Sullivan County Democrat
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April 10, 2012 Issue
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Lisa Garn DeMaria, 57
September 24, 1954 - September 25, 2011

Lisa Garn DeMaria (formerly of Monticello), surrounded by her family, died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City of complications from colon cancer.
She leaves behind her husband, Stephen, sons Luke, Matthew, Christopher, Andrew, stepson Stephen and wife Nicole. Her brother K.C. Garn and wife, Gloria, close friends Josephine and Phil Catapano, as well as several nieces and nephews, also survive.
Born September 24, 1954 in Manchester, Connecticut, Lisa was educated at Colby Junior College (now Colby Sawyer) in New London, New Hampshire. She was predeceased by her parents, Ken and Marianne Garn.
A family statement reads, “Lisa enlivened us all as the champion and center of her family, a gifted hostess, an accomplished businesswoman, a good friend and true lover of life.  We will all miss the spirit, joy and love she brought to everything and everyone she touched. She was especially devoted to her four boys for whom her love will be everlasting.”
A memorial service was held at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 5th Avenue and 55th Street in New York City on Wednesday, September 28th.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in the name of Lisa Garn DeMaria, 219 East 31st Street, NY, NY 10016; (1-800-227-2345 or involved/ donate/donateonlinenow).
Arrangements are by Scarpaci Funeral Home, 1401 86th Street, Brooklyn, New York.

Walter ‘Tex’ Shumate, 79
February 1933 - September 24, 2011

Longtime Roscoe resident Walter “Tex” Shumate passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on September 24, 2011. He was 79. Tex and his wife Gerri had spent the last two years living in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Tex was born in February, 1933, in Junction City, Kansas, to Jenny and Floyd “Dutch” Shumate.
After attending Junction City High School, Tex enlisted in the Air Force and spent the next 13 years serving his country, including a tour assigned to President Nixon’s Honor Guard.
By 1974 Tex had met and married his current wife, Gerri. In 1977, he received an Associate’s degree in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and a few years later earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Services and Counseling from Empire State College. Following his discharge from the Air Force, Tex spent numerous years in the counseling and addiction treatment profession. In 1998, after 11 years, he retired from the New York State Department of Corrections. Prior to that, Tex worked at the Veritas Villa Alcohol Treatment Center in Kerhonkson, NY; Job Corps of Callicoon, NY; and served as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the Roscoe and Livingston Manor School Districts. Following this retirement, Tex continued to stay active working part time at the Family School in Hancock, NY. Tex was one of those people with a seemingly endless amount of skill sets. He could install plumbing, rewire electrical outlets, build a bonus room or flower boxes, dig a cesspool, plow fields and raise crops, operate almost any type of machinery. He devoted many hours doing all those things to improve his family home in Abrahamsville, PA. In 1981, the home burned to the ground. But this misfortune would eventually bring him and his family to Roscoe. They spent the next 30 years in Roscoe, raising their family and enjoying being part of that small community.
Tex led an extremely active life. He enjoyed sports of all kinds. He was an avid outdoorsman who regularly hunted and fished in the local area. He raised coonhounds, hunted them, and competed regularly in dog showing competitions. His own dogs were profiled several times in Coon Hunters Magazine. He loved exposing others to the thrill of the hunt by taking them out on “all night” hunts. As a result, many of those exposed (including at least two of his sons) never hunted again.
From 1985 to 1991, Tex competed annually in the New York State Corrections Olympics, earning multiple medals every year he participated until poor health prevented him from competing. Tex was an enthusiastic supporter of Roscoe’s local sports programs, especially in the years his sons attended school. Tex volunteered his time to assist in whatever way the school needed – from volunteer assistant coach to putting together strength and conditioning programs for the kids or simply delivering water to exhausted players at football games. Regardless of the capacity, Tex was always there to cheer the teams on.
Tex is survived by his wife of 35 years, Gerri Shumate of Myrtle Beach, SC; a sister, Nancy Wall of Parkville, Missouri; four children from his first marriage, William Shumate residing in CA, Danny Shumate residing in PA, Peggy Shumate of MD, and Sharon Brown. A third daughter, Kathy Reinmiller passed away in 2002. He also has a daughter, Faith Evans of Youngsville, NY, with his current wife, Gerri. Tex raised three boys from Gerri’s first marriage, Chris Csoka of Little Falls, NJ, Matt Csoka of Jupiter, FL, and Jeff Csoka of Brooklyn, NY. He has 25 grandchildren.
Tex was an enigma – a throwback to another time. He was both an incredibly hard man but also a kind, generous, and giving person who touched countless people. He will truly be missed.
A short memorial service will be held from 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Rockland House in Roscoe.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Tex Shumate Memorial Scholarship Fund at Villa Veritas Foundation, Box 610, Kerhonkson, NY 12446.
Myrtle Beach Funeral Home & Crematory assisted with the final arrangements.

Beulah ‘Pat’ Ryan, 85
September 16, 1926 - September 26, 2011

Beulah “Pat” Ryan of Kauneonga Lake passed away on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, NY. She was 85.
Pat was born on Sept. 16, 1926 in Cochecton, NY, to the late Irving and Pearl Keesler Dexter.
She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake.
She is survived by two sons, Edward Rhyne of Painted Post, NY, and Craig Rhyne and his wife Melinda of Telford, TN; her brother, Everett Dexter and his wife Virginia “Ginny” of Kauneonga Lake; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Robert T. Ryan, and three brothers and three sisters.
Visitation was held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 Rt 55, Kauneonga Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4-7 p.m.
Burial will take place Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Grace Memorial Gardens in Hudson, Fla.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., Kauneonga Lake.

Betty E. Todd Kelly, 77
November 28, 1933 - September 25, 2011

Betty E. Todd Kelly passed away on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY. She was 77.
She was the daughter of the late Marshall Ney and Nellie Vredenburgh Todd, born on November 28, 1933 in Hardenburg, NY.
Betty loved many things such as hunting, fishing and gardening, but most of all spending time with her family. She was referred to by her grandchildren as the “Epic Grammy.” She retired three times from driving school bus for the Monticello Central School District, Sullivan County Office for the Aging and the Catskill Regional Medical Center Adult Day Care Program. She was an active member of the Monticello United Methodist Church and a member of the former Forestburgh Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend, who will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her.
She is survived by her loving children, Kim Stacy and her husband Eugene, Elizabeth Giumarra and her husband George Nevin Sr., James Kelly and his wife JeanAnne; eight grandchildren, Kelly Ann Taggart, Todd Stacy and his fiancée Christina Ferguson, Marshall, Krysta, and Robert Kelly, Erin Giumarra, George Nevin Jr., and Stefanie Boyd; four great-grandchildren, Hunter and William Taggart, Logan Stacy, and Vincent DeGraw Jr.
She was predeceased by her husband, Elwood Kelly, in 2008, her sister Ann Archibald, and brother William Lincoln Todd.
As per Mom’s wishes, there will be no viewing; there will be a memorial gathering (party) held on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at the United Methodist Church Hall 445 Broadway, Monticello, NY, beginning at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s name to the United Methodist Church, 445 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home. For further information please call 845-434-7363 or visit the website at

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