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