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November 12, 2010

Sheila Abrahamson, 48
April 27, 1962 - November 7, 2010

Sheila M. Abrahamson of Liberty, formerly of Brooklyn, died Sunday November 7, 2010 at The Sullivan County Adult Care Center. She was 48.
Sheila was born April 27, 1962 in Brooklyn, to the late Andrew and Kathleen White McGeever. She was a loving wife and devoted mother to her husband, Ronald Abrahamson, at home and her sons, Ronald Abrahamson and his fiance Helena Davis of Hurleyville and Michael Abrahamson at home. She also leaves behind her seven sisters and their families to cherish her memory: Pat and Jim Dennis of Liberty and their sons Brian and James, Maureen McGeever, Marguerite DeMartino of Staten Island, Julie Balboa and her sons Andrew and Matthew of Long Island, Ellen and Mark Bowen and their children Caitlin, Patrick and James of Staten Island, Kathy and Dave Biesty and their children Ryan and Morgan of Staten Island, and Andrea and Rob Lyons and their children Robert and Marie of Liberty.
A family statement reads, “Sheila has always been a loving and caring person who would do anything for anybody; the minute she met you it was like you were family.”
She worked at Liberty High School and most recently at the Center for Discovery.
Sheila’s family would like to thank Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, and the staff at Sullivan Adult Care Center for their care and support.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010 at St. Peter’s Church, Liberty.
Interment was made in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cold Spring Road in Liberty. The family received friends at Liberty Fire House, Liberty, following interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sheila’s name to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY.
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home (845)-434-7363. www.colonialbryantfuneral

Gerald A. Doetsch, 81
May 6, 1929 - November 8, 2010

Gerald A. Doetsch of Callicoon, NY, a lifetime area resident, died Monday, November 8, 2010 in Callicoon. He was 81.
The son of the late Charles and Helen Dorrer Doetsch, he was born May 6, 1929 in Callicoon.
He was a member of Delaware Lodge 561 F&AM, H. Russell Kenyon Post 5808 Veteran of Foreign Wars, Lions Club, and the Howey’s Mens Club of Howey in the Hills, Florida. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Sausmikat Doetsch, at home; one son, Douglas and his wife Susan; one daughter, Barbara Copus and her husband Philip; grandchildren, Reuben and Elijah Doetsch, Katelyn and Alyson Copus; three brothers, Warren Doetsch and his wife Ruth, Eugene Doetsch, and David Doetsch and his wife Pat; a sister, Gloria Stevens; his stepchildren, Patricia Ruckdeschel and her husband Charles, Karen Hahn and her husband Kurt, Gary Sausmikat and his wife Renee; stepgrandchildren, Katy Orr, Bryan and Alexis Hahn, Rita and Rebekah Sausmikat; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marjorie Hess Doetsch.
Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 2010 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Callicoon Cemetery, Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Lodge 561, Masonic Brotherhood Fund, c/o Charles Knapp Jr., PO Box 225, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, Sullivan-Delaware Alzheimer’s, PO Box 911, Monticello, NY 12701; or Callicoon Fire Dept., PO Box 806, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Abe Novogrodsky, 98
June 17, 1912 - November 10, 2010

Abe Novogrodsky, formerly of Glen Wild, the son of Simon and Hannah Novogrodsky, passed away in Miami, Florida on November 10, 2010, at the age of 98. Abe was the husband of the late Sadie Jaffe, the companion of the late Lillian Fine and a dear friend of Harriett Fox.
Abe was born in New York City to his Jewish immigrant parents on June 17, 1912. Abe was the fourth child in a family of five children. Joe, his youngest brother, passed away at age 80; his brothers, Sol and Irving, lived to 99 and 97 respectively. Abe’s sister, Esther, passed away this past summer at age 100.
Abe believed Judaism offered a guide to how to lead an ethical, worthwhile life – he demonstrated this belief daily.
Abe married Sadie Jaffe of Glen Wild, New York in 1936. He became a poultry farmer, working with Sadie’s brothers on a family farm in Glen Wild, Sullivan County.
In 1949 Abe moved with Sadie and his two young sons, Eugene and Charles, to Miami, Florida. Abe and Sadie made a full life in Miami, participating in the community and raising their sons to be respectful of people and mindful of education.
For the last fourteen years following Sadie’s death he lived with his dear friends, Fred and Joyce Perlove, in his Miami home.
In the course of his many years in Miami, Abe worked consecutively in his own chicken business, as a food industry manager, as a hotel clerk and as a minyan facilitator of daily services at Beth David Synagogue. Abe was a much respected and loved member of the Beth David Community for over fifty years.
He was also a member of Congregation Anshei Glen Wild, and during many summers in Sullivan County, he attended and assisted with services at the Crescent Hill Synagogue in Rock Hill.
Abe will be remembered in many ways – as a hard worker who respected people’s work and community contributions; as a friend to many people without regard to rank or social status and as a great baseball fan, thrilled that his beloved San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series.
Abe’s passing will be mourned by children Eugene Novogrodsky (Ruth Wagner), Charles Novogrodsky (Myra Novogrodsky), Nancy Slate, grandchildren Noah Novogrodsky (Isa Helfgott), Tobias Novogrodsky (Tessa Colthoff), Sarah Novogrodsky ( Dan Losen), Miriam Novogrodsky; also by his great-grandchildren, Gabriel Goldfarb, Sadie Goldfarb, Sam Losen, Lenny Losen, Ruby Novogrodsky, David Novogrodsky and Boaz Max Novogrodsky, as well as many nieces, nephews, and their children in the U. S., Canada and Israel.
A burial and graveside service will be held at the Congregation Anshei Glen Wild Cemetery, Marsh Road, Glen Wild, on Friday, November 12, 2010 at noon.
Donations in Abe’s memory may be made to Beth David Congregation, 2625 Southwest 3rd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33129. In Canada the family would appreciate donations to Facing History and Ourselves, 19 Madison Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M5R2S2.

Andrew Govan Dantzler
Photojournalist, 71

Andrew Govan Dantzler, USMC, 71, passed away on October, 28, 2010, at his home in Union Dale, Pennsylvania.
He is survived by his wife of thirty-eight years, Elaine; daughters, Nora Detweiler and Bridget McManus McCall; four grandchildren; brother of Salley Gibney, Patricia Calcagni, Andrea Adams, Bruce Dantzler and Denise Harwood; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Formerly of Huntington, NY, Andrew (Govan) volunteered with the Halsite Fire Department, and later served six years in the United States Marine Corps as a combat photographer. He studied underwater photography at The Florida Institute of Technology and worked as a motion picture and still photographer for Grumman Corporation’s Apollo lunar module project.
In 1974 Govan relocated to Sullivan County, NY, continuing his passion in photography, teaching Adult Education at Sullivan County BOCES, and conducting photography workshops at Sullivan County Community College. An active member of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and The Catskill Art Society, Govan freelanced as a photojournalist for local newspapers.  Govan served in Sullivan County’s Deputy Sheriff’s Department Highway Patrol, and was later elected Justice of the Peace, a position he served for 12 years, before retiring and moving to Pennsylvania.
There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions in Govan’s memory be made to your local hospice program or the “You Are Never Alone Foundation” at: PO Box 523, Dorset, VT 05251.

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