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February 5, 2008

Helen C. Peters
Homemaker, 99

Helen C. Peters, also known as “Granny,” wife, loving mother, homemaker and a longtime well-known resident of Jeffersonville, was taken into the arms of the Lord God and entered into Heaven on January 31, 2008 at Sullivan County Adult Care Center. She was 99.
Raised by John and Katie Reyman, Helen was born March 27, 1908 and spent much of her younger life in a New York City orphanage. Helen later moved to Jeffersonville where she lived with her foster parents in Kohlertown.
Helen was a member of St. George’s Roman Catholic Church Altar and Rosary Society, a charter member of VFW Post #5808 Ladies Auxilliary, the Jeffersonville Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens. She was chosen 1991’s Senior Citizen of the Year for Sullivan County. For years you could see Helen selling raffle tickets for the firemen’s dinners as well as assisting in many other volunteer organizations. Helen’s loving family and her devout Catholic religion were a major part of her life. She loved her country and a flag was always flying proudly outside her home. We will truly miss Granny’s smiling face and her stories of her fulfilling life.
Helen was the widow of Henry Peters. She is survived by her son, Henry Peters Jr. of Owego; her daughter, Bettie LaJoie and her husband Michael of Jeffersonville; three grandsons, Daniel Peters and his wife Marily of Rouses Point, Brian Peters of Cortland, and Larry LaJoie and his wife Erica of Albany, Oregon; four granddaughters, Donna Peters Babcock of Owego, Kelly Peters Simmons and her husband Jim of Newark Valley, Nicole LaJoie of Liberty, and Carrie LaJoie of Jeffersonville; great-grandchildren include, Jocelyn Babcock, Matthew Orr, Joshua, Tyler and Adam Simmons and Ella LaJoie.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, February 4 at St. George’s Church in Jeffersonville. Father Ignatius Vu officiated.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jeffersonville First Aid Squad or the Jeffersonville Fire Company No. 1.

Riley John Platt Jr.
Heavy Equip. Operator, 74

Riley “Bud” John Platt Jr., a lifelong area resident, died peacefully at his home on Friday, February 1, 2008. He was 74.
The son of the late Riley John Platt Sr. and Loretta Martyn Platt, he was born March 31, 1933.
Known affectionately as “Bud,” he served in the United States Army and was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Town of Mamakating. He was the widow of Dorothy Sarine Platt, his childhood sweetheart who predeceased him on June 5, 2005 after 50 years of marriage.
Bud is survived by two daughters, Charlene Young and her husband, Michael of Wurtsboro and Stephanie Platt of Ellenville; two sons, Bruce Platt and his wife, Angela of Yankee Lake and Riley “Bud” Platt III of Spring Glen; three sisters-in-law, Arlene Platt of Wurtsboro, Pauline Platt of Cornwall-on-Hudson and Charlotte Marcantonio and her husband, Mike of Parsippany, N.J.; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews, including Harriet Hughes of Wurtsboro, Joyce Della-Vedova of Cornwall-on-Hudson, Laura Morelli of Middletown, John Platt and Donald Platt Jr., both of Wurtsboro and Michael Marcantonio of New Jersey.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by four brothers, Jake Platt, Ed Platt, Don Platt and Joe Stedner; two sisters, Celia Hogencamp and Bertha Huppman; a niece, Sharon Platt; a nephew, Edward Platt Jr.; and many other cousins and in-laws.
His funeral service will be held today, February 5 at 10 a.m at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro.
Burial will be held at the Sylvan Cemetery, Wurtsboro.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Mamakating First Aid Squad, PO Box 525, Wurtsboro, NY 12790.
Arrangements under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, Wurtsboro.

Judith A. Maas

Judith (Judy) A. Maas of Cochecton, a longtime resident of Cochecton, died suddenly at home on February 1, 2008.
Judy grew up in Needham, Massachusetts. She received her British Horsemaster’s Instructor’s Certificate in England and taught horseback riding for many years.
Survivors include her husband, Gary of 32 years; her son, Michael and his wife, Mireille and their son, Michael; her daughter, Heidi and her husband, Ramon and their sons, Bishop and Jadon; loving daughter of Thomas and Carolyn Pierseak of Needham, Mass.; and the daughter-in-law of Harold and Gladys Maas; also by Thomas Maas and his wife, Carol; her six brothers, Thomas (wife Heidi), Michael (wife Pamela), William, Robert (wife Jennifer), James (wife Elaine), John (wife Marybeth); her sister, Jeanne Rayner (husband William); and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held February 4 at Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg.
Cremation followed at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Best Friends Animal Society, 5001 Angel Canyon Road, Kanab, Utah 84741-5000.

Ruth Malek
Ret. antique dealer, 82

Ruth Malek, a homemaker and retired Antique Dealer and longtime resident of Sullivan County, passed peacefully on February 1, 2008, in Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. She was 82.
Ruth was the daughter of the late Max and Gussie Spring, of Neversink; she was born in Harlem, NY on Nov. 3, 1925.
Ruth was the loving widow of Zachary “Irving” Malek, who passed away in June 2005.
She is survived by her five sons: Michael Malek of Tennessee, Stephen Malek, David and Glen Malek of Monticello and Jerry Malek and his wife, Carol, of Bethel; her four grandchildren: Zachary, Mark, Andrew and Adam Malek and Kenneth Cuttita; one brother: Sam Spring of Loch Sheldrake; and many nieces and nephews. Three brothers predeceased her.
Ruth was an extraordinary woman, a very loving, caring and devoted mother and grandmother, and a sincere friend to all who were fortunate to get to know her. She had a radiant personality and was always happiest when surrounded by the people she loved. She had a true passion for life and was eager to share it with everyone she met.
She will be missed greatly and never forgotten.
The nurturing and caring staff of the Skilled Nursing Unit of Catskill Regional Medical Center was wonderful to Ruth in the final eight years of her life there and will not be forgotten.
Graveside funeral services were held on Sunday, February 3 at 11 a.m. in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Sunset Lake Road, Liberty, NY. Rabbi M. Medwin will officiate.
Memorial contributions can be made in Ruth’s name to the Skilled Nursing Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris-Bushville Rd., Harris, NY. The nurturing and caring staff was wonderful to Ruth in the final eight years of her life there.
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello.
For directions or to send the family a condolence note visit their Web site at www.josephn 845-794-7474

Frances Mauer
Homemaker, 84

Frances Mauer of Hortonville, wife, mother and lifetime area resident, died Saturday, February 2, 2008 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale, Pa. She was 84.
The daughter of the late Benjamin and Mary Ernst LeRoy, she was born March 18, 1923 in Jeffersonville. She was the widow of Lawrence Mauer.
She was a member of Holy Cross Church, Callicoon, past member of the Holy Cross Altar Rosary Society, Catholic Daughters of America and Secular Franciscans.
A family statement reads, “She was a devoted wife and mother and a caregiver to many people.”
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Gary of Louisville, Ky.; three sons, Dennis Mauer and his wife Lin of Scottsdale, Ariz., Richard Mauer of St. Louis, Mo., Douglas Mauer and his companion Maureen McFadden of Lansdale, Pa.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, David Mauer; a brother, Joseph LeRoy; and sister-in-law, Doris LeRoy.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, February 5 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, February 6 at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon. Father Ignatius Smith OFM will officiate.
Burial will be in Hortonville Cemetery, Hortonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Michael Deming Krum
Crew Supervisor, 46

Michael Deming Krum of Youngsville, Paving Crew Supervisor for Krum & Son Paving Inc., Youngsville, died on January 31, 2008 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. He was 46.
Son of Deming and June Rasmussen Krum, he was born on February 23, 1961 in Liberty.
Survivors include his parents, Deming and June Rasmussen Krum of Youngsville; his daughter, Stephanie Brown and her husband, Dan of Youngsville; two sisters, Cheryl Krum of Youngsville and Kathy Tampone and her husband, Michael of Liberty; three grandchildren, Timothy, Callie and Macie Brown; one nephew, Ryan Tampone; his companion, Lori Bertolina; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held on Monday, February 4 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home. The Rev. Lee Andrews officiated.
Burial was made in Greenhill Cemetery, Youngsville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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