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July 27, 2010

Hazel Patricia Bertholf
Retired CVI Administrator, 83

Hazel Patricia Bertholf of Liberty, NY entered into eternal rest at home on Saturday, July 24, 2010, surrounded with the love and prayers of her family. She was 83.
Born April 15, 1927 in Penzance, Cornwall, England, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Simmon-Lavers.
Hazel met her husband Raymond H. Bertholf while he was stationed in Penzance during World War II prior to the invasion of Normandy. They were married on February 13, 1944. After the war, she traveled on a troop ship with hundreds of returning soldiers, 19 other brides and 22 babies to New York City where she was finally reunited with her husband, and settled in Divine Corners where they lived for 33 years before her husband passed away in March of 1978. She chose to stay at home to raise their three children, then worked at Sullivan County Department of Motor Vehicles and later as an administrator at CVI, coordinating TV rentals at Catskill Regional Hospital for many years. She enjoyed sewing, reading, golf, lunch with her dear friends, traveling and loved spending time with her family, especially with her beloved pet CoCo who never left her side. She volunteered her time on the Sullivan County Community College Foundation Scholarship Gala Committee and at Sullivan Renaissance events. She was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church.
She is survived by her children, Sandra Gerry and her husband Alan of Liberty; John Bertholf and his wife Joyce of Morriston, Fla.; Gene Bertholf and his wife Debbie of Loch Sheldrake; her grandchildren: Adam Gerry and his fiance Ashley Drury, Shawn Bertholf and his wife Allison, Shannon Woodard and her husband Nathan, Matthew Bertholf, Trevor Bertholf; five great-grandchildren; her brother-in-law, Leo Bertholf and his wife Alice of Deland, Fla.; sister-in-law, Ruth Bertholf of Hurleyville; her brother-in-law, Jack Dawe and sister-in-law, Joan Lavers, both residing in England; and many nieces and nephews. Hazel was predeceased by four brothers: William, Charles, Victor and Jack; and two sisters, Stella and Joyce.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty on Tuesday, July 27, at 11:45 a.m. with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating.
Interment will be at the Cemetery of the Immaculate Conception Church in Woodbourne, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 105, Liberty, NY 12754 or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home; 845-292-0001 or

Memorial Service for Adele Cooke

There will be a memorial service held for Adele Cooke at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at the St. Francis R.C. Church, Route 52, Youngsville.

Norleene Mary Still
Retired Insurance Agent

Norleene “Nolly” Still of Jeffersonville died peacefully after a long battle with cancer, at her home on Sunday, July 25, 2010. She was surrounded by loving family.
She was born Norleene Mary McDonald in Mound City, Missouri in 1925. She grew up in the Midwest before moving to New York City with her mother, Theo, and her sister, Polly, during WWII. She became a nurse, a wife, and a mother, and later moved to Long Island, where she became the first female insurance agent for MetLife, achieving “Millionaire’s Club” status in her first year.
In earlier years she also sang with big bands, such as the Paul White Orchestra, church choirs and opera companies, and despite offers to continue performing opted to sing lullabies to and share her love of music with her children.
Nolly is survived by her daughters, Karen and Sally Wilson; sons David Wilson and Dr. Wesley F. King; nine grandchildren, Justine, Heather, Tobias, Sara Lynn, Tedi, Caitlin, Eliza, Olivia, and Jake; and five great-grandchildren, Hanna, Ava, Willa, Bastian, and Elizabeth.
As an active member of Grace Lutheran Church of North Branch, Nolly made many great friends. Her porch was always available to watch the birds and butterflies, smell the roses, have a cup of perked coffee and a discussion you could sink your teeth into. An amazing cook, she loved to feed you and help you solve any troubles. She was always interested and interesting, full of life and love, a gracious and generous hostess, a loving, caring mother and a fiercely loyal friend. She will be remembered well and missed much.
The family will host an informal memorial gathering at her home on Tuesday, August 3rd, beginning at 3 p.m., stop by when you are able. Nolly asked that people honor her by planting a special plant or tree wherever you wish. In addition, a memorial fund for plantings at the family farmstead will be established.
Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY 845-482-4280.

Harold G. Puerschner
Retired Welder, 86

Harold G. Puerschner of Kenoza Lake, a retired welder for the City of New York Sanitation Department, died Monday, July 26, 2010 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 86.
The son of the late George and Louise Wenz Puerschner, he was born in New York City on November 25, 1923.
He was the widower of Marion B. Mueller Puerschner who passed away July 15, 2008.
Harold served as a Fire Policeman for the Kenoza Lake Fire Company for many years and was an honorary member of the Cherokee Hunting Club in Bethel. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in WWII.
He is survived by his daughter, Theresa M. Torres of Kenoza Lake; his son, Paul A. Puerschner of Kenoza Lake; his grandchildren, Andrew Torres and his wife Ashley of Jeffersonville, and William Puerschner of Gainesville, Fla.; one great-granddaughter, Amelia Grace Torres; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Marie Becker and Joan Enger; and by two brothers, Edmund and John Puerschner.
Funeral services for Mr. Puerschner were incomplete at press time. For more information please contact the funeral home at (845) 482-4280.
Burial will be in Kenoza Lake Cemetery, Kenoza Lake.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY.

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