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July 25, 2008

Elizabeth Edwards
Ret. dining room attendant, 87

Elizabeth Mae Edwards, a retired dining room attendant with the former Middletown State Hospital, having lived most of her life in Middletown and for the past 3 1/2 years in Roscoe, NY, entered into rest on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 in Roscoe Nursing Home, in Roscoe, NY. She was 87 years old.
The daughter of Milton & Marie Holmes Hudson, Sr., she was born on February 17, 1921 in Middletown, NY.
Elizabeth was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Middletown and a member of the C.S.E.A.
Throughout her life, mom was passionate about attending to the needs of others as her cheerful disposition brightened their days. Her smiling face and deep devotion to the welfare of her family-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was unwavering as was her commitment to serve the patients when employed at the State Hospital. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, arts & crafts, needlework and animals.
While residing at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, Mom’s cheerfulness touched everyone as she assisted other residents and staff with daily routines. Her enjoyment, though, was sitting with “Sullivan,” the resident cat.
She is survived by her children, Gary L. Edwards & his companion, Ida Myers, of Bloomingburg, NY, Michael D. Edwards & his wife, Keiko, of Torrance, CA, Corinne M. Buckmaster & her husband, William Jr., of Callicoon, NY, Dennis R. Edwards, of Middletown, NY and Sandra J. Edwards Otero, of Pine Bush, NY; ten grandchildren: Gary Edwards, Jr., Karen Olson, Michael Edwards, William Buckmaster III, David Buckmaster, Tammy Edwards, Sean Edwards, Christopher Edwards, Eli Edwards and Bonnie Baird; five great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Elizabeth was predeceased by her sister, Marjorie Skok; her brothers, Milton Hudson, Jr., William Hudson and Maurice Hudson; two grandchildren, Dennis Edwards, Jr. and Tanya McKiernan.
Friends may call at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove Street, Middletown, NY on Friday, July 25,2008 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 26, 2008 in the Wallkill Cemetery,160 Midway Road, Middletown, N.Y. (Phillipsburg)
The Reverend Stuart Stiles will officiate.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mid-Hudson Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza, Ste. 102, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4027
Arrangements are under the direction of Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, Middletown, N.Y. For directions or to send a condolence, please visit www.

Margaret Russo
Ret. Store Owner, 76

Margaret “Marge” Mary Russo, passed away peacefully in her daughter’s home in Callicoon after a hard fought battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at the age of 76.
Marge was born in Brooklyn on February 28, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Francis Conway and Loretta Murray Conway.
She was a supervisor for The New York Telephone Company until 1972. She and her family moved soon after to Grahamsville where she and her husband ran Russo’s General Store for ten years before retiring in Spring Hill, Fla. Marge returned to New York in 2003.
Marge was a whiz on the computer, and loved being with her grandchildren more than anything.
Survivors include her sons, Christopher Russo and his wife, Cathy of Grahamsville, Mattia Russo Jr. of Grahamsville; her two daughters, Cindy Humleker and her husband, Richard of Callicoon, and Mary Ellen Preston and husband, Peter of Grahamsville; grandchildren, Christopher Russo Jr., Gabrielle and Kate Humleker, Morgan and Courtney Preston.
She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Mattia A. Russo Sr.
In respecting Marge’s wishes, friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the home of Cindy and Richard Humleker, 40 Sky View Drive, Callicoon on Sunday, July 27 at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Marge’s memory to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, New York 12550.
Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.

Harvey Long
Ret. Construction Worker,73

Harvey Long, a retired construction worker, passed away on Sunday July 20, 2008 in Connecticut with his loving family by his side. He was 73 years of age.
He was born on July 4, 1935 to the late Palmer and Ann Crawford Long in Valdesta, GA.
He was an active union man. He was a member of the Local 147 in New York City and Local 17 in New Windsor, NY and Washington DC. He was an active member of the NY Roller Derby team and he also enlisted in the Army Reserve. In 1954, he was a featured article in Ebony Magazine, known as the King of the profession being “Light on his feet.” He worked on national campaign for Geraldine Ferrara and played basketball for Monticello Village League. Harvey also enjoyed volunteerism.
His motto, “ I pass through this world but once. If there is any good I can do, and kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.”
Harvey married Helen German on Oct. 11 1958; love at first sight in Monticello, NY. Their union produced three daughters. He was a construction worker, believed in working hard and enjoyed retirement with his wife, spending time with his children and adored his grandchildren. He was a compassionate, sharing, caring, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and mentor to all. He enjoyed hats and if it fits wear it! A stranger described him and said “Look for a man that is wearing a hat. His grandchildren will follow the lead.” Above all, Harvey, he whispered in servitude and would help everyone. He was a faithful member of the Kings Chapel Mission in the 70’s and he helped build the chapel one building block at a time. He also enjoyed traveling to his extended church family, Beulah Heights Church in New Haven, CT.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Long at home; 2 devoted daughters, Mrs. Regina Childers and her husband Ernest Childers of Wallingford, CT and Dr. Sylvia Long-Simmons and her husband Patrick Simmons of Sierra Vista, AZ; his grandchildren, Bryan, Christopher, Beslen, Tre, and Harry; nephews and nieces, Authur, Robert, Ronald, Josephine, Gaye, Mildred and Celeste.
He is also survived by several other nieces and nephews and extended family members.
He was predeceased by a daughter Celeste Long and a sister Dorothy Chavis.
Visitation will be held today Friday July 25, 2008 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello from 7-9 p.m. Funeral servies will be on Saturday July 26, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the Kings Chapel Mission, 15 Spring St., Monticello. Bishop Leon Williams will be officiating.
Burial will be in Rock Ridge Cemetery, Monticello, NY.
Funeral arrangements by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. Monticello, NY.

Leslie Sharoff
Real Estate Developer, 66

Leslie “Les” Joel Sharoff, real estate developer and private investigator and a lifelong resident of Monticello, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. He was 66 years old.
Leslie was born in Monticello, NY on June 2, 1942 to the late Lillian and Jacob Sharoff.
He was a member of the Associated Licensed Detectives of New York and of the American Polygraph Association.
Leslie is survived by his wife whom he loved and cherished above all others, Pamela Gilbert Sharoff; his loving and devoted brother, Steven and wife, Nancy and niece, Morgan; his mother-in-law, Anne Gilbert, his sister-in-law, Melody Taschmann, and her two sons, Chance and Win, his Aunt Roz, as well as, many cousins.
Leslie was a unique individual. Many of his friends and acquaintances always thought he was larger than life. He was a sensitive, vibrant, and good-hearted person who left an impression on everybody he met. His numerous good deeds went unrecorded, but will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved him.
His interests were wide and varied, including photography, metal sculpture creation, fishing, nutrition, reading, and of late the study of Kaballah (the study of Jewish mysticism).
Funeral services were held on Friday, July 18 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, NY, Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz will officiate. Burial was in Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery, Thompson Road, Monticello.
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