HANKINS, NY — Christopher R. Corbett, a 22-year resident of Hankins, died Saturday, March 4, 2006 at his home, surrounded by loved ones after a heroic battle with multiple cancers. He was 57.

The son of Christopher R. Corbett Sr. and the late Margaret F. Corbett, he was born January 21, 1949 in Elizabeth, NJ.

Corbett worked as a home builder.

A family statement said: “He was a beloved friend of our community.”

He is survived by his partner, Mary Flynn Gruner and his daughter, Jessica, both at home; his sons, Rob and Chris Chemerys of Callicoon; a daughter, Michelle Misiura of Raritan, NJ; a brother, Jim Corbett of Piscataway, NJ; a sister, Avai of Charlottesville, VA; and a large extended family.

Services were held at Bauernfeind Cemetery in the Beechwoods with Keith and Jodi Peters officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Delaware Valley Youth Center or Hospice of Sullivan County.


SPARROWBUSH, NY — Vera M. Demarest, a resident of Sparrowbush and a longtime area resident, died Thursday, March 2, 2006 at her home. She was 81.

The daughter of the late Freda and Nina Longcor VanHorn, she was born July 15, 1924 in Beemerville, NJ.

A family statement reads: “She knitted blankets for everyone and would do anything for anyone.”

Demarest is survived by three daughters, Florence and her fiancé Joseph Presher of Sparrowbush, Margaret Crane and her husband Bob of Otego, NY, and Freda Demarest of Sussex, NJ; one son, Richard and his wife Linda of Sussex, NJ; two sisters, Dorothy Doty of Sussex, NJ and Freda Demarest of LaFayette, NJ; 18 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

She was predeceased by her husband Harvey Demarest in 1963, a daughter, Nina Crutts, and a sister, Amelia Raser.

Services were held on Monday, March 6 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home with the Reverend Joseph Iannone officiating.

Interment is at Frankfort Plains Cemetery, Frankfort Plains, NJ.


SPARROWBUSH, NY — Walter C. Cochenour, a lifelong resident of the area, died Thursday, March 2, 2006 at Castle Point Veterans Hospital in Wappingers, NY. He was 84.

The son of the late Oscar and Lena Childson Gochenour, he was born October 12, 1921 in Sparrowbush.

Cochenour was a retired foreman of the polishing department for Crescent Silverplate in Port Jervis, a retired butcher for Grand Union and Markovits Meat Market in Port Jervis, and the owner of the Copper Corner Antiques in Sparrowbush.

He was a 50-year member of the Sparrowbush Engine Company; a past chief, president, and secretary of the Fire Police; a historian and fire commissioner of the Sparrowbush Fire District; a member and historian of the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church; a life member and past president and financial secretary of the Orange County Volunteer Fire Police with a title of “Honorable Past President Walter Gochenour Emeritus,” past chairman board of directors, provincial director, and director; an Area 2 Vice President; a member of the State Police Advisory Board; Fire Police of the Year in 2003 for the Volunteer Fire Police Association of New York; a member of the Hudson Valley Fireman Association where he was Fire Police of the year in 1987; a member of the Fire Chief Association of New York and the Fireman Association of New York; Pike County Fire Police Association; and State of Pennsylvania Fire Police.

He was a life member of the 11th Airborne Division during World War II; a life member of the 187th Para/Glider Infantry during World War II; a member of Rakkassan 187th Regimental Combat Team; Disabled Veterans of America; and the Commander’s Club. He was also a member of the Wings of Liberty Museum in Fort Cambell, KY; a life member of the Port Jervis VFW Post # 161; a member of the Port Jervis American Legion Post # 685; and a charter member of the Friendly Seniors of Sparrowbush. He was a former constable and police officer for the town of Deerpark having served on the committee bicentennial.

He was survived by two sons, David and his wife Rebecca of Mohican Lake, NY and Guy and his wife Carol of Sparrowbush; one sister, Beatrice Becker of Hemstead, NC; five grandchildren, David and Lynn Gochenour, Danielle Dustin and Jeremy Gochenour; and several nieces and nephews.

Interment was held on March 7 at the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church with the Reverend Robert Mayer officiating.

Interment is in Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrowbush Fire Department, Sparrowbush, NY 12780 or the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church, Sparrowbush, NY 12780.


COCHECTON, NY — Donald Peter “Cecil” Nelson, a resident of Cochecton and a lifetime area resident, crossed over on Saturday, March 4, 2006 at home. He was 81.

The son of the late Eli and Anna Mae Palmer Nelson, he was born December 29, 1924 in Goshen, NY.

Nelson was a retired laborer of the Sullivan County Highway Department for 34 years. He was a past member of the Lake Huntington Fire Department, having served for 35 years.

He is survived by his three sons, William McKinley of Anchorage, AK, Donald Garret of Hasbrook, NY, and Frederick Joseph and his wife Linda of Cochecton; one sister, Katherine N. Pierce and her husband Edward of Cochecton, NY; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Ellen Louis Levers; a brother, William McKinley; a sister, Dorothy; and his twin brother, Garret Arthur.

Cremation was held at the Maple Hill Crematory in Archbald ,PA.

Interment of the remains will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Huntington Fire Department, Town of Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.


SPARROWBUSH, NY — Joan E. Vanhorn, a resident of Sparrowbush and a longtime area resident, died Monday, February 27, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 70.

The daughter of the late William and Charlotte Kulp Hagenbach, she was born April 10, 1935 in Shickshinny, PA.

VanHorn was a retired assembler for Kolmar Labs, Inc. She was a member of the Deerpark Reformed Church in Port Jervis and a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary Sparrowbush Engine Co.

She is survived by one son, Carl and his wife Jo-Ann of Sparrowbush; one daughter, Cynthia Williams and her husband Daniel of Sparrowbush; her mother, Charlotte Kulp Hagenbach of Glen Lyon, PA; two brothers, Eugene Hagenbach and Ronald Hagenbaugh, both of Glen Lyon, PA; four grandchildren, Rachelle Reed, Daniel Williams Jr., Heather VanHorn and Carl L. Vanhorn; four great-grandchildren, Jason, Jordan, and Camren Reed and Hailey Markle; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl L. Vanhorn and her sister, Jenny Mae Brenner.

Services were held on Friday, March 3 at the Deer Park Reformed Church in Port Jervis with the Reverend Ann Rost officiating.

Interment will be in Quarry Hill Cemetery in Rio.

Contributions may be made to the Sparrowbush Engine Co., Box 530, Sparrowbush, NY 12780 or the American Lung Association, 35 Orchard St., White Plains, NY 10603.