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June 3, 2008

John P. Zopf
Retired teacher, 80

John P. Zopf of Stone Ridge, died peacefully at home on Friday, May 30, 2008. He was 80.
Beloved husband of Marie Begley Zopf for 54 years, he was born on July 3, 1927 in Brooklyn. He is predeceased by his parents, John and Catherine Zopf, and one brother Gerald.
John grew up on his family farm in Obernberg. He was a pitcher for the Fremont baseball team. He graduated from Delaware Valley Central High School 1944 and joined the U.S. Navy. After the war ended, he attended Ithaca College, graduating with a degree in Physical Education in 1950. He spent several years as a tunnel worker for the Downsville reservoir project and as a New York state trooper before settling on teaching as a career. He was a science teacher and wrestling coach at Jerusalem Avenue Junior High School in North Bellmore for many years. After earning his masters degree in education at Hofstra University, he spent the rest of his career as Assistant Principal of Brookside Junior High School in North Merrick.
John was especially known for his popular Fishing Club, where he would take students to upstate NY to fish in the Beaverkill. He also loved to garden and do landscaping projects, and maintained a beautiful yard throughout his life.
After moving to Stone Ridge in 1982, he and his wife ran an antiques business, maintaining a shop in Rhinebeck and doing shows.
In addition to his wife, John is survived by his three children, Kathleen Zopf-Herling (Steven), Suzanne M. Zopf, and John E. Zopf (Andrea); four grandchildren, Robert, Bryan, Katie and Johnnie; his sister, Margaret Kwiatkowski; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Calling hours were held at Overton’s Funeral Home in Islip, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Obernberg on Saturday, June 7 at 11:00 am. Interment will follow immediately at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
The family respectfully re-quests that anyone wishing to make a donation in John’s memory to please support the Marbletown Rescue Squad, Route 209, Stone Ridge, 12484 or to St. Mary’s Church in Obernberg, NY 12767.

Rose Kurland
Homemaker, 98

Rose Kurland of Rockville, Md. and a former longtime resident of Hurleyville, died on Thursday, May 29, 2008 in Rockville, Md. She was 98.
Rose was the beloved wife of the late Louis Kurland, and devoted mother of David Kurland. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services were held on Sunday, June 1 in the Hurleyville Synagogue Cemetery in Hurleyville. Rabbi Irving Goodman officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hadassah.
Arrangements entrusted to Tochinsky Hebrew Funeral Home, Washington, D.C. Local arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home Inc., Monticello.

Marie A. Albert
Homemaker, 89

Marie A. Eiermann Albert of Youngsville died May 30, 2008 at home. She was 89.
The daughter of Michael and Catherine Decker Eiermann, she was born on November 26, 1919 in Brooklyn.
Marie was an active member of St. Barbara’s Church in Brooklyn, where she was involved in the Quilting Club, Crocheting Club and the Summer Children’s Camp.
A family statement read, “Mom was a wife, and mother extraordinaire.”
Survivors include her three daughters, Catherine George of Idaho, Elizabeth Wallace of New Jersey, and Lorelei Reynolds of Liberty; her brother, Aloysius Eiermann of New Jersey; twelve grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; three nieces and six nephews; and many cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband, Leroy J. Albert.
Friends may call Sat., June 7 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville from 10 a.m.-12 noon.
Services will be conducted at 12 noon at the funeral home. Father Ignatius Vu will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery, Youngsville.

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