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December 7, 2010

Elizabeth Hamerstrom
February 16, 1918 - November 30, 2010

Elizabeth Hamerstrom died November 30, 2010 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. She was 92.
Liz was born February 16, 1918 in Kansas City, Missouri to Ruth de Steiguer and Richard Beatty.
Majoring in art history, she graduated from Radcliffe College in 1940. She moved to New York City and married Davis Hamerstrom, a young architect, in 1942. They were married for 51 years until Davis’ death in 1993. They lived in New York and Old Greenwich, Conn. before they moved with their two young sons to the Beaverkill area in 1954. They formed, with Tom and Dottie Benedict, an architectural partnership, which designed many businesses, school additions, and residences in the area. Liz managed the office for almost 40 years.
She was a founding member of Natural Resources Defense Council, an early supporter of WJFF, and a contributor to many other charities. She served as treasurer for the Beaverkill Community Church. All her life, she appreciated beauty and art. She was an expert editor, proofreader, and cook, hosting many parties for her friends of all ages, many of whom consider her the matriarch of the community. Fun-loving, unpretentious and practical, she had a dry, original wit.
Liz will be missed by her many friends; two sons, Ed and Eric Hamerstrom, daughter-in-law, Mermer Blakeslee, of the Roscoe area; grandson, Hansen Bergamini, his wife, Cecily Martin, and great-grandson, Rafe, of Chicago, Illinois.
There will be a private family gathering to remember Liz.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catskill Mountainkeeper, PO Box 381, Youngsville, NY 12791.
Arrangements are under the direction of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home; 845-439-4333 or www.colonialbryantfuneral

Delos Herbert Brooks
Retired Owner, Delos Brooks Excavation, 80

Delos Herbert Brooks of Jeffersonville, NY, died Friday, December 3, 2010 at Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Callicoon division. He was 80.
The son of Herbert and Dorothy Eichenberg Brooks, he was born September 19, 1930 in Ellenville, NY. He was married to Dorothy Stephenson Brooks.
He was the retired owner of Delos Brooks Excavation and a retired dairy farmer.
Delos was a 50-year member of the Stony Brook Hunting Club, a member of the Sullivan County Beekeepers Association and Cornell Cooperative Extension Svc. of Sullivan County.
A family statement reads: “Delos was a beloved father who loved his family, the outdoors, his garden, his friends, hunting and fishing. He will be greatly missed."
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stephenson Brooks, at home; his son, Michael Brooks of Jeffersonville; his daughter, Michele Probert and her husband Wayne of Loxahatchee, Fla.; his son, Mark Brooks of Jeffersonville; his granddaughter, Morganne Brooks of Jeffersonville; and many cousins.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Kenneth and Morgan Brooks.
Funeral Services were held Monday at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Burial was in Kenoza Lake Cemetery, Kenoza Lake, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to Kauneonga Lake United Methodist Church, to Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Squad or to the charity of one’s choice.

Theresa B. Stroinski, 84
December 10, 1925 - December 4, 2010

Theresa B. Stroinski of Liberty, NY, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2010 at her home. She was 84.
The daughter of the late Stanislav Wojtchak and Valeria Kurkiewicz, she was born December 10, 1925 in Poland.
Theresa worked as a bookkeeper in Poland. During World War II, she served in the Polish Army and served time in a prison camp. She came to the United States in 1965 and has lived here ever since.
She is survived by three daughters, Margaret D. Lindsley and her husband Donald of Liberty, Catherine V. Salierno and her husband John of Marlboro, Mass., and Barbara Gutowska of Poland; and two grandchildren, Agnes and Peter.
Cremation will be at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:45 a.m. on Theresa’s birthday, Friday, December 10, 2010, at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 264 Main St., Liberty.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty.

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