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January 22, 2010 Issue
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Michael Kavleski
Retired teacher, 65

Mr. Michael Kavleski of South Fallsburg, died at the age of 65 on August 15, 2009 under the care of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties. He was born in Liberty, NY on October 14, 1943. Michael was retired from the Woodbourne Correctional Facility where he was a math teacher for many years.
Formerly, Michael was an art and antiques dealer with eclectic tastes. He was knowledgeable with fine art, applied art, interior design, architecture, antiques and collectibles. He spent many years doing volunteer work for Amos Eno Gallery in N.Y.C. With is wife as a treasurer, he helped the gallery achieve a not-for-profit status. He was a gallery and museum goer who enjoyed both the fine and popular arts.
Michael was reared on a dairy farm in Ferndale where he developed a love of nature. He spent most of his life surrounded by wooded areas, wild and cultivated plants, and domesticated and wild animals which he nurtured.
A lover of games, he had been a member of the National Scrabble Player's Assn. He played in national, regional and local tournaments. His weekly games were with friends with whom he had been part of the same Scrabble club for over 25 years.
He was a loving husband for 45 years of Charleen Hayes Kavleski. He is survived by a brother, Andrew and his wife, Beverly and their daughter, Andrea of Ferndale, and a niece, Annemarie Doolittle. He is also survived by many cousins and grandnephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Waryha Kavleski and his father, John Kavleski of Ferndale, and a sister, Barbara Bennett.
Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, August 18 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday, August 19, at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty at 11:45 a.m. with Monsignor Edward Straub officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Liberty, following the mass.
Memorial donations in Michael's name may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550 or to Sullivan County SPCA, 25 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, NY 12775.
Arrangements by Ramsay's Funeral Homes, Inc.; 845-292-7160.

Margaret Golden, 89

Margaret “Peggy” Golden of North Branch, died Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. She was 89.
The daughter of the late Percy Bowers and Elizabeth Breen Bowers, she was born July 7, 1920 in Glen Wild. She was the widow of Jack Golden who predeceased her in 1986.
Peggy worked for several years as a waitress at the Miss Monticello Diner and in a radio factory during the War and after marrying Jack; she devoted her life to her family. She later moved to Florida in the late 1980's spending a lot of time with her companion Ralph; he being a trumpet player and both being active in ballroom dancing until Ralph passed away in 2006.
She is survived by a son, Jim Golden & his wife, Anne Bei Golden of North Egremont, MA; a daughter, Patty Armstrong & her husband, Frank Armstrong of Roscoe; a sister, Dorothy Driscoll of Kauneonga Lake; two grandchildren, Katie and Peter; a great-grandson, Kade; several nieces & nephews.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 18, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello.
Her Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, August 19, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Upstate New York Chapter, 6 Automation La., Albany, NY 12205 or the Muscular Dystrophy Association www.mda .org.
Arrangements by VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home; 845-794-4141. For additional information, please visit

Paul Ricco, 37

Paul Andrew Ricco, aged 37, passed away on August 13, 2009, at his home in Harvard, NY, after a long illness. He is survived by his son, Hunter Shampine, his brother Peter Ricco, his father Roger Ricco, and many friends and family members who will miss him. Paul was predeceased by his mother, Mary.
Paul lived most of his adult life in Long Eddy, NY, but moved to Harvard in 2006. He was employed, until his illness, by Roger’s Small Engine Repair in Liberty. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering.
A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life on August 25 at 2 p.m., at the Roger Ricco home at 2503 Harvard Rd, E. Branch. For information, please call 607-363-7450.
Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

Arnold Armstrong
Ret. Owner Arnie’s Lounge, 90

Arnold “Arnie” Armstrong of Fremont Center, NY, the retired owner of Arnie’s Scrounge Lounge, Fremont Center, NY and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Arden Hill Campus, Goshen, NY. He was 90.
The son of the late Jacob and Rose Orkin Armstrong, he was born October 15, 1918 in Boston, Mass.
Arnie served Our Country in WWII as a Navy Seabee at Pearl Harbor; he was a member of the Callicoon VFW Post #5808, and he had been a commercial artist.
Survivors include one niece and one great-nephew. He was predeceased by one sister, Selma Shaw.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at the Jeffersonville Synagogue Cemetery, Route 52, Jeffersonville, NY. Rabbi Marvin Goldman will officiate.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY. 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200.

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