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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 Center.

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, PA.

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, MA 02118.


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 94.

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 and great-nephews.

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 cemetery.

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 Dunn Planthaber.

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 Leonard.

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.


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