HONESDALE, PA — Michael Chumak died on Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center. He was 86.

The son of the late Dimitri and Ustina Hozanien Chumak, he was born in New York City.

Chumak was a retired elevator repairman and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He is survived by his brother Frank Chumak and his wife Priscilla of Hampton Bays, NY; a sister, Tania Kasura of West Nyack, NY; two nieces, Sandy Kasura of West Nyack, and Christina Matern of Equinunk; a nephew, Timothy Kasura of Glenwood, MD; and five great-nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Friday, November 17, 2006 at Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home in Honesdale.

Interment is at Monastery Cemetery in South Canaan.


WENATCHEE, WA — John De Caro died on Monday, November 6, 2006. He was 42.

The son of Joseph and Rosemary De Caro, he was born on June 23, 1964 in Newburgh, NY.

Formerly of Pine Bush, De Caro worked at Noble Treuss as their top sawyer. He and his brother loved to fish when they were young and John continued his interest in fishing in later years. He also enjoyed camping and game nights with his sister, and had a love for music.

A family statement read: “You’re in a better place, we’ve heard a thousand times and at least a thousand times we’ve rejoiced for you, but the reason why we’re broke and the reason why we cry is how long we must wait to be with you.”

He is survived by his parents; his fiancée, Teresa Lee of Wenatchee; his sons, Andrew De Caro of Puyallup, and Austin De Caro of Groton, CT; his daughters, Ashley De Caro and Anna Rose De Caro, both of Groton; his brothers and sisters, Kathleen Reinhardt and her husband Steven of Pine Bush, Michael De Caro and his wife Robin of Brooklyn, NY, Christopher De Caro and his wife Kimberly of Glen Spey, NY, Vincent De Caro of Pine Bush, Annmarie Reinhardt and her husband Gerald; several nieces and nephews; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 24, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Comfort Inn in Port Jervis, with the Reverend Christopher De Caro, his nephew, officiating.

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


HARRIS, NY — Joan M. Edwards of Livingston Manor died Friday, November 17 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 70.

The daughter of the late Arlet and Ethel Woodard Hadden, she was born May 22, 1936 in Delhi.

Edwards was a former employee of the Norwich Telephone Company. She had also been an employee of the Bonnie View Hotel (Beaverkill Valley Inn) for several years. She enjoyed cooking, baking, the outdoors, outdoor activities and spending time with her family.

She is survived by three daughters, Barbara Ardito and her husband Phil of Berne, Jo Ann Ostrander of Livingston Manor, and Susan Roemer and her husband Jim of Hortonville; a brother, Alan Hadden; six sisters, Carolyn Lacey, Marie Flora, Joyce Townsend, Mary Ellen Charles, Charlotte Emerich, and Dora Fairchild; a brother-in-law, Carl Edwards and his wife Louise; her mother-in-law, Mildred De Salio; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Wayne Edwards; her twin sister, June Shaver; two brothers, France Eschbach and Arley Hadden; and her son, Chuckie.

Services were held on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe with the Reverend Daniel Hulseapple officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Beaverkill Valley Fire Company, Lew Beach, NY or the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY.


UTICA, NY — Elmer P. Geib, of Herkimer, formerly of Liberty and Middletown, died on Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. He was 97.

The son of the late Charles and Freda Schaefer Geib, he was born in the town of Delaware on July 1, 1909.

Geib served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS Stag, attaining the rank of Seaman First Class. He worked as an auto mechanic and owned and operated Shorty’s Service Station in White Sulpher Springs for several years. He was a former member and elder of the First United Presbyterian Church and a member of VFW Post #9217, both of Liberty.

He is survived by one daughter, Anita E. Smith and her husband Theodore of Midville; four grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Vera N. Reilly of Jeffersonville; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Nel N. McKay Geib; and his brother, Ormer F. Geib.

Services were held on Sunday, November 19 at the Autenrith Funeral Home in Newport with Reverend Jon A. Noble, Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Little Falls, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Folts Homes, 104 N. Washington St., Herkirmer, NY 13350 or to the First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 613, Little Falls, NY 13365.


HARRIS, NY — Joseph J. Komatz of Smallwood died Tuesday, November 14, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was 75.

The son of the late Joseph and Marion Fraser Komatz, he was born August 23, 1931 in New York City.

Komatz was a dockworker for UnionLocal 707 at Yellow Freight in Maybrook and also was a union carpenter for many years. He was a member of the Kaiser Fraser Car Club.

He is survived by his children, John Komatz and his fiancée Sharon Streit of Loch Sheldrake, Babsy Komatz and her husband David of Monticello, and Jesse Komatz and his wife Sharri of Bethel; an honorary son, Nelson Cortes and his wife Eleichia of Walden; a brother, David Komatz of the state of Florida; a sister, Marion Mangiaracina and her husband Frank of Bellemore; and 13 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Komatz.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Native American Project SAFE, 101 Courthouse Rd., Fort Thompson, SD 57339.


LIBERTY, NY — Mary Jane Koferl of Woodridge died on Monday, November 13, 2006 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center. She was 77.

The daughter of Leonard and Pearl Skinner Koferl, she was born on March 24, 1929 in Beaver Brook.

Koferl was a member of the Neversink Valley American Legion Post Auxiliary #1053.

She is survived by her siblings, Alice Tyler, Raymond Koferl, Ann Collins, all of Narrowsburg, Eleanor Edwards of Parksville, Jimmy Koferl of Matamoras, PA, Gussy DeGraw of Liberty, and Rose Gallagher of Woodridge; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her two brothers, Harold and John Koferl.

Services will be private at the conveinence of the family.


CALLICOON, NY — Albert W. Meyer died Saturday, November 18, 2006 at home. He was 82.

The son of the late William and Catherine McLoughlin Meyer, he was born April 24, 1924 in New York City.

Meyer was a retired central office foreman for AT & T and a retired parts department employee at Roches Garage in Callicoon. He was a reserve member of Callicoon Volunteer Fire Department, former commissioner and chairman of the Callicoon Fire District and a member of Holy Cross Church of Callicoon. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, serving with the U.S. Army Air Corps, and he was a member of Russel H. Kenyon Post 5808 Veterans of Foreign Wars in Callicoon.

He is survived by his wife, Karin Kelting Meyer at home; three sons, Thomas Meyer and his wife Susan of Palmyra, Eric Meyer and his wife Angeles of Cincinnati, OH, Steven Myer and his wife Denise of Mechanicsville, MD; four grandsons; one brother, James Meyer and his wife Rosemary of Walden; one sister, Kathleen Maas and her husband Charles of Carterett, NJ; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Meyer of Monroe; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, William Meyer.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, December 1, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. Father Ignatius Smith OFM will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550 or to the Callicoon Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 806, Callicoon, NY 12723.


GREELEY, PA — Kathleen Sless died at home on Friday, November 17, 2006. She was 85.

The daughter of Thomas and Katherine Boas Duncan, she was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 30, 1921.

Sless was a retired management supervisor for AT & T, where she worked for 25 years. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale and a member of Telephone Pioneers.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Spensieri of Downsville, NY, and Barbara Davidow of Glens Falls, NY; four stepchildren, Judith Delgorio of Spring Hill, FL, Ann Scott of North Carolina, Steven Sless of Salt Lake City, UT, and Leonard Sless of North Carolina; her cousin Ruth Zeiss of Valhalla, NY; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leonard Sless.

Services were held Monday, November 20, 2006 in Green Gates Cemetery in Hawley with the Reverend Susan Cembalisty officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 99 Ball St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 or to the Pike County Humane Society, PO Box 255, Milford, PA 18337.