Sullivan County Democrat
Callicoon, New York
April 10, 2012 Issue
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Teresa Esselmann
July 28, 1927 - November 12, 2011

Teresa Esselmann of Kenoza Lake, NY, died Saturday, November 12, 2011, at home, with friends and family at her side. Teresa was born July 28, 1927 in the Bronx, to the late Fred J. and Elizabeth McSweeney Allgeier. On October 9, 1954, she married Carl F. Esselmann, who preceded her in death on February 14, 2009.
Teresa was an avid reader, a great storyteller, and a great cook. She will be missed by many.
She is survived by her son and daughter, Douglas Esselmann at home, and Marian Hosking and her husband David of White Sulphur Springs; two granddaughters, Allison Hosking and Amy Hosking; a brother-in-law, Oscar Girbach; two nieces, Maureen Stiene and Henry, and Bonnie Boyd and Ray; four nephews, William F. Allgeier and Brenda, Timothy Hubert and Karen, Dave J. Girbach, and John Girbach; also by her friend and caretaker Paula Clark. She was predeceased by a daughter, Susan Marie Esselmann; a brother, Piermont P. Allgeier; and by two sisters, Florence A. Hubert and Marian E. Bernhardt.
Friends may call on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 from 7-9 p.m. at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 5068 Route 52, Jeffersonville, NY.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, November 17 at St. George’s Church, Jeffersonville at 11 a.m. Father Ignatius Vu will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, Kenoza Lake Fire Department, or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

Mildred Wlodarski
Homemaker, 84

Mildred Wlodarski died November 9, 2011 at Chardon Place on John’s Island, SC, following an extended illness. She was born on February 12, 1927 in Moscow, Pa., the youngest of ten children, to the late Michael and Kathryn Repella Hrywnak. She was married October 22, 1949 to Edward Wlodarski, who preceded her in death in 1997.
A former Bethel resident for over 50 years, she was a past member of the White Lake School PTA, Cooperative Home Extension and the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake. She was a volunteer and active member of the Town of Bethel Senior Citizens and was honored as Town of Bethel Senior of the Year in 2002. She enjoyed gardening, homemaking and spending time with friends and neighbors, as well as caring for others in need.
She is survived by a daughter, Karen Wlodarski, of Seabrook Island, SC, and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 16 with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating. Interment in Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery will follow the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Bethel Senior Center, the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake, or to Odyssey Health Care of Charleston, 5965 Core Rd. Suite 603, North Charleston, SC 29406.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Kauneonga Lake, NY.

Lyle K. Houghtaling
Self-Employed Stone Cutter, 59

Lyle K. Houghtaling of Long Eddy, a self-employed stone cutter, died Saturday, November 12, 2011, in Equinunk, Pa. He was 59.
The son of the late Arnold and Beverly Mitterwager Houghtaling, he was born June 14, 1952 in Callicoon, NY.
He was the widower of Deborah Babcock Houghtaling.
Lyle is survived by his son, Jacob Houghtaling and his wife, Corrie; his two daughters, Shanna Dix and her husband, Gerald, and Rachel Houghtaling and her partner Laura Kalina; a grandson, Ayden Dix; his four brothers, Louis Houghtaling and his wife Veronica, Keith Houghtaling and his wife Diane, Dale Houghtaling and his wife Janet, and Robert Houghtaling; one sister, Dolores Frick; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Terry Houghtaling, and his brother-in-law, Lawrence Frick.
A celebration of Lyle’s life will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at the Pine Mill Community Center, Equinunk, Pa., at 6 p.m.
Memorial contributions in care of the family may be sent to Hope Ministries, P.O. Box 75, Kenoza Lake, NY 12750.
Arrangements are by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon; (845) 887-4900.

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