeck and his wife, Jodie, of Livingston Manor; her maternal grandfather, John Hollenbeck of Livingston Manor; two stepsisters, Jeanne Kern and Susie Worrell; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by an infant brother.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, with the Rev. Bridget LeConey officiating.
Burial of the cremains will follow in Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.

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