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December 5, 2006

Scott Timothy Krantz
Sullivan West Student, 16

Scott Timothy Krantz, a lifelong resident of Jeffersonville, and a student at Sullivan West High School died November 29, 2006 in Callicoon. He was 16 years of age.
He was born to Gary E. Krantz and Jean Santos Krantz on June 27, 1990 in Honesdale, Pa.
Survivors include his parents, Gary E. Krantz and Jean Santos Krantz of Jeffersonville; three brothers, Steven Krantz of the U.S. Coast Guard, Niagara Falls, Daniel Krantz of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Andrew Krantz of Jeffersonville; his paternal grandmother, Muriel Krantz of Jeffersonville; his maternal grandmother, Judy Miller of Liberty; his maternal grandfather, James Santos and his wife, Frances, of Massachusetts; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services were held Saturday, December 2 at the Stewart-Murphy funeral home in Jeffersonville. Pastor Kit Robison officiated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Nicholas Mootz Fund, c/o Penny Ackermann, 38 Lounsbury Road, Cochecton, NY 12726.

Sophie Konikowski
Machinist, 87

Sophie Konikowski of Huguenot, died Friday, December 1, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 87.
She was born March 17, 1919 in Passaic, N.J., the daughter of the late John and the late Anna Kubics Babula. She was married to the late Stanley Konikowski, who died April 21, 1981.
Sophie worked as a Machinist for 21 years at Nylok Fasteners in Paramus, N.J.
Surviving are her grandchildren, Robert Konikowski and his wife, Marion of Glen Spey, Susan Batykefer and her husband, Scott of Greenville Township and Joanne Wieboldt and her husband, Donald of Greenville Township; great-grandchildren, Robert Konikowski, Jr. and his wife, Rebecca, Sierra Konikowski, Barbara Baka and her husband, Tamas, Scott Batykefer, Jr., Carl Batykefer, Victoria Batykefer, and Brooklyn Batykefer, and great-great-grandchildren,Destiny Konikowski, Jarett and Ryan Baka.
She was predeceased by her son, Anthony Robert Konikowski, who died November 5, 2005.
Visitation and funeral services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.
Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Florida, New York.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Associ-ation, 419 East Main St., Middle-town, NY 10940.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.

Jean Lois Ernst
Homemaker, 83

Jean Lois Ernst of Youngsville died Friday, Dec. 1, 2006 at Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 83.
We are all deeply saddened at the loss of our Grandma Jean. Her family was always her first priority especially her grandchildren, Ian and Jeremy, and her great grandchildren, Connor and Riley. She gave them her love in the time she spent with them, teaching them to love nature and the outdoors through hunting, fishing, hiking, throwing rocks in the brook or plopping in puddles after a rainstorm. Jean was also a true partner to her husband of 68 years, Val, and worked with him in many community activities including the founding of the Jeff Ambulance Corps., the Snowmobile Club and the N.R.A. Hunter Safety Program.
Jean is survived by her husband, Val; her son, Lanny (Joan); her son-in-law, Norm Schaefer; her grandsons, Ian (Jodi) and Jeremy (Crystal); a great-grandson, Connor, and a great-granddaughter, Riley. She was predeceased by her daughter Donna Ernst Schaefer in 2004.
As per Jean's wishes, there will be no viewing. A memorial service will be held in January.
The family thanks the entire staff of Roscoe Nursing Home for the care and love given so unstintingly to Jean over the past two years.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, or to the Greenhill Cemetery Association, c/o Marion Fries, 1464 Shandalee Road, Livingston Manor, NY 12758.
Arrangements were made by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Inc.

Ruth Linden Newman
Homemaker, 88

Ruth Linden Newman of Monticello, died Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at Achieve Rehab Nursing Facility in Liberty. She was 88.
The daughter of the late Benjamin and Rose Linden, Ruth was born on June 2, 1918 in New York City.
She was the beloved wife of the late Harry Newman, who predeceased her in 1979.
She was an avid reader, one of the founding members of the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop, and also one of 40 families that founded Temple Sholom in Monticello.
She is survived by her brother, Jack Linden of Boca Raton, Fla.; her sons, Richard (Ida) Newman of Loch Sheldrake and Keith Newman of Mountaindale, and his fiancée, Laurie Woods; her daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Steven Silverman of Mongaup Valley; her grandchildren, Mandi (Paul) Bromberg, Haley and Kara Silverman; her great-grandchildren, Sedona and Bryce Bromberg; her close friends, Ceil and Allen Plotkin and Mary Patt; and niece, Barbara Kaufer, all of Monticello; as well as many other nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Abe and Phil Linden, and one sister, Bess Berman.
Funeral services will be private.
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Inc.

Charles E. Brink Sr.
Retired Drywall Contractor, 62

Charles E. Brink Sr. of Bloomingburg, formerly of Middletown, a retired self-employed drywall contractor and a lifelong resident, entered into rest Thursday, November 30, 2006 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Arden Hill campus, in Goshen. He was 62.
The son of the late Earl C. and Mildred DeGroat Brink, he was born July 17, 1944 in Middletown. He was the longtime companion of Carol Ann Daley, who resides at home.
He is survived by his companion Carol; a son Thomas L. Brink Sr. of Loch Sheldrake; daughters, Cindy Sunnekalb and her husband Kevin of Rock Hill, and Jennifer A. Brink and her husband Mark Lamb of Bloomingburg; three brothers, Gilbert S. Brink and his wife Debbie of Gardiner, Earl C. Brink Jr. of Circleville, and Everett William Brink and his wife Michelle of Westtown; eight grandchildren; one great-grandgranddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Charles E. Brink Jr.; and two brothers, Marcus Brink and Leandrew Brink Sr.
A funeral service was held Monday at Cornelius, Dodd and Connell Funeral Home in Middletown with the Rev. Kenneth Wonderland officiating.
Burial was made in Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg.

Russell Lewis Rake
Retired Custodian, 77

Russell Lewis Rake of Damascus, Pa., a retired custodian for Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon died Saturday, December 2, 2006 in Damascus, Pa. He was 77.
The son of the late Floyd and Agnes Edwards Rake, he was born October 6, 1929 in Tanner Falls, Pa.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Kenyon Rake, at home; a son Allan Rake and his wife, Joan, of Tyler Hill, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Darlene Rake of Long Eddy; stepchildren, Florence Eldred and her husband, Harold, of Damascus, Pa., Joan MacPeek and her husband, Charles, of Damascus, Pa. and William Newport and his wife, Barbara, of Equinunk, Pa., Patricia Conklin and her husband, Butch, of Honesdale, Pa.; two sisters, Marjorie Eldred and Frances Nielsen; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a son, Raymond Rake; a stepgrandson, Levi Houghtaling; and by two brothers and two sisters.
Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, December 5 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pastor Alice Pedone will officiate.
Cremation will be made at Lake Region Crematory Lake Ariel, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Braman Church, c/o Heather Roloson, Equinunk, PA.

Michael Cassaro Sr.
Electrician, 76

Michael Cassaro Sr. of Mongaup Valley passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, November 29, 2006. He was 76.
The son of the late Salvatore and Lucille Quartararo Cassaro, he was born July 27, 1930 in Brooklyn.
He was an electrician for Proctor & Gamble on Staten Island. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello, Holy Name Society of St. Theresa’s Church on Staten Island, and Monticello Elks Lodge #1544. He was a former Boy Scout Leader, coach for the Staten Island Cobras Football Team, Rangemaster for the Colonial Rifle and Pistol Club on Staten Island, and an NRA Firearms Safety Instructor.
A family statement reads, “Mike was an avid outdoorsman and will be missed by us all.”
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Margaret Valentino Cassaro, at home; three sons, Michael Cassaro and his wife Victoria of Ferndale, Peter Cassaro and Mark Cassaro, both of Mongaup Valley; four grandchildren, Michael Cassaro III, Sandra, Jillian and Jacqueline.
Private services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home on Dec. 1. The Rev. Robert Ginel officiated.
Cremation was at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Rev. Paul Rodney Bult
Pastor, 56

Reverend Paul Rodney Bult of North Liberty, Iowa, formerly of Callicoon, died Thursday, November 30, 2006 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, following complications of a stroke.
His family includes his wife and soulmate, Sue; their children, Brenton Bult and his wife, Dena of Coralville, Iowa, Arianna Bult, Ryan Bult, Bronson Bult and his wife, Kelly, Ashley McWilliams and her husband, Jon, Iowa and Amberly Bult, all of North Liberty, Iowa; four grandchildren, Cora, Joselyn, Jadon and Jacob; brother, John Bult and his wife, Shirley of Claryville, Gordon Bult and his wife, Lillian of West Franklin, N.H., Pastor Dr. David Bult and his wife, Sylvia Bult of Mullins, S.C., Pastor Dean Bult and his wife, Sylvia Bult of Mullins, S.C., Pastor Dean Bult and his wife, Patty of Galloway, N.J., Terry Lee Bult of Liberty; and many special nieces and nephews.
Paul was predeceased by his parents, and a sister, Barbara Ann Cairo.
His life was celebrated Sunday, December 3 at the New Covenant Bible Church, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Reverend Keith Carlson and Reverend Dean Bult officiated.
Burial was made in the Ridgewood Cemetery, North Liberty, Iowa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Church at P.O. Box 552, North Liberty, IA 52317.

Roslyn Yablon

Roslyn Yablon, the widow of Martin Yablon who passed in 1992, died on November 13, 2006, at home in Yulan.
Roz was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of Jacob and Fanny Kaplan.
She was a lifelong member of Hadassah, a member of the Prime Timers of Temple Sholom of Monticello, and a member of the Highland Senior Center. She loved living in Yulan working daily on her crafts of knitting and sewing. Her passion for knitting led her to making hats for the Senior Center and lap robes for the Skilled Nursing unit of Catskill Regional Medical Center.
Roz will be missed not only by her family and friends but also by the birds and animals she so lovingly cared for everyday. REST IN PEACE.
She is survived by two nephews, Andrew and Stephen Glasser; a daughter; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Barry in 1988.
Graveside funeral services were held on November 15, 2006 in King Solomon Memorial Park, Clifton, N.J.

Helen Hall
Hospital Worker, 85

Helen Hall of Hewitt, N.J., died on December 1, 2006 at St. Anthony's Community Hospital, Warwick surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was 85 years old.
Born on April 14, 1921 in West Brighton, Staten Island, she was the daughter of Jeremiah and Catherine Sweeney. She was married for 56 years to Hollis Hall when he predeceased her in 1999.
She was a graduate of Port Richmond High School, and retired from St. Vincent's Hospital after working there for 35 years. Upon retiring, she and her husband moved to Toms River, N.J. and enjoyed 15 years of friendship and activities with many organizations. After her husband's death, she moved to West Milford, N.J. to reside next door to her granddaughter and her family. She received unending joy from her four great-grandchildren.
Helen was extremely proud of her Irish heritage, most especially shown as she walked the St. Patrick's Day parade on Forest Avenue as the Aide to the Grand Marshall in 1984.
"Helen was the matriarch of her family. Her example of courage and strength in the face of ten long years of illness has been an inspiration to her children and grandchildren. Throughout her illness, her sense of humor never wavered. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her."
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Lindholm and her husband, Ron of Barryville, Geraldine Hayes and her husband, Ned of Warwick; six grandchildren, Ron and Steffi Lindholm, Beth and Alan Schaeffer, Kristian Hollis Lindholm, Brendan, Patrick and Sean Hayes; four great grandchildren, Riley and Svea Lindholm and Robby and Kevin Schaeffer; her sister, Catherine Dillon of Portsmouth, R.I.; her brother, Edgar Sweeney of Staten Island; many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three brothers, Daniel (Butch), Jeremiah (Jerry) and Lawrence (Spanky) Sweeney.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady Queen of Peace RC Church, Hewitt, N.J.
Cremation will be private. Burial of the cremains will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Eldred.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony's Hospital Building Fund, 15 Maple Avenue, Warwick, NY 10990 or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.
Arrangements under the direction of Lazear-Smith and Vander Plaat Memorial Home, Warwick.

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