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November 30, 2010

Barbara Piper
Retired Office Clerk, 73

Barbara Piper of Wurtsboro, a trustee of the Village of Wurtsboro and retired office clerk for A. & J. Hometown Oil, died Thursday, November 25, 2010 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Arden Hill Campus, in Goshen. She was 73.
The daughter of the late Walter Lowerre and Olive Cordier Lowerre, she was born November 18, 1937 in Fair Oaks and was a lifelong resident of the area.
She was active in many village and civic affairs and was serving her second term as village trustee. She was a member of the Wurtsboro Renaissance, the Town of Mamakating Republican Club, and the Sylvan Cemetery Association. She took great pride in keeping the village looking its best, spending many hours beautifying the Veterans’ Park, the Michael Diamond Square and the flower boxes lining Sullivan Street, as well as her own lovely gardens. She was one of the organizers of the annual Duck Race, raising funds for various Renaissance projects. In 2004 she was honored to be the recipient of the annual Michael Diamond Memorial Foundation Community Service award.
A family statement read: “Mom loved to take care of others; whether it was her family, her friends or the community at large, she was happiest when she was doing something for someone else, or when she was tending to her gardens. We love you and we’ll miss you so much, Mom.”
Barbara is survived by her children, Vivian Piper of Port Ewen; June Piper Horton and her husband, Bob, of Colchester, VT; Patrick Piper and his wife, Kathy, of Greenfield Center, and Andrew Piper of Myrtle Point, OR; her beloved grandchildren, Timothy and Amy Horton; her companion, Cliff Horton, of Bethel; her step-mother, Doris Lowerre, of Fair Oaks; a sister, Patricia Lambach, of Brooksville, FL; a brother, Richard Lowerre and his wife, Carrie, of Middletown; three nieces, Nancy Esses, Anne Gutierrez and Lori Crescenzo; the father of her children, Gordon Piper, of Wurtsboro; and her “third daughter,” Margaret C. Moran, of Port Ewen.
A funeral service was held Sunday, November 28 at the VanInwegen Kenny Funeral Home, followed by a brief gathering at Veterans’ Park, Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro.
Cremation was private.
Vivian, June, Patrick and Cliff would like to thank all the wonderful nurses and staff in the ORMC-Arden Hill ICU and 3rd floor unit for their compassionate care of Mom. You made her final days as comfortable as possible and allowed us to see her off with love and dignity.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wurtsboro Renaissance, 69 Forest Drive, Wurtsboro, NY 12790, or plant a tree, nurture a flower, or hug a loved one.
Arrangements under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro. For additional information please visit

Charlotte E. Matson

Charlotte E. Matson, age 78, of Sugar Hill Retirement Community, Wolfeboro, N.H., passed away on Monday, November 22, 2010, at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH, surrounded by her loving family. Charlotte died of medical complications following a broken hip.
She was born, October 27,1932 in Chester, PA.
Charlotte was a graduate of Concord (NH) H.S., Class of 1950. She attended U.N.H., and earned her B.A. degree from the State University of N.Y., Empire State College at Saratoga Springs in 1978. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education from Plymouth State University in 1988. Charlotte was a Special Education Director at Rundlett Junior High School in Concord, N.H. and retired for health reasons in 1984. In her life Charlotte was a Sunday School Teacher, Church Youth Leader, Girl Scout Leader, and P.T.A. President. After retirement she tutored many students with special needs. She started her professional career as a teaching assistant for BOCES of Sullivan County in Liberty, while living in Youngsville, NY.
Charlotte was pre-deceased by her mother, Elizabeth Hussey of Chichester, NH and is survived by her husband, Samuel J. Matson of Wolfeboro, N.H.; daughter Pamela Matson of Rollinsford, N.H.; son, Stephen Matson and his wife Judith, of Mashpee, Cape Cod, MA.; daughter, Sharon Johnson and her husband Burton of Middle Haddam, CT. and Granite, N.H. She was Grandmother to Samuel and Maxwell Johnson; Nicole Jennings and Paul Fitzpatrick, and Great Grandmother to their children.
The funeral service will be private for the family at the N.H. State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen, N.H.
Lord Funeral Home in Ossipee, N.H. is in charge of arrangements. There will be no calling hours.
Donations in her memory may be made to Huggins Hospital, 230 S. Main St. Wolfeboro, N.H. 03894.

Frederick G. Davison
Retired Proprietor of Chic Press, 73

Frederick G. Davison of Smallwood, the retired proprietor of Chic Press in Monticello, passed away at the Skilled Nursing Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, November 23, 2010. He was 73.
The son of the late Grant Arthur Davison and Edna Osborn Davison, he was born March 24, 1937 in Monticello. He was the widower of Frances M. Davison, who predeceased him on February 14, 2008.
Fred was a 45-year member and Past Chief of the White Lake Fire Company, remembered for the record of the longest drill in company history (a couple trucks had trouble with the mud). He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was active in the local Boy Scout Troop, serving as assistant scoutmaster.
Survivors include his sons: Grant (Anne) of New Jersey, Andrew (Lisa) of Smallwood, and Robert (Susan Rudy) of Bethel; and four grandchildren: Kayla, Derek, Tessa and Jacob. A funeral service was held Saturday, November 27 at VanInwegen- Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello with Rev. David Coon officiating.
Burial with military honors was made in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the White Lake Fire Dept., P.O. Box 51, White Lake, NY 12786 or to the Skilled Nursing Unit, Catskill Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information please visit

Melanie (Lanie) DeKay Collins, 58
May 7, 1952 - November 27, 2010

Melanie “Lanie” DeKay Collins of Cochecton passed away unexpectedly Saturday, November 27, 2010, with her family by her side. She was 58.
Lanie was born May 7, 1952, to Peter and Billie Garvan of Old Westbury, NY.
She was a graduate of Friends Academy, Locust Valley, NY and the Katherine Gibbs School in Bethpage, NY.
Lanie was devoted to the care of others, as an EMT for Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps and as a loving caregiver to numerous elders in the community. She was the owner of Braying Hill Farm and TLC Nursery. She was a faithful friend to all of God’s creatures including her dogs, cats and miniature donkeys, and as an advocate for homeless animals and a volunteer for the Kaaterskill Animal League. Most of all, she was and will always be a true friend to those who knew her as a patient listener and selfless giver who emanated kindness.
Lanie is survived by her devoted husband, Tim Collins of Cochecton; her daughters, Sondra Patton of Massapequa, NY and Brady Hyde of Lake Huntington; the proud grandmother of Danielle Hyde. She is also survived by her siblings, David Boyce and his wife Cathy Berger of Equinunk, PA; Francie Brown of Damascus, PA; Mike Garvan and his wife Sara of Rye, NH; Kim Snyder of Medway, MA; and Noel Cacchio and her husband George of Rhinebeck, NY. She was also the beloved aunt of David Boyce and his wife Desiree of Damascus, PA; Charlie Boyce of New York, NY; Faun Brinkerhoff and her husband Roger of Milanville, PA; Lad Gilchrist of San Carlos, CA; Brooke Olver Mora and her husband Edwin of Chesapeake, VA; Robert Snyder of Philadelphia, PA; Patrick Cacchio and his wife Megan of Mobile, AL and Michael Cacchio of New York, NY.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30, at the River Fellowship Church, Route 114, Cochecton.
Burial will be in the East Cochecton Cemetery, Cochecton.
Memorial contributions to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon.

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