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November 24, 2006

Anna Bullis, 102

Anna A. Bullis of Long Eddy, a homemaker and historian, died Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at the Willow Point Nursing Home in Vestal. She was 102 years of age.
The daughter of the late Ira and Minnie Merwin Rivenburg, she was born December 2, 1903 in Starlight, Pa.
She was the widow of Elmer D. Bullis.
She was a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Long Eddy, and the Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware, where she enjoyed sharing her memories of the history of the hamlet.
In 2001, an engraved bluestone slab was unveiled at the society’s museum in Long Eddy, dedicating a flower garden and stonelaid patio which was named “Anna’s Garden,” in honor of Anna’s dedication to preserving the history of the area. Her recollections from her school days when she attended a four-room schoolhouse in Long Eddy, of the raftsmen she saw on the river, and the Flood of 1933, were shared with a grateful audience of those who value the heritage of the river valley.
She was an avid golfer and golfed into her mid-nineties. She enjoyed drawing and her artwork was mostly miniature pictures of many local places.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, MaryLou and Robert Hanson; grandchildren, Daphne Brinser, Laurie Knyrim, and Lee HouseKnecht; great-grandchildren, Brian Brinser, Kelly Knyrim, Ashley HouseKnecht, and Nicholas Seitzer.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two daughters, Grayce Frey and Betty HouseKnecht; a son, Thomas Laird; and a grandson, Daniel Frey.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 24 at St. Patrick’s Church, Long Eddy. Father Ignatius Smith, OFM, will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Long Eddy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware, Long Eddy, NY 12760.

Andrew J. Rose Sr.
Ret. Carnival Worker, 66

Andrew J. “Sonny” Rose Sr. of Middletown, a retired carnival worker and lifetime resident of the area, died Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Arden Hill Campus, Goshen. He was 66.
He was born April 4, 1940 in Cuddebackville, the son of the late Herbert and Helen Conklin Rose.
Andrew loved country music and going to jamborees. He also made Christmas wreaths for the graves of family and friends.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Gladys Decker at home; son, Andrew J. Rose, Jr. of Liberty; daughter, Patricia Baggatta of Bloomingburg; two sisters, Shirley Rose and Nancy Rose both of Middletown; fifteen grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by a son, Wayne Rose; and a daughter, Julieanna Frank.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday, November 24 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main Street, Port Jervis.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at the funeral home with the Rev. Joseph Iannone officiating.
Burial will be in the Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville.

Genevieve Rodriguez
Homemaker, 79

Genevieve Rodriguez, a longtime resident of Monticello, died on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 79.
She was born in Manhattan on July 26, 1927 to the late Santiago and Genevieve Carbonelle Acosta.
She is survived by her loving husband, Roland at home; three sons, Roland Rodriguez Jr. of Manhattan, David Fontaine and wife, Catty of Yonkers and Robert Rodriguez and wife, Dottie of Newburgh; one daughter, Diana R. Esposito and husband, Paul of Wallkill; one brother, Santiago Acosta Jr. and wife, Lucy of the Bronx; one brother-in-law, Gilbert Rodriguez of the Bronx; two sisters, Carmen Acosta of the Bronx and Helen Cruz and husband, Luis of North Bellmore; five grandchildren, Anthony Esposito, Roland Rodriguez III, Melissa Esposito, Christina Rodriguez and Robert J. Rodriguez; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by one brother; George Acosta.
Funeral services were conducted at Ramsay’s Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 22, 2006.
Interment was made in Rose Hills Cemetery Putnam Valley.

Harvey A. Tillson
Plumber, 77

Harvey A. Tillson of Woodbourne, a plumber and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, November 20, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was 77.
The son of Frank and Pearl Keaton Tillson, he was born June 20, 1921 in Grahamsville.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a life member of the Stangel and Bernstein Post VFW. He enjoyed Stock Car Racing the most.
He is survived by a brother, Clarence Tillson and his wife, Hilda; and one niece, Naomi Tillson of New York City.
Services will be held at 12 noon on Friday, November 24 in the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee Andrews officiating.
Interment will be made in Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.

Lucille Hering

Lucille Hering, formerly of Parksville and a resident of Johnson City, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2006.
A founding member of the Town of Liberty Ambulance Corps, she also took an active role in the Democratic Party, serving as the town chair and Deputy Commissioner of the Board of Elections in Sullivan County. She touched the lives of many people and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her three children, Richard Hering, Adria Garzon and Lauren Hering; a very special grandson, Todd Garzon; three great-grandchildren she adored, Tara Jo Garzon, Madison Rae Garzon and her namesake, Jon Luke Garzon; a very special nephew and godson, Robert Siegel and his wife, Dorothy; and special friends, Annette Ehrhardt, Rose Prostak and Bess Borish.
She was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph Hering, and a grandson, Trevor Jon LeConey.
Services will be private.

William Penwarden
Ret. Agway Mngr., 76

William Penwarden of Cape Coral, Fla., formerly of Pine Bush, died Wednesday, November 15, 2006 in Cape Coral. He was 76.
Born in Carbondale, Pa., he was the son of the late Rexford J. and Helen Zalusky Penwarden.
He was educated in Carbondale and employed by GLF-Agway Co. starting in Branchville, N.J. He was later Assistant Manager of the Liberty Agway and retired as manager of the Pine Bush store after 25 years. He was an avid bowler and fisherman.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Ethel Miller of Cape Coral, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Penwarden of Tully; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four brothers, Walter and Joseph Penwarden, and Frank and John Cummings; and two sisters, Helen Golden and Josephine Cummings.
Funeral services were held November 18, with a Blessing Service in the Joseph W. Scotchlas Funeral Home, Simpson, Pa. The Rev. Joseph Sitko was celebrant.
Interment was made in Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township.

Patricia G. Barone
Airport Owner, 58

Patricia G. Barone, a part owner of the Wurtsboro Airport, died Saturday, November 18, 2006 at her home in Wurtsboro. She was 58.
The daughter of the late Anthony G. Barone and Theresa H. Montvidas Barone, she was born August 9, 1948 in Middletown.
She is survived by a sister, Roseann Balow Bloom of Paradise Valley, Ariz.; one brother, Anthony G. Barone, Jr. of Dallas, Texas; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. She was predeceased by a brother, George A. Barone.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 25 at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church, Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro. Fr. Peter Madori will officiate.
Burial will be made in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to The A.L.S. Association, Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.

Otto Karen
Bartender, 90

Otto Karen of Phillipsport, a resident since 1978 and a bartender at Pine Grove Dude Ranch, Kerhonkson, died Saturday, November 18, 2006 in the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. He was 90.
The son of Rudolph and Melony Franks Knoefelnacher, he was born March 30, 1916 in Czechoslovakia.
He was the widower of Miriam Rodinski Karen.
Survivors include his step daughter, Carole Earley at home; and his step grandson, Jamie Giles at home,
There will be no calling hours, cremation will be at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by Loucks Funeral Home, Inc., Ellenville.

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