John Henry Bryan
Retired from Orange & Rockland Utilities, 79
John Henry Bryan of Wurtsboro, a lifetime resident of the area, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at OrangeRegional Medical Center, Middletown. He was 79.
The son of the late Charles and Katherine Morris Bryan, he was born June 12, 1932 in Monticello.
John was retired from Orange and Rockland Utilities. He joined the Wurtsboro Fire Department in February of 1955 and had been a member for 56 years. John served as President of the Fire Company in 1958. During the 1960s he served as 2nd Assistant and 1st Assistant Chief and then was elected chief of the department in April of 1971. John served as chief from 1971-1981 and was the longest serving chief in the history of the department. In 1982, he was appointed Arson Investigator for Sullivan County and was also a member of the Sullivan County Arson Task Force. In 1991, John was appointed as the 1st Chairman of the newly formed Wurtsboro Fire District and has served on the Board of Commissioners for over 20 years.
John was an active member of the Community Church of Wurtsboro; he was a former deacon and also served on the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
John was a longtime member and past commander of the American Legion Post #1266.
John loved his community but was happiest when spending time with his family and friends. He will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Marie Handford Bryan; two sons: John (Clare) of New Fairfield, CT, and Joseph (Maureen) of St. Louis, MO; two daughters: Ann Sussman (Jay) of Medford, NJ, and Barbara Lawler (Kevin) of Wrentham, MA; a brother: Charles Bryan of South Fallsburg; a sister Betty Cauthers of Woodridge; 15 grandchildren: Katie, John, Jessie, Sara, Kristen, Erin, Michael, Allison, David, Meghan, Charlie, Jack, Shannon, Amy and Matthew; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 5 at the Community Church of Wurtsboro with the Rev. Robert Meyer officiating.
Burial will follow at the Sylvan Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer (CROC), P.O. Box 860 New Hampton, NY 10958 or Community Church of Wurtsboro, PO Box 487, Wurtsboro, NY 12790
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Wurtsboro.www.kennyfuneral home.com
Lottie Hiatt, 89
Lottie Hiatt, raised as “Ginny” Anthony, slipped away from us and her new home on Sunset Pond in Liberty, NY at sunrise July 31, 2011. It was a perfect summer morning and a beautiful day to travel.
She grew up with her three brothers, whom she adored, in Port Huron, Michigan on Lake Huron at the Canadian border. From her beginnings in the Roaring ‘20s, she lived a full and varied life; her mother owned an ice cream shop and her father ran a speakeasy.
A bit of a tomboy, she was quite an athlete having been recruited by the women’s softball league while still in school. She was also an excellent swimmer and captain of her high school basketball team.
Lottie always had an adventurous spirit and when World War II broke out, she followed her big brother into the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving as a flight line dispatcher at Marana Field, a pilot training base in Arizona. After the war, she met and married Tom Hamway, another Air Corps veteran (awarded the Silver Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross) and had their son, Ron. However, they parted ways, and for a few years she worked back in her hometown of Port Huron as a single mom. Then along came Bill Hiatt, an electrical engineer by education from Colorado and they settled down in the Mohawk Valley in upstate NY, where they raised Ron and had a new child, Doreen.
Lottie’s was a life of love and service. While she was a stay-at-home mom, she never just stayed at home. She knew the old truth that, we help ourselves best when we help others. She earned her 40 Year pin from the American Red Cross and consistently volunteered at the VA Hospital in Syracuse. Also, for exemplary service, she was awarded a Lifetime Membership from the American Legion and in 2000 was named RSVP Volunteer of the Year for Oneida County and the City of Utica.
Her tremendous energy and interests spilled over into golf, dance, pets and travel. She loved visiting family, friends and new places and her children never knew where she would pop up next; whether out west, down south, anywhere along the eastern seaboard or even the Mediterranean and west Asia. It was hard to keep up with her.
A loving soul, she was the kind of person who treated complete strangers like family and they responded accordingly. She had great joy, we think, because she gave so much of it away. Generous almost to a fault, she never worried about keeping possessions. Lottie understood that happiness was an inside job.
Happy, feisty, wonderfully impious, enthusiastic, loving, giving and forgiving; we want what she had and couldn’t be more grateful that she was in our lives.
She leaves behind her son Ron Hiatt and his wife Coleen of Monticello, granddaughters Halley Hiatt of NYC and Jenna Hiatt in the Dominican Republic, and her daughter Doreen Buckner and her husband, Curt, and granddaughter Ellie of Gilbert, AZ. Also, she leaves many and greatly loved nieces and nephews all over the continental U.S.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 13 in St. Claire, MI near her beloved Port Huron, and interment of her ashes will be in Arlington National Cemetery, VA.
Thoughts and sentiments may be sent to Ron Hiatt at P.O. Box 1177, Monticello, NY 12701 and Doreen Hiatt Buckner at 4538 E. Marshall Ave., Gilbert, AZ 85297
Arrangements by Colonial Memorial Funeral Home. For further information please contact us at www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com
Marilyn Gordon, 87
December 8, 1923 August 2, 2011
Marilyn Ferber Gordon of Mongaup Valley, NY, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton. She was 87.
She was predeceased by her late husband Bernard “Bernie” Gordon. They were married for 63 years.
Marilyn was the daughter of the late Jacob “Jack” Ferber and Jane Nathanson-Ferber.
She is survived by three sons, Robert David Gordon, William Henry (Sally) Gordon, James “Jim” Scott (Star) Gordon; three grandsons, Jonathan Harry Gordon, James “Jamie” Charles Gordon, Jacob Harrison Gordon; one brother, Norman “Normie” (the late Joan) Ferber; five nieces, Sharon (Ze’ev) Keisch, Barbara (Barry) Cohen, Lori Gordon, Jayne (Rob) Wall, Elise (Rick) Roseman; one nephew, Gary Ferber; many great nieces and great nephews; two brothers-in-law, Samuel Sam (Adele) Gordon, and Marvin Mo (Shirley) Gordon, and sister-in-law Susan Ferber.
She was predeceased by her daughter, Claudia.
Marilyn was a member of the White Lake PTA and Temple Beth-El, and served as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts in Bethel. She also taught music to Bethel students. Marilyn graduated from James Madison High School in 1941, and studied Anthropology, Philosophy, and Accounting at Brooklyn College in New York City. She worked as a bookkeeper in a number of businesses including the family business, BHM Metal Products Company. Marilyn was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, raising her family in Mongaup Valley, New York.
Marilyn’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, aids, therapists, and supporting staff of Lourdes Hospital at Binghamton, Bridgewater Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing of Binghamton, the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, and the Catskill Regional Hospital for their extraordinary effort, skill, resources, and loving care that extended Marilyn's time with her family.
Funeral services for Marilyn will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 7 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701.
Burial will follow at the Temple Beth-El Cemetery in Bethel. Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, www.josephngarlickfuneralhome.com