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June 20, 2008

William T. Ruebman
Chief Master Sergeant, 77

William “Bill” T. Ruebman, Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force Retired Aircraft Safety Inspector/Mechanic, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. He was 77.
A former resident of Hortonville, he moved to Converse, Texas in 2002.
He was the widower of Imogene “Jean” Ruebman, who passed away on June 30, 2006.
The son of the late William and Hildegard Ebert Ruebman, he was born December 29, 1930 in Danbury, Conn. He was raised on the family farm in Buck Brook, graduating from Delaware Valley Central School in 1946. He entered the United States Air Force in 1948 as an aircraft mechanic, retiring after twenty-six years in 1974, as a Chief Master Sergeant. His military awards include a Bronze Star, several Meritorious Service medals, Air Force Commendation medals and other decorations.
Bill served tours in both Vietnam and Thailand as the Chief of Aircraft Maintenance. He also served tours in Japan, the Philippines, Germany, and numerous stateside Air Force bases.
Bill worked for many years at both the Sullivan County International Airport, and the Monticello Airport as the Chief aircraft safety inspector and mechanic. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Allan Milk Memorial Post 7276, of Long Eddy, New York, having held the post of Quartermaster for twelve years. He was a life member of the Air Force Sergeants Association in the Air Force Association.
He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Sterchak of Garland, Texas, and Karen Murphy of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren, Shawn Murphy of Tampa, Fla., Gwendolyn Sterchak of Allen, Texas and William Sterchak of Garland, Texas; his sister, Norma Ruebman Wightman and her husband, Peter of Morrow Bay, Calif.; his brother, Robert Ruebman and his wife, Wendy of Berkeley, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements are by Funeral Caring of San Antonio, Texas.
A family memorial service will be held on August 3 on the family farm in Buck Brook.
Interment will be alongside his wife, Jean, at the U.S. Army Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
Donations in his name may be made to the Delaware Youth Center, PO Box 354, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Clara T. O’Toole
Ret. Dietary Supervisor, 83

Clara T. “Peg” O’Toole of White Sulphur Springs, a retired Dietary Supervisor and 36-year area resident died Monday, June 16, 2008 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. She was 83.
The daughter of the late John and Clara Marck Dougherty, she was born April 28, 1925 in the Bronx.
Clara had been the dietary supervisor for the Liberty-Loomis Hospital, the Community General Hospital in Harris and Callicoon and for the Roscoe Community Nursing Home.
In a family statement, it was said, “She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid NY Yankee fan.”
Survivors include two sons, John O’Toole and his wife Joan of White Sulphur Springs, and Thomas O’Toole and his wife Christine of Monroe; five grandchildren, Colleen O’Toole-Barber and her husband, Michael of Cochecton, Thomas O’Toole and his wife, Jennifer of Ithaca, Erin Haney and her husband, John of Owings Mill, Md., Thomas O’Toole of Monroe and Kelly O’Toole of Monroe; four great-grandchildren, Chloe Barber, Ellie, Kyra and Henry O’Toole.
She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 31 years, Thomas A. O’Toole on May 7, 2006.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, June 19 in the St. Francis R.C. Church, Route 52, Youngsville. The Rev. Ignatius Vu officiated.
Burial was made in the Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the St. Francis R.C. Church, Route 52, Youngsville, NY 12791.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Liberty.

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