PORT JERVIS, NY — Hector “Cookie” Camacho Sr., a resident of Port Jervis, died on Thursday, August 17, 2006 at home. He was 68.

The son of Monserate and Consuelo (Toro) Camacho, he was born on February 19, 1938 in Hormigueros, Puerto Rico.

Camacho was a retired custodian for the Port Jervis school district and an avid baseball fan.

He is survived by his daughter, Monalisa Anthony and her husband Michael of Greeley, PA; two sons, Hector Camacho Jr. of Port Jervis and Shawn Herman of South Carolina; five grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

Services were held on Monday, August 21, 2006 at the Stroyan Funeral Home in Milford, PA, with the Reverend Robert Mayer of the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment is at Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville.


MATAMORAS, PA — Dennis S. DeGroat of Matamoras died Friday, August 18, 2006 in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, NY. He was 45.

The son of Dennis DeGroat and the late Marion Conklin DeGroat, he was born on July 22, 1961 in Port Jervis.

DeGroat was a 25-year veteran for the New York State Department of Corrections at Otisville and operated his own business, DeGroat’s Plumbing and Heating in Matamoras.

A family statement said: “Dennis was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting with his father. He will be loved and cherished forever, and sadly missed by all.”

He is survived by his wife, Jody Brennan DeGroat, at home; two daughters, Ashley and Carissa DeGroat, at home; his father, Dennis DeGroat of Port Jervis, NY; two brothers, Harry DeGroat of Watertown and Fred DeGroat of Port Jervis, NY; five sisters, Harriet VanTuyl of Glen Spey, Susan DeMarco, Pat Shaw, Connie Mandakis, all of Port Jervis, NY and Marion Konikpwski of Glen Spey, NY; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

Services were held Wednesday, August 23, 2006 in the Knight-Auchomoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis, NY.

Interment is at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.


CHAMBERSBURG, PA — Timothy John Gore, a resident of Chambersburg, died on August 18, 2006 in Chambersburg. He was 59.

The son of William and Dolores Gore, he was born on November 29, 1946 in Port Jervis, NY.

Gore worked in telecommunications throughout his life.

He is survived by his mother, Dolores Gore of Port Jervis; his sons, Michael of Sturbridge, MA and Mark of Brooklyn; four brothers, William Gore of Port Jervis, Mark Gore of Sparrowbush, NY, Daniel Gore of Southington, CT and Matthew Gore of Port Jervis; one sister, Kathleen Wright of Sparrowbush; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his wife, Ellen; his father, William; and his brother, Michael.

Services and interment will be private.


WAYMART, PA — Paul O. Hanf of Waymart died Thursday, August 17, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 94.

The son of the late Paul E. and Margaret Borkhardt Hanf, he was born in Apolda, Germany.

Hanf was a loom fixer at Hawley area garment mills. He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hawley and a former member of Hawley Fire Co. #2. He loved to fish and tend his garden.

He is survived by three sons, Robert Hanf of Hawley, Richard B. Hanf of Marietta, OH and John V. Hanf of Honesdale; two daughters, Elizabeth Smith of Tyler Hill and Vera Jean Byng of Snohomish, WA; one sister, Margaret Morley of Iowa; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Gladys Weitz Hanf.

Services were held on Tuesday, August 22 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Reverend David Heckler officiating.

Interment is at the Green Gates Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 405 Church St., Hawley, PA 18428 or to the Hawley Public Library, 103 Main Ave., Hawley, PA 18428.


WELCOME LAKE, PA — Louis E. Lefevre a resident of Welcome Lake, PA, died on Friday, July 28, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 80.

The son of the late Louis and Catherine Schumann Lefevre, he was born on September 27, 1925 in College Point, NY.

Lefevre retired from the New York City Fire Department as a lieutenant after 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in World War II and the Korean War. He remained with the Air Force National Guard and Reserves for 20 years, retiring as a Major. He was a member of St. Francis Roman Catholic Church of Narrowsburg, NY, and St. Ambrose Council of Knights of Columbus of College Point. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Huper Lefevre; two sons, Louis Lefevre, Jr. of Hillborough, NJ and Charles Lefevre and his wife Joanne of Hamilton Square, NJ; two daughters, Jeanne Daw and her husband Michael of Northport, NY and Nancy De Rose and husband James of Mercerville, NJ; a sister, Adele Pearson of College Point; and 10 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sister Ethel; and his brother Charles.

Services were held August 2, 2006 at St. Fidelis Roman Catholic Church, College Point.

Interment was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Flushing, NY.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, September 9 at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Francis Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New York City Fire Department Burn Center.


LIBERTY, NY — Margaret (Maggie) Matthews of Liberty died on Monday, August 7, 2006 in Gwynedd, PA. She was 79.

The daughter of the Reverend Cecil and Lucile Plumb, she was born on December 17, 1926 in North Hornell.

Matthews taught English at Sullivan County Community College from 1966 to 1988. Upon retirement, she served with the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa till 1990. She was a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and was a past clerk of the Catskill Friends Meeting in Neversink. She participated in the Catskill Wheelmen Bicycle Club, the Catskill Nordic Club, the Delaware Valley Chorus, the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop and the Liberty Bridge Group. As a preservation effort, she adopted Chestnut Street in Liberty. Her dream, inspired by the Quaker faith, was to make the world a better place for all people to live without war or violence. In 2003, she was honored by Sullivan Peace and Justice for “a life of peace and activism.”

She is survived by her sister, Marian Hamlin, and husband Paul of Binghamton; four children, Juliet Scala of Swan Lake, Girard Matthews and his wife Linda of Afton, Phillip Matthews and his wife Jennifer of Fort Collins, CO and Kate Gallaher and husband James of Bloomingburg; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Paul.

A memorial service will be held in Quaker tradition on Friday, September 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.


JEFFERSONVILLE, NY — Pamela J. Mootz of Jeffersonville died on Sunday, August 19, 2006 at home. She was 55.

The daughter of Melvina E. Belmont Kelly and the late Edward “Mike” Kelly, she was born January 16, 1951 in Liberty.

Mootz was a teacher’s aide for the Sullivan County BOCES and a lifelong resident of the area.

She is survived by her husband, David A. Mootz at home; a son, Chad Mootz of Jeffersonville; a daughter, Stacy Lyon and her husband Chris of Germany; her mother of Jeffersonville; two sisters, Peggy Osterhout and husband Duke of California, and Pat Williams and husband Eric of Jeffersonville; a brother, Joseph Kelly of Arizona; one granddaughter; several cousins; nieces; and nephews.

She is predeceased by her father; and her brother, Kevin Kelly.

Services were held Wednesday, August 23, 2006 at the Harris Funeral Home in Liberty with Monsignor William Collins officiating.

Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Dr., Kingston, NY 12401.


SPARROWBUSH, NY — Charles E. Prussia Sr. of Sparrowbush died on Thursday, August 17 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 64.

The son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Jones Prussia, he was born on June 27, 1942 in Port Jervis.

Prussia was a retired carpenter for the John Inella Building Co. in Sparrowbush. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the U.S. Army and a member of the Roosa-Fleming V.F.W. Post #161 of Port Jervis.

He is survived by his wife, Betsy L. Rupp Prussia, at home; two sons, Charles Prussia Jr. of Clarksville, TN and David Raymond Prussia of Colbert, GA; four daughters, Tina Kerr of Glen Spey, Karen Reome and Margaret Reeves, both of Port Jervis, and Cassandra Prussia of Colbert; three sisters, Donna Hahn of Golden, CO, Paula Mercer of Port Jervis and Ruth Mercer of the state of Florida; 10 grandchildren; an aunt, Joan Roach of Port Jervis; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant son; his brother, David Raymond Prussia; and his sister, Janet Abbadessa.

Services were held Sunday, August 20, 2006 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home of Port Jervis. Interment is at Mill Rift Cemetery in Mill Rift, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Roosa-Fleming VFW Post #161 Scholarship Fund, 47-51 Owen St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.


VALHALLA, NY — Peter Joseph Weiden of Valhalla died on August 16, 2006. He was 78.

Son of Mathais H. and Ernstine Heckert Weiden, he was born on February 23, 1928 in Narrowsburg,

Weiden graduated from Mount St. Michael Academy and Manhattan College, earning a degree in civil engineering. He was an enthusiastic alumnus and supporter of Manhattan College. As a licensed professional engineer, he worked at General Foods Technical Center in Tarrytown for almost 30 years, helping to design many buildings, notably the former Kraft world headquarters in Rye Brook. He was active in the Town of Mt. Pleasant Recreation Commission and the Republican Club. He was known for his love of the country life at his rural boyhood home in Narrowsburg and his devotion to its maintenance.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Rogers Weiden; one son, Brendan P. Weiden and his wife Kathleen of Bronxville; two daughters, Barbara Weiden Boyd and husband Michael of Brunswick, ME, Bernadette Weiden Glendon and husband Martin of Valhalla; eight grandchildren; and his brother Robert Weiden of Narrowsburg.He was predeceased by his brother Mathias Weiden.

Services will be held Saturday, August 26, 2006 at Holy Name of Jesus Church in Valhalla at 10:00 a.m., followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Name of Jesus Church, Valhalla, or Manhattan College in the Bronx.