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November 22, 2013

Walter P. Heady
September 15, 1924 – November 20, 2013

Walter Patrick Heady of Callicoon Center died peacefully at his daughter’s home on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He was 89.
The son of Walter Patrick and Emma M. Bezovski Heady, Walter was born on September 15, 1924, in Perth Amboy, NJ.
He grew up in Teaneck, NJ, and graduated from Teaneck High School. His excellence as a pitcher and hitter in the North Jersey Baseball League led to an offer to play with the NY Giants farm team. Walter declined the offer and instead enlisted in the Armed Guard of the United States Navy, proudly serving in World War II from 1944 to 1946.
Walter studied at Delehanty Institute and later worked in various mechanical drafting and engineering positions. In 1955, he began a 35-year career at Hoke Inc. of Cresskill, NJ, where he retired as Chief Draftsman. Walter applied his technical knowhow to his personal pursuits and was truly gifted at antique refinishing, stained glass, and fine woodworking. Walter was a jack-of-all-trades and spent long hours tinkering in his workshop. He immortalized the life of his family through the eye of his camera, and his talents on the guitar and harmonica inspired his family’s love of music. Walter was an accomplished bowler, often throwing 600 series, and he enjoyed lifelong friendships with his teammates.
Walter met his true love Elizabeth “Betty” Widmer while vacationing with friends at Breezy Knoll Acres in Greene County, NY. He was a loving, caring, and devoted husband to Betty for 54 years before she predeceased him in 2011. They raised three daughters in Northvale, NJ, and eventually retired to their home on Lake Anawanda in Callicoon Center, NY. Walter was an adored father and grandfather who took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren’s musical performances and basketball games. Walter created lasting memories with neighbors, family, and friends with his smile, laughter, and wonderful sense of humor.
Walter is survived by his three daughters: Patricia Haelen and her husband Terry of Otisville, NY, Susan Gallagher and her husband Tom of Old Tappan, NJ, and Laura Heady of Rosendale, NY; six grandchildren: Caden, Brady, Anabelle, Emily, Ashley, and Jacob; and many loving cousins.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013, at St. Anthony’s RC Church located on Paris Avenue in Northvale, NJ, at 9 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10 a.m.
Interment will be at St. Francis de Sales Cemetery in Shandaken, NY.
The Heady Family would like to thank the staff of Community Hospice of Bergen County for their care, compassion, and support. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be sent to Hospice, 105 Fairview Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675.
Arrangements are under the direction of Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, Livingston Manor, NY. For further information, please call 845-439-4333 or visit

Gerald Eckert
Retired Corrections Officer, 71

Gerald (Jerry) Eckert of Ocala, FL, former resident of Youngsville, NY and Ellenville, NY, a retired Woodbourne Corrections Officer, died Monday, November 18, 2013 at Hospice in Ocala, Fl. He was 71.
Jerry was the son of Irene and Frederick Eckert. He was born September 14, 1942 in Monticello, NY.
He was a member of Retired Public Employees Assoc. Inc., NYS Security and Law Enforcement Retiree, Chapter 82; the Blue Knights, Chapter XI and Livingston Manor Masonic Lodge #791.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine; one son, Frederick and step-children Carl and Gail, and three grandsons.
Burial will be made at a later date in the Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery in Bloomingburg, NY.

Robert Edwin Mann
February 27, 1950 - November 14, 2013

Robert Edwin Mann, a lifelong Liberty resident, passed away at his home on Thursday, November 14, 2013. He was 63.
Robert was the son of Arthur G. and Bernice Maus Mann and was born on February 27, 1950 in Liberty, NY.
He was a member of Ontario Hose Co. # 3 of the Liberty Fire Department and was a past member of Trail’s End Hunting Camp in Claryville, NY.
He leaves behind his mother, Bernice M. Mann of Liberty, NY; two sons, Timothy Mann and Brian Mann, both of Liberty, NY; his brother, Gary L. Mann and his wife Jane of Livingston Manor, NY; a grandson, Dylan Mann; nephew, Kelly Hein and his wife Colleen of Syracuse; and nieces, Sheryl Hein of Liberty, Kim Hein of Virginia, Alys Mann of Ithaca, NY and Ashley Sullivan and her husband Dustin of Middletown, NY. He was predeceased by his father, Arthur G. Mann and his wife, Christine M. Hein Mann.
Memorial visitation will take place on Friday, November 22 from 5 – 7 PM at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St. Liberty, NY.
Firematic services will be held at the funeral home at 7 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ontario Hose Co. #3, c/o Liberty Fire Dept., 256 Sprague Ave., Liberty, NY 12754.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. For further information or to send a condolence, please visit

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