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March 4, 2011

Mildred Phillips Bressler
March 16, 1926 - February 28, 2011

Mildred (Mimi) P. Bressler of Black Lake passed away Monday, February 28, 2011 at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 84.
Mildred was born March 16, 1926, in Monticello, to the late Ralph and Hila Phillips. She was the devoted wife of the late Herman O. Bressler.
Mildred was above all a devoted wife, loving mother and doting grandmother. Although she worked for the Bell Telephone Company as an operator for many years, her family always came first. She was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church serving as an elder and the organist for many years. Mildred was also a member of the Eastern Star and New York Telephone Pioneers. She often accompanied her husband, Herman, on trips to spread the news about the bluebird all over New York State.
Mildred will be greatly missed by her daughter, Linda Nygard and her husband John, and by her son, Ralph Bressler and his wife Cindy. She leaves behind three grandchildren, Karl and his wife Kathleen, Kurt and his wife Aimee, and Krista and her fiancé Brad Feaster, who all loved her dearly. Before her death she became the great-grandmother of Bryce Ralph Bressler, son of Kathleen and Karl Bressler. All who knew her, family and friends, are saddened by her loss but inspired by the way she lived her life. Mildred was not just an active church member but a true believer in Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior. She goes to join her husband Herman, brothers James and Ralph, parents Ralph and Hila, and all those who passed on before her.
We wish to express our special thanks to all the caregivers at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home who were so kind to Mildred while she was a resident there. Without these wonderful people her end of life would have been much more difficult. We also thank all those who looked in on Mildred and helped to take care of her before her move to Roscoe.
Visitation will be Friday, March 4, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 5, at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Route 17B, Bethel, with Pastor Ginny Bossley officiating.
Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial donations can be made to the Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation and Health Care Facility, Resident Holiday Fund, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776.
Funeral arrangements by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Kauneonga Lake.

Robert Vandermark, 63
January 9, 1948 – February 27, 2011

Robert H. Vandermark of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., formerly of Monticello, passed away February 27, 2011 at Treasure Coast Hospice. He was 63.
He was born January 9, 1948 in Middletown, NY.
Robert moved to Port Saint Lucie from Monticello in 1990. He was employed by Publix as a meat cutter.
Survivors include his mother, Mildred Doolittle Vandermark, of Monticello; his wife of 41 years, Pamela; daughter, Barbara Ledford of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; son, Edward Vandermark of San Antonio, TX; granddaughter Shandi of Port Saint Lucie; brothers James of Katy, TX, Thomas of Monticello, and Timothy of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and sister Judith Saunders of Monticello. Robert was predeceased by his father, James Vandermark; and a brother, Ronald.
His funeral service will be Friday, March 4, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, with Rev. Jay Wallace officiating.
Burial will follow at the Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Monticello. www.kennyfuneral

Paul D. Gillow
Retired Electrician, 66

Paul D. Gillow of Long Eddy, a retired electrician of IBEW #363 and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, February 27m 2011 in Long Eddy. He was 66.
The son of the late Paul and Alice Minckler Gillow, he was born April 19, 1944 in Roscoe. He was married to Rhonda Darder Gillow.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #4478, past fire chief and commissioner for the Long Eddy Fire Department, and a Little League Coach. Anyone who ever met Paul knew what a great guy he was. He was there for anyone who needed a helping hand, whether it be to put up a building, run some electric, plow a driveway or take care of a house or hay field. Everyone knew they could count on Paul to help.
Paul played a huge role in the lives of his children, especially on the ball field. Though he often worked hours away from home, he always made it a point to be at all of their sporting events and his voice could always be heard shouting encouragement or, more often, instructions. He guided all his children into becoming better athletes and better, stronger people.
Paul enjoyed many years of playing ball and he was like “Norm,” wherever he went, everyone knew his name. He also enjoyed the many memories of traveling cross country with his family in the family motor home.
Paul was a very active member of St. Patrick’s Church Parish, taking part in all church activities. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rhonda Darder Gillow, at home; his son, Beau; daughters, Monica Carmen and Mariah; his grandchildren, Arie, Ben and Zoe; his brothers, Robert, Karl, and John; his sisters, Sarah, Dawn, and Mary; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held Thursday, March 3 at St. Patrick’s Church in Long Eddy, with Father Ignatius Smith, O.F.M. officiating.
Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Long Eddy Hose Company, Long Eddy, NY 12760.

Adam M. Baker
Formerly of Callicoon Center, 35

Adam M. Baker of Clanton, Alabama, formerly of Callicoon Center, entered into eternal rest this week, after complications following a successful kidney transplant, and a lifelong battle with kidney disease.
Adam was born on August 18, 1975. His beloved mother, Denise Mootz of Callicoon Center, predeceased him in 2001. Adam’s father Harvey Baker and his wife Marilyn survive in Colorado. Adam was the grandson of the late Alice (Wagner) and Gerald Mootz, of Callicoon Center, and the great-grandson of the late Adolph C. Wagner and Wilma (Poley) Wagner of North Branch and Lillian (Hahn) and Fred Mootz of Callicoon Center.
Adam is survived by his siblings and their families: Harvey and Joy Baker, Jennifer (Ross) Kik, Andy Lee Ross, Ben Kautz and Kristy Baker. Adam loved being an uncle to all of his siblings’ children.
Adam is also survived by his aunts and uncles and their families: Susan and Daniel Naughton of Callicoon Center, Jack Mootz of Callicoon Center and Cindy, and Gerald “Skip” and Pat Mootz of Poughkeepsie; his grand-aunt and grand-uncle Joy (Wagner) and John Klemm of Bogota, NJ; and many cousins and friends in New York and Alabama, and a church family at Glad Tidings Church in Clanton, Ala. Adam will be greatly missed by his very special dog, Isaac.
Adam will be remembered by all who knew him as a very giving person, who loved the Lord, his family and his friends. Adam was a big Mets fan who never stopped believing in his team. Adam never let his health problems stop him from having fun and helping others. He spent most of his time working with his church, coaching kids, and helping battered women.
In lieu of flowers or other gifts, donations may be made to the Amazin’ Adam Memorial Fund, c/o 72 Victor Drive, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603. The fund will strive to keep Adam’s memory alive for years to come, by supporting the causes he cared about, especially Glad Tidings Church, battered women, youth sports, and cancer research.
Memorial services will take place in Alabama.

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