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September 29, 2006

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; 19 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; 13 great-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.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Hortonville Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dennis Ubertini officiated.
Burial was made in the Hortonville Cemetery, Hortonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grover Hermann Division, CRMC, Hospital Auxiliary, Callicoon, NY 12723.

John C. Dicks Jr.
Retired Mechanic, 76

John C. Dicks Jr. of Kauneonga Lake died Monday, September 25, 2006 at home with his family at his bedside. He was 76.
The son of the late John C. Sr. and Helen M. O’Brien Dicks, he was born January 25, 1930 in Brooklyn.
He was a self-employed auto mechanic, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He is survived by his wife, Rose Di Cristina Dicks at home; four sons, John C. Dicks III of Kauneonga Lake, Ronald Dicks and his wife, Joan, of Staten Island, Rocky Dicks and wife, Gina, of Brooklyn, and Ronald Bair and his significant other, Christina Ready, of Brooklyn; four daughters, Kathleen Bair of Kauneonga Lake, Helen Perrotta and her husband, Michael, of Vero Beach, Fla., Arlene Dalpiaz and husband, Gene, of Monticello, and Ruth Fuoto and her significant other, Ronald Weiss, of Kauneonga Lake; three brothers, Nelson Dicks of New Hampshire, Russell Dicks of Pa., and George Dicks of N.J.; two sisters, Violet Yates of Ariz. and Eileen Connelly of Wisc.; 22 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake.
Burial with military honors was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.

Paul Foster
Subcontractor, 60

Paul J. Foster of Milford, Pa., a subcontractor and heavy equipment operator, died Monday, September 25, 2006 at his home. He was 60.
The son of the late George and the late Helen Comfort Foster, he was born June 15, 1946 in Callicoon.
He was a member of Elks Lodge No. 645 of Port Jervis.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Elizabeth “Lisa” Cox Foster, at home; two sons, Paul Foster of Barryville and Robert Foster and his wife, Rosa, of Barryville; two brothers, George Foster and his wife, Tracy, of Greeley, Pa. and William Foster and his wife, Paula, of Boca Raton, Fla.; one sister, Laraine Kinne of Yulan; two granddaughters, Julia Foster and Sophia Foster, both of Barryville; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Carol Barthelmes.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Burial will be made in the VanKeuren Cemetery, Swan Lake.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 204 E. Harford St., Milford, PA 18337 or Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak Street, Pittston Township, PA 18640.

Adelaide Hess Rider
Ret. Kolmar Emp., 83

Adelaide “Addie” Hess Rider of Yulan passed this weekend. A lifelong resident of the area, she was 83.
The daughter of the late John and Kathryn Fickieson Hess, she was born July 15, 1923 in Shohola, Pa. She was the widow of Edward Rider Sr. who died December 10, 1997.
Adelaide was a retired worker from Kolmar, a retired secretary from Ready Mix Sand and Gravel, and a homemaker. She was a member of the Barryville United Methodist Church, a member and past secretary of the Eldred Seniors, a member of the Highland Seniors, and of the Barryville Historical Society. She was a member of the Yulan Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star, Lake Kiamesha Chapter.
The family remembers Addie as a loving and caring mother and grandmother with sharp intelligence and wit, along with a great sense of fashion. Addie had a sense of adventure and taught the family dedication to excellence along with Christian values and spirituality. Addie always had a positive attitude about family and the future; she will be missed by her family and community.
Survivors include three sons, Edward Rider Jr. of Slate Hill, Gene Rider of Naperville, Ill. and Gordon Rider of Scottsburg, Ind.; a daughter, Vickie Rider Foy of Newtown, Conn.; one sister, Evelyn Thompson of Greely, Pa.; eight grandchildren, Michael, Sean, Brian, Cristin, Emily, Joseph, Kateleen and Meagan; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, John Hess.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Barryville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Burial will be made in the McKean Valley Cemetery, Shohola, Pa. next to her late husband.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4027.

William Froelich, 78
Ret. Occup. Therapist

William E. Froelich of Kenoza Lake, died Monday, September 25, 2006 at home. He was 78.
The son of William and Gertrude Hein Froelich, he was born March 10, 1928 in Buffalo. He was married to Alice M. Boberg Froelich.
He was a retired occupational therapist from Sullivan County BOCES, and a member of the Kenoza Lake Fire Dept., and the Sullivan County Bee Keepers Assoc.
He is survived by his wife, Alice M. Boberg Froelich, at home; five daughters, Lisa Rose and her husband, George, of Kenoza Lake, Peggy Ariosta of Warren, N.J., Sharon Bellomo and her husband, Tony, of Sacramento, Calif., Amy Erlwein and her husband, David, of Jeffersonville, and Mary Froelich of Kenoza Lake; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by a sister, Jean Hager.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, PO Box 396, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 or the Kenoza Lake Fire Dept., Kenoza Lake, NY 12750, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were made by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home.

Nancy Risitano
Homemaker, 86

Nancy Risitano, a 30-year resident of Liberty, died Monday, September 25, 2006 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 86.
She was born in Brooklyn February 27, 1920 to Mario and Nancy Volo Ingardo. She married Joseph Risitano Jr. on November 3, 1960.
She was a member of St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Liberty.
She is survived by her husband at home; three sons, Philip Spezio of California, James De Leo of Yonkers and Joseph Risitano of Ozone Park; one daughter, Nancy La Mantia and husband, Daniel, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Josephine Lo Bello of Las Vegas, Nev. and Millie Grossi of Brooklyn; ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, Sept. 28 in St. Peter’s R.C. Church, Liberty.
Burial will be made in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Family Care Council Sullivan County Adult Care Center, P.O. Box 231, Sunset Lake Road Liberty, NY 12754.
Arrangements were made by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Liberty.

Elsie Bonhard Lechner
Ret. Boarding House Owner, 92

Elsie Bonhard Lechner of Narrowsburg, the retired owner of a boarding house and a lifelong resident, died Monday, September 25, 2006 at Osprey Ridge Healthcare Center, Carbondale, Pa. She was 92.
The daughter of Edward and Lena Rutledge Koberlein, she was born August 9, 1914 in Cochecton Center. She was the widow of Lester Bonhard and Robert Lechner.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, the St. Tammany Chapter #492 O.E.S. of Callicoon; the Lava Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary, and a former member of the Tusten Vol. Ambulance Corps in Narrowsburg.
She is survived by three daughters, Jean Hendrickson of Blacksburg, S.C., Dorothy McCormack of Narrowsburg, and Carolyn Vannatta of Leonardtown, Md.; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two sisters, Margaret Coyne and Grace Nober; five brothers, Ivan Koberlein, Louie Koberlein, Art Koberlein, Sam Koberlein and Ernie Koberlein.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg. The Rev. Donald Beck will officiate.
Burial will be made in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lava Fire Dept., P.O. Box 456, Narrowsburg, NY 12764 or Tusten Vol. Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

Michael Jackowski
Ret. Engineer, 59

Michael Richard Jackowski of Youngsville, a retired engineer and 26-year resident of the area, died Thursday, September 28, 2006 at home, after a long battle with cancer, with his family by his bedside. He was 59.
Born to Josephine and the late Edward Jackowski, he was born June 1, 1947 in Poland.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Jackowski, at home; three daughters, Annette Rasmussen and her husband, Kris, and Michelle Pepe and her husband, Joe, all of Youngsville, and Yvonne Jackowski, at home; two grandchildren, Kristopher and Danielle Rasmussen; his mother, Josephine Jackowski of Stamford, Conn.; two sisters, Alina Formus and her husband, Lester, of Ridgefield, Conn. and Anna Dias and her husband Armondo, of Milford, Conn.; his mother-in-law, Natalie Paszek of Jeffersonville; a brother-in-law, Stefan Swendrak and his wife, Diane, of Marlboro, N.J.; a sister-in-law, Eva Morawski of Poland; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, October 1 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 2 at St. Georges Church, Jeffersonville.
Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery, Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Youngsville Fire Dept. or to the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad.

Gloria Parks, 81
Ret. Telephone Oper.

Gloria Parks entered into eternal rest September 20, 2006 in Winter Park Memorial Hospital, Winter Park, Fla., after a short illness. She was 81.
She was born in Liberty on December 27, 1924 to Bernard and Catherine Redington and graduated from Liberty High School in 1942.
She married Medwin “Mike” Parks April 15, 1950, and had five children of her own while being a second mom to many others. She worked for the New York Telephone Company and was her mother’s caretaker until her death in 1970.
In 1984, Mike and Glo moved to Winter Park, Fla. Gloria began to work for the Winter Park Hospital as a pharmacy messenger and made many wonderful friends. Mike passed away after a brief illness in August 1990. Daughter Colleen began to take care of Glo from that point on. Needing to slow down from being a messenger, she became a volunteer. She always wanted to help someone.
Surviving are her children, Thomas Parks of Lima, William (Nancy) of Selingsgrove, Pa, Colleen Parks and her partner Don Reese of Casselberry, Fla, Joseph of Louisiana, and Mary (John) Dotsey of Vero Beach Fla. Her “reasons for living,” grandchildren Ashley, Kayla and Bill Parks of Pennsylvania, and Cassidy Sunshine and Jessica Summer Dotsey of Vero Beach, Fla.; a brother, John (Marge) of Peoria, Ill, and sisters-in-law Joan Redington of Jeffersonville and Ann Parks of Liberty, as well as, many nieces and nephews and cousins. She had three pets Snoopy, Marco and Charlie that will miss her so much.
Funeral services were held Sept. 23 at Collinson Funeral Home in Winter Park, Fla.
In a family statement it was said, “Mom was an incredible woman who overcame obstacles to keep her family together. We were together on September 23, 2006 to honor your life. We will forever keep you close.”
A memorial service for Gloria and her husband is being planned for the Summer of 2007.
Burial of their cremains will then be made in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Liberty.

Dean Radzieski
Home Builder, 46

On September 5, 2006, Dean Radzieski, formerly of Bethel and Lake Ariel, Pa., passed away at UTMB Hospital, Galveston, Texas, after a short respiratory illness. He was 46.
Dean was born in Manhasset on June 18, 1960.
A graduate of Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School, Dean was academically gifted and an accomplished high school athlete. For a number of years, Dean worked as a home builder in the Pocono area, along with his father and brothers. After relocating to Galveston in 1993, Dean attained a degree in nursing, and established a rewarding career in geriatrics.
He was predeceased by his father, Louis Radzieski, and a sister, Dale Amanda Radzieski.
He is survived by two daughters, Misti Radzieski, and Cynthia Radzieski; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Sandoval; a stepson, Joseph Talaugon; two grandsons, Kaden Dean Radzieski and Kolby Dale Radzieski; his mother, Mary Jane Juarez; his stepmother, Rita Radzieski, and 15 brothers and sisters, Douglas Radzieski, John Coleman, Daniel Radzieski, Mark Coleman, David Radzieski, Thomas Coleman, Maureen McCleary, Dawn Palm, Joseph Coleman, Drew Radzieski, Doreen Radzieski, Nora Manzolillo, William Radzieski, Darin Radzieski, and Kristina Laurito; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2006 at St. Thomas More, Lake Ariel, Pa.
Friends are welcome to join the Radzieski-Coleman family in remembrance of Dean at Mass on that day.

Gerald Sheppard, 50
Former Millman

Gerald Bruce “Jerry” Sheppard, a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006 at home. He was 50.
The son of Jacob Charles and Jeanette Marie VanHouten Sheppard, he was born March 30, 1956 in Callicoon.
A former millman at Sullivan Highway Products in Fosterdale, he was a member of the National Rifle Association, Forz Orr Mor Hunting Club, Sullivan County Sportsmens Federation, the Sullivan County Longbeards, and the Stony Brook Hunting Club.
A family statement read: “Our beloved brother! We were very blessed to have spent precious times with you, even though the time was much, much too short! Your love for family, friends and all living creatures, big and small, will be so greatly missed.
“Also and especially his faithful companion, Tex. Forever in our hearts. We love you.”
Survivors include his brothers and sisters, Randy Sheppard and his wife, April, of Cochecton, Leah Rhinesmith of Brick, N.J., William Sheppard and his wife, Heidi, of Cochecton, Donald Sheppard and his wife, Sheila, of Kenoza Lake, Jack Sheppard and his wife, Marianne, of Stuart, Fla., Donna Hoff and her husband, Karl, of Wallenpaupak, Pa., Karen Smith and her husband, Pat, of Cochecton, Cheryl Buono and her husband, Mike, of Seeleyville, Pa., Robert Sheppard and his wife, Lisa, of Lake Huntington, Jeffrey Sheppard of Florida, Jacob Sheppard of Womelsdorf, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Pastor Allen Wachter officiating.
Burial will be in the Sheppard Family Cemetery in Cochecton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Lake Huntington, NY 12752.

Anne Mages, 92

Anne Mages of Jeffersonville, the retired operator of the Forest Glen Hotel in Jeffersonville and a resident of the area since 1944, died Thursday, September 28, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. She was 92.
The daughter of Thomas and Beatrice McDermott Reilly, she was born in Mud Butte, South Dakota on July 2, 1914. She the widow of John Mages, who died in 1993.
Anne was a charter member of the Jeffersonville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Charter Member of the H. Russell Kenyon Post #5805 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary, Past District President of the Ladies Auxiliary Dept. of New York, St. Georges Church, in Jeffersonville, and the Alter Rosary Society of the Church, and a director of the Sullivan County Health Association. After she and her husband sold the hotel, Anne was a secretary for Max Yasgur Farms in Bethel for 15 years and worked there during the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
Survivors include cousins, and many dear friends and neighbors.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Jack Reilly, Thomas Reilly and Myles Reilly; and a daughter, Mary, in 1949.
Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday, September 29, at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
A Funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. George’s Church in Jeffersonville. Burial will be made in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Calvary Cemetery Fund, c/o St. George’s Church, Box 126X, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

Frances Bergman, 84
Ret. Admin. Secretary

Frances Marie Bergman of Rural Hall, N.C., a former 34-year resident of Liberty, died September 9, 2006 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. She was 84.
She was born September 25, 1921 in Summerfield, N.C. to the late Elwood and Ethel Ellington Tucker. She was the widow of Nat Bergman who died May 6, 1994.
Frances was a retired Administrative Secretary from Sullivan County Dept. of Health and Family Services in Liberty. She traveled to Europe and the Pacific with the U.S.O. during WWII entertaining the servicemen, and also had a local radio show.
She is survived by one son, Duane Bergman and his wife, Tami, of North Plainfield, N.J.; one daughter, Alexis Snyder and her husband, Richard, of Perkinsville; one brother, Elwood Gray Tucker and his wife, Libby, of Liberty, N.C.; one sister, Julia Caudel and her husband, Cecil, of Rural Hall, N.C.; and one granddaughter, Morgan Snyder.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main Street, Liberty. The Rev. Jay Wallace will officiate. Burial of the cremains will be made alongside her husband’s in Liberty Cemetery, Cold Spring Road, Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Frelan Emerson Sparks, 59

Frelan Emerson Sparks of Livingston Manor died unexpectedly Thursday, September 7, 2006 at home. He was 59 years of age.
The son of the late Frelan Emerson and Frances Rose Caton Sparks, he was born March 17, 1947 in Yonkers.
Mr. Sparks was raised in Belleville, NJ, and attended The Harvey School, Salisbury Preparatory School, and Syracuse University, where he developed a talent for photography.
He resided in Livingston Manor for 15 years and was a devoted member of the Rotary Club, was a Paul Harris Fellow, and served as a Rotary Park Commissioner for many years. He enjoyed many friends there.
He is survived by three sisters, Marion Smith and her husband, Roland, Jane Sand and her husband, Norman, and Katherine Paris; one god-daughter, Yvette Valdez; 11 nieces and nephews; 23 grandnieces and nephews; and four great-grandnieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Rotary Park, Pleasant St., Livingston Manor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Rotary Club, Livingston Manor, NY 12758.
Arrangements are under the direction of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, Livingston Manor.

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