Norma M. Edelmann
Co-Founder, Edelmann Sales, 83
Norma (Milligan) Edelmann, 83, a longtime resident of Pittstown and co-founder of Edelmann Sales Inc., died Saturday, September 19, 2009 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Troy, NY, following a brief illness.
Norma was born January 28, 1926 in Lake Huntington to Alice Kiesler Milligan and Edwin Milligan. Norma attended Narrowsburg High School.
Norma’s husband, the late Frederick W. Edelmann, predeceased her in 1981. Together they built their home in Pittstown in 1959 where they lived with their children Clark, Susy and Mary Lou. In 1966 Norma and Fred started their snowmobile sales and service business at the family home. Norma remained active in the business until her death.
Norma enjoyed the natural beauty surrounding her family home. She was an avid reader, enjoyed her many pets, flower gardening and the wild life in the fields surrounding her home. She loved to cook and always had a knitting project in the works. She discovered a passion for traveling late in life, visiting Ireland and Italy with family.
Norma was a former member of the Hill Country Cloggers and both the Pittstown and Grafton Snowmobile Clubs. She helped organize and was the first president of the William T. Rohrmann VFW Post Ladies Auxiliary in Lake Huntington.
Norma is survived by her son, Clark (Mary) Edelmann of Pittstown; two daughters, Susy (James) Gavagan of West Hoosick and Mary Lou (Paul) MacNaughton of Pittstown; a sister, Jeanette Cochrane of Lake Huntington; ten grandchildren, Tim Edelmann, Patricia (Kenneth) O’Connor, Heidi Edelmann, Robin Edelmann, Kara Gavagan, Finn Gavagan, Michael (Julie) MacNaughton, Jason MacNaughton, Katie MacNaughton, and Jill MacNaughton; a great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, a sister, Helen Lowe, and three brothers, Louis Milligan, Everett Milligan and Clark Milligan, predeceased her.
Relatives and friends are invited to call at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 24 at the Howard B. Tate & Son Funeral Home Inc., 2237 NY Route 7, located in Raymertown.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Gaylord Campbell presiding. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in lieu of flowers if desired, may be made to the Second Chance Animal Shelter, 6870 State Highway 7A, Shaftsbury, Vermont, 05262, in memory of Norma Milligan Edelmann.
Nora M. Swope
Former Owner E&N Tavern, 87
Nora M. Swope of Jeffersonville, NY, formerly of Callicoon and a lifetime resident of the area, died Friday, September 18, 2009 at CRMC in Harris, NY.
The daughter of the late Orin and Esther Gillow Maudsley, she was born August 10, 1922 in Manchester Township, Wayne County, PA. She was the widow of Edward Swope.
She was a homemaker and former owner of E&N Tavern in Callicoon, and a member of the Callicoon United Methodist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Immoor and her husband Douglas of Youngsville, and Sharon Tate of Pahrump, Nevada; two grandchildren, Steven Immoor and his wife Denise Schalck Immoor, and Tracy Krug and her husband Lawrence Krug Jr.; and her great-grandchildren, Kristen and Morgan Immoor, and Tyler and Dylan Krug. She was predeceased by a son-in-law, John Tate.
There will be no visitation. Services will be held at a later date.
Burial will be in the French Woods Cemetery in the Town of Hancock.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Callicoon United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 235, Callicoon, NY 12723 or the Jeffersonville United Methodist Church, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.
Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Inc., Callicoon, NY; 845-887-4900.
Daniel J. Smythe
Artist and Master Falconer, 75
Daniel Joseph Smythe passed away on Friday, September 18, 2009 after a six and a half year battle with cancer. He was born on October 3, 1933, the son of Daniel and Margaret Bergin Smythe in New York City. He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol; three children, Jennifer Ballard and her husband Roger of Mongaup Valley, Robert Jones and his companion Marylin Russell of Woodbourne, Andrew Jones and his companion Yvonne Dolfini of Grahamsville, and four grandchildren, Jean Claude and Kris Ballard of Mongaup Valley, Lauren and Devan Jones of Woodbourne, and numerous cousins. He was known as Papa Dan to Anthony, Hannah, and Austin. His sister, Elaine Smythe, predeceased him on July 31, 2009.
He was an artist and a master falconer, and loved the hills and valleys of the Grahamsville area where he had lived for over thirty years. He was proud to serve in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Germany after World War II. He lived for many years in Manhattan where he pursued his love of art, working in both the commercial field and as an educator, while working in different mediums. Shortly after moving his art studio and his home to Grahamsville, he became a falconer and then a master falconer, where he flew hawks for the sport of hunting and bred and raised Harris hawks. He helped educate others about the importance of all raptors and the part raptors played in the environment and the food chain. There were many in Sullivan County who got to hear and see Dan as he took both hawks and owls out to different events to help educate others.
During his illness, he had to give up falconry and sculpture but began to focus on pencil drawing. He shared his cartoons and serious drawings with many up to a few days before his death. There will be a small amount of his art work on exhibit at the Old Stone House in Woodbourne in a group show that will be shown during the month of October.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY 12788 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment of ashes will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at Claryville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please take a bouquet to a nearby nursing home or hospital. Any memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Sullivan and Orange Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550; Time and the Valleys Museum, P.O. Box 307, Grahamsville, NY 12740 or to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home. For further information, please visit the website www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com or call 845-434-7363.