John ‘Jack’ Henry Huff Jr.
Founder of Huff Ice Cream, 87
John (Jack) Henry Huff Jr. of Gilbertsville, NY, went to heaven on a beautiful Sunday morning, July 1, 2012. Jack was at home with his family. He was 87.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Lillian Huff, his brother Donald Huff and sister, Ruth Beckwith.
Jack is survived by his Swiss Miss and wife of 48 years, Agnes (Aggie); his children, John and Sally Huff (grandchildren Courtney, Alex and granddaughter-in-law Randi), Paul and Nicole Huff (grandsons Finbarr and Fritz), Lili and Larry Kohorst (grandchildren Lucas, Olivia and Lennox); his brother-in-law, Neil Beckwith, and the entire Beckwith (Connecticut) and Peck (Vermont) families.
Jack will forever be remembered for his honest smile, sincere friendship, portraying Santa Claus, firm handshake and a seemingly endless supply of free ice cream samples, whether for one of his many home delivery customers (friends), or a complete stranger on a warm summer day. He never saw a day of work that he didn’t welcome and never lived a day that his family wasn’t his first and only priority.
Jack was born and raised in New Haven, CT. After graduating from high school, he proudly served his country in the United States Navy as a Seabee during WWII. After the service, he received his degree from Delhi College. He then worked for both Carrland Dairy and Cornell Dairy before starting Huff Ice Cream in Nineveh, NY, in 1952.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 113 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, on July 14 at noon.
A reception will follow from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Majors Inn, Route 51, Gilbertsville.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Jack may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Dr., Oneonta, NY 13820 or the Gilbertsville Fire Department, P.O. Box 72, Gilbertsville, NY 13776.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.johnstonfh.com.
Arrangements are by the Johnston Funeral Home of Morris; 607-263-5795.
Robert ‘Bob’ Gerrity
Formerly of Roscoe, 74
Robert “Bob” Gerrity of Bellaire, MI, died peacefully Tuesday, July 2, 2012 at University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor after complications from heart surgery. He was 74.
Bob was born in New York City on January 10, 1938 and graduated from Roscoe High School in 1957 in Roscoe, NY.
He attended Michigan State University where he met his wife and earned a Bachelor's degree in 1960 and an MBA in 1971. Bob worked in the auto industry for many years in the Ann Arbor/ Detroit area including the Ford plants in Dearborn and Saline, MI. He also served as CEO President of Ford Brazil in Sao Paulo, Brazil, CEO of Ford-New Holland in Lancaster, PA and Vice Chairman of New Holland in London, England. Bob later applied his expertise by serving as a board corporate director of many companies including Rubbermaid, Libralter Engineering Systems, Birmingham Steel, Poly-air Inter-Pac, Federal Signal Corporation and Standard Motor Products.
Since 1969, he has spent his summers at Torch Lake in Michigan. He has a home in Naples, FL and lived in Ann Arbor, MI for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy “Dottie” (Arnold) Gerrity; their sons, Dan Gerrity, Patrick (Lauren) Gerrity, Neil (Holly) Gerrity; and their daughter, Erin (Barnaby) Fry; and six grandchildren, Caitlin, Connor, Molly, Abigale, Mary, and Autumn Gerrity.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Bellaire, MI on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Community Foundation of Collier County, Gerrity Charitable Fund, 2400 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 300, Naples, FL 34103 or University of Michigan Cardiac Surgery Department, 1000 Oakbrook Suite 100, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.
Arrangements are with Mortensen's Funeral Home of Bellaire.
Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
Retired Teacher, 88
Mike Loizeaux of Beaverkill, NY, the husband of Ellen Loizeaux, (October 12, 1935 - May 21, 2012) the retired owner of the Shop in the Valley in Roscoe, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at the home of his step-daughter, Siobhan “Sam” Bennett and son-in-law Martin Ulloa Estrada, in Allentown, PA, with his beloved family at his side. He was 88.
The son of the late Johanna Catharina Marquardt (b. Ullner) and Otto Carl August Marquardt, Mike was born Hellmut Edwin Marquardt on June 18, 1924 in Hamburg, Germany.
While a young man, in World War II, he was a prisoner-of-war in Russia; later immigrating to the United States and becoming a U.S. citizen on January 6, 1958 at the Supreme Court of Binghamton, NY. A graduate of the State University College at Oneonta with degrees in Education and Spanish, he was fluent in five languages: English, Spanish, German, Russian and Azerbijani, and became a teacher in the Oneonta School District. Importantly, Mike changed his name to Loizeaux upon his marriage to Ellen in 1977, feeling that her family had truly become his family.
Mike, a longtime resident of the Beaverkill Valley, NY, despite worsening illness, was actively involved with his wife, Ellen Loizeaux, in his community, including being a long-time member of the BeaverkillCommunity Church and involved in the Democratic Party Committee in SullivanCounty, NY. Well-known as a “mister fix-it” and “Jack-of-all-trades,” many friends and neighbors relied on his vast repertoire of knowledge, especially of all things mechanical.
His survivors include: a step-son and two step-daughters, John T. Bennett (Livingston Manor, 1983) of Phoenix, AZ; Drieux Koeppel of Vestal, NY; and Siobhan “Sam” Bennett of Allentown, PA; their spouses: Debbie Ondovcik, Dr. Peter Koeppel, and Martin Ulloa Estrada, respectively; his grandchildren, in birth order: Emma Selina Tipping and her spouse, Michael Golden, and brand-new great-granddaughter, Rosie; Karl-Wilhelm Koeppel, Rachael Ellen Tipping, Paul-Franz Koeppel, and David Bennett Estrada.
He was predeceased by one brother-in-law, Timothy R. Loizeaux, Jr., and is survived by his loving sisters-in-law, Katherine “Bebe” Loizeaux, and Nancy L. Pricer and her spouse, W. David Pricer, and his beloved brother-in-law, Captain A. Drew Loizeaux.
Graveside committal service, officiated by Lay Speaker Mary Hall, will be held at approximately 11 a.m. at the Beaverkill Cemetery, immediately after that church's regular Sunday, July 8, 2012 10 a.m. summer service.
Memorial Service will be held 12:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 1620 Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18012.
Donations in Mike's name may be made to the Beaverkill Community Church, P.O. Box 650, Roscoe, NY 12776.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave, Roscoe, NY; 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200 www-Harris-FH.com.