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Adam Charles Cross, 29
March 31, 1983 – November 15, 2012

Adam Charles Cross of Hurleyville, NY, passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at his home. Adam had battled a long illness and is now at peace. He was 29.
He was a Cub Scout with Cub Scout Pack 88 in Fallsburg, NY. Adam graduated from Liberty Central High School in 2001. He received the President’s Education Awards Certificate. He studied Culinary Arts at Sullivan County Community College and worked at the Beachcomber, then Center for Discovery, the cafeteria at SCCC and R.G’s as a chef. Adam loved to fish, cook, hanging out with nature, playing Scrabble, and he was always quick with a smile, a smooch and a hug.
He is survived by his beloved mother, Annette Wood, and his stepfather Ernest Wood of Hurleyville; his father, Norman C. Cross Jr. of Liberty; his paternal grandfather, Norman Cross Sr. of Liberty; daughter, Madison Penelope Cross of Liberty; brother, Kevin Cross and his companion, Andrea Hook, of Woodridge; niece, Kaitlyn Cross and nephews, Evin and Kaleb Cross, all of Woodridge; cousins, Jennifer Domingo and Gianna Jouret and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A Celebration of Adam’s life will be held on Tuesday November 20 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St., Liberty, NY.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. with Rev. David Coon officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Madison Cross at the First National Bank of Jeffersonville.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. For directions or to send a personal condolence to the family, please visit

Efrem Basava Weitzman
November 16, 2012

The family of Efrem Basava Weitzman of South Fallsburg, NY, regrets to announce his death on November 16, 2012. He died of cancer, at his home, after a short illness.
Born in New York City in 1925 to immigrant parents Abe and Helen Weitzman, Efrem grew to be a true renaissance man. In his youth he studied dance and art. He attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He was a recipient of both the Tiffany and Fullbright Awards. Efrem went on to have a long and distinguished career as an artist and designer of interior spaces; his work being commissioned in religious, municipal and corporate buildings across the country.
Efrem also had a long standing passion for stories and story telling. Over many years he delighted his children: Dara Klassel, Chaya Spencer, Charney (Dhruva) Weitzman, and grandchildren: Naomi and Susanna Klassel, Daniel and Sophia Spencer and Oisin and Aine Weitzman, with the stories he would create for them. He recently published one set of these stories, Daniel, Chicken and Elephant.
Besides his art and design work, Efrem also spent time as a college lecturer, therapist and professional story teller. He also composed poetry and song.
Since the 1970s he has been involved in the practice of Siddha Yoga Meditation. He spent a great deal of his time pursuing this path and doing volunteer work, seva, for SYDA Foundation. In recent years Efrem has also become a practitioner of the Japanese hands-off healing method, Semei.
Efrem is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nandini Susan Weitzman; three children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and by his brother, Bernard Weitzman and his family.
Through all his work and many endeavors Efrem has touched a vast array of people with his warmth and ever-present wit and humor. He will be sorely missed.
A public memorial for all family and friends is planned for sometime in 2013. The family has requested that instead of flowers, a donation may be made to SYDA Foundation (, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties (, or Semei Foundation (
Arrangements by Colonial-Bryant Funeral Homes & Cremations Services.

Allen Cooper, 75
April 27, 1937-November 19, 2012

Allen Cooper, 75, of Monticello died Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY, after a long illness. He was born April 27, 1937 in Monticello, New York, to William and Tillie (Goldsmith) Cooper. He grew up in Monticello and was a graduate of Monticello High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and attended Syracuse University for higher education.
Allen is survived by sons, Mitchell Cooper and wife, Doreen Cooper, of Rock Hill, NY, and Robert Cooper and wife, Joann Cooper, of Mongaup Valley, NY.; brothers, Gary and wife Peggy Cooper, Larry and wife Vivian Cooper of Mongaup Valley, and predeceased by Mort Cooper of Fremont, NE; sister, Bonnie Lloyd of Monterey, CA; aunt, Bobby Aurut of Sacramento, CA; one grandchild, Amanda Cooper of Mongaup Valley; and many nephews and nieces.
He started Cooper Paint Distributors in 1973 where he always greeted you with a smile and maybe a joke or two. He always gave back to his local community as his thank you for people who he served and loved.
Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Glen Wild Cemetery, Marsh Road, Glen Wild, New York.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello. For further service details, to leave an online condolence, or for directions to the cemetery, please visit

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