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July 4, 2008

Benjamin Posner
WWII Veteran, 93

Benjamin Posner of Tamarac, Fla. and South Fallsburg, the former owner/operator of the Brickman Hotel in South Fallsburg, died on Sunday, June 29, 2008 in Boca Raton, Fla. with his family by his side. He was 93.
Ben and his brother Murray owned and operated the hotel from 1937 until it was sold in 1988.
Ben was born in New York, NY on October 18, 1914. The son of Joseph and Anna Brickman Posner, He grew up in South Fallsburg and lived there fulltime until 1986. After that, he spent his summers in Sullivan County and his winters in Tamarac, Fla. Ben was a World War II Veteran and while serving in the Army, he was stationed in Europe and served as a translator and hotel manager in the Swiss Alps. During the late 1940's, he headed a committee responsible for creating a program to evacuate NYC in case of an attack, which took three years and involved hundreds of volunteers. Ben was a member of the Fallsburg Fire Department, a charter member of the Fallsburg Lions Club, a member and Past Local Chapter President of the B'nai Brith, and was the Chairman of the Greens Committee for Tarry Brae Golf Course.
From 1960-1977, Ben sat on the Fallsburg School Board where he held the position of Vice President for a term. In 1960 he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Board of Directors of Associated Mutual Insurance Cooperative, where he served as the President of the Board from 1970 to 2000, and remained active with the insurance company until his death. In addition, he sat on the Board for the Woodridge Credit Union. Ben's life truly spanned the history of the Catskills.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Posner Daboosh and her husband, Yossi of Boca Raton, Fla.; his sister, Bebe Toor of Flexburg, Maine; his granddaughter, Jo Anna Rothman of Tarzana, Calif.; and his companion, Beatrice Schwartz of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
Ben was predeceased by his wife, Rachel and his brother, Murray Posner.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 3 at 11 a.m. in the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, with Rabbi Yakov Barros officiating.
Burial will be held in the South Fallsburg Hebrew Association Cemetery on Marsh Road in Glen Wild.
His family will be sitting Shiva at the Posner home in South Fallsburg, starting after Ben's funeral service, until Friday.
Funeral arrangements are by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello.

Sol Loewenstein
Retired Farmer, 92

Sol Loewenstein of Brookeville, Maryland, formerly of Hortonville and Callicoon, died at home on Memorial Day, May 26, 2008, of a heart attack. He was 93.
Born in New York City on September 10, 1914, he was the only child of the late Sigmund and Bertha Loewenstein.
After high school, he attended Rutgers College taking courses in animal husbandry and farming.
A veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion, he and his wife Ruth moved to a farm in Hortonville in the mid 1940s. Later they had a farm in Callicoon. Prior to retiring, they farmed in Cuddebackville.
Mr. Loewenstein served as a multiple residence inspector for Sullivan County.
Mr. Loewenstein is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Ruth, of the home; his daughters, Beth Don and her husband, Michael, also of the home, and Sue Loewenstein and her husband, Ernst Harting of Robesonia, Pa.; his grandsons, Jay Don, wife, Holly; and great-grandson, Josh, of Rosemount, Minn. and grandson Ethan Don and wife, Alanna of Miami Beach, Fla.; and granddaughter, Rebecca Harting of Robesonia, Pa.
His son, Seth Loewenstein, died in Callicoon in 1950.
Arrangements are private.
Celebration of life lunch to be held in September in Brookeville.

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