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Callicoon, New York
January 22, 2010 Issue
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Bogumila K. Koss
Dec. 21, 1941 - Nov. 23, 2009

Bogumila Kazimiera Koss, 67, of Manhattan, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 3:17 p.m., in the arms of her loving husband Jerzy Augustyn Koss, in their New York City home that they shared together for over 40 years. 
Bogumila was the daughter of Regina Bilska and Maciej Bilski. She was born in Ostroleka, Poland on December 21, 1941 and immigrated to the United States of America in 1967. She lived in her beloved New York City since 1969. Bogumila and Jerzy were married on February 13, 1960 in Gdynia, Poland and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 13, 2010 but Bogumila was taken away from us in a swift and peaceful manner to be with her Almighty Creator. She is survived by her husband, Jerzy A. Koss; her daughter Tomira Koss and husband Senad Mujanovic (of Sullivan County, NY); her son Wlodek Karol Koss and his wife Joey Elisa Koss; and 8 loving grandchildren who will forever love her and keep her in their hearts: Konrad S. Koss, Violetta M. Koss, Jonathan E. Koss, Jasmina A. Mujanovic, Adrian P. Koss, Ryszard E. T. Mujanovic, Sonia R. Koss, and Senada E. Mujanovic. Bogumila was predeceased by her brother Zdzislaw Bilski and her granddaughter Regina M. Koss. She is also survived by her younger sister, Elzbieta Szymankiewicz, her family in Germany, and numerous cousins and family members in Poland. 
Bogumila Koss was an intelligent, educated woman who was ahead of her time. She was a scientist who did cancer research at Rockefeller University and Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. From scientific endeavors, Bogumila went into the arts (she was part of the Koss Family Artists), and in the last 20+ years of her life created her own, incredibly innovative and revolutionary herbal creams, tinctures, and other alternative remedies. She was a strong believer in one’s destiny and a true believer in God and his power of healing and loving. She helped many, loved much, and never expected anything in return. Bogumila Koss will be missed by her adoring and loving husband, family, and all her friends. Our hearts will never be the same. Let her soul rest in peace, now and forever. 
Friends are all invited to celebrate Bogumila K. Koss’ life with the family. Services will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 856 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (718-638-1071) on Saturday, November 28th 2009. Viewing will be the same day from 2 – 5 p.m. at St. Joseph’s followed by Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 5 p.m. by Rev. Msgr. Kieran E. Harrington, V.E.  Refreshments to follow.
Crematory arrangements by Brooklyn Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
If you wish to express your condolences, please write to:
• Jerzy A. Koss, 210 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10010
• Tomira Koss, PO Box 110, Callicoon Center, NY 12724 
• Wlodek Koss, 586 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Grace J. Theysohn
Longtime employee New York Telephone, 87

Grace J. Theysohn, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia, and a former 21-year-resident of Callicoon, died earlier this week. She was 87.
Born on October 22, 1922, in Manhattan, N.Y., to John Patrick and Anne Mulligan Maguire, she was a longtime employee of the New York Telephone Company, and retired as Executive Assistant to Senior Vice President.
She was married to Vincent L. Theysohn, on February 14, 1950.
Grace was a member of the Pioneers Communications Workers of America, Catholic Womens Guild of St. John the Evangelist. She was also Girl Scout Leader, and a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Muscular Dystrophy.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Anne Marie and LTG(R) William J. Lennox, and Margaret R. and LTG(R) John R. Wood, of Alexandria, Va. She is also survived by grandchildren: Maj. Matthew J. Lennox and wife, Amy, of West Point, Anne Marie and husband, Lee M. Van Atta, of Alexandria, Va., Maj. Andrew K. and wife, Tara Lennox, of West Point, Margaret Lee Wood, of Alexandria, Va., and Jonathan W. and wife, Amanda Lennox, of Dallas, Tx., and a sister, Margaret Reynolds, of Fla.
Friends may call the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Inc., 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon, from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 27. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Saturday, November 28, at 12:30 p.m., at Holy Cross Church, in Callicoon. Burial will be made at the Callicoon Cemetery, in Callicoon, N.Y. Fr. Ignatius Smith will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723 or Evercare Hospice, 4000 Legato Road, Suite 1100, Fairfax, Virginia 22033.

Bernice Danzer, 65

Bernice Danzer of Liberty, NY, a homemaker and longtime area resident, died on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at her home. She was 65.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Helen Swierczek Kraycer, she was born December 31, 1943 in Peckville, Pa.
Bernice had worked for Dr. Joseph Kozower, M.D. and later at the St. Peter’s School cafeteria, in Liberty. She was a communicant of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Liberty, N.Y., and she enjoyed reading and needle craft.
Bernice was a devoted, loving, and caring wife, mother and grandmother. Survivors include her husband, William W. Danzer at home; one daughter, Mary Counsell and her husband Dave, of Niskayuna, N.Y.; three brothers, Joseph Kraycer of Port Jervis, Michael Kraycer and his wife Gaile, of Liberty; and Edward Kraycer and his wife Susan of Liberty; one grandson, Lucas Counsell; and several nieces and nephews.
Bernice was predeceased by one sister, Anna Payne.
Visitation will be Friday, November 27, 2009 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Harris Funeral Home West Street at Buckley, Liberty, N.Y.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 12:15 p.m. in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 264 No. Main St., Liberty, N.Y. Monsignor Edward Straub will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cold Spring Rd., Liberty, N.Y.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home West Street at Buckley, Liberty, NY. 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200

Cathleen Cullen Tonjes
Former owner/editor Sullivan County Record, 83

Cathleen Cullen Tonjes, of the Beechwoods, in Callicoon, the former owner and editor of the Sullivan County Record, in Jeffersonville, died on Wednesday, November 25, at Good Samaritan Hospital, in Suffern, N.Y.
She was 83.
Born in Chester, N.Y., on June 28, 1926, to Thomas J.V. Cullen and Mary McCormick Cullen, she was married to the late Frank Alvin “Al” Tonjes.
She was the owner and editor of the Sullivan County Record for 20 years, a founding member of the Jeffersonville Public Library and a former member of the Jeff-Youngsville Central School Board of Education.
Survivors include her eight children, Mary Theodorou and her husband Louis, of Callicoon; Christopher Tonjes and his wife Michelle, of San Francisco, Ca.; Mark Tonjes and his wife Darlene, of Atlanta, Ga.; Timothy Tonjes and his wife Mary, of Callicoon; Doyle Degan and her husband Eugene, of Goshen; Peter Tonjes and his wife Anasticia of Cambridge; Susan Nicoletti and her husband Philip, of Cochecton; Josephine Lowe and her husband Ronald, of Circleville; one sister, Mary Rose Cullen, of Chester; one brother, Thomas J.V. Cullen Jr., of Goshen; 27 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call on Sunday, November 29, at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, in Jeffersonville, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, November 30, at St. George’s Church, in Jeffersonville, at 10 a.m. Father Ignatius Vu will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 396, Jeffersonville, N.Y. 12748.

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