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BRISCOE — Bertha E. Baker of Briscoe, a retired schoolteacher in the Jeffersonville-Youngsville School District and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, March 20, 2000, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe. She was 97.

Daughter of the late John and Anne Darling Miller, she was born April 21, 1902, in Briscoe. She was the widow of Olin Baker.

A graduate of Oneonta Normal School, she taught in many one-room schools in the area.

She was a member of the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church and its choir, a Sunday School teacher and a substitute preacher and was a former member of the Hurd Settlement Church in Bethel. A book of her poetry entitled "The View From Hurd Road" was published in 1994.

Survivors include a niece (stepdaughter), Marilyn Nezelek and husband Chester of Northport, FL; a grandnephew, Robert Nezelek, and a grandniece, Margaret Nezelek; dear friends and good neighbors.

Services were held at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Robert McLeod officiated. Burial was in the Fayerweather Cemetery in Briscoe.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church in Jeffersonville.


KAUNEONGA LAKE — Irene M. Fimognari of Kauneonga Lake, a former personal secretary to the business manager of Monticello Central Schools and a 30-year area resident, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, in Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 70.

Daughter of the late Frank and Pauline Gobel Podest, she was born December 25, 1929, in New York City.

She was a member of St. Peter’s RC Church in Liberty, past president of the Bethel Republican Club and a member of the Sullivan County Cooperative Extension.

Survivors include her husband, Albert W. Fimognari Sr., at home; two sons, Albert W. Jr. of Smallwood and Robert of Limerick, PA; a daughter, Therese of Liberty; a sister, Joan Oktavec of Higganum, CT; and 11 grandchildren.

Services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute, 1275 York Ave., New York, NY 10022.


HAWLEY — Mary Flederbach of Hawley died Friday, March 17, 2000, at Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale.

Daughter of the late Stanislaus and Pauline Karp Woliski, she was born in Scranton. She was the widow of Francis Flederbach.

She was a member of the Queen of Peace RC Church in Hawley and was a loving aunt to her many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held in Queen of Peace RC Church in Hawley. The Rev. William B. Healey, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.


COCHECTON — Elsie Griemsmann of Cochecton, a retired chambermaid at the Recreation Farm Society in Fosterdale, died Wednesday, March 2, 2000, at the Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty. She was 88.

Daughter of the late Martin and Bertha Brecht Braun, she was born April 19, 1911, in Philippsburg, Germany. She was the widow of Ernest Griemsmann.

Survivors include her dear friends, Wolfgang and Susan Blanke of Cochecton.

Private graveside services were held at the Fosterdale Cemetery in Fosterdale.


YOUNGSVILLE — Frances Lupo of Youngsville, a pharmacist and a 19-year area resident, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, in the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. She was 95.

Daughter of Maria and Sebastian Lo Presti, she was born February 6, 1905, in Messina, Italy. She was the widow of Dr. Domenic Lupo.

She grew up in New York City and Long Branch, NJ. She graduated from the Columbia University School of Pharmacy and worked as a fragrance and cosmetic consultant for Saks Fifth Avenue for 14 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Maria Lupo Grimaldi of Youngsville; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Julia Grimaldi of Boston, MA; a granddaughter-in-law, Stephanie Levine Grimaldi of Boston; and a great-grandchild, Matthew Grimaldi of Boston.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Francis Church. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, both in Youngsville.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Roscoe Community Nursing Home, the Youngsville Firemen’s Auxiliary or the Jeffersonville Ambulance Corps.


HONESDALE — Floyd E. Miller of Honesdale, a 29-year charge guard supervisor at Farview State Hospital and a former bus driver for the Wallenpaupack School District, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at home. He was 72.

Son of the late Farmer and Florence Hessberger Miller, he was born March 22, 1928, at Welcome Lake.

He was a graduate of Hawley High School, Class of 1946 and was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in the Heavy Armored Division. He lived for a while in Lyndhurst, NJ where he was active in the Boy Scouts and was a member of the Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus, Third Degree in Lyndhurst. After returning to this area he was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale; coached Little League Baseball, Teeners League Baseball and Missy League Softball; loved hunting and fishing; and bowled for many years at Miller’s Friendly Tavern in Welcome Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Brussell Miller; a daughter, Diane Abbott of Honesdale; three sons, Dennis and wife Donna of Forest City, Douglas and wife Tanya of Honesdale, and Donald and wife Maria of Waymart; two brothers, Glenford of Chenango Forks and Robert of Welcome Lake; two sisters, Ruth Case of Welcome Lake and Jean Avery of Beach Lake; nine grandsons; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Daniel; two brothers Raymond and Russell; and half brothers, Frank Orr, Walter, Clauss and Garnet Miller.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston, PA 18460 or St. Vincent’s Library, 329 Cliff Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.


MONTICELLO — Lynda M. Mitchell of Monticello, a librarian at the Crawford Public Library in Monticello and a longtime area resident, died Friday, March 24, 2000. She was 55.

Daughter of the late Arthur and Alice Olsen Blon, she was born September 27, 1944, in Stamford, CT.

Survivors include three sons, William of Upper Saddle River, NJ, David of Germantown, MD and Ryan of Salisbury, MD; a daughter, Lynette of Liberty; and two grandsons, Michel and Matthew.

Services were held at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello. The Rev. Rosemary Smith officiated. Cremation took place at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the E.B. Crawford Public Library, 187-189 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701.


JEFFERSONVILLE — Albert E. Thony of Jeffersonville, a dairy farmer and lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, in Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City. He was 76.

Son of Arnold and Ruth Lawrence Thony, he was born June 19, 1923, in Jeffersonville.

He was treasurer of the Sullivan County Creamery Co-op Association; member and past trustee of Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church; member of Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District; was a Cornell Cooperative Extension Service Committeeman; former member of Farmers Home Administration; and a 50-year member and past president of the Stony Brook Hunting Club.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Hessenauer Thony, at home; a daughter, Karen Thony Brannick of Latham; two sons, Richard and Albert, both of Jeffersonville; three sisters, Hazel Hull of Tyler Hill, A. Helen Hughson of Jeffersonville and Elma Hansen of Liberty; four grandchildren, Sarah and Andrew Thony, Michael Sylvester and Jeffrey Brannick; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Herbert.

Services were held at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Robert McLeod officiated. Burial was in Jeffersonville Presbyterian Cemetery.


ELDRED — Thomas W. VanHorn of Eldred, a sub-contractor for Martell Home Builders in Sparrowbush and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, March 19, 2000, at home. He was 34.

Son of James and Lee Couch VanHorn, he was born March 1, 1966, in Port Jervis.

He was a member of the Sparrowbush Fire Department and the Highland Lake Fire Department.

Survivors include his wife, Fawn Hulse VanHorn, and a son, TJ, both at home; his father; his mother and stepfather, Lee and Clifford Space of Huguenot; two brothers, Clinton of Matamoras and James J. of Huguenot; two sisters, Jamie Swingle of Sparrowbush and Dorothy VanHorn of Port Jervis; and nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home. The Rev. Daniel Kantenwein officiated. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newbugh, NY 12550.

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