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February 19, 2008

Frances M. Davison
Nursing Assistant, 68

Frances M. Davison of Smallwood, passed away at Catskill Regional Medical Center on Friday, February 14, 2008. She was 68.
Born in Oberhagen, Germany to Franz and Maria Schulte, Frances grew up with her two sisters Marianna and Ingrid.
At age 18 she moved to the United States and settled in Wurtsboro. After working at the Monticello Hospital for a few years, she met Frederick Davison, who would become her husband of 45 years.
Frances became a stay-at-home mom to take care of her three sons, Grant, Andrew and Robert. As a member of the White Lake Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary, there were many late nights providing refreshments to firefighters battling fires.
When the boys got older, Frances returned to the workforce as a nursing assistant and patient care technician at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She found her niche in the Emergency Room caring for people with all types of ailments.
Illness forced Frances into retirement.
Survivors include her husband, Fred at home; her sons, Grant, stationed at McGuire AFB, Andrew of White Sulphur Springs, and Robert of Bethel; three grandchildren, Kayla, Derek and Tessa; and two sisters, Marianna of Germany and Ingrid of England.
A Funeral Service will be held today, February 19, at 11 a.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 401 Broadway, Monticello with the Rev. David Coon officiating.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Suite 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4027.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, Monticello.

Charles Van de Merlen
Senior Account Executive, 59

Charles “Chuck” Van de Merlen of Ridgefield, Conn. and husband of Therese (Boyd) Van de Merlen died on Friday, February 15, 2008 at Danbury Hospital. He was 59.
Chuck was born in Queens, son of Charles and Kathryn (Linnen) Van de Merlen. Raised in Hicksville, L.I., he graduated from Hicksville High School and Alfred University, Alfred. A professional photographer in early years, he later attained a degree in computer programming and then joined an insurance software group where he was a Senior Account Executive.
A resident of Ridgefield for the past 11 years coming from Stamford, Conn. and previously from Pleasant Valley, Chuck was active in the Ridgefield scouting program having been a leader of his son’s Cub Scout Den #3 in Pack 116.
He maintained a passion for photography and was an awesome cook.
In addition to being survived by his wife Therese of 12 years and their children, Scott, Ciara and Charley, Chuck is survived by a sister, Joyce Landau and her husband, Hank, of Edmonds, Wash.; his mother-in-law, Marie Boyd of Jeffersonville; six brothers-in-law, Jeff Boyd and his wife, Pam, of Liberty, Tom Boyd and his wife, Miriam, of Jersey Shore, Pa., Bill Boyd, Chris Boyd and Craig Boyd and his wife, Sandi, all of Jeffersonville and Mike Boyd and his wife, Barbara, of Kansas City, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends in the Kane Funeral Home, 25 Catoonah St., Ridgefield on Tuesday afternoon after 4 p.m. and concluded by an evening prayer service at 7 p.m. with the Rev. William Pfohl , senior pastor of Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Ridgefield, officiating.
Interment will take place in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Van de Merlen Children’s Education Fund, Union Savings Bank, 100 Danbury Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877 would be greatly appreciated.

James A. McDonnell
Ret. Senior Frame Man, 89

James A. McDonnell of Callicoon, a retired senior frame man for New York Telephone Company, died Thursday, February 14, 2008 at C.R.M.C., Harris. He was 89.
Son of the late Patrick and Margaret Egan McDonnell, he was born on April 29, 1918 in Wiggin, England.
He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, Mailmen’s Association, Holy Cross Church Callicoon and the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association.
Survivors include his wife, Delia Moran McDonnell at home; two sons, Patrick McDonnell and his wife, Laura, and Martin McDonnell; his daughter, Mary Flaherty and her husband, James; grandchildren, Maureen and Brendan McDonnell, Shane, Brent, Clay, English, Cameron and Anya Flaherty.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated today, February 19, at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Route 97 North, Callicoon. Father Ignatius Smith OFM will officiate.
Burial will be made in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Obernburg.
Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

William Rieger, 88

William Rieger of Callicoon died Friday, February 15, 2008 in Virginia Beach. A complete obituary will appear in Friday’s edition.

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