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JEANNE ANN BAIER

SMALLWOOD, NY—Jeanne Ann Baier, a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris. She was 73.

The daughter of the late Ralph and Ethelyn Hale Mortensen, Ms. Baier was born in Queens Village, NY. She was a rehabilitation assistant for the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center, West Brentwood, and a member of St. Peter’s RC Church, Monticello, NY.

Survivors include one son, David Baier of Florida; three daughters, Debra Baier of California, Kathleen Kropat of Smallwood, and Lucille Williams of Florida; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Ralph Mortensen.

MILDRED DEAN

CREAMTON, PA—Mildred Dean died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, in Prompton, PA. She was 69.

The daughter of the late Harry and Matilda Merkenschlager Deighton, Ms. Dean was a personal caregiver for over 25 years in the Wayne County area. She attended the Honesdale Gospel Tabernacle, Honesdale.

Survivors include three sons, Ralph Neer of Kentucky, James Dean of Florida, and Jeffrey Dean of California; a daughter, Kathy Murray of Honesdale, PA; two brothers, Arthur Deighton of Honesdale, and Donald Deighton of Narrowsburg, NY; three sisters, Rose Chapman of Lake Ariel,PA, Clara Rea of Honesdale, and Luella Bachota of Bethel, NY; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon International, for the purchase and distribution of Bibles, c/o Donald Thompson, 234 Terrace Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

OLGA DMYTRENKO

GLEN SPEY, NY—Olga Dmytrenko, a 30-year area resident, died Sunday, June 29, 2003, at her home. She was 90.

The daughter of the late Nestor and Paulina Shydlovska Krasovaty, Ms. Dmytrenko was born in Ukraine. She retired from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, and was the widow of Danylo Dmytrenko. She was a member of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Glen Spey, NY.

Survivors include a sister, Zina Malinoski of Trenton, NJ; one nephew and greatnieces and nephews.

EDWARD J. DUNLEAVY

MIDDLETOWN, NY—Edward J. Dunleavy died Thursday, July 17, 2003, in Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. He was 70.

The son of the late Edward and Rita Reed Dunleavy, he was born in Hoboken, NJ. He owned and operated Dunleavy Title Abstractor’s Service, Inc., Monticello, NY and served in the US Army during the Korean War Conflict.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Welsh Dunleavy, at home; two sons, Christopher Dunleavy of Middletown, NY, and David Dunleavy of Florida; one daughter, April Alexander of New Jersey; and two granddaughters.

Memorial services will be held Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 58 West Main Street, Middletown, NY. The Rev. Wilmont Wolfe will officiate. Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the deceased’s name to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 58 West Main Street, Middletown, NY.

JOHN M. JONES

HAWLEY, PA—John M. Jones, an 18-year area resident, died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at home. He was 81.

The son of the late John and Anna Kelly Jones, Mr. Jones was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was employed as an accountant for Ketchum Pharmaceutical, NY. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was an instrument specialist in Army Air Force in the European Campaign; Ardennes, Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Cecillia Ann (Uddgren) Jones, at home; two daughters, Cecillia Ann Towery and Alexis Sutherland, both of Texas; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Robert.

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

CARL D. KEESLER

CALLICOON, NY—Carl D. Keesler, a lifelong area resident, died Friday, July 18, 2003, at home. He was 33.

The son of Philip and Linda Cole Keesler, he was born in Honesdale, PA. He was a sales manager for Lander’s River Mart, Callicoon, NY, and a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Callicoon Business Association, both of Callicoon, NY.

Survivors include his parents of Damascus, PA; a sister, Brenda Keesler of Equinunk, PA; three brothers, John of Equinunk, Robert of Vestal, and Greg of Damascus; and one nephew.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Ambulance or to the Equinunk Fire Department.

PAUL KIEFFER

ELDRED, NY—Paul Kieffer, a 13-year area resident, died Friday, July 18, 2003, at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He was 74.

The son of the late Theophile and Jeanne Metz Kieffer, he was born in New York City. He was a chef at the French Pavilion, Manhattan, and served in the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Louise Meyer Kieffer, at home; two sons, Robert Kieffer of Florida and Raymond Kieffer of Astoria; a daughter, Lisa Kieffer of Astoria; a brother, Pierre Kieffer of Maryland; two granddaughters; and nieces and nephews.

SOPHIE KRONGEL

JEFFERSONVILLE, NY—Sophie Krongel, a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Catskill Regional Medical Center Grover Herman Division, Callicoon, NY. She was 89.

Ms. Krongel was the widow of Irving Krongel and a member of the Jeffersonville Synagogue and the Eastern Star. She was a retired bookkeeper and manager for Krongel & Son’s Bakery, Jeffersonville, NY.

Survivors include a daughter, Wendy Grossman of Middletown, NY; a brother, Milton Waxman of Florida; a grandson; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grover Herman Division of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Callicoon, NY 12723.

MARION H. MCKEAN

SHOHOLA, PA—Marion H. McKean died Thursday, June 25, 2003, at CMC Hospital, Scranton, PA. She was 72.

The daughter of the late John and Louise Yerich, she was born in Browndale, PA.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse R. McKean; two sons, Albert Ursich of Croydon, PA, and Robert Ursich of Florida; a daughter, Marianne Kapmeyer of Scranton, PA; a sister, Josie Salak of Waymart, PA; and two grandsons. She was predeceased by her first husband, Lewis Ursich, a brother, John, and a sister, Louise  Scheroda.

CAROL DIANE SORENSEN

HAWLEY, PA—Carol Diane Sorensen died Friday, July 18, 2003, at Geisinger Hospital, Danville, PA. She was 55.

The daughter of the late Ervin and Mary Oleksa Sorensen, she was born in Brooklyn, NY. She worked for a telephone answering service, was a member of the Ukranian Catholic Church and a Hawley Library volunteer.

Survivors include two sisters, Susan Lawrence of Lackawaxen, PA, and Joyce Dusold of Florida; a brother, Russell Sorensen of Hawley; and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church Street, Hawley, PA. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2003, at Teeters’ Funeral Chapel at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Martin L. Cox, Jr., Pastor of Hawley United Methodist Church will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hawley Public Library, Main Avenue, Hawley, PA 18428.

LEO F. SPALL

HAWLEY, PA—Leo F. Spall died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at home. He was 87.

The son of the late Eugene A. and Delia Gibbons Spall, he was born in Hawley, PA. He was a retired metal fabricator at Tobyhanna Army Depot and was affiliated with Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Hawley, PA, and was sa Navy Veteran of World War II. He was an avid musician and music lover and composer, playing the saxophone, clarinet, violin and organ.

Survivors include a son, John F. Spall of Hawley, and two nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Spall Family Education Fund at Wallenpaupack Area School District c/o Dime Bank, Hawley office.

LEONARDO J. VALENTI

LACKAWAXEN, PA—Leonardo J. Valenti died on July 14, 2003, at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, PA.

The son of the late Michael and Beatrice Lotruglio Valenti, he was born in Brooklyn, NY. He was employed as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service and was affiliated with St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, Shohola, PA. He served in the army during Vietnam from 1962-1965.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Carol Sietas Valenti, at home; two daughters, Denise Walter of Nevada, and Debra Valenti, at home; a sister, Virginia Spelman of Ozone Park, NY; and a granddaughter.

GERARD VERIKAS

PLAINFIELD, IL—Gerard “Jerry” Verikas, lifelong resident of Plainfield, IL, died Wednesday, July 9, 2003, at home. He was 37.

The son of the late John J. Verikas, Sr. and Marian Wasko Verikas, he was born in New Brunswick, NJ. He was employed by Diageo Global Supply, Illinois, for 19 years.

Survivors include his mother, Marian Wasko Verikas of Hawley, PA; two sisters, Catherine Schneider of Hawley, and Christine William Pahike of Illinois; a maternal grandmother, Catherine Wasko of Hawley, and five nieces and nephews.

 
 
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