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April 10, 2012 Issue
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Douglas A. Heinle
Retired Cochecton Center Postmaster, 82

Douglas A. Heinle, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away at home with his family by his side on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. He was 82.
He was born in Cochecton Center, NY on July 30, 1929 to the late William A. and Laura Nearing Heinle.
Doug was a third generation retired Postmaster of Cochecton Center, NY. Former proprietor of Heinle’s General Store Cochecton Center, NY. He was a director of The First National Bank of Jeffersonville since 1975. His grandfather William F. Heinle was one of the founders of The First National Bank of Jeffersonville.
Doug attended St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. He was a member and past chief of Narrowsburg Vol. Fire Dept., member of Lava Vol. Fire Dept. and participant of Lake Huntington Vol. Fire Dept. He was a member and past chief of Lava Fire Police. He was a member of Antique Trucks and Tractor Association, and a member of Neversink Rondout Antique Machinery Association. He was a charter member of the Time and the Valleys Museum of Grahamsville. Founder and director of Cochecton Center Community Center. Official groundskeeper of Heinle’s Field, Cochecton Center, NY. He sponsored many softball leagues and bowling leagues. Doug was the official sleigh driver for the Christmas Carollers with his John Deere Tractor. Doug was nicked named Johnnie Deere.
A Family statement reads: “ Doug was a loving husband, father, super grandfather and the best great granddad. He was a special person with a heart of gold. He helped so many people and he contributed so much to his community. He will truly be missed.”
Douglas is survived his wife Penny at home, his three sons: Allen Heinle and his wife Teresa of Las Vegas, NV; Craig Heinle and his wife Terri of Lake Huntington, NY; and Brian Heinle and his wife Beth of Lake Huntington, NY. Grandchildren: Michael Heinle and his wife Katrine, Amber Heinle, Brianne Heinle, Brian Scott and his wife Katrina, Kristen Sayers and her husband Jason, Jonathan Heinle and his wife Tonya. and Brittany York.
Great Grandchildren: Mya, Taylor and Cole. Step Children: William Beach and his wife Jill of Woodburne, NY , Kayse Henry and her husband Terrance of Newbern, NC, and William Everett of Cochecton, NY Step-Grandchildren: Eric Beach and his wife Rheiannon, Erin Beach, William Everett, Dylan Everett, Cheyenne Everett, Karalyn, Madison and Thad Henry.
Also, he is survived by his sister Eleanor Martin of Waymart, PA, and many nieces and nephews.
Doug is predeceased by his first wife Eleanor Dexter Heinle and his brother Arthur Heinle.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9p.m., and Monday, Decmber 12, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 9:30am at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday December 12, 2011 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. The Rev. William Scully, O.F.M. will officiate.
Burial will be in Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center, NY.
Donations may be made in his name to Cochecton Center Community Center, C/O George Walters, 9 Walters Farm Rd., Narrowsburg, NY 12764
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY. 845-252-3901

Vernon “Bud” Edwin Stratton
Retired District Foreman and Farmer, 83

Vernon “Bud” Edwin Stratton, a retired District Foreman for the City of New York, Grahamsville Office, and a farmer, passed away peacefully Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Ellenville Regional Hospital. He was 83.
The son of the late Harry A. and Blanche Pierce Stratton, he was born January 25, 1928 in Paterson, New Jersey.
He grew up in Totowa, NJ, and spent his summers in Grahamsville. He attended Passaic Valley High School, where he was a member of the school band and marching band. He played both the baritone horn and trombone. He joined the Army after high school, where he continued his love for music by touring with the Army band.  He was a proud WWII veteran, receiving an honorable discharge in 1947. After his discharge, he attended Rutgers University and graduated in 1952 with a BS degree in Agriculture.
On June 5, 1954, he married Charlotte Coombe, and together they operated a dairy farm for 22 years, and each held a full-time job. Bud loved his animals and they all had names. He also enjoyed working in his vegetable garden and planting fruit trees. He was a past-president and member of the Tri-Valley Central School Board of Education, a member of Liberty Masonic Lodge #521, and a 4-H board member of Cornell Cooperative Extension for many years.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Charlotte Stratton; his four children, Lynn McDonald of Grahamsville, Vernon Stratton Jr. and wife Cindy of Missoula, MT, Elaine Iatauro and husband Joseph of Grahamsville, and Laurie Clark and husband Trendell of Chesterfield, VA; four grandchildren, Christopher and David McDonald, Joseph Iatauro and wife Amy, and Heather Iatauro-Mowles and husband Greg; one great-grandchild, Haley Lynn Iatauro; one sister, Audrey Schweitzer of NJ; two sisters-in-law, Phyllis Gillette, and Marilyn Stewart and husband Bill; two brothers-in-law, Philip Coombe Jr. and wife Carolyn and Richard Coombe and wife Phyllis; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Harry Stratton; two sons-in-law, Wesley Moshier and Dr. Harold McDonald; and brother-in-law John Gillette.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory maybe sent to the Daniel Pierce Library, P.O. Box 268, Grahamsville, NY 12740; Ellenville Regional Hospital, 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville, NY 12428; or the Time and the Valleys Museum, P.O. Box 254, Grahamsville, NY 12740.
The family will receive friends on Friday, December 9, 2011 at Grahamsville Reformed Church, Grahamsville, NY beginning at 10:30 a.m.
A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m. at the church with the Rev. Paul Z. Ruter officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, for information please call 845-434-7363 or visit our website at

June Knight Whiting
Homemaker and Dairy Farmer, 84

June Knight Whiting of French Woods passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at the home of her daughter, Lynda. She was 84.
She was born June 15, 1927 to the late Howard Garfield and Emma Oakey Howell Knight.
She was married to Ralph John Whiting who predeceased her in November of 2008. Together they worked a dairy farm in French Woods. June worked tirelessly to improve the milking business. She also kept a huge vegetable garden to help provide for her family. Her family and many others looked forward to and enjoyed her homemade bread.
June is survived by her sister, Loie Knight of Hancock; four children, Susan and Michael Craig of Texas, Randy and Cindy Whiting of Hancock, Lynda and Werner VanLooy of Jefferson, and Terry and Stacy Whiting of Deposit; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Her brothers, Richard Myron Knight and William Howard Knight, predeceased her. She was also predeceased by her grandson, SSG Justin R. Whiting.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, December 9, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. and a funeral will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 11 a.m., all at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. Her son-in-law, the Rev. Werner VanLooy, will officiate. Interment will follow in the French Woods Cemetery, French Woods.
Memorial donations can be made to the French Woods Church c/o Lynn Bass, P.O. Box 718, Hancock, NY 13783.
Arrangements are by the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

Hanna Ifrah Graner
April 23, 1923 - December 4, 2011

Hanna Ifrah Graner, affectionately known as “Annette,” a longtime resident of North Branch, died peacefully at her home on Sunday, December 4, 2011. She was 88.
The daughter of the late Rachel Ouknin and Habib Ifrah, she was born on April 23, 1923 in Casablanca, French Morocco.
Hanna met her late husband, Ludwig Graner, in the early 1940s when he was in the French Foreign Legion and she was a dressmaker in Casablanca. They married there in 1943 and they, along with their two eldest children, immigrated to the United States in 1949, initially living in New York City and then moving to Sullivan County in the 1950s.
Hanna’s real joy, however, was the cultivation of her herb garden and the preparation of delicious food for family and friends. She pursued her passion as a chef in many of the county’s well-known hotels and restaurants such as The Stevensville, Villa Regina, Villa Roma, and Ted’s Restaurant. In addition, she spent time as a chef for the Forestburgh Summer Theatre, Swinging Bridge Lodge and served as a private chef to the Allan Merrill family in Beaverkill.
Best known for her homemade breads and French apple pastries, Hanna was also a committed volunteer in her community. She was a member of the North Branch Volunteer Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary and, for many years, proudly contributed her culinary talents to the annual roast beef dinners.
Hanna was a devoted and loving wife of the late Ludwig Graner to whom she was married for 67 years; a loving mother and grandmother. Survivors include her three daughters: Garran J. Graner of New York City and North Branch, Jeanne Tulp and her husband Donald of Liberty and West Palm Beach, FL, and Laurie G. Hughes and her husband Robert of Alexandria, VA; seven grandchildren: Michelle L. Golden, Theresa M. Graner, Jonathan P. Graner, Tammy L. Kloss, Matthew J. Lare Jr., Benjamin R. Hughes and Christopher A. Hughes; and three great-grandchildren: Gavyn Graner, Jackson Golden and Alexandra Golden. She was predeceased by a son, Franz Johann Graner, who served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam.
Friends may call Friday, December 9 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Services will follow at noon at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY, followed by a burial at Callicoon Center Cemetery.
A reception in her honor will follow at the Lazy Pond Bed and Breakfast Inn, Old Loomis Rd., Liberty, NY.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Sullivan County Community College Culinary Arts/Chef Training Program or Jeffersonville Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Arrangements are by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 845-482-4280.

Michael Loiodice
Ret. Deputy Superintendent, NYC Sanitation, 88

Michael Loiodice of Damascus, Pa., a retired deputy superintendent for the New York City Sanitation Department and a 26-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 88.
The son of the late Louis and Vincenza Manzione Loiodice he was born November 1, 1923 in Queens. He was the widower of Ada Bettiol Loiodice.
Mr. Loiodice was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, the Knights of Columbus Council 4478 of Callicoon, and the Sons of Italy.
He is survived by his children, Vincenza Loiodice, Elena Turell and her husband Daniel, Louis Loiodice and his wife Cheryl, and Angela LaBoda and her husband Alan; his grandchildren, Andrea, William, Jessica, Laura, Ashley, Michael, Adam, Erica, Alyssa and Austin; great-grandchildren, Cawley Ann, Jack, Jude Kayleigh and Ada Penelope; his sister, Pina Kavanagh; and his brothers, Frank and Charles Loiodice.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to his many friends and church for all their love and support given to Michael.
Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Sunday, December 11, 2011 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 12 at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon, with Father Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiating.
Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Obernburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, P.O. Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723.
Arrangements are by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.

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