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Elaine Brandt, a 48-year resident of Callicoon Center, NY, died August 3, 2009. She was 71.

The daughter of Louis and Elvira Brandt of Callicoon Center, NY, she was born on June 23, 1938 in Brooklyn.

Loving mother and sister, loyal friend and co-worker, Elaine lived life with energy and happiness. She was an avid attendee of community theatre, and she devoted her life to family and serving our community as a 20-year certified nursing assistant at the Catskill Regional Medical Center.

Elaine will be dearly missed.

Elaine is survived by sister Lois Brandt of Staten Island; sons Edward and wife Alicia Skelly of Poulsbo, WA and Michael and wife Karen Skelly, of North Branch, NY; daughters Wanda and husband Robert Zazzara of Centreville, VA and Elaine and Doug Peters of North Branch; and grandchildren Kimberly and Stephanie Skelly, Michael and Kevin Skelly, Breanna Zazzara and Tylor and Trevor Peters.

Donations may be made to the American Lung Association at


Russell E. Lechner of Narrowsburg, NY, a retired accountant for Lockheed Aircraft and longtime resident, died Tuesday, August 4, 2009 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. He was 94.

The son of the late Joseph and Emma Lang Lechner, he was born March 16, 1915 in Brooklyn.

He is survived by his widow, Jean Rutherford Lechner. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on June 1, 2009.

Russell was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in WW II. He was a VFW member and a member of Beach Lake United Methodist Church, Beach Lake, PA. A family statement reads: “Russell was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved to paint beautiful paints; he was devoted to his work but family came first. He will greatly be missed.”

He is survived by his wife Jean at home; daughters Wendy Jane Pintler and husband Bob of Narrowsburg and Laurie May Lechner of Greensboro, NC; grandchildren Jennifer Irelan, Robert Terry II and Christina Terry; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother, Robert Lechner; and his sister, Ruth Davidson.

A memorial service was held on Friday August 7, 2009 at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, Beach Lake, PA with Rev. Mark Terwilliger officiating.


Selena McHugh of Honesdale, PA died Thursday, August 6, 2009 in Mercy Hospital after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Robert A. McHugh, Jr.

Selena was born in Honesdale, the daughter of George and Freda Hamlyn Haun of Honesdale. She graduated from Honesdale High School and was employed by Woodloch Pines Resort. Selena was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Honesdale.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by brother Gary Haun and wife Darlene of Honesdale; sister Dee Austin and husband Tom of Beach Lake, PA; godchildren Jessica Henderson and Jackson McHugh, both of Honesdale; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 in the Wesley Room of the Central United Methodist Church with the Rev. Val Rommel officiating. Interment followed in the East Dyberry Cemetery, Honesdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Hope For The Cure, 300 Mulberry Street, Suite 305, Scranton, PA 18503.


Arthur “Buckshot” Natelson of Woodridge, NY, passed away at his home on August 4, 2009. He was 78.

The son of the late Louis Natelson and Freida Wagner Natelson, Arthur was born on September 13, 1930 in Monticello, NY in Sullivan County and lived all his life in the Village of Woodridge.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served the Village of Woodridge for six years as a village trustee, the last four as a deputy mayor. Arthur was a self-employed hay and grain broker with a business at Monticello Raceway. He was a member of the U.S. Track Association and active in harness racing. He owned many horses throughout the years and raced them in the OTB Classic and the Little Brown Jug. He was an avid hunter and lifetime member of the NRA, and a longtime member of the Woodridge Kiwanis Club.

A family statement reads: “Arthur’s great physical stature could do little to hide his overt sentimentality. He had a great presence that took over a room. He lived for his family.”

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara Natelson of Bethel, NY and companion Kevin Colston.

In addition to his parents, Arthur was predeceased by his brother, Herbert McCann; his wife Sylvia Natelson in 2004; and his son Louis, in 1994.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 6 at Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello, NY. Cantor Michael Sturm of Temple Sholom in Monticello officiated. Burial followed at the Workmen’s Circle Cemetery in Glen Wild, NY and a celebration of Art’s life was held at Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant in Rock Hill, NY.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan County, The American Lung Association or the Hooved Animal Humane Society, 10804 Mcconnell Rd., Woodstock, IL, 60098.


Fred W. Stabbert Jr. passed away peacefully at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY on Monday morning, August 10, 2009, following a short illness. He was 81.

Fred was born on May 9, 1928, to the late Fred W. and Nellie Stevens Stabbert Sr. above the offices of the Sullivan County Democrat in Callicoon, NY.

Fred and his three siblings, Anne, Ed and Bob, were often employed at the office, helping with printing orders and whatever other work they could accomplish. Growing up in Callicoon, NY on the heels of the Great Depression, Fred learned the value of hard work, simple pleasures and strong family ties. He spent many days on the Stabbert family homestead in Obernburg, enjoying the farm owned by his aunt and uncle, Herm and Cathy Stabbert. He worked at various jobs around town and found great enjoyment in playing with his buddies and hunting, fishing and trapping. His father often took him to The Delaware Club in Westbrookville, NY.

He was a 60-year member of the club and spent countless hours preparing meals for the members. He enjoyed time in the woods and was an accomplished hunter.

Following graduation from high school, Fred attended New York’s Merganthaler School where he was formally trained in the operation of a linotype.

On July 1, 1951, Fred married Shirley Kohler of Jeffersonville, NY.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and returned home to Callicoon. He became a regional director for the NYS Department of Civil Defense.

Following the sudden death of his father in April 1963, he returned to Callicoon to take over as publisher of the Democrat, a post he held until 1994, when his son, Fred III, succeeded him.

Fred was chairman of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee in the late 1970s until the mid-1980s. He also was one of only 43 electors in New York State in 1976 casting his vote in the Electoral College for United States President Jimmy Carter. He later attended President Carter’s inauguration. Fred was chairman of the board of directors of United National Bank in Callicoon, a member and Past Master of the Delaware Lodge F. & A.M. in Callicoon, a member of the Callicoon Volunteer Fire Department, the Callicoon Kiwanis, the Delaware Youth Center, the United Methodist Church in Callicoon, the Liberty Elks and many charitable organizations.

He also enjoyed golf and travel and enjoyed taking his family on summer vacations.

A family statement reads: “Fred Jr. was the patriarch of the Stabbert family and his was a life well lived. We feel very blessed that he was able to enjoy so much time with us and his large circle of friends. Spending time with those he loved meant everything to him. He was happiest behind the grill cooking his famous chicken barbecue, or visiting with his many close friends. He lived life to the fullest and all who met him could sense his love of life. He liked to meet new people and made it a point to tell them he was from Callicoon. While our hearts are heavy, we know that he is now at peace, and that his strength will continue on in all of us.”

He is survived by his life partner of 58 years, Shirley Kohler Stabbert of Callicoon; daughters Kathy and husband John Werner of Hurley, NY, Laurie and husband Dick Sanford of Bloomville, NY, Billie and husband Peter Finch of Riverview, FL, Mary and husband John Hope-Ross of Naugatuck, CT; son Fred Stabbert III and wife Regina of Callicoon; grandchildren Elizabeth and Michael Werner, Abby, Corey and Dickson Sanford; Christian, Amy and Brian Finch, David, William and Stephen Hope-Ross and Laura, Claire and Andrew Stabbert; great-grandchildren Emily and Peyton Finch; sister Anne Foland of Middletown, NY; brother Robert Stabbert of Miami, FL; three nephews, Tim Robisch, David Robisch and Clifford Stabbert; and two nieces, Anne Marie Willi and Elaine Ernst.

He was predeceased by a brother, Edwin of New York City.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, August 13, at the United Methodist Church, Route 97, Callicoon. Burial will be in the Callicoon Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Callicoon Fire Department, PO Box 806, Callicoon, NY 12723; the United Methodist Church, PO Box 235, Callicoon, NY 12723; or the charity of one’s choice.


Michael John Weber passed away on August 5, 2009 at Hospice Care, Dunmore PA. He was 58.

He was born on June 12, 1951 in Callicoon, NY to David and Marie Weber of Yulan, NY.

Michael was a veteran of the U.S. Army. After a diagnosis of terminal cancer, he was moved to Home Health Hospice in Dunmore.

He is survived by his daughter, Karin Willis and husband Ray; granddaughters Brigette, Heidi, Dayna and Paige; brother David Weber and wife Ellen of Shohola, PA; sisters Michele Zink and husband Bob of Queens, NY and Debra Mehl of Marlboro, NY; and several nephews and neices.

Memorial services will be private.

Donations may be made to the Yulan Fire Department, Yulan, NY or the American Cancer Society.