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Charles L. Briggs of Honesdale, PA died on January 7, 2009. He was 60.

Chuck was born May 21, 1948 in Clinton, MA, son of the late Charles and Florence Scesny Briggs.

He was a self-employed carpenter for nearly 40 years and recently was employed by Villa Roma Resort in Callicoon, NY. Chuck was a car enthusiast and was a former Hose #1 Fire Co. member.

Surviving is his son Wayne Briggs and wife Melissa; their children, Mason, Gavin and Dyllon of Honesdale; stepson Robert and Donna Highhouse, with whom he resided; their children Bobby and Megan of Honesdale; stepson Howard and wife Harriet Highhouse; and their children Dustin, Sean and Ryan of Galilee, PA.

A memorial service will be held at the Beach Lake Free Methodist Church on Saturday, January 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. by Rev. Chris Freet, associate pastor. Interment will be private.

Contributions can be made to the Beach Lake Free Methodist Church, 107 Milanville Road, Beach Lake, PA 18405.


Albert Charles Hazen of Lakewood PA, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 in Warfield, Virginia. He was 51.

Albert was born in Honesdale, PA, the son of the late George and Ienza Cole Hazen. He was a truck driver, employed by Lee Harrison Trucking, and an accomplished auto mechanic.

He is survived by his wife, the former Karen Macumber; sons Shaun Rieman of Honesdale, Kenny Wormuth of Interlocken, FL, and Matthew Macumber of Outer Banks, NC; daughters Natasha Lynn Hazen of Damascus, NY, Denise Marie Hazen of Vestal, NY, and Jessica Lynn Ward of Owego, NY; brothers George Hazen of Honesdale and David Hazen of Damascus, PA; sisters Jan Day of Honesdale and Mary Bortree of Honesdale; 11 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and close friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale with Rev. Pat Hanley officiating. Burial will be in the spring.


Robert H. Lamphier of Jeffersonville, NY, a retired superintendent and New York City cab driver, died January 8, 2009 at home. He was 82.

The son of Henry George and Anna Smith Lamphier, he was born July 12, 1926 in Kearny, NJ. He was the widower of Mary Martin Lamphier, who passed away in 1986.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his children, Anna Lamphier of Montgomery, NY, Robert Lamphier of Montgomery, Brian Lamphier of Nanuet, NY, Kathleen Lunde of Schenectady, NY, Ida Lamphier of Pamona, NY, Deborah Dertinger of Jeffersonville, James Hanratty of Roscoe, NY, John Lamphier of Highland Falls, NY and Mary Kay Martin of Westbrookville, NY; brother Edward Lamphier of Roscoe; sister Dorothy Irving of Croton-on-Hudson, NY; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, Edward Lamphier; and his brother, Howard Lamphier.

Graveside services were held on Monday, January 12 at Rockland County Veterans Cemetery, New Hempstead, NY.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Suzanne Melicharek of Jeffersonville, NY, a retired office manager and an area resident since 1990, died Friday, January 9, 2009 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, NY. She was 92.

The daughter of the late Martin and Elizabeth Ryba Melicharek, she was born December 11, 1916 in Manhattan.

She was a member of the Holy Trinity Slovak Church in New York City.

She is survived by a sister, Olga Cutler of Jeffersonville, NY; a sister-in-law, Verna Melicharek; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a brother, Martin Melicharek, and by a brother-in-law, William Cutler Sr.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at the Moravian Cemetery, Staten Island, NY.

Contributions may be made to the Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church, 334 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003 or to the Warthburg Foundation, Warthburg Place, Mt. Vernon, NY 10052.


Kenneth Mitterwager of Callicoon, NY, a retired highway equipment operator for the New York State DOT, died Monday, January 12, 2009 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. He was 66.

The son of the late Louis and Eleanor Buddenhagen Mitterwager, he was born November 2, 1942 in Callicoon.

He was the widower of Beverly Callahan Mitterwager.

A family statement reads, “He was an avid outdoorsman and was a great father and grandfather.”

He is survived by daughter Jody Gilbert and husband Paul of Bristol, TN.; sons Morgan Mitterwager of Callicoon, and Jason Mitterwager of Naples, FL; grandchildren Paul Gilbert, Jordan Gilbert and Benjamin Mitterwager; sisters Gladys Houghtaling and husband Verne of Callicoon, Lois Houghtaling of Prompton, PA, Cheryl Porter and husband Francis of Long Eddy, NY, Gail Peake of Long Eddy, and Karen Hubert and husband Thomas of Fremont Center, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Sylvia Mitterwager and Beverly Houghtaling.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main Street, Callicoon.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 16 at the Holy Cross Church, Route 97, Callicoon. Father Ignatius Smith,OFM, will officiate.

Cremation will be made at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, PO Box 238, Hankins, NY 12741; Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550; or to the American Cancer Society, 169 Green Street, Kingston, NY 12401.


Frank Natoli Sr. of Carlstadt, NJ, formerly of East Rutherford, NJ, passed away on Monday, January 5, 2009. He was 97.

Mr. Natoli was the owner of the Natoli Auto Electrical in Wallington, NJ before retiring in 1982. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, a member of the Rotary Club in East Rutherford, a charter member of the Bethel Sportsmen Club of Yulan, NY, Port Jervis Country Club and Carlstadt Board of Health.

He is survived by his sons, Frank Jr. and his wife Marguerite of Narrowsburg, NY and Richard of New Paltz, NY; grandchildren Frank III and wife Christine, Ricky Natoli, Michele Drosdowich and husband Ricky; three great-grandchildren; sister Marguerite Morgan of East Rutherford and the late Angelo and Fred of Rutherford.

He is predeceased by his wife, Anita Smidth Natoli, who died in 2006; and brothers Angelo and Paul of Rutherford.

A mass was held on Friday, January 9 at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, East Rutherford. Entombment will be in George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.


Dr. Howard Rand Patton of Aldenville, PA, physician, husband, father and avid gardener, died Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. He was 101.

His wife of 59 years, Marion C. Patton, died in 1996.

Dr. Patton was born in Philadelphia on July 21, 1907, son of Howard Rand and Louise Kiefer Patton.

In 1937, Dr. Patton began the practice of medicine in Damascus, PA. Later, an office in Beach Lake was opened and he later practiced at his office on West Street across from the Wayne Memorial Hospital. He also served the hospital through emergency room care, performing autopsies and managing the medical laboratory.

Dr. Patton retired in 1976 and moved to Beach Haven, NJ until he moved to Aldenville, PA.

He served on the Board of Trustees of Wayne Memorial Hospital and was a long-time member of the Wayne County Medical Society. He enjoyed gardening into his mid-90s and was a member of the Garden Club of Long Beach Island, NJ. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Ocean County Congregation, the Murray Grove Association and later joined the Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

Dr. Patton is survived by brother Robert Patton, Oley, PA; son Howard J. Patton, Los Alamos, NM; daughters Patricia P. Robison, Manchester, NJ; Judith M. Gustin, Aldenville and Joanne C. Patton, North Palm Beach, Fl.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A service of remembrance will be held at 2:15 on January 17, 2009 at The Lodge, Route 6, Waymart, PA.

Contributions may be made to Wayne Memorial Hospital, Park St. Honesdale, PA, 18431.


Grace K. Strebel, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, died at home in East Aurora, NY on January 7, 2009. She was 79.

Born on October 27, 1929, she was the daughter of the late James Knudson and Elizabeth Lougodere Knudson.

She received her associate degree from Byrant & Stratton College, Buffalo, NY and worked as a customer agent for Bristol Meyers in Buffalo, from which she retired in 1991.

She married Charles R. Strebel.

She is survived by her husband; her daughter, Catherine Goris; son Robert Strebel; brother William C. Knudson and wife Marla; and grandchildren Adam and Christian Goris and Sarah and Heather Strebel.

She was predeceased by her son, Charles Strebel.

Private services were held at the convenience of the family. Interment is at Elmlawn Cemetery, Kenmore, NY.


Tasha Elizabeth Williams of Delaware OH, formerly of Equinunk, PA died Sunday, January 11, 2009 at St. Ann’s Hospital in Westerville, OH. She was 41.

She was born on August 26, 1967 in Columbus, OH, the eldest of Robert and Karynn (Lovett) Williams of Chesterville, OH.

After teaching creative movement and music at Third Street Music School, Turtle Bay Music School and The Neighborhood School in New York City, Tasha and her husband, Richard Grunn, and his brother Peter owned and operated The Sault Falls Inn in Braman, PA.

She continued her commitment to children when she founded The Braman Arts Conservatory in Callicoon, NY. She received numerous awards and recognition and in 2004 was named as one of the “outstanding women” making a difference in the Upper Delaware region.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by children Dylan Thomas, Corinna Elizabeth, Sullivan Cooney and Sheridan Porter; siblings S. Tyler Williams and wife Jennifer of Georgetown, KY, S. Teal Williams and wife Shari of Williamsport, OH, Tia M. Williams of Charlotte, NC and W. Tennyson Williams of Chesterville, OH; paternal grandmother Marie Williams of Groveport, OH; numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; extended family; and friends.

Memorial contributions can be made to The Braman Trust, (the children’s scholarship fund), 190 W. William St., Delaware, OH 43015.

A celebration of her life will be held in Callicoon this spring when the trees bud and the lilacs bloom. Condolences may be expressed at