QUEENIE E. ARMSTEAD

HARRIS, NY — Queenie E. Armstead of Monticello died Thursday, December 21, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 68.

The daughter of the late Cecil Brown, she was born February 9, 1937 in Charlotte, NC.

Armstead was employed as a nurse’s aide at CRMC.

She is survived by two sons, John Armstead and his wife Charone of Forestburgh, and Gary Armstead and his wife Tracy of Dingman’s Ferry, PA; four daughters, Betty McCalay and her husband Robert of Bethel, Beverly Ellison of the state of Virginia, Donna Darling and her husband George of Forestburgh, and Linda Jones and her husband Matthew of Virginia; a sister, Bessie Mae Brown of Monticello; nine grandchildren; several aunts and uncles; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, John William Armstead; and by her brother Robert Brown.

Services were held Thursday, December 28, 2006 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Monticello with the Reverend Mervin Armstead officiating.

Interment is at Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.


ARTICIA LORRAINE BAKER

LIBERTY, NY — Articia Lorraine “Artie Lou” Baker, aka Combs, Stone, Simpson and Romney, of Callicoon Center, died Saturday, December 23, 2006 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center. She was 67.

The daughter of the late Ferne and Arthur Baker, she was born May 18, 1939 in East Alton, IL.

Baker was a retired singer, bookkeeper, bartender and homemaker. She was active in the Callicoon Center Fire Department Auxiliary, and she was a member of the Callicoon Center Schuetzen Verein, and held its highest office as the first female captain of the nation’s second-largest rifle club.

She is survived by two children, Rhonda Morales and Christine Simpson of Bakersfield, CA; one sister, Lois Schmidt; and one brother, Jon Baker, both of Carrolton, IL; 12 grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Christine Carter and Kim Romney; and an adopted daughter, Jeanne Marie Reinshagen.

She was predeceased by two sons, Robert and James Simpson.

Services were held on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe, with Monsignor William Collins officiating.

Interment is in Carrollton, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Callicoon Center Fire Department or to the Grover Hermann Division, Catskill Regional Medical Center, Callicoon, NY 12723.


DORETTE “DORY’ WHITLEY BOLZAN

PORT JERVIS, NY — Dorette “Dory” Whitley Bolzan of Sussex, NJ died on Monday, December 25, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 81.

The daughter of the late Ernest A. Sanders and Dorothy Raunck Sanders, she was born May 22, 1925 in Morristown, NJ.

Bolzan was a retired stockbroker of Bache & Co. in Paramus, NJ and a retired insurance agent for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co.

She is survived by three sons, John R. Whitely of Salem, VA, Roger Whitley and his wife Carol of Salem, VA and the Rev. Claude “Skip” Whitley and his wife Michelle of Sparrowbush; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Bolzan.

Services were held Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis with the Reverend Philip Pieros officiating.

Interment is at Clove Cemetery in Sussex, NJ.


ASTRID G. SOULES CAPSON

CAMPBELL HALL, NY — Astrid G. Soules Capson died Thursday December 28, 2006 at home. She was 65.

The daughter of Heinz and Gisela Ext, she was born in Hamelin, Germany on May 29, 1941.

Capson was a retired sales associate for Sears, where she worked for 20 years. She loved gardening, sailing and shopping. A family statement said: “She was the best wife, mother and grandmother.”

She is survived by her husband, Frank Capson Sr., at home; a son, Daniel Soules and his wife Vicki of Sparrowbush; three daughters, Debbie Soules and her husband Tom of Castaic, CA, Darla Soules and her husband Gary of Greenville and Wendy Soules of Port Jervis; a brother, Alan Ext and his wife Lian of Chagrin Falls, OH; three grandchildren; one niece; and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Hans Ext; and a grandson, Daniel Soules Jr.

Services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburg, NY 12550, or Ronald McDonald House, 1 Kroc Dr., Oak Brook, IL 60523.


EDWARD J. COCOT JR

MONTICELLO, NY — Edward J. Cocot Jr. died Tuesday, December 26, 2006. He was 81.

The son of Edward John and Carrie May Fisher Cocot, he was born May 18, 1925 in Monticello.

Cocot was a self-employed contractor.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bennett Cocot at home; several children; a brother, John Cocot and his wife Jean of Thompsonville; and two sisters, Johanna Morris and her husband Earl of Thompsonville and Mary Salisbury of Cochecton.

A memorial service was held on Monday, January 1, 2007 at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church with the Reverend David Coon officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church, Route 17B and Mattison Rd, White Lake, NY 12786.


EDWIN GERONIMO COLON

HONESDALE, PA — Edwin Geronimo Colon of Beach Lake died Friday, December 22, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 43.

The son of Francisco and Carmen Iglesias Colon of New York, he was born November 20, 1963 in New York City.

In high school, Colon played football, baseball and was a drag racer in Englishtown, NJ. He and his family moved to the Honesdale area in 1999. He was employed at Ashley Chevrolet as an auto technician for the past seven years. He was an active member of the community, coaching in the Honesdale Stinger Football Program, as a member of the Beach Lake Fire Police and as a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish. He attended St. Bernard Church in Beach Lake. He enjoyed antique cars, the lake and sunsets.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Carmen I. Santos Colon, at home; two sons, Edwin A. and Christopher M. Colon, both at home; a brother, Israel Colon of New York; two sisters, Amgela Venetis-Colon of California, and Angelina Quinones of New York; a brother-in-law, Carlos Santos of New York; two sisters-in-law, Maritza Alessandro and Anita Kasper, both of Long Island; aunts; uncles; two nieces; one nephew; and many friends.

Services were held on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at St. John the Evangelist Church.

Interment is at St. John’s Cemetery.


ARLENE H. DECKER

GOSHEN, NY — Arlene H. Decker of Port Jervis died on Thursday, December 22, 2006 at the Valley View Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was 90.

The daughter of the late Clarence and Evelyn Moor Edwards, she was born February 29, 1916 in Port Jervis.

Decker, a life-long resident of the area, was a retired floor lady for Little Tots Clothing. She was a member of the Drew United Methodist Church of Port Jervis.

She is survived by one son, Stanley Decker and his wife Wendy of Sparrowbush; three daughters, Nancy Sexton and her husband James of Port Jervis, Linda Griffin and her husband Melvin of Port Jervis and Jean Wehinger and her husband John of Port Jervis; one brother, Jack Edwards of Port Jervis; and two sisters, Alice Keeler of Port Jervis and Glenda Frizzel of Saugerties; ten grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley Decker; her daughter, Diana; and her two brothers, Clarence and Walter Edwards.

Private services will take place at the convenience of the family.

Interment will take place in the spring at Pine Grove Cemetery in Matamoras, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Drew United Methodist Church, Port Jervis, NY 12771.


EUGENE W. FOUNTAIN

PORT JERVIS, NY — Eugene W. Fountain of Sparrowbush died Monday, December 25, 2006 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. He was 58.

The son of the late Lewis A. Fountain and Lorine E. Aumick Fountain, he was born October 16, 1948 in Poughkeepsie.

Fountain was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during Vietnam. He was a retired mail truck driver for Miller Mail Delivery in Forestburgh. He was a member of the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church, a 40-year member of the Sparrowbush Fire Department and a member of the Runamuck Hunting Club in Sidney.

He is survived by his son, Dennis Fountain and his wife Lori of Glen Spey; a daughter, Amy Sandifer and her husband James of Sacramento, CA; three brothers, Robert Fountain of Sparrowbush, Wayne Fountain and his wife Terri of Glen Spey, and George Fountain of Glen Spey; five grandchildren; his longtime companion, Stella Schram; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jeannette Rosendall Fountain.

Services were held Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, with Joyce Davis officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Jervis Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Box 33, Port Jervis, NY 12771.


MARIANNE GARN

SARASOTA, FL — Marianne Garn, formerly of Monticello, NY, died on Saturday, December 20, 2006. She was 83.

The daughter of Charles and Isabel Ferguson, she was born August 21, 1923 in Columbus, OH.

Garn was a graduate of Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth H. Garn; her sister Susan and brother-in-law, Ralph Howard, of Washington, DC; her daughter, Lisa DeMaria of New York City; her son, K.C. Garn of Lake Huntington, NY; and five grandchildren.

A service was held on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at the Pine Shores Presbyterian Church in Sarasota.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 501 Village Green Parkway, Suite 5, Bradenton, FL 34209 or online at www.arthritis.org.


MAGDA KOVACS

HARRIS, NY — Magda Kovacs, a resident of Bethel, died on Sunday, December 24, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 72.

The daughter of Joseph and Ilona Bocsik Kovalcsik, she was born September 18, 1934 in Budapest, Hungary.

Kovacs, a homemaker, immigrated to this country in 1957 with her husband. They lived in the Bronx for 25 years and raised their three daughters. Shortly after moving to Bethel in 1982, their daughter Helen Bakos passed away, leaving behind two daughters. Magda and Barney Kovacs assumed the responsibility of raising their two granddaughters. Kovacs was devoted to caring for her daughters and her grandchildren. She will be sorely missed by family and friends and all who knew her. She will be remembered for her famous cooking and her generosity and love for others.

She is survived by her husband, Barney Kovacs, at home; her mother, Ilona Kovalcsik of Budapest; a daughter, Barbara Parker; three sisters, Georgette, Eva and Anna, all of Budapest; and four grandchildren, Angela Bakos, Laura Bakos, Anthony Parker and Salim Antabi.

She was predeceased by her father, Joseph Kovalcsik; and two daughters, Helen Bakos and Magda Kovacs.

Interment is at Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.


LINDA KATHERINE KUTSCHERA

CALLICOON, NY — Linda Katherine Kutschera died on Saturday, December 30, 2006. She was 61.

The daughter of Mary and Walter Oestrich of Long Eddy, she was born on May 2, 1945.

Kutschera was a graduate of the Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon, Syracuse Secretarial School and Middletown School of Cosmetology. She was a member of Church on the Rock in Jeffersonville where she participated in the praise and worship team, and was a past member of the United Methodist Women, the United Methodist Church choir, United Methodist Church of Callicoon and a member of Liberty Aglow. She was a hairdresser as well as helping with her husband’s business, Delaware Valley Cropdusters.

A family statement said: “She was a dedicated wife and mother and will long be remembered and forever missed for her love of family, friends and grandchildren, her persistent witnessing for the Lord Jesus, her approachability and willingness to always listen to her children and her infectious laugh. We will miss her incredible cooking, especially chicken paprikash, which none of us have been quite able to master.”

She is survived by her husband, Theodore C. Kutschera; her mother, Mary Oestrich; her daughter Sondra and her husband Bill Brooks of Callicoon; her son, Timothy and his wife Alison Kutschera of Somerset, NJ; her son Theodore III and his wife Ashley Kutschera of Ellenburg Depot; sisters Alice Fredo of Hankins and Ethel Miller of Jeffersonville; aunts Mabel Oestrich of West Hempstead and Katharine Lindberg of Hankins; two grandchildren; numerous cousins; nieces and nephews; and beloved friends.

She was predeceased by her father, Walter Oestrich; and sisters Eleanor Clark and Phyllis Schaefer.

Services were held on Monday, January 1, 2007 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties or to St. Jude’s Children Hospital of Memphis, TN.


JOHN PALLIS

HONESDALE, PA — John Pallis of Narrowsburg died on Monday, December 25, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 81.

The son of the late George and Hazel Young Pallis, he was born June 11, 1925 in Damascus.

A long-time area resident, Pallis was a retired superintendent for New York City sanitation. He served in the Navy during World War II on the USS Lyman 302. He was a member and treasurer of the Beaverbrook Rod and Gun Club, a shareholder and member of the Highland Field and Stream and a member of the Highland Hookers Bass Club.

A family statement said: “John was a devoted and loving husband, father and Pop Pop. John had a great appreciation for the outdoors; he was an avid hunter and fisherman; he will truly be missed by everyone who knew him and especially his family.”

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Galetta Pallis, at home; three sons, John Pallis of Brooklyn, NY, George Pallis and his wife Linda of Springfield, NJ, and Philip Pallis and his wife Anna Marie of Staten Island, NY; two brothers, Sonny and Daniel; two sisters, Artemesia and Anne; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his sister, Catherine.

Services were held on Friday, December 29, 2006 at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville, NY with the Reverend Donald Beck officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beaverbrook Rod and Gun Club Kids Fish for Fun Fund, or to Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.


ANTONIO ROSADO JR

HERSHEY, PA — Antonio Rosado Jr. of Greeley, and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, December 29, 2006 at Hershey Medical Center. He was 21.

The son of Antonio and May Ellen Holt Rosado Sr., he was born July 27, 1985 in Port Jervis, NY.

He is survived by his parents, at home; great grandfather Charles K. James Sr. of Franklin, NJ; maternal grandparents Elsworth and Kathy Holt of North Carolina; aunts and uncles; and cousins.

Services were held on Tuesday, January 2, 2007 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis, NY.

Interment is at Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville, NY.


BRONISLAW WOLYNIEC

HARRIS, NY — Bronislaw Wolyniec of Cochecton died Saturday, December 23, 2006 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was 85.

The son of Walter and Pauline Wolyniec, he was born August 29, 1921 in the Ukraine.

Wolyniec was a retired Con-Ed employee. He was a member of St. George’s Roman Catholic Church in Jeffersonville and St. Joseph’s Church in Yonkers.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Golub Wolyniec, at home.

Services were held on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at St. George’s Roman Catholic Church in Jeffersonville with Father Ignatius Vu officiating.

Interment is at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Yonkers.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. George’s Church, West End Avenue, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.