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January 14, 2011

Marian Booth Gager
Former Co-owner of Gager’s Diner, 86

Marian Booth Gager, 86, of The Villages, Fla., passed away on Jan. 12, 2011.
Born January 20, 1924 in Monticello, NY, she was the widow of Phil Gager. They had three children: Gayle Aylesworth of Ferrum, Va., Dr. Phillip P. Gager of Plantation, Fla., and Brian Davis Gager of Forestburgh, NY.
For 40 years they were owners and operators of Gager’s Diner in Monticello. She was a charter member of the “Stitch Wits” Sewing Club, she studied oil painting portraiture under the famed Hugo Newman, she was a charter member of The Villages Art League and a member of the Visual Arts Society.
She leaves many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.
There will be no visitation or memorials.
Cremation will be at the family’s convenience.
Arrangements are by All Faiths Cremation Society, The Villages, Florida.

Ted Goldsmith
Chief Line Mechanic for NYSEG, 67

Ted M. Goldsmith, 67, a Walton resident, formerly of White Sulphur Springs, passed away Monday, January 10, 2011 in Delhi.
Ted is survived by his wife, Virginia (Amore) Goldsmith; his children: Robert Goldsmith of Houston, Tex., William (Susan) Goldsmith of SC, Deborah Smith of Walton, and Kathy (David) VanBuren of Va.; his brothers, Douglas (Eleanor) Goldsmith of White Sulphur Springs and Albert (Judy) Goldsmith of SC; his grandchildren, Myles, Meaghan, Racheal, Kristen, Nicholas, Patrick, Ashley, Alexandra; three aunts, Midge Roth, Marion Herron of White Sulphur Springs, and Clem Denman of Neversink; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, January 14, 2011 at 6 p.m. at the New Hope Community Church, 45 Stockton Avenue, Walton.

Barry L. Berman
Past-President, SC Wholesalers, 86

Barry L. Berman, a long-time Liberty, NY, resident and past-President of Sullivan County Wholesalers, passed away at his home in Monticello with his wife, Elizabeth Gibber, at his side on Friday, January 7, 2011.
He was born in Brooklyn, on October 27th, 1924 to Joseph and Rachel Berman. Barry served his country in the U.S. Army while stationed in Germany as part of the Counter Intelligence Agency. He grew up in Liberty, attended Ohio State as a pre-med major and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in philosophy. He and his wife Elizabeth Gibber Berman raised their family in Liberty. When their house burned down in 2007, they moved to Monticello.
As one of the principals of Sullivan County Wholesalers, he helped build the infrastructure of the Catskills during its heyday by supplying the plumbing, heating and electrical trades to hundreds of businesses and homes. Barry was an active member of his community, and his strong work ethic, values and virtues were some of the special attributes that have left an indelible legacy for his family and friends. Barry was actively involved in Liberty Rotary, Ahavath Israel Synagogue and served as a vice president of Community General Hospital’s board of trustees. He was instrumental in the establishment of Hospice of Sullivan County. He was an active member of the Surrogate Decision Making Committee under the auspices of the NYS Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for People with Disabilities. Through his volunteerism, he participated on panels in making major medical decisions for people without involved families who have intellectual and developmental disabilities and mental illness. Barry was a brilliant philosopher and humanitarian with a love of music, history, nature and humankind. He was devoted to all of his family and friends, and has touched so many lives with his goodness, generosity of heart and spirit, and his memory and virtues shall live forever through all who knew and loved him. He will be terribly missed.
Barry was predeceased by his beloved daughter, Jo Berman; his sister, Shirley Diamond, and her husband Eugene Diamond. He was survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Gibber Berman; son Mitchell and wife Barbara, daughter Erica Berman, son Darrell Berman and wife Pamela, and son-in-law Jeffrey Dubnick. He is also survived by grandchildren, Alex Berman and wife Lisa Wald, Matthew Berman, Rebecca Berman and Luka Dubnick; his brother-in-law and wife, Harold and Marilyn Gibber; plus many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and special close friends.
His funeral service was held on Sunday, January 9 at the Ahavath Israel Synagogue in Liberty, followed by burial at Ahavath Israel Cemetery in Liberty.
Contributions can be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10022; 866-346-3228; or Michael J. Fox Foundation (; 800-708-7644).
Arrangements are by the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello

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