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Beatrice Rebecca Schoch
Retired Registered Nurse, 89

Beatrice Rebecca Schoch of Mongaup Valley, NY, passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012 in Bradley, Illinois. She was 89 years of age.
The daughter of the late Fred E. and Cecelia V. Whitlock Wood, she was born on August 27, 1923 in Mongaup Valley, NY.
Beatrice was a registered nurse and she was active in community affairs. She was a member of Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church where she was a licensed lay speaker. She belonged to Monticello American Legion Post #73 Ladies Auxiliary where she initiated scholarships, and the Sullivan County Historical Society, where she initiated the Christmas tree displays. She also served as the Town of Bethel Historian, compiling hundreds of photos and histories. In 2003, she was given the Sullivan County Historical Society Award.
Survivors include her daughter, Wilhelmina “Mimi” Meads of Boubonnais, IL; three grandchildren, Mark, Matthew and Nathaniel Meads and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Fred G. Schoch in 1998 and by her son Robert Schoch in 2008.
Visiting hours will be on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 RT 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 27 at 11 a.m. at Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church with Rev. Randy Yerkes officiating.
Burial will take place at Van Keuren Family Cemetery in Swan Lake, NY, following the services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church, RT 17B, Mongaup Valley, NY 12762.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. Kauneonga Lake, NY. To leave a personal condolence or for directions, please visit

John Hogan
Retired Lineman, 60

John Hogan of Summitville, died Sunday, October 21, 2012 at home after a two year battle with brain cancer. He was 60.
John was born March 29, 1952 in New York City and raised in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He was the son of the late John P. and Dorothy R. (Atchison) Hogan.
John served in the Navy from 1971 to 1975 and attained the rank of Petty Officer, 2nd Class. He worked for over 32 years as a lineman in the phone company (starting at AT&T and ending with Verizon) and retired in 2002. John was known for his passion for music (as evidenced by his huge album and always-growing CD collection) and enjoyed playing and studying chess. He also pursued other hobbies in retirement – he took classes in painting/drawing and loved to spend time trying out his woodworking skills (but mostly enjoyed buying lots of tools). His favorite hangout was the D’lites ice cream stand in Ellenville.
John is survived by his loving wife, Monique; his sisters: Kathleen Rozak and her husband, Nick, Mary Hogan, Margaret Cornish and her husband, Brian, Ann Frederick and her husband, Wayne, and Gloria Cunningham and her husband, Patrick; his brothers: Daniel, Matthew, Roger, Joseph, Patrick, William and Peter Hogan; his nieces: Mary Ellen Rozak, Colleen Frederick, Sarah, Molly and Grace Cunningham, and Andrea and Hannah Berg; his nephews: Nicholas and Jack Rozak; John, Liam, Brendan, James and Michael Frederick and Nathan, Adam and Jacob Berg; his sister-in-law: Danielle Berg and her husband, Alan; his aunt, Ruth Auerbach, for whom John was like a son. He will be missed by his dear friend, Timothy Paulding, his wife Victoria, and their son, James Paulding.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, NY.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012 1 p.m. at the Church of Saint Mary and Saint Andrew, 137 South Main Street, Ellenville, NY.
Burial will follow at Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery, Bloomingburg, NY 12721.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to the food pantry at the Church of Saint Mary and Saint Andrew, 137 South Main Street, Ellenville or to the Summitville Fire Company, P.O Box 296, Summitville, NY 12781.
Arrangements under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Wurtsboro. For additional information please visit

Douglas J. Smith Sr.
December 23, 1946 - October 21, 2012

Douglas J. Smith Sr., 65, a lifelong resident of Equinunk, PA, a Pipefitter/welder and a current Manchester Town Supervisor, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2012 at Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA. He was 65.
The son of the late John and Letha Baldwin Smith, he was born December 23, 1946 in Equinunk, PA. Doug was married for 47 years to his life partner, Gloria Swendsen, who resides in Equinunk.
Douglas was a graduate of Hancock High School. He is a retired member of the Pipefitters/Welders Local Union 373 in Newburgh, NY. Doug was a member of the American Welders Association, as well as the Union Lake Sportsmen Club, Equinunk Vol. Fire Dept., and the Damascus Vol. Ambulance Corps.
A family statement reads: “Doug was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. He was passionate about his family and work, and an avid hunter, trapper and outdoorsman. He is the biggest man we ever knew, even though he was only 5 foot 2. He will truly be missed, but his legacy will live on in our hearts and lives.”
Survivors include his wife, Gloria; two sons, Douglas J. Smith Jr. of Equinunk, PA, and Jeremy Smith of Philipsburg, PA; four grandchildren: Keri-Lynn Smith, Caleb Smith, Audrey Smith and Zach Knapp; his sister, Bonnie McBride of Cochecton, NY; and his two brothers: Vernon Smith of Equinunk, PA, and Donald Smith of Equinunk, PA; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and his beloved Great Dane, Mini.
Douglas is predeceased by three brothers: baby brother Richard, baby brother David, and Leon “Butch” Smith, and his baby sister Carol.
A funeral service was held Thursday, October 25, 2012 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home with Pastor Darlene Miller officiating.
Interment was made in Braman Cemetery, Equinunk, PA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Doug’s name to United Methodist Church of Braman, PA, or the Equinunk Vol. Fire Dept.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home Narrowsburg, NY, 845-252-3901.

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