Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
April 10, 2012 Issue
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John W. Diehl
Retired Nurseryman, 67

John W. Diehl of Cochecton, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011, at home with his family by his side. He was 67.
The son of the late John Diehl and Christina Wood Diehl, he was born on May 24, 1943, in Hackensack, NJ.
John served in the U.S. Navy. An expert nurseryman, he had worked at Monticello Farm, Home and Garden and Agway in Callicoon.
A family statement reads: “John was a Loving Husband, Father, and Grandfather. He was an excellent craftsman who built his family home. An avid outdoorsman, he loved woodworking, gardening and being on the river, but most of all spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed.”
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Willa Gaylord Diehl; one daughter, Jennifer Hawley and her husband Scott of Waymart, PA; one son, Richard Diehl and his wife Christine of Westwood, NJ; and three grandchildren: Lydia Summer Hawley, Laura Margaret Diehl, and Kevin John Diehl.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to HOSPICE of Orange & Sullivan Counties Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, 845-252-3901.

John Edward Bisig
Operating Engineer for Union Local 825, 52

John Edward Bisig of Obernburg died Sunday, May 8, 2011 at Castle Point VA Medical Center. He was 52.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. A full obituary will appear in Friday’s edition.
Funeral arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY 845-482-4280.

George F. Fassberger
Retired Repairman for NYTel, 80

George F. Fassberger of Roscoe, a retired repairman and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at the Roscoe Regional Rehab and Residential Health Care Facility, Roscoe, NY. He was 80.
The son of the late Frederick J. and Inez Zahorick Fassberger, he was born September 30, 1930 in Roscoe.
George proudly served our country during the Korean War in the U.S. Marine Corps. He worked as an installer and repairman for the New York Telephone Co. in Fallsburg for over 33 years before retiring. He was a member of the Roscoe Hose Company #1 and a former member of the Roscoe-Rockland Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Mary Fassberger, at home; two sons, Donald Fassberger and his wife Jackie of Roscoe and Frederick Fassberger of Brooklyn; two daughters, Jo Anna Lake and her husband Eric Rosenbloom of Vermont and Mary Fassberger of Roscoe; three grandchildren, Martha Fassberger, Emily Fassberger, and Lucien Rosenbloom.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy and Jo Anna.
Graveside services and burial will be private at the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Roscoe-Rockland Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Old Route 17, Roscoe, NY 12776.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY. 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200.

Elinore S. Matlin
Artist and Art Teacher

Elinore S. Matlin of Rock Hill died peacefully in the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation on Friday, May 6, 2011 after a long struggle against cancer.
Ms. Matlin was a gifted artist and art teacher. She taught for many years in the North Bellmore, Long Island, school system. She was also very successful in breeding and training German shepherd dogs, and was an officer and member of several breeding and training clubs. For many years she operated Highland Hills kennels in Brooklyn and later in Rock Hill. Ms. Matlin was also a highly skilled photographer. She won many ribbons and awards for her color photographs of animals, birds, and natural beauty.
She is survived by a brother, Dr. Arnold Matlin, and her sister-in-law, Dr. Margaret Matlin, of Linwood, NY; her nieces and their husbands, Elizabeth Matlin and Neil Heiger of Boston, Mass. and Sara Matlin and Jay Laefer of San Mateo, Calif.; and mourned by her great-nephews, Jacob and Joshua Matlin-Heiger, whom she dearly loved.
A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, May 7 at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Mount Pleasant Road, Piffard.
Donations in Elinore Matlin’s memory may be made to the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, 111 Murray Hill Drive, Mr. Morris, NY 14510 or to the Livingston County Hospice Program, 2 Murray Hill Drive, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.
Arrangements are by Alhart Funeral Home in Caledonia.

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