Lois E. Burrill
Ret. Education Consultant, 72
Lois Elizabeth Burrill of Callicoon Center, NY, a retired education consultant, died Monday, March 22, 2010 at Meadow Lakes Community in New Jersey after a recurrence of cancer. She was 72.
The daughter of the late Charles and Jean Burrill and sister of the late Margaret Burrill Laing, she was born September 25, 1937.
A 1959 graduate of Smith College, Lois earned a Doctor of Education degree from Fordham University. She made her mark in education as a social studies teacher, at educational materials publisher Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich in test development, and finally as an independent education measurement consultant.
Lois enjoyed seeing the world. As an AFS student in high school she spent time in Germany and in college, she took advantage of Smith’s Junior Year abroad program, living in Geneva Switzerland. Lois has climbed the Great Wall of China, explored Central America, Eastern Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, making many great friends along the way. It was through good friends in AFS that Lois came to the Catskills.
After splitting her time between New York City and Sullivan County, Lois finally built a house in Callicoon Center. She moved there full-time after several summers of camping on the property in a tent. Lois was an experienced camper. As a child she and her sister spent summers at Camp Miniwanca near their father’s family home in Minnesota. Lois often spoke fondly of those days and the people she met through the camp’s American Youth Foundation. She was an outspoken supporter of the work they did to inspire young people to develop to their personal best and to make a positive difference in their communities and the wider world.
Lois was very involved in her own community, spotlighted in 1996 in the WVOS feature “People Who Make a Difference.” Lois was an organizing member of Sullivan County Habitat for Humanity, volunteered at the Jeffersonville Public Library, was a member of the Valley Chorus, a member and active volunteer at public radio station WJFF, working in the station, on fund-raisers and serving on the station’s Community Advisory Board. Lois’ love of music led her to support the Weekend of Chamber Music series, serving on its advisory board. Lois was a member of the Roscoe Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir. She gave her time and talents to the church as a dedicated deacon and elder, recording weekly services for shut-ins, working on fund-raising events, and sharing the flowers from her garden to decorate the sanctuary. As an elder, Lois was actively involved in the Hudson River Presbytery, co-chairing and serving on committees dedicated to educating lay pastors and supporting transformation and growth in the churches in the 8 counties that make up the presbytery.
Lois maintained strong connections to her sisters alums at Smith College, editing several of the reunion booklets. In 2009, she attended her 50th class reunion and after having survived cancer surgery, chemo and radiation in 2007 she wrote “I can truthfully say that life has been very good.”
A memorial service will be held at the Roscoe Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Nancy Asbury presiding.
Memorial contributions in Lois’ name may be made to the Roscoe Presbyterian Church, PO Box 16, Roscoe, NY 12776 or to the Weekend of Chamber Music, PO Box 304, Lake Huntington, NY 12752 or to the American Youth Foundation, 8706 Manchester Rd., Suite 102, St. Louis, MO 63144.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY. 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200.
Walter A. Horn
Retired Civil Engineer, 79
Walter A. Horn of Roscoe, NY, a retired civil engineer for the NYS Department of Tranportation and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 79.
The son of the late Walter A. and Marcella Peisker Horn, he was born January 28, 1931 in Babylon, NY.
Walter proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Horn, at home; four sons, Walter Horn, Philip Horn, Edward Horn, and Josh Horn; two daughters, Wendy Pick and Kathleen McDoal; two sisters, Betty Lovalvo and Audrey Gent; and five grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one daughter, Cindy Horn.
Funeral services will be private.
Memorial contributions in Walter’s name may be made to the Sullivan County SPCA, PO Box 995, Rock Hill, NY 12775 or to the People for People Foundation, c/o The Time Herald Record, 40 Mulberry Street, Middletwon, NY 10940.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY. www.Harris-FH.com 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200.