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September 26, 2006

Beatrice Katz, 79
Perks Co-Proprietor

Beatrice Katz of Liberty, formerly of Hurleyville, died suddenly on Thursday, September 21, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 79 years of age.
The daughter of Abraham and Gertrude Sherman, she was born April 12, 1927 in Chelsea, Mass.
She was the co-proprietor of Perks Market in Hurleyville along with her husband, Isidore J. Katz, who she married June 13, 1961 in Virginia.
Bea was the most well known waitress in many Catskill hotels for many years.
She is survived by her husband, at home; two daughters, Karen Callen and her husband Tim of So. Portland, Maine and Phyllis Coffey and her husband Bill of Coconut Creek, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Paula and Adam Callen and Shawn and Billy Coffey.
She was awaiting the arrival of her first great-grandchild.
A graveside service was held Monday, September 25 at Hurleyville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, New York 12401.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne.

Henrietta Eronimous
Ret. Tel. Operator, 94

Henrietta Marie Eronimous, an 80-year resident of Swan Lake, died Thursday, September 21, 2006 in Liberty. She was 94 years of age.
The daughter of the late Oscar and Anna Lilling Toldrean, she was born January 23, 1912 in Syracuse.
She was a retired telephone operator with NY Telephone in Monticello, a 40-year member of the Swan Lake Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the Hudson Valley Doll Club, the Liberty Belles, Telephone Pioneers of America Kingston Chapter, and St. Paul’s Church Senior Citizens Club.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas J. and his wife Sally of Swan Lake, and Robert M. and his wife Marilyn of Sunset Beach, N.C.; a granddaughter, Susan A. Schmidt and her husband James of Neversink; four grandsons, Timothy and his fiance Rachael Lindsley of Liberty, Randall and his wife Lynda of Seattle, Wash., Kyle and his wife Sanna of Lakeworth, Fla., and Kevin and his wife Lori of Denver, Colo.; one nephew, Norman Kinne and his wife Susan of Ellenville; a daughter-in-law, Phyllis Eronimous of Binghamton; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was the widow of Maxwell R. “Max” Eronimous who died March 3, 1979.
She was predeceased by a sister, Helen Kinne.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 25 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Liberty with the Rev. Jay Wallace officiating.
Burial was made in the family plot in Hurleyville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Swan Lake Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 51, Swan Lake, NY 12783.

Albert Kullback, 93

Albert Kullback, of Old Tappan, NJ, formerly of Monticello and Lake Worth, Fla., died Saturday, September 23, 2006. He was 93 years of age.
Beloved husband of the late Esther Kullback; loving father of Barbara Myers, Stephen Kullback, and Carol Block; devoted grandfather of Cristopher, Timothy, Lisa, Megan and Ian; adoring great-grandfather of Karalyn, Riley, Emily, Benjamin, Hannah, Chloe, and Marc.
In a family statement, it was said, “Always thoughtful, kind, gentle, and caring. He will be greatly missed.”
Funeral services were held Monday, September 25 at Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel in Paramus, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Old Tappan Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 4 Russell Ave., Old Tappan, NJ 07875, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Josephine Furman
Homemaker, 86

Josephine L. Furman, a lifelong resident of the area, died Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at the Taylor Care Center, Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. She was 86.
The daughter of the late Givonni and Antonia Gilberti Delfino, she was born May 28, 1920 in Brooklyn.
She was a homemaker and a communicant of Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Pond Eddy.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Edward Gargiulo and her second husband, James Furman.
Survivors include three sons, John A Gargiulo and his wife, Wendy, of Glen Spey, Neil Gargiulo and his wife, Pamela, of Bayshore, Long Island and Edward Gargiulo and his wife, Rose, of Weston, Conn.; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 23, at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis. The Rev. Anthony Moore officiated.
Burial will be made in Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc.

Renee Schimmel
Business Owner, 56

Renee Mercurio Schimmel, formerly of Barryville and Ardsley, died Friday, September 22, 2006. She was 56.
The daughter of Nicholas and Mary Maxwell Sanabria, she was born July 14, 1950. She was raised in Yonkers and lived in Ardsley for 15 years and later in Barryville, and for the past three years in Bayside.
She was the owner and operator of The Bridge Bar and Restaurant in Barryville. She enjoyed cooking.
She is survived by her husband, David Schimmel; two sons, Joseph and Matthew Mercurio; her former husband, Joseph Mercurio; a granddaughter, Maryrose Mercurio; and David’s children, Jacqueline, Stephanie, Alexandra, Zachary and Samantha.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 24 in the Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobb’s Ferry.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 1111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714.

John “Jack” Brust
Photographer, 56

John “Jack” Brust of White Lake died Sunday, September 24, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 56 years of age.
The son of the late Louis and Florence Boss Brust, he was born March 27, 1950 in Oceanside.
He was a photographer most of his life in New Hyde Park, and was later employed at the Recovery Center in Monticello prior to his illness.
He is survived by his wife, Tara Gaffney Brust, at home; two sons, Travis of Williamsburg, Va., and Devin at home; two daughters, Courtney and Kylie, at home; two brothers, Kenneth Brust and Janice McCann of Warrensburg, and Bruce Brust and his wife, Sharon, of the state of Florida; a sister, Joan Deters and her husband, Richard, of Eatens Neck, Long Isl.; 22 nieces and nephews; 10 grandnieces and nephews; his dearest friends, Pokey and Roe Romano of Monticello; and his longtime companions, Shadow, Cruiser and Latte.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the VanInwegen Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with the Rev. David Coon officiating.
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Recovery Center of Sullivan County, 17 Hamilton Ave., Monticello, NY 12701.

Floyd H. Fredricks
Ret. Mechanic, 77

Floyd H. Fredricks of Port Jervis, died Friday, September 22, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. He was 77.
The son of the late William T. and Jennie Ellen Mabee Fredricks, Floyd was born July 4, 1929 in Warwick. He was a lifelong resident of the area.
He was the widower of Dorothy Conklin Fredricks.
Floyd was a retired Mechanic for Ford Motor Co., Mahwah, NJ. He worked for Altec Lansing (Sparkomatic); the Town of Deerpark; Sutton’s Garage, and he delivered newspapers for the Tri-State Area.
In a family statement, it was said, “Dad was a caring person. Whenever someone needed help he would be there for them. He was a gifted mechanic. He was a loving father and a great friend to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed not just by his family and friends, but by his dogs, Bruce and Buddy. He was a member of the Three Pines Hunting Club and he loved to bowl.”
Survivors include two sons, Floyd Fredricks Jr. and his wife, Barbara, and Gene Fredricks, all of Port Jervis; a daughter, Teresa Aber and her husband, Steven, of Port Jervis; two brothers, Samuel Fredricks and his wife, Virginia, of Pond Eddy, William Fredricks and his wife, Phyllis, of Eldred; two sisters-in-law, Joan Applegate of Sparrowbush and Rose Fredricks of Narrowsburg; five grandchildren, Frank Conklin and his wife, Jeanine; Michelle Fredricks; Floyd Fredricks of Illinois; Luke Aber and wife, Jenny; and Sandra Aber and her boyfriend, Shawn Neely; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Shaw; and a brother, Clifford Fredricks.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis. The Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate.
Burial will be made in Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville.
Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society.

Severo Battipaglia
Ret. Carpenter, 89

Severo C. Battipaglia of Middletown, died peacefully Friday, September 22, 2006 at Park Manor Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Middletown. He was 89.
The son of Pasquale and Maria Battipaglia, he was march 29, 1917 in Brooklyn. He was the widower of Lucy Schiavone Battipaglia.
He was a retired carpenter with the New York City Transit Authority, Manhattan.
A family statement reads: “The family would especially like to thank the staff at Middletown Park Manor for the loving care during Dad’ stay. He will be greatly missed.”
He is survived by his sons, Pasquale Battipaglia and his wife, Donna, and Joseph Battipaglia and his wife, Margaret, of Middletown; a daughter, Mary Malone of Queens; five grandchildren, Kim Battipaglia and her fiancé, Edward Wilkins, of Wurtsboro, Michael and Maria Battipaglia of Middletown, Theresa Malone of Mt. Pocono, Pa., Colleen Hoffman and her husband, David, of Seaford, and John Malone and his wife, Lisa, of Long Island; and four great-grandchildren, Michelle and Alyssa Vuono and David and Dylan Hoffman.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Middletown. Burial was made in Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg.
Arrangements were under the guidance of the Morse Funeral Home, Middletown.

Ethel Gibson Dobbs
Cake Decorator, 94

Ethel Gibson Dobbs, a lifelong resident of South Fallsburg, died Saturday, September 23, 2006 at her home. She was 94.
The daughter of Andrew and Eva Gibson, the eldest of four sisters, she was born March 15, 1912 in S. Fallsburg. She was married to William “Bill” Dobbs from 1930 until he died in 1970.
She created a home business and became known as the “Cake Lady.” She is fondly and often remembered by the many families she baked for over the next generation. She was a constant supporter of her church and strongly committed to her religion. She was a quiet woman who never faulted anyone, nor said an unkind word. She worked side by side with Bill to build three homes together and created a good life for her family.
She is survived by a daughter, Jean Cellini, of Monticello; a son, Jay of Lake Como, Fla.; two sisters, Jennie Kracht of Middletown and Edna Cross of Blairsville, Ga.; four grandchildren, Daniel Turner of Monticello and Rantoul, Ill., Craig Dobbs of Claryville, Barbara Dobbs of Washington State, and Tammy Zepeda of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Gerald; a sister, Harriet Richardson; and a daughter-in-law, Joan Dobbs.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 26 in the Woodbourne Reform Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held in late spring of 2007.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 49 E. Main Street, Middletown, NY 10940.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne.

Arthur Hillriegel
Ret. Dairy Farmer, 95

Arthur Hillreigel of Callicoon, a retired dairy farmer and the owner of Arthur Hillriegel and Sons Farm Equipment, died Monday, September 25, 2006 in Callicoon. He was 95 years of age.
The son of George and Anna Landeck Hillriegel, he was born September 22, 1911 in the Town of Fremont.
He was the widower of Elizabeth Bestenheider Hillriegel.
He was a member of the Hortonville Grange, the Hortonville Presbyterian Church, and the Dairyman’s League.
In a family statement, it was said, “ Arthtur was an avid bowler, hunter, fisherman and camper who enjoyed the outdoors. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.”
He is survived by three sons, Robert and his wife, Arlene, of Fremont Center, James and his wife Anne of Wurtsboro, and Reginald and his wife, Alberta, of Callicoon; two daughters, Betty Freidenstine and her husband, William, of Fremont Center, and Ellen Kraft of Hankins; a brother, Lester Hillriegel of Callicoon; two sisters, Anna Duncan of Freeport, and Helen Simpson of Roscoe; 41 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by three brothers, Albert, George, and Harold Hillriegel; a sister, Lillian Will; and by two grandsons, Robert and Jeffrey Hillriegel.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dennis Ubertini officiating.
Burial will be made in the Hortonville Cemetery, Hortonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grover Hermann Division, CRMC, Hospital Auxiliary, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Frances Bergman, 84

Frances Marie Bergman of Rural Hall, N.C. and a former 34-year resident of Liberty, died September 9, 2006 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. She was 84.
The daughter of Elwood and Ethel Ellington Tucker, she was born September 25, 1921 in Summerfield, NC.
She was the widow of Nat Bergman who died May 6, 1994.
Frances was a retired administrative secretary at Sullivan County Dept. of Health and Family Services in Liberty. She had traveled to Europe and the Pacific with the USO during WWII, entertaining the servicemen, and also had a local radio show.
She is survived by a son, Duane Bergman, and his wife, Tami, of North Plainfield, NJ; a daughter, Alexis Snyder and her husband, Richard, of Perkinsville; a brother, Elwood Gray Tucker and his wife, Libby, of Liberty, N.C; and a sister, Julia Caudel and her husband, Cecil, of Rural Hall, N.C; and a granddaughter, Morgan Snyder.

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