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October 17, 2006

Molly Hendrickson
Ret. Cook, 92

Molly “Mema” Hendrickson of Roscoe, a retired cook and a long time area resident, died Friday, October 13, 2006 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, Roscoe. She was 92.
The daughter of the late William and Lucy Fucillo Grosso, she was born September 6, 1914 in New York City.
Molly had been the owner of Molly’s Restaurant in Roscoe and she had been a cook in several local businesses.
In a family statement, “She was devoted to her family, she enjoyed cooking and playing cards.”
Survivors include one daughter, Joyce South of Roscoe; three sons, George “Bud” Hendrickson and his wife, Judi of Roscoe, Lewis Hendrickson of Roscoe and Bill Hendrickson and his wife, Debbie of Roscoe; two sisters, Mary Hendrickson of Roscoe and Lucy Humble and her husband, Earl of Lakeland, Fla.; fourteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great grandchildren; and two nephews, Dan and Butch Hendrickson.
She was predeceased by her husband, George E. Hendrickson; two brothers, Joseph and Daniel Grosso; a niece, Marie Davies and a daughter-in-law, Margo Hendrickson.
Funeral services were Monday, October 16 in the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe. Lucille Freyer officiated.
Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Hancock.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Roscoe-Rockland Vol. Ambulance Corp., Roscoe, NY or the Roscoe Comm. Nursing Home-Patient’s Fund, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776.

Janet R. Bolster
Homemaker, 39

Janet R. Bolster, a lifetime Sullivan County resident, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. She was 39.
The daughter of Milford and Edna Bivins Boyles, she was born on August 19, 1967 in Liberty.
Janet was a member of 4-H Crafters-Animal Lovers.
Survivors include her mother, Edna Boyles at home; her husband, Edward Bolster Jr. at home; three daughters, Jessica Boyles, Leanna Bolster and Marilu Bolster all of Swan Lake; a brother, Milford Boyles and wife, Cheryl of Swan Lake; two sisters, Camey Boyles and her fiance, Keith Reid of Ferndale and Jean Vaile and husband, Fred of Swan Lake; a long-time friend, Vincent Hunter Sr. of NYC; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty on Tuesday, October 17 from noon to 2 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m.
Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery in Liberty.

Clinton Fulton
Ret. Truck Driver, 85

Clinton Francis Fulton, of Narrowsburg, a retired truck driver and a maintenance man for Kutsher’s Sports Academy and life long resident of the area, died Friday, October 13, 2006 at his daughter’s home, after a short illness. He was 85.
The son of the late Winfield Scott and Margaret Rutledge Fulton, he was born November 11, 1920 in Cochecton Center.
Clinton is survived by his three daughters, Margaret Morton and her husband, Joseph of White Sulphur Springs, Ann Strouse of Matamoras, Pa. and Muriel Bartolini and her husband, Jim of El Cajon, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Howard, Cheryl, Joseph, Christopher, Jason, Kristin and Ryan; seven great grandchildren, Tiffany, Joseph III, Xavier, Hunter, Joshua, Quenton and Kelsey; two sisters-in-law, Viola and Violet Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Betty of 60 years in 2001; daughter, Mary Deighton in 1998; and brothers, John, Kenneth, George, Joseph, Bernard, Lester, Harry and sister Helen Fulton.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg.
Funeral services will follow visitation on Wednesday, October 18 at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Cremation will take place at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, Pa.
Burial of the cremains will be in Glen Cove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Clinton’s name to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Verne Freeland
Lawyer, 81

Verne Lee Freeland, that great lover of life and all things beautiful, passed from his body on Tuesday, October 10, 2006. He was 81 and savored life to the last.
Born in Mt. Hope, W.Va., he joined the Marines and served at Iwo Jima, Saipan, and Tinian during World War II.
After a stint at accounting and treasure hunting, he graduated tops in his class in Criminal Law from the University of Miami though he preferred to practice family and corporate law.
He fell in love and married his wife and best friend Lynn and they enjoyed 55 years inseparably together.
Verne and Lynn moved to S. Fallsburg from Miami in 1996 and he loved the country life and the many people he befriended.
Verne played piano by ear. His absolutely ecstatic singing and playing brought out the child's heart in everyone.
He had many inventions and designs. His child-safety seat inspired Chrysler to introduce safety seats for children in their vehicles. He acquired a patent for an airborne vehicle for which he was building a prototype.
He practiced law with a big heart and gave many of his services to those in need.
Verne was Santa Claus to many children and adults for many years and could melt any heart. The same exuberance was there when he coached little league baseball or wrestled the entire team from an inner tube in the pool. He tasted every sunrise, every sunset, a sighting of a deer or bear like someone would savor ice cream. There was no end to his inspiration, enthusiasm and his unrelenting joy. He has passed the torch to us all.
Survivors include sons, Tom Chi, Jim Freeland, and Russell Freeland; granddaughters, Nicole, Danielle, and Jane; grandsons, Alex and Jared; all of whom experience joy at the mere mention of his name.
Funeral services were held Saturday, October 14 at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne.
Contributions may be made in Verne's name to the Prasad Project.

Donald W. Fox
Ret. Teacher, 84

Donald W. Fox, of Middletown, died Friday, October 13, 2006 peacefully at Park Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Middletown at the age of 84.
Born in Bloomingburg, on July 2, 1922, he was the son of John and Bertha Collard Fox.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. He retired as a teacher at Fishkill Correctional Facility, Fishkill; he was a paid for life member of American Legion Post 151; a lifetime member of The Middletown Elks Lodge 1097; he was past president and a member of the Otisville Lions Club; a member of the Mt. Hope Senior Citizens and a communicant of Grace Episcopal Church, Middletown.
He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Sadie Small Fox at home; two daughters, Sharon and her husband, Albert Vicere and Joanne Dunlap all of the State of Florida; three sons, Edward Clouse and his wife, Ann of Bloomingburg, James Fox and Jeffrey Fox of Middletown; his sister, Hazel Wenland of Bloomingburg; and brother, Howard Fox of Kingston; nine grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.
Burial Rites will be celebrated at Grace Episcopal Church, 58 North Street, Middletown, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 with Father John Warfel officiating.
Interment will follow at Bloomingburg Cemetery Bloomingburg.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church or the charity of one's choice.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Morse Funeral Home Inc, Middletown.

Philip Reiter
Production Mngr., 84

Philip Reiter, a longtime area resident, passed away Friday, October 13, 2006 at home. He was 84 years old.
The son to Heinrich Reiter and Margaretha Krebs, Philip was born March 11, 1922 in Ridgewood, Brooklyn.
Philip was a Ladies' Knitwear Production Manager and a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Walden.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Romoser Reiter at home; three sons, Daniel Reiter and his wife, Ocelia of Bloomingburg, Donald Reiter and his wife, Susan of Melbourne, Fla. and John Reiter and his wife, Soheir of Staten Island; one grandson, Mark Reiter; one sister, Margaret Fiedler; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2520 Route 208, Walden. The Rev. Raymond D. Cummings will officiate.
Burial will be in Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden.
Arrangements were made by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Inc., 39 Orchard St., Walden.

Mary F. Ramsdell
Homemaker, 88

Mary F. Ramsdell (DeLong) died after a long illness at St. Anthony's Hospital in Warwick on Friday, October 6, 2006. She was 88.
Born to Willard E. and Lena DeLong in Canada, she came to the U.S. in 1919 settling in Illinois. She has lived in the Highland Lakes section of Vernon Twp., N.J. since 1979.
Mrs. Ramsdell was a homemaker and was a member of the Warwick United Methodist Church in Warwick, where she also sang in the church choir and for the Community Choral Society.
She is the beloved wife of Paul A. Ramsdell of Highland Lakes, N.J.; devoted mother of Richard Ramsdell of Chester and Mark Ramsdell of Wilmington, Del., Terry Bloomsburgh of Berkeley, Calif., M. Christy Connell of Newark, Del. and Rebecca Robertson of San Francisco, Calif. Dear sister of Carolyn Desmond of Claryville; eight grandchildren and a great grandson.
Mrs. Ramsdell is predeceased by a daughter, Carol Ramsdell; and a sister, Kay Thompson.
A memorial service will be held at Warwick United Methodist Church, 135 Forest Avenue, Warwick, on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at 11 a.m.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers to the Children's Home Society of New Jersey, 635 Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08611 would be appreciated.
Funeral arrangements are by Ferguson-Vernon Funeral Home, Vernon, N.J.

Arleen Joyce Barker
Homemaker, 55

Arleen Joyce "Sis" Barker of Newburgh, passed away Thursday, October 12, 2006 at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh Campus. She was 55.
Daughter of Kathleen Butler Williams and the late David Williams, she was born May 20, 1951 in Catskill.
She was married to James Barker who survives in Peekskill.
A family statement reads: "You are always walking through our hearts and minds. You were the best mom, daughter, sister and friend anyone could ask for."
Arleen was a 1970 graduate of Greenville Central High School.
She is survived by her daughters, Brandi Barker of Roscoe, and Kathrene Barker of Newburgh; her brother, Terry Williams of Greenville; her sisters, Nancy Palmer of Hannacroix and Janice O'Leary of Athens; her granddaughter, Eryn Dutcher; her niece, Becky Palmer and nephews, Kyle O'Leary and Zeb Barker.
She was predeceased by her brother, David C. Williams and her sister, Sandra Williams.
A Graveside Service will take place at noon on Tuesday, October 17 at Greenville Cemetery, Greenville.
Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, New York Chapter, 122 East 42nd St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10168-1898.
Arrangements under the direction of Brooks Funeral Home in Newburgh.

Herman Engelmann
Truck Driver, 55

Herman F. Engelmann of Middletown passed away on Friday, October 13, 2006 with his family by his side at the Tucker Cancer Center of Orange Regional Medical Center following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 55.
The son of the late Herbert Engelmann and Harriet Botsford Engelmann, he was born February 1, 1951 in Callicoon and grew up in Narrowsburg.
He was employed by Ben Ciccone, Inc. of Poughkeepsie as a truck driver and was a member of Teamsters Local 445. He had a deep love for his family, and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and playing pool.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Mulaparthi and Dr. Grundfast and the entire staff of Crystal Run Health Care, the staff at the Tucker Center, and Ms. Mary Ann D'Aloia of Orange & Sullivan Hospice for all of their efforts and concern. Although our hearts are broken, we know that they did everything that could be done.
In addition to his mother at home, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Marianne Engelmann of Monticello; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and Joseph Thomas of Ridgely, Md.; sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Calvin Foreman of Greenwill Springs, La.; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Wes Bowers of Middletown, nieces and nephews, Alicia and Carly Bowers at home in Middletown, Joseph Thomas and Danielle Thomas of Maryland, Michael Engelmann of Pennsylvania, and Ashley Boothe and Cassandra Engelmann of Monticello; a granddaughter, Brianna Engelmann; along with several grandnieces, grandnephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by the daughter he adored, Tonya Engelmann, and a nephew, Gregory Thomas.
Services were held at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., Middletown on Sunday, October 15.
Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family, with private internment at the family's plot at the Slate Hill Cemetery in Goshen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

George Thompson, Jr.
Ret. Carpenter, 63

George A.Thompson Jr. of Swan Lake, passed away Friday, October 6, 2006 at his residence. He was 63 years old.
The son of Martha Thompson-Leeks and the late George Thompson Sr., George was born September 6, 1943 at Robinson County, N.C.
George was a retired Carpenter for Hudson Valley District Council of Carpenter, Middletown.
Survivors include mother, Martha Thompson-Leeks of Newburgh; companion, Phyllis Blenman of North Branch; two sons, Frederick Thompson of Flint, Mich. and George S. Thompson of Clinton, N.C.; three daughters, Shelia Ashford and husband, Jackie of Roseboro, N.C., Karen Spearman Greene and husband, Homer and Lena Jackson all of Newburgh; two brothers, Willie "Aaron" Thompson and Eddie "E.J." Thompson both of Newburgh; three sisters, Hannah Thompson of Poughkeepsie, Martha Jean Butler of Newburgh and Carol Treadwell and husband, Dean of Highland Falls; fourteen grandchildren, Audrianne, Nicholas, Jarvus and Rafeal Ashford all of Roseboro, N.C., Faithia, Byron, Damian, Fabian Greene, Marco Boykin, Shantia McFarland, Devonald, Dominick, and Donita Whitted all of Newburgh; eleven great grandchildren; one special nephew, Charles "Bohannon" Thompson of Newburgh; several nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.
Cremation at convenience of the family.
Rhodes Funeral Home, 259 Walsh Avenue, New Windsor entrusted with professional arrangements.

Meyer Rubenstein
Ret. Director of Ed., 94

Meyer Rubenstein, a longtime resident of Swan Lake and a retired Director of Education at Woodbourne Correctional Facility, died at home on Friday, October 13, 2006. He was 94.
Meyer was born in Brooklyn on November 23, 1911, the son of Jacob and Lena Feld Rubenstein. He was the widower of Mollie Wertman Rubenstein who died in 1999.
He is survived by his son, David Rubenstein and his wife, Bonnie of Mt. Tremper; his two daughters, Emily Lenhard and her husband, Phillip Pilato of Brooklyn and Jane Leslie Rubenstein at home in Swan Lake; and his three grandchildren, Rebekah and Dov Rubenstein and Jennifer Glenn; and his two great grandchildren, Megan and Elizabeth Glenn.
Graveside funeral services were held Monday, October 16 in Temple Beth-El Cemetery, Route 17B, Bethel.
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello.

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