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October 27, 2006

Ralph L. Adams
Farmer, 72

Ralph L. Adams, of Equinunk, Pa. died Monday, October 23, 2006 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, Pa. He was 72 years of age.
He was born in Stalker, Pa. to the late Robert and Alice Rauner Adams.
He operated the family dairy farm in Braman for many years and owned and operated several school buses. He also owned a tire business and served as the Manchester Township Supervisor for six years. He was a lifelong member of the Braman United Methodist Church and an active volunteer with the Manchester Community Center and the Manchester Library.
Survivors include three sons, Alton Adams, and Roy Adams and his wife, Amy, all of Equinunk, Pa., and Michael Adams and his wife, Manvela, of Wachterbbach, Germany; four daughters, Heather Roloson and her husband, Berton, of Equinunk, Debbie Peters and her husband, Kurt, of Livingston Manor, Laurie Adams of Lake Ariel, Pa., and Linda Kraft and her husband, Allen, of Damascus, Pa.; three brothers, William Adams of Tyler Hill, Pa., Robert Adams of Equinunk, Pa., and Gary Adams of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; 31 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Helyne Heather Adams in 2004; a sister, Donna Adams; a granddaughter, Ashley Adams; and a grandson, Matthew Roloson.
Funeral services will be private.
Burial will be made in the Braman Cemetery in Equinunk, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Manchester Community Library or the Braman United Methodist Church, c/o Heather Roloson, 836 Braman Road, Equinunk, PA 18417.

Mary Esther Mann
Homemaker, 69

Mary Esther Mann, a homemaker, died Sunday, October 22, 2006 at her home in Monticello. She was 69 years of age.
The daughter of William and Bertha DeGroat DeGraw, she was born April 5, 1937 in Spring Valley. She was the widow of Lawrence C. Mann who died December 31, 2004.
She was a good wife, mother and grandmother who will be sadly missed and forever loved.
She is survived by four children, Richard Mann and his wife, Jody, of Lumberland, Angela Tester of Monticello, Lawrence Mann and his wife, Betty, of Cuddebackville and Lucas Mann and his wife, Andrea, of Bloomingburg; her grandchildren, Kimberly Tester and her children, Christopher Stein and Erica Stein, and Jessica, Larry, Lucas, Janeene, Joann, Robert, Esther, Nichole, Thomas, Chad, Gerod, Philip, Lawrence, Crystal and Michael; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Elmer DeGraw.
A funeral service was held Wednesday at VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Wurtsboro.
Burial was made in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Randall Hillriegel, 45

Randall “Randy” Scott Hillriegel of Harris, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 22, 2006 at his home. He was 45.
The son of Robert and Georgianna Zeininger Smith Sr., he was born July 24, 1961 in Sidney.
In a family statement, it was said, “Randy was a fun, loving, kind, caring and gentle person. He was always willing to give a helping hand to anyone in need. Randy always accepted everyone for who they were and never judged anyone. He loved to make people laugh and was a kid at heart himself.
“He had a great love for NASCAR, his number one drivers were Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. He enjoyed working on stockcars. He will be deeply and sadly missed by everyone whose life he touched.”
He is survived by his father, Bob Smith, of Harris; one daughter, Jenny Hillriegel of Virginia; one son, Randy Hillriegel of Liberty; one brother, Bobby Smith Jr. and his wife, Katie, of Harris; one sister, Roxanne Smith of Roscoe; one grandson, Michael Hillriegel of Virginia; a special friend, Debbie Miller of Harris; three nieces, Tisha Smith and her companion, Danny Curry, Valerie Smith and her companion, Jerry Kingeter, and Bobby-Jo Smith, all of Harris; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne. The Rev. Bonnie Pinto officiated.
Burial of the cremains will be made in Glen Wood Cemetery, beside his mother, at a later date.

George Fig, 90
Retired Cab Driver

George Fig of Loch Sheldrake died Monday, October 23, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was 90 years of age.
The son of Joseph William and Elizabeth Schrode Fig, he was born Sept. 27, 1916 in New York City.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1944-45. He was a cab driver in New York City, and he loved to go hunting.
He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Veronica, at home; one son, George T. Fig and his wife, Linda of Central Islip, Long Island; two daughters, Patricia Cross at home and Elizabeth Ann Fig-Peters; five grandchildren, Joseph Peters and his wife, Lena, of Grahamsville, Susan Binder and her husband, Harris, of Woodbourne, Gabriel Blieberg and her husband, Peter, of Long Island, Garett Fig of New York City, and Geoffrey Fig of Bayport, Long Island; seven great-grandchildren, Joseph Peters Jr., Erin Giaccone, Sean Latzen, Alec Blieberg, Derek Blieberg, Logan Fig and Skyler Fig; one great-great-grandchild, Austin Giaccone; and one sister, Ruthie Burns of Connecticut.
Services with military honors were held Thursday.
Arrangements were made by Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne.

Anna Mae Schuppel
Homemaker, 86

Anna Mae Schuppel of Liberty died Thursday, October 12, 2006 in Sharon Springs. She was 86.
The daughter of Louis and Daisy Salinas Kotouch, she was born Sept. 15, 1920 in Slickville, Pa. She was the widow of George R. Schuppel.
She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, and a former member of the Lawyersville Reformed Church, Lawyersville.
Survivors include four stepsons, Peter G. Schuppel and his wife, Janie of Cashion, Okla., John C. Schuppel and his wife, Beverly, of Deltona, Fla., Joseph A. Schuppel and his wife, Kathleen, of Waldorf, Md. and Daniel C.L. Schuppel of Sharon Springs; a stepdaughter, Kathleen E. Schuppel of Sharon Springs; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a stepson, Thomas Schuppel, and a stepgrandson, John E. Schuppel.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church, S. Main Street, Liberty. The Rev. Jearl Wallace will officiate.
Burial will be made in the Laurel Hill Cemetery, White Sulphur Spgs.
Memorial contributions may be made to Catskill Area Hospice-Palliative Care, 327 West Main St., Suite 3, Cobleskill, NY 12043.

Vincent Ferguson
Fmr. Area resident, 73

Vincent Thomas Ferguson, passed from this life to be with our Lord on Sunday, October 22, 2006 in North Richland Hills, Texas. He was 73.
Born Sept. 14, 1933 in the Bronx to Michael and Mary Cauley Ferguson, he was raised on Long Island.
He served in the U.S. Air Force before marrying the love of his life, Louise Gluck of Monticello, in 1960.
Vince was known as a faithful husband, loving father, and a great friend.
He was a graduate of Marymount College earning a Bachelor’s degree in History and Economics. During his career, Vince held positions at Sullivan County Community College, College of New Rochelle, The Beaverkill Valley Inn, and Mount Saint Mary College, where he retired as the Vice President of Operations. He was an active volunteer with Sullivan County Office for the Aging as an AARP driving instructor, and with his church. He was a proud third degree Knight with the Fr. Cronin Council #4768 and a past financial secretary for many years.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Louise Ferguson of Livingston Manor; sons, Michael and wife, Laura of Bryant, Ark., Sean and wife, Alison of Deer Park; daughter, Ellen Quiros and husband, Jorge, of North Richland Hills, Tex.; sister-in-law, June Villani and husband, Anthony; eight grandchildren, Scarlett, Sara, Patrick, Grant, Emily, Mathew, Samuel and Hannah; and many nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor. A Knights of Columbus service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church, Church Street, Livingston Manor.
Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Livingston Manor.

Barbara Kruger, 42

Barbara Faith Kruger, a longtime resident of the area, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 21, 2006 at her home. She was 42 years of age.
The daughter of Ethel Dumond Kruger and the late Louis H. Kruger Sr., she was born June 1, 1964 in Goshen.
Barbara was an Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Peridontial Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York City until she retired 6 years ago to become a mommy.
She is survived by her cherished daughter, Amber Rose, at home; her mother, Ethel Kruger of Middletown; three brothers, Louis, John, and David Kruger, all of Middletown; two sisters, Rachel McCants and Rebecca Kruger, both of Middletown; several nieces and nephews; and one grandniece.
A Service of Remembrance was celebrated Thursday by the Revs. Alexander and Damaris Marroquin from the El Shaddai International Missions.
Cremation was at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Safe Passage, P.O. Box 73, Liberty, NY 12754.
Arrangements were made by the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home.

Barbara J. Masker
Homemaker, 61

Barbara J. Masker, a lifelong resident of the area, died Sunday, October 22, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. She was 61.
The daughter of the late Sterling and Leanora Rose, she was born June 1, 1945 in Middletown.
Survivors include her longtime companion, Earl E. Conklin, at home; three daughters, Brenda Cotto of Eldred, Robyn Anderson and her husband, Richard, of Green Acres, Fla. and Caprisha VanderVeer of Huguenot; two sisters, Phyllis Brown of Otisville and Carla Conklin of Kerhonkson; one brother, Danny Conklin of Monticello; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home. The Rev. Joseph Iannone officiated.
Burial was made in Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville.

Robert P. Power
NYC Transit Emp., 68

Robert P. Power, a former employee of the NYC Transit Authority, died on Sunday, October 22, 2006 in Newburgh. He was 68.
The son of the late James Power and Sarah Lehane Power, he was born January 14, 1938 in the Bronx.
He is survived by a brother, James Power and his wife, Betty, of New Rochelle; and several nephews and nieces.
He was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Power; and his long time companion, Leonie V. Ascheri.
A prayer service was held Wednesday at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, Wurtsboro.

Carol A. Dauphinee
Homemaker, 66

Carol A. Dauphinee of Bloomingburg died Monday, October 23, 2006 at North East Center for Skilled Care, Lake Katrine. She was 66.
She was born August 8, 1940 in Jamaica, Queens to George and Mary Grey Culligan. Mrs. Dauphinee was a communicant of Our Lady of Assumption Church. She was the widow of Cecil Dauphinee who died in 1979.
She is survived by her children, Linda, Carol and Thomas, of Bloomingburg, William, and Anne McMillan and her husband, John, all of Middletown; grandchildren, Michael, Joseph, Kristina, Brian, John and Katie McMillan, Kimberley and her husband, George Bashford, Jessica, Ambur and Taylor Dauphinee.
A Memorial Mass was held Thursday at Our Lady of Assumption Church, Bloomingburg.
Burial was made in Bloomingburg Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Morse Funeral Home, Middletown.

Raymond Pressel, 78

Raymond Pressel, formerly of Roscoe, died Thursday, October 12, 2006 following a brief illness. He was 78 years of age.
He is survived by a daughter, Susan Fowlks and her husband, Jesse; a son, Raymond; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Betty Geiss.

SPC Barry C. Wilson Jr.

SPC Barry Clay Wilson Jr. of Fort. Campbell, Ky. and formerly of Swan Lake, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2006 at Ft. Campbell, Ky. He was 23.
He was born in Swan Lake on October 3, 1983 to Barry Clay and Jolene Porter Wilson Sr.
Barry was a sentinel radar operator with the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army, stationed at Ft. Campbell. He had served during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and was an accomplished musician, playing the bass guitar.
He is survived by his parents at home, and one brother, Brian, also at home.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27 at Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, 275 S. Main St., Liberty.
Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty. Chaplain (Capt.) Robert Marsi of West Point will officiate.

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