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Mrs. Edna A. Bowers of Waymart, PA, formerly of Matamoras, PA and a lifetime area resident, died Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, PA. She was 87.

She was born November 1, 1921 in Matamoras, the daughter of the late Clarence and the late Alyce Smith Briard. She was married to the late Benjamin Bowers, who died in 1969.

Edna worked as the operating room supervisor at St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY, and was a member of the Association of Operating Room Nurses. She served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the China, Burma, India Association. Edna was a member of the United Methodist Church Of Matamoras where she was a Sunday school teacher, and a member of Wonder Workers. She was a past president of the Matamoras Senior Citizens Organization.

Survivors include sons Gary Bowers and wife Mary, Narrowsburg, NY and Alan Bowers of Milford, PA; grandchildren Gary Bowers II and wife Tracey of Fulton, NY, Amy Sondericker and husband Dale of Attica, NY, Alan Bowers Jr. and wife Karen of Audubon, NJ; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by brother Claude Briard; and sisters Mildred Snyder and Lena Briard.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 31, at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis. A spring burial with military honors will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras.

Contributions may be made to the United Methodist Church of Matamoras, 209 Avenue H, Matamoras, PA 18336 or The National Audubon Society, 225 Varick Street, 7th Floor, Dept W., New York, NY 10014.


Lawrence Melvin Bush of Damascus, PA died Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 78.

Born July 15, 1930 in Callicoon, NY, he was the son of the late Corwin and Julia Kellam Bush.

He graduated from Damascus High School and worked with brothers Harold and Gerald Bush on the family dairy farm in Manchester Twp., PA. He was a member of the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church and a former member of the Lookout IOOF Lodge. He liked to travel on county agricultural extension dairy tours and visiting family and friends, and more recently he appreciated friendship and social interaction from the Wayne County Senior Citizens Center in Honesdale, PA.

He is survived by a brother, Harold; sisters in law Lucile and Marian Bush; and seven nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, February 8 at 12:15 p.m. at the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Galilee in the spring.


Barbara Duffy Carbone (nee Maas), a lifelong resident of Pike County, died suddenly at her Bonita Springs, FL residence on Friday, January 30, 2009. She was 66.

Barbara was born March 13, 1942 in Rockville Centre, NY, but moved to Pike County when her parents opened a boarding house in Shohola, PA. She graduated from Delaware Valley High School in 1960. She and her late ex-husband, James R. Duffy Jr., bought Rohman’s Hotel in 1973. Later, Barbara joined Royal Furniture in Port Jervis, NY where she worked for more than 20 years in sales.

A statement by friend Betty Petkus reads: “Barbara made friends wherever she went. Her warmth was felt by everyone who knew her. Her untimely death is hard to understand and accept for all of us who loved her and will miss her terribly.”

Barbara is survived by her husband; brother Robert Maas of Barryville, NY; daughters Julie Duffy Kohn of Mountainside, NJ and Bonnie Duffy Clark of Cherry Hill, NJ; stepdaughters Lisa Carl of Hadley, MA and Paula Smith of Marlborough, NH; stepson Michael Carbone of Wakefield, RI; and grandchildren Kyle Clark, Zachary Kohn, Troy Clark and Jenna Clark.

She was predeceased by her ex-husband; parents Frederick and Esther Maas; and brother Frederick Maas.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 5 in the Stroyan Funeral Home, Milford, PA. Burial was in German Hill Cemetery, Shohola, PA.

Donations may be sent to Pike Co. Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 110 W. Harford St., Milford, PA 18337 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1905.


Veronica Veria Drumm passed away at her home in Cochecton, NY on Thursday, January 29, 2009, surrounded by her friends. She was 82.

Veronica was born in Manhattan on February 9, 1926 and was the daughter of the late James Drumm and Emma Weir.

Veronica was a kind and loving woman who will be missed greatly.

Survivors include her sister, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Drumm of Loch Sheldrake, NY; and many loving friends.

Services were held at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, February 2, at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. John Lynch officiating.


Alice E. Ellmauer of Youngsville, NY, died February 1, 2009 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. A lifelong area resident, she was 105.

The daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Huff Abel Hardenburg, she was born January 29, 1904 in Youngsville.

She was the widow of William Thomas Ellmauer, who passed away in 1978.

Mrs. Ellmauer was a member of the Dutch Reformed Church in Youngsville and a member of the Ladies Aide. She had celebrated her 105th birthday on Thursday, January 29, 2009.

She is survived by her children, Mary Ardizzone of Jeffersonville, NY, Alice Elberth and husband Wayne of Neversink, NY, Lillian Hanslmaier and husband George of New Berlin, NY, Lee Ellmauer and wife Barbara and Leo Ellmauer and wife Carol, all of Youngsville, and Sally Eronimous and husband Thomas of Swan Lake, NY; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Arthur Ardizzone.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 4 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with the Rev. Lee Andrews officiating.

Burial will be made in Greenhill Cemetery in Youngsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the United Reformed Church, c/o Patricia Norris, PO Box 251, Youngsville, NY 12791.


Peter F. Fay of Sandy Shore, Hawley, PA died Saturday, January 24, 2009 at home, following an illness. He was 68.

Mr. Fay was born May 15, 1940 in New York City and was the son of the late Nicholas and Mary (Dolan) Fay.

He attended RCA Institute and retired as an audio/video engineer from Sony and Toyota. A family statement read: “Peter was a man who loved and celebrated life. He always kept a smile on his lips and a song in his heart. Peter’s was a life well lived. His spirit will long remain among all of us who were blessed by sharing his love.”

He is survived by daughter Jessica Fay of Beach Lake, PA; granddaughter Jordan; sister Ann Fitzgerald of Long Island, NY and brother Joseph Fay of Australia and former wife, Sharon McCormick of Hawley, PA.

He was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie Fay; and a sister, Mary.

A memorial mass will be held Saturday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady Of Miraculous Medals in Wyandanch, LI, NY. Cremation was at Lake Region Crematory in Lake Ariel, PA.

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Jeffrey Fearn of Waymart, PA died Friday, January 23, 2009 at home. He was 49.

Born in Philadelphia, son of the late Ward and Susanne Morgan Fearn, he was a resident of Stillmeadow Home, Tompkinsville, PA from 1966 to 2003. From 2003 until his death, he lived with caregiver Becky Reynolds and her family. During his time at Stillmeadow Home, he was fostered by Jack Nicholas and the late Jean Nichols, Jermyn, PA.

He attended Finch Hill Baptist Church, Greenfield Twp., PA, was a team member of the Relay 4 Life, and participated in the Special Olympics. He was a volunteer for the MS Walk and was involved in Deutsch Institute-sponsored activities. He worked at Human Resources of Beach Lake, PA. He was loved by everyone with whom he came in contact.

Also surviving are an aunt, Jean Anne Fox, Tennessee; three foster brothers, Jack Nichols Jr. and wife Carol; Jeff Nichols and Randy Nichols Sr. and wife Sally; and foster nieces and nephews.

The funeral was Tuesday, January 27 in Finch Hill Baptist Church, by Pastor Dan Henwood. Interment is in Sandy Banks Cemetery, Greenfield Twp.


Dieter W. Langel of Beach Lake, PA, a retired station engineer for Lufthansa Airlines, died after a long and courageous battle with cancer on Monday, February 2, 2009. He was 68.

The son of the late Herman and Anny Meyers Langel, he was born January 10, 1941 in Frankfort, Germany.

Dieter attended the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Honesdale, PA. He was a member of the NEPA Snow Seekers and the Alrona Lufthansa Retirees. A family statement read, “Dieter was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed entertaining people at his home. He was a very talented craftsman who could do almost anything that he put his mind to. He was loved and respected by all that knew him.”

Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Janet Volz Langel; two sons, Brian Langel and wife Katia of Germany and Chris Langel and wife Karen of Archbald, PA; and grandsons Cedrick Langel of Germany and Alex and Austin Langel, both of Archbald.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 5, 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. A memorial service will he held on Friday, February 6 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Johns I; Angelical Lutheran Church, 107 Seventh Street, Honesdale.

Cremation will take place at Maple Hill Crematory in Archbald. Burial of the cremains will be in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, in the spring.

Donations can be made to Bladder Cancer Research, American Cancer Society, P O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.


Mr. Jose Louis Leon of Glen Spey, NY, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2009 at home. He was 79.

He was born March 10, 1929 in Ponce, PR, the son of the late Augusta and the late Eleanora Leon Astaio. He was married to Rosemary Ransom Leon for 43 years.

A family statement reads: “Jose Leon was a loving husband and a wonderful father. He was very caring and would do anything for his loved ones, always putting their needs before his own. He was a loyal, hard-working man and will be deeply missed by all who loved him. Gone but not forgotten.”

Surviving are his wife Rosemary at home; daughters Iris Pagan and husband William of Hartford, CT, Mildred Ortiz of Hartford, Debbie Astacio and husband Jose of Manchester, CT, Trudy Raymond and husband Harold of Slate Hill, NY and Jodie Mann and husband Richard of Glen Spey; son Jose Louis Leon Jr. of Glen Spey; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis, NY, on Wednesday, January 28. Cremation was at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA. Burial will be at a later date.


Shirley E. Longo, 59 of Honesdale, PA died unexpectedly Thursday, January 29, 2009 at home. She was 59.

Born September 4, 1949 in Bayshore, NY, she was the daughter of the late William and Marjorie Albin Sears.

A housewife and mother, Shirley was also a waitress at Cordaro’s Restaurant in Honesdale and a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale. She devoted her life to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph E. Longo Jr., her children, Joseph III of Beach Lake, PA, Vincent and wife Judy of Sterling, PA, Christine and husband Keith of North Carolina, Nelson and wife Alethia of Beach Lake, Robert and William of Honesdale; brothers William Sears, Michael and Patrick Connors; sister Marjorie Garcia; grandchildren Amanda S., Robbie, Amanda V., Todd, Thomas, Brandon, Kevin, Katie, Nicholas and Amber.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Tuesday, February 3 at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Honesdale. As per her request, cremation will follow.


George E. Martin, a resident of Narrowsburg from 1972 to 1987, passed away at his Las Vegas home on January 21, 2009. He was 77.

George was born in New York City on January 18, 1932 and married to Barbara Martin. He was a retired Corrections Captain from the City of New York and moved to Narrowsburg in 1972 with his family. All of their children graduated from Narrowsburg Central School.

A family statement reads: “George was a man of his word that would never turn down an opportunity to help someone. He was a dedicated New York Giants fan and loved spending time with his grandchildren. The family had just celebrated his 77th birthday. He is resting peacefully and will be dearly missed.”

He is survived by his wife Barbara in Las Vegas; sons Thomas, New York, John “Jackie,” Las Vegas and George from Inverness, FL; daughter Tina, Las Vegas; and 11 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on January 27, 2009 at St Viator Catholic Church, Las Vegas.

If you would like to contact the family, George’s son Jackie can be contacted at 702/203-2355.