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Elizabeth M. Ackerly
Oct. 10, 1924 - Nov. 11, 2009

Elizabeth May Keeler Ackerly, 85, of Mission, Texas, formerly of Roscoe, passed away on November 11, 2009 in Texas after suffering a stroke.
Mrs. Ackerly was born on October 10, 1924, in Youngsville, NY. She was a graduate of Youngsville Central School. Her first job, away from Youngsville, was making bullets for WWII in Bridgeport, CT. She married Ed Ackerly in 1945 when he returned from the Pacific Theater of WWII. They lived in Brooklyn, where their first son Robert was born; a couple of years later they returned to Ed’s hometown of Roscoe, NY where they raised their sons, Robert, Thomas and Scott.
Bette, as she was known, and Ed owned the Roscoe Dairy for many years. Bette was active in community affairs. She was a longtime member of the Roscoe Rockland Garden Club, a past matron of Eastern Star, and was involved in many other committees and organizations. She was also a Teachers Aide at the Roscoe Central School.
Bette and Ed loved to camp, often spending a month each summer at the Beaverkill State Park while continuing to operate the dairy. When they sold the dairy, Bette and Ed spent winters in Florida and returned to Roscoe for the summers. They traveled extensively, visiting 48 states and all of the National Parks. While traveling, they primarily lived in a tent. On one of their trips they stopped at the Bentsen Grove Resort in Mission, TX. They returned there for 27 more winters, becoming citizens of Texas. Their summers were spent in the Catskills with Thomas in Walton and on Plum Island with Scott in Newbury, Massachusetts. Bette had a wonderful life.
She loved holidays – decorating her home, even if it was a tent, sending cards to all members of her expanding family. A good cook, her ginger snaps were famous, often presented as a welcomed gift. She loved her husband, was a great mother, a beloved grandmother and great-grandmother and a friend to all who knew her. She will be deeply missed.
On the evening before her stroke, she did one of her favorite things – a walk in the warm Texas air looking at the full moon.
Bette is survived by her husband of 64 years, Edward F. Ackerly; her son, Thomas Ackerly and his wife Deborah, Walton; mother of his children, Anna May and Chuck Husson, grandchildren, Casey (Everett) Tallman of Roscoe, Tamara (Skip) Powel of Roscoe, Thomas (Becky) Ackerly, Jr. of Roscoe; son, Scott Ackerly and wife Jean, grandchildren, Lily Ackerly and Julia Ackerly of Newberry Port, MA; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; brother, Donald Keeler and his wife Ronnie; sister-in-law, Francis Keeler; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her son Robert Ackerly, her brothers, Edward, Leslie and George Keeler; and a sister Ruth Keeler Quinless.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2009 at the Courtney Funeral Home, 25 Townsend Street, Walton, with the Rev. Jennifer Matison Juliano officating. A reception will follow at “The Barn” at the New Directions, Kerrs Creek Rd.(County Rt-21), Walton.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting or by visiting bette-ackerly.gonetoosoon .org/memorial/

Robert C. Bernhardt Jr.
Owner, B&B Paving, 59

Robert C. Bernhardt of Youngsville, NY, the owner of Bob Bernhardt Paving in Youngsville and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, November 16, 2009 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. He was 59.
The son of the late Robert Sr. and Regina Menges Bernhardt, he was born March 30, 1950 in Liberty, NY.
Robert was a jack-of-all trades. Creative, inventive, and wonderful with his hands, there was nothing Bob couldn’t build nor any landscape or construction problem Bob couldn’t solve. Bob created, owned and operated B&B Paving for nearly four decades. Returning to Sullivan County after graduating with an education degree from the State University at Brockport in 1972, Bob started his paving company, which he operated until his death.
There was always something to do. Making job estimates, ordering materials, managing work teams and job assignments, repairing downed machinery, tending to the finances, Bob nurtured his business from the ground floor and had his hand in every part of the paving operation. B&B was located at several locations in Youngsville before finally residing at Bob’s home overlooking the Youngsville valley from high atop John Hemmer Road.
When Bob took a break from the rigor of running his business, he loved to spend time in the out-of-doors. He was an avid sportsman and loved hunting white-tailed deer and turkey. Always proud of his skills in the kitchen, Bob’s culinary asininities were legend to his family and friends. A devoted New York Yankee fan, Bob was proud to see the Bronx Bombers raise their 27th championship flag this fall.
Always generous in heart and spirit, Bob was available in a minute’s notice to help out someone in need. Bob gave cheerfully without hesitation and would never turn away a friend or acquaintance who needed help.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Bernhardt, at home; two sisters, Gloria Bryan and her husband Les of Carrollton, GA, and Rosemary Fanning and her husband Phil of Youngsville; three brothers, John Bernhardt and his wife Jo of Margaretville, NY, Ronald Bernhardt and his wife Cindy of Youngsville, and Tim Bernhardt of Youngsville. Bob had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Fanning, John Fanning, and Kaitlyn Fanning, Derek Bernhardt, Ross Bernhardt, Erin Bernhardt, Jenna Bernhardt, Jordan Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt, Jody Bryan, Michael Bryan, and Amber Winslow.
Helen Keller was quoted to say, “Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” An entrepreneur, swashbuckler, and trailblazer, Bob was always ready for the next adventure.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 22 at 1 p.m. at the Harris Funeral Home, West Street at Buckley, Liberty.
Memorial contributions in Bob’s name may be made to St. Frances Roman Catholic Church, Rt. 52, Youngsville, NY 12791 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY. 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200.

John Louis Krantz
June 4, 1944 - Nov. 18, 2009

John Louis Krantz of the Beechwoods, died November 18, 2009 at Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. He was 65.
Johnny was born in the Beechwoods on June 4, 1944, at home. The son of Muriel Layton Krantz and the late Everett Krantz, he lived at his home for 60 years. He spent the last five years as the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. Johnny loved to walk and had many friends along the road. Everyone loved Johnny.
Johnny is survived by his mother, Muriel Layton Krantz; his brother, Gary Krantz of the Beechwoods; his aunt, Kathryn Hasenpflue of Jeffersonville; his niece, Kristi Kurkey and her husband David and their two children, Kaitlyn and Justin; and three nephews, Steven, Daniel and Andrew Krantz.
He was predeceased by his father, Everett Krantz; his nephew, Scott Krantz; and his very best friend, Ethel Diehl.
Friends may call on Friday, November 20, 2009 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Kit Robison officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Residents Council, c/o Roscoe Community Nursing Home, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776.

Dorothy Krongel
April 16, 1920-Nov. 12, 2009

Dorothy Krongel, a longtime Jeffersonville resident, died Thursday, November 12, 2009 at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. She was 89.
The daughter of Max and Esther Gerber Siegel, she was born April 16, 1920 in New York City. Moving to Parksville, New York as an infant, she graduated from Liberty High School and attended Hunter College.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard, with whom she owned and operated the Krongel Agency, an insurance and real estate firm. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Jeffersonville Synagogue.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Abraham Siegel, and her sister, Augusta Ruderman. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara and her husband, Edwin Hamilton; her son, Michael, and his wife Kathy; her grandchildren, Allison and David Krongel; several nieces and nephews; as well as many caring friends and neighbors.
Services were held at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 5068 State Route 52, Jeffersonville on Sunday, November 15. Interment was made in the Jeffersonville Hebrew Cemetery, Route 52 in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Jeffersonville Ambulance Corps, 49 Callicoon Road, Jeffersonville, NY 12748, or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements entrusted to the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello.

Conrad Charles Fried
Artist & Draftsman, 89

Conrad Charles Fried, a three year resident of Houston, Texas, and formerly of Shandelee, NY, died Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at his home. He was 89.
The third of four children born to the late Charles and Marie O’Brien Fried, he was born October 28, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY.
Conrad spent his early working years in New York City as an artist, illustrator and draftsman. His work as a draftsman and his ingenuity led to work in mechanical design in North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland while continuing to create beautiful paintings. In 1977 he moved back to Sullivan County where he had spent many happy summers as a boy with his family. There he continued to paint and began writing short stories and making short films.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Mary Anne Fried of Houston, TX; along with his grandson and namesake, Conrad Fried; and many loving nieces and nephews. He was married to Marian Campbell Fried who passed away in 1976. His daughter, Yolanda Fried; his sisters, Marjorie Luycks and Elaine de Kooning and his brother, Peter Fried, also predeceased him.
Graveside services will be Sunday, November 22, 2009 at 3 p.m. in the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe, NY. Following the ceremony, a reception for friends and family will be held at Lanza’s Country Inn, 839 Shandelee Road, Livingston Manor, NY.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY. 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200.

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