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October 19, 2010

William Lawrence Freidenstine
Retired Stationary Engineer, 75

William Lawrence Freidenstine of Fremont Center 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.
Funeral services were held at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon on Sunday, October 17.
Interment was made 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.

Ludwig Graner Wendl, 91
September 17, 1919 - October 17, 2010

Mr. Ludwig Graner, a longtime resident of North Branch, died Sunday, October 17, 2010 at his home. The son of the late Josef Wendl and Julia Graner Wendl, he was born on September 17, 1919 in Rechnitz, Austria. He was 91.
Ludwig fought with the Resistance in France and served with the French Foreign Legion in North Africa during the Second World War, where he later met and married his wife, Annette. He followed his father to Sullivan County in the 1950s and worked for many years in New York City as a stonemason before bringing his eye for design and his craft to the area where he worked on many of the largest hotels that were built in this area in the 1960s and 1970s. He was a foreman and union man for many years and was a proud member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local No. 17.
Ludwig was a committed volunteer in his community. He was a member of the North Branch Volunteer Fire Department for 56 years during which time he served as a Fire Commissioner for several terms. He proudly supported the Callicoon Center Band for more than 45 years and was a familiar face in the crowd every Wednesday evening collecting donations in one of his cigar boxes. For many years, Ludwig was actively involved with the local gun club, the Schuetzen Verein, while it was still active in Callicoon Center. In addition, he was an international stamp collector and frequently displayed his collection with the Sullivan County Philatelic Society. An avid soccer player as a youth in Europe, he loved the sport and frequently watched televised matches.
A devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, Ludwig leaves his wife Annette with whom he was married 67 years this month. Survivors also include his three daughters, Garran J. Graner of New York City and North Branch, Jeanne Tulp and her husband Donald of Liberty and West Palm Beach, Florida, and Laurie G. Hughes and her husband Robert of Alexandria, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Michelle L. Golden, Theresa M. Graner, Jonathan P. Graner, Tammy L. Kloss, Matthew J. Lare Jr., Benjamin R. Hughes and Christopher A. Hughes; three great-grandchildren, Gavyn Graner, Jackson Golden and Alexandra Golden. He was predeceased by a son, Franz Johann Graner, who served with the United States Army in Vietnam.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 22 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home followed by a burial at Callicoon Center Cemetery. A reception in his honor will follow at the Lazy Pond Bed & Breakfast Inn, Old Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the Callicoon Center Band, P.O. Box 216, Youngsville, NY 12791 or the Jeffersonville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Arrangements by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home: 845-482-4280.

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