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John Rand Phillips (Randy)
Former Owner, Callicoon Saloon & Beanery, 64

John Rand Phillips (Randy) of Manchester Township, former owner of the Callicoon Saloon and Beanery, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at home. He was 64.
Son of the late Stanley K.S.Phillips and Jean Stafford Phillips, he was born December 27, 1948 in Allegan, Michigan.
Randy was a former member of the Callicoon Businessmen’s Association and the Delaware Community Center in Callicoon.
Survivors include his sister, Kate Phillips and her husband Tom Tercek; his niece, Leah Kidney; and his companion Elaine Nichols and her children, Jaret Nichols, Kjersti Nichols, Kelsey Watson and her husband Chris, Jordan Nichols and Tyler Nichols. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn Phillips.
Friends are invited to a celebration of Randy’s life to be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 at the Hortonville Fire House, Main Street, Hortonville, New York from 2-4 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home Inc., Callicoon, New York.

Albert J. Amoroso
Retired Eastman Kodak Employee, 83

Albert J. Amoroso of Livingston Manor, NY, a retired employee of Eastman Kodak and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, March 9, 2013 at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility in Liberty, NY. He was 83.
The son of the late Salvatore and Theresa Aucello Amoroso, he was born March 16, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY.
After retiring from Kodak, Al and his late wife, Rosina, had owned and operated the Remember When Antique Shop in Livingston Manor for many years. He was an avid NY Yankee fan. Albert proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.
Survivors include two daughters: Susan Caleco and her husband, Mark, of Seaford, NY and Diane Riegal and her husband, Arthur, of Livingston Manor, NY; six grandchildren: Matthew Caleco, Christopher Caleco, Jessica Caleco, Katherine Riegal, Chelsea Riegal and Sarah Riegal. He was predeceased by his wife, Rosina, in 2002.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Facility for the excellent care provided to Al since 2009.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 13 in the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, with Brother Paul Ansbro officiating.
Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery, Liberty, NY.
Memorial contributions in Albert’s name may be made to the MSBF Ministries, P. O. Box 344, Livingston Manor, NY 12758.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY, 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200 or

Albert Martin Rosenblatt
August 25, 1923 – March 12, 2013

Albert Martin Rosenblatt, a lifelong resident of Monticello, passed away peacefully March 12, 2013 at the Pine Valley Nursing Home in Spring Valley, NY. He was 89.
Son of the late Samuel Rosenblatt & Beatrice Schneider Rosenblatt, Albert was born August 25, 1923 in New York City.
Albert was proud to serve his country during WWII and was a former commander of the Jewish War Veterans in Monticello. He was also active in the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue.
He is survived by his two sons: Marc Rosenblatt and his wife, Carol, of Aventura, FL and Gary Rosenblatt and his wife, Svetlana, of Brooklyn, NY; his daughter: Susan Foxman of Cranford, NJ; two stepsons: Marc Mednick of Warwick, NY and Kevin Mednick of Albany, NY; a sister: Roslyn Sharoff of Monticello; 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held March 13, 2013 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 388 Broadway, Monticello, NY. Burial followed at the Old Liberty Street Synagogue Cemetery, Thompson Road, Monticello. Shiva will be observed at Jesse Rosenblatt’s home at 11 South Morris Lane, Scarsdale, NY.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello. To leave an online condolence, or for directions to the cemetery, please visit

Robert William Fontana
July 29, 1925 - March 10, 2013

Robert William Fontana, 87, of Ormond Beach, Fla., died peacefully at home on March 10, 2013 as a result of complications following a fall in December.
Bob was born on July 29, 1925 in Livingston Manor, New York. Bob served in the United States Navy during World War II and was injured while in service. He was honorably discharged and married his high school sweetheart, Lois Baxter, on July 3, 1945.
He and Lois raised their family in Roscoe, NY, where he was a member of Kiwanis International and the United Church. Bob worked for the New York State Department of Labor for 30 years. In this capacity, he was proud to help people find employment and showed a deep respect for working people throughout his life. In 1980, Bob and Lois retired. They moved to St. Augustine, Florida in 1988. While there, Bob served as a volunteer at Flagler Hospital. In 2000, he and Lois moved to Ormond Beach, where they lived for the remainder of his life.
In high school, he played football and basketball and worked for his father and grandfather, driving a delivery truck for the family grocery. As a boy, Bob loved fishing in the Beaverkill and Willowemoc rivers and hunting with his friends and brothers in the Catskill Mountains. In his adult life, he continued to appreciate nature, enjoying gardening and photography. He captured images of people and places across the U.S. and overseas, where he traveled with Lois, friends and family. His family members, especially his grandchildren, were among his camera’s favorite subjects.
Bob was a devoted husband, father, and friend. His three children, for whom he conveyed a great and abiding love, will always remember his delight in reciting Robert Service's “Cremation of Sam McGee.” He taught his four grandsons to fish and play hearts and was equally tireless in reading to them as playing baseball. Anyone who remembers him will recall that he tells a great story, some parts of which were invariably true. Bob made friends easily and kept them. Those who know him well recognize that he led a life marked by generosity to anyone less fortunate and an unfailing devotion to friends and family, most especially his beloved wife of 67 years.
Bob is predeceased by his parents, Frank and Genevieve (Snyder) Fontana; his sisters, Theresa Snyder (Dave), Genevieve Geckel (George); his brothers, Frank Jr. (Margaret), Charles (Rita); his grandson, Xeno Taylor-Fontana, and many dear friends. He is survived by his wife, Lois, and their children, Gary (Denise Silver) of Pebble Beach, CA, Sharon Marvin (Jerry) of Ormond Beach, Florida, Kim (Calista Smith) of Bethel, CT; his grandsons, Brent (Aileen) of Boulder, CO, Ryan (Halle) of Grand Rapids, MI, and Todd Taylor of NY, NY; brother, Ted (Barbara) of Monticello, NY and Hobe Sound, Florida; five great-grandchildren, thirteen nieces and nephews, as well as many close and caring friends. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a donation in his memory to Habitat for Humanity or a charity of their choice.

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