Nathan G. Hand
Nathan Hand died Sunday, September 2, 2012, in Princeton, NJ, after a brief illness. He was 103 years old. He had lived a long and full life as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, a respected lawyer, and an avid outdoorsman.
He was born Nathan Gadalia Kleinhandler on September 21, 1908, in New York City, the youngest child of Alter and Civia Kleinhandler. He attended schools in Brooklyn and studied law at St. John’s, and worked a variety of jobs in the city, including driving a taxi, owning a candy factory, and running a machine shop as part of the Manhattan Project during World War II. Tired of urban life, he moved to the Catskills in the late 1940s, where he built and operated a bungalow colony in Bushville and started a private law practice. For many years, he was a lawyer in Monticello, New York, serving as Director of Sullivan County Legal Services in the late 1960s, and continuing to practice into his late 90s. He also was involved in various civic, sporting, and charitable organizations. In 2005, he moved to Acorn Glen in Princeton, where he made new friends who appreciated his youthful spirit and feisty personality.
He was blessed with an adventurous, indomitable mind and body. He hunted, fished, swam, waterskied, downhill skied, biked, and played tennis and golf. As a young man, he drove a fast 1918 Indian motorcycle through the streets of Brooklyn, and he survived a multi-day coma following a car crash in the 1930s. He was active in the ski patrol and competed in senior downhill ski races into his 80s. He became an airplane pilot at age 65, and enjoyed telling the story of the time when he made an emergency landing on a highway in Pennsylvania after running low on fuel.
His wife, Frances, died in 2005. He is survived by his daughter, Susanne Hand, of Princeton, NJ; his grandsons, Rafe Kinsey and Alex Kinsey; his son-in-law, David Kinsey; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, September 4 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello. Rabbi Endre Stamler officiated.
Burial was in the Brotherhood Cemetery in Monticello.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Jewish World Service, www.ajws.org, or Ultimate Peace, www.ultimatepeace.org.
Retired DMV Clerk, 94
Lillian Sedletsky, a 71-year resident of Bethel, NY, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at the age of 94.
The daughter of the late Edward C. and Lillian Shaw Elsworth, she was born on February 8, 1918 in Glen Rock, NJ.
Lillian was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church and the Bethel Presbyterian Church Ladies Guild. Lillian had worked as a clerk at the Sullivan County Department of Motor Vehicles in Monticello, NY.
She is survived by her son, Robert DuBois, and his wife, Joanne, of Lawrenceburg, KY; her daughter, Nancy Brown, and her husband, Jerry, of Jeffersonville, NY, and her five grandchildren, Catherine DuBois, Janene DuBois, Stephen DuBois, Todd Brown and Brendon Brown.
She was predeceased by her husbands, Emerson DuBois and Stephen A. Sedletsky, and by her brother, Edward C. Elsworth Jr.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 Rt 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY.
Funeral services will be on Monday, September 10 at 11 a.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home.
Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Rt. 17B, Bethel.
Memorial contributions in Lillian’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. Kauneonga Lake, NY, 845-583-5445.
Matthew J. Hargadon, 60
Matthew J. Hargadon, age 60, of Port Jervis, NY, passed away, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012 at Port Jervis. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.