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Scharma Yaun, 87
August 24, 1924 - April 26, 2012

Scharma Jean Freer Yaun, 87, of Minneola, Florida, and Liberty, New York, has received her reward and is resting in the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Scharma passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2012 at her home in Minneola with family members by her side.
Scharma was born on August 24, 1924 in Ellenville, NY, the daughter of the late Dr. George Hoyt Freer and Vivian Rebecca Lyons Freer. She married her high school sweetheart Richard Howard Yaun on September 21, 1944 at her parents’ home on Hope Street in Liberty. He preceded her in death in January 2011.
An accomplished musician, Scharma met her future husband while playing in the school band. After graduating from Liberty High School, Scharma was accepted to both the Eastman School of Music and the Julliard School as a concert piano major. Her higher goal was to marry and raise a family.  In pursuit of this goal, and to be a support to her future husband’s business, she instead attended the Miller Secretarial School in New York City where she studied bookkeeping. Upon completion of her studies, she and Richard wed. They were married for 66 years and raised seven children.
Scharma became a member of The First Presbyterian Church of Liberty at the age of 13 and served her church numerous ways throughout the years.  She taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir, and played piano and organ. She also was a member of the Sullivan County Golf and Country Club where she enjoyed playing golf in several leagues. Scharma enjoyed reading, music, knitting, American History, her church family and her community. An appreciation of music and the arts was important to the couple and was reflected in their home life.  After family dinners, she often enjoyed playing the piano while her children sang.  
Scharma was a generous woman and expressed her concern for the needs of others in many ways. She supported many charities. The unexpected guest was welcomed at her family’s large dining table. Her home was a “must-stop” for the neighborhood children at Halloween and she was always prepared to send home gifts of home-made Christmas cookies to those who dropped by during the holidays. Her pies were legendary. She understood the importance of and excelled at making a home and the vitality of her home and family reached the community.
She joins her husband, her eldest daughter Gretchen Willi, her parents, and her brother, George Freer, in heaven.
Mrs. Yaun is survived by six children: Richard Yaun, Jr. (Nancy) of Longs, SC, Clayton Yaun of Pueblo, CO, Daniel Yaun (Hazel) of Liberty, Talis Berg (Lance) of Patterson, NY, Radford Yaun (Meredith) of Minneola, FL, Katherine Yaun of Minneola, FL; son-in-law, Alan Willi of Glenmont, NY; her sister, Eunice Freer Warter of Loudonville, TN; and her sister in-law, Isabelle Sherwood Freer, of Delhi, NY.  She had thirteen grandchildren: Rodrick Willi of Glenmont, NY, Scott Willi (Kim) of Eureka, IL, Jason Yaun (Teresa) of Pueblo, CO, Daniel Willi (Stephanie) of Delmar, NY, Laura Santillon (Efrain) of Denver, CO, Garrett Yaun (Freda) of Palo Alto, CA,  Melissa Yearick (Christopher) of Lowman, NY, Weston Berg of Fredericksburg, VA, Erlynn Berg Kirsch (Andrew) of Fredericksburg VA, Crystal Walent of Reston, VA,  Douglas Yaun of Liberty, NY, Catherine and Jonathan Yaun of Minneola, FL, and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Liberty, NY, on Saturday August 4, 2012.
Those who wish to may send memorial contributions to The First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, 81 S. Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754.

Daniel T. Mashek
Auto Body Mechanic & former Bus Driver, 83

Daniel T. Mashek of Swan Lake, NY, died Sunday, April 29, 2012 at Achieve Rehab & Nursing Center in Liberty, NY. He was 83. He was a self-employed auto body mechanic and former bus driver for Monticello Centeral School District.
The son of Thomas and Vincenzia Cappucci Mashek, he was born June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. He was married to the late Antoinette Heitz Mashek.
Mr. Mashek was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a former member of the Swan Lake Fire Dept.
He is survived by his children, Danette Mall and her husband, Lee, of Jeffersonville, NY, Patricia Mashek-Aras of WIngdale, NY, Suzanne Mashek of Liberty, Lorraine Hessinger of Swan Lake, and Thomas Mashek of Post Falls, Idaho; seven grandchildren: Joseph and Jonathan Mall, Daniel and Marianne Aras, Jessica Ayer and Andrew Hessinger, and Nicole Mashek; and two great-grandchildren, Sara Mall and Shelby Ayer.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm. and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 5068 Route 52, Jeffersonville.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3 at the funeral home.
Burial with military honors will be held in Hurleyville Cemetery, Hurleyville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Swan Lake Fire Dept., PO Box 177, Swan Lake, NY 12783.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY; (845) 482-4280.

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