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February 12, 2008

Betty Lou Paul
Administrative Officer, 69

Betty Lou (Sipple) Paul of East Wenatchee, Wash. passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 7, 2008. Her strong faith in Jesus Christ gave her the strength of spirit to fight her courageous battle with heart disease and cancer. She was 69.
She was born in Callicoon on August 14, 1938 to George and Octavia Sipple. Betty Lou and her husband Rene were married on June 18, 1960 in New York. They moved to the state of Washington (Port Orchard) in 1965 where she volunteered for various organizations.
In 1979 she returned to work at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (Bremerton), as the Administrative Officer for the Nuclear Engineering Department. She left the shipyard in 1994 to move to Las Vegas with Rene. Upon their return to Port Orchard, she worked part-time for Dr. Donald George (Bremerton), until her retirement in 2006, when she and Rene moved to East Wenatchee.
She is survived by her husband, Rene; children, Collette Paul, Gina (Grant) Zahajko, and Curtis Paul; siblings, Anita Tyrell, Walter (Carol) Sipple, and Ruth Ann (Thomas) Hurley; her grandchildren, Patrick Paul, Alexanndra Paul; Princess (her grand-dog); and many beloved nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and nephews.
Services for Betty Lou were held at Grace Lutheran Church, Wenatchee, Saturday, February 9, and at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Bremerton, Wash., Tuesday, February 12.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Mended Hearts, Inc., of Wenatchee.
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”

George Rudy
Ret. Bethel Road Crew, 84

Born on January 7, 1924 in the Ukraine, George Rudy’s early years were spent in a small village with his sister, brother, and parents. As a youth, he worked on the mountainsides as a shepherd. In 1939 the Russians attacked his village, killing his brother and sister. He survived with his parents until the Nazis captured him and forced him to work in a German labor camp.
There, in 1945, he met and married Anna Nimchuk. They survived harsh work conditions, a meager diet and bombardments for over 2 years until the camp was liberated by American troops. George and Anna’s first son, Nikolaus, was born in the German camp. A relative sponsored the family and they moved to a farm in Bethel in 1949.
After a few years working the family farm, George got a job on the Bethel road crew. Since there were three other guys named George, they called him “Charlie.” A heart attack at the age of 64 forced Mr. Rudy to retire.
For the last 20 yrs. George has tended 2 large gardens, producing amazing crops of potatoes, corn, tomatoes, etc. His big jars of pickles were a treat the whole family looked forward to every summer. He always cut and split the winter firewood, even up to this fall, at age 83. George had a special knack for communicating with animals, both wild and tame. The household cats and dogs shared the yard with the deer, birds, possums, and raccoons who came to visit and get treats from him.
He is survived by his wife, Anna; his children, Nikolaus Rudy, of Bellows Falls, Vt., Steven Rudy of Liberty, Susan Rudy of Bethel, Katherine Davenport of Lawrenceville, Ga. and John Rudy of Bethel; three grandchildren, Benjamin Rudy Freed, 14, Katie Davenport, 9 and Ryan Davenport, 7.
A Memorial Service will be informally held on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville at 11 a.m. Casual attire by those attending the service would be greatly appreciated by the family.

Robert E. Busing
Teacher, 70

Robert E. Busing passed away Thursday, February 7, 2008, at his home in Clinton Corners. He was 70.
Mr. Busing was a graduate of Tottenville High School Class of 1955; and in 1961, he graduated from SUNY Oswego with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
He served in the US Navy from 1957 to 1962 and was stationed on the USS Lake Champlain.
For 32 years Mr. Busing was a Metal Shop and Tech teacher at Van Wyck Junior High School in the Wappingers Central School District.
Mr. Busing was an avid hunter and was a second generation member of the Star Ridge Hunt Club and The Sioux Club in Delaware County.
He was a member of the Bangall United Methodist Church.
Born November 22, 1937 at Callicoon Hospital in Delaware, he was the son of LeRoy Adolph and Josephine Elizabeth (Voss) Busing.
He is survived at home by his wife Agnes M. (Cruikshank) Busing whom he married August 8, 1995 on Block Island, RI.
In addition, survivors include two daughters, Hillary Schneck of Poughkeepsie and Lauren Busing of Larchmont; three step children, Diana Mackay, and her husband, Steve Wichowsky of Lagrangeville, George W. Mackey, Jr. of Hyde Park and Janis A. Mackey of New York City; a son-in-law, David Schneck of Poughkeepsie; five grandchildren, Jacob, Tiffany, Nathan, Stephanie, and Bethany Schneck; two brothers, Roger of Harrisburg, Pa. and Donald of Alabama; several nieces and nephews, including John Busing and Rhonda Busing; several great nieces and nephews, including Cassy and Justin Busing; and several cousins.
A memorial service was celebrated Monday at the Bangall United Methodist Church, Hunns Lake Rd., Bangall. Rev. Ted Norelius officiated the service with the assistance of Greg Higgins.
Following the service a reception was held in the fellowship hall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or the Hospice Foundation, Inc., 374 Violet Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Peck & Peck Funeral Home, Pine Plains.

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