Ret. Bookkeeper, 98
Sadie Kraf of Mountaindale and Delray Beach, Fla., a retired bookkeeper in the family business of Kraf Construction in Mountaindale for many years, and the widow of Joseph Kraf, passed away on March 6, 2008 in the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Liberty. She was 98.
Sadie was the daughter of the late Isidore and Rose Korman Rubin; she was born in New York City on February 3, 1910.
She was a member of the Mountaindale Synagogue and a life member of the Mountaindale-Woodridge chapter of Hadassah, doing fundraising for the chapter for over 30 years, and probably best remembered for her penny socials in the Mountaindale Firehouse every summer.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gil and Bobbi Kraf; her grandchildren, Linda Ingber, Ira Kraf, Brian Kraf, and Ira Haimann; her great-grandchildren, Adam and Jonnelle Ingber, Noah Ingber, Sara Ingber and Eddie Fernandez, and Zachary Ingber; her great-great-granddaughters, Aiden Bree Fernandez, Jerica and Johnni Ingber; her nieces, Leni Binder, Susie Keller and her nephews, Paul Cohen, Martin Rubin and Leonard Rubin;and many great-nieces and nephews.
Sadie was also predeceased by a brother, Charles Rubin; and two sisters, Pauline Smith and Molly Gashun.
Graveside funeral services were held on Sunday, March 9, 2008 in the Mountaindale Synagogue Cemetery Marsh Rd., Glen Wild. Rabbi Yakov Barros officiated.
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello.
Arthur Sugarman, lately of Alameda, California, left this world on March 5, 2008. He was 84.
Many will remember him as a long-time active participant in the life of our Sullivan County. For several decades, he chronicled the events of the vibrant life of a changing Sullivan County. He wrote weekly columns for and edited the Republican Watchman and the Evening News, two local newspapers headquartered in Monticello. Much to his pleasure, his incisive comments, called “The Watchman on His Rounds,” often stirred the community pot.
Art was a World War II veteran. Stationed in England, he wrote for the Stars and Stripes, the official publication for the U.S. Armed Services. He also organized sporting events for servicemen, made nightly announcements in the mess hall reporting outcomes good and bad of the day's actions and fed stories to relevant stateside newspapers about the actions of their localites.
Throughout his life, he was a publicist and promoter. He organized and promoted live boxing matches in local hotels and for several years produced the Sullivan County Air Show at the Monticello Airport.
He was the originator of the Sullivan County Hotel Show and was a publicist for Monticello Raceway.
Art was a local news broadcaster for WVOS and the news anchor for the first local cable television station.
He was active in local civic affairs, serving as Chairman of the Village of Monticello Planning Board. During his tenure, Broadway in Monticello was revitalized by the planting of the beautiful shade trees that now line the street.
Art leaves behind his daughter, Barbara Lock of Melbourne, Australia and his son Stu Sugarman of Oakland, California; and three grand-daughters, Kate and Vicki Lock; and Maya Sugarman. He is survived by his former wife and life-long friend, Yamuna Sugarman of Berkeley, California. Also surviving are his two brothers, Melvin and Stanley Sugarman; and his uncle, David Rosen.
Dear Dad, you leave us with many fond memories. Thank you for the love you have given us. We will always remember you.
The family is planning a private ceremony to commemorate Art's life. We would welcome you sharing any reminiscences of him that you may have. They may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.