BERTHA E. BAKER
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
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
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.
IRENE M. FIMOGNARI
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
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
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
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
FLOYD E. MILLER
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
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.
LYNDA M. MITCHELL
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
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.
ALBERT E. THONY
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
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
THOMAS W. VanHORN
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.