Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
January 22, 2010 Issue
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Lorraine Manouse Smith Ciarelli
Professional Singer, 79

Lorraine Manouse Smith Ciarielli entered the kingdom of Heaven on October 12, 2009 at her sister Tina’s home in Lackawaxen, Pa., with her loved ones at her side, after a three and a half month battle with cancer. She was 79.
Lorraine was the oldest of six Manouse children, all born and raised in Callicoon, NY. She was born on March 4, 1930, and attended the Delaware Valley School in Callicoon and graduated with her class. Lorraine lived most of her years in Adams Center, NY, where she did the Lord’s work by becoming a Eucharistic minister for her church, and was, at times, the choir director. Lorraine was a professional singer and entertained many throughout her singing career, including many shows for servicemen at Fort Drum, NY. She was a member of the Adams Center Ambulance Corps and fire department auxiliary. Lorraine also drove school bus for her school district for 24 years.
Lorraine was predeceased by her first husband, Donald Smith, to whom she was married for 46 years; her brother, Jack Manouse; her parents, Helen and Thomas Manouse; and one niece, Christina Eisenbach, all of Callicoon, NY.
A family statement read, “Lorraine will be sorely missed by her family and friends, but especially she will be truly missed by her husband, Lawrence Ciarelli Sr., to whom she was married for eleven years.”
She is survived by her husband, Larry, at home; daughters, Diane Miller and her companion Martin of Santa Barbara, Calif.; Donna Smith of Ogdensburg, NY; Marie Harnass and husband Vincent of Adams, NY; Ted Manouse and wife Ruth of Winter Haven, Fla.; Jeanne Manouse Grau and her husband Jack of Winter Haven, Fla. and Walker Valley, NY; and Tina Holbert and husband Wayne of Lackawaxen, Pa.; godchild Abigail Eisenbach Barnes of Lackawaxen, Pa.; the Ciarelli family; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be celebrated at St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church in Adams, NY, on October 24 at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Lorraine’s name to the Wayne Memorial Hospice Care of Honesdale, Pa.

Marie J. Bennedum
Homemaker, 74

Marie J. Bennedum, a homemaker of Fosterdale, NY, died October 18, 2009 at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty, NY. She was 74.
The daughter of Henry and Helen Lieb Jobmann, she was born July 29, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY. She was married to the late Robert A. Bennedum who passed away on October 7, 2009.
She is survived by her two daughters, Deborah Burke and her husband John of Liberty, NY, and Cindy Kashan and her husband Eric of Monticello, NY; two brothers, Oscar Jobmann of Mt. Pocono, Pa., and Ronald Jobmann of Baltimore, Md.; one niece and several nephews.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 20 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 21 at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Fosterdale Cemetery in Fosterdale, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 4, Lake Huntington, NY 12752 or the Lake Huntington Fire Co., Route 52, Lake Huntington, NY 12752.

Cyril ‘Cy’ Plotkin
Feb. 25, 1911-Oct. 18, 2009

Cyril “Cy” Plotkin, a longtime resident of Sullivan County, passed peacefully at his home on October 18, 2009. He was 98 years old.
Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Cy and his family moved to Kauneonga Lake where his parents opened the Woodlawn Hotel when he was 10. At the time there was no running water or electricity. After graduating from Monticello High School, Cy attended Northeastern University and majored in engineering. He was always very proud of the fact that, while a student, he wrote the score for a play, “Banned in Boston” and that it was performed by 60 musicians as part of the Northeastern Theatre Department. Upon returning to Sullivan County, Cy worked at the family hotel. He was a music lover and played piano professionally in hotels around the county. On one such occasion, he met the love of his life, Annie Siegel. They eloped in 1932 and remained married for 72 years. During those years, Cy ran the Landfield Avenue Garage, was an avid photographer, traveled extensively throughout the world, helped charter the Sullivan County Photography Club, and played and listened to music and enjoyed his family. At the age of 95, he learned to use a computer and he enjoyed googling his favorite composers and e-mailing his friends and family.
Cy was predeceased by his wife, Anne Siegel Plotkin; his brothers, Norman, Jack and Allen; and his nephew, Mark.
He will be missed by his surviving relatives, brother-in-law Leon Siegel of Livingston Manor; his sister-in-law, Cecille Plotkin of Monticello; his nephews, Gary Siegel of Liberty, Jerry Plotkin of New York City, Steve Plotkin of Monticello, Joe Watson of North Carolina, Raymond Patruski of Queens; his nieces, Teri Banerjee of Massachusetts, Shelley Watson of North Carolina, Judy Siegel of Liberty, Joann Plotkin of New York City, Barbara Plotkin of Monticello, and Carol Petruski of Queens; many great-nieces and nephews; great-great-nieces and nephews; and his devoted caregiver, Nicole Kuval.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to The American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan County.

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