CARBONDALE, PA — Ruben Paul Bucksbee, of Honesdale, died on Monday, January 1, 2007 at the Marian Community Hospital. He was 67.

The son of the late Ruben and Bernedetta Wayman Bucksbee, he was born in Susquehanna.

Bucksbee worked as a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry. He enjoyed bluegrass music and attended bluegrass festivals.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Wilson Bucksbee; eight sons, Timothy of Greeley, Randy of Carbondale, Gregory of Tafton, Jason of Honesdale, Tracy Spencer of Arizona, Kevin Spencer of Florida, Dwight David of Honesdale, and Douglas Spencer of Honesdale; three daughters, Bonnie Spencer of Scranton, Susette Spencer of Connecticut, and Amber Korkes of Honesdale; four brothers, Francis of New York, Roger of Milford, Lee of Carbondale, and Paul of Carbondale; four sisters, Delores Karr of Goldsboro, Bernadine Heimbrook of Shohola, Barbara Hockenberry of Carlysle and Darlene Willis of Maryland; and 15 grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Jodi Spencer.

Services were held Friday, January 5, 2007 in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home in Honesdale, with the Reverend Martin Cox of Hawley United Methodist Church officiating.

Interment is at Indian Orchard Cemetery, Indian Orchard.


GREELEY, PA — Virginia Marie Busti died on Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at home. She was 56.

The daughter of the late Dominick and Anna (Conti) Busti, she was born March 12, 1950 in Brooklyn, NY.

Busti was the Director of Special Elections for the Board of Elections, New York, NY. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Greeley.

She is survived by two brothers, Neil Busti of Hawley and Dominick Busti of Kalamazoo, MI; two sisters, Elizabeth DiCarlo of Brick, NJ and Theresa O’Leary of Hawley; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Nichols; and by her brother, Ralph Busti.

Services were held on Monday, January 1, 2007 at Sacred Heart Church of Greeley with the Reverend Paul Mullen officiating.

Interment is at Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY.

Memorial donations may be made to Sacred Heart Church, PO Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.


PORT JERVIS, NY — Genevieve DeGraw died on January 1, 2007 at home. She was 71.

The daughter of the late Ralph and the late Leona Crowell Temple, she was born on September 7, 1935 in Port Jervis.

DeGraw was employed at the H and M Knitting Mills and was formerly a waitress at the Port Jervis Diner. Recently, she was delivering Meals on Wheels.

She is survived by her companion, Peter Matthews at home; two sons, Otto “Butch” Melloh of Port Jervis and Ralph DeGraw of Westchester; two daughters, Margaret Harshman of Pond Eddy and Mary Melloh of the state of Florida; two brothers, Harold Teeple of Catskill and Foster Teeple of New York; 11 grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gilbert DeGraw.

Services were held Thursday, January 4 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.

Interment will be at the convenience of the family at the Rural Valley Cemetery in Cuddebackville.


PORT JERVIS, NY — Malcolm “Mickey” Edgar Devoe of Greeley, PA, died on Saturday, January 6, 2007 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. He was 76.

The son of the late Helen Onderdonk and Malcome E. Devoe Sr., he was born January 9, 1930 in Nyack.

Devoe served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a mailman in Garnerville for 32 years. He was an active member of the VFW in Lackawaxen, PA and the American Legion in Milford, PA. He was an avid New York Yankees and New York Giants fan and excelled at playing pool.

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie (Walsh) DeVoe of Greeley; his children, Malcolm “Rick” DeVoe of Charleston, SC, Kathy and her husband Peter Hekl of Plainsboro, NJ, Jim and his wife Roseanne of Greeley, and Tom and his wife Diane of Wayne; ten grandchildren; and his former wife, Lillian DeVoe of Garnerville.

He was predeceased by his brother, Charles.

Services were held at Stroyan Funeral Home in Milford, PA on Wednesday, January 10, 2007.

Interment is at German Hill Cemetery in Shohola, PA.


MATAMORAS, PA — Helen Lapriore Devore died Sunday, January 7, 2007 at home. She was 83.

The daughter of the late James and the late Ellen Feeney Benton, she was born June 12, 1923 in Port Jervis, NY.

Devore was a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Matamoras Senior Citizens and Catholic Daughters of Americas, Court Madonna No. 114, Port Jervis.

She is survived by five daughters, Patricia DeGraw of Sparrowbush, NY, Theresa Pagano and husband Steve of Port Jervis, Susan Schultz and husband Ted of Mooresville, NC, Linda Wehner and husband Ray of Milford, and Mary Jane Chlebowski and husband Mike of Matamoras; her sister Catherine Burke of Jersey City, NJ; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jane Drake of Matamoras, Beverly Walker of Greenville Township, Rocco Lapriore of Las Vegas, NV, Vincent Lapriore of Miami, FL, Alice Lapriore of Port Jervis, Barbara Benton of Jacksonville, FL, Mary Benton of Chicago, IL; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Anthony Lapriore, and later by her husband Richard Devore; her son, Anthony J. Lapriore; two brothers, William and James Benton; five sisters, Joan Cotter, Mary McCullough, Elizabeth Rusk, Lucille Fisher and Jean Wade.

Services were held Wednesday, January 10 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis and St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church with Reverend August A. Ricciardi officiating. Interment is at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Jervis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Anthony J. Lapriore Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Joy Vierra at DSVD, 236 Rte. 6 and 209, Milford, PA 18337 or a charity of one’s choice.


HARRIS, NY — Timothy L. Dobell, a lifetime resident of the area, died Monday, January 1, 2007. He was 52.

The son of Reuben and Agness Hamilton Dobell, he was born September 14, 1954 in Livingston Manor.

Dobell was a fuel oil delivery driver for County Petroleum.

He is survived by his daughter, Heather Dobell, at home; his son, Adam Dobell, at home; his stepfather, John Jost of Livingston Manor; one sister, Gige Dobell of Missouri; three brothers-in-law, Andrew Smith and his wife Linda of Cochecton, Franklyn “Randy” Smith and companion Patricia Collins of Rochester, and Matthew “Sam” Smith and his wife Dena of Bethel; one grandson; and four nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Volunteer Ambulance Corps, White Lake, NY 12786.


MIDDLETOWN, NY — Helen Mae Elliot of Bloomingburg died on Sunday, December 31, 2006 at ORMC-Horton Campus. She was 69.

The daughter of the late William A. Sullivan and Pearl D. Boyd Sullivan, she was born December 8, 1937 in Middletown.

Elliot was a retired food service employee for Marriot Foods in Sloatsburg and the Quickway Diner in Bloomingburg.

She is survived by her husband, James F. Elliot, at home; two daughters, Debra Johnson and husband James, and Rosemary J. Joy and husband Richmond, all of Bloomingburg; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five brothers, John Sullivan of Florida, William Sullivan of New Hampton, Thomas Sullivan of Middletown, Donald Sullivan of Colorado, and Robert Sullivan of Callicoon; six sisters, Gene Griffiths, Patricia House and Eleanor Williams, all of Middletown, Pearl Diener of Oklahoma, Arlene Moulton of Middletown and Kathleen Brown of Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

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


HONESDALE, PA — James Noble Erk, of Milanville, died on Friday, January 5, 2007 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

The son of Edward C. and Hazel M. Noble Erk, he was born on January 21, 1922 in Seelyville.

Erk was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II. Afterward, he was an electrician and later operated the family farm in Milanville. He was a member of the Wayne and Pike Counties Farm Bureau, the Wayne County Republican Committee and a member of the Honesdale First Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Giddings Erk, at home; his son, Edward F. and wife Kimberly of Milanville; his two daughters, Debra L. Griemsman and husband Fred of Virginia, and Bonnie A. Blum and husband Walter of Milanville; a brother, Richard and wife Gretchen of Seelyville; two sisters, Virginia Heckel and husband Anthony of Seaford, NY, and Elizabeth Gilman of Rhode Island; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Karen Julie; and brothers Elwin and Charles.

A memorial service will be held at Calkins Union Baptist Church in Milanville on January 13, 2007 at 1:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Calkins Union Baptist Church, PO Box 100, Milanville, PA 18443 or to the American Heart Association, 71 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.


HONESDALE, PA — Georgia A. Horton of Eldred, NY died on Thursday, January 4, 2007 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She was 97.

The daughter of the late Robert and Kane Sullivan Rindle, she was born August 16, 1909 in Eldred.

Horton, a lifetime area resident, was a retired housekeeper for the Bertram Lodge.

She is survived by her five daughters, Emaline Leek of Eldred, Madelyn Weiss and her husband Roland of Kauneonga Lake, NY, Elizabeth Wingert of Yulan, NY, Gloria Schwartz and her husband Albert of Honesdale, and Betty Milk and her husband Edward of Hancock, NY; 17 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband, Ernest Horton; two sons, Ellsworth and Kenneth; and a sister, Violet Hulse.

Services were held on Monday, January 8, 2006 at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville, NY.

Interment is at Eldred Cemetery.


PORT JERVIS, NY — Anne C. Schlosser died Saturday, January 6, 2007 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 70.

The daughter of the late Francis Martin and the late Mary Beckwith Martin, she was born May 10, 1936 in the Bronx.

Schlosser was a 13-year resident of the area, formerly of Sloatsburg. She was a member of the Cannon Ball Yacht Club of Stony Point.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond E. Schlosser, at home; three stepsons, Donald A. Schlosser of Glen Spey, Raymond E. Schlosser Jr. of Port Jervis, and Peter D. Schlosser of Sloatsburg; one stepdaughter, Kathleen Hager of Fulton; two brothers, Frank Martin of Murrietta, CA, and James Martin of Ocala, FL; two sisters, Frances Villardi of Queens, and Josephine Edlegass of Fort Worth, TX; 11 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; and nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis.

Interment is at Germonds Presbyterian Church Cemetery in New City.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, Inc., 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771.


GOUVERNEUR, NY — Ruth M. Sickles of Binghamton, formerly of Jeffersonville, died Friday, January 5, 2007. She was 85.

The daughter of the late John and Hattie Wehner, she was born May 10, 1921 in Jeffersonville.

Sickles was a retiree of the Endicott-Johnson Corp and a member of its 30 Year Club. She was a member of East Side Congregation Church of Binghamton, volunteered with the CHOW program and was a faithful volunteer for the Meals on heels program for over 20 years.

She is survived by a special son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth and Nancy Leamon of Antwerp; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a niece, Ruth Baumgardt Duncan and her husband Kenneth of Jeffersonville; and a nephew, Walter Baumgardt and his wife, Ann of Tonawanda.

She was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Sickles; and her sister, Catherine Baumgardt.

Services were held on Wednesday, January 10 in the Thomas J. Shea Funeral Home in Binghamton with the Reverend Carol Krause officiating.

Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Roscoe at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Antwerp Congregational Church, Organ Repair Fund, 47 Main St., PO Box 154, Antwerp, NY 13608.