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September 12, 2006

Anna M. Collier
Homemaker, 84

Anna M. Collier of Wurtsboro, formerly of Napanoch, died Wednesday, September 6, 2006 at her home. She was 84 years of age.
The daughter of Julius and Anna Mehl Haener II, she was born September 30, 1921 in Union Hill, N.J. She was the widow of Jake Collier.
She was a member of The Christ Lutheran Church in Ellenville, and the Shawangunk Senior Citizens of Napanoch.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Henry and her husband, Steven, of Maidens, Va.; Mary Hesley and her husband, Charles, of Stone Ridge, and Sandra Bollin and her husband, Chris, of Napanoch; two brothers, Julius Haener of Ellenville and Albert Haener of Wallkill; a sister, Eleanor Hull of Ellenville; eight grandchildren, Greg, Jeffrey, James and Dennis Brackman, Matthew Hesley, and Jessica, Andrew and Joshua Bollin; three great-grandchildren, Justin, Christopher and Evelyn Brackman; as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Robert Haener, and one sister, Alice Whipple.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 105 Center St., Ellenville. The Rev. Audrey Pederson officiated.
Cremation will be made at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 105 Center St., Ellenville, NY 12428.
Arrangements were made by Loucks Funeral Home, Inc.

Mary Alsaker
ARC Worker, 59

Mary Alsaker a Program Director of Ferndale, died Friday, September 8, 2006 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany. She was 59.
She was the daughter of George and Vivienne Brunsberg Alsaker. She was born September 17, 1946 in Breckenridge, Minn. She was affectionatley called “Aunt Mary” by many whom she loved and cared for. She worked for Sullivan ARC since 1980. She liked her Arts and Crafts, especially dollmaking.
She is survived by her mother of Duluth Minn.; one sister, Susan Brisbin and her husband, Richard, of Duluth, Minn.; two nephews, Ryand Brisbin and his fiancée, Cristi, and Jason Brisbin and his wife, Jessica; a grand-nephew, Owen Brisbin; many aunts, uncles and her New York family, whom she loved; and her cat, Maeve.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, N.Y., with the Rev. Audrey Pedersen officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mary’s name to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.

Virginia Pasciucco
Homemaker, 67

Virginia LaVista Pasciucco of Woodbourne, formerly of Mahopac, died Friday, September 8, 2006, at home. She was 67.
The daughter of the late Anthony and Mary Masello LaVista, she was born December 22, 1938 in Yonkers. She was the widow of Carmine Pasciucco.
Virginia was the founder of Pine Grove Nursery School and Day Camp; was a member of Ladies Auxiliary V.F.W. Post #5491; and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post #1080 of Mahopac.
In a family statement, it was said, “She was loved very much by her family and friends and gave it back in return.”
Virginia leaves behind her beloved children, her only dearest son, Vincent Pasciucco; beloved daughters, Joanne Porcelli and her husband, Michael, Donna Marie Pasciucco and her fiancé, Steven Horos, and her youngest daughter, Virginia DiCostanzo. She is further survived by grandchildren, her “11 Angels”, Jeanne, Michael P., Jackie, Vinny, Carmine, Dana, Casi, Ashley, Virginia, Michael D., and Austin; two special great-grandchildren, Nicole Marie and Vanessa Marie; two brothers, Anthony “Sonny” LaVista of Connecticut and Sylvester LaVista of Yonkers; and one sister, Annamarie McCauley of Yonkers. She also leaves behind her #1 New York Yankees.
She was predeceased by one brother, Frank LaVista; and two sisters, Catherine Cartuccio and Angie Matero.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 11, at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne.
Interment was made in the Liberty Cemetery, Liberty.
Arrangements were made by the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home.

Gary Roselman, 79

Gary M. Roselman, age 79, of Lake Barrington Shores, Ill. formerly of Liberty; beloved husband for 58 years of the late Charlotte; loving father of Judy Kaplan and the late Michael; adored Pop-Pop of Andrea and Michael Kaplan; proud great grandfather of Zakai Taylor Kaplan; dear father-in-law of Mark Kaplan; cherished brother-in-law of Seymour Rotker; treasured uncle of Karyn Rotker (Leo) Lynn, Jon (Iris) and Michael (Lori) Rotker; special great uncle and devoted friend.
Chapel service was Monday, September 11 in Chicago, Ill. Graveside services will be Wednesday, September 13 at 10 a.m. at Cong. Ahavath Israel, Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 35 Orchard St., White Plains, NY 10603-9924.
For more info, please contact The Goldman Funeral Group at 847-478-1600.

Elsie Crist
Ret. Bus. Owner, 94

Elsie “Nana” Crist, a 75-year resident of Pine Bush, died Thursday, September 7, 2006 in her home. She was 94 years old.
The daughter of Sumner Todd Clineman and Lena Belle Gale, she was born in Walden on April 18, 1912.
In 1932, she married John Arthur Crist and moved to Pine Bush, where together they owned and operated B & C Fuel Oil for over 40 years. They also owned and operated the Elfrejo Dairy Farm just outside Pine Bush. She was a member of the New Prospect Church in Pine Bush, past leader of a 4-H club in Pine Bush, and Director of 4-H Clubs of Orange County.
In a family statement it was said: “Nana was a model of selfless love and devotion to family. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandsons continually amazed her as each generation seemingly became smarter and more talented! After her husband’s passing, it was helping to care for her twin great-grandsons, Gabe and Zach, that brought her the most joy. Known in her day as an impeccable homemaker, when a fire broke out in her Pine Bush home in 1960, it is still widely rumored that the firemen at the time all took careful pains to wipe their feet each time they came in and out of the house.”
Survivors include her son, Dr. C. Fred Crist and his wife, Rose Raimond, of Monticello; daughter, Ruth Crist (Wesley) Cawein and her husband, Charles Cawein of Anna Maria, Fla.; her “second litter” as she referred to them, her grandchildren, Jonnie Wesley-Krueger and D. Scott Wesley and their families, Jonnie’s husband, James Krueger and twin sons, Gabriel and Zachary Wesley-Krueger of Pine Bush, and Scott’s wife, Sara, and son, Andrew, of Bellingham, Wash.; granddaughter, Cheryl Anne Crist and great-grandson, Brandon of Florida.
Elsie was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, John, and her sister, Ruth Gale, as well as a grandson, Brian Arthur Crist.
A memorial service was held on Monday, September 11 at the Pine Bush United Methodist Church in Pine Bush, officiated by the Rev. Rob Hewitt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550; or to the ORMC Rehabilitation Center, Horton Campus, 60 Prospect Ave., Middletown, NY 10940.
Arrangements were made by the DeWitt Funeral Home in Pine Bush.

Fred W. Collins
Ret. Equip. Operator, 87

Fred W. Collins of Roscoe, a retired Heavy Equipment Operator with the Operating Engineers Local #825, and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. He was 87 years of age.
The son of the late Edward J. and Charlotte Bush Collins, he was born November 8, 1918 in Poughkeepsie.
He was the widower of Naomi A. Collins who died May 5, 2000.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving from 1936-39 and 1942-45.
Funeral services will be private.
Burial will be made in the Lew Beach Cemetery, Lew Beach.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Roscoe.

Beverly Conklin
School Bus Driver, 63

Beverly Ann Conklin, a longtime resident of Walden, died Saturday, September 9, 2006 at home. She was 63.
The daughter of John and Rachel Connor Champagne, she was born December 23, 1942 in Napanoch.
Beverly was a school bus driver for various bus companies.
Survivors include her husband, Edward J. Conklin; two sons, Richard Conklin and his wife, Theresa, of Bloomingburg and Willard Conklin of Walden; three daughters, Lillian Wilson and her husband, Dennis Sr., Marion Pangia, and Mildred Edwards and her husband, Howard “Corky,” all of Walden; one stepdaughter, Ann Marie Conklin of Newburgh; one brother, John Champagne Jr. of Balmville; seven grandchildren, Dennis Jr., Elizabeth, Denise, Richard, Dale, Richard Jr. “Bud” and Hannah; one great-grandson, Peter Bolger; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a brother, Willard Champagne; and a former husband, Richard Conklin.
Memorial services will be held on Thursday, September 14 at 7 p.m. in the Walden Baptist Church, Walden. with the Rev. James Van Houten officiating.
Cremation will be in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Walden Baptist Church.
Arrangements were made by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc., 39 Orchard St., Walden.

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