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October 15, 2010

Jane Alice Heisler
Elementary School Librarian, 67

Jane Alice Heisler of Eldred entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. She was 67.
Daughter of the late Hannah Luff Furman and Irving Samuel Furman, Jane was born November 8, 1942 in Bronx, NY. She lived in the Bronx, Keansburg, NJ, Easton, Pa., and Glen Spey and Eldred in New York.
Jane graduated from Easton High School in 1960 and attended Churchman’s Business College earning an Associate’s degree. She was employed by Horn’s Department Store for 18 years. She began working as a teacher’s aide in the Eldred Central School District in 1991. Jane became a Teacher’s Assistant in 1999. She proudly ran the library at Mackenzie Elementary School where she found happiness in teaching children the joy of reading.
Jane is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Lee Heisler of Eldred; her sister, Vicky Sassaman and husband, Kirk, of Hellertown, Pa.; her brother, Paul Furman and wife, Gail, of Jacksonville, Fla.; her nieces, Rachel Sassaman and Liza Furman; her nephew, Doug Sassaman; and countless family and friends. Jane was predeceased by her beloved parents, and dog Peanuts.
Jane was a loving daughter, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She will be greatly missed for her kindness, sense of humor, and loving personality. Jane enjoyed photography and loved to share her pictures with those she cared about. Her family and friends will fondly remember her loves of reading, needlepoint, NASCAR, Mickey Mouse, and Elvis. Jane’s true love was being in the company of her family and friends. She was a proud Longshot Mom, playing the role of an extra mother to many who adopted her.
Jane’s family and friends would like to thank the entire staff of Morristown Memorial Hospital for their excellent care and going above and beyond for our sweet Janie.
Donations may be made to the Jane Heisler Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Jeff Bank, Route 55, Eldred, NY 12732. Please do not send flowers due to the allergies of family and friends.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main Street, Port Jervis, NY on Sunday, October 17, 2010 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A Celebration of Life service will take place at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Sunday, October 17, 2010, officiated by the Rev. Douglas Lee – a family friend.
Burial will follow the service at Glen Spey Cemetery, Hollow Road, Glen Spey.
Jane’s family requests that those attending the service wear happy, bright attire in celebration of Jane’s life.
Arrangements made by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home. For additional information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome .com.

Robert Hoffer
Prop., Walking Bear Gift Shop, 58

Robert Hoffer of Callicoon, the proprietor of the Walking Bear Gift Shop in Callicoon and a 14-year resident, died Saturday, October 9, 2010 in Callicoon. He was 58.
The son of the late Michael and Irene Charlton Hoffer, he was born December 29, 1951 in Yonkers, NY. He was married to Adrienne Ruggieri Hoffer.
Bob was an avid hunter as well as a member of Callicoon Fire Department, Callicoon Business Association, and St. James Episcopal Church. He was a committeeman for the Town of Delaware Republican party.
He is survived by his wife, Adrienne, at home; his children: Justice Medina and her husband Elliot, Robert D. Hoffer Jr. and his wife Bridgette, Jasmine Shoopman and Janelle Hoffer; 12 grandchildren; three sisters, Kathiann Rodgers and her husband Robert, Betty Jean Shay, and Marilou Hoffer; four brothers, James Hoffer, A.J. Christiansen and his wife Sally, Warren Tice, and Freddy Tice; several nieces and nephews and brothers- and sisters-in-law. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Michael Hoffer Jr.
A Firematic service was held Wednesday evening at at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon, NY. A funeral service was held Thursday, October 14 at St. James Episcopal Church, Callicoon with the Rev. Joan Laliberté officiating.
Burial was made in the Callicoon Cemetery, Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Callicoon Fire Department, P.O. Box 806, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Sr. Patricia ‘Patty’ Startup
Maryknoll Sister, 62

Sr. Patricia “Patty” Startup died unexpectedly at Maryknoll Sisters in Maryknoll, NY, on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at the age of 62.
Born in Liberty, NY, she was the daughter of the late Ruth and Glenn Startup.
Sister Patty entered Maryknoll in 1968. After earning a B.S.E. from Mary Rogers College and a Master’s degree in Theology from the Maryknoll Seminary, she was assigned to the Philippines. She studied Tagalog and worked for 15 years as a teacher, human rights advocate, and administer. In 1990, Sister Patty was assigned to Zimbabwe where she worked for 11 years. While in Africa, she served at the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa, as the Coordinator of the Refugee Service. Sister Patty visited southern African countries to encourage the Catholic Church’s role in assisting governments that were hosting wartime refugees in Mozambique, South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Angola, and Sudan. In 2000, Sister Patty established a Career Development Educational Support program for AIDS orphans in Gweru, Zimbabwe. Most recently Sister Patty served at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York, working in the Development Department and sharing her mission experiences in parishes and schools. She was happily preparing for her next mission to Brazil.
She is survived by two sisters, Linda Neuberger of Hickory, NC, and Barbara Startup of Manchester, Conn.; a niece, Theresa Baez; and nephew, Donald Corbett.
A wake will be held at Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll on Monday, October 18 at 4:15 p.m.
Funeral services will be held in the Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center on Tuesday, October 19 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Maryknoll Sisters, P.O. Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311.

Leola ‘Lee’ Fink
Homemaker, 90

Leola “Lee” Fink of Vestal died Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Willow Point Nursing Home. She was 90.
She reunited with her beloved husband, Bill Fink, who predeceased her in May of 2008.
She is survived by her children, JoAnn Orzell, Jennifer Barnes, and Jay Fink; grandson, Michael Orzell (wife, Jeannie); great-grandchildren, Jordan, Hunter, Brandan, Sabrina, Nathan and Christian, also Zachary and Clinton Orzell. Lee will be dearly missed by her sister-in-law and family and several nieces and nephews.
Since moving to Vestal, Lee was involved in many sewing and quilting groups, library groups and card groups. She loved to entertain at her home and always looked forward to their supper clubs and bridge parties.
She had many wonderful friends and fond memories.
A funeral service was held October 2 at the Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home, Inc., 137 Robinson Street, Binghamton, NY.
Burial was made in the Vestal Hills Memorial Park.
Friends may wish to send donations to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Diabetes Association, or to an organization of their choice.

William Lawrence Freidenstine
Retired Stationary Engineer, 75

William Lawrence Freidenstine of Long Eddy died Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe, NY. He was 75.
Bill was a retired stationary engineer for Hudson River Psychiatric Center in Poughkeepsie, with 25 years of service to the state, and a CSEA member. He was a former dairy farmer in Fremont Center, and a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension. He was a lifelong skilled carpenter, woodsman, logger and stoneworker, and a member of the United Methodist Church in Fremont Center, Hyde Park and Hankins. As a UMC volunteer in mission team member, he traveled to Mozambique, Africa twice in 1998 and 1999. He was a past fire chief of the Fremont Center Fire Department.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty A. Hillriegel Freidenstine; a daughter, Ethel “Kay” Holt-Grundel and husband Mark of Hankins; two grandsons, Kevin L. Holt of Long Eddy, and David V. Holt and wife Kristen of Hankins; a brother, Harold (Connie) Freidenstine of Youngsville; a sister, Ruth (Martin) Kilroy of Eustis, Fla.; an uncle, Theodore (Marge) Freidenstine of Kenoza Lake; three brothers-in-law, Reginald (Alberta) Hillriegel of Callicoon, Robert (Arlene) Hillriegel of Fremont Center, and James (Ann) Hillriegel of Wurtsboro; a sister-in-law, Ellen Hillriegel-Kraft of Beach Lake, Pa.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friends may call on Saturday, October 16 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Stewart Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, October 17 at 1 p.m.
Interment will be in the Fremont Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Fremont Center Cemetery Association for perpetual care, or to the charity of one’s choice

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