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November 28, 2006

Marion T. Egan
Ret. Billing Clerk, 89

Marion T. Egan of Port Jervis, a retired AT&T billing clerk in New York City, died Friday, November 24, 2006 at the Carbondale Nursing Home, Carbondale, Pa. She was 89.
The daughter of the late Michael and Mary Wheeler McCarthy, she was born October 2, 1917 in Brooklyn. She was the widow of Richard J. Egan who died in 1969.
She was a former member of St. Anthony of Padua’s Church and Rosary Society, the Yulan Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and Sullivan County Senior Citizens.
She is survived by a son, Richard P. Egan of Silver Springs, Nev.; a sister, Loretta Smith of Syracuse; and nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 28 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:15 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, Yulan, with the Rev. Anthony Moore officiating.
Burial will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Pinelawn.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.

Clara Ross
Homemaker, 70

Clara J. Ross of Livingston Manor, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 70.
The daughter of the late Earl and Eva Nutt Bivins, she was born August 4, 1936 in Liberty.
She is survived by two sons, Franklin Ross Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, and Earl Ross Sr. and his wife, Dorene, all of Livingston Manor; four daughters, Jean C. Craft and husband Charles of East Branch, Jane M. Ross and her companion, Allen VanLoan, of Monticello, Karen Pautard and husband David Sr. of Livingston Manor, and Charlene Ross and her companion, Mark Walton, of Livingston Manor; two brothers, Earl Bivins and his companion, Wanda LaPolt, of Liberty and Winfred Bivins and wife, Jean, of Parksville; three sisters, Eva Barry and her husband, Harrison, of Liberty; Charlotte Hewlett of Woodridge and Eleanor Edwards and husband, Elmer, of Cooley; three sisters-in-law, Hilda Edwards, Emma Welch and Shirley Velez; twelve grandchildren, Jeanine Knise, Rena Mitchell, Saverio Prisco, Angelo Prisco, Robin Young, Earl Ross Jr., Shannon Ross, Jason Ross, David Pautard Jr., Jessica Pautard, William VanLoan and Kim VanLoan; seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was the widow of Franklin Ross.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Ramsay’s Funeral Home with the Rev. David Coon officiating.
Burial was made in Lew Beach Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Thomas Purcell
Businessman, 80

Thomas J. Purcell of Walden peacefully entered into rest Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at home. He was 80.
The son of the late Thomas and Mary Reynolds Purcell, he was born March 29, 1926 in Manhattan.
Tom was the owner of Trade Composition Service in Walden for 27 years. He died as he lived his life – with dignity, courage and a sense of humor.
He was a member of Most Precious Blood Parish and a former Boy Scout leader in Walden. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa, at home; a daughter, Linda Fox and Sheldon Dishner of Spring Glen and Kiamesha Lake; sons, Daniel Purcell and his wife, Eileen, of Campbell Hall and John Purcell of Oneonta; a daughter-in-law, Ruth Purcell of Walden; six grandchildren, Trevor Purcell, Kelly Purcell, Danielle Fox, Brady Purcell, Keegan Purcell, and Autumn Purcell; one great-grandson, Parker Giudice; a sister, Dorothy McLaughlin and her husband, Jack, of NJ; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Purcell; and a sister, Mary Libell.
A Funeral Mass was held Saturday at Most Precious Blood, Walden. Msgr. Kenneth Loughman officiated.
Interment was private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements were made by Millspaugh Funeral Directors.

Robert Euker, 89
Ret’d. Guidance Counselor

Robert Euker of Harpursville, loving husband of Clara Euker, died Saturday, Nov. 25, 2006 at the Hilltop United Methodist Home in Johnson City. He was 89.
A steadfast husband, father, and grandfather and a loyal friend, with wit and a dry sense of humor, Bob never spoke ill of anyone. He was a dedicated member of the Harpursville United Methodist Church for over 60 years, a Cornell booster and a tireless volunteer phonathon caller. He was a 60-year member of the Masons, a longtime Republican committeeman, a master gardener, clever writer of topical poems, and a soup maker without equal. Bob will be deeply missed by all who knew him, especially by his wife of 64 years; his three daughters, Linda Davies, Jean Rigden, and Barb Hinsdale; his grandchildren, Carrie, John, and Katherine Davies and Jenny and Kristy Hinsdale; and his sons-in-law, Mark Davies, Scott Rigden, and Gary Hinsdale; his sister-in-law, Erika Euker and her three children, Arnold, Jerry and Eileen.
Born in the small village of North Branch, where his German-speaking parents raised chickens and ran a summer boarding house, Bob attended the one-room rural school there through eighth grade before moving on to Callicoon High School, with his two brothers, Arnold and Bick, who predeceased him. After graduation at age 16, Bob attended the College of Agriculture at Cornell University, where for his meals he served food in fraternity houses. Graduating in 1937, Bob taught agriculture, first at Tioga Center for a year in an old church and then in Harpursville, where he also taught shop. Attending Cornell and Colgate University in the summers, nights and weekends, he received his Master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Haskins and became certified in counseling. In guidance, he counseled each student to perform to his or her individual best, whether for college or trade. After 38 years of teaching and guidance counseling, Bob retired, with Clara, in 1975, focusing on his family, his church, and volunteering for Meals on Wheels. He spent many hours in his garden, soup making, crafting items for his grandkids, and watching sports and news on TV. In 2000, they sold their Harpursville home of 53 years and moved to an apartment in the Highlands, part of the Hilltop United Methodist Home complex.
Bob lived a good life well. To the end, he thought only of others, asked only about others, and never complained. His love and generosity, especially to his family and church, was unparalleled.
The family would like to extend a thank you to the surgical unit and ICU of Lourdes Hospital. Also, a special thanks to the wonderful staff of the James G. Johnston Memorial Nursing Home for the care and compassion given to Bob and his family.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Harpursville United Methodist Church, 3500 NY Route 79, with the Rev. Sue Shields, pastor of the church officiating. Calling hours will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church prior to the service.
Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at Greenlawn Cemetery in Bainbridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harpursville United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, PO Box 23, Harpursville, NY 13787.
Arrangements by the Osterhoudt-Madden Funeral Home, 69-71 Maple Street, Harpursville.

Stefania Flisikowski
Fmr. Resident, 94

Stefania Flisikowski of Pine Island, formerly of North Branch, died Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at home after a long illness. She was 94.
The daughter of Alexander and Maria Prymak Borys, she was born in Poland on December 21, 1911. She was the widow of Josef Flisikowski who died in 1990.
She overcame adversities in life that few people could imagine; living through WWII in Poland with all the terror and hardship that it entailed, and being separated from her husband for seven years while he fought with the British in the Middle East, not knowing if he was alive.
They reunited in England and emigrated to the United States in 1951.
She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt who will be greatly missed.
Stefania is survived by her son, Robert and his wife, Nadia, of Pine Island; grandchildren, Karen M. Flisikowski of Jersey City, NJ and Joseph M. Flisikowski of Pine Island; a nephew, Stanley Burghard of Long Island City; grandnephews, George Burghard and his wife, Lucy, and their daughter, Caroline of Neshanic Station, NJ, and Richard Burghard and his wife, Nina, of New Brunswick, NJ, and extended family here and in Poland.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, November 25 at St. Stanislaus Church, Pine Island. Burial was made in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Memorial and Tribute Processing Center, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.
Arrangements are under the direction of the T.S. Purta Funeral Home.

Russell M. Tyler
Retired Painter, 86

Russell M. Tyler, a retired painter and lifelong resident of Damascus, Pa., died Monday, November 27, 2006. He was 86 years of age.
The son of the late Elmer and Pearl Bush Tyler, he was born November 21, 1920 in Damascus, Pa.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in WWII, a member of the Russell Kenyon Post #5808 VFW, the Disabled American Veterans, and the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Marion Miller Tyler, at home; a brother, Edwin A. Tyler and his wife, Mary, of Youngsville; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Bertrand and Leland Tyler.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.
A funeral service will follow at noon Thursday at the funeral home.
Burial will be made in Hillside Cemetery in Damascus, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Damascus, PA 18415 or to the H. Russell Kenyon Post VFW, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Brian Kautz
Equip. Operator, 52

Brian Harold Kautz of Youngsville, an equipment operator and mechanic and a lifelong area resident, died suddenly Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at his home. He was 52 years of age.
The son of the late Harold and Mary Jackson Kautz, he was born October 18, 1954 in Callicoon.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was employed by Bernhardt Paving of Youngsville.
Survivors include two sons, Benjamin Kautz of Youngsville and Matthew Kautz of Indiana; six brothers, Donald, Dennis, Lawrence and his wife, Cheryl, Daniel and his wife, Cheryl, Douglas and Darryl; two sisters, Judith Bradley and her husband, Dean, and Julie Kimball and her husband, Newton; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Callicoon Center Fire Hall.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe.

James Ferreri
Ret’d. Mechanic, 79

James Ferreri of Bloomingburg, a mechanic having retired from the Town of Crawford Highway Department and a 35-year resident of the area, died Wednesday, November 22, 2006 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Horton Campus in Middletown. He was 79.
The son of the late Benjamin and Maria Indeligo Ferreri, he was born on October 6, 1927 in Brooklyn.
Survivors include his wife, Maria Rebecca Ferreri; his daughters, Maria Ungru of Greentown, Pa. and her husband, Richard, Catherine Santora of Bloomingdale, N.J.; five grandchildren, Joseph and his wife, Melissa Valenti, Jennifer Santora, David Santora, Lisa Ferreri and Vincent Ferreri and two great grandchildren, Alysa and Danielle. He is also survived by three sisters, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Vincent.
Funeral services were held Monday at the DeWitt Funeral Home, Pine Bush. Burial was made in New Prospect Cemetery in Pine Bush.

Memorial Service
for Albert W. Meyer

A Memorial Mass for Albert W. Meyer of Callicoon who died November 18, 2006 will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 1, 2006 at Holy Cross Church, Route 97, Callicoon.

John J. Wild
Blacksmith, 69

John J. Wild of Montgomery, a blacksmith for 43 years and a lifelong resident died Saturday, November 25, 2006, at home. He was 69.
The son of Frank Wild and Evelyn Giroux Wild, he was born December 19, 1936 in Montgomery.
He was a member of the Sullivan County Coon Hunters Club.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Kathy (Sammut) at home; a son, Timothy Wild and his wife, Dee, of Montgomery; a daughter, Joanne Tirante and husband, Mark, of Montgomery; grandchildren, Evelina and Katie Tirante and Jon Wild; two brothers, Joseph Wild of Montgomery and Frank Wild of Walden; four sisters, Frances Knight of Montgomery, Margaret LeRoy of Oklahoma, Mary Roe of North Collins, and Joan Wild of Middletown. He was predeceased by two brothers, Ray Wild and Tom Wild.
He was an avid coon hunter, cook and gardener. He was a good friend who was always willing to lend a hand and a mentor to many young hunters. His greatest joy was being surrounded by his grandchildren.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at Millspaugh Funeral Home, 22 Bank St., Walden.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Pastor Elijah Cooper will officiate.
Burial will be made in Wallkill Valley Cemetery in Walden.

Mary Hoey Spencer
Homemaker, 97

Mary Hoey Spencer of Forestburgh, a homemaker and longtime resident of the area, died Saturday, November 25, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Place at Bon Secours Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 97.
The daughter of the late Philip Hoey and Margaret Browne Hoey, she was born June 3, 1909 in Tuckahoe. She was the widow of Brian Spencer.
The oldest parishioner at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Forestburgh, Mrs. Spencer was also a past member of the Columbettes.
She is survived by three daughters, Jeanne Marie Casanova and her husband Gerald of Verona; Sister Mary Cecelia of St. Pancras, Queens; and Joan Mary Spencer of Forestburgh; one son, Philip David Spencer and his wife Sharon of Sherrill; two sisters, Georgine Shiller of Rosendale and Harriet Mylenski of Wappingers Falls; and an abundance of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two sons, Brian Jr. and Michael; a brother, Philip Hoey; and two sisters, Margaret Richards and Bernadette Clymer.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29 at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 30 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Forestburgh. Fr. Ivan Csete will officiate.
Burial will follow at Holy Name Cemetery in Otisville.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Place, 116 East Main Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Susan Trautschold

Susan Trautschold of Liberty died Sunday, November 26, 2006.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Call Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville for further details, 482-4280.

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