Clifford H. Schwartz
Jan. 5, 1961 - Aug. 30, 2010
Clifford H. Schwartz, 49 years old, lost his long, courageous and frustrating battle with head cancer on Monday, August 30, 2010. Until weeks before his death, he thought the disease was cured, but the cancer ran wild and won the war.
Cliff was born January 5, 1961 in New York City to Martin and Sylvia Berger Schwartz. The family relocated to Rock Hill in 1962 where Marty set up his longstanding architectural practice and where his brother Steven was born in 1965.
Cliff was educated in the Monticello School District and graduated co-valedictorian in 1979. He then went on to the University of Pennsylvania from where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA from the College of Arts & Sciences with major honors in Spanish, and with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School with majors in Accounting and Economics.
Cliff spent the next 21 years as an accountant in Manhattan. He earned his CPA in 1984. The highlight of his accounting career was his work with the American Institute of CPAs where he helped to develop and publish accounting standards for the real estate and computer software industries. His career also included such firms as MetLife, Touche Ross, Price Waterhouse, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers.
As the Internet began to develop, he took an interest in web design and enjoyed designing sites for small business. Cliff always maintained close ties with his family in Rock Hill. After his father’s death in 2004, he moved back home to stay with his mother Sylvia, and brother Steve. This led to the most satisfying part of his career as he joined his brother full-time as webmaster of Steve’s Music Center in Rock Hill.
Cliff had a lifelong interest in American railroads, architecture and the preservation of important buildings, history and world events. He traveled to Spain and South America numerous times for business and pleasure. He was a licensed tour guide in New York City and loved sharing details about the city’s architecture and history with his guests, family, and friends. It was natural when he returned home that he would focus on the preservation and beauty of his own community.
He became increasingly concerned about plans for real estate development in the area that he felt was a threat to its beauty and integrity and was quite outspoken at Town meetings and greatly enjoyed the sense of participation and community that was offered to him in a small town setting. He became involved in the Rock Hill Business and Community Association where he served as Vice-President from 2009-2010.
The sudden onset of cancer caught him by surprise and dashed his hopes of becoming a more mature and measured advocate of smart growth.
Cliff is survived by loving and devoted mother, Sylvia, and loving brother, Steve, as well as aunts, cousins and many dear friends, teachers and dedicated doctors and nurses.
He was a kind and caring friend and was dearly loved by all who knew him. His winning smile and kindness will be greatly missed.
Services were held Thursday, September 2 at the Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Dept. with Rabbi Michelle Medwin and Cantor Michael Sturm officiating.
Interment was made in the Temple Sholom Cemetery, Monticello.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Sullivan County Historical Society, 265 Main St. Hurleyville, NY 12747; Temple Sholom, PO Box 664, Monticello, NY 12701; Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 116, Rock Hill, NY 12775; or the charity of your choice.
Shiva will be observed at the Schwartz home, 267 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill on Sept. 2 and 3rd and Sunday, September 5 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home. For further details or to leave an online condolence, please visit www. josephngarlickfuneralhome.com
Retired Medical Secretary, 94
Ethel Davis of Fallsburg died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday, August 31, 2010. She was 94.
Born in Newark, New Jersey on March 29, 1916 to Jacob and Yetta Kell, she lived in Brooklyn, NY, for most of her life. She married Meyer Davis on December 10, 1944, and moved with him to South Fallsburg in 1982.
Ethel worked as a medical secretary in Brooklyn for many years, retiring only due to illness. In Sullivan County, she volunteered at what is now Catskill Regional Medical Center, helping with those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, and in the last years of her life, she herself fell victim to dementia.
She is survived by her brother, Joseph Kell, in Boca Raton, Florida; her daughters, Ruth Louison and her husband, Ernie, of Brooklyn, and Helen Hawkes and her husband Michael of New Hampton; three grandchildren: Barbara Jenney of Birmingham, England, Elaine Boland of Philadelphia, and Gregory Boland of New Hampton; four great-grandchildren: Heather, Amanda, Christopher, and Megan Jenney; and the caretakers whose love, tender care and devotion helped her live her last years in dignity: Loretta Singh, Christina Lopez, Lorraine Dean, Donna Jones and Shirley Dean. Her husband, Meyer, predeceased her.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties for their steady support and help to her caretakers over the last few months.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties or the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701.
Burial was in the Maimonides Cemetery, in Elmont, NY
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello. For further service details or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.josephngarlick funeralhome.com
Frmr. Co-Mgr. of Candy Cone, 67
Ann Krekun, a longtime and beloved resident of White Lake, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. She was 67.
Ann was best known for her many years running the Candy Cone with her husband Kris. They met almost 50 years ago when she was a hairdresser and Kris was the baker at the Concord Hotel. They fell in love and married October 28, 1964. They had two beautiful daughters, Susan Krekun, MD, of Philadelphia and Sonja Krekun of Millbrook, and one precious granddaughter, Julia Castaldi.
She fought a most courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis for the last years of her life and never gave in. Her family and friends were so very proud of her tenacity. She will be greatly missed by her family and all that knew her.
Ann was predeceased by her parents, Juro and Teresa Milunic of Croatia, and her brother Matthew Milunic of Florida.
Ann is survived by her husband Kris; her daughters; granddaughter; sister-in-law Natalie Milunic of Florida; brother-in-law Milo Krekun of Montenegro, his daughter Dragana; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Milica and Milan of Montenegro; sister-in-law Dragaca, her daughters, Branka and Tanja of Montenegro; nephew, Matthew Milunic of North Carolina with his wife Julie Milunic; nephew, David Milunic of Maryland; and close family friend, Jenny Casagrande of Philadelphia.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 3 at St. Joseph’s Church in Mongaup Valley at 10 a.m. with the Rev. John Tran officiating.
Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Southern Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 733 Third Ave., Third Floor, NY, NY 10017 or to Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 31, White Lake, NY 12786.
Funeral arrangements by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes in Kauneonga Lake, NY.