Donald (Don) Edwin Mosher
Retired Industrial Arts Teacher, 76
Donald (Don) Edwin Mosher, born Jan 24, 1936 in Stalker, PA, died December 3, 2012 in Burlington, VT. Don, aged 76, passed away peacefully after a long struggle with COPD, surrounded by his daughters and the caring staff of Burlington Health and Rehabilitation, which was his home for the past eight years.
He is survived by daughters Laura Mosher, of Harriman, NY, and Elaine Young of South Burlington, VT, and granddaughter Kathryn Young, also of South Burlington, VT. He is also survived by brothers James (wife Helen) of Newport News, VA, Ralph (wife Barbara) of West Henrietta, NY, and William (wife Dolores) and Stephen, all of Fayetteville, NC, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife Alexandra (Sandie); his parents, Catherine Delphine Wheelock and Norman Alton Mosher; and brothers Thomas, Arthur, George, Richard, Robert, and David.
After briefly serving in the Air Force in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s and working for his brother Tom in the housing construction industry, he became a high school Industrial Arts teacher. His teaching career included high schools in New Jersey and New Mexico, with his longest teaching assignment being at a Bureau of Indian Affairs school, Ft. Wingate High School, in Ft. Wingate, New Mexico. He retired due to health issues in 1979 and relocated the family to Sullivan County, New York, where he and his wife, Sandie, became primary caregivers for his parents and his brother Stephen. He and his wife were also involved in the Foster Parents Association, serving as foster parents, and in the administration of both the Sullivan County and New York State Foster Parents Associations. Several years after his wife’s death in 2002, he relocated to Burlington Health and Rehab in Burlington, Vermont to be closer to his granddaughter. He made many friends in the nursing home and will be remembered fondly by his caregivers there.
He was a gifted and patient teacher who had a positive impact on many lives over the years. He also was an amateur photographer who instilled a love of photography in many of his brothers. He loved building and using gadgets of all kinds, and was on the cutting edge of home computing when some people didn’t even have calculators. He was at his most excited when exploring and teaching new technologies and passed this love on to his daughters. He was an original social networker before Facebook, using his ham radio operators license and CB radios to connect with people all over the world.
Services will be held on Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 84 School Street, Callicoon, NY 12723.
Visitation will begin at noon, with a brief service at 2 p.m.
Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Galilee, PA.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in his name to the Burlington Health and Rehabilitation Residents Activities Fund at 300 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT 05401.
Peter T. ‘Pete’ Toscano
Co-Owner of Pete’s Pub, 82
Peter “Pete” Toscano, a longtime resident of Lake Huntington, NY, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012 at home with his family by his side. He was 82.
The son of the late Frank Toscano and Nardina Lella Toscano, he was born August 23, 1930 in New York City. He was married to Anita Toscano for 49 years. Pete served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War and was a member of the Catskill Detachment Marine Corps League.
A family statement reads: “If over the past 20 years you have lived or travelled within a 50 mile radius of Lake Huntington, NY, it’s likely that in a parking lot, around a gas station, or at a public event, you encountered a short, gray-haired man with an impish grin who ran up to you holding out a loaf of bread, a box of doughnuts, or a package of English muffins. That man would be Pete Toscano, the longtime co-owner of Pete’s Pub, a popular Sullivan County restaurant that he ran for over 30 years with his wife, Anita. A man of endless energy, mirth, and generosity, he stashed a large supply of baked goods in his car trunk that he regularly shared with friends and strangers alike. If anyone in Western Sullivan County needed any hard-to-find item no matter how strange they first asked Pete, who, after rummaging around in his garage or basement, either found the desired object or else fashioned one himself out of a scrap of wood, bits of wire, and a splash of paint. Over the years Pete Toscano attended hundreds of wakes and funerals for his friends, his customers, and their loved ones.
“When his wife, Anita, became ill with lung cancer, he learned a whole new set of household skills and took on the task of caring for her until she died at home in September of 2006 with Pete and their three children at her side. This October Pete was also diagnosed with lung cancer, and early Thursday morning, with his three children caring for him in his home, Pete Toscano passed away. He leaves behind many family and friends who love him dearly and will never forget his warmth, his outrageously funny stories, his unique charm, and of course, the baked goods.”
He is survived by his daughter, Nardina Nash, and her husband Brian of Corcoran, MN; his daughter, Maria Forlenza, and her husband Pat of Fosterdale, NY; his son, Peterson Toscano, and his husband Glen Retief of Sunbury, PA; a Spanish exchange student, Manuel Amor Machon, now a resident of Houston, TX, whom Pete considered a son, and his wife, Teresa; his brother, Joseph Toscano, and his wife Frances of Toms River; his brother, Louis Toscano of Narrowsburg, NY; his brother, Frank Toscano of Greenville, TN; six grandchildren, Heather, Kristen, Julie and Melanie Nash, and Gregory and Geoffrey Sheppard; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and Monday, December 10, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, December 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake R.C. Church, Lake Huntington, NY.
Christian burial will follow in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY. The Rev. William Scully, OFM, will officiate.
Donations may be made to the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots Program.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, 845-252-3901.