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RUTH WAPNICK BACHRACH

MONTICELLO — Ruth Wapnick Bachrach of Monticello, founder and operator with her late husband Ike Wapnick of Ike’s Auto Parts in Monticello, and a longtime are area resident, died Wednesday, April 11, 2001 at home. She was 68.

She was a member of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue, sisterhood of Landfield Avenue Synagogue, Temple Shalom and Business and Professional Women’s Association. She and her late husband were founders and operators of the former Resort Motors of Monticello.

Survivors include her husband, Norman Bachrach at home; three sons, Michael and Roni Wapnick of Goshen and Mark Bachrach of White Sulphur Springs; two daughters, Debra Ulrich and husband Robert of Maryland and Vikki Bosley of Tucson, AZ; five grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Inc. Rabbi Ben Zion Chanowitz and Gary Loeb officiated. Burial was in the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery in Monticello.

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

RICHARD C. CANOUSE

MILFORD — Richard “Dick” C. Canouse of Milford, an 18-year Milford supervisor and 13-year chairman of the Milford Township Planning Commission, died Monday, April 9, 2001 in Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 69.

Son of Leona Wright Canouse and the late Clyde Canouse, he was born September 23, 1931 in Milford. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving as Corporal. He studied under the G.I. Bill at the International Correspondence School in the field of plumbing and heating. He went into business as a contractor. He purchased the summer resort Moon Valley Park that he operated with his wife. During that time he was a member of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce; Lake Wallenpaupack Association; Pennsylvania Tourist Association and the Pocono Mountain Vacation Bureau. He was a life member of the Milford Fire Department, serving twice as chief and also as president. He was appointed as Pike County Coordinator of the Fireman’s Federation. He was a volunteer dispatcher for the Milford Fire Department for 15 years, helping to map out territories of the various volunteer fire department and ambulance corps in Pike County. He was an original and active member of the Milford Fire Department Ambulance Corps for more than 25 years. He was an original member of the Advisory Board for the Pike County Communication Center. He was on the original Pike County Days Committee and served as its chief electrician for 10 years. He was a member of the Pike County Fire Police Association, the NRA and the Marsch-Kellogg American Legion Post #139 in Milford.

Survivors include his mother, of Milford; his wife, Viola Kern Canouse at home; two daughters, Lorelei Davis and husband Steven of Milford and Jacqueline Carey and husband William of Westfield; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services were held April 18, 7:30 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Milford on Broad Street. Burial will be in Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to John J. Kurz Fire Safety House, c/o Pike County Fire Federation, c/o Linda Johnson, PO Box 721, Milford, PA 18337.

HELEN L. GRANT

ROSCOE — Helen L. Grant of Roscoe, a retired teacher and longtime area resident, died Sunday, April 8, 2001 at home. She was 84.

Daughter of the late William S. and Ida H. Meier Young, She was born April 4, 1917 in Syracuse.

She graduated from Syracuse University and taught home economics in Downsville Central School from 1969 to 1979. She was a member of the United Church of Roscoe.

Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Grant at home; two sons, David E and wife Laurie of Cooks Falls and Douglas A. and wife Willa of Asheville, NC; three grandsons, two granddaughters; a great-granddaughter; a niece and a nephew.

A memorial service will be held April 28 in the United Church of Roscoe. The Rev. Bridgette LeConey will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the Riverview Cemetery in Roscoe.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

GERALD H. GUMPPER

HONESDALE — Gerald H. Gumpper of Honesdale, a retired fabric cutter for the Katz Company, Sherman Mills, Amber and Seams, a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, April 12, 2001 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 69.

Son of the late Carl and Ella Swingle Gumpper, he was born December 13, 1931 in Honesdale.

He was a graduate of the Honesdale Catholic School where he played basketball. He later played for the Honesdale Red Wings Basketball team. He was a U.S. navy veteran of the Korean Conflict and served aboard the USS Oriskany, USS Coral Sea and the USS Lake Champlain. He received a commendation for heroic action during a fire on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain when he and 15 fellow crewmen risked their lives to remove smoking ammunition and gasoline tanks to put out the fire. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale, the Cherry Ridge Fishing Club and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Honesdale.

Survivors include his wife, Janet G. Gorton Gumpper; two daughters, Jodi Wood and Jami Marold, all of Damascus; two sisters, Dorothy Hill of Lakeville and Nancy Hessling of Honesdale; a granddaughter, Carissa Nicole Wood; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, William; and a sister, Evelyn Tallman.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered.

EVELYN HOBDAY

HAWLEY — Evelyn Hobday of Hawley, a retired sewer and packer at Sherman Mills and Vacca’s in Hawley, died Thursday, April 12, 2001 at Marian Community Hospital in Carbondale. She was 88.

Daughter of the late Schenck and Carrie Harlow Hobday, she was a graduate of Hawley High School. She was a member of the Hawley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a sister, Betty Aileo Anschuetz of Carbondale; two nephews and four nieces; grandnieces and grandnephews; great-grandnieces and great-grandnephews.

Graveside services were held at Indian Orchard Cemetery. The Rev. Theodore Muller, visitation pastor of Hawley United Methodist Church, officiated. Cremation took place at the H.G. Smith, Crematory in Stroudsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, NEPA District, 730 Pittston Avenue, Scranton, PA 18505.

NICHOLAS W. HOUMAN

MONTICELLO — Nicholas “Nick” W. Houman of Monticello, a former maintenance man for Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello and a longtime area resident, died Monday, April 9, 2001 at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 76.

Son of Jacob and Adelaid Rynerson Houman, he was born May 25, 1924 in Forest City, PA.

He was a member of the Monticello Fire Department and the Exempt Firemen’s Association. A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and the Korean Conflict, he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Victory Medal in the latter conflict. He was a member of the Bailey-Richman Post No.9588, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Monticello.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Rumsey Houman at home; a son, Carl and wife Sue of Monticello; two daughters, June Brown and husband Edward of Woodbourne and Sue Curtis and husband Pat of Rock Hill; four grandchildren, two sisters, Elsie Guszick and Rosemarie Degma, both of Forest City, PA; three brothers, William of the state of Florida, Jacob and Ronald, both of Monticello; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, Edward; and two sisters, Barbara Ann and Theresa.

Services were held at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home in Monticello. The Rev. Robert Hoag officiated. Cremation took place at the Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or the Monticello Fire Department, 8-10 Pleasant St., Monticello, NY 12701.

FRANK A. INGULLI

HAWLEY — Frank A. Ingulli of Mountain Lake Estates in Hawley, a retired attorney who practiced estate law for the City of New York Legal Department, a three-year area resident, formerly of Bayside, NY, died Sunday, April 15, 2001 in Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 88.

Son of the late Alfred Ingulli and Ann Gillespie Ingulli, he was born in New York City.

He was a member of Queen of Peace R.C. Church in Hawley. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a graduate of New York University with a degree in law.

Survivors include his wife, Elena L. Ingulli of Mountain Lake Estates in Hawley; a daughter, Carol Pierro of New York City; two sons, Alfred F. of Cheshire, CT and Richard F. of Mountain Lake Estates in Hawley; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Queen of Peace R.C. Church in Hawley. The Rev. William B. Healey, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Green Gates Cemetery in Hawley.

FRED M. KEMETHER

SHOHOLA — Fred M. Kemether, a retired Captain of the New York City Corrections Department and retired officer from the Milford Police Department, a 30-year area resident, formerly of Staten Island, NY, died at his son’s home in Media on Saturday, March 31, 2001. He was 81.

Son of the late Martin and Mary Baxter Kemether, he was born July 24, 1919 in Staten Island, NY.

He was a World War II veteran and recipient of the Bronze Star serving active duty in Japan and the Philippines. He was a member of the March Kellogg Post #161 in Port Jervis. He was a minor league baseball player in the Saint Louis Cardinals organization and a charter member of the Staten Island Baseball Oldtimers. A third and fourth degree Knight, he was a past Grand Knight of the Port Jervis Council #471 Knights of Columbus and a member of Our Lady of the Mountain Council #9832, Dingman Hills in Milford.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Kemether at home; two daughters, Eileen of New York City and Noreen of Bryn Mawr; two sons, Redmond of Oklahoma City, OK and Sean of Media; a brother Charles of Tuckerton, NJ; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Resurrection was offered at St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Milford.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Pike Unit, 110 West Harford St., Milford, PA 18337.

SCOTT ANTHONY LA SPINA

MILFORD — Scott Anthony La Spina of Milford, died Saturday, April 7, 2001 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 8.

Son of Steven and Vicki Manly La Spina, he was born March 17, 1993 in East Stroudsburg.

He attended the Shohola Elementary School in Shohola. He was a member of the Cub Scouts, Milford Pack #71. He also loved music, fishing, wrestling, baseball, family and friends.

Survivors include his mother of Milford; his father of Montague, NJ; two sisters, Natalie and Stephanie at home; paternal grandparents, Jack and Catherine La Spina of Sunrise, AZ; maternal grandparents, Lucille Manly of Chicago, IL and Robert Manly of Dallas, TX; great-grandmother, Antoinette La Spina of Palatine, IL; aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were held at the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist Church in Milford. Burial was in Milford Cemetery in Dingman Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Center for Developmental Disabilities of Pike County, 221 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337.

JOHN A. POPOLILLO, SR.

CALLICOON — John A. Popolillo, Sr. of Callicoon, a former tailor, shoe repairman and school bus driver, died Friday, April 13, 2001 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City. He was 75.

Son of Michael and Doris Braco Popolillo, he was born June 23, 1925 in Yonkers. He was the widower of Victoria Corigliano Popolillo.

He was a member of the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps and Hankins Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include two sons, John A., Jr. of Callicoon and Michael and wife Patti of Lake Huntington; a sister, Geraldine Minckler of Brookville, FL; four grandchildren; nieces and one nephew.

He was predeceased by a brother, Frank.

Services were held at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon. The Rev. Robert Pacquet officiated. Burial was in the Callicoon Cemetery in Callicoon.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps or Hankins Assembly of God Church.

FRED RUSTMANN

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL — Fred Rustmann of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, a former summer resident of Lake Anawanda near Callicoon Center, died Monday, April 9, 2001 at home of a very rare form of lymphoma. He was 85.

A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. He was a pioneer in the housing development industry after the war and built large developments of single-family homes throughout Long Island, Nanuet and Washingtonville. In Florida he built a large garden complex in Cocoa Beach and completed a golf course project in the Bahamas. At the age of 82 he came out of retirement to manage a major home renovation project in Palm Beach, FL and then to build another home from scratch in Jupiter Farms.

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Rustmann at home; two sons, Frederic, Jr. of West Palm Beach, FL and Gary of Plano, TX; two daughters, Susan Monaco of Tarpon Springs, FL and Cindy Martin-Keskiner of Clearwater, FL; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson, Gage Vernon.

A memorial service was held at the Rustmann home.

Memorial contributions may be made to a Hospice of the donor’s choice.

HELEN SERGEANT

ELDRED — Helen Sergeant of Eldred, a lifelong area resident, a registered nurse serving in the Army as a Lieutenant in the Philippines during World War II, died Saturday, April 14, 2001 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 80.

Daughter of the late Edward and Kathryn Livingston Kuen, she was born April 20, 1920 in Shohola, PA.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandra McBride and husband William of Eldred and Laura Batzel and husband Gary of Eldred; two sisters, Clareta of Woodhaven, Queens and Arlene Kuen of Barryville; five grandchildren, Bill McBride and Aaron McBride, both of Winterhaven, FL, Michael Batzel and Stacy Batzel, both of Eldred and Gary Batzel of Port Jervis; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Smith and Hazel Anastasio; and a brother, Arthur Kuen.

Services were held at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville. Pastor Linda Bohs officiated. Burial was in Montoza Cemetery in Eldred.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Ambulance Service, PO Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732.

SHIRLEY A. VANORDEN

GETTYSBURG, PA — Shirley A. VanOrden of Gettysburg, a former legal secretary in the office of Frederick W.V. Schadt in Jeffersonville, died Monday, April 9, 2001 at Green Acres, the Adams County Home in Gettysburg. She was 59.

Daughter of George L. and Hazel Hubbert Bernhardt, she was born May 4, 1941 in Callicoon.

She and her husband operated the Jeff Bowling Alley at one time and she had been employed at the Villa Roma Country Club in Callicoon.

Survivors include her husband, Verne V. VanOrden of Gettysburg; her parents of Cochecton; and three sisters, Judy Bernhardt and Elizabeth Huebsch, both of Liberty and Martha Huebsch of Cochecton.

Graveside services and burial took place at the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel. The Rev. Bill Hager of the Kenosha Lake Methodist Church officiated.

GEORGE J. WOLF

SCRANTON — George J. Wolf of Scranton, proprietor of the Inn of the Spirit, a retreat and conference center, and a 17-year Catholic Relief Services worker, died April 19, 2001.

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne of Scranton; three sons, Bernard and wife Renee of Longmont, CO, Christopher and wife Stacey of Paterson, NJ and Paul and wife Sherry of Shohola; four daughters, Mary Regina of Scranton, Angela Guthrie and husband Bruce of Silver Springs, MD, Therese Zaccari and husband Robert of Narrowsburg, NY and Sarah of Washington, DC; six grandchildren; and two brothers, Frank and Bill of Florida.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Ann’s R.C. Church in Shohola on April 21 at 11:00 a.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Relief Services, 209 West Layette St., Baltimore, MD 21201-3443.

EDWARD R. WOLTA

BEACH LAKE — Edward R. Wolta of Beach Lake, a retired employee benefits manager of the Goldman Sachs Company, an investment banking firm, died Thursday, April 12, 2001 at the Little Flower Nursing Home in Wilkes-Barre. He was 84.

Son of the late Leo and Anna Franz Wolta, he was born November 18, 1916 in Brooklyn, NY. He was the widower of Frances Sellitto Wolta.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving with the Defense Command in Alaska. He was a member of St. Bernard R.C. Church in Beach Lake where he served as lector and Eucharistic minister. He was a lay minister for St. John’s Church and a member of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration in St. Mary’s Chapel. He was a former member and past Grand Knight of the Alfred E. Smith Council #3005, Knights of Columbus in Elmont, Long Island. He was a member of the Ecker-Haupt Post #5635 of the VFW and a former member of the Shohola Fire Company.

Survivors include a sister, Helen Chianese of Tavares, FL; four nieces, Linda, Julia, Geraldine and Carol; two nephews, Robert and Michael; and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Bernard’s Church in Beach Lake. Burial was in Indian Orchard Cemetery in Texas Township.

 
 
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