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August 27, 2013

Joseph A. Roseo
Retired Owner of Rockland House, 71

Joseph A. Roseo of Roscoe, NY and Ft. Myers Beach, FL, the retired owner of the Rockland House in Roscoe, NY, and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY with his family at his side. He was 71.
The son of the late John and Alexandra Fucci Roseo, he was born October 24, 1941 in Liberty, NY.
Joe was a member of the Roscoe Kiwanis Club and the Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include one son, Thomas J. Roseo and his wife Marea of Roscoe, NY; one daughter, Nicole Bishop of Roscoe, NY; one sister, Tina Pinkosz of Kingston, NY; four grandchildren, Alexandra, Micaela, Paige and Taylor; his mother-in-law, Vera Nannery; and his cherished companion, Anita Robertson. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia A. Nannery Roseo in 1996 and by a daughter, Christine M. Roseo in 1968.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Gate of Heaven Church, Highland Ave., Roscoe, NY. Father Edward Bader officiated.
Burial was made in the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe, NY.
Memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to the R & R Volunteer Ambulance Corp., P. O. Box 321, Roscoe, NY 12776.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave. Roscoe, NY, 607-498-4929 or 845-439-5200

Mary Cypert Mentnech
August 21, 1917 - August 21, 2013

Mary Mentnech of Woodbourne, NY, departed this life on her 96th birthday with her family at her side. Mary was the first child born to Anthony and Myrtle Kracht Cypert on August 21, 1917. She met her husband Arthur in the church choir and soon were married. Art and Mary were married 57 years prior to his death in 1994.
Together they owned and operated until retirement, Art's Garage on Grahamsville Road in Woodbourne. Mary was a lifelong parishioner of the Immaculate Conception Church and a past member of the Altar and Rosary Society. Along with her dear friend Ann Dill, she decorated the church on every Friday and holiday. "Aunt Mary" was best known for her homemade rolls and ability to grow just about anything. She always attributed to her gardening and ability to grow anything, from her wonderful childhood on the family farm on Cypert Road. Grandma loved the little ones, so every child, grandchild and great grandchild was wrapped in Grandma's love at night, warmly embraced by her soft and plump hand-pieced quilts.
Mary was blessed with seven children, all surviving: three sons: James (Irma) Mentnech, John (Pam Henning) Mentnech, Tony (Trisha) Mentnech, all of Woodbourne; four daughters: Anne (Homer) Waring of San Antonio, TX, Jane Hammer, Judi (Al) Gerow, all of Woodbourne, and Alice (Paul) Edelman of Monticello; her grandchildren: Bonnie Lewis, Janet Hubbert, Patti Milisauskas, Phillip, Scott, Keith, Brian, Peter and Misty Mentnech, Jodi Kanatzar, Jenni Huffman, Sara Smith, Carol Kinard, Lori Brazzill, Vickie Kiakis, Judi Ann Cole, Andi Hammer, Nikki Wallace, Tracey Caldwell, Aimee Pittaluga and JR Edelman; great grandma to 46, AKA Grandma M and M or Bulldog as she was so lovingly called by some; and Great Great Grandma of two. She is also survived by her brother, Walter Cypert of Woodbourne, and a sister, Thelma Misko of Grahamsville, and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brothers, Paul and David Cypert; a sister, Rita Hotchkin; and her loving grandson, Lee Hammer.
“Our mother worked very hard her entire life. She gave us lots to be thankful for and was a very strong woman. Special thanks go to Dr. Butler of Catskill Regional Medical Center for her loving and tender care.”
Her Funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, August 26 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Woodbourne with Fr. John Lynch officiating.
Burial was made in the Mentnech Family plot of St. Michael's Cemetery in Ulster Heights.
Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Mary's daughter, Alice Edelman, in association with VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello and Harris Funeral Home of Liberty.

Joseph D. Yannetta
Retired from NYSDOT, 78

Joseph D. Yannetta of Woodridge, NY, a retired NYS Dept. of Transportation employee and a long time area resident died Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. He was 78.
The son of the late Joseph and Concetta Taffuri Yannetta, he was born March 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, NY.
Joseph had been employed at Pilgrim State Hospital in Long Island before going to work as a bridge maintainer for the State DOT, later he was a driver for state officials, transporting them from Long Island to Albany. After retirement he moved to Sullivan County where he was active in the North Branch Fire Department, the Livingston Manor Lions Club, and the Woodridge Senior Citizens. He had attended services at the Woodridge Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ola M. Woodcock Yannetta, at home; a daughter, Geraldine Twomy; four sons, Joseph, Jr., Steven, Mario and his wife Angela, and David and his wife Jill of Jeffersonville, NY; five grandsons, two granddaughters, and one great granddaughter; three step daughters, Sandra Jones, Pennie Mercado, and Candy Zimmerman; five step grandchildren, and two step great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Mario, and a sister, Angelia.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 27, 2013 from 4-7 PM in the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY.
Funeral services will be Tuesday evening at 7 PM in the funeral home. Father Joseph Juracek will officiate.
Burial will be private in Calvary Cemetery, Youngsville, NY.
Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Woodridge United Methodist Church P. O. Box 92, Woodridge, NY 12789.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Harris Funeral Home, West St. at Buckley, Liberty, NY. 845-292-0001 or 845-439-5200.

Judy J Gabriel
Formerly of Kauneonga Lake, 67

Judy J Gabriel, age 67, of Arkdale, Wisconsin passed away on August 24, 2013 and went to be with her Lord.
Judy was the daughter of Herman and Minerva Wells Reinshagen of Kauneonga Lake. Upon graduating from Cornell University, she continued working on her family’s farm, Reinshagen Farms, and will always be remembered for her strawberry shortcakes at the annual Greenhouse Open House. On November 28, 1970, she married the boy next door, Douglas Gabriel and had four children. Judy spent many hours with her children at sporting events, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, AYSO soccer, Dairy Princess, driving lessons and more! If farming in New York wasn’t challenging enough, she moved with her husband to Boise City, Oklahoma in 2000 and then on to Friendship, Wisconsin in 2009, establishing a successful greenhouse at each location. Along the way, she met wonderful people through her Red Hat Society, Eta Alpha sorority and church congregations.
Continuing to celebrate Judy’s life are her spouse, Douglas, four children and spouses; Wayne Gabriel, Glenn and Roberta Gabriel, Daren and Robyn Gabriel and Tammy and Matt Stiene; three grandchildren; her mother, Minerva Reinshagen; sister, Debra Bennett; and brother, Raymond Reinshagen.
She was preceded in death by her father, Herman Reinshagen, and sister, Ruth Decker.
A gathering will be held on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Trinity Congregational Church in Adams, Wisconsin at 2:00 p.m., praising and celebrating Judy’s life.
In lieu of flowers, commemorating gifts may be made to Kauneonga Lake United Methodist Church, County Rd. 141, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749; Felt United Methodist Church, 1st & Madison, Felt, OK 73937; or Trinity Congregational Church, 148 N. Grant St., Adams, WI 53910.
Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. Judy, you will walk by us each and every day!
Roseberry's Funeral Home is assisting the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

Patricia Thorpe Parmele
Formerly of Roscoe, 88

Patricia Parmele, formerly of Roscoe, NY, died Monday, August 5, 2013 at the Hyder House Family Hospice Center in Dover, New Hampshire after a short illness. She was 88.
She was born in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York on July 14, 1925. She attended Hunter High School and Hunter College, receiving a degree in English, and worked as a secretary in New York City during and after World War II.
Pat lived for 40 years in her beloved home on Dutch Hill in the Catskill Mountains in Roscoe, New York, raising her family and then continuing to have a wonderful life there with her husband Harry until his death in 1999. She stayed on alone at the top of the mountain for 8 more years. She loved animals, and fed the deer every day out of 50 lb. bags of feed she got at the local Agway store in Callicoon.
Pat moved to New Hampshire in 2007 after realizing very reluctantly that going it alone was no longer possible. She had been an avid golfer from the time she was a teenager, and the discipline this imposed was evident in her later years, when she could be seen out walking every day, regardless of the weather. This last chapter of her life turned out to be one that was filled with love, as her family got to experience in a deeper way what an independent but also selfless and caring person she truly was. She loved being alive to the very end.
Family members include her stepson, Ken Parmele of Saratoga, NY; her step-daughter, Victoria Parmele of Northwood, NH; her step-daughter, Jean Ackerly of Plum Island, MA; her two grand-daughters, Lily and Julia Ackerly of Newburyport and Plum Island, MA; and her niece, Charlotte Vitale, Franklin, NY.
She was predeceased by her son, Bob Parmele, and her husband, Harry Parmele.
A Celebration of Pat’s life will be held in Roscoe, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, during the month of September.
An online memorial has been created at Remembrances of Pat can be left there. http://pat-parmele.gonetoo
Donations in Pat’s memory can be made at JeanAckerly to help fundraise for Jean Ackerly’s participation in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Disease, in Portsmouth New Hampshire on September 29th.

Robert ‘Bob’ Rossal
Retired Dairy Farmer and Truck Driver, 94

Robert “Bob” Rossal, a lifelong resident of Bethel, NY, passed away on Friday, August 23, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family. He was 94 years of age.
Bob was the son of the late Robert J. and Margaretha Boucher Rossal. He was born on July 26, 1919 in Bethel, NY. He was a retired self-employed dairy farmer and truck driver, a 74-year member of the White Lake Fire Dept. and a member of the Dairymen’s League.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Hilda Bruning Rossal, at home; son, Jon R. Rossal, at home; stepson, Robert Bruning and his wife Karen of Bainbridge, NY; daughters, Arlene Hillriegel and her husband Robert of Fremont Center, NY and Jane M. Wall and her husband James of Cochecton, NY; 12 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 32 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Maye Menhesin and Olga Konopaf.
A Firematic Service by the White Lake Fire Dept. was held Sunday, August 25 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 State Rt 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749.
Funeral services were held Monday, August 26, 2013 at the funeral home with the Rev. Paul Hagedorn officiating.
Burial was made in Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY.
Arrangements are by Ramsay’s Funeral Homes Inc., Kauneonga Lake, NY. To send an online condolence, please visit

Francis E. ‘Huggie’ Huggins
Owner of Huggins Sales & Service, 77

Francis E. “Huggie” Huggins of Jeffersonville, NY, a lifelong resident and owner of Huggins Sales & Service of Jeffersonville, died Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Callicoon, NY. He was 77 years of age.
The son of Jerry and Mildred Muthig Huggins, he was born November 13, 1935 in Parksville, NY. He was married to Delores DePew Huggins.
He was a member of the Happy Footers Square Dance Club.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Delores DePew Huggins, at home; his children, David Huggins and his wife Dana of Leesburg, VA, Donna Dermont and her husband Mark of Kenoza Lake, NY, Teresa Lloyd and her husband Mark of Winchester, VA, and Julie Burlingame of Cochecton, NY; grandchildren, William (Molly) Dunne, Brian (Alexis) Dunne, Delores (Deven) Cunningham, Matthew Burlingame, James Burlingame, Vanessa (Joshua) Smith, Andrew Lloyd, Krysten Cunningham, Geoffrey Cunningham, John Huggins and Harrison Huggins; five great-grandchildren, Annaliese, Jordyn, Michael, Rylie and Alyessa; one brother, Bruce Huggins and his wife Lisa of Dunnellon, FL; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Amanda Lloyd.
Funeral services were held Sunday, August 25, 2013 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice.

Paul B. Mikulak Jr.
Owner of Honesdale Fire Equipment, 58

Paul B. Mikulak Jr. of Cherry Ridge Township, Pennsylvania, owner of Honesdale Fire Equipment died Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Scranton Regional Medical Center. He was 58.
Son of the late Paul Basil Mikulak Sr. and Faye Schwab Mikulak, Paul was born June 12, 1955 in Carbondale, PA.
Paul was a member and Past Chief of Hose Company #1 of the Honesdale Fire Department.
Paul is survived by his son, William Mikulak and his wife Becky of Beach Lake; his three grandchildren: Damian, Jaidyn and Lucas Mikulak; by his companion, Christy Alekson; by his sister, Leslie Cordaro; by his four brothers, Ted Mikulak, Gregory Mikulak, Peter Mikulak and Sam Mikulak and several nieces and nephews.
At Paul’s request, there will be no calling hours.
A Memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 414 Church Street, Honedale, PA at 10 a.m.
Internment will take place in the family plot in the Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home Inc., Callicoon, New York, 845-887-4900.

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