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RICHARD COCHRAN ALBERT

Richard Cochran Albert of Ewing, NJ died unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. He was 63.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ, Mr. Albert grew up in Level Green, PA. After attending college and completing two years in the U.S. Army, he obtained his master’s degree in environmental science and engineering from Virginia Tech. He and wife Mary settled in Ewing in 1976.

Mr. Albert was supervising engineer and the first basin planner for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) from 1975 to 2000, and primary author of the Special Protection Waters regulations, now the national model for the protection of high-quality basin waters. After leaving DRBC, he was staff scientist and restoration director for the Delaware Riverkeeper Network from 2000 to 2009. Author of four books, including “Damming the Delaware: The Rise and Fall of Tocks Island Dam,” Dick was a prolific writer and frequently gave talks on environmental topics. He served on the Delaware and Raritan Canal Commission and most recently as a member of Ewing’s Sustainability Team.

Mr. Albert loved traveling, listening to all kinds of music, building wooden canoes, playing the dulcimer and ukulele, model railroading and transportation history. He also ran Albert Scientific, a small business that markets the AL-SCI Gravelometer, a stream pebble classification tool that he designed.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Harlan Albert; daughter Wendy, and husband Eric Nelson, of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter Carrie of Arlington, VA; grandchildren Ian and Rosemary Nelson; father Willard Albert of Level Green, PA; twin sister Judith Albert and Luther Marsh of Fairfax, VA; brother Paul Albert and wife, Darlene of Latrobe, PA; many nieces, cousins, and other relatives; and many dear friends.

He was predeceased by his mother, Wanda Cochran Albert

A service was held on Monday, November 23 at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, Ewing. Contributions may be made to Delaware Riverkeeper Network, www.delawareriverkeeper.org; the Farm Sanctuary, farmsanctuary.org; or the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (www.trentonsoupkitchen.org).


JOHN LOUIS KRANTZ

John Louis Krantz of the Beechwoods, NY, died November 18, 2009 at Roscoe Community Nursing Home in Roscoe, NY. He was 65.

Johnny was born in the Beechwoods on June 4, 1944, at home. The son of Muriel Layton Krantz and the late Everett Krantz, he lived at his home for 60 years. Johnny loved to walk and had many friends along the road. Everyone loved Johnny.

Johnny is survived by his mother, Muriel Layton Krantz; brother Gary Krantz of the Beechwoods; aunt Kathryn Hasenpflue of Jeffersonville, NY; niece Kristi Kurkey and husband David and their children Kaitlyn and Justin; and nephews Steven, Daniel and Andrew Krantz.

He was predeceased by his father, Everett Krantz; nephew Scott Krantz; and best friend Ethel Diehl.

Services were held on Friday, November 20, 2009 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Pastor Kit Robison officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Residents Council, c/o Roscoe Community Nursing Home, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776.


VIRGINIA LAWRENCE

Virginia Lawrence went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 15, 2009, at Brookview Nursing in Gaffney, SC. She was 79.

Formerly from Hawley, PA, she and her husband moved to Gaffney, SC to live with her son.

Virginia was born in New York City on July 13, 1930, the third child of Mary Whitmore (Austin) and Edmund Petena. She moved to the Damascus, PA area where her family operated a boarding house. She graduated from Damascus High in 1949.

Virginia and her husband enjoyed hunting, Boy Scouts, skiing and memberships in the Cricket Hill Golf Club, Hawley, PA.

Virginia is survived by children Robert and spouse Virginie and grandchildren Chloe and Dylan in Kercadio, France, Daniel and spouse Marilu and grandchild Russell in Gaffney, Dawn in Lebanon, PA, Scott in Scranton, PA and son Patrick and spouse Michelle in Greenfield Center, NY.

She is predeceased by her husband Wesley, who died on August 15, 2009; and brother Ed Petena and Pauline Lopatosky.

A mass for her blessing was held on Saturday, November 21, 2009 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gaffney, SC.


ROY ELIS OHMAN

Roy Elis Ohman of Equinunk, PA and formerly of Callicoon, NY, a lifetime resident of the area, died peacefully on November 20, 2009 at Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, PA. He was 77.

Son of the late Elis S. and Lillian Backlund Ohman, he was born August 20, 1932 in Stalker, PA.

Roy was a retired central office switchman for New York Telephone Co. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America; Oak Stump Hunting Club; Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, and he was a U.S. Navy veteran. An avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, Roy loved to share his knowledge of the great outdoors with everyone he met.

Survivors include his wife, Rita Eileen Hoffman Ohman, at home; children Lisa E. Clark and companion Michael Richardson of Kauneonga Lake, NY, Cathy E. Gottesman and husband George of Perkasie, PA, Mary L. Winski and husband Joseph of Youngsville, NY, David R. Ohman and wife Anne of Franklin, NY and Amy T. Angelella and husband John of Allentown, PA; grandchildren Jason Gottesman, Andrew Gottesman, Christina Haff and husband Michael, Joseph Winski, Jacob Ohman and Sam Ohman, Charles Angelella and Natalie Angelella; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass was held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 23, at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon with Fr. Ignatius Smith OFM officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Obernburg, NY.

Donations may be made to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723.


ANNA B. SAUER

Anna B. Sauer of Cochecton, NY, beloved mother, grandmother and bookkeeper extraordinaire, passed away on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. She was 78.

The daughter of the late John and Gyda Skorpen, Anna was born on March 18, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY.

Anna was an active member of The Cochecton Women’s Club, The Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corp, the Cochecton Democratic Club and Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church. She was co-owner of Offices Machines and Equipment with her late husband; worked as a bookkeeper for Livingston Manor Lumber Company; was tax collector for the Town of Cochecton; and owned Anna B’s B&B to accommodate Outback Outfitters clients.

She is survived by daughters Sandi and Richard Jay of Cochecton Center, Carla Casterline of Nashville, TN, Donna and Robert Sauer-Jones of North River, NY; son Steven and Lisa Sauer of Cochecton; grandchildren Tammy and Karl Haass, Melanie Jay, Sarah Hazard, Jonathan Casterline, Jacob and Kate Sauer-Jones, Lucas Sauer-Jones, Maegan, Austin and Cassidy Sauer; eight great-grandchildren; brother John and wife Lucy Skorpen of Ridgefield, CT; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Karl L. Sauer; and brothers Erling Skorpen and Harold Skorpen.

A memorial service will be on Saturday, November 28 at Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church, 7186 SR 52, Cochecton, NY 12726.


JOSEPH J. TROVEI

Joseph J. Trovei of Sparrowbush, NY, passed away Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Place, Port Jervis, NY. He was 95.

He was born on September 25, 1914 in Anagni, Italy, the son of the late Arthur and Maria Marceletti Trovei.

Joe was a retired former co-owner of Arthur Trovei & Sons, Inc., Port Jervis, NY. He married Eva “Sue” Hocke Trovei on May 30, 1936, celebrating 73 years of marriage.

Joe came from Anagni, Italy in 1921, through Ellis Island. His given Italian name was Guiseppe Vincenzo Miguel Trovei. In 1996 his name was placed on the Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island.

Joe moved to Port Jervis and started studying music theory and orchestration at the age of seven. He practiced the trumpet and eventually mastered the trombone, banjo and, later on, the organ. He joined the American Federation of Musicians Union at age nine and most likely was one of the oldest living members at the time of his death. In the 1920s and ’30s he played in local orchestras and later shared the stage with greats such as Lena Horne, Mickey Rooney and the Dorseys. Joe wrote arrangements for a 22-piece big band that performed regularly at the Town Casino, a well-known Buffalo night club, and they played for the troops home on leave from World War II. After the war, Joe continued his work with the family business. His love for his wife and family was first, followed by his love of music and entertaining. He was an avid golfer at the Port Jervis Country Club.

He is survived by his wife at home; daughters Joyce Curtis and husband Robert of Matamoras, PA, Marie Cherry and husband James of Matamoras and Susan Krause and companion Bruce Mungoven of Matamoras; grandchildren Robert Curtis Jr., James Cherry IV and Kenneth Krause, Jr.; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brother Lum Trovei; and sisters Clara Colaiaco and Anna Kelly.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 20 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis with Rev. George Hafemann officiating. Interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis.

Contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Place, 160 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.