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November 23, 2010

Louis J. Farragher
Retired Equipment Operator, 68

Louis J. Farragher of Roscoe, a retired equipment operator for the NYS Department of Transportation and a longtime area resident, died Friday, November 19, 2010, at the Grover Herman Division of the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Callicoon. He was 68.
The son of Mary Morrow Loeser and the late John Farragher, he was born May 4, 1942 in Manhattan.
Lou served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. He is a former member and Commander of the Floyd Keener American Legion Post #315 in Roscoe; a member of the Port Richey American Legion #79, Port Richey, Fla.; a former West Point Military Police Officer; member of the Screen Actors Guild, and member of the American Poet Society.
In a family statement: “Lou would want to be remembered as a Poet Laureate.”
Survivors include his wife, Carol A. Reilly Farragher, at home; a daughter, Darlene Farragher of Roscoe; a son, Louis Farragher and his wife, Denise, of Narrowsburg; his mother, Mary Morrow Loeser of Roscoe; three grandchildren: Crystal Argent, Kalyn Farragher, and Brandon Farragher. He was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Morrow.
Visitation was held in Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 23, in the Gate of Heaven Church, Highland Ave., Roscoe. Msgr. William Collins will officiate.
Burial with military honors will be in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY. 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200.

Paul David Trust
April 5, 1957 - November 17, 2010

Paul Trust was born April 5, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY, the fourth of six children of the late Seymour and Janet Trust. The Trust family moved to Monticello in 1960 and Paul remained a Sullivan County resident until his unexpected death November 17, 2010.
While attending Monticello High School, Paul played football in the Town of Bethel Youth League. Paul enjoyed winning at backgammon, bowling, chess and poker. Paul loved music and dancing, and spent several years working as a disco DJ in various locations, including many legendary Catskill locations.
Paul became a devoted public servant, working in law enforcement for 20 years and proudly wore his Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department badge. At his untimely passing, he was the Chief of the Civil Division. Active in the New York State Sheriff’s Association, Paul was called upon to provide education to new Civil Division employees throughout the state. In addition, he was part of the association’s team compiled to audit Civil Divisions statewide to align them for accreditation.
Paul was a kind and generous spirit, volunteering much of his time for numerous civic and charitable organizations, including the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, Rural Sullivan Housing Corporation and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Monticello Lodge 1544, where he was a Loyal Knight. Over fourteen years as an Elk, he spent countless hours working on children’s programs, running Bingo, and raising money to help others less fortunate.
He was most noted for his unyielding effort to ensure needy children received a gift to make their Christmas special. If an organization was hosting a party that included gifts for children, Paul was the go-to person to provide the gifts; he was The Jewish Santa Claus.
Above all else, Paul was a dedicated and devoted father, husband, grandfather, brother and uncle. Paul is survived by his loving wife Shari; his four daughters: Sarajean, Gina, Renae and Andrea; his two sons, Matthew and Joseph; five grandchildren: Jerimiah, Tyler, Emily, Ricky and Alejandro; his brothers Joe, Alan and Ben, and his sisters, Bonnie and Andrea, as well as several nieces and nephews. Paul was predeceased by his infant daughter, Tiffany. He will truly be missed.
Donations may be made in his honor to the Monticello Elks Lodge, PO Box 24, Monticello, NY 12701-0024.
A celebration of Paul’s life was held Saturday at the Monticello Elks Lodge. Services were held Sunday, November 21 at the VanInwegen Funeral Home, Monticello, NY.
Arrangements are by VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home; 845-794-4141 or

Stephen Zalkin, 67
May 6, 1943 - November 11, 2010

Stephen Zalkin of Key Biscayne, Fla., formerly of Liberty, died Thursday, November 11, 2010 in Florida. He was 67.
The son of Tillie Sieden and the late Julius Zalkin, he was born May 6, 1943 in Liberty, NY.
He graduated from Coral Gables High School in 1961, and earned a BFA at Kendall School of Design (MI). He enjoyed a career as a designer, art patron and community volunteer.
Stephen is survived by his mother; his brother Monroe; sister-in-law Vickie; three nieces, Morgan, Chauncey, and Karlene; his aunt Sarah Monzo of Liberty; along with several cousins.
He will be missed forever and always.

Stephen Peter Ambra Sr., 85
August 19, 1925 - November 15, 2010

Stephen Peter Ambra, Sr., a long-time resident of Bowling Green and Louisiana, Missouri has died on November 15, 2010 at age 85.
He was the son of the late Florian and Pauline Mraz Ambra and was born August 19, 1925 in Buffalo, New York.
He was one of the original “blocks of granite” for Liberty High School’s football team in Liberty, NY. His military service was in the Merchant Marines and he sailed in convoys in the North Atlantic during World War II. He later circumnavigated the globe seven times on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell Oil; his favorite city was Istanbul. A graduate of Coyne Institute, his professional career was spent with Frazier-Davis Construction and its successor, Gunther-Nash Mining, where he was a project manager and later vice-president. Projects he worked on included the dam and tunnel system supplying water to New York City, a salt mine underneath Lake Erie, the dam and tunnel system for water supply in California and the development of numerous coal mines. His favorite project was constructing the Neversink Dam, NY. He had served as chair of the Pike County (MO) Council on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and helped champion the cause of mental health.
He was preceded in death by his former wife, Joan Carter Golembe; a son, Thomas Ambra; two sisters, Mary Fanning and Betty Caulkin; and brother-in-law Frank Stuart.
He is survived by a son, Stephen Ambra Jr. and wife Lois Ambra of Concord, NH and daughters, Dr. Elizabeth Ward Hanneman and husband Dr. Kurt Hanneman of Blue Springs, MO and Catherine Ambra of Bowling Green, Missouri; his sister: Helen Stuart of Jupiter, Fla.; his brother: John Ambra and wife Stephanie Ambra of Shrewsbury, Mass.; grandchildren: Meghan Ambra and Stephen Ambra III of Concord, NH; Daniel Ward and fiance Liselle Schmitz of Norfolk, Va.; Marissa Hanneman, Amanda Hanneman and Bryan Hanneman of Blue Springs, Mo.; John Carter Ambra and wife Kim of Columbia, Mo.; Stephen Patrick Ambra of Chicago, Ill.; and great-grandchildren: Taylor Ambra, Braden Ambra, Kaitlyn Ambra and Laney Elizabeth Ward, all of whom he called his legacies.
Internment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Ruth Jensen Village, 5 Industrial Drive, Bowling Green, MO 63334, who lovingly cared for his daughter Cathy; or to the Shangri-La Living Center, 930 NE Duncan Road, Blue Springs, MO 64014, who helped him in his final weeks.
Arrangements by Royer Funeral Home, Grain Valley MO.

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