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January 28, 2011

Richard H. Yaun Sr.
May 18, 1921 - Jan. 23, 2011

Richard H. Yaun, 89, passed away on Sunday, January 23, 2011 at his home in Minneola, Fl. Richard was born in Liberty, NY, the only child of the late Richard D. Yaun and Katherine Meyer Yaun. He married his high school sweetheart, Sharma Jean Freer, daughter of the late Dr. George Freer and Vivian Lyons Freer, of Liberty. They were married for 66 years and had seven children.
Richard is survived by his wife Sharma; children Richard (Nancy) of Liberty; Clayton of Pueblo West, CO; Gretchen (Alan Willi) of Glenmont; Daniel (Hazel) of Liberty; Talis (Lance Berg) of Patterson; Radford (Meredith) of Minneola, FL; and Katherine of Minneola, FL; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
RH, as he was known, was an active member of the community. He founded Yaun Metal Products in 1946, became a successful businessman and was instrumental in merging RDYaun Supply into what is currently Yaun Company, Inc. He was president of the family owned business for 20 years. Under his leadership, Yaun Company became a flourishing plumbing, heating and electrical wholesaler. The 87-year-old company has its headquarters in Liberty, with branches in New Paltz and Albany. RH served the industry as one of the early presidents of the New York State Plumbing and Heating Wholesalers Association and as Direction of the American Institute, a national trade association for wholesale distributors. He served as President of the Liberty Lions Club, Regional Director of the Marine Midland Bank and President of the Sullivan County Golf and Country Club in Liberty, N.Y.
Active in the community, RH fulfilled his commitment to serve by taking leadership positions. He was a Deacon and Trustee in the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty. Richard Yaun was an active Mason in the Liberty Mongaup Lodge #816 F&AM. He served as a Master Mason and Grand District Deputy. He held the 32nd Degree as well as a Degree in the Tall Cedars of Lebanon. The Masonic Lodge presented him with his 60-year apron in 2006.
RH loved his family and was proud of all of his children and grandchildren. He made countless friendships with people from all walks of life. He was a musician and loved playing for his children. He also served as the Masonic Lodge organist. In retirement, he cultivated several hobbies, including antique car restoration, stained glass design and gardening. Always in search of antique car parts, he became a supplier of parts and valuable information for customers from around the world. He was a member of the Catskll Regional Antique Car Club of America.
He loved golf and missed being able to play the game. He will now be joining his regular foursom: Jim Dice, Ray Cali and Sted Whittaker.
A memorial service and interment will take place at Greenhill Cemetery in Youngsville in the spring at the convenience of the family. Donations in remembrance may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, South Main St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754 or Liberty Masonic Lodge #521, PO Box 521, Liberty, NY 12754.

Donna M. Deppa
May 3, 1959 - Jan. 25, 2011

Donna M. Deppa, a teacher’s aide at Sullivan West Central School, and a lifetime resident of the area, died at home on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.
The daughter of Robert E. and Alice (Ginger) Pere Price, she was born May 3, 1959 in Monticello.
Donna was a Girl Scout leader and member of the First Presbyterian Church and a Sunday School teacher of her church. Donna was also a former legal secretary.
Survivors include her husband, Ronald Deppa; her daughters, Rebecca Anne, and Rachel Marie Deppa; her parents, Robert and Alice (Ginger) Price; her brothers, Robert and Dale Price; her sister, Cynthia Michel; her mother-in-law, Janet Deppa; her brother-in-law Peter Deppa; an aunt from her extended family, Nancy Cavanaugh and her children; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visition will be held from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m., Friday, January 28, at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 29, at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church, with The Rev. Roy Shaffer officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sullivan West Girl’s Track & Field Team.

Carol Gerow
Housekeeper, 69

Carol Gerow, of Jeffersonville, a housekeeper at the Villa Roma Resort, in Callicoon; died on Monday, January 25, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, in Callicoon. She was 69.
The daughter of Thomas Elisha and Anne Matilda Beerman Roberts, she was born on February 2, 1941, in Hackensack, N.J. She was married to Carl Gerow.
A family statement reads, “Carol was truly loved, dearly loved and will be truly missed.”
Survivors include her husband, Carl Gerow, at home; three daughters, Theresa Mihok and her husband Michael of Middletown; Debbie Schmidt and her husband Dale of Narrowsburg; Diane Schmidt of Allentown, Pa; one son, Michael Schmidt of Tuscon, AZ; three grandchildren, Tommy Johnston, Ashley Sawall and Jamie Schmidt; and one great-grandchild, Maddo Johnston. She was predeceased by a brother, John Gallagher.
Friends may call on Saturday, January 29, at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, in Jeffersonville, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral service will follow, at 1 p.m.
Bural will be in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Liberty.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Corps, PO Box 396, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

Carolyn T. Hiett
Ret. cashier, 87

Carolyn T. Hiett, of Charles Town, W.V., died on January 27, 2011, at her home. She was 87.
Born on December 23, 1923, in Stevensville, N.Y., to Henry C. and Sarah A. (Wheeler) Schwenz, she was predeceased by two husbands, William B. “Bucky” Hiett, Jr., and Frederick J. Daucher.
Survivors include three sons, Fred H. of West Columbia, S.C., James W., of Savage, M.D., and Richard C., of Waldorf, M.D., a stepson, William B. Hiett, III; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, William Schwenz, of Burlington, N.J. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Mrs. Hiett was retired from Giant Food as a cashier, and she was a loving mother, grandmother and homemaker.
She was a member of the Charles Town Branch Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements by Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home, Charles Town, W.V.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles Town Branch Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 343 Carriage Drive, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425.

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