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Sandra A. Bernstein
September 19, 1957 - April 14, 2013

Sandra A. Bernstein, a retired art teacher at Tri-Valley Central School and a longtime resident of Grahamsville, passed away peacefully at her home on April 14, 2013. She was 55.
Daughter of Christopher Houghton and Barbara (Whitlow) Houghton, she was born September 19, 1957 in Syracuse, NY.
Sandra worked at Tri-Valley for 30 years and was beloved by all her past students and faculty. She was a member of New York State Art Teachers Association and in 2006 received the Region 7 Outstanding Art Educator Award. She was also a yearly presenter at the NYSATA Conference.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Lenny Bernstein; two sons: John and Jimmy Bernstein, all of Grahamsville; her mother, Barbara Houghton of New Jersey; a sister, Nancy Houghton, also of New Jersey; three nieces and a nephew; and many friends. She was predeceased by her father, Christopher Southworth Houghton.
Friends and family may call on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 5-8 p.m. at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 401 Broadway in Monticello.
Her funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John’s Street in Monticello.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Isabelle Bernstein Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Tri-Valley Central School, 34 Moore Hill Road, Grahamsville, NY 12740.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home of Monticello,

Bernard P. Weiner
Former President and CEO of Miller Automatic, 90

Bernard P. Weiner of Monticello and Rock Hill NY died at age 90 on April 16, 2013 in Walnut Creek CA, where he retired ten years ago.
Bernie “Red” Weiner and his high school sweetheart, Roslyn Gordon, grew up in the Bronx. They married young, at the ages of 21 and 19, and celebrated their 66th anniversary two months before Roz passed away in August 2010.
Bernie loved history and yearned to be a chemical engineer, but discrimination against Jews and lack of family resources resulted in his obtaining his degree in business from CCNY. After serving in the Air Force in Colorado during WWII, he was one of the original “Mad Men” on Madison Avenue for 20 years.
In 1967, Bernie bought and became President and CEO of Miller Automatic in Monticello, NY, a Catskill institution founded in the 1930s. He greatly expanded the business into a full line vending company covering Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties and beyond. Bernie and Roz, the company’s chief financial officer, were leaders in providing health care and pension benefits to employees. They pioneered the use of healthy food in vending machines and started video game arcades more than forty years ago. They supported many civic causes and considered their children’s education their highest priority. They were longtime members of Orange County Golf Club in Middletown. Bernie cared about the natural environment and quality of life in the region and served on the Village of Monticello Planning Board.
At age 89, Bernie was still on the links with his kids, still a “foodie” searching out the best restaurants in the California Bay Area, and still a confirmed New Deal Democrat. Bernie is survived by son Ken and spouse Kathy, daughter Amy and spouse Debi, and grandson Josh and spouse Lily. Contributions in his memory may be made to The Whale Trail at

Deborah DiMunno
Youngsville, NY

Deborah DiMunno, an inconceivably magnificant mom and wife, resident of Youngsville, NY, formerly of Middletown, NY, left us last Sunday, April 21, 2013, in the middle of a nap.
Deborah devoted her life to raising her sons and making everyone feel loved. She had adventures. She loved Christmas, the ocean, Fiddle Faddle and snow days. Deborah was an expert on Antarctica and an armchair explorer. Deborah was psyched to be alive and tried to make everyone else feel just as excited as she was.
Deborah is survived by her sons: Adam DiMunno of Middletown, NY, and Aaron DiMunno of New York, NY; and her husband Allan Reith, Jr. at home.
If Deborah touched your life in any way, please join us in saying good-bye. There will be a viewing on Friday, April 26, 2013 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Stewart-Murphy funeral home in Jeffersonville, with a service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27 at St. George’s Church in Jeffersonville.
A celebration of life will follow at her home in Youngsville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the STAR Program, Faculty Student Association, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, c/o Taryn Aulicino, 450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1240, Brooklyn, NY 11203.
Arrangements are by the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY 12748, 845-482-4280.

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