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May 13, 2008

Carlton Reinshagen
Businessman, 84

Carlton “Carl” Reinshagen, a lifelong area resident, died suddenly on Wednesday, May 7, 2008 as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 84 years of age.
The son of the late Karl and Grace Smith Reinshagen, he was born December 21, 1923 in Bethel.
Carl was in business for over 60 years, first as Carl’s Refrigeration, later known as Carl’s Appliance Repairs, and for many years he was also a Kitchenaid dealer. He was a member of the Claryville Reformed Church and the Consistory of the Dutch Reformed Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and belonged to the Russell D. Sprague American Legion Post #109, Liberty.
Carl was a sweet, well-loved, respected man throughout Sullivan County and beyond. He was loved by all who knew him. He worked up until the day he was lost to us. Many people remember him from his many “haunts” around the area. Carl greatly enjoyed chatting with people and made the rounds wherever he could just to see people and talk. Carl met his wife, Patricia, while working at the Loomis Hospital in Liberty. Both were divorced with children at the time (5 in total) and they fell in love, married, and lived for many years in a house on Old Loomis Road. Exactly 11 months after marrying, they had a child together, making a family of six children. There are no words to express how much he will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patricia Bernhardt Reinshagen, at home; two sons, Clifford Reinshagen of Pasadena, Calif., and Kenneth Hessinger and wife Donna of White Sulpur Springs; four daughters, Joyce Decker of Accord, Patricia Reinshagen of Monticello, Carrie Karsch and husband Will of Parksville, and Laurie Marrone of Hawthorne, N.J.; one sister, Marie Hiemel of Green Island; eight grandchildren, Renee Decker, Amy Stetka, Robert Decker, James and Edwin Hessinger, Melody Marrone, and Sarah and Heather Karsch; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Herman, Alfred and Edward Reinshagen.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 12 at the Claryville Reformed Church in Claryville. The Rev. Lorena Parrish officiated.
Burial took place at Claryville Cemetery following the services.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Claryville Reformed Church, PO Box 175, Claryville, NY 12725. Funeral arrangements were by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., Liberty.

Marion de Hoyos, 96

Marion de Hoyos of Monticello died peacefully at her daughter's home in Evanston, Illinois, on April 23, 2008, less than two months before her 97th birthday on June 15.
Marion was born in Bridgeville, the fifth child of Phillip and Wilhelmina Kinney. Her parents were proprietors of the Hotel Kinney, located in the building that now houses the Old Homestead restaurant. Marion grew up playing in and around the Neversink River with her older siblings and other Bridgeville children. She described a childhood filled with days swimming, skating, sledding and skiing, the play only ending when the children were bone-tired and Wilhelmina, a celebrated cook for her family and her hotel guests, called them in for dinner.
Families returned year after year to stay at the Hotel Kinney, and Marion had vivid memories of them and of the residents of Bridgeville. Marion attended a one-room school in Rock Hill and parochial and public schools in Monticello. After high school, Marion joined New York Telephone as an operator and stayed with the company until 1953. She became a Chief Operator and supervised and trained operators throughout the region. Marion was very proud of her job, and she enjoyed both the work, especially mentoring new operators, and the independence work provided.
In 1951, she married Luis de Hoyos. He was employed by, and later ran, Synfleur Scientific Laboratories, a Monticello business founded by his grandfather, Alois von Isakovics, an early developer of the perfume and essential oils business in the United States. Lu was active in local and New York State politics, serving as Mayor of Monticello and a delegate to the 1967 New York State Constitutional Convention, as well as one of the original trustees of Sullivan County Community College. Lu was a dedicated fisherman, collector and traveler, and Marion participated with him in all of these pastimes, enjoying having the stories to tell afterwards, but preferring to stay close to home and the company of family and good friends.
Family was the central concern of Marion's life. She was a loving, constant and generous grandmother, mother, aunt, sister, daughter and friend. Marion was predeceased by Lu, who died in 1985, and by her siblings, Philomena Kinney Carlisle, Carl Kinney, Phillip Kinney and Elizabeth Kinney Reisch. She is survived by her daughter, Debora de Hoyos; her son-in-law, Walter Carlson; her granddaughters, Amanda, Greta and Linnea Carlson; her niece, Patti Gray of Monticello; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
Visitation was held on Sunday, May 11 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello.
A funeral service was held on Monday, May 12 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 St. John Street in Monticello.
Burial was made in the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro. For additional information please visit

Evelyn A. Gargiulo
Homemaker, 79

Evelyn A. Gargiulo, a 25-year resident of Kenoza Lake, died Wednesday, May 7, 2008 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Callicoon Division. She was 79.
The daughter of Roman and Stella Senkevich Pilarczyk, she was born July 24, 1928.
Evelyn attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and was a professional artist. Evelyn was a loving, intelligent wife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Anthony; her three sons, Jim, Rich, and Mike; and her four grandchildren, Michael, Justin, Adele and Sophia.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 10, at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville. Father Ignatius Vu officiated.
Burial was made in the Callicoon Cemetery, Callicoon.
Memorial donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home.

Frances Zahorik Carlson
Homemaker, 94

Frances (Zahorik) Carlson of Port Richey, Fla. died May 6, 2008. She was 94.
Born May 5, 1914 in Roscoe, she was the daughter of Hannah (Fries) and Joseph Zahorik.
She was the wife of the late Walter G. Carlson (originally of Livingston Manor).
Survivors include her two daughters, MaryAnn Martin (Kenneth) of Bayonet Pt., Fla. and Sandra Gray (Charles) of Forestville, N.Y.; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and also survived by many extended family members in the Roscoe/ Livingston Manor areas and beyond.
She was predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.
She is to be placed at rest in the Beaverkill Cemetery.
You can honor her long years of honest and independent living by supporting your family, friends and local hospice.

Harriet Knospler, 93

Harriet C. Knospler, 93 years of age, formerly of Chester, NJ, died on Sunday, May 11, at Easton Nursing Center, Easton, Pa. Born in North Branch, NY, she was the daughter of the late William and Harriet (Huff) Cramer.
Mrs. Knospler was an Elementary School teacher and retired in 1976 from the Mt. Olive Elementary School in Budd Lake NJ. She had received her BA degree in teaching from Rutgers University.
She is survived by her sons William of Augusta, NJ. and John of East Stroudsburg, Pa, 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband William in 1975, and a daughter, Margaret Smith, formerly of Stewartsville, NJ.
Visitation at Newbaker Funeral Home, 200 Rt 94, Blairstown, on Wednesday, May 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. Prayer Service will follow at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Graveside Committal Services Thursday at St Mary’s Cemetery, Obernburg.
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Constance Fink
Homemaker, 85

Constance Marie “Connie” Fink, a lifelong resident of Hortonville, passed peacefully into eternal rest on the morning of May 10, 2008. She was 85.
Connie was the youngest of the two children of Elmer W. and Alma (Schmidt) Robisch. She was born Easter Sunday in her parents’ home in Hortonville. Her brother, Elmer O. (Sonny) Robisch, predeceased her several years ago.
She was the widow of Howard F. Fink. They married while he was in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War. After the war they made their home and raised their four sons in a family-constructed house in Hortonville.
Connie lived a fulfilling life in simpler times when a clean home, well-prepared meals and a mother’s love and guidance were accomplishments one could be proud of and ones which she faithfully and lovingly provided.
She enjoyed being part of her hometown and especially enjoyed visits by her many lifelong friends. She often expressed gratitude for her youngest son, David, for his extraordinary efforts in making it possible for her to remain in her family home after the loss of her husband so many years ago.
Survivors include her sons, John H. Fink and wife, Marcia of Callicoon, Terrance A. (Teb) Fink and wife, Kathleen of Callicoon, Thomas O. Fink of Livingston Manor and David J. Fink of Hortonville; her grandchildren, Amy Fink and Jennifer Fink; Nikki (and husband, William) Maxwell, Farrah Fink and Terrance Fink, Joann (and husband, Thomas) Gibson and Michael Fink; along with great-grandchildren, Christopher, Kelsey, Heather, Jordan and Kayla who will greatly miss her kind, comforting words and gentle, caring ways; as well as many nieces and nephews whom she respected.
There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held later at the convenience of the family.
Contributions in Connie’s memory may be made to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, the Hortonville Vol. Fire Dept., or the Auxiliary of the Grover Hermann Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center, each of which was so very helpful in her times of need.
Arrangements are entrusted to Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Inc. of Callicoon.

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