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June 14, 2013

Ellen Hope Singer
Educator, Author and Editor, 60

Ellen Hope Singer was born on January 31, 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and took her last breath at her home for 30 years in Youngsville, New York, on June 9, 2013. Ellen died from ovarian cancer after nearly 9 1/2 years, during which she lived life to the fullest. Her bravery, courage and strength inspire all whose lives she touched and all whose paths she crossed.
Ellen graduated from the University of Michigan in 1975, continued her studies at Pardes Institute in Jerusalem and received her Master’s from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1980. She taught in religious schools and continued her career as a Jewish educator and author and editor of Jewish educational material.
As Vice-President, educational director and teacher at Congregation Agudas Achim of Livingston Manor, Ellen was instrumental in guiding the ritual path of this community and transmitted her energy and passion for Judaism not only to the children attending religious school and preparing for Bar and Bat Mitzvah, but to the adults as well. For thirteen years, Ellen also served as Jewish spiritual leader and teacher at the Family Foundation School in Hancock, NY.
Throughout her life, Ellen had translated her values into deeds in her work with charitable, cultural and community organizations, most notably ATZUM-Justice Works, Pardes Institute, Hadassah, BBYO, Sullivan Performing Arts, the United Way of Sullivan County, The Weekend of Chamber Music and the Catskill Art Society. Presently, she had been most interested in working with her doctors, Peter Dottino and Ann Marie Beddoe, in advancing their work in seeking equality in training, research and treatment globally for women with cancer –
Last year, Ellen and her husband Don Simkin were named Grand Marshals of the Livingston Manor Trout Parade.
She is survived by her loving husband, Don Simkin; her son, Vinny Simkin; sister, Sandra Anderson; and brothers, George Singer, Mark Singer and Stephen Singer. Her sister-in-law, Jane Simkin Smith and husband, Douglas Smith; brother-in-law, David Anderson; cousin, Amy Singer and husband Richard Einhorn; cousin, David Fleischaker and wife Pam Fleischaker; sisters-in-law Rita Singer and Michel Boynton; thirteen nieces and nephews, their spouses and children, and countless other relatives and friends will also remember dear Ellen with enduring fondness and eternal love.
Contributions in Ellen’s memory may be made to ATZUM and For contributions to, kindly write your checks to the Livingston Manor Community Center (LMCC). All contributions may be sent to LMCC, c/o Don Simkin, PO Box 312, Youngsville, NY 12791, with the selected charity in the memo. LMCC, a 501c(3) charity, is charged with distributing these funds.

Susan M. Joyce, 67

Susan M. Joyce, age 67, of Totowa, NJ, passed away May 22, 2013 at home. Born on December 12, 1945 to the late Bruno and Ann Jacques, she was the sister of Robert, Richard and Joanne. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her. She spent her life as a homemaker, caring for her family and her beloved pets.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, John T. Joyce; her children, John Joyce and his wife, Kristine, of Hazel, NJ; James Joyce and his wife, Cevil, of South Orange, NJ; Susann Potter and her husband, Russell, of Glen Spey, NY; and Joseph Joyce of Totowa, NJ; her nine grandchildren, whom she loved dearly: Mike, Meghan, Quinlan, Johnny, Veronica, Joseph, Michael, Stella and Chelsea. She is also survived by her many brothers and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews of the Joyce family.
Private arrangements were held in Clifton, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Boro of Totowa First Aid Squad, Inc., PO Box 619, Totowa, NJ 07511 or the ASPCA.

Esta Suzzette Rudman
October 26, 1923 - June 12, 2013

Esta Suzzette Rudman, a longtime area resident of Monticello and retired cosmetician for several of the former famed Sullivan County resorts, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2013 at the Achieve Rehab and Nursing Center in Liberty, NY. She was 89.
The daughter of the late William Braunstein and Gussie Kirschman Braunstein, Esta was born on October 26, 1923 Brooklyn, NY.
In addition to her parents, She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Rudman and her her sister, Mimmie Kay.
Funeral services for Esta will be held on Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10:00am at the Cedar Park Cemetery, Paramus, NJ.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home of Monticello. For additional information please visit

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