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Charles J. Maas Jr.
Formerly of Cochecton, 83

Charles J. Maas Jr. of Carteret, New Jersey died on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Robert Johnson University Hospital in Rahway, NJ. He was 83.
He resided in Cochecton, NY, before moving to Carteret 46 years ago. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee in 1951. A 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps serving in the Korean War, Charles was promoted to Captain while in the Reserves. Upon returning to civilian life, he operated his family farm until 1966. Then he was employed by National Airlines and PanAm. Charles was an avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen; his two sons, James and his wife, Maria, of Howell and Jeffrey of Hamilton; his three granddaughters, Allison, Victoria and Lauren; his sister Martha and her husband, Ruffin, of Anacortes, WA; his nieces, Susan and Heidi, and nephew, Kim.
A memorial gathering was held Monday, April 8, 2013 at Synowiecki Funeral Home, 56 Carteret Avenue in Carteret.
Burial of the cremains will take place at a later date in Fosterdale Cemetery, NY.
Arrangements by Synowiecki Funeral Home, 56 Carteret Ave., Carteret, NJ 07008, 732-541-5715.

Paul Francis Yonchik Sr.
Retired Master Carpenter, 90

The Family of Paul Francis Yonchik Sr. of Hortonville, NY, announces his passing into eternal life on April 3, 2013. He was 90.
He was born on October 27, 1922 in Hurleyville, New York to Ukrainian immigrants Philip and Anna (Anastacia) Luty Yonchik.
He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Norma Wright Yonchik; his son, Paul Yonchik Jr.; a brother, John, and a sister, Mary.
A Master Carpenter by trade, he was a member of the Hudson Valley Carpenters Union #19.
Paul served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, and in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was an active member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, the Knights of Columbus Council 4478, the Catskill Detachment #652 of the Marine Corps League, VFW H.Russell Kenyon Post #5808 and the Hortonville Volunteer Fire Department.
Paul is survived by a brother, Peter Yonchik of Davenport, FL; a daughter, Zoeanne Deckelman and her husband, Charles, of Fremont Center, NY; a son, James Yonchik of Phoenix, Ariz.; his grandchildren, Sandra Deckelman of Liberty, NY, and William Deckelman of Obernburg, NY; greatgrandchildren, Michael and Jacob Feigenbutz, Ryan Davis, and Monika Deckelman; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, April 6, 2013 at St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, Church Street, Long Eddy, NY. The Reverend Charles O'Connor officiated.
Burial will be private at the convenience af the family.
Arrangements by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon, NY.

Alene Ann Ritz, 56
May 8, 1956 - April 3, 2013

Alene Ann Ritz of Lake Huntington, NY, passed peacefully on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 with her loving husband, Thomas Ritz, by her side. She was 56.
Alene was born in Nyack, NY, on May 8, 1956, the daughter of Robert F. and Virginia Brooks. She was a 1974 graduate of North Rockland High School. Alene is survived by her husband, Thomas; her mother, Virginia Brooks of Jeffersonville; two sons, Chris and daughter-in-law Sue Rodriguez of Narrowsburg, and Jimmy Rodriguez of Lake Huntington; two grandchildren, Trista Lynn and Jason Robert Rodriguez; two brothers, Robert Brooks of Lansing, Michigan, and Clifford and wife Kathleen Brooks of Thiells, NY; three nieces, Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Sarah. Alene was heartbroken by the passing of her father on November 2, 2003.
In 1994 Alene finally found her soulmate and married him in 1996. Thomas Ritz promised to be with her in sickness and in health, and that he was. Catering to her needs and loving her like no other. Tom was unselfishly by her side when she fell ill and showed care and compassion that many would envy. He earned his wings. He was her angel on earth. In 18 years together they never had a fight, always taking the time to think about what was going to be said, realizing that it could not be undone.
Alene had a heart of gold and would do anything for anybody, well, almost anybody. I'm sure she's smiling.
Alene cherished the arrival of her grandchildren, buying so many little girl clothes for Trista that her parents didn't have to. Trista Lynn was the little girl she always wanted and it showed immensely. Trista was born just four days before Alene's father passed. She mourned the loss of her father, friend, and daddy. There were not many days that she didn't think about him. Alene had a special bond with her mother and enjoyed swapping books, shopping, and just spending time talking with her. Alene loved her mom's resourcefulness.
In December 2006, her grandson Jason arrived. It was a flashback of some 25-30 years earlier when her two boys were little. It was now time for her to buy toys, trucks, tools and everything else a grandson could want.
What came at no cost for her, and touched so many of her friends and family, was her gentle smile, generosity and words that would touch our hearts forever.
When you lose someone you love, you gain an angel you know.
We love you Alene, A, Grammie A, Mom.
The Family will hold a memorial at a later date. Memorial contributions in loving memory of Alene Ritz can be made to the Cochecton Youth Commission, P.O. Box 164, Lake Huntington, NY 12752 or Town of Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 4, Lake Huntington, NY 12752.
Arrangements are by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

Jo Ann Katz
Retired Nurse, 76

Jo Ann Katz of Liberty, NY, a retired nurse and a lifelong area resident, lost her valiant fight against a brief illness on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 in the Skilled Nursing Unit at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. Jo Ann entered into peaceful rest to be with God, as her children were at her side. She was 76.
The daughter of the late Robert C. and Ruth Bengel Hutchinson, she was born September 16, 1936 in Monticello, NY.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Katz and his wife Teresa of Liberty, NY; three daughters, Nancy Katz-Parsons and her husband Raymond Rupert of Liberty, NY, Sara Kelz and her companion Robert Botsford of Grahamsville, NY, and Emily McNamara and her husband Michael of Hurleyville, NY; seven grandchildren and many very dear friends.
She was predeceased by her husband, Edward "Eddie" Katz.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 7, 2013 in the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY. Monsignor Edward Straub officiated.
Private burial was made in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Cold Spring Road, Liberty, NY.
Memorial contributions in Jo Ann's name may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200

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