Retired Teacher, 88
Barbara Komancheck, a former teacher and long time resident of Bethel, passed away on June 20, 2008, just 6 days before her 89th birthday. She was 88.
The daughter of the late John Bossert and Elizabeth Mueller, she was born in Cochecton in 1919.
She taught school for 25 years beginning in a one-room school house in East Cochecton, going on to Callicoon Elementary and ending with 20 years in the Duggan Elementary School in White Lake. She was instrumental in getting Cornell University to start the Home Extension group in Sullivan County in 1946 and she actively participated in that group for 30 years. She was active with the 4-H, belonged to Our Lady of the Lake Rosary Society and was an active member of the Liberty Farm and Garden Club. She had many hobbies. She loved to sew, do crafts and crossword puzzles. She was an avid reader. She loved to travel and to share stories of her past, especially with her grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother and teacher and she modeled kindness, generosity and good-will to all.
She is survived by her brother, Arthur Bossert of Lake Huntington and her three children and their families, John and his wife, Fran Kelsey of New Holland, Pa. and their two sons, John and Wendy Briner with their two sons, Connor and Keenan living in Stevens, Pa.; James and Kelly McKinney of Royersford, Pa.; Kathleen and her husband, Ricardo Lopez of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. and their four children, Elizabeth and Gene Schroeder with their three children, Dylan, Brianna, and Katerina living in Southwest Ranches, Fla., Stephen residing in Atlanta, Ga., Michael and Lorelei Lawerence and their two daughters, Launa and Liliana, of Sugarhill, Ga. and Sandra of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Richard and Jan Csokmay of Escondido, Calif. with their three children, Jason living in Blackwood, N.J., Alicia of Pasadena, Calif. and Christopher also living in Pasadena, Calif.
She was predeceased by her husband, Louis Komancheck.
A memorial service was held on June 24 at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Davie, Fla.
Bernard B. Harris
Ret. Business Owner, 83
Bernard B. Harris, a lifetime Sullivan County resident, passed away at his home on Friday, June 27, 2008. He was 83.
The son of the late Bernard and Katherine Kile Harris, he was born on July 8, 1924 in Harris.
“Bernie” was the retired owner-operator of 3-B Dry Cleaners in Liberty. He served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church. He was a 60-year member of J.C. Young Hose Co. #1 Liberty Fire Dept.; a member of the Liberty Lion’s Club and the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545. He was also a member of the Sullivan County Golf & Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Jacqueline Eichenauer Harris at home; a son, Bernard B. Harris Jr. and his wife, Cathy of Makinshabot, Va.; a brother, Ralph Harris and his wife, Mona of Florida; twin granddaughters, Tiffany Harris and Dr. Heather K. Wright PhD; one great-grandchild, Haley; two brothers-in-law, Charles Eichenauer of Liberty and Richard Eichenauer of New Jersey; a sister-in-law, Ruth VonderEsch of Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews, also survive him.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 30 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Liberty. Rev. Audrey Pedersen officiated.
Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral arrangements by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty.