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Memorial service for William L. Pointer

William Lawrence Pointer of Pleasant Valley, formerly of Callicoon, NY, died on Saturday, September 15, 2012. He was 51.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at St. James Episcopal Church at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow in the church hall. Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon, NY; 845-887-4900.

Pauline Orr
Homemaker, 85

Pauline Orr of Youngsville, NY, a homemaker, died Monday, September 24, 2012 at home. She was 85.
The daughter of John and Julia Radvononsky Christoff, she was born June 12, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY. She was married to the late William C. Orr.
She was a member of the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens and the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Diane Hughson and her husband, Jim, of Jeffersonville, NY; two sons, Michael Orr and his wife, Kathy, of Silver Creek, WA, and William Orr and his wife, Gerri, of Youngsville; her grandchildren: Jamie Hughson; Brian Orr and his wife, Kelly; Kevin Orr; Colleen Corral and her husband, Manny; Kate Franke and her husband, Chris; Melissa Tenous and her husband, Andy; Rob Orr and his wife, Stephanie; Nicole Brennie and her husband, Bobbie; and Nicholas Kehrley and his wife, Nicole; one brother, William Christoff of Youngsville; and two nephews, Alan and Timothy Christoff. In addition to her husband, Pauline was predeceased by her daughter, Linda Kehrley; her granddaughter, Lauren Hughson; and her brothers and sisters, Robert, Madeline, Georgette and John.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church, Jeffersonville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church, the American Cancer Society, or to St. Judes Childrens’ Hospital.
Burial will be in the Greenhill Cemetery, Youngsville, NY.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY; 845-482-4280.

Edward James Schmieder, 85
November 27, 1926 - September 21, 2012

Our heavenly Father called home the gentle soul of Edward James Schmieder on Friday, September 21, 2012, while residing at St. Catherine Laboure’ Manor. Family and friends surrounded this devout Roman Catholic during his final weeks where he welcomed their visits, their prayers of thanksgiving for a life well led, and their loving words of comfort. Edward died precisely at 3:00 p.m. last Friday while his nephew, George, and niece, Mary, were praying the Divine Mercy at his bedside.
Mr. Schmieder was born in Valley Stream, New York, where he was the youngest of four brothers. A veteran of World War II, he continued his military service as part of the occupational forces in Germany from 1945 through 1947. All four brothers served in the United States military, each in a different branch of the service, all engaged in combat, all returned home safely. Later, Mr. Schmieder would become a vital member of the Jergens Corporation’s sales team where, after 37 years, he retired in 1991 as their Northeast Regional Manager. A lifelong bachelor, Mr. Schmieder would eventually follow his nephew, Dr. George J. Schmieder, to live in Jacksonville, FL, where he has been a resident for nearly 20 years. While in Jacksonville, Mr. Schmieder was comforted in his golden years by Dr. Schmieder, his wife, Dr. Mary E. Schmieder, and their four children, Shawn, Katherine, Mary Grace and Christa. His retirement years were filled with the activities of a loving great-uncle to his extended family as well as numerous hours of devotion spent at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Bishop John Snyder High School.
Mr. Schmieder is preceded in death by his parents, William and Lorretto, and two older brothers, William and George. Mr. Schmieder is survived by his sole remaining brother, Joseph (Long Island, NY); nephews, Dr. George Schmieder and Kevin Schmieder; nieces, Christine Speicher, Deborah Schmieder and Carol Adamo; 7 great-nephews and 7 great-nieces.
A Rosary service was held September 26 at Hardage/Giddens Funeral Home, 5753 Blanding Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, 32244 (904) 777-5727.
Funeral services will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Obernburg, NY, 12767, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Thanks Mom and Dad Fund, 40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY; 845-482-4280.

Nydda B. Lowery, 84

Nydda B. Lowery, 84, formerly of Liberty, NY, died peacefully, July 16, 2012, surrounded by her loving family in Bangor, Maine. Nydda was a gracious loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She was born Jan. 22, 1928, in Houlton, daughter of Emerald Jasper and Ruth H. (Wilkins) Barker. Nydda and her husband, Leland Lowery, celebrated 62 years of marriage April 9, 2012. Nydda and Leland lived in Liberty during Leland’s tenure as Special Agent for the FBI, Monticello Office.
Nydda is survived by her brother, Elwood Barker and wife, Barbara, of Farmingdale; brother, Richard Barker and companion, Carmeline Dickinson, of Easton; brother-in-law, Carlton Lowery and wife, Loretta, of Florida; son, Steven Lowery and wife, Tammy, of High Rolls, NM; daughter, Susan Hamlin of Liberty, NY; son, Michael Lowery and wife, Kathryn, of Delmar, NY; son, Kenneth Lowery of Monticello, ME; daughter, Christine and husband Roscoe Perham II, of Greenfield, MA; grandchildren, Ian Lowery, and wife, Katie, David Hamlin and wife, Vanessa, Colleen DeCiel and husband, Christopher, Erik Lowery and wife, Jennifer, Kurt Lowery, and Maxwell, Thomas and Helen Perham; and great-grandchildren, Kayden and Brenna Hamlin, Christoher DeCiel Jr., Hannah Lightfoot, and Penelope Lowery. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters, Jeanne and husband, Robert Clark, and Joyce and husband, Irving Maddocks; and son-in-law, Keith T. Hamlin.
A memorial service was held in July in Maine.
A private interment will be held October 7 at Peter’s Cove Cemetery, Orient, Maine.
Arrangements were by Brookings-Smith of Bangor. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Edward W. Kraus, 98
December 18, 1913 - September 25, 2012

Edward W. Kraus of Narrowsburg, NY, a lifelong resident, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. He was 98.
He was born in Narrowsburg, NY, on December 18, 1913 to the late Anthony and Elizabeth Korn Kraus.
Edward attended school in a one room school in Lava, NY. He grew up on his father’s farm and boarding house in Narrowsburg. The farm was also a training camp for many well known boxers of that day. Ed was quite busy working on the farm and serving as a sparring partner with many well-known boxers of that day including Gene Tunney, (Heavyweight Champ of the World) who was at the farm in 1927. Ed served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. His career included operating a poultry farm, working for Rudy Reers Gas Service, driving school bus for many years for Narrowsburg Central School and was also a superintendent of Highways for the Town of Tusten in addition to serving on the Tusten Town Board as a councilman. Ed was instrumental in bringing cable television to Narrowsburg when he partnered with Dr. John Stirna and Josephine Gerrity on that venture. It was called NCTV. In later years, he mowed many lawns in the area and was seen by many faithfully caring for the Glen Cove Cemetery. He also plowed snow. He was predeceased in death by his first wife, Rita Kraus; son, James Kraus; brothers: Joseph Kraus, Charles Kraus and his sister, Catherine Downey.
He is survived by his second wife of many years, Dorothy Kraus; his son Michael Kraus and his wife Monica of Ft. Myers, FL, grandchildren Rita Kraus and great-grandchildren Kathlin and Jasmine, Michael and the late Misty Kraus and great-grandchildren Michael and Destiny, Charles and Amanda Kraus, and Lora and James Farrell, all of Ft. Myers; his son Edward Kraus and his wife Doreen of Narrowsburg, granddaughters: Cindy Odell and her husband Chip and great-grandchildren Brittany and Lauren of Bethany, PA; Susan Jones and her husband Harold of Binghamton, NY, and great-grandchildren Harold, Morgan and Megann, grandson Douglas Kraus of Wyoming; Dot’s daughters, Diane Cortese Daly, grandchildren: Mike Daly and his wife Tisha, great-granddaughter Mia, and daughter Debbie Cortese, granddaughters; Erin Inglis and Jenna Samuel; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday October 20, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. The Rev. William Scully, O.F.M., will officiate.
Burial of his cremains will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.
Donations may be made in his name to St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, 151 Bride St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764 or the Tusten Vol Ambulance Service Inc., P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, 845-252-3901.

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