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January 8, 2008

Jessie H. Culver
Homemaker, 81

Jessie H. Culver, in the care of her children, passed away peacefully on January 3, 2008. She was 81 and a breast cancer survivor of 20 years.
Jessie lived in Wurtsboro for 50 years. In 2003, she moved to Fabius. She was a loving wife and wonderful mother. Occasionally, she worked part time jobs outside the home. She was a communicant at St. Joseph’s Church and a long time member in the Ave Maria Guild.
She was born in California and after high school, moved back to Japan. It was there she met and married Harold N. Culver who was stationed with the Army in Eta Jima, and then settled in Wurtsboro.
She is survived by her son, Clay Culver (Kim Johnstone) of Sandia Park, N.M.; daughters, Marie E. Culver (Dean Haycock) of Salem and Sarah A. Culver (Scott MacWilliam) of Fabius; sisters, Doraine Higashi and Clara (Fujima) Matsumoto both of California; Mary Higashi and Alice Higashi, both of Tokyo Japan; sister-in-law, Eileen Boswell of Wurtsboro; grandsons, Tyler Culver, Hugh B. MacWilliam and Jesse MacWilliam; and several nieces and nephews including Mary Meyle and Lisa Reuss of New York, Frank, John and Gretchen Matsumoto of California, Grace Higashi of California, Walter Gavry of Colorado and Martha Loporto of Boston, Mass.
She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Harold N. Culver.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, January 7 at St. Joseph’s Church, Wurtsboro. Fr. Peter Madori officiated.
Burial followed in the Poplar Grove Cemetery in Phillipsport.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Central NY, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY 13088 and The American Cancer Society, 419 East Main Street, Suite 307B, Middletown, NY 10940.
Arrangements under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.

Harold N. Culver, 75

Harold N. Culver of Wurtsboro passed away suddenly on October 17, 2003. He was 75.
Harold was a long time resident in Wurtsboro. He was born in Jamestown but spent his childhood in Phillipsport and Ellenville. He graduated from Ellenville High School and went onto Albany Business School where he received a business degree.
He joined the Army in 1951 and was stationed in Eta Jima Japan. There he met and married his wife, Jessie Higashi. They returned to the United States (Albany) and then settled in Wurtsboro where they raised their 3 children. He was a devoted husband and father; a devout Catholic; and was an avid researcher of local history and his family genealogy.
Harold was survived by his wife of 50 years, Jessie; son, Clay Culver (Kim Johnstone) of Sandia Park, N.M.; daughters, Marie E. Culver (Dean Haycock) of Salem and Sarah A. Culver (Scott MacWilliam) of Fabius; sister, Eileen Boswell of Wurtsboro; grandsons, Tyler Culver, Hugh B. MacWilliam and Jesse MacWilliam; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held previously and arrangements were under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.

Ruth Ann Boxberger
Retired Teacher, 64

Ruth Ann Boxberger, a former resident of Youngsville and Patchogue, moved to Phoenix, Arizona upon her retirement from teaching. Ruth died at home in Phoenix on Friday, December 21, 2007 after a gallant and brief 6-month battle with cancer. She was 64.
Born in Youngsville on May 2, 1943, Ruth graduated from Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School with honors. She attended SUNY New Paltz, where she obtained her Bachelor and MS degrees in teaching. Ruth moved to Patchogue, Long Island and taught second grade for 33 years at the Verne Kritz Elementary School in the South Country School District in East Patchogue. Ruth retired in 1998 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Ruth volunteered at her best friends’ business, Engine-Uity, LTD., a publishing company for teacher resources for gifted and talented students, parents, and teachers, as an editor and various other jobs.
Ruth was very dedicated to her family, often traveling across the USA and to other countries like Germany, Australia and Ecuador to spend time with her family. She will be remembered by all for her wonderful sense of humor, caring and helpful nature, and her true love of family. She was always there for each one of them.
Ruth was the daughter of the late Winifred Christine and Irwin Joseph Boxberger, and was predeceased by her brother, Robert Boxberger of Lewes, Delaware.
Ruth leaves behind her stepmother, Florence Boxberger of Liberty; her brothers and a sister, John Boxberger of Bonney Lake, Wash., Tom Boxberger and his wife, Maryann of Watertown, Carl Boxberger and his wife, Adella of Durham, N.C. and Carla Boxberger Dworetsky of Youngsville; and a stepsister, Aileen Berberich of Clifton Park and stepbrother, Bruce Berberich of Glens Fork, Ky., and her sister-in-law, Marge Boxberger Doucet of Delaware; and many cousins; and she also leaves behind her prides and joys and the great loves of her life, her many nieces and nephews across the country.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.
The funeral will be held at the United Reformed Church in Youngsville on Saturday, January 12 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Lee Andrews officiating.
Burial will be at Green Hill Cemetery on Shandalee Road in Youngsville, with her parents.
A separate memorial service will be held at a later date in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cremation was held at Universal Memorial in Phoenix.
Memorial donations may be made to the United Reformed Church of Youngsville or to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014-5656.
Arrangements were made by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville.

Debra Eve Brozik
Caregiver, 54

Debra Eve Brozik, a lifelong resident and a caregiver, lost her battle with a long illness on Friday, January 4, 2008 at home with her husband by her side. She was 54.
The daughter of the late John and Eilene Dainack, she was born on April 5, 1953 in Monticello.
She leaves behind her beloved husband, Mark, a retired Sullivan County Sheriff’s Sergeant; her son. Jarrett Brozik and his wife, Bonnie, of Nashville, Tenn.; a grandson, Chris; her four brothers, Dennis Dainack and his wife, Lois, of Utah, Stephen Dainack and his wife, Denise, Roger Dainack and his wife, Mary, and Bruce Dainack and his wife, Sue, all of Hurleyville; her aunt, Hilda of Jacksonville, Fla. and Aunt Mary Kile of Montana and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Debbie was the sweetest, kindest and most loving person anyone could every know. She loved to drive. Since she was a teenager, she spent countless hours riding around the area, taking pictures and marveling at the beauty of all God’s creations. Along with driving and photography, she loved to garden. Debbie has the most amazing green thumb. She could make anything grow, probably from the love that poured from her. She also loved animals. Over the years, she rescued and nurtured countless creatures with all her heart.
Anyone who knew Debbie will sorely miss the goodness in her heart. Weep not for her, for she could not stand to see anyone or anything suffer. Remember the good times you shared with her and the love she brought to the world. Share the love she brought to you with others. She would have wanted it that way.
A celebration of Debbie’s life will take place on Monday, January 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty. Funeral services will be at 8 p.m. with Rev. Robert Pinto officiating.
Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., Liberty.

Herbert Lipson
Ret. Business Owner, 84

Herbert Lipson, the retired owner/operator of the Holiday Inn in Liberty and the Tri Tavern in Liberty, died on Saturday, January 5, 2008 in the Wellstar-Paulding Hospital in Dallas, GA. He was 84.
Herb was born on August 6, 1923 in Brooklyn, the son of Nathan and Rose Samuels Lipson.
He was a member the Liberty Elks, Lions Club, the Sullivan County Golf Club in Liberty, and Ahavath Israel Synagogue.
He is survived by his wife, Florence at home; his son, Warren Lipson and his wife, Suzanne of Powder Springs, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Ben and Jason Sabloff, Adam, Darren, Michael and Jay Farber and Carlos Hooker; and also six great-grandchildren, Abby, Livia and Eli Sabloff and Joey, Julian and Thailer Farber.
He was predeceased by his daughter, Donna Sabloff and his sister, Irma Garment.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 8, at 11 a.m. in Ahavath Israel Synagogue, Chestnut St., Liberty. Rabbi Marvin Goldman will officiate.
Burial will be in the Ahavath Israel Cemetery, Hy-San-Na Rd., Liberty.
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Inc., 388 Broadway, Monticello.

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