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Melissa L. Egan
Secretary, 36

Melissa L. Egan, of Beach Lake, Pa., a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Saturday, September 8, 2012 at home, with her family by her side. She was 36.
The daughter of Eric Nearing and Debora Kowalski, she was born July 6, 1976 in Monticello, NY.
Melissa was married for 10 years to Kelly Egan Jr. who survives. Melissa was a secretary for Adam S. Kutner, Esq., before her illness. She was a graduate of Narrowsburg Central School.
A family statement reads, “Melissa was a loving wife, mother, daughter and sister. We will miss her dearly.”
Survivors include her husband, Kelly, “KC”; two children, daughter, Mackenzie Egan; her son, Jacob Egan; her parents, her father, Eric Nearing of Fosterdale, NY, and her mother, Debora Kowalski and her husband, John, of the Allentown area; two brothers, Matthew Daub of Barryville, NY, Nathaniel Nearing of the Allentown area; sister, Sarah Kuritz of Allentown area; several great-uncles, great aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends are invited to call for a Celebration of Life/Memorial Service on Saturday, September 22, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lake Huntington Fire House, Lake Huntington, NY.
Donations can be made to the First National Bank of Jeffersonville, Scholarship Fund for the Children of Melissa Egan or to the Wayne Memorial Hospice Department.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY. 845-252-3901.

Julianne Elizabeth Marks Allen
March 13, 1945 - September 14 , 2012

Julianne Elizabeth Marks Allen of Roscoe, NY, passed away at home, surrounded by her family on Friday, September 14th, 2012 after a 23-year battle with cancer. She was 67.
Julie was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to Roscoe with her family in 1947. She married her high school sweetheart and continued to call Roscoe her home. Julie received an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from Becker College in Massachusetts before obtaining her license in cosmetology. In addition, she studied at the famed L'Oreal School in Paris, France, and received two diplomas, one for color and one for permanents. She owned and operated a very successful Uni-Sex hairdressing salon for 30 years.
She was involved with many organizations in her lifetime. For several years she served as the Town of Rockland's Youth Committee Chairman for the Roscoe Central School District. She served as a board member on the Sullivan County Community College Foundation Scholarship Committee and also on the Board of Directors for Sullivan-Wawarsing Rural Economic Area Partnership Corporation. She has spent the last 40 years of her life as a respected member of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee and will be honored at the 95th Jeffersonian Dinner. She has been an elected member of the NYS Democratic Committee for the last 25 years, an honor which is held by only two Sullivan County citizens.
For the last 18 years, she has worked with Congressman Maurice Hinchey as his congressional liaison to Sullivan County. She also just received the honor of SCCC “2012 Women Who Make a Difference” award for her lifetime dedication of volunteerism to the county. She spent most of her life dedicated to helping everyone.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years, Don; daughter, Laurie Allen-Kuehn of Roscoe, her husband, Perry, and her granddaughter, Elizabeth Julianne; son, Michael Allen of Callicoon, NY, his wife, Kori, and her grandchildren, Caden and Taylor; sister, Re Marks of Springfield, NJ; nieces: Jillian Marks of Springfield, NJ; Amy Marks of Wilmington, DE; Michelle Griffith of Cochranville, Pa; Merrily Lynch of Cochecton, NY; Judy Bennett of Downsville, NY; Debbie Forsblom of Checotak, OK; nephew, Frankie Wood of Walton, NY; sisters-in-law, Shirley Wood of Roscoe, Sue Marks of Chester, PA, and Patty Hendrix of Virginia Beach, VA; and many greatnieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Martin and Eleanor Marks, and brother, Steve Marks.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. on Friday, September 21 at the Harris Funeral Home on Railroad Avenue in Roscoe, NY.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11:11 a.m. in the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Beaverkill Cemetery, Beaverkill, NY.
Memorial contributions in Julie's name may be made to the Julie Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Roscoe Central School, P.O. Box 429, Roscoe, NY 12776.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Avenue, Roscoe, NY;, 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200.

Ruth M. DeFazio
April 9, 1935 – August 25, 2012

Ruth Maria DeFazio of Bethel died at home on Saturday, August 25, 2012. She was 77.
She was born to the late Hans G. DeHaas and Elizabeth Theresa Meyer DeHaas on April 9, 1935 in Berlin, Germany. She was the widow of Donald F. DeFazio, Sr. to whom she was married on September 9, 1980, and who preceded her in death.
She was a substitute teacher for the Monticello Central Schools, as well as an active volunteer with the Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corp. and a member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club. Ruth was known for her hard work ethic, a generous heart and a willingness to help people. Her strong personality and independent thinking will certainly be remembered.
Mrs. DeFazio was a loving and devoted mother to Robert (Laura) Deschambeault of Buena Vista, CO, Jeanne M. Rieber of Spring Glen, NY, Andrea (Tom) Porter of Syracuse, NY, and Karen (Frank) Bologno of Sarasota, FL. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and stepchildren, a brother, Peter DeHaas of New York City; two sisters, Anne Weichberger on New York City and Terri Housman of Palm Springs, CA , and many nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her dearly. Her generosity knew no bounds. She will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Friends Restaurant in Smallwood, NY.
Arrangements under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information please visit www.kennyfuneralhome .com

William Lawrence Pointer
Formerly of Callicoon, 51

William Lawrence Pointer of Pleasant Valley, formerly of Callicoon, NY, died on Saturday, September 15, 2012. He was 51.
Born December 6, 1960, he was the son of the late Robert E. Pointer and Eleanor Pointer of Callicoon.
Willy loved his family, music, animals, and especially talking to people and making friends.
He is survived by his brother, Richard R. Pointer, and his family; Susan, his wife, and Theresa and Richelle, daughters.
A memorial service will be held in Callicoon at a later date.
Contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Pleasant Valley.
Arrangements are by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon, NY; 845-887-4900.

David Carl Parnett, 54

David Carl Parnett, age 54, left us far too early on September 14, 2012.
Dave was a wonderful soul. He had passion for music, nature and rocks. He continually reinvented himself to pursue his dreams and happiness. “A new Dave was born.”
Survivors include his loving children: daughter, Ellen Parnett of Brooklyn, NY; son, Ian Parnett of Albany, NY; his partner in life and love, Ronda Zolli; his parents, Alvin and Tally Parnett of Kingston, NY; his brother, Mark Parnett of Ossining, NY; his sisters, Debra LaPadula (nee Parnett) of Cortlandt Manor, NY; Robyn Hildren (nee Langer) of Kingston, NY; Mindy Langer of Round Lake, IL; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins, who all loved Dave dearly.
He was predeceased by his mother, Ella Parnett (nee Field), and by his wife, Page Parnett (nee Seay).
Friends may call on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Services will be at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Dave’s memory to the Sullivan County Literacy Center or to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, 845-482-4280.

Ronald Meadow
Teacher, 57

Ronald Meadow of Liberty, New York, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Catskill Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 57.
Ron was born on December 10, 1954 in Liberty, New York to Nathan and Hennie (Klein) Meadow. His father was an optometrist and his mother was an English teacher in Liberty before marrying.
Ron graduated from Liberty High School in 1972 where he was class president. An outstanding athlete, he played varsity football, basketball, and baseball. He attended Cortland University and later transferred to Jacksonville University where he graduated with a BS in political science. After working at various jobs, including as a milkman for his family’s dairy, and working at Al Cohen’s Sport Shop for over 13 years, Ron returned to school to become a teacher and received his Master’s Degree from Mount Saint Mary’s College. He was passionate about working with kids, and even though affected by numerous health issues, he persevered and would not let it deter him from the job he loved. He taught for 18 years in Livingston Manor, first as a remedial math teacher, and more recently as a third grade teacher.
Before suffering from severe arthritis, Ron was involved in numerous activities in the Liberty area. He was a well-respected basketball official for many years and was involved in the scheduling of referees as well as being secretary/treasurer for the Basketball Referee’s Association. Over the years, Ron played on several men’s softball teams, umpired softball, and loved to play golf. Hunting and fishing were other activities he enjoyed. In addition, Mr. Meadow coached AYSO soccer and Liberty Little League teams when his children were playing. He also enjoyed working with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scout Troop 95. Each year he looked forward to being the official scorekeeper for the Annual Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby
Recent interests included cooking, gardening, and watching the Yankees.
Ron is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bambi, of Liberty; cherished daughter, Ashley of Lansdale, PA; beloved son, Ethan of Liberty; brother, Lee Meadow of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Nicci Meadow of Boston, Massachusetts; aunt, Fran Meadow of Boca Raton, Florida; cousins, nieces and nephews, as well as his four-legged friends, Lucy, Duke, Jill, Odie, and Tinker Bell.
He was predeceased by his father, Nathan; mother, Hennie, and his brother, Howard, as well as several adored pets, Seiko, Nugget, Jordan, Banana, and Jack.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello.
Burial will follow at the Liberty Cemetery. For more information please visit
The family would like to thank the nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals at Catskill Regional Medical Center who helped to care for Ron during the last three weeks of his life: “They were kind, caring, and compassionate, and we truly appreciate everything they did.”
Donations may be made to Liberty Little League. Ron often said that playing little league was a very important part of his childhood, and he wanted all kids to be able to play if they desired.
Ron’s philosophy of life was evident in a recent e-mail to family members… “No headlines, do your job well, be appreciated without being noticed.” He will be truly missed.

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