Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
January 22, 2010 Issue
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Lois K. Brewer
Homemaker, 84

Lois K. Brewer of Jeffersonville, NY, a homemaker, died April 25, 2009 at Roscoe Community Nursing Home, Roscoe, NY.
The daughter of Benjamin and Clara Schulz Klemer, she was born February 24, 1925 in New York City. She was the widow of John H. Brewer, who died on June 9, 2005.
She was a member of AARP.
A family statement reads: “The Brewer family would like to thank the staff at the Wolfe Family Home for Adults and the staff at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home for the wonderful care that their mother received during her stay there.”
She is survived by two sons, Gregory S. Brewer and his wife Roseann of Jeffersonville, and Douglas S. Brewer of Bethpage, NY; and six grandchildren, Ryan, Gregory, Kevin, Tara, John, and Dianna Brewer.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
Services will be held at 11a.m. Wednesday, April 29 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances Main Street), Jeffersonville, NY 12748.
Arrangements by Stewart Murphy Funeral Home, Inc., Jeffersonville; 845-482-4280.

Leah Resnick, 89

Leah Resnick of Monticello died Saturday, April 25, 2009 at Elant in Goshen, NY. She was 89.
The daughter of the late Jacob Cohen and Ida Resner Cohen, she was born July 2, 1919 in Monticello.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, Mrs. Resnick was also active in The Deborah Heart Foundation, the Monticello Soup Kitchen, the Girl Scouts, and the Monticello Seniors.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Daniel Resnick, at home; two daughters, Patti Resnick Chernow of Woodridge and Judy Resnick of Monticello; a son, Steven Resnick and his wife, Judy of Shelton, Conn.; four grandchildren: Dawn Ciorciari and her husband Al of Hurleyville; Jamie Resnick of Boston, Mass., Stacey Resnick of Clinton, Conn., and Jeffrey Resnick of Shelton, Conn.; a great-granddaughter, Carissa; a brother, Abe Cohen and his wife Lynn of the state of Florida; a sister, Ruth Rovinsky and her husband Norman of Valley Stream; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Laurie Resnick; two sisters, Zelda and Fay; and a brother, Sam.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 27 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, with Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz officiating. Burial was made in the Cold Spring Rd. Cemetery, Monticello.
The family will be sitting Shiva at the home of Judy Resnick in Monticello from Monday until Tuesday evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elant Foundation, 46 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924.
Arrangements by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello; 845-794-7474. For additional information, please visit www.josephngarlickfuneral

Virginia Lu Felton Gain
Retired LPN, 91

Virginia Lu Felton Gain, 91, a retired LPN and the daughter of the late John and Jesse Cummings Felton, passed peacefully on the morning of April 23, 2009 at her home in Jeffersonville.
A native of Southern California, she spent much of her childhood living in and exploring the Mohave desert. She met her late husband, Cameron E. Gain, in California while he attended Curtis Wright School of Aeronautical Engineering and was employed by Lockheed to build aircraft during the war. They were married in California and had two sons. They later moved back to Cameron’s hometown of Jeffersonville and had two more children.
She was a member of the “Royal Garnetts” Red Hat Ladies, the OES, Hortonville-Beechwoods HBs home bureau, the Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville, the Presbyterian Women’s Association, and sang in the church choir for many years. She was a devoted nurse, who provided wonderful care to countless, grateful patients.
She is survived by her four children and their spouses, including John and Pearl Gain of Jeffersonville, Dr. Ronald and Leandra Gain of Huntington, W. Va., Tom and Sandy Gain of Kenoza Lake, and Peter and Alice Gain Diehl of Callicoon; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren (with the 23rd due in May); several nieces and their spouses; and many good friends and neighbors.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Walt and Jack Felton.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 2 at the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville with the Rev. Lee Andrews officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Cemetery Fund, the Presbyterian Deacon’s Pantry, Presbyterian Women’s Assoc. or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties. For more information call the church office at 482-5549.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.

Richard F. Oberst Sr.
Teacher, 74

Richard "Dick" Oberst Sr, a 35-year area resident, passed away at his home on Sunday April 26, 2009. He was 74.
The son of the late Frank M. and Charlotte Bijak Oberst, he was born on March 11, 1935 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Dick was a retired upholstery teacher at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Mongaup Valley and was a Korean Navy Veteran serving on the ammunition ship USS Wrangel AE12. He served on the Sullivan County Civil Air Patrol. He also owned and operated Oberst Bros, a home and office maintenance company in Rockaway, Queens, NY.
Dick was married to the love of his life, Caroline for 54 years. He was known for being a creative, inventive and comical guy. He was an avid sportsman, serving as a conservation officer. He was a hunter, fisherman and private pilot. He was either hunting black Russian boar, fishing for fluke off Montauk Point or flying out of Zahn’s Airport on Long Island. Dick was adored by his five granddaughters and was surrounded by his family throughout his illness.
Survivors include his wife, Caroline Kiesel Oberst at home; a son, Richard F. Oberst Jr. and his wife Susan of Wappinger Falls; a daughter, Faith Metzinger and her husband Gus of Kenoza Lake; brothers, David Oberst and wife Kitty of Cleveland, Ohio and Dennis Oberst and wife Louise of Florida; sisters, Dolores Lauerhahs and husband Earl of Cleveland, Ohio and Charlotte Kalloi and husband Kenneth of Florida and grandchildren Christine, Kimberly and Kelly Oberst and Colleen and Bridgette Metzinger. He was predeceased by a brother Raymond Oberst of Texas.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. Kauneonga Lake, NY.

Susan Mary Walker, 57

Susan “Suzy” Mary Walker of Rock Hill, a devoted and loving mother and grandmother, entered into rest on April 24, 2009 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 57.
The daughter of the late John Joseph and Pauline Hadden Skiff, she was born April 4, 1952 in Middletown.
A family statement reads, “Susan was full of life, always trying to make everyone happy and always helping anyone she could. Her grandchildren meant the world to her. Susan will forever be loved and never be forgotten. She meant the world to her children and grandchildren.”
She is survived by a son, Charles Walker, Jr.; a daughter, Susette and her husband Eric Goldsmith of Rock Hill; her two adored grandchildren, Nathaniel and Gabriella Goldsmith; a devoted friend, John Stephens of Wurtsboro; six brothers, John Skiff, Jr. and wife Laurel of Ellenville, Ryan Skiff and Jeffery Skiff of Ellenville, Michael Skiff and wife Joan of Kerhonkson, Joseph Skiff and fiancée Charlotte Newman of Wawarsing, and Patrick Skiff and wife Alisa of Walker Valley; three sisters, Paula Skiff and Christine Skiff of Ellenville, and Katrina Pritchard and husband Paul of Accord; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 at Loucks Funeral Home, Inc., 79 N. Main St., Ellenville.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28 at the funeral home. The Rev. Jeff Golliher will officiate.
Cremation will be at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by Loucks Funeral Home, Inc.; 845-647-4343.

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