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May 31, 2013

Lowell W. Heffley
Retired Teacher, 76

Lowell W. Heffley of White Sulphur Springs, a longtime resident of Sullivan County, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 76.
He was the son of the late Ralph and Edith Fister Heffley and was born on June 8, 1936 in Kutztown, PA.
Lowell was retired from his position as a Teacher for Liberty High School, where he taught from 1962 to 1996. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Liberty, NY, a member of the NYS Retired Teachers Association, and he was active in various civic and community projects.
Survivors include his two sons, Jean-Jacques Heffley and his wife, Jodi, of Bristol, VA and Jean-Philippe Heffley and his wife, Melanie, of Berlin, NY; a special friend, Ellen Jaffe of Liberty, NY; brothers, Donald Heffley of Edgewood, FL, Malcolm Heffley of Pennsylvania, Ralph Heffley of Allentown, PA, Colin Heffley of Kutztown, PA and David Heffley of Delaware; a sister, Elaine Musser of Bally, PA; five grandchildren, Jessica, Joel, Alec, Kyle and Curtis and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Simonne Gasparini Heffley and his sister, Priscilla Messick
A Funeral Mass was held at St. Peter’s Church in Liberty on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.
Burial was made in Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs, NY.
Funeral arrangements were by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc. Liberty, NY. To send a condolence to the Heffley family or for further information, please visit

Helen G. Hubert
Retired Licensed Practical Nurse, 99

Helen G. Hubert of Livingston Manor, NY, formerly of Hankins, NY, a retired Licensed Practical Nurse for Dr. M. Edward Miller and a longtime area resident, died Friday, May 24, 2013 at her home. She was 99.
The daughter of the late James A. and Marion Lockwood Goodrich, she was born December 20, 1913 in West Haven, VT.
Helen had been a Charter member of the Alan Milk VFW Post #7276 Auxiliary in Long Eddy, NY, and a Democratic Committee Person for District #2 in the Town of Fremont for many years.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Shafarzek of Charlottesville, VA; two foster daughters, Brenda Smith and her husband Scott of Livingston Manor, NY, and Sandra Grund and her husband Al of Ferndale, NY; one grandson, Karl Shafarzek, and several nieces and nephews, including Edward Bowers.
She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd “Bob” E. Hubert on July 14, 2002.
Private funeral services and burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe, NY.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Orange Sullivan Hospice 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave., Roscoe, NY, 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200,

Marilyn Verderber Meyer
April 27, 1933 - May 26, 2013

Marilyn Verderber Meyer of Sarasota, Florida and formerly of Damascus, PA, the co-owner of Capital M Realty in Damascus, PA died Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Sarasota. She was 80.
She was the daughter of the late Joseph and DorisWhitehead Verderber and was the wife of Lawrence Meyer. Marilyn was born April 27, 1933 in Suffolk County, New York.
She was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, New York.
Survivors include her husband, Lawrence Meyer of Sarasota; her daughter, Bonnie Feeler and her husband, Jesse, of Missouri; her brother, Joseph Verderber and his wife, Donna, of Roscoe; her sister, Ellie Sattler and her husband, Jack, of Tennesee; two grandsons, Shaun Verdi and Josh Feeler; several cousins and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Louis Verdi; by a sister, Anna Turk, and by a brother, Anthony Verderber.
Friends may call on Friday, May 31, 2013 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon, NY from 4-7 p.m.
The Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon. The Rev. Charles O’Connor will officiate.
Burial will be in the Callicoon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Ruth Goldberg Pollack
April 14, 1923 - May 27, 2013

Ruth Goldberg Pollack, 90, formerly of Monticello, died at her residence in Encinitas, CA on Monday, May 27, 2013.
She was born in New York on April 14, 1923, and lived in the same house on Osborne Street in Monticello for 75 years before relocating to California in 2004. She was a 1941 graduate of Monticello High School, and received a bachelor’s degree from Empire State College. She married her high school sweetheart, Rubin Pollack, in 1943. They were founding members of Temple Sholom in the 1950s.
Ruth was a warm, upbeat, optimistic person who loved to socialize and travel. When anyone asked her, “Do you want to go…” she would say yes before even hearing whether the destination was a dinner out, a day trip, or an extended vacation. Her children’s and grandchildren’s spouses, her lifelong friends, and the Mah Jongg ladies were always part of her extended family. She enjoyed art, and took painting classes throughout her life. She was an excellent cook, and enjoyed gardening, sewing, knitting, and jewelry making, turning out baby sweaters, afghans, and silver rings for everyone. She retained her wry sense of humor until the very end of her life.
Ruth was predeceased by her mother, Sarah Hannah Goldberg, and her beloved husband of 49 years, Rubin Pollack. She is survived by her 5 devoted children and their spouses, Lee Kesselman (Zev), Ron Pollack (Rinkie), Judy Pollack (Jim Ohls), Barbara Pollack (Ron Reff), and Barry Pollack (Amy), her 11 loving grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Am Israel, San Diego and Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello.
A graveside service at the Temple Sholom cemetery in Monticello was held on Thursday, May 30.
Memorial contributions may be made to Seacrest Village Employee Recognition Fund, 211 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA, to Lightbridge Hospice, San Diego, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jeffry Lee Laffey, Sr.
September 8, 1945 - May 22, 2013

Jeffry Lee Laffey, Sr., 67, of Naples, FL passed away on May 22, 2013. Born in New York, NY on September 8, 1945, Jeffry was a resident of Naples, FL and former resident of Garnerville, NY and Fremont Center, NY.
Jeffry was a pipe fitter and active member of Union Local 373 for over 30 years, a former serviceman in the United States Navy, an avid hunter and fisherman, seafood lover, and New York Giants fan. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was the son of the late Harry and Mae Laffey and is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Susan Benson Laffey, daughter Doreen (45), sons Jeffry (42) and Casey (33), and six grandchildren: Robert (16), Duane (15), Samuel (12), Ayden (6), Adyson (4), and Aryanna (3 months).
A memorial service was held in Naples, FL on May 28, 2013 at Hodges Funeral Home at Naples Memorial Gardens.
A smaller service will be in late June or early July (date TBD) in Sullivan County, NY, where he previously resided.
Memorial contributions may be made in Jeffry’s name to the Florida Cancer Specialists – Napa Ridge, 6360 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 201, Naples, FL 34119, (239) 353-6636.

Frances M. Scarvalone
Retired Teacher, 96

Frances M. Murray Scarvalone of Millis, MA, formerly of Fern­dale, NY died Monday morning, May 27, 2013 at Saint Patrick’s Manor Nursing Home in Framingham, MA after a lengthy illness. She was 96.
The daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude Powers Murray, she was born in Cadyville, NY. She was raised and educated in New York State and had been a resident of Ferndale for 53 years before moving to Millis in 2007.
After graduating from Plattsburgh State College, she taught elementary school in Liberty for over ten years. She had been a Communicant of St. Peter’s Church in Liberty and very active in the Parish, a faithful Rosarian and the church organist. She loved to be with her family and had been a caregiver to many of its members, she enjoyed traveling with her late husband, taking care of animals and was an avid reader.
Frances is survived by her two loving daughters, Patsy Divver and her husband Phil and Mary Scarvalone; her cherished granddaughters, Emily, Martha and Claire Divver; she had been the endearing “Aunt Fran” to her niece, Nancy Sanford and her husband Brian and her late nephew Kevin Travis, her grandniece and nephew, Rebecca Lachaga and her husband, Dan and Kevin Sanford and his wife Michelle and her great grandnieces, Nicole Lachaga and Audra Sanford. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Joseph Scarvalone in 2007, and by her sister, Hilda Travis.
Visitation will be Friday, May 31, 2013 from 4-7 p.m. in the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 90 Curve St., Millis, MA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 1, 2013 in St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Millis, MA.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 11:45 a.m. in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty, NY. Monsignor Edward Straub will officiate.
Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Cold Spring Road, Liberty, NY.
Memorial contributions in Frances’ name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200,

Alan ‘Doc’ R. Fried
Retired Physician, 87

Alan “Doc” R. Fried of Livingston Manor passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in his home, surrounded by his family. He was 87.
He was born in Astoria, NY, on May 18, 1926 on the kitchen table to the late Alexander and Ruth W. Horak Fried.
He spent his childhood summers at the family farm on Shandelee. Alan proudly served our country during WWII in the US Navy. In 1956, upon completion of medical school, he returned to Livingston Manor to serve as the community doctor and raise his family. Alan R. Fried was a strong supporter and activist for the environment and community health. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family
A Gathering to celebrate the life of “Doc” will be held at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center later this summer and will be announced.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Alan’s name can be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were under the direction of Colonial-Bryant Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, for further information please call 845-439-4333 or visit

Desiree Muth
Formerly of Narrowsburg

Desiree Muth, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2013. She had recently moved to New York to live with relatives.
She is survived by her daughter, Sabrina Sanchez, and some extended family. She was predeceased by both of her parents and her brother. Desiree was a longtime member of Grace Church in Callicoon, NY.
Memorial services will be held for her at Grace Church in Callicoon, NY, on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.
Condolences and sympathies can be sent to: Sabrina Sanchez, PO Box 14, Bible School Park, NY 13737.

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