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November 17, 2006

William H. Taylor
Equipment Operator, 60

William “Pop” H. Taylor of Otisville, died Sunday, November 12, 2006 at Orange Regional Medical Center Arden Hill Campus. He was 60.
He was born March 17, 1946 in Greenpoint, the son of the late John and the late Pauline Wolfe Taylor.
William worked as a self employed heavy equipment operator.
A family statement reads, “Pop was a loving father, grandfather and brother. Your laughter made everyone laugh with you. Your caring heart was bigger than you. The memories from our childhood to our adult lives will be with us forever. We love you Dad.”
Surviving are his former wife, good friend and mother of William's children, Beverly B. Taylor of Otisville; sons, William Taylor and his fiancee, Michele Reiley of Cuddebackville, Tommy Taylor of Otisville, Christopher Cox of Otisville; daughters, Marlana DePolito and her husband, Michael of Otisville and Kayla Cox of Otisville; brother, Kenneth J. Taylor of Pocono, Pa.; five grandchildren, Joseph Taylor, Danielle DePolito, Mark DePolito, Matthew Reiley and Eddie Reiley; father-in-law, Walter Butler of Monticello.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Name R.C. Church, Otisville. The Rev. Peter Tran Van Phat officiated.
Burial was made in Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

David E. Weigel
Yaun Co. Employee, 55

David E. “Grumpy” Weigel of Youngsville passed away unexpectedly Monday, November 13, 2006 at his home. He was 55 years of age.
Born March 22, 1951 to the late Grace and Frank Weigel, he grew up in New Hyde Park, Long Island.
He graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College in Fort Schuyler. He was a former captain in the Merchant Marine, and worked in the warehouse at Yaun Company in Liberty.
Grumpy was very active with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturing of the Boy Scouts of America. Every weekend was filled with hikes, camping, crew events and adventures. He was recently appointed to the position of District Commissioner of the Delaware River District in the Hudson Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America, and he received several leadership awards, including Powder Horn.
He volunteered at the Jeffersonville Public Library, the Youngsville Church bazaars, and donated blood regularly to the American Red Cross. At the Youngsville Firehouse, he volunteered as a member of the “sweat-hogs dishwashers.”
Survivors include his sister, Kathleen Petruso of Florida; two nephews, Jimmy Petruso of Florida and Eric Weigel of Westchester; his beloved grandkids, Heather Hathaway and Alexander McBeath; two daughters, Liz Tucker and Kathy Cast; several cousins; many friends, including Bob Zimmerman and Rob Ridley; fellow Leaders and Boy Scouts; and his loving dog, Ben. He was predeceased by a brother, George.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 17 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hudson Valley Council - Boy Scouts of America; Jeffersonville Ambulance Corps, PO Box 396, Jeffersonville, NY 12748; Youngsville Fire Department, Youngsville, NY 12791; or to the Jeffersonville Branch, Western Sullivan Public Library, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

Michael Chumack
Ret. Repairman, 86

Michael Chumak died Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, Pa. after an illness. He was 86.
The son of the late Dimitri and Ustina Hozanien Chumak, he was born in New York City.
He was a retired elevator repairman, and a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Priscilla Chumak, Hampton Bays; a sister, Tania Kasura of West Nyack; two nieces, Sandy Kasura, West Nyack and Christina Matern, Equinunk, Pa.; and a nephew, Timothy Kasura of Glenwood, Md.; five great nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at noon Friday, Nov. 17 at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main Street, Honesdale, Pa.
Interment will be in St. Tikhon’s Monastery Cemetery, South Canaan.

Robert N. Gangel
Ret. Engineer, 85

Robert N. Gangel of Narrowsburg, a retired engineer for Sperry Rand Corp. and short time resident of the area, died Sunday, November 12, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, Pa. He was 85.
The son of the late Jay C. and Isabel Coon Gangel, he was born September 10, 1921 in Elizabeth, N.J.
Robert was a WWII veteran having served in the U.S. Navy as a Technical Engineer 1st Class.
“A family statement read, “Robert had moved here from Long Island, he loved the small hamlet of Narrowsburg. He felt that the people were the nicest that he had ever met. Moving here was a happy ending to his full life. He is surely going to be missed by all.”
Robert is survived by his son, Geoffrey Gangel and his wife, Wanda, of Narrowsburg; two daughters, Robin Thomas and her husband, Michael, of Long Island and Lorin Dana and her husband, Bill, also of Long Island; two grandchildren, Jenna Gangel and William Morgan; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Mai Schmidt Gangel of 32 years, who passed in 1980; his brother; and his beloved cat, Fanny, who passed a week before.
Funeral services were private.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.

Elmer P. Geib
Business Owner, 97

Elmer P. “Shorty” Geib, formerly of Liberty and Middletown, died on November 15, 2006 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, following a brief illness. He was 97.
He was born in the Town of Delaware on July 1, 1909, a son of the late Charles and Freda (Schaefer) Geib. On October 6, 1940, he was united in marriage with the former Nel N. McKay in Jeffersonville. Elmer enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Stag during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Seaman First Class. Mr. Geib was employed as an auto mechanic from an early age and had owned and operated Shorty’s Service Station in White Sulphur Springs for several years. Mrs. Geib preceded him in death on July 17, 1991.
He was a former member and elder of the First United Presbyterian Church and a member of V.F.W. Post #9217, both of Liberty. In recent years, Elmer moved to Middleville to be with his family and since 2004, had resided at Claxton Manor in Herkimer. Earlier this year, he was transferred to the Health Center at Folts Homes.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Anita E. and Theodore P. Smith of Middleville; four grandchildren, Anna J. Smith of Middleville, Lisa J. Dibble of Richfield Springs, Thomas A. Dibble of Middleville and Clifford L. Dibble and his wife, Arlene, of Little Falls; a sister-in-law, Vera M. Reilly of Jeffersonville; and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Osmer F. Geib on January 29, 2003.
Funeral services will be held at the Autenrith Funeral Home, Newport, on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Jon A. Noble, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Little Falls, officiating.
There will be no visitation.
Burial will be made Monday in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Folts Homes, 104 N. Washington Street, Herkimer, NY 13350 or to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 613, Little Falls, NY 13365.

Kelly L. Lackey
Student, 17

Kelly L. Lackey, a senior in Livingston Manor Central School, died Monday in Albany Medical Center, Albany, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 17.
Kelly was enrolled at BOCES in the Auto Tech program, and was a star fullback on the high school football team. He loved sports, fishing and automobiles.
Kelly was born in Walton to parents, Anthony and Lori Hubbert Lackey.
He is survived by his beloved brother, Kyle Lackey; his mother, Lori Lackey, and her companion, Joel Husted and his son, Matthew; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Arlene Hillriegel of Fremont Center, and great grandparents, Robert and Hilda Rossal of Bethel. He will be missed by his many aunts and uncles, and his many, many cousins.
Kelly was predeceased by his father, Tony Lackey, and his paternal grandparents, Roy and Joyce Lackey, and Adam Lasky, his best friend and “cousin”.
The funeral service will be on Friday, November 17, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Kit Robinson officiating at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl Street, Livingston Manor.
Interment will be held at the Lew Beach Cemetery immediately following the service.
Donations may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 139 South Lake Street, Albany, NY 12209, or the United Spinal Association, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY 11370 or the Tony and Kelly Lackey Memorial Lions Club Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 151, Livingston Manor, NY 12758.

Gladys Russell
Former Seamstress, 92

Gladys Bradford Russell, a longtime resident of Middletown until 1980, and then of Windsor Locks, Conn. and Lake Geneva, Fla., died Saturday, November 11, 2006 at The Suffield House in Suffield, Conn. She was 92.
The daughter of Charles E. and Mae Noll Hubert, she was born March 24, 1914 in Youngsville. She was the widow of Melvin E. Bradford and Lester C. Russell.
A former seamstress with the Manhattan Shirt Company and then a salesperson with Kassel Brothers, both in Middletown, she was also a former member of the First Congregational Church and former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veteran Fireman of Middletown.
A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she is survived by her son, Kenneth M. Bradford and his wife, Linda, of Windsor Locks, Conn.; two grandchildren, Suzanne Bradford Woll, PhD, and Kenneth A. Bradford; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn Bennett Baisel.
Private graveside services and burial will be held in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery. The Rev. Daniel J. Hogan will officiate.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell, Inc. Funeral Home, Middletown.

Joseph J. Komatz
Dockworker, 75

Joseph J. Komatz of Smallwood, “The Mystic Warrior,” died Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 75.
The son of the late Joseph and Marion Fraser Komatz, he was born August 23, 1931 in New York City.
He was a dockworker for Union Local 707 at Yellow Freight in Maybrook and also was a union carpenter for many years. He was a member of the Kaiser Fraser Car Club.
He was also the widower of Barbara Komatz who died in 2000.
Survivors include his children, John Komatz and fiancée, Sharon Streit of Loch Sheldrake, Babsy Komatz and her husband, David (who was regarded as a son) of Monticello and Jesse Komatz and wife, Sharri of Bethel; an honorary son, Nelson Cortes and wife, Eleichia of Walden; a brother, Donald Komatz of Florida; a sister, Marion Mangiaracina and husband, Frank of Bellemore; thirteen grandchildren, John, Jennifer, Kelly, Heather, Shannon, Tara, Noel, Austin-Michael, Ashley, Gabrielle, Fabian, Franciana and Elina; and five great-grandchildren, Marina, Jordan, Sierra, Alyssa and Savannah.
Funeral services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Native Americans Project SAFE, 101 Courthouse Rd., Fort Thompson, SD 57339.
Funeral arrangements by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., Kauneonga Lake.

Raymond Hanaburgh
Logger, 51

Raymond “Bo” Hanaburgh Jr. of Livingston Manor died Sunday, November 12, 2006 at his home with his family by his side. He was 51.
The son of Raymond and the late Marlyn Larsen Hanaburgh, he was born November 30, 1954 in Rhinebeck.
He was a logger and equipment operator for Hanaburgh Forest Products in Greenwood Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Marcia Friedman Hanaburgh, at home; his father and stepmother, Raymond and Nicole Hanaburgh Sr. of Highland Mills; a son, Raymond Hanaburgh III of Highland Mills; two stepsons, Dimetrios Lewis and Aaron Lewis, both of Ocala, Fla.; a daughter, Regina Carusello of Wall-kill; and two brothers, David Hanaburgh of Wallkill and Thomas Hanaburgh of Saranac Lake.
Cremation will be held at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge, 2127 Southwest 16th St., Gainesville, FL 32608.
Funeral arrangements by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc. of Liberty.

Joyce L. Caskey, 54

Joyce Lynn Caskey of Livingston Manor entered into rest on Wednesday November 15, 2006. She was 54.
The daughter of Allen and Lillian West, she was born October 17, 1952 in Far Rockaway.
Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Jesse Caskey; three sons, Jesse Jr., Joseph and Jason; she will be dearly missed by three sisters and one brother, Leslie and John Caskey of Hancock, Stacey and Robert Froeder of Holbrook, Kim and Donald Snyder of Walden, and Allen and Dawn West of Bellemore; three grandchildren, Jesse III, Cameron and Alana; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Friends may call Saturday November 18, 2006 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl Street, Livingston Manor.
Cremation will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family, PO Box 112, Livingston Manor, NY 12758.
Arrangements were under the supervision of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home.

Ellen McFarland
Homemaker, 66

Ellen Hope Dickinson McFarland, of Denton, NC, died Saturday, November 11, 2006 at Stanley Regional Medical Center. She was 66.
She was born in Cornwell County on August 15, 1940.
Survivors include her daughters, Melissa McFarland MacDonald of LeGrange, N.C., Stephanie McFarland Miersch of Marshall, N.C., Melodie McFarland Miersch of Denton, N.C. and Chasadena McFarland Robertson of Albemarle, N.C.; her sister, Holly Johnston of Newburgh; and six grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Jay Dean McFarland; her father, Walter Freeman Dickinson and her mother, Myrtle Gorton Dickinson.
Funeral services will be private.

Mary Jane Koferl, 77

Mary Jane Koferl of Woodridge died on Monday, November 13, 2006 at the Sullivan County Adult Center. She was 77.
Mary Jane was the daughter of Leonard and Pearl Skinner Koferl. She was born March 24, 1929 in Beaver Brook.
She was a member of the Neversink Valley American Legion Post Auxiliary #1053.
Survivors include her siblings, Alice Tyler, Raymond Koferl, Ann Collins, all of Narrowsburg; Lenny Koferl, Norman Koferl of Honesdale, Pa.; Eleanor Edwards of Parksville; Jimmy Koferl of Matamoras, Pa.; Gussy DeGraw of Liberty; and Rose Gallagher of Woodridge, and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her loving parents, and her two brothers, Harold and John Koferl.
Funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne.

John Costa, 71
Frmr. Postal Employee

John Costa of Woodbourne, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2006, after a long illness. He was 71.
John was the son of Louis and Madeline Costa. He was born November 2, 1935 in Brooklyn.
He was a former employee of NYC Parks and Recreation Department and the U.S. Postal Service.
“John will be missed by all family and friends.”
Survivors include one sister-in-law, Helen Costa of Middletown; nephews, John Costa and his wife, Eileen of Woodbourne, Joseph Costa and his wife, Deborah of Woodbourne, and Larry Costa of Monroe, and his niece, Victoria Costa of Woodbourne; many grand nieces and grand nephews.
John was predeceased by his brother, Joseph Costa.
Contributions may be made in John's name to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation.
Private services were held Wednesday, November 15, 2006.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home.

June Kathryn Finkle
Homemaker, 80

June Kathryn Finkle of Summitville, a homemaker and longtime resident of the area, died Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton campus in Middletown. She was 80.
The daughter of the late Harry E. and Margaret Mitchell Miller, she was born May 27, 1926 in Ulster County. She was the widow of Walter Loren Finkle who died August 1979.
She was a lifelong member of the Summitville Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, and worked for DUSO Foods in Ellenville. She was a member of the SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association.
She is survived by two daughters, Maureen Seitter and her husband Clifford of Summitville, and Judy Henderson of Vermont; one son, Walt Finkle and his wife Judy of Summitville; three grandchildren, Gregory Frost, Margaret Henderson and Katey Henderson; and two great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Caroline Frost. She was predeceased by her companion of 12 years, Paul McCall of Hudson, Fla.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro. The Rev. Camille Regholec will officiate.
Burial of the cremains will be made in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

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