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November 3, 2006

Dora E. Emanuel
Retired Aide, 93

Dora Eugenie Emanuel of Youngsville passed away on October 31, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Hospital after a brief illness. She was 93 years of age.
The daughter of Dominique Desjardins and Mary Belanger Desjardins, she was born May 7, 1913 in Rumford, Maine.
Dora graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Jackman, Maine and attended Nursing School at Rumford Community Hospital. Dora lived in Rumford, Maine until her marriage in May of 1945 to William Emanuel (who predeceased her in March of 2003). At that time they relocated to Brooklyn and then to Teaneck, N.J. where she worked in Special Diets at Holy Name Hospital and then as an aide at Teaneck Nursing Home in Teaneck, N.J. They lived in Teaneck until their retirement in 1976, when they moved to Youngsville.
Dora was a communicant of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church in Youngsville. Active until a week before her death, she belonged to the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens, the Widows and Widowers Group, and the Ladies Aide Society of the Youngsville Dutch Reformed Church. Dora took many trips with the Jeffersonville Travelers and recently returned from a three-day trip to Philadelphia, Pa. Dora loved animals and was gifted in painting and drawing.
Survivors include her only child, a daughter, Carol Kehrley, and a son-in-law, Don, of Youngsville; a granddaughter, Terri of Troy; two grandsons, Scott of White Sulphur Springs and Shane of Youngsville; three grandnieces; a grandnephew; eight great-grandnieces and nephews, all of Maine; many friends and traveling companions; and her faithful, little furry companion, “Tootsie.”
She was predeceased by a brother, Willie; a sister, Lillian Hughes; and a brother-in-law, Raymond Hughes.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday, November 3 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 4 at St. Francis Church in Youngsville. Father Ignatius Vu will officiate.
Burial will be made in Greenhill Cemetery, Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Sullivan County SPCA in Rock Hill.

Lewis J. Schmalzle
Ret. R.R. Engineer, 83

Lewis J. Schmalzle of Barryville died Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. He was 83.
The son of J. Lewis and Sophie Vogelbacher Schmalzle, he was born November 25, 1922 in Shohola, Pa. He was married to Clara Vollmer Schmalzle, who survives.
Lewis was a retired Railroad Engineer on Erie R.R. out of Port Jervis. He was a member of the Barryville United Methodist Church for over 75 years; he was a member for over 60 years of the Port Jervis Lodge of Masons #328, F. and A.M. and Past Master in 1956; a member and Past Patron of River Valley Chapter Order of The Eastern Star #33, Port Jervis; a life member of the Yulan Rod and Gun Club; American Legion, Eldred; a WWII U.S. Army veteran; and a member of The Upper Delaware Council of Townships. He was instrumental in writing Management Plans for the Delaware River Corridor; a member and 10-year Chairman for the Planning Board, and helped to write the first Zoning subdivision ordinances and Master Plan for the Town of Highland. He was former Secretary and Treasurer for the United Transportation Union, Local 1200, Erie R.R. He loved to hunt, fish and go camping, but above all, nothing could surpass the love of his family.
Survivors include his wife, at home; two daughters, Sharon Barnes and her husband, Larry of Gouldsboro Point, Maine and Ginny Dudko and her husband, William of Sparrowbush; one son, Donald L. Schmalzle and wife, Cindy of Ellenville; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Tricia, Amy and Laura; four great grandchildren, David Colin, Moira and Waylon.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Barryville United Methodist Church. The Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate.
A Masonic service was conducted Thursday evening by the Port Jervis Lodge at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Barryville United Methodist Church, Barryville, NY 12719 or to the Eldred American Legion, Eldred, NY 12732.

Ingeburg E. Lewis
Homemaker, 82

Ingeburg E. Lewis of Wurtsboro, passed away Monday, October 30, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 82.
The daughter of Johann and Agnes Ritter, she was born August 1, 1924 in Leipzig, Germany.
She was the widow of Otto Nitsch and Enoch Lewis. She was a homemaker and a member of the Wurtsboro Senior Citizens.
Survivors include her daughter, Angelika and Herbert Holzapfel of Munich, Germany; three stepdaughters, Dorothy and William Ferguson of Walden, Jeannette and Frank Loubengeiger of Superior, Wis. and Beverly and Earl Lanning of Xenia, Ohio; a stepson, James and Elizabeth Lewis of Wallkill; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; and many close and dear friends.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of St. Joseph, Wurtsboro.
Burial will be made in the Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Arrangements were made by the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden.

Donald G. Milk
Farmer, 85

Donald G. Milk of Long Eddy, died Monday, October 30, 2006. He was 85.
He was born in Goulds on November 23, 1920, the son of Arlyn and Victoria Shea Milk.
He married Grace Peake on July 5, 1942 in Callicoon. Grace, a Gold Star Mother, predeceased him on March 21, 1989.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a dairy farmer and a quarryman. Donald was a member of VFW, Knights of Columbus and St. Patrick’s Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by nine children, Aloma and William McElwee of Ithaca, Donald “Butch” Milk of Fishs Eddy, Luke and Gloria Milk of Long Eddy, Lucinda Mootz of Callicoon Center, Sharon and Roger Cormier of Cochecton, David Milk of Long Eddy, Telford and Nancy Milk of French Woods, Aleta and Tom Mason of Fishs Eddy and Andrea Milk of Binghamton. He is also survived by a brother, Edward Milk of Long Eddy; 17 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren survive, as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two sons, Allan Milk, who was killed in Vietnam, and Clinton Milk; several sisters; and one brother.
A Funeral Mass was held Thursday at St. Patrick’s Church, Long Eddy. Fr. Ignatius Smith officiated.
Burial followed at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Long Eddy.
Memorial contributions may be made in Donald’s memory to the Allan Milk Memorial VFW Post or to the Ladies Auxiliary, Long Eddy.

Patricia M. Hufnagel
Ret. Office Mgr., 65

Patricia M. Hufnagel of Washingtonville, a retired Office Manager for Otis Elevator, died Sunday, October 29, 2006 at her home. She was 65.
The daughter of William Beatty and Mary T. Higgins Beatty, she was born March 1, 1941 in Brooklyn.
She is survived by her husband, Richard S. Hufnagel; a son, Edward R. Hufnagel and his companion, Tracy Pipes, of Liberty; a brother, William Beatty of Florida; two grandchildren, Jesse Colburn and Alexis Hufnagel; several nieces and nephews, and lifelong friends, Jessie Oleksowicz, Beverly Fischer, and Diane Schroder. She was predeceased by a daughter, Colleen Ray.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the David T. Ferguson Funeral Home, Washingtonville.
Burial will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 122 E. 42nd St., Fl. 18, New York, NY 212-878-5900.

James Luke Davis
Bus Contractor, 61

James Luke Davis of Shohola Township, Pa., died Saturday, October 28, 2006 at home. He was 61.
He was the owner of J.L. Davis, Inc., and a school bus contractor for the Wallenpaupack School District. He retired from PennDOT in 1987 as assistant superintendent for Pike and Wayne counties. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
The son of Arthur and Elizabeth Jenkins Davis, he was born September 23, 1945 in Callicoon. He married Genevieve McKean Davis on September 23, 1967.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Rick Davis of Shohola, Pa. and Slade Davis of Scranton, Pa.; two grandchildren, Fawn Davis of East Stroudsburg, Pa. and Cody Davis of Shohola, Pa.; three brothers, Arthur Davis of Florida, Richard Davis of Easton, Pa. and William Davis of Las Vegas, Nev.; one sister, Mary Davis of Stroudsburg, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Wednesday at Stroyan Funeral Home, Milford, Pa. Rev. Philip Pieros officiated.
Burial took place in McKean Valley Cemetery, Shohola, Pa.

Gussie Kantor
Ret. Clerk, 85

Gussie Kantor, a retired a clerk for Gusar’s Pharmacy in Monticello, passed away in Roscoe Community Nursing Home on Tuesday, October 31, 2006. She was 85.
Gussie was born on September 12, 1921 in Romania, the daughter of Isidore and Rose Drawos Zuckerman.
She is survived by her son, Steve Kantor of Monticello; her daughter, Frances Lynn of New Jersey; her brother, Ben Kaplan of Long Island; her sister, Rene Fritich of Cherry Hill, N.J.; numerous grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery, Thompson Rd., Monticello. Rabbi Irving Goodman will officiate. Arrangements are by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello.
Graveside Service for Donald Lake Sr.
A graveside service for Donald Lake Sr. of Cochecton will be held at 10 a.m. November 4 at the Hortonville Cemetery, Hortonville.

Lois Jane Bryant Henley
Retired Secretary, 93

Lois Jane Bryant Henley, poet, writer, widow, mother and community activist, died Monday, October 23, 2006 in Glendora, Calif. She was 93.
Born May 29, 1913 in Lafayette, Ind., she was the daughter of Henry Clay Bryant and Hazel Bernice Strayer. She was a beloved visitor to the Upper Delaware Valley as mother of Andrea Henley-Heyn of Damascus, Pa.
She graduated with top honors from Purdue University in 1934, and was chosen Woman Student of the Year. She was married to Clyde C. Henley for 60 years before his death in 1996. They moved to Los Angeles, Calif. in 1946 after his Army service and to Glendora in 1954. She served on the Glendora Unified School District Board from 1961 to 1967. She was president of the Roosevelt School PTA. She was a charter member of the Glendora League of Women Voters and active in the Visiting Nurse Association, the YMCA, the C.G. Jung Club of Claremont, the Valley Poets and the Glendora Writers Club. She worked at Pomona College as secretary to the Dean of Students and for the Estate Planning Services from 1968 to 1978. She earned her Master of Arts degree in 1976, studying with writer and diarist Anais Nin. She received awards for works from her three books of poetry and her autobiography.
She is remembered with great affection by her many friends and family members as a lively, organized, conscientious, generous, widely-read, well-traveled and caring woman who could answer with absolute accuracy any grammar question she was asked. She was also a good cook.
She is survived by her sister, Janet Whitaker of Neotsu, Ore.; four children and their spouses, Catherine Henley-Erickson and Joseph Erickson of Claremont, Calif., Clay Bryant Henley and Cheryl Hacker Henley of Evanston, Ill., Andrea Henley-Heyn and Charles Richard Heyn of Damascus, Pa. and Thomas Gordon Henley and Anne Pacheco Henley of Corona, Calif.; many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held December 9 at 3 p.m. at her home in Glendora. Friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Lois and Clyde Henley Scholarship Fund, Citrus College Foundation, 1000 West Foothill Blvd., Glendora, CA 91741.

Keith Sisselman
Business Owner, 31

Keith Shane Sisselman of Liberty, the owner and operator of Keiser Restaurant and Supplies and Designs by Keiser of Livingston Manor, died suddenly at home on Sunday, October 29, 2006. He was 31 years of age.
The son of Judith Goldblatt and the late Stephen Sisselman, he was born May 5, 1975 in Middletown.
Keith was a 1993 graduate of Liberty Central School and earned a BA degree from Syracuse University. He was an accomplished musician who had a passion for music. He enjoyed scuba diving, snowboarding, hiking, golf and being with his friends and family. Everyone who knew him will have wonderful memories of him.
In a family statement, it was said, “Keith was a constellation and we were his stars. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”
Keith is survived by his beloved mother, Judith Sisselman of Parksville; his sister-in-law, April Wendler Sisselman; his two nieces, Lexi Shay and Zoe Sara Sisselman, all of Parksville; and his beloved companion, Melanny Rivera of Liberty; his grandparents, Irving and Gladys Sisselman of Rockaway, NJ; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was predeceased by his partner and beloved brother, Robert Scott Sisselman; and by his father, Stephen S. Sisselman.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello.
Burial was made in the Parksville Congregation Cemetery, Parksville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Rita Thompson, 82
Ret. Social Svc. Empl.

Rita Allien Thompson of Monticello, a retired income maintenance specialist for the NYC Dept. of Social Services, died Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at her home. She was 82 years of age.
The daughter of and Clifford George and Louise Evelyn Payne Hunt, she was born September 17, 1924 in the Bronx. She was the widow of Daniel Melvin Thompson, who died October 9, 1989.
Mrs. Thompson was a woman with a quiet, gentle strength who cared for many of the neighborhood children and families who were in need. She was also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses for over 67 years.
She is survived by a son, Joel David Thompson Sr. and his wife, Shirley, of Monticello; a daughter, Donna Elizabeth Thompson of the Bronx; a brother, Floyd Stedman Hunt of Syracuse; a brother-in-law, Paul Thompson of the Bronx; 14 grandchildren, Joel D. Thompson Jr. and his wife, Vanessa; Samuel M. Thompson and his wife, Erika; Ladawn Jackson, Benjamin J. Thompson and his wife, Rhonda; Keisha L. McKinney, Robert W. McKinney, Darryl Grice, Jaret Hewitt, Hope Ford, Vaughn Jackson, Julius Jackson, Andrew Jackson, Tyler Jackson, and Tarelle Jackson; five great-grandchildren, Dajour, Kiera, Maya, Jasmine and Ezekiel; a special cousin, Patricia Culmer of Bowie, Md.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Michele Louise McKinney; and a sister, Thelma Louise Hunt.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 174 Park Ave., Monticello. Minister Todd Matthew Jordan will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Monticello.

Anna N. Welsh
Homemaker, 89

Anna N. Welsh of Damascus, Pa. passed away at Wayne Woodlands Manor Monday, October 30, 2006 after a lengthy illness. She was 89.
The daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Diehl Dexter, she was born March 28, 1917 in Atco, Pa. With her late husband, Clarence M. Welsh, she operated a dairy farm for many years in the Galilee, Pa. area. For 34 years she was a rural mail carrier in the Galilee-Damascus area.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty Ann Taraschuk and her husband, Patrick, of Damascus, Pa.; two grandsons, Jordan Taraschuk of Gratz, Pa., and Justin Taraschuk and his wife, Lorissa, of Honesdale, Pa., a granddaughter, Jamllyn Taraschuk of Honesdale, Pa.; one great grandson, Joseph Andrew Taraschuk of Honesdale, Pa.; her sister, Margaret Branning of Welcome Lake, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Norman, Raymond N. and Ulmont H. Dexter.
“Nana” enjoyed baking and cooking, reading and embroidery as her hobbies. She particularly enjoyed her grandchildren and her great-grandson whom she loved very much.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, 329 East Brown Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18381.
Arrangements are by the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg.

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