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January 15, 2013

Emily H. Abplanalp, 93
September 29, 1919 - January 10, 2013

Emily H. Abplanalp of Swan Lake, NY, a lifetime area resident, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 93 years of age.
Mrs. Abplanalp was born on September 29, 1919, to the late Lorenz and Katharine Blaha Hyncik in New York City. She was the widow of Clifford Abplanalp. She proudly served as a civilian Air Force spotter during WWII.
Survivors include her daughter, Vivian Hanslmaier of Swan Lake, and two grandchildren, Ryan Hanslmaier and Lori Gradwohl, along with one great-granddaughter, Emily.
A funeral service was held Monday, January 14, 2013 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Liberty, NY, with Ginny Bossley officiating.
Burial followed at the Old Jeffersonville Presbyterian Cemetery in Jeffersonville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., Liberty, NY. To send a personal condolence to the Abplanalp family, please visit

Florence Rosen, 96
January 29, 1916 – January 11, 2013

Florence Rosen of Mountaindale, the manager of the former Evergreen Motel in Mountaindale, died at home on Friday, January 11, 2013. She was 96.
Florence was born in New York City, NY, the daughter of Harry and Annie Edelson Bedik. She was the widow of Herman Rosen.
She is survived by her three sons: Richard Rosen and his wife, Marie, of Florida, Ernie Rosen and his wife, Karen, of Melville, NY, and Arthur Rosen of Mountaindale; her daughter-in-law, Donna Rosen of Long Island, NY; her ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Florence was predeceased by her son, David Rosen, in 1989.
Graveside funeral services were held Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Mountaindale Synagogue Cemetery, Marsh Road, Glen Wild, NY. Rabbi Irving Goodman officiated.
For directions or to leave the family a condolence note please visit the website at
Funeral arrangements by Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Inc. Monticello, NY.

John Lang
Retired Lieutenant of NYC Fire Dept., 81

John Lang, 81, of Yulan, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died Thursday, January 10, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Place, Port Jervis, NY with his family by his side.
The son of the late Augustus and Marie Downey Lang, he was born February 27, 1931 in Queens, NY.
John was a retired Lieutenant for the New York City Fire Dept. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He also served as the Town of Highland Assessor. John was a graduate of Brooklyn Technical School.
John was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Yulan, NY. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Emerald Society. John was a past Director and life member of the Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club; a life member of the Highland Waterfowlers; a life member of the Yulan Rod and Gun Club and a member of the Yulan Fire Department. He was also a member of the 5 O’clock Club.
John is survived by his beloved companion of 30 years, Arlene Bennett of Yulan, NY; his six children, JP Lang and his wife, Janice, of Narrowsburg, NY; Michael Lang and his wife, Lisa, of Long Island, NY; Marie Lawson and her husband, Scott, of Brooklyn, NY; Margaret Poore and her husband, William, of Matamoras, PA; Richard Lang and his wife, Caroline, of Matamoras, PA; and Eileen Barriga and her husband, Jorge, of Long Island, NY; 21 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; his brother, Joseph Lang and his wife, Kay, of Kissammee, FL and Yulan, NY; his sister, Annie Tarsetti and husband, Robert, of Hobe Sound, FL; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. John is predeceased by his sister, Barbara Thomas.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, January 14, 2013 at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, Yulan, NY.
Burial was made in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Eldred, NY.
Donations may be made to the American Legion Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732 or the Yulan Fire Dept. 216 Airport Road, Yulan, NY 12792.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville, NY, 845-557-8010.

Steven C. Strasser
Formerly of Liberty, 72

Steven C. Strasser, 72, passed away unexpectedly December 20, 2012, at his home in Arvada, CO.
Born Aug. 28, 1940 in Malden, MA, he was the son of the late Allen E. and Eunice (Butler) Strasser.
He is survived by sisters, Katrina Chapman of Farmingdale, NY and Paula Strasser of North Reading, MA; brother, Allen E. Strasser, Jr. of Bretton Woods, NH; a niece, 5 nephews and 7 great-nieces and nephews.
Mr. Strasser graduated from Boulder High School in Boulder, CO, although the majority of his high school years were at Liberty Central High School in Liberty, NY. He earned a B.S. in International Business from the University of Colorado. Mr. Strasser was in the U.S. Air Force from 1958 until 1962 and served on a Mace nuclear missile launch crew at Sembach AB, Germany. Mr. Strasser had worked for McCabe Associates Consultants, Beech Aircraft, IBM, and McDonnell Aircraft. In his later years, he seemed to cherish his childhood memories of Peaks Island, Maine and spoke of them often.
Graveside interment services will be held at Forestdale Cemetery, Malden, MA on Apr. 26, 2013 at 2 p.m. His remains will be buried next to his mother and her parents, Howard and Lillian Butler.

Annamay Theresa Nappi, 76
December 5, 1936 - January 10, 2013

Annamay Theresa Nappi, 76, of North Port, Florida, formerly of Harris, NY, passed away at home on January 10, 2013 after a long illness, surrounded by her family.
The daughter of William and Elizabeth Kenny, she was born on December 5, 1936 in NYC.
Mrs. Nappi was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her beloved husband of 59 years, Vincent L. Nappi Sr.; four children, Vincent L. Nappi Jr. and wife, Dawn, of Port Charlotte, Florida, Theresa (Nappi) Oefelein and husband, James, of North Port, Florida, Gregory T. Nappi and wife, Cindi, of Midland Park, New Jersey, and Christine Nappi of North Port, Florida. She was predeceased by her firstborn infant son, Vincent L. Nappi, Jr.
Mrs. Nappi is survived by six grandchildren, Stephanie Oefelein, Allison (Oefelein) Hendrickson, Vincent L. Nappi III, Hannah Nappi, Gabrielle Nappi and Emily Nappi; two greatgrandchildren, Jayden Hedrickson and Chase Hedrickson.
Annamay was a beautiful, kind and generous person. She dedicated her entire life to her family. She will be missed by all that loved her.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, January 14, 2013 at San Pedro Catholic Church in North Port, FL, with inurnment later in Sarasota National Cemetery.
Farley Funeral Home, North Port Chapel has been selected to care for arrangements.

Conrad C. Henke
Retired from Royal Insurance Co., 90

Conrad C. Henke of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away December 30, 2012 at the age of 90.
Born December 26, 1922 in Callicoon, New York, he was the son of Bernard and Veronica Henke.
After growing up on a dairy farm in New York state, he attended Fordham University in New York City and worked for Royal Insurance Company in New York, and later, Charlotte, North Carolina, before retiring in 1989.
Upon retirement, he volunteered for literacy programs and served as a Master Gardener in Charlotte.
Conrad married Helen Kiernan in 1952. Helen, his wife of 60 years, survives him, as do his son, Rich (Christi) of Haslett, Michigan; his daughter, Suzanne Holobetz of East Lansing, Michigan; his grandchildren, Tara and Chad Holobetz of Dallas, Texas; and one brother, James Henke, of Callicoon, NY; plus many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass and burial was in East Lansing, Michigan.

Bernard Roberts Rothman, 78
September 24, 1934 - January 10, 2013

Bernard Roberts Rothman of Callicoon passed away peacefully January 10, 2013 at Geisinger CMC in Scranton, PA, surrounded by his loving family. He was 78.
Son of the late Harry and Ethel Rothman was born on September 24, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY.
Bernie was a resident of Callicoon and an exceptional salesman for the Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon for over 30 years. In his 30 years of employment he worked seven days a week and rarely missed a day, and often joked that he was retired because he worked a half day on Sundays to watch his favorite teams, the Giants and the Mets. He will be missed by many.
He was proud to have served in the Army during the Korean War and play minor league baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Besides watching the Giants and the Mets, Bernie also enjoyed spending time with his friends, reading and putting a smile on everyone’s face. If you were having a bad day, you knew if you went to see Bernie, you would leave his office with a smile.
Bernie is survived by his children: son, Laurence Rothman and his wife, Nancy, of Toronto, Canada; and daughter, Randi Berger and her husband, Scott, of Manalapan, NJ; his sister, Susan “Susie” Savin and her husband, Les, of Long Island; his beloved grandsons, Jake Rothman, Josh, Ethan and Daniel Berger, and the whole Villa Roma family.
In addition to his parents, Bernie was predeceased by his devoted companion, Mary Cullen, of Jeffersonville, NY.
Funeral services were held Sunday, January 13, 2013 in Long Island, NY.
There will be a celebration of Bernie’s life with his Family Sunday, January 20th at 11 a.m. at the Villa Roma. All who knew him are welcome.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bernie’s honor to The Seeing Eye, P.O. Box 375, Morristown, NJ 07953, (973) 539-4425,

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