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December 15, 2006

Catherine E. Wehner Baumgardt
Former Waitress, 86

Catherine Elizabeth Wehner Baumgardt, a lifelong resident of Jeffersonville, and a former waitress at Richard’s Inn in Jeffersonville, died Monday, December 11, 2006 at Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 86.
She was born in Callicoon Center on January 22, 1920. She was the widow of George L. Baumgardt.
She was a member of the First Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville.
A family statement reads, “Mom, God made you very special, you’re only one of your kind, God gave you a body and He gave you a mind. He had a special purpose He wanted you to find. So He made you something special, you’re one, one of a kind.”
Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Duncan and her husband, Kenneth of Jeffersonville; her son, Walter Baumgardt and his wife, Anne of Tonawanda; four granddaughters, Tricia Sztaba and her husband, David of West Seneca, Heather Cyran and her husband, Steven of Lockport, Eden Baumgardt and Aurda Baumgardt of Tonawanda; one grandson, Roy Baumgardt of Sunnyside; two great grandchildren, Brian Sztaba and Kara Sztaba of West Seneca; and a sister, Ruth M. Sickles of Antwerp.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 15 at 11 a.m. at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Lee Andrews will officiate.
Burial will be made in the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Jean A. Hoffman
Registered Nurse, 63

Jean A. Hoffman of Oriental, N.C. died December 5, 2006. She was 63.
Jean Alice Fulton was born January 3, 1943 in Callicoon, the daughter of Earl and Irma Fulton of Kenoza Lake.
After many years in West Hurley, she and her husband moved to Oriental in 1996 and immediately became involved in numerous church and community activities.
She will long be remembered for her warm smile, her determination and for her dedication to family and friends. As a registered nurse, she worked in hospitals, schools and health clinics for over 40 years, often dedicating her time above and beyond her job description. In later years, she volunteered for Hope Clinic of Pamlico County. She was an avid embroiderer, gardener and bird watcher. Her diverse interests kept her busy to the end.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Roy H. Hoffman; her daughter, Barbra Hoffman of Suffolk, Va. and by Terry Visconti of Accord and husband, John; grandchildren, Jacob and Ashley Visconti; her brothers, George and his wife, Shirley of Livingston Manor, Edward and his wife, Evelyn of Houston, Texas, Roger of Middletown; her sisters, Margaret Sommer of North Branch and Virginia Hunt and her husband, Robert of Oneonta; and by her mother, Irma Fulton of Beach Lake, Pa.
A service to celebrate her life was held at the Oriental Methodist Church on Friday. The Rev. Walter Graves officiated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home & Cremations, Alliance.

Josephine M. Avery
Nanny, 81

Josephine M. Avery, a lifelong resident of Monticello and Bridgeville, departed this life Saturday, December 9, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 81.
She was born February 2, 1925 in Monticello, the daughter of Joseph and Philomena Kinney Barnum. She was the widow of Philip I. Avery.
She was a longtime member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Monticello. As a young woman, she worked for AT&T in Rochester, and later as a nanny for two local families, where imparting integrity and unconditional love were her greatest gifts. Being an avid swimmer, she loved to summer with her family at the Hunter Lake home of her aunt and uncle Louis and Betty Reisch.
She is survived by her son, Eugene N. Avery and his wife, Patricia of Rocky Mount, N.C.; her daughter, Linda Cosco of Monticello; and several nieces and nephews.
Josephine was predeceased by her brother, Clifford Carlisle II and her sister, Marjorie Covalt.
Memorial services for Josephine will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15 at St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John Street, Monticello. The Rev. Ninon Hutchinson will officiate.
Burial of cremains will be made in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Donations in memory of Josephine may be made to the Family Care Council of the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty, NY 12754.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home.

Antonio M. Bowser
Infant, eight days

Antonio M. Bowser of Liberty, the 8-day-old infant son of Barry Bowser and Kelly Bear, died Monday, December 11, 2006 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris.
He was born December 3, 2006 in Harris.
Survivors include his parents of Liberty; three sisters, Tiana King, Shakira Mazone and Kiyah Bowser, all at home; one brother, Jayshawn King at home; his maternal grandparents, Terri Bear of Liberty and Ted Bear of Livingston Manor.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, December 14 in the Harris Funeral Home, Liberty. Monsignor William Collins officiated.
Burial was made in the Liberty Cemetery, Liberty.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home.

William E. Haenelt
Business Owner, 71

William "Bill" E. Haenelt, a lifetime resident of Bloomingburg, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at O.R.M.C., Horton Campus in Middletown. He was 71.
The son of the late Edwin Maxwell and Gloria Valentine Blauvelt Haenelt, he was born August 4, 1935 in New York.
Bill married Gudrun "Gert" M. Czysch on May 1, 1957 in Germany. He was a member of the 7366th Radar Group in the U.S. Air Force, where he was a Flight Mechanic. Bill was an automotive engine machinist, builder and designer and ran a family business in Middletown, Quality Engine Dist. He was a member of Our Lady of the Assumption R.C. Church, DIRT Motorsports, NASCAR Modified Club and the Sports Car Club of America.
A family statement reads, "Bill had three loves in his life: his family, his friends and auto racing."
He is survived by his loving wife, Gert at home; his son, Edwin G. Haenelt and his wife, Ann of Bloomingburg; his two daughters, Linda E. Pietrzak and her husband, Mike and Debra J. Haenelt and James Beuerman, all of Bloomingburg; his sister, Julia Vincent and her husband, Ron of Hudson, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Josh, Meghan, Scott, Eddie, Adam, Ray, and Amanda; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Gloria DiMilta.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 15, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 17 High St., Bloomingburg.
Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.

Ruthann Schwander
Homemaker, 48

Ruthann Schwander was a homemaker and mother of two, whose life was tragically taken from her on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. She was 48.
The daughter of Ruth and the late Paul J. Monroe, Ruthann was born October 4, 1958 in Yonkers.
A family statement reads, "She had a big heart with enough room for everyone, especially cats. Ruthann was gifted as a cook and had a wonderful sense of humor."
She is survived by her mother, Ruth; her two beloved daughters, Tina of Maybrook and Kimberly of Monticello; a precious grandchild, Riley Burton; five brothers, Paul John Monroe of Cornwall, David L. Monroe of Cornwall, Howard C. Monroe of Harriman, Donald A. Monroe of Goshen, James E. Monroe and his wife, Mary, of Montgomery; her sisters, Vivien Hartman of Nokomis, Fla., Pauline Prusakowski of Wappingers Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Service of Remembrance was held Thursday evening at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home in Middletown.
Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Ruthann's name may be made to Orange County Safe Homes Project, Inc., 1 Roosevelt Place, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Edward J. Kessler
Machinist, 52

Edward J. Kessler of Goshen died Sunday, December 10, 2006 at his residence in Goshen. He was 52.
He was born March 1, 1954 in Goshen, the son of the late Harold E. and Beatrice I. (Millen) Kessler.
He was employed by Vinyl Windows, Oakland, N.J. as a Machinist.
He is survived by his mother, Beatrice I. Kessler of Goshen; three sons, James Kessler and his wife, Mandy, of Maryland, and Paul and Kenneth Kessler, both of New Port Richie, Fla.; brothers, Harold R. Kessler and his wife, Patricia of Montgomery, John M. Kessler and his wife, Kim of Bloomingburg, Nicholas H. Kessler and his wife, Noreen of Monroe; sisters, Kathleen Maggie Aragon of Goshen, Irene N. Kessler of Virginia, Dorothy M. Clegg and her husband, Bob of Chester; grandchildren, Angel Marie, James Bubba and Noel Rose Kessler; many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Donovan Funeral Home in Goshen on Thursday, December 14. Deacon Tom Liotta officiated.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

Richard Allen Cudney Jr.
Business Owner, 18

Richard Allen Cudney Jr. of Otisville, owner of American Rooter Service and a lifelong resident, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006 in Greenville Township. He was 18.
He was born January 22, 1988 in Goshen, the son of Richard Allen and Vickie Hendershot Cudney Sr.
A 2006 graduate of Minisink Valley High School, he graduated with a Regents Diploma and was in the ROTC program where he was the Raider Commander for two years. He was also a member of the North America Hunting and Fishing Club. Richard loved snowboarding, skiing and surfing, and built race cars as a hobby.
He is survived by his parents, Richard and Vickie Cudney at home; three brothers, R.J. Cudney, A.J. Cudney and C.J. Cudney, all at home; three sisters, Nicole Cudney, Crystal Cudney and Amber Cudney, all at home; his two best friends, Nicole Tomaszewski of Slate Hill and Dan Martin of Glen Spey; maternal grandparents, Walter Hendershot Sr. and his companion, Pat Soules of E. Branch and Shirley Cooper of Bloomingburg; and paternal grandfather, Earl Cudney of Middletown.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Patricia Morse and survived by her husband, Richard Morse of Middletown; four uncles, Earl Cudney and George Cudney of Middletown, Walter Hendershot Jr. of E. Branch, and Paul Hendershot and his wife, Natalie, of Bloomingburg; three aunts, Patricia Dennison of Cuddebackville, Tina Rivenburg and her husband, Rick, of E. Branch, and Robin Dougherty of Queens; many cousins; and Ivan McGraw, companion of Shirley Cooper.
Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, December 15 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main Street, Port Jervis.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jeffrey Farley officiating.
Cremation will be made at Lake Region Crematory in Lake Ariel, Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family at 29 Highland Ave., Otisville, NY 10963, in memory of Richard.

Melvin Harry Paradise
Business Owner, 89

Melvin Harry Paradise passed away on December 2, 2006 of heart failure while in Florida. He was 89.
Mel was a man for all times. He related to everyone, young and old, and had an energy and vitality that spoke to who he was. No one could not be affected by a Mel encounter.
He was born December 27, 1916 and was raised in New York City and had a deep loyalty and love for his town. He grew up in Washington Heights and the West Side of Manhattan, and had a reputation as one of its greatest handball players. He was a gifted athlete, and excelled in any sport that he played.
Mel was the offspring of German and Russian Jews and always said that that was a dynamite combination. He went to New York University, studied journalism and was on the boxing team. He thought his future would be in the family business, which was advertising, but it was not to be.
Mel married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Koenig. It was now a time of war. Having received his orders, the two of them moved from Army camp to Army camp until he received his overseas orders. Mel was a Warrant Officer in the 394th Field Artillery Battalion, which landed in Normandy immediately after the first days of the Allied invasion and eventually participated in the liberation of two concentration camps in Germany. Mel created the pioneering James Roy, Inc., "the" discount furniture showroom. Starring in his own television commercials for 10 years made him a celebrity, and he could not walk down the street without someone recognizing and greeting him.
Mel and Helen had two children, James Roy, a producer, director, and actor, and Stephanie Gwen, owner of the New Age Health Spa in Neversink.
Upon retirement, Mel divided his time between Florida and New Age Health Spa. He lost his bride in 1995 after 54 years of marriage. He had extremely close relationships with his grandchildren, Samantha Kate, Elizabeth Ruth, Olivia Helen and Noah Connor. He saw them often and was able to participate in everything. He is also survived by his four great-grandchildren, Ben and Ella Mallinger and Gabe and Jack Melville Paty. Mel had a loving relationship with his sister, Geraldine Hoffman, who also survives him. Until the day he died, she always called him "brother."
In a family statement it was said, “He was a handsome, gracious, true gentleman who adored women; a man’s man. He brought love and light and fun into our lives and things will not be the same on this planet without him. We all love you, Melville Harry Paradise.”

Edward F. Romer
Ret. Truck Driver, 85

Edward F. Romer of Summitville, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at O.R.M.C., Arden Hill Campus in Goshen. He was 85.
The son of the late John Frank Romer and Anne Rumsey Romer, he was born June 12, 1921 in Middletown.
A member of the Teamsters Local #445, Mr. Romer was a tractor-trailer driver for the former Rupp Southern Tier Freight Lines in Middletown. Serving in World War II and Korea, he was in the 9th Army Air Corps, the 2200th quartermaster Truck Company "The Red Ball Express" in Europe. He was also active in the American Legion Post #1266, Mamakating and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4947, Mamakating.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Edith Elizabeth Allen Romer, at home; a son, Benjamin Romer and his wife, Cindy of Bloomingburg; three grandchildren, Kimberly Labianca of Bloomingburg, April Caggiano of Pine Bush, and Erik Romer of Wurtsboro; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Clarence A. Romer and John F. Romer, Jr.; and three sisters, Jennie Birdsdall, Mildred Becker and Elizabeth M. Romer.
His funeral service will be held on Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan Street in Wurtsboro. Pastor Robert Hewitt will officiate.
Burial will follow in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Summitville Fire Dept., P.O. Box 296, Summitville, NY 12781 or to the Mamakating First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 525, Wurtsboro, NY 12790.

Lester J. Devens
Contractor/Electrician/Cabinet Maker, 42

Lester J. Devens Jr. of Barryville, a contractor, electrician, and cabinetmaker and a brief resident of the area, passed away Saturday, December 9, 2006 at home. He was 42.
The son of Lester J. and Barbara Haupt Devens Sr., he was born March 29, 1964 in Ridgewood, N.J. He was married to Martha Klopchin.
A family statement reads, "Lester was a wonderful loving man who worked very hard to take care of his family. He will be greatly missed and remembered for his honor and his sensitivities."
He is survived by his wife, Martha at home; step daughter, Emma Klopchin and step son, Gary Klopchin at home; his parents, Lester J. and Barbara Devens Sr. of Virginia; five sisters, Jan Woodcock of Florida, Linda O'Brien of Florida, Barbara Amidon of Pennsylvania, Susan Hardesty of Washington and Bonnie Marks of Florida; and two brothers, Steve Romaine of Florida and Donald Romaine of Virginia; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Cremation will followed visitation at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, Pa.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville.

Carlton Polhemus, Sr.
Ret. Refinery Worker, 62

Carlton Polhemus Sr., of Ellenville, entered into rest Sunday, December 10, 2006 at Ellenville Regional Hospital after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. He was 62.
The son of the late Clyde and Clara Drab Polhemus, he was born August 25, 1944 in Nyack. He recently retired from Revere Smelting and Refinery in Middletown after 28 years of service.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jean Conklin Polhemus; four sons, Donald of Ellenville, Daniel of Raeford, N.C., James and his fiancee, Lori, of Kerhonkson, and Carlton Jr. and his companion, Tania, of Monticello; two daughters, Shirley at home and Gail Avery and her husband, John of Ellenville; a sister-in-law, Edith Conklin of LaFargeville; his cherished grandchildren, Robert, Joseph, Kayla and John; five brothers, Robert (Bobby) and his wife, Judith of Yonkers, Milton and his wife, Margaret, (Maggie) of Pearl River, Clyde Jr. of Suffern, Louis (Lou) and his wife, Karen of Conway, S.C., Earl (Rusty) of Spring Valley; four sisters, Jeanette (Jeannie) Hardy and her husband, Wes of Villa Rica, Ga., Doris Farncil and her husband, George of Orangeburgh, Gail Smith of Spring Valley and Margaret Dutka and her husband, Bruce of New City; and several nieces and nephews. He will be missed by his pal, "Jake."
A memorial service was held Thursday at the Loucks Funeral Home, Ellenville, with the Rev. Ray King officiating. Burial of the cremains was made in the Fantinekill Cemetery, Ellenville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellenville Regional Hospital, P.O. Box 668, Ellenville, NY 12428.

Florence M. Clark
Ret. Therapy Aid, 90

Florence M. "Aunt Flo" Clark of Otisville died Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at ORMC, Horton Campus in Middletown. She was 90.
She was born on June 20, 1916 in Port Jervis. Florence was a devoted member of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Otisville. She worked as a Therapy Aide for Middletown Psychiatric Center in Middletown until her retirement.
A family statement reads, "Florence was always content. She was a gentle and loving person. We will remember her as always cheerful and compassionate. Jeffrey, her grandson, was the light of her life. She was extremely proud of him and his achievements. Known as Aunt Flo to everyone, she will be dearly missed."
She is survived by her son, Francis, and his wife, Janet, of Otisville; her sisters, Helen Congiolosi of Rock Hill and Mary Rhein of Middletown; and her grandson, Jeffrey Clark.
She was predeceased by a brother, William Kunz, and sisters, Rose DeVore and Stephanie Dombrowski.
Friends may call from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 15 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Otisville.
Burial will be made in Holy Name Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name of Jesus Church, PO Box 597, Otisville, NY 10963.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.

Lawrence V. Vantran
Ret. Equipment Operator, 83

Lawrence V. Vantran of Roscoe, a retired equipment operator with Local #825, and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, December 12, 2006 at the Delaware Valley Hospital in Walton. He was 83.
The son of the late Charles and Florence Edwards Vantran, he was born June 11, 1923 in Livingston Manor.
Larry was a former member of the Roscoe Hose Co. #1.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Doris M. Rutherford Vantran, at home; three daughters, Kathleen DeRosia and her husband, Edward of Roscoe, Ann Zamenick and her husband, Richard of Roscoe, and Janet McGowan of Texas; six grandchildren, Edward and Robert DeRosia, Daniel Smith, Denise Will, Michael Zamenick and Breanne McGowan; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 15 at 11 a.m. in the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe with Pastor Dale Ashby officiating.
Burial will be in the Cooks Falls Cemetery, Cooks Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Roscoe-Rockland Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Old Route 17, Roscoe, NY 12776.

James M. Nolan
Ret. NYC Fireman, 64

James M. Nolan, a longtime resident of the area, died Wednesday, December 13, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 64.
Son of the late James J. and Muriel Crinnion Nolan, he was born September 16, 1942 in Queens.
He was currently the Code Enforcement Officer for the Town of Highland. A retired fireman for the City of New York Fire Department, he was the former owner of both Bagels & More in Liberty and Nolan’s Restaurant in Pond Eddy. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Army, a member of BPOE Elks Lodge in Liberty, and a member and Lion Tamer for the Lumberland Lions Club.
A family statement reads, "Jim was the best husband, father and man that ever lived, and a friend to all."
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Mehlmann Nolan at home; three sons, Robert Nolan and his wife, Jennifer of Wantagh, James Nolan of Port Jervis, and Douglas Nolan and his wife, Susan of Thompsonville; one daughter, Kelly Aukward and her husband, John of Salisbury, Md.; his sister, Arlene Harnett of Binghamton; four grandchildren, Danielle, Douglas, Matthew and Taylor; his mother-in-law, Edna Mehlmann of Pond Eddy, and two very close friends, Fred and Joanne Novelli.
Friends may call at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 East Main St., Port Jervis, N.Y. on Friday, December 15, 2006 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 16 at 2 p.m. in the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church in Pond Eddy, with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Burial will be in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.
Contributions may be made to Meeghan's Team, NARR Association, 7 Sylvan Place, Valley Stream, NY 11580.

Barbara Jean Robisch
Poet, Writer, Artist, 73

Barbara J. Robisch died peacefully on December 11, 2006. She was 73.
Barbara was a poet, writer, artist and a lover of people of all backgrounds and persuasions. She shared her life with her best friend of 29 years, Fran Hepburn, and most recently her cat, Puss III, in a beautiful location overlooking Hortonville.
She is survived by her sister, Joyce Fisher of Narrowsburg, and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Mary Robisch of Beach Lake, Pa. and John and Anastasia Robisch of Longmont, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30 at the Presbyterian Church in Hortonville.
Committal will follow at Hortonville Cemetery, with a reception after a brief graveside ceremony.

Anne June Lagerway
Homemaker, 88

Anne June Lagerway, a homemaker and longtime area resident, died on Tuesday, December 12, 2006 in Virginia. She was 88.
The daughter of the late Marko and Frances Bogovich Stefanac, she was born on September 14, 1918 in Pennsylvania.
She was the widow of Henry Lagerway, an inspector for the NYC Police Dept., who died July 27, 1996. Anne was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello and the Bethel Senior Citizens.
She is survived by her son, William Lagerway of Auburn and her daughter, Jean Feighery and her husband, Daniel of Fairfax Station, Va.; two sisters, Katherine McGowan of Hermitage, Pa. and Josephine Paulenich of Sharon, Pa.; two grandsons, Patrick Feighery and his wife, Michelle of Oak Hill, Va. and Kevin Feighery of Falls Church, Va.; and three great-granddaughters, Brynn, Celie and Lainey.
Visitation will be on Monday, December 18 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello at 10 a.m. Rev. Robert Ginel will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assn., PO Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.

Maurice Leach
Ret. Oil Burner Serviceman, 73

Maurice M. Leach, a retired oil burner serviceman of Tennanah Lake, died on Monday, December 11, 2006 in Liberty. He was 73.
He was the son of the late George and Evelyn McEntee Leach, born on August 27, 1922 in Presque Isle, Maine. He was the widower of Dorothy Larsen Leach, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Yelekli and her husband, Lemi, of Roscoe; one son, Clifford Leach, and his wife, Marian, of Germany; four grandchildren, Joshua and Benjamin Leach and Nora and Megan Yelekli; two sisters, Christine Leach of Presque Isle, Maine and Evelyn Miller and her husband, Ronald, of Ft. Meyers, Fla; two brothers, George Leach and his wife, Marjorie; Darrell and his wife, Mary, all of Presque Isle, Maine; and Richard Leach of Mars Hill, Maine; as well as a brother-in-law, Walter Larsen and his wife, Helen, of Hertz, Tx. He was predeceased by a sister, Phyllis Pendexter, and a sister-in-law, Vaida Leach. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Maine.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 15, at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon, at 11 a.m. Reverend James O’Rourke will officiate.
Interment of cremains will be at the Fremont Center Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 396, Jeffersonville, New York 12748.

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