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January 22, 2010 Issue
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Abraham Edelman
Ret. Professional Waiter, 84

Abraham Edelman of Monticello, a retired professional waiter in some of New York City’s finest restaurants, died Monday, April 13, 2009 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 84.
The son of the late Morris Edelman and Rebecca Oplatka Edelman he was born March 17, 1925 in Israel.
Abe had a heart as big as life. His greatest joy was in helping and giving to others in order to make their lives a little easier. He wanted nothing in return. He enjoyed spending time in the library, shopping and people watching. Recently his greatest joy was spending time with his new family and enjoying his “grandchildren.” He doted on them and they loved him dearly.
He is survived by two sisters-in-law: Sylvia Edelman of Long Island and Marion Edelman of Elizabeth, NJ; and his adopted family: Thomas & Debra Larsen of Monticello; Heather, Burt, Tremper, Austin and Adelaide Dymond of Thompsonville; Michael, Jolene and Amanda Larsen of Warwick; Jonathan and Aidan Burgess of Buffalo and Amaya Burgess of Cochecton; and Thomas Jr., Danielle & Devin Larsen of Clearwater, FL.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers: Isaac & Meyer Edelman.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 16 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, with Rabbi Michelle Medwin officiating. Burial was made in the Temple Sholom Cemetery on Southwoods Drive in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Sholom, 5 East Dillon Road, Monticello, NY 12701.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information please visit www.josephngarlickfuneral

Anne Josephs
Mother, Homemaker, 86

Anne Josephs of Virginia Beach, Va, a homemaker and former resident of Kenoza Lake, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at Sentara Bayside Hospital in Virginia Beach, VA. She was 86. The daughter of the late Charles and Delcie Blarshis, she was born July 14, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pa. She also lived many years in Brooklyn, NY, Ocala, FL, Levittown, NY and, for the last 8 years in Virginia Beach, VA. She was predeceased by her husband, William Josephs, Sr., on Jan. 30, 1999. Anne was an avid reader and had a lifelong desire to be a writer. In 1995, while living in Ocala, she had an award winning short story published in the Ocala Star-Banner. The story was an “Hawaiian Fantasy” based on a trip she had taken with her daughters in the late 1980's.
She is survived by three sons, Frank and wife, Carol, of Venice, FL, Rich and wife, Kathy, of Ridgefield, CT, and Wayne and wife, Teri, of Virginia Beach, VA; four daughters, Dianne Swift of Port Charlotte, FL, Janet Lewis and husband, Thomas, of Virginia Beach, VA, Sandra Orrico of Virgina Beach, VA, and Jackie Bruzzese and husband, Rocco, of Levittown, NY; eighteen grandchildren, twenty one great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, William (“Whip”) Josephs, Jr, a niece, Patricia LaGrippo and by her sister, Josephine Fredericks.
A family statement reads: “Mom was always there with emotional support and kind words and she never refused to lend a helping hand, no matter what the situation. Her loving smile and infectious sense of humor rubbed off on all of us and will be cherished forever. She will be greatly missed.”
Cremation was made at the Cremation Society of Virginia. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

James Rubel
Stationary Engr., 54

James Rubel of Bangor, Pa., died Sunday, April 5, 2009 in Easton, Pa. He was 54.
The son of Edward Rubel and the late Patricia Rubel, he was born March 10, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY.
He was a stationary engineer and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local #30.
A memorial service will be held on Long Island at a future date.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Rubel; his two children, Daniel and Christy Rubel; and his father, Edward Rubel of Cochecton, NY.
A memorial service will be held at a future date.

Thomas T. Davenport
Ret. Grocery Store Mgr., 66

Thomas T. Davenport of Liberty, NY, a retired manager for Great American in Monticello, NY, and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, April 14, 2009 at his home with his loving family at his side. He was 66.
The son of Ethel Finkle Davenport Philo and the late Theron D. Davenport, he was born January 23, 1943 in Roscoe, NY.
Mr. Davenport was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Army. He was a 35-year member of the Liberty Fire Department, Ontario Hose Co. #3. He worked for the Victory Markets, then Great American, for 31 years. He was a body repairman for Gershowitz Transportation/Rolling V Bus Co., and later was a bus driver. He was an avid NASCAR fan, and enjoyed attending local stockcar races, as well as restoring antique cars, especially his 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo. He was a hunter, fisherman and spent time with his dog, Spanky.
In a family statement, it was said, “He was a loving and devoted husband and father.”
Survivors include his wife, Marion Brownhill Davenport, at home; his mother, Ethel Philo, of Roscoe; two sons, Thomas Davenport Jr. and his wife Zulema of Oviedo, Fla., and David Davenport of Winter Springs, Fla.; four daughters, Tanya Dertinger and her husband James of Shelby, NC, Jennifer Davenport serving in the U.S. Army, Caroline Davenport and Jessica Davenport, both of Liberty; four sisters, Barbara Viele and her husband Arthur of Liberty, Betty Dunn of Roscoe, Evelyn Carr of Middletown, NY, and Ellen Bush of Roscoe; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members, including a sister-in-law and her husband, Georganna and Eddie Reichenbaugh, who were very supportive during his illness.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009 at the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty.
Firematic services will be conducted by the Liberty Fire Dept. at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 at the funeral home, with the Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiating.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Liberty Fire Dept.-Ontario Hose Co. #3, Sprague Ave., Liberty, NY 12754 or to the Orange & Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY. 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200.

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