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Justice Nicholas A. Clemente J.D., LL.M.,
Justice of the New York State Supreme Court,
Judicial Hearing Officer,
Professor, Novelist

Nicholas Alphonse Clemente, 80, of Monticello, New York, died on Monday May 4th, 2009 in Harris, New York. He was respected and loved by many.
Born February 2, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, Justice Clemente served in the New York State Supreme Court for 21 years in Kings County (Brooklyn) and three and a half years in Sullivan County, New York. During his judicial career, he presided over a wide range of civil and criminal matters and became known for his expertise in medical malpractice cases. After he retired from the bench in 2005 he continued to serve as a Judicial Hearing Officer in Sullivan County. His legal opinions were widely published in both Official Reports and the New York Law Journal.
Prior to serving on the bench, he was a partner in Golden, Clemente, and Garry P.C. and Clemente & Garry P.C., and served as Law Chairman for the Brooklyn Democratic Party and as an Alternate Delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
Additionally, he taught Business Law at CUNY's Borough of Manhattan Community College and served in the New York Guard as Colonel. He also indulged a passion for history, literature and creative writing; his experience as an attorney and judge served as a backdrop for several of his novels, three of which have been published.
Justice Clemente earned his undergraduate degree in English and History from New York University and his J.D. from St. John's University. He also obtained an LL.M. from New York University School of Law, which he earned under the GI Bill after having served as a legal officer in the 101st Airborne Division during the Korean War.
Justice Clemente is survived by his wife, Ann Marie Clemente Esq.; their daughter Claudia Marie and her husband Daniel van Dongen; their son Nicholas and his wife Stacey Mayer and two grandchildren Julian and Sebastian. From his first marriage he is survived by three children and nine grandchildren: son Laurence and his wife Claudia; Mark and his wife Anita; and Paul and his wife Kathleen; and grandchildren: Philip, Laurence, Nicholas and Victoria; Daniel, Matthew and Marissa; and Laura Marie and Paul Jr. He is also survived by his sister Mrs. Marie Mangione and her husband Louis Mangione, and his sister-in-law Mrs. Dolores Clemente.
Services will be held at the Van Inwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello, New York at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 9, 2009. Family and friends are invited to visit as of 9:00, until the 11:00 service.
Van Inwegen-Kenny Funeral Home is located at 401 Broadway in Monticello New York and can be reached at (845) 794 -4141.
Donations in memory of Justice Clemente may be made to the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), an organization dedicated to the advocacy of abused and neglected children in the court system, at the following address: Sullivan County CASA Inc., 100 North St., Monticello NY 12701, Attn: Lillian Hendrickson.
“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?”—Robert Browning

Kathleen McMichael
Teaching Assistant, 41

Kathleen M. McMichael of Roscoe, NY, a teaching assistant for the Sullivan County BOCES and a longtime area resident, died Monday, May 4, 2009 at the Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ. She was 41.
The daughter of Thomas and Barbara Hageman Giardina, she was born March 5, 1968 in Hackensack, NJ.
Kathy was an active member of the Roscoe Central School PTA.
In a family statement, “Kathy will live forever in our hearts. We wish to express our deepest gratitude to the Roscoe community for their support during Kathy’s illness.”
Survivors include her husband, William R. McMichael Jr., at home; two daughters, Ashley J. McMichael and Megan A. McMichael, at home; her parents, Thomas and Barbara Giardina of Albrightsville, Pa.; three sisters, Pattianne Giardina of NJ, Michele Caceres of NJ, and Theresa Korn of Pa.; her maternal grandmother, Dorothy Hageman; her father and mother-in-law, William and Gayle McMichael of Roscoe, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2009 at the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 at the funeral home. The Rev. David McCarthy will officiate.
Burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schenk Drive, Kingston, NY 12401.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe. or 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200.

Beverly Hannon
Retired Office Manager, 73

Beverly Ann Hannon of Jeffersonville, NY, a retired office manager for Grandview Insurance Company in Yonkers, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at her home. She was 73.
The daughter of Cliff and Isabel Fowler Bayer, she was born June 13, 1935 in Yonkers. She was married to Robert W. Hannon.
Survivors include her husband, Robert W. Hannon, at home; her daughter Stacey Lorson of Yonkers; three grandsons, Nick, Sean and Adam; and two brothers, Robert Bayer of Massachusetts and Clifton Bayer of Nevada.
A family statement reads: “The Hannon family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, especially Kathy Berger for her outstanding care and compassion.”
There are no services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home Inc. of Jeffersonville.

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