NARROWSBURG — Stuart Ackerson of Narrowsburg,
a self-employed farmer, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000 at Wayne
Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 77.
Son of the late Stuart Jacob and Helen Fleetwood
Ackerson, he was born September 27, 1922 in Oak Ridge, NJ.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Hardyston,
NJ and an honorary Vernon, NJ Township fireman.
Survivors include a daughter, Diane Sanders of
Vernon; a son, Pete of Lake Wallenpaupack; a brother, Ralph of
Spartonburg, SC; a sister, Jeanette Potter of Ohio; four grandchildren;
a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held in July.
Cremation took place at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten
Volunteer Ambulance, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
PAUPACK — Paul B. Buehler of Paupack, owner and
operator of Buehler’s Idlewild Inn and a former 31-year supervisor
for Palmyra Township, Pike County, died Wednesday, June 7, 2000
in Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 74.
Son of William Buehler and Louise Timmerman Buehler,
he was born in Honesdale.
He was a member of the Paupack United Methodist
Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; was a
board member of the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District;
director of the Paupack-Pine Grove Cemetery Association; and a
member of the American Legion Post 784 in Paupack.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Buehler of
Paupack; a daughter, Stephanie Hill of Reading, PA; a son, Scott
of Hawley; a grandson, Brandon Hill of Reading; and a sister,
Meta of Richmond, VA.
Services were held at the Paupack United Methodist
Church. The Rev. Robert B. Klovick-Campbell, pastor, officiated.
Private graveside services were held at Old Paupack Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Paupack
United Methodist Church, PO Box 334, Paupack, PA 18451.
SCRANTON — Governor Robert Patrick Casey, governor
of Pennsylvania for two terms, 1987 to 1994, died Tuesday, May
30, 2000. He was 68.
He was elected to the Senate of Pennsylvania from
Lackawanna County in 1962. He won two successive terms as Auditor
General of Pennsylvania from 1969 to 1977 and was sworn in as
Pennsylvania’s 42nd governor on January 20, 1987. He was reelected
in 1990 by 1.1 million votes, the largest gubernatorial landslide
in Pennsylvania history.
During his term as governor, some of his accomplishments
included the construction of the Scranton-to-Carbondale Highway,
which bears his name; the Steamtown Mall in Scranton; the Lackawanna
County Stadium; and the First Union Arena at Casey Plaza in Luzerne
County. Also included were such landmarks as the new Pittsburgh
International Airport, the Sony plant and the Mon-Fayette Expressway
in Western Pennsylvania; and, in the Philadelphia region, the
Blue Route, the Avenue of the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Convention
Survivors include his wife Ellen; eight children,
Margaret McGrath of Dunmore, Mary Ellen Philbin, Robert and Patrick
of Scranton, Christopher of Waverly; Kate Brier and Erin Walsh
of Clarks Green, PA and Matthew of Philadelphia; 28 grandchildren;
a brother, John M. of Athens, GA; and three nieces.
He was buried in St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow,
Memorial contributions may be made to Thomas E.
Starzi Transplantation Institute, 3708 Fifth Ave., Medical Arts
Building, Suite 400, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, or The Amyloid Research
Fund, Boston University School of Medicine, 715 Albany St., Boston,
NARROWSBURG — Anneliese Gerdes of Narrowsburg,
an 18-year area resident who was well known for her crafts and
preserves and a former resident of Brooklyn, died Friday, June
9, 2000 in Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 73.
Daughter of Johann and Alma Rennabeck Finck, she
was born October 16, 1926 in Germany.
Survivors include her husband, Diedrich Gerdes,
at home; a son, Heinz of Florida; a brother, Helmout Finck in
Germany; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home
in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiated. Burial was
in Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s
Lutheran Memorial Fund, or Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service,
both in Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
BROOKLYN — Helen Grambs of Brooklyn, formerly
of Honesdale, a former 56-year employee of Katz Company in Honesdale,
died Thursday, June 1, 2000 at the home of her niece, Brenda Hector
of Brooklyn, where she had lived for the past six years. She was
Daughter of the late George and Helen Kahl Grambs,
she was born July 24, 1905 in Honesdale.
She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish
in Honesdale and its Altar and Rosary Society. She raised her
sister’s three children, Laverne Fitzsimmons Smith, Mildred Fitzsimmons
Williams and Francis Fitzsimmons.
Survivors include the two nieces and one nephew
that she raised; two sisters, LaVerne Romich of Port Charlotte,
FL and Dolores Bost of Vestal; nieces and nephews; great-nieces
She was predeceased by two brothers, Frank and
infant Anthony; and three sisters, Martha Besmer, Bertha Gonsauls
and Marion Bayly.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St.
Mary Magdalen’s Church in Honesdale. Burial was in the parish
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northeast
Health and Hospice, 38 North Main Street, Pittston, PA 18640.
NARROWSBURG — George Holfeld of Narrowsburg, a
retired accountant for Sullivan County Highway Products in Bridgeville,
a lifelong area resident and winter resident of Sarasota, FL,
died Tuesday, June 6, 2000 at home. He was 69.
Son of the late Alvin and Anna Stiene Holfeld,
he was born October 11, 1930 in Narrowsburg.
He was a graduate of Narrowsburg Central School,
attended Packard School of Finance and graduated from the Albany
School of Business.
Survivors include four sisters, Helen Bunis, Joan
Scheuren and Florence Billard, all of Narrowsburg, and Ann Iberger
of Mongaup Valley; a longtime friend, Allen Finkbohner of Narrowsburg;
nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St.
Francis Xavier RC Church in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Thomas Jones
officiated. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice
of Sullivan and Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
HAWLEY — Robert Michael Jones of Hawley, a 19-year
area resident and a real estate broker in the Hawley area, died
Thursday, June 8, 2000 at home. He was 53.
Son of John Michael Jones and Cecilia A. Uddgren
Jones, he was born in Brooklyn.
He was a graduate of St. Agnes Cathedral in 1965,
attended St. Francis College in Maine and earned a paralegal certificate
from Penn State University. He was a former president of the Hawley
Boro Council and current Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer;
past president of PA Association of Realtors; past president of
the Hawley Lions Club; nine-year president of the Hawley-Wallenpaupack
Babe Ruth League; director of the National Association of Realtors;
photographer who completed an exhibit at the Looking Glass Gallery
in Hawley; a member of the Delaware-Hudson Photographic Society;
a member of the Northeast Photography Club and a member of the
Lucky 7 Motorcycle Club.
Survivors include his wife, Verna Ruth Jones of
Hawley; two sons, Thomas and Brian, at home; his parents; a sister,
Cecilia Ann Towery of Henrietta, TX; and a niece.
Services were held at Teeters East Chapel in Hawley.
The Rev. William B. Healey officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove
Cemetery in Paupack.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American
Cancer Society, Wayne Unit, 627 Main St., Honesdale, PA 18431.
HONESDALE — August Planthaber of Honesdale, a
former 53-year Lake Ariel resident and a retired 20-year Lieutenant
with the New York City Fire Department, died Monday, June 5, 2000
at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 91.
Son and last surviving member of the August and
Bertha Fraeschell Planthaber family, he was born January 8, 1909
in New York City. He was the widower of his first wife, Florence
He was in the U.S. Army during peacetime and attended
art and illustrating school in New York. He was a member of the
Senior Citizens of Waymart and a member of the Retired Firefighters
of New York City, Pocono Division. He excelled in woodworking
and was a gifted artist.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Herzog Fenton
Planthaber; a son, Edward of Elmhurst; two daughters, Marion Swingle
of Lake Ariel and Annabelle Johannes of Waymart; three step-sons,
Robert Fenton of Riverton, NJ, James Fenton and Thomas Fenton,
both of Philadelphia; three step-daughters, Grace Farrell of Berlin,
NJ, Joan Wittkamp of Newport News, VA and Ann Komraus of Effort,
PA; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren;
and 13 step-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a son, Robert; a grandson,
Jeffrey Swingle; and two sisters, Pauline Planthaber and Anna
Private funeral services were held at the convenience
of the family.
HONESDALE — Raymond Tallman of Honesdale, a lifelong
area resident and a retired press operator at Moore Business Forms
in Honesdale, died Monday, June 5, 2000 at the Moses Taylor Hospital
in Scranton. He was 72.
Son of the late Raymond G. and Kathryn Hosey Tallman,
he was born June 26, 1927 in Honesdale.
He graduated from Honesdale High School. He then
joined the Navy serving on the USS Colorado in the Pacific Theatre
of action. He was a member of the Central United Methodist Church
in Honesdale and spent hours volunteering time and effort on the
building of the Wesley Room. He was an avid sports fan.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Varcoe Tallman;
two daughters, Janice Tanner and husband Jim of Carlisle and Sandra
Maculaitis and husband Joseph of Paupack, a son, Gerald and wife
Ann; a brother, Jack; two sisters, Judy Rimlinger and Kay Babyak;
grandchildren, Traci and Mel Kelley of Harrisburg, Nicole and
Brian Maschmayer of Carlisle, Scot and Megan Mang of Allentown,
Andrea and Eric Nakielny of Newfoundland, Erin Maculaitis of Paupack,
Christopher, Eric and Michelle Tallman of Honesdale; great-grandchildren,
Tanner and Reece Kelley and Hunter Nakielny; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Central United Methodist
Church in Honesdale. The Rev. Mark Terwilliger, pastor, officiated.
Burial was in Smith Hill Cemetery in Oregon Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Central
United Methodist Church Fund, or the charity of one’s choice.