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Mary A. Czak
Homemaker, 93

Mary A. Czak of Ferndale, NY, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Roscoe Regional Rehab and Residential Health Care Facility, Roscoe, NY. She was 93.
The daughter of the late John and Josephine Buczko Paczkowski, she was born September 18, 1918 in Queens, NY.
Mary was a Communicant of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Monticello, NY. She enjoyed spending time with her family, tending her flower gardens, knitting and taking trips with the Livingston Manor Senior Citizens group.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Froehlich and her husband, Dennis, of Ferndale, NY; two sons, Raymond Czak and his wife, Marsha, of Dayton, Montana and John Czak and his wife, Kim, of Springwater, NY; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of sixty-eight years, Milton Czak, on January 12, 2003, and by one grandson.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the residents at the Roscoe Rehab & Residential Health Care Facility for the time that Mary was part of their family, and to the staff for the compassionate care they provided.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 31, 2012 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Broadway, Monticello, NY. Father Timothy Wiggins will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Aloysius Cemetery, Livingston Manor, NY.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200 or

Dorothy A. Miesner
Homemaker, 91

Dorothy A. Miesner of Roscoe, NY, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died peacefully Friday, July 27, 2012 at the Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation and Residential Health Care Facility, Roscoe, NY. She was 91.
The daughter of the late Frank and Margaret Brahms Bensch, she was born September 14, 1920, in Queens, NY.
Dorothy was a member of the United Church of Roscoe and a member of its Couples Club, and a member of the Roscoe-Rockland Senior Citizens Group. She enjoyed spending time with her family and gardening.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathryn Carlson and her husband, David, of Skaneateles, NY, and Helen Bartlett and her husband, Robert of Utica, NY; one son, Paul W. Miesner and his wife, Lorraine, of Roscoe, NY; six grandchildren, Paul Carlson, Jeanne Carlson Seale and her husband Colton, Matthew Bartlett and his wife Julie, James Bartlett and his wife Katie, Karen Bartlett Hertline and her husband Joseph, and Helen Rose Miesner; and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband of sixty-three years, Martin J. Miesner, on February 4, 2007.
Graveside services and burial will be private in the Tennanah Lake Cemetery, Tennanah Lake, NY.
Memorial contributions in Dorothy’s name may be made to the Roscoe-Rockland Fire Company, Old Route 17, Roscoe, NY. 12776.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home Railroad Avenue, Roscoe, NY; 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200

Violet Ethel Miller
Retired Secretary, 96

Violet Ethel (Becker) Miller of Jeffersonville, NY, a retired secretary at Sullivan County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension Service in Liberty, NY, died Saturday, July 28, 2012 at The Pines Health Care and Rehabilitation Center in Olean, NY. She was 96.
The daughter of Preston Alfred and Mary Gertrude Rath Becker, she was born February 21, 1916 in Callicoon, NY. She was married to the late Charles Henry Miller who died May 16, 1977.
Violet graduated from Youngsville High School, and after graduation she attended and graduated from Spencer’s Business College in Poughkeepsie, NY. She was a member of the Youngsville Reformed Church, and an active member of the Callicoon and Jeffersonville Senior Citizens. She enjoyed playing pinochle, reading, dancing and traveling.
Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Kehrley and her husband, Allan, of Liberty, NY, and Mary Lou Kyser and her husband, Alan, of Olean, NY; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her son, Robert C. Miller; and by two sisters, Edith Forrest and Mabel Shellhamer.
Graveside services will be private, at Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY, 845-482-4280.

Dr. George Herbert Livingston
Former Pastor of Callicoon Methodist Church, 95

G. Herbert Livingston, 95, the widower of Maria G. Livingston, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, July 2, 2012 at home with family around him. He will be missed by his family, church, and friends around the world.
He was born in Russell, IA, and grew up in Cameron, WI. He hitchhiked to Wessington Springs, SD, to go to college. Herb and Maria were married on August 12, 1936 and started their ministry together two weeks later, which continued for 72 years. Herb started preaching in Wisconsin and then moved to Iowa. Because of tuition grants, Herbert took his family to Kentucky in 1945-48 to be a student at Asbury Seminary.
In 1947, he, Dr. Mavis and Dr. Turner started the Wilmore Free Methodist Church. From there, the family moved to New York, where Herb pastored the Callicoon Methodist Church, and he earned his doctorate from Drew University in New Jersey.
The number of people who knew Herb as a teacher, colleague, or pastor is amazing. He has greatly influenced a lot of people’s lives.
Herbert’s parents, four brothers: Harold, Floyd, Ray and Ralph, and two sisters, Vera and Leta, have previously gone on to Heaven. Herb is survived by his youngest sister, Dorothy Johnson, of Cumberland, WI; his three children, Burt (Jeanie) of Ann Arbor, MI, Nellie (Ralph) Kester of Wilmore, KY, and David (Mary) of Lexington, TN; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild due in December.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to either the Wilmore Free Methodist Church Building Fund or to Hospice of the Bluegrass.

John ‘Jerry’ Hector
Owner-Operator of Hector’s Inn, 81

John “Jerry” Hector of Bethel, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. He was 81.
The son of the late Howard and Elsie (Rothaupt) Hector, he was born August 30, 1930 in Flushing, NY.
Jerry was the owner-operator of Hector’s Inn in Bethel, NY. A Korean Conflict Veteran, Jerry was a member of the Sgt. Andrew Brucher VFW Post #5499 of Kauneonga Lake, NY. He was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church, Middletown Elks Lodge and was a lifetime member of the White Lake Fire Dept. Jerry had a passion for people and stock car racing. For many years, he raced his stock car #48 and he was also an avid fan of NASCAR and harness racing.
He is survived by his son, John Hector; his daughter, Bonnie Lagoda and her husband Barry, Donna Hector and Kathy Hector; a sister, Carol Dauch; son-in-law, Larry Houman and a special friend John Ort, all of the Town of Bethel; grandchildren, Candy Sarna, Cindy Edmond, Larry Houman Jr., Carolyn Grossman, Michael Hector, Jennifer Norris, Melanie Hector, Kelly Nober and Kayla Aaron; 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine Hector, and his daughter, Carol Houman.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY. The Sgt. Andrew Brucher VFW Post #5499 will conduct services at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home.
Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jerry’s name to the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Kauneonga Lake, NY, 845-583-5445.

Belen Acosta Bradley
March 13, 1947 – April 4, 2012

God’s Garden

God looked around his garden
And found an empty place,
He then looked down upon the earth
And saw your tired face.
He put his arms around you
And lifted you to rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful
He always takes the best.
He knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain.
He knew that you would never
Get well on earth again.
He saw the road was getting rough
And the hills were hard to climb.
So he closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, “Peace be Thine”.
It broke our hearts to lose you
But you didn’t go alone,
For part of us went with you
The day God called you home.

With all our love forever,
Aunt June Natale and family

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