Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
April 10, 2012 Issue
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John K. Hudson
Office Worker at Lucent Technologies, 77

John K. Hudson of Monticello passed away peacefully Friday, March 25, 2011 at his home after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family. He was 77.
The son of the late John and Isabella Norwood Hudson, he was born November 4, 1933 in New Jersey.
John was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 8858 of Harriman, NY and was a member of AARP. He worked as an office worker for Lucent Technologies in New Jersey.
Survivors include his loving wife, Audrey Specht “Banks” Hudson, at home; sons, John G. Hudson and wife Linda of Langhorne, Pa., and James Hudson and Louis Hudson, both of New York City; daughter, Jeanette Hudson of New York City; brothers, Thomas Hudson and wife Yen of Fayetteville, NC ,and Henry Hudson and companion Joyce Haring of Cochecton; sister, Margaret Smith of Joliet, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
A sister Joan Quatlander and a granddaughter Tiffany predeceased him.
Cremation and private funeral services were held at Cedar Hill crematory, Middle Hope.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., Monticello.

Harry L. Wilcox
Farmer and Maple Syrup Producer, 82

Harry L. Wilcox of Fremont, a farmer and maple syrup producer at the Wilcox Farm and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 82.
The son of the late James and Katherine Stoesser Wilcox, he was born June 3, 1928 in the Town of Fremont.
Harry was a charter member and still active in the Fremont-Hankins Fire Department, serving the fire district as Fire Commissioner for over 50 years. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Callicoon Co-op Insurance Company, a trustee of the Fremont Center Cemetery Board, and served on many state and local farm committees.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor E. Kellam Wilcox, at home, whom he married in 1952; four sons, Daniel Wilcox and his wife Martha of Fremont, Earl Wilcox and his wife Karen of Roscoe, John Wilcox and his wife Lynne of Fremont, and James Wilcox of Fremont; two sisters, Helen Stewart and her husband Kenneth of Roscoe and Rose Hendrickson and her companion Edward Miller of Oneonta; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by one sister, Shirley Bunt.
Burial was in the Fremont Center Cemetery, Fremont Center.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY. 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200.

Samuel Handsman
Carpenter, 88

Samuel Handsman of Audubon Villa, Lititz, Pa., passed away on Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was 88.
The son of the late Morris and Rebecca (Eisner) Handsman, he was born in Monticello in 1922. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Mary “Meg” (Archibald) Handsman (2002), and by his second wife, Rachel Klinger (2008).
After graduating from Delhi Technical Institute, Samuel was a lifelong carpenter and member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, Local 19. He was head custodian at Monticello Central School District and then head carpenter at Monticello Racetrack until 1988. After retiring he continued to work as a carpenter in Lancaster. A Veteran of WWII with the U.S. Army Air Corps, Samuel piloted B-17s and B-24s from 1942-1945. He served with the 779th Bomb Squadron and the 464th Bomb Group in the European Theater as a First Lieutenant, earning an honorable discharge.
Samuel will be remembered as a generous man, always willing to help others. He was very proud to have delivered milk for Max Yasgur, long before the Woodstock Festival was held on Max’s farm in Bethel, NY.
Samuel is survived by two daughters, Maribeth Handsman, wife of William Bushey, of Washington D.C., and Maryann Caldwell, wife of John, of Lancaster, PA; two sons, Samuel Handsman Jr., husband of Kathleen Romero of Cornelius, NC, and Russell Handsman of Ledyard, CT; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren, all of whom he showered with love.
A Memorial Service will be held in Monticello this summer.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sullivan County SPCA, P.O. Box 995, Rock Hill, NY 12775, or the American Cancer Society, Lancaster Unit, 314 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17603.
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Lillian ‘Lee’ Ezratty
July 8, 1925 – March 29, 2011

Lillian “Lee” Ezratty, a longtime Liberty resident, died March 29, 2011. She was 85 years of age.
Grandma Lee was born in LaPlume, Pennsylvania and moved to Sullivan County during the golden age of the resort industry, working at the Grossinger Hotel. She settled in Liberty where she raised her two children Terri and Michael. She was always actively involved in the PTA and other civic organizations while managing a working career at the Liberty Diner, Gibber’s Hotel coffee shop, Electro-Electric, IBEW and Cablevision Industries. Each of these organizations benefited from her work ethic, intelligence and personality.
As Grandma/Nanny Lee she reigned supreme over her 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Lee was always busy crocheting colorful afghans for every milestone, from births to weddings, and cooking up delicious delights to be enjoyed by family and friends.
She is survived by a daughter, Terri Barbuti, and son-in-law Charles Barbuti of Liberty; son Michael Ezratty and daughter-in-law Ann Ezratty of Lake Worth, Florida; seven grandchildren, Heather Barbuti Peterson, Allison Barbuti Petry and Jill Barbuti van Leuken, Jessica Ezratty, Justin Ezratty, Halie Ezratty and Brie Ezratty; four great-grandchildren Talora Peterson, Allegra Peterson, Aubrey Ezratty and Lily Ann Ezratty; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Donna Jones and all the compassionate people and loving friends that gave Grandma Lee the wonderful care she received during her final illness.
Funeral services were held at Congregation Ahavath Israel in Liberty on Thursday, March 31.
Burial was in the Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello,

Judy K. Comfort
Employed by St. Lucie County School Board, 57

Judy K. Comfort of Fort Pierce, Fla. died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at her home. She was 57.
Born in Chillicothe, Ohio on September 12, 1953, she moved to Fort Pierce in 1961 and worked for the St. Lucie County School Board for 27 years.
Survivors include her husband of 15 years, Brian Comfort of Fort Pierce, Fla.; daughters, Julienne Bebe of Vero Beach, Fla. and Rebecca Harris of Killeen, Texas; her mother, Ruth Cole of Fort Pierce; father, Ronald Cole of Fort Pierce; her-in-laws, Richard and Lorraine Comfort of Liberty; and two grandchildren, Brayden and Jeremy.
Her son, Ron Gregory, preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Ft. Pierce, FL 34981 or at
Arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., Monticello.

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