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March 1, 2013 Issue
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Ronald E. Frisbie
Ret. Lieutenant NYS Dept. of Corrections, 68

Ronald E. Frisbie, of Kenoza Lake, a retired lieutenant for New York State Department of Corrections at Sullivan County Correctional Facility, died on Monday, March 19, at Catskill Regional Medical Center, in Callicoon. He was 68.
Son of Jacob Augustus and Helen Cheesebrough Frisbie, he was born on July 15, 1943, in Cortland.
He was married to Barbara Spangler Frisbie and was a member of the Model Railroad Club of Sullivan County.
Survivors include his wife Barbara Spangler Frisbie, at home, a son, Ronald J. Frisbie and his companion Jamie Cuttler, a daughter, Christine Peake and her husband Bruce, and a son, Jason W. Frisbie and his wife Nicki; five grandchildren: Brianna, Dakota, Graeson, Logan and Brandon; several nieces and nephews and great nephews; sister-in-law Karen Wood, sister-in-law Sandra Frisbie, brothers-in-law Homer Spangler and Joseph Bunn.
He was predeceased by a brother, Gerry Frisbie.
Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Outreach United, PO Box 479, Callicoon, NY 12723.

Howard Schuchman
Retired owner of Cochecton General Store, 77

Howard Schuchman, the retired owner of Cochecton General Store and a dedicated community leader, died Monday, March 19, 2012 at Geisinger Family Hospice in Scranton, Pa. He was 77 years of age.
The son of the late Charles and Rhoda Reinish Schuchman, Howard was born in the Bronx, NY on March 5, 1935.
He was married to Maria Indrieri Schuchman.
Howard was a member and former treasurer of the Cochecton Mens Club; member and former treasurer of the Lake Huntington/Cochecton Fire Company and captain of the Fire Police. He was also supervisor for the Day Program at Damascus School; chairman of the Zoning Board in Damascus, Pa.; Assistant Scout Master of Troop 1776 on Merrick, Long Island; and a US Army Veteran of the Korean War.
Howard is survived by his wife, Maria Schuchman, children Joseph Porcaro and his wife, Nancy; David Schuchman (Mary); Dennis Porcaro (Donna); Steven Schuchman and Gabrielle Dunnigan (Jed).
Also, five grandchildren and six great grandchildren, brothers Paul Schuchman (Judy); Barry Schuchman and several nieces and nephews.
The family will be sitting Shiva at the home of Paul Schuchman, 5128 Hickory Lane, Stroudsburg, Pa. on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7 p.m.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 21 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, NY with the Rabbi Baruch Melman officiating.
Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus, Pa.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lake Huntington/Cochecton Fire Company.

James B. Dexter
Former area resident, 81

James Bernard Dexter “JB” age 81 formerly of Westwood Drive passed away peacefully on Monday afternoon March 19, 2012 in the Presbyterian Home, New Hartford.
He was born on October 7, 1930 in Cochecton, son of the late Ralph W. and Roberta Cornwell Dexter. Jim was raised in Narrowsburg and was a graduate of Narrowsburg Central School. He furthered his education, graduating from New York State Ranger School. On August 20, 1951 he entered the US Army during the Korean War. He served in Washington DC as well as a specialized unit for testing nuclear bombs in NV. He was honorably discharged on August 19, 1953 attaining the rank of Corporal. Mr. Dexter came to Herkimer in 1963 coming from Northville. On March 27, 1965 he was united in marriage with the former Elsie (Howe) Dewan in Herkimer. They shared a loving and devoted union of thirty-two years until her passing on January 5, 1998.
He was employed as a licensed land surveyor for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in Herkimer until his retirement. Surveying was not only his career, it was his lifelong passion. He held membership with the American Congress of Surveying & Mapping, New York State Society of Professional Land Surveyors and the Mohawk Valley Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He was an avid skier and true lover of nature and the outdoors.
Mr. Dexter had a strong belief in God and was a member of the First United Methodist Church Herkimer/Little Falls. To all who knew him they will never forget a sincere, caring and helpful man. He enjoyed doing for others and looking for nothing in return. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family.
He is survived by four step children, Thomas Elliot and Patricia Dewan of Staunton, Va., Patrick Kenneth and Shari Dewan of Myrtle Beach, S.C., William and Barbara Dewan of Grand Prairie, Tx., Susan Marie Dewan of Freeville, one brother William R. Dexter and his wife Jennie of Narrowsburg, two sisters, Barbara Myer and her husband Clifford of Milford, Pa., Doris Roda and her husband Warren of Otisville, grandchildren, Caitlin Dixon, Brady Dewan, Karin Herron, Mary Brady, William Dewan, Christen Micheal, Julie Dewan, Todd Dewan and Craig Dewan, eight great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Presbyterian Home for the loving and compassionate care shown during his long stay.
Calling hours for Mr. Dexter will be on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Fenner Funeral Home Inc., 115 Court Street, Herkimer. Funeral service will take place in the First United Methodist Church Herkimer/Little Falls on Friday at 11 a.m. The Reverend Janet Gleason, Pastor will officiate. Interment in Boonville Cemetery will take place later this spring at a time to be announced. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Presbyterian Home Restoration Fund, the First United Methodist Church Herkimer/Little Falls, or the Parkinson Foundation. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and church.

Howard W. Wehner Sr.
Ret. farmer and carpenter, 93

Howard W. Wehner Sr., of White Sulphur Springs, a lifelong resident of the area, died on Tuesday, March 20, at home. He was 93.
He was born on May 14, 1918 in Shandelee, the son of the late Joseph and Carrie Hauschild Wehner. Howard was a retired dairy farmer and carpenter. He was known as a “jack of all trades”. After retiring, his passion in life was spending hours on end with his loving wife Myrtle, of 72 years, at home. Howard also loved to work in his gardens of vegetables and flowers. He also was an avid deer hunter, ice fisherman and sports fan.
Surviving are his wife, Myrtle C. Wright Wehner, at home; his daughter Carol Ellmauer and her husband Leo, of Youngsville; his daughter-in-law Barbara Wehner of Lancaster; his grandchildren: Greta Spring of Newfane, Mary Morgans (Shawn) of Chelsea, Mi., Wendy Smith (Jobe) of Lancaster and Dawn Zweck (Jim) of Durham, N.C.
He also leaves his great grandchildren: Jessica and Jennifer Spring, Brian Morgans, Chelsea Smith, Kristin, Ryan, Meagon and Kaitlyn Zweck.
He was predeceased by his son, Howard W. Wehner Jr., and by three brothers, Alfred, Walter and Edward Wehner.
Friends may call Saturday, March 24, at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m., at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Callicoon Center Cemetery, Callicoon Center.
Memorial contributions in Howard’s name can be made to the White Sulphur Springs Fire Department.
Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville (845) 482-4280.

Leonard Stephenson

Leonard Stephenson, lifelong resident of Sullivan County, passed away peacefully March 20, 2012.
The son of the late Bill and Victoria Stephenson, he was born in Bethel June 26, 1922.
He is predeceased by his wife, Cora Slater, and six siblings: Peg Kent, Florence Jones, Vi Harden, Osmer, Al and Ralph Stephenson.
Survivors include his son Robert Stephenson, daughter Connie Stagl, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Len was one of a generation of soon to be extinct strong-willed Sullivan County characters that loved his wife, valued his land and the companionship of his dog. He enjoyed the horse races on Sunday afternoon and told long dry country jokes better than anyone.

Bruce Pollack
March 23, 1961 – March 18, 2012

Bruce Pollack, age 50, passed away unexpectedly in his home, in the village of Monticello on Sunday, March 18, 2012. The son of Martin and Honey (Abenmoha) Pollack, he was born March 23, 1961. He grew up in the villages of Liberty and Monticello of Sullivan County. At the age of 20, as his father and grandfather did before him, he joined the Navy. He wanted to serve his country and see the world. Bruce saw active duty overseas and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer. He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years. He retired in 2001 and continued working for the Navy as an electrical engineering technician in Engleside, Texas for five years. He returned home, to the mountains of Sullivan County, to live for the remainder of his life.
He is survived by his wife, Angela Pollack and children Damien, Chermaine and Shane of Pascagoula, Mississippi. He is also survived by children Felici, David and five grandchildren of San Diego, California. He leaves behind sister, Helene and husband Howard Perlman of Monticello, sister Robyn and husband David Beebe of Port Washington, and brother, Alan Pollack and wife Kathy of Little Rock, Arkansas, and eleven nieces and nephews.
Bruce loved spending time with family in Monticello. He pitched in and helped his family whenever possible and especially liked helping them with gardening and planting. Bruce truly had a green thumb; every shrub or tree he planted is healthy and flourishing. He took great joy in playing with his young nieces and nephews; he was young at heart. Friends and family will remember Bruce best as a wonderful storyteller whose greatest reward was to see people laugh. He would charm and intrigue listeners with tales from his travels, from the Middle East to Australia, and lands between. He loved trading personal life stories with people from all walks of life. It was a talent that served him well, in most recent years, as a local taxi driver. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting people and knew that every person who rode in his cab also had an interesting story of their own to tell. Bruce made an impression on all who met him; his loving spirit and energy will be very much missed.
Funeral services for Bruce will be held at 1:00 PM., Friday, March 23, at Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello. A private burial at the Ahavath Israel Cemetery, on Ha-Sa-Na Road, Liberty, will follow.
Arrangements are under the direction of Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home in Monticello. For further information or to leave an online condolence visit www.josephngarlickfuneral

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