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February 22, 2011

Lawrence Stier, 83
November 7, 1927-February 20, 2011

Lawrence Stier of Liberty passed away early Sunday morning, February 20, 2011 from complications of cancer. He was 83.
The son of the late Frank and Sarah Stier, he was a lifelong resident of the Town of Liberty.
Larry was well-known in Liberty and Sullivan County as the owner of Stier’s Hotel in Ferndale, for his 40-year career as a lawyer in private practice, and for his many contributions to the community in public service and as the leader of community organizations. Larry served in the occupation forces in northeastern Italy at the end of World War II. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1949 and Harvard Law School in 1952. He returned to Liberty and practiced law here until he retired in 1993. He was elected as a Liberty Town Councilman in 1961 and served from 1962 until 1966. He served for a year as the Town Justice and then was elected Justice in the Village of Liberty and served in that position for fifteen years from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Larry served as Assistant County Attorney for 19 years. During that time he represented Sullivan County Community College and handled the legal work during the construction of the SCCC campus in Loch Sheldrake. He was also the Attorney for the Town of Liberty from the mid-1980s through 1993. Beyond his government service, Larry contributed in many ways to the community. For thirty years, he served on the Board of Directors of Community General Hospital, which later became Catskill Regional Hospital. He was the President of the Board during the critical three year period in the 1970s when the hospital in Harris was built and opened. For twenty years, Larry was a member of the Board of Congregation Ahavath Israel in Liberty. He was a member of the committee that planned and built the synagogue and community center on Chestnut Street. Larry also contributed his time as a lawyer to local organizations, including the Liberty Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Larry was a member of Rotary Club for over fifty years, serving as President in 1961.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Dorothy; children Marc and Nancy; daughter-in-law Diane; granddaughter Katja; and his nieces, nephews and their children. He was predeceased by his brother, Harold Stier.
The funeral will be held at Congregation Ahavath Israel, 39 Chestnut Street, in Liberty at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 22.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to Congregation Ahavath Israel or to Catskill Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello.

Richard J. Bischert Sr., 70
October 10, 1940 - February 19, 2011

Richard J. Bischert Sr. passed away on February 19, 2011 in North Carolina after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.
“Dick” as he was affectionately known, was born October 10, 1940 and raised in the small rural town of Liberty. He is preceded in death by his mother Irene, his father Francis, and his older brother John.
Dick served the state of New York in the department of corrections as an officer and later in his career as executive director of AFSCME Council 82.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Carol; one son, Richard Bischert Jr. and wife, Ginny, of Delaware, Ohio; two daughters, Kimberly Bischert of Grahamsville and JoAnne Bitjeman of Monticello;, two stepdaughters, Kirsten Brancazio and husband, Jared, of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Karlene Kurowski of Greenport, NY; two sisters, Marie and Mary Ann; five grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Dick was a loving husband, father and grandfather cherished by all whose lives he touched. Often he would speak of how much joy his family brought to his life. His life is remembered by those he helped, whether a friend who needed a tool, a neighbor with a home project, or a complete stranger who broke down along the side of the road.
A memorial service was held Monday, February 21 at Moore Funeral Home with a reception following at the family’s home.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made to or the Lustgarten Foundation, 1111 Stewart Ave., Bethpage, NY 11714, a premier pancreatic cancer research organization.
There will be a memorial service in Liberty, NY, this summer. If you have an interest in attending, please contact Richard Bischert Jr., at 937-707-8670.
To sign Mr. Bischert’s guestbook online, please go to “Obituaries” at
Moore Funeral Home is caring for the family.

Isabelle Mae Bunn
Homemaker, 88

Isabelle Mae Bunn of Hugo, Oklahoma died Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the age of 88.
She was born September 6, 1922 in Central City, Pa., the daughter of Grant Carver and Bessie (Pepley) Carver and had lived in Hugo, Okla. since 1975. She married Wilbur Bunn on July 1, 1963 in Milford, Pa. He preceded her in death on December 17, 2005.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Orville Carver, Floyd Carver and Ila Carver.
Isabelle was a prize winning bread baker, collected wind chimes and bells and dearly loved her grandchildren. In her younger years, she drove in stock car races. Isabelle was a member of the Hugo Church of the Nazarene.
She is survived by two sons, Joe Bunn and his wife Tina of Hugo, Okla. and Homer Spangler and his wife Donna of Lake Huntington; two daughters, Karen Wood and her husband Lawrence of Hugo, Okla. and Barbara Frisbie and her husband Ronald of Kenoza Lake; her sister, Bea Miller of Jeffersonville; ten grandchildren, Kenny, Heather, Samantha, Randy, Alisha, Matthew, Rebecca, Jake, Christine, and Jason; eight greatgrandchildren, Riggin, Ava, Ja’Miya, Brianna, Cody, Graeson, Logan and Brandon; along with many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at the Hugo Church of the Nazarene on February 27, 2011.
Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hugo, Okla.
Arrangements are by the Miller & Miller Funeral Home, 410 South “F” Street, Hugo, OK 73743.

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