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NARROWSBURG — Ethel Battersbee, a retired domestic worker and long-time area resident, died on Sunday, March 10, 2002 at Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty where she had been a resident for several years. She was 97.

She was born June 17, 1904 in the British West Indies.

She is survived by many friends.

A graveside service will be held on March 14, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Thomas Jones will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg.


CALLICOON — Frank Drizhal, Jr. of Callicoon, a college student and 15-year area resident died Tuesday, March 5, 2002 in Callicoon. He was 21.

Son of Frank, Sr. and Eva Jarolim Drizhal, he was born July 22, 1980 in Queens.

Survivors include his parents of Callicoon; a brother, Jack of Callicoon; maternal grandparents, Eva and Milo Jarolim of Houston, TX; paternal grandparents, Vlosta and Miroslav Drizhal of Prague, Czech Republic; aunts, uncles, cousins and many special friends.

Cremation took place at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


BOYDS MILLS – Lovisa Sheard Gossman of Boyds Mills, Damascus Twp., a former secretary, and Highlights for Children employee, died Monday, March 11, 2002 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart. She was 106.

Daughter of George and Blanche Crocker Sheard, she was born in Calkins. She was the widow of Joseph A. Gossman who died in 1961.

She graduated from Damascus High School and then from Bloomsburg Normal School in 1914.

Survivors include four nieces, Janet Luring, RN, Cynthia Henry, Joan Green, Elizabeth Aloof and Ann Kinsman, all of Honesdale; three nephews, Grant Sheard of Boyd’s Mills, Garry Sheard of Calkins and George Sheard of Colorado; great-nieces and nephews and two great-great-nieces.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Florence Warren and Sylvia Robinson; and three brothers, William, Frank and Floyd Sheard.

Services were held at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale. Burial was in Calkins Cemetery in Damascus Twp.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps or the Calkins Cemetery Association.


SHOHOLA — Frances C. Haas of Shohola, a retired bartender for the Barryville Hotel and a 46-year area resident, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 86.

Daughter of Stanley and Christine Zarnowski, she was born in Scranton. She was the widow of Charles Haas who died in 1990.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Shohola.

Survivors include two sons, Walter, Sr. of Shohola and Michael of Greeley; a grandson, Walter Jr. of Barryville; two granddaughters, Charlotte Haas of Barryville and Nicole Haas of Honesdale; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Ann’s Church in Shohola. The Rev. David Cramer officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.


HONESDALE — Marie Smith Myers of Honesdale, a former teacher, died Friday, March 1, 2002. She was 81.

Daughter of the late Eugene F. and Mare Fricker Smith, she was born in Scranton. She was the widow of Franklin J. Myers who died in 1989.

She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Scranton and a 1942 graduate of Marywood College. She was employed as a columnist with the Catholic Light until retirement in 1994.

Survivors include eight children, spouses and grandchildren, Eugene, Linda and Angela of Melbourne, FL; Christopher, Francine, Caitlin and Emily of Dallas, TX; Michael and Brenda of Dyberry; Linus, Charlotte, Katie and Annie of Honesdale; Franklin, Molly, Joseph and Jane Kensington of Maryland; Frederick, Barbara, Michelle and Michael of Statesville, NC; Maria Myers of Raleigh, NC; Mary Anne, Andrew Cookey and Wesley and Owen of San Diego, CA; a niece, four nephews and relatives, Margaret Rickert, Marie Koch, James Hill; and a brother, Edwin R. Smith of Scranton.

She was predeceased by a brother, Eugene F. Smith, of Scranton.

A funeral Mass was offered at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Honesdale. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rev. Linus C. Fricker Educational Endowment, St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, Honesdale, 18431.


GLEN SPEY — Alexander Odulak of Glen Spey, a retired pattern designer and 18-year area resident, died Sunday, March 10, 2002 at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. He was 83.

Son of the late Ivan and Anna Kiz Odulak, he was born in Razhniv, Ukraine. He was the widower of Anna Solohub Odulak who died in 1998.

Survivors include a son, John and wife Halya of New York; a daughter, Maria Slupchynskyj and husband Orest of New York; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was offered at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey. The Rev. Olesksa Kostyk officiated. Burial was in the Glen Spey Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the construction of a Ukrainian Catholic church in Razhniv, Ukraine.


SHOHOLA — Andrew Phil of Shohola, formerly of Spring Valley, a retired foreman of Spring Valley Laundry, died Saturday, March 2, 2002 at the Julia Ribaudo Center in Pennsylvania. He was 91.

Son of the late John and Agnes Dutko Phil, he was born in Spring Valley. He was a member of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Middletown.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine; a son, John and wife Trudy of Stony Point; a daughter, Elaine Willar and husband Allan of Shohola; a brother, Joseph of Dover, NJ; a sister, Mary of Dover, NJ; five grandchildren, Timothy, Teri, Audra, John and Laura; and two great-grandchildren, Jeffrey and Scott; nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Middletown. The Rev. Chris Talleos officiated. Burial was in the family plot in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Nanuet.


HONESDALE — Barbara J. Spuches of Honesdale, former proprietor of Bartans Family Restaurant in Indian Orchard and the Beach Lake General Store, died Friday, March 1, 2002 at home. She was 59.

Daughter of the late Thomas and Nora Curley Munnelly, she was born in Staten Island, NY.

She was a member of St. John’s Roman Catholic Parish in Honesdale. She was a member of the Beach Lake Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce.

Survivors include her husband, Anthony Spuches; a son, Anthony J. Jr. and wife Colleen of Berwick; two daughters, Noreen Cox and husband Robert of Honesdale, and Stacey Ann Spuches of Honesdale; a brother, Thomas Munnelly of Staten Island, NY; a sister, Anna Kelly of Castro Valley, CA; five grandchildren, Robert Cox of Honesdale, Marie B. and Anthony J. Spuches of Berwick and Anissa and Ariana Meyers of Honesdale; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a brother, John Munnelly.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered in St. Mary Magdalen’s Roman Catholic Church in Honesdale. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston, PA 18640.


WHITE LAKE — Julius Szabo of White Lake, retired owner of Julie’s Auto Repair of White Lake and White Lake Citgo, died Thursday, March 7, 2002 from injuries in an automobile accident. He was 67.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gyula Szabo, he was born in Hungary.

He was a member of the Bethel Lions Club.

Survivors include his mother, Ilonka Szabo of Budapest, Hungary; his wife, Clara Lakoczky Szabo at home; three daughters, Susan Bunce of Bethel, Monica Takourian and husband Gary of White Lake; Catherine Lux and husband Joseph of Wesley Chapel, FL; six grandchildren, Daniel and Christine Bunce, Mark and Robert Takourian and Michael and Scott Lux.

Services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake. The Rev. Ivan Csete

officiated. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethel Lions Club, PO Box 429, White Lake, NY 12786.


CUMBERLAND — George Donald Hankins died Thursday, February 28, 2002 at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland, Maryland. He was 85.

The son of the late Carrie Heller Hankins and Samuel Hankins, he was born in Port Jervis, NY. He was preceded in death by his first wife, B. LaVerne Thuss Hankins, on February 26, 1984.

Hankins graduated from Narrowsburg High School and Penn State University. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and received the Purple Heart.

Prior to retirement, he was employed by Hercules Aerospace Company of Cumberland, Maryland. He is survived by his second wife, Elizabeth Hodges of Cumberland; a daughter, Barbara H. Simmons and husband Rick; a grandson, Tyler and granddaughter Lauren Simmons, all of Fort Myers, Florida; a sister, Doris Mohn of Beach Lake; a stepson, Royce Hodges of Cumberland; and three nieces and four nephews.

Funeral services were held Monday, February 4, at the Kight Funeral Home, Cumberland, with internment at the Hillcrest Memorial Park, Cumberland.


HONESDALE — A memorial service will be conducted Thursday, March 21, for John Paul Hudson of Bethany.

The service will be conducted at the Grace Episcopal Church, 827 Church Street, at 7:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, Honesdale.

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