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May 21, 2010

Ruth W. Clements
Retired Home Economist, 97

Ruth Wilkinson Clements, 97, of Liberty, NY, entered into rest on May 13, 2010 at her home.
Ruth was born in Liberty on December 16, 1912 to David Howard Clements and Ione Gregory Clements.
Ruth graduated Liberty Central School in 1931 and attended Cornell University graduating in 1935 with a BS in Home Economics. She worked for the Farm Home Administration after graduating Cornell. She later returned to Liberty where she began work for New York State Electric & Gas as a home economist and remained there until her retirement in 1977.
Ruth found satisfaction in her volunteer jobs and took pride in her community. She was active in Sullivan County Cooperative Extension where she was a member for 50 years, Liberty Belles member for 53 years, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution for 32 years, and Alpha Xi Delta member for 77 years. Ruth was also a member of the Farm and Garden Club, Liberty Grange, NYSEG Quarter Century Club and Sullivan County 4-H.
When Ruth wasn’t volunteering her time, she was traveling with family and friends, having the opportunity to visit Europe, Ireland (where she traced family heritage), Switzerland, Australia, Greece, New Zealand, Tahiti and Figi as well as many places in the United States. Her hobby became collecting dolls from the countries she visited. She enjoyed working around her home, meticulously maintaining her lawn and garden.
Ruth joined the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty when she was 12 years old. She remained an active member of the church for 85 years. Ruth attended church every Sunday she was able to. She gave countless hours at many of the church’s functions. She found comfort and inspiration from God, her family and the church.
Ruth is survived by her sister-in-law Doris Clements of Liberty; her nephew, John David Clements and his wife Joanne of Liberty; her nieces, Deborah Lyden and her husband Paul of Liberty, and Susan Remmel and her husband Bruce of Fleetwood, Pa.; great-niece, Alicia Wolcott of Oshkosh, Wisc.; great-nephews Ian Remmel of Fleetwood, Pa., Brendon Lyden and wife LouAnn of Medford, NY, Gregory Lyden and Danielle Snedeker of Cornelius, NC; great-great-nieces, Bethany Huebsch of Liberty and Jessyca Wolcott of Livingston Manor, NY; and great-great nephews, Eugene Wolcott of Livingston Manor and Dyllon Lyden of Medford.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents, Ione Gregory Clements and David Howard Clements; her brothers, Howard and Charles Clements; and her sister-in-law Helene Clements.
Ruth gave of herself to her family, friends and the church. Special thanks to Holly Fink, Glenda Calle, Linda McKune, Joyce Rogler and Tilly Menegon who gave their love, friendship and care during her remaining years. God has made room for Ruth in Heaven. She will be sadly missed by all.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, 81 S. Main St., Liberty, NY 12754 or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. Liberty, NY.

Gerald Yager
Master Clockmaker, 83

Gerald Yager, 83 of DeLand, Fla. passed away on May 17, 2010 in DeLand. He was born in Liberty, New York on July 28, 1926 and moved to DeLand in 1977 from his birthplace. Mr. Yager was a WWII U.S. Army veteran and worked as a master clockmaker and repairman. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church,  the Knights of Columbus, Amvets and American Legion Post 6 in DeLand. Jerry’s interests included scuba diving and golf, but Jerry most enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, and helping others.
Survivors include the love of his live for over 61 years, Ruth; daughters, Barbara (Langdon “Bill”) Peck of Goshen, NY, Beverly (James C.) Robinson of DeLand, Fla., and Regina Yager of Orange City, Fla.; sister, Regina Soules of Sarasota, Fla.; grandchildren, Lynn, Shawn, Brenda, Christie, Joanne, and Katie; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Brooke, Alyssa, Tristyn, Skylor, Maya, Tessa, Grace, and Valentina; and dear friends, too many to mention. He was pre-deceased by siblings, Royal, Gertrude, Elizabeth and Donald.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, with burial to follow at DeLand Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Jerry’s name to the Knights of Columbus #6274, P.O. Box 601, DeLand, FL 32721. 
Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home in DeLand is in charge. Online Tributes may be left for the Yager family at www.allensum

Raymond A. Klein
Ret. ConEdison Lineman, 80

Raymond A. Klein of Roscoe, a retired lineman and splicer for ConEd and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 80.
The son of the late Rudolph and Josephine Schulte Klein, he was born August 17, 1929 in Astoria.
Ray served our country in the National Guard, and was a former member of the Massapequa Park Volunteer Fire Company. He was a former member of the Methol Hunting Club, and had been a school bus driver for 17 years for the Roscoe Central School.
Survivors include his wife, Ann M. Mensching Klein, at home; three sons, Thomas Klein and his wife Anne of North Branch, NY, Robert Klein of Roscoe, and Raymond E. Klein of Harris; two daughters, Lori Hendrickson and her husband Charles, and Eileen Merson and her husband Craig, all of Roscoe; three sisters, Joan Balogh of Florida, his twin sister Mary Lou Werner and her husband William of SC, and Nancy Flood and her husband James of New Jersey; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, May 21, 2010 in the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Avenue, Roscoe.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 22, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Gate of Heaven Church, Highland Ave., Roscoe. Monsignor William Collins will officiate.
Private burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Roscoe-Rockland Fire Company, Union Street, Roscoe, NY 12776.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY.

Marianne Spuck
Homemaker, 82

Marianne Spuck of Callicoon, NY, Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Bad Homburg, Germany, entered into eternal rest on May 11, 2010 with her daughter at her side, at Horton Medical Center in Middletown, NY, after suffering a stroke and prior hip surgery. She was 82.
The daughter of Anna and Josef Novotny, she was born on July 2, 1927 in Pföhlwies, in what was then the German Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia. She was separated from her family during World War II, but they were able to reunite near Frankfurt, Germany. She and her husband of 52 years, Heinz, lived in Bad Homburg, Germany, where they raised their only child, Rosemarie. Marianne spent most of the last 25 years in her beloved Florida, where the sun and warmth gave her well-being and health, and she continued to spend time at her home in Germany and with her family in Callicoon.
She took great pride in the accomplishments of her daughter Rosie and her son-in-law Bob, and was a doting Omi to her grandsons Marc and Matt who spent many summers with her and Opa in Germany, and many Easter vacations in Florida. She was the world’s best cook and baker, and will be forever remembered for her delicious apple crumb cake and Christmas cookies.
Marianne often said that nothing was impossible, that there was a way when there was a will. This determined attitude gave her the strength to overcome many medical issues during her lifetime.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Rosemarie and Robert, and her grandsons Marc and Matthew DeCristofaro, Callicoon; her brother and sister-in-law, Josef and Agnela Novotny; her sister Gerda Neumann; her nephew Joachim Novotny and his wife Ilona; her niece Gabi Novotny and her son Jascha, all of Germany; extended family and many friends in the U.S., Germany and the Czech Republic.
She was predeceased in 2000 by her husband Heinz.
There will be a Mass of the Resurrection at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon on Sunday, June 6, 2010 at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.

Katherine H. Paddock
Retired Executive Secretary, 94

Katherine Stephens Hawes Paddock, 94, beloved wife of Ford D. Paddock for 52 years, passed away in her sleep on Monday, May 17, 2010 with her grandson Stephen at her side.
She was born on May 9, 1916 in New Rochelle, NY, to William Gilbert and Katherine Stephens Hawes.
Kay, “Steve,” or “Sissy,” as she was known in her early years, was an employee of the Massena Bank and Trust Company before she and Ford struck out on their own as proprietors of the Horseshoe Lodge tourist home and the Tamarack Restaurant in the Adirondack town of Duane, New York. For many years Kay was an Executive Secretary for the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton County BOCES, in Malone, served as the land and school tax collector for the Town of Duane, and a Charter Member of the Duane Volunteer Fire Company. She volunteered her services as Secretary of the Fire Company for 25 years. She was a member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Malone, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. One of her passions was knitting, which she donated many of her creations to charities, fund raisers and garage sales.
Friends will remember how Kay loved to dance, especially to the piano music that Ford provided at the Tamarack. She has waited almost 18 years to be with him again since his passing on July 24, 1992. Kay is survived by her sons F. Gilbert Paddock and wife Janine (Duane, NY), Brad Paddock and wife Joan (White Sulphur Springs, NY); grandchildren Stephen and wife Diane (Canandaigua, NY), William and wife Allison (Cullman, AL), Denielle and husband Christopher (Potsdam, NY), Monica (Philadelphia, PA), and Christopher (White Sulphur Springs); ten great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends from Duane, Deer River Campsites, Care in the Catskills, Clark Manor, and Ontario Health Facility.
Calling hours will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 at The Spaulding Funeral Home, Malone, NY, until the funeral service at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Ladd Cemetery, Duane.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Duane Volunteer Fire Company, Inc. or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children.

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