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October 13, 2006

Edward D. Spear
Business Owner, 60

Edward D. Spear of Blooming Grove, entered into eternal rest Monday, October 9, 2006. He was 60.
The son of the late Elmer J. and Bertha Roberts Spear, he was born Feb. 22, 1946 in Penns Grove, NJ.
He received a BS in Animal Husbandry and a MS in Herbicidal Chemistry from Cornell University. He attended the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana to pursue a doctorate.
Upon returning to Blooming Grove, he joined his brothers at Spear’s Cycle Shop. In 1976, he established Spear Bros. Lumber with his brother, Joe.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Nancy McLaughlin Spear of Blooming Grove; his children, Laurie Lounsbury and husband, Craig of Aurora, Genevieve Mulhare and husband, Martin of Mamakating, Edward Spear and wife, Kelly of Wurtsboro, Rebecca Welsh and husband, Patrick of Tuxedo, Regina Merrigan and husband Michael of Westbrookville, Grace Brennan and husband Joseph of Manhattan and Gregory, Paul, and David at home; his grandchildren, Olivia Lounsbury, Seamus and Molly Mulhare, Emma, Edward, Eamon and Erin Spear, Grace, Marian, Natalie and Faith Welsh, Michael, Genevieve, Lydia and Evan Merrigan, Joseph, Madeline and Deaglan Brennan; his siblings, Margaret Duane and husband John of Highland Mills, John and wife Mary of Washingtonville, Elmer and wife Nina of Middletown, Joseph and wife Kathy of Blooming Grove, Marie Danna and husband, Tony of Huffman, Texas; sister-in-law, Helene Spear of Washingtonville and Howard and wife Beth of Newburgh; and 45 nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a brother, Michael.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at St. Columba Church, High St., Chester.
Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Washingtonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s CYO, 78 Goshen Ave., Washingtonville, NY 10992 or Orange County Right to Life, P.O. Box 51, Washingtonville, NY 10992.
Arrangements are by David T. Ferguson Funeral Home.

Margaret M. Kelly
Ret. Bus Driver, 68

Margaret M. Kelly, a 12 year resident of Neversink, passed away peacefully, Sunday, October 8, 2006 at her son’s home in Staten Island. She was 68.
The daughter of the late Harry and Irene Lange, she was born March 11, 1938 in Staten Island. She was the widow of Thomas Kelly, who she married May 23, 1964.
She was retired from Gershowitz Bus Co. where she was a bus driver and aide. She was a graduate of St. Peter’s Girls High School, Staten Island.
She is survived by six sons, Thomas and his wife, Gail, Michael and his wife, Lisa, James and his wife, Kelly, all of Staten Island, Robert and his wife, Kathy, of Spotswood, N.J., Daniel and his wife, Annabella of Manhattan, and Patrick and his wife, Alyssa of Neversink; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Kelly of Staten Island; two sisters, Irene Gorman and Eileen Van Keuren and her husband, Milton; a brother-in-law, Charles Kelly; 11 grandchildren, Nicole, Briana, Sean, Chris, Jesse, Brian, John, Taylor, Ashley, Riley and Lindsey Kelly; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, John; her brother, Peter Lange; and a sister, Nina Lange.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Thursday, October 12, at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church.
Burial followed at Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hanley Funeral Home in Staten Island.

Janet McWhorter
Business Owner, 69

Janet Turner McWhorter of Greenwood, SC, and formerly of Galilee, Pa., died Sunday, October 1, 2006 at home. She was 69.
She was born June 1, 1937 in Honesdale, Pa., the daughter of the late John William and Amelia Kime Turner. She was the wife of the late Jim McWhorter.
She was a graduate of Damascus High School, Damascus, Pa., and the Carbondale School of Cosmetology. She was the owner and operator of Janet’s New Image Hair Salon, and a member of West Side Baptist Church. She served on the SC Board of Cosmetology, and she bred and showed world champion Pomeranians.
Surviving are one son, Stephen Erhardt of Hollywood, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathy, a son, John Robert; and a brother, Jack Turner.
Funeral services were held in Greenwood, S.C. at Blyth Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was made in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus, Pa.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 15 at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 231 Hampton Ave., Greenwood, SC 29646.

Theresia Mayenzet
Ret. Farmer, 87

Theresia Mayenzet of Liberty, a long time resident of Terrace Avenue in Jeffersonville and East Hill, Youngsville died October 11, 2006 of heart failure in Harris. She was 87.
The eldest daughter of 21 children, she was born December 15, 1919 to Bertha Brugger-Cina of Salgesch, Switzerland. She immigrated to America in 1953 with her husband Emil and four children, hoping to ensure an easier living for her husband and better educational opportunities for her children.
Her life was devoted to caring for family and helping on their East Hill dairy farm. She was the best mom and an even better grandma and great grandma. Her children arrived home to an oven warmed kitchen and baked goodies at the end of every school day. And, of course, a mom at the kitchen stove who made all the time in the world to hear about every detail of each of her six children’s day.
Surviving are two daughters, Carmen Meyers of Liberty and Dina Griggs of Durham, N.C.; three sons, Emil “Jake” Mayenzet of Colorado Springs, Colo., Peter Mayenzet and his wife, Mary Lou, of Cat,o and Roy Mayenzet and his wife, Lisa of North Branch; and her daughter-in-law, Donna Mayenzet (wife of John) of Denver, Colo; nine grandchildren, Valerie Meyers and her husband, Robert Van Harlingen of Liberty, Arthur Meyers and his wife, Tiana of Sante Fe, N.M., Janine Griggs and her husband, Michael Schartz of Seattle, Wash., Ingra Sparkman and her husband, Trey of Victoria, Texas, Dolly Ciula and her husband, Sebastian of Colorado Springs, Colo., Peter Mayenzet of Cato, Brian Mayenzet and his wife, Carly of Cato, Mara and Brandon Mayenzet of North Branch; five great-grandchildren, May Meyers of Liberty and Devon Sharp and Brendon, Abigail and Amelia Theresia Sparkman of Victoria, Texas; a brother, Bernard Cina of Basel, Switz.; three sisters and their husbands, Ida and Paul Pluss-Cina of Olten, Bertha and Freddy Williman-Cina of Basel, Sylvia and Markus Graber-Cina of Flawil, all in Switz.; and dozens of well-loved nieces and nephews (four of them in the USA), Richard Cina of Jeffersonville, Donald Cina of Elmira, Joyce Penwarden of Jeffersonville and Janice Yzeik of Lake Ariel, Pa. She was predeceased by her husband Emil in 1991, and her son, John in 1994.
The cremains will be buried in Calvary Cemetery, Youngsville at the conveniennce of the family.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.

Louis J. Smerak
Ret. Vice President, 84

Louis J. Smerak, a retired Vice President for Caravan Products Co. of Totowa, N.J., died October 8, 2006 at the Franciscan Oaks Health Care, Denville, N.J. He was 84.
The son of the late Frank Smerak and Antonie Gross Smerak, he was born June 20, 1922 in NYC.
Louis was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Church in Wayne, N.J., a long time member of Rotary, member of the AACC, and the IFT.
He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Soellner Smerak, at home; two sons, Lance and Mark, both of New Jersey; four grandchildren, Brent, Keith, Heather and Amanda; and a great-grandson, William.
A Mass of Christian burial was held October 11 at St. Joseph’s Church, Wurtsboro. The Rev. Peter Madori officiated. Burial followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Arrangements were made by VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, Wurtsboro.

William John Liers
Ret. Sales Clerk, 71

William John Liers of Livingston Manor, a retired sales clerk of Crotty’s Auto Parts in Jeffersonville, died October 11, 2006 in Albany Medical Center, Albany. He was 71.
The son of Arthur and Edith Beatty Liers, he was born May 8, 1935 in St. Albans. He is survived by two sons, William G. Liers and his fiancee Mary Anne Streever of Youngsville, and Eric Steven Liers and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lindenhurst; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Christopher Henderson of Whitinsville, Mass.; three brothers, Arthur Liers of Rocky Point, George Liers of Sebring, Fla., and Henry Liers of Phoenix, Ariz., a sister, Marjorie Jones of Ridge; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a large extended family.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14 at the funeral home with the Rev. Kit Robertson officiating.

Ronald D. Tissot
District AT&T Mgr.

Ronald D. Tissot, a 30-year resident of Callicoon Center, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2006.
After leaving high school to enlist in the Navy in WWII, he served as a First Lt. during the Korean War. He had a career with New York Bell Telephone and AT&T, starting out as a lineman and working his way up to District Manager. In the process, he earned a college degree in Marketing Management while raising a daughter Elise and a son John with his wife, Thalia, who predeceased him.
He is survived by a brother, Ray; a sister-in-law, Lib; a son-in-law, Larry Lunas; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Day.
Ron had a keen interest in the responsible use of the environment and loved canoeing in the Canadian wilderness and trips to Alaska. He served on the local planning board and supported numerous charitable and social causes.
He will be dearly missed by his companion and best friend of ten years, Margaret “Meg” Bartow, who owns and runs Roger’s Small Engine Repair in Liberty.

Timothy W. Niemann
Amerigas Employee, 44

Timothy W. Niemann of Bridgeport, formerly of Monticello, died suddenly Saturday, October 7, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was 44.
Timothy was a 1980 graduate of Monticello High School, and received a BS in Sociology from Syracuse University in 1984. He was employed with Amerigas Energy in Philadelphia, Pa., and was an avid boater, fisherman, and an active volunteer with the Special Olympics.
Timothy is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Joanne Silvia; children, Erica and Alexis Niemann of Bridgeport; his mother, Eleanor of Hurleyville; brothers, Michael of Grand Rapids, Mich., Kenneth of Hurleyville, and Edward Niemann of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and his canine friend, Bailey. He was predeceased by a brother, John, in 1966, and his father, Donald, in 2000.
Funeral services were held Thursday, October 12 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Bridgeport.
Contributions may be made to Erica & Alexis Niemann’s College Fund, c/o Michael Niemann, 6211 Royalton Dr., Caledonia, MI 49316.
Arrangements were entrusted to Traub Funeral Home in Bridgeport.

Lucille M. Wright, 68
Ret. Sportswear Worker

Lucille M. Wright of Cuddebackville, retired from Andmore Sportswear, Port Jervis and a resident of the area for most of her life, died Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 68.
She was born November 27, 1937 in Monticello, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Clara Walker Hallock.
She is survived by her husband, Vernon A. Wright, at home; a daughter, Verna Pabey and her husband, Richard, of Middletown; two brothers, Richard Hallock of Tennessee and Melvin Hallock of the state of Florida; four sisters, Frances Alessandra, Grace Grebeldinger, Rosemary Richluck and Alberta Oswald, all of Tennessee; four grandchildren, Richard Pabey, Jr. of Woodbridge, N.J., Jason Pabey of Middletown, David Pabey of Lexington, Ky. and Vanessa Branch of Vineland, N.J.; two great-grandchildren, Angel Pabey and Evan Branch; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, David T. Wright, and two brothers, Albert and Raymond Hallock.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.
Burial will be made in the Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.

Jeanette L. Totten
Bus Monitor, 64

Jeanette L. Totten of Sundown, a bus monitor for Gershowitz Transportation, and a former employee of Imperial Schrade died Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at home. She lived in the area since 1974. She was 64.
The daughter of the late Eugene J. and Anne M. Ortenzi Bonini, she was born May 16, 1942 in New York City.
Survivors include her lifetime friend and companion and father of her children, Benjamin R. Totten of Woodbourne; children, Lisa and John Moore of Stone Ridge, Robby and Jackie Totten, Gena M. Totten, and Tom Totten, all of Sundown, Anne Marie and Leland Rausch of Monticello; grandchildren, Brianna Moore, Robby and Cody Totten, Elijah and Aaidan Rausch; a sister, Carol Coughran of Jeffersonville; and nephews Gino and Danny Coughran.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main Street, Ellenville.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.

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