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Sheela Stainton Kingsbury, 58
November 18, 1953 - June 27, 2012

On June 27, 2012, Sheela Stainton Kingsbury died in a farming accident in Danby, NY. She was 58 years old.
She was born on November 18, 1953, in Rochester, NY.
Sheela studied comparative religion and mysticism in college, and had two children with her first husband, Jeffrey Stainton. For over 25 years, she lived, studied, and served at the SYDA Foundation in South Fallsburg, NY. During this time she also studied traditional Japanese tea ceremony in New York City and Japan, and she designed and built the Tea Garden in Loch Sheldrake, NY. In 2005, Sheela moved to Danby and built a house she designed with her daughter Satya. She married David Kingsbury in 2007. Most recently, she had been studying the shamanic healing traditions of Peru and developing the Tea Garden Ithaca as a beautiful and sacred center for retreat, rejuvenation, and inspiration.
Sheela was larger than life, and certainly larger than print. There are countless ways to describe her: Landscape designer. House builder. Japanese tea master. Wedding coordinator. Shaman. Mystic. Mad lover of God. Ecstatic dancer. Hostess with the mostest. The haiku hiker. Renaissance woman. Potter, painter, musician, author, poet. Teacher. Gardener extraordinaire. Pool shark. World traveler. Meditator. Champion of peace. Healer. Role model. Inspiration. Grandma honey girl. Mops. Beloved friend. The most extraordinary mother.
Sheela is survived by her son, Hamsa; her daughter-in-law, Danika; her daughter, Satya; and an expansive community of loved ones.
An outdoor memorial service took place on Sunday, July 8, at the Tea Garden Ithaca.
In Sheela’s honor, you are invited to donate to any charity that she would love. Due to the suddenness of her death, her family will also be accepting donations to help cover immediate expenses. For more information you can call 607-272-1080.
Sheela, we love you.

Irving Salzman, 91
December 28, 1920 - June 29, 2012

Irving Salzman, 91, of Clearwater, passed away June 29, 2012.
Irving was raised in Monticello, NY, and served in the Navy during World War II. He was a member of the Fallsburg #1122 Lodge in Liberty, NY, and the Jewish War Veterans.
Irving is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Nettie (Rappaport); children, Anthony (Shelley) Salzman, Andrea Salzman-Gardana, and Andrew (Joan) Salzman; sister, Eleanor Salzman; and grandchildren, Glenn, Michael (Aynsley), Nicole, Amanda, Ashley, Rachel, and Matthew.
Graveside services were held on July 2, 2012 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Irving’s memory to Suncoast Hospice.

Mike Loizeaux

Mike Loizeaux of Beaverkill, NY, husband of the 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 years old.
The son of the late Johanna Catharina Marquardt (b. Ullner) and Otto Carl August Marquardt, Mike was born Hellmut Edwin Marquardt 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 her family had truly become his family.
Mike, a long time 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 Beaverkill Community Church and involved in the Democratic Party Committee in Sullivan County, 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: Thomas Bennett, Kelsey Bennett, Zane Ondovcik, 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 officated by Lay Speaker Mary Hall will be held at approximately 11 AM at the Beaverkill Cemetery immediately after that church's regular Sunday July 8, 2012 10 AM summer service.
Donations can be made in Mike's name to the Beaverkill Community Church, P.O. Box 650, Roscoe NY 12776.
Memorial Service will be held 12:30 PM Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 1620 Turner Street, Allentown, PA 18012.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY; 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200

Frank G. Finn
Retired Construction Foreman, 89

Frank G. Finn of Liberty, NY, a retired construction foreman for Local #17, Newburgh, NY, and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, July 9, 2012 at his home. He was 89.
The son of the late M. Henry and Mabel Hall Finn, he was born October 28, 1922 in Liberty.
Frank was a communicant of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Liberty; an active member of the Liberty Elks Lodge #1545; a member of the Clarence Hoyt Post VFW #9217 and the Russell Sprague American Legion Post #109, both in Liberty; and a member of the Ftr. Cronin Council #4768 Knights of Columbus in Liberty.
Survivors include his wife, Georgine “Gene” Doherty Finn, at home; two daughters, Katherine Menges and her husband Robert of Jeffersonville, NY, and Marianne Sternkopf and her husband Richard of Washingtonville, NY: two sons, Frank G. Finn Jr. and his wife Kristine of Jeffersonville, and James T. Finn and his wife Joy of Kenoza Lake, NY; six grandchildren, Amy Goodstein, Brian Goodstein and his wife Danielle, Ricky Sternkopf, Dan Sternkopf, Jimmy Finn and Erin Finn; one great-grandson, Evan Goodstein; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the Sullivan County Public Health Nurses and to Monsignor Edward Straub and Dr. David Schwalb for their care and support during Frank’s illness.
Visitation will be Wednesday, July 11, 2012 from 4-7 p.m. in the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY.
Clarence Hoyt VFW Post #9217 will conduct Veteran’s Services at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 will conduct services at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday evening in the funeral home.
The Father Cronin Council #4768 Knights of Columbus will conduct services at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 11:45 a.m. at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 264 No. Main Street, Liberty, NY.
Burial with military honors will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cold Spring Road, Liberty, NY.
Memorial contributions in Frank’s name may be made to St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 264 No. Main Street, Liberty.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY;

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