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June 17, 2008

Robert H. Gabrielson
NY Telephone Co. Wrkr., 78

Robert Harry “Gabe” Gabrielson of Liberty, died Saturday, June 14, 2008 peacefully at home after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease. He was 78.
He was born on November 11, 1929 on the farm in Briscoe. He was the son of the late Edith and Harry Gabrielson and the grandson of the late Chellie Norris.
Bob worked for the New York Telephone Company for over 25 years and after retirement worked for Cablevision. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force for four years.
He was a founding member of the Raccoon Hunting Club in Claryville and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Bob was devoted to his family and friends and enjoyed nature and the outdoors.
He was an avid fisherman. In particular, he took great pleasure in catching wall-eyes and northern pike.
Bob was married to his high school sweetheart, Anne Watson Gabrielson, for 56 years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Terry Dumas and her husband, Bob; two grandsons, Jacob and Eli Lurie, the lights of his life; his brother, Richard Gabrielson and his wife, Ethel; his sister, Agnes Clark and her husband, Gerry; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He was the son-in-law of the late Sophie and Ross Watson and is also survived by the extended Watson family.
Friends may call today, June 17 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 South Main Street in Liberty.
Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 18 at 1:30 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home.
Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Liberty.
A reception in Bob’s honor will follow the services at the CVI Building in Ferndale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Catskill Dialysis Center, PO Box 187, Monticello, NY 12701 or the Oncology Department at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, PO Box 421, Harris, NY 12742.

Frederick R. Schuler
Agway Master Serv. Tech., 96

Frederick R. Schuler of St. Petersburg, Fla. passed away Friday, June 6, 2008. He was 96.
Fred was born in New York, New York on May 24, 1912 to Gottleib and Isabelle Schuler.
As a teenager, he moved to Callicoon Center where he later married his wife, Caroline. He was a member of the Callicoon Center Volunteer Fire Department. Fred was employed by Agway, a farm suppy store where he was a master service technician in Agway’s Installation and Repair department. Prior to retirement, he traveled to various areas conducting schools through Agway and Carrier Corporation.
Survivors are his sister-in-law, Rose Newman, who was his caregiver and best friend; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Newman; niece, Joanne and her husband, John Freeman and their children, Samantha and Scott Freeman; a nephew, Donald Newman and his family; two cousins, Virginia McCrea and Jean Hardy.
He was predeceased by his wife, Caroline; his brother, Harrison and two brothers-in-law, Howard Newman and Arthur Newman.

Jeannette I. Threshman
Homemaker, 90

Jeannette I. Threshman of Callicoon, a homemaker, died Sunday, June 15, 2008 at home. She was 90.
The daughter of Arthur A. and Rosilda Dubois Nolet, she was born January 29, 1918 in Lawrence Massachusetts.
She was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. Jeannette proudly served her country as a Navy Nurse during WWII. She was a graduate of Carney Hospital School of Nursing in South Boston, Mass.
Survivors include her three daughters, Dorothy Davies of Glen Spey, Janet Threshman of Callicoon and Nancy Eschenberg of Callicoon; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Norman Threshman, who died in 1997.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, June 23 at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon at 7 p.m. in the evening. Father Ignatius, OFM, will officiate.
A reception in celebration of Jeannette’s life will follow at the Western Hotel in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Ira Martin Lipsky

Ira Martin Lipsky of Loch Sheldrake passed away early Sunday morning, June 15, 2008 at Catskill Regional Medical Center.
Ira was an alumnus of Fallsburg Central High School, Cornell University and the University of Maine. He was a plethora of information useful and otherwise. His sense of humor was legendary and when it came to his brothers and nephews, it was no holds barred. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 25, Ira dedicated his life to understanding the disease and helping others also facing the challenges of MS.
Ira was an avid sportsman, boxing fan and history buff. One of the things he loved to do with his daughter was play Alternate Universe Trivia, where he would ask her questions she could only answer if she had access to an alternate universe.
Beloved son of Arline and the late Bernard Lipsky; brother to Steven and wife, Pam Lipsky, Allan and wife, Erin Lipsky, and Sandra and husband, Aaron Salovin; father to Alison Mara Lipsky, a criminal defense attorney in Philadelphia; also his nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Ashley, Adam, Megan, Scott, Tyler and Rebecca; grand-niece, Ava Isabelle; his Aunt Shirley; cousins and many friends.
Ira touched the lives of so many. He taught us that it is important to live every day as though it were your last. To care for others despite the challenges you may face and above all else to cherish your family and friends for they are the true measure of your work.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 17 at 11 a.m. in the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Inc., 388 Broadway, Monticello. Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz will officiate.
Burial will be in the Woodbourne Synagogue Cemetery, Marsh Road, Glen Wild.
The family will be sitting Shiva at the home of Arline Lipsky in Hurleyville until Friday.
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Inc., Monticello.

David W. Schwarz
Ret. Lieutenant, 60

David W. Schwarz of Roscoe, a retired Lieutenant for the NYS Department of Corrections at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility and a longtime area resident, died Friday, June 13, 2008 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. He was 60.
The son of the late Bernard and Evelyn Wood Schwarz, he was born January 1, 1948 in Kew Gardens. Dave had been a longtime active member of the Roscoe-Rockland Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife, Vicki Cromie Schwarz, at home; one son, Curtis J. Schwarz of Roscoe, on active duty as a First Lieutenant in the US Air Force; one brother, Richard Schwarz and his wife, Linda of Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret “Peg” Levine.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 16 in the Harris Funeral Home, Roscoe. The Rev. Carl Caskey officiated.
Private interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Roscoe-Rockland Fire Dept., Union Street, Roscoe, NY 12776, the Roscoe-Rockland Vol. Ambulance Corps, Old Route 17, Roscoe, NY 12776 or the Alzheimer’s Assoc., 453 Route 211 E. Middletown, NY 10940.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Roscoe.

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