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January 22, 2010 Issue
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Joseph A. McConnell, 81

Joseph A. McConnell of Narrowsburg, NY, a retired equipment operator for the Town of Tusten Highway Department and a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2009 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, Pa. He was 81.
The son of the late John and Mildred Gerritty-McConnell, he was born July 23, 1928 in Hawley, Pa.
Joseph was the widower of Shirley McConnell, who passed away on April 30, 1998. They were married for 46 years.
Joseph was a member of St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, the VFW of Highland Lake, and a Tusten Volunteer Fireman. Joseph also served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and earned the Purple Heart Medal.
A family statement reads, “Dad was our beloved Father and a good, hardworking man. He was a great man, and will be greatly missed.”
He is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Butler and her husband Steven of Blufton Oaks, S.C.; four sons, Donald and his wife Victoria of Beach Lake, Pa.; Gary and his wife Deborah of Palenville, NY; Scott and his wife Jill of Beach Lake; and Joseph and his wife Kathy of Beach Lake; four granddaughters and five grandsons; one great-grandson; two brothers, Jacky McConnell of California and William McConnell of Honesdale, Pa.; one sister, Delores Stegner of Honesdale, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joseph was predeceased by his three brothers.
The family would like to thank the entire Hospice staff of the Orange & Sullivan County Hospice for the one and a half years of providing outstanding care for Joseph. Especially Martha Johnson (Social Services), Cathy Berger, RN, Kristy Miller, LPN, Tina Triminit (Volunteer), Joseph Triminit (Volunteer), and Debbie Conway (Volunteer).
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, September 14 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Narrowsburg with Father William Scully, OFM, officiating.
Cremation was made at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Orange & Sullivan County Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY.

Barbara Elliott, 86

Barbara Elliott of New Berlin died Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich. She was 86 years of age.
The daughter of the late Marvin and Millie Williams, she was born November 13, 1922, in Columbus. A longtime resident of Sidney, she was the widow of Richard Elliott, who died in 2002.
Barb, as she was known to so many, or Grandma, as she was known to her loving family, was the light of our lives. Her warmth, friendship, compassion, faith, optimism and unending love were an inspiration to all and served to bind her close to our hearts. We know her love for us continues, as we will continue loving others in the tradition she so wonderfully taught us. We will miss her deeply, but we will not ever forget her.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Barbara Elliott of Cazenovia; a daughter, Barbara Hust of Kenoza Lake; four grandchildren, including Dan Hust of Damascus, Pa., and Rebekah (Hust) Failla of Alfred; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held on Saturday at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Berlin. Private burial was made in St. Andrew’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs. Elliott’s memory may be made to Hope House Orphanage, care of Hope Ministries Christian Counseling Center, POB 75, Kenoza Lake, NY 12750.

Douglas L. Thiele, 80

Douglas L. Thiele of Henrietta, NY, died Sunday, August 30, 2009, at the age of 80. He was born on August 4, 1929 in South Fallsburg, NY. Predeceased by brothers, Alvin and John. He leaves his children, Kathleen (Brian) Goldweber, Douglas, June (Ari) Thiele Hukki, Dennis (Maria), Elizabeth (Al) Vieira, Daniel (Michelle) and Julie Gonzalez; 16 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Davis & June (John) Hallsten; brothers, Carl (Florabel) & Ron; several nieces & nephews.
Services at the convenience of the family. Willard H. Scott Funeral Home.

Wendy F. Oretsky, 58

Wendy Francine Oretsky passed away on September 5, 2009 in Miami Beach, FL, after battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma since 1990. She was 58. The daughter of the late Jack and Evelyn Oretsky of Fallsburg, NY, she was born in Monticello in 1950. She was an honor student at Fallsburg High, graduating in 1968, and attended the Univ. of Bridgeport in CT, graduating with honors in 1973. She earned two Master’s, in Education & Social Work, at Univ. of Miami in 1977. She began her professional career as a Psychotherapist, working with children and their families. After a number of years, Wendy changed careers and taught English as a Second Language at Miami-Dade College. Later on, Wendy decided to spread her wings and became a Sales Representative for the couture designer, Christian La Croix, helping to launch his first fragrance line. She then worked for Thierry Mugler, couture designer, assisting in the launch of Mugler's first fragrance, Angel, one of the top selling perfumes worldwide. At the onset of Wendy's illness, she was promoted to National Sales Representative for Thierry Mugler's fragrance, Angel.
She was predeceased by her late brother, Richard Oretsky. She is survived by her sister, Sherry Falzack & her husband Alan; two brothers, Lloyd Oretsky & his wife Judith, and Jace Oretsky & his wife Stacey; nephews Josh & Todd; and nieces, Taylor, Kim, Dawn, Jill.
Her funeral and burial were held September 8, 2009 at Lakeside Memorial Park, Miami, FL.

Robert ‘Bob’ Stabbert
Computer Programmer, 72

Robert Herman Stabbert of Miami, Fla. died on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 following a short illness. Bob was born on August 11, 1937 to the late Fred W. and Nellie Stabbert Sr. of Callicoon.
Bob attended Callicoon School just around the corner from his home and graduated at the top of his class.
He served his country in the United States Navy as well as attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy.
Following college he worked as a computer programmer for some of the biggest insurance companies in New York City.
He lived in Holland for many years, where he raised his two children, Bambi and Clifford.
Bob enjoyed Broadway shows, New York City entertainment, watching classic movies as well as reading and writing poetry.
One of his last poems was,
“Through a window in the sky
I saw the great clouds rolling by
Like Saints on snowy steeds arrayed
For some celestial parade.”
A natural born entertainer, Bob was the life of many parties and could burst out in song at a moment’s notice or recite dialogues from movies or plays. He also liked to buy gifts which were both eclectic and fun and most especially liked to enjoy time with his many friends.
Bob is survived by his two children, Bambi Stabbert of Holland and Clifford Stabbert of Miami; his sister, Anne Foland of Middletown; his sister-in-law, Shirley Stabbert of Callicoon; and many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Fred Stabbert Jr. of Callicoon and Edwin Stabbert of New York City and Miami.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, September 19 in Miami during which his ashes will be spread in memoriam.
A later memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family in New York City.

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