Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
April 10, 2012 Issue
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Arden (Peck) Kean
Artist & Co-owner/Bookkeeper, Kean Artworks, Inc.

Arden Kean, a thirty-year resident of Livingston Manor, NY passed peacefully at dawn on Monday, December 19, 2011, with Paul, her husband of 33 years, at her side.
The daughter of Arthur and Beth Peck, she grew up in Beach Lake, PA, Phoenix, AZ, and Narrowsburg, NY. She was a gifted artist in various mediums. As a student at Narrowsburg Central School, Arden received the first New York State Regents credit for an independent art course. In addition to the graphic arts, she was an accomplished dollmaker and quilter. Most recently, she was co-owner and bookkeeper for Kean Artworks, Inc.
Arden was a licensed New York State Wildlife rehabilitator for many years, specializing in orphaned wildlife. The woods which surround her home are filled with hundreds of animals she nurtured, along with their offspring.
Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Arden was affected by her warmth, compassion and bright smile. She touched the lives of many, sharing with them her love, as well as her home. She was a source of comfort, guidance and encouragement to many. She navigated a lengthy illness with incredible patience, acceptance and grace, developing warm relationships with many nurses and doctors who cared for her.
She loved to travel, particularly summer vacations with her family to Provincetown, MA. Arden loved nature, flora and fauna, mountain, desert and ocean. A connoisseur of life, she appreciated the bounty of nature, notably lobster, roast beef and olives.
Since Arden wished to be remembered for her life, rather than her death, she requested that her loved ones hold a private celebration of her life.
Survivors include her husband, Paul, at home; parents, Arthur and Beth Peck of Narrowsburg; daughter, Jennifer and husband, Sean Thompson, of Manhattan, NY; son, Jason, his wife, Danielle and her beloved granddaughter, Quinn Arden (who “bears” her name) of Liberty, NY; sisters, Alison Peck of Honesdale, PA, and Anita Orsini and her husband, Enrico, of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and brother, Wayne Peck and his wife, Jeanne, of Milvanville, PA; along with numerous nieces and nephews, close friends and extended family.
Please consider a memorial contribution in her name to one of the following: Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 (www.hospiceof; American Heart Association ( or Sullivan County SPCA, P.O. Box 995, Rock Hill, NY 12775 (
Arrangements were made by Rasmussen Funeral Home, Inc., Narrowsburg, NY.

Candace Wilensky
January 13, 1947 - December 18, 2011

Candace Wilensky of Waltham, Massachusetts, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011 after a long battle with cancer.
Candace, 64, was born in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
She was a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, NY, with a degree in music performance. She was an accomplished musician, playing at various times with the Lexington Bicentennial Band, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and the Charles River Wind Ensemble. She worked as an independent computer consultant and was the author of two computer-related books.
She is survived by her husband, Marshall Wilensky, of Waltham, Mass.; her father, Kenneth Duncan Sr. and wife Ruth of Jeffersonville, NY; one sister, Katherine Duncan; one brother, Kenneth Duncan Jr.; a niece, Emily Duncan, all of Huntington, LI, NY; and several cousins.
Candace was predeceased by her mother, Helen Lee Duncan.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. at First Parish Universalist Church in Lexington, Mass.
Arrangements are under direction of Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY; 845-482-4280.

Marieanna Burlingame
Ret. Dir. of Nursing, SNU at CRMC, 75

Marieanna Burlingame of Callicoon, the retired director of nursing at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Catskill Regional Medical Center, died Saturday, December 24, 2011 at the Kaplan Family Hospice Center in Newburgh, NY. She was 75.
The daughter of Diedrich Gottfried and Martha Dora Oelerich Iken, she was born February 9, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY.
She was the widow of Ellis Ward Burlingame.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Tammany Chapter of Callicoon.
She is survived by her son, Ward Ellis Burlingame and his fiancee, Christine Hillriegel, of Bethel, NY; her daughter, Becky Reddish and her husband, Norman “Butch” Reddish, of Callicoon; her brother, Diedrich Iken and his wife, Josephine, of Collinsville, CT; her daughter-in-law, Julie Huggins Burligame of Cochecton, NY; her grandchildren, Brittany, Blain, Matthew, James and Dolores; one niece, Betty Peters; two nephews, Warren Mastrogiovanni and Bruce Hinkley; and her best friend, Sue Kalin.
Order of the Eastern Star services were held Tuesday, December 27 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 28 at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to Delaware Lodge No. 561, F&A Masons, Callicoon, NY 12723.

John J. Yonchik
U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, 92

John J. Yonchik, 92, of Shavertown, PA died Saturday, December 24, 2011, in South Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Born in Hurleyville, NY, he was the son of the late Philip and Anna (Anastasia) Luty Yonchik.
John was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Miscavage Yonchik, and sister, Mary Yonchik.
Surviving are sons, Philip and Joseph Yonchik, and daughter, Anna Marie Yonchik; brothers, Paul F. Yonchik of Hortonville, NY; and Peter Yonchik, Florida; grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Francis Cabrini Church, Carverton.

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