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Frances M. Ebers of Eldred, NY, passed away Monday, November 23, 2009 at Thompson House, Rhinebeck, NY. She was 91.

She was born on June 25, 1918 in Callicoon, NY, the daughter of the late Herbert and Elizabeth Homer Persbacker. Fran married Karl D. Ebers, who predeceased her on June 21, 2000.

Fran graduated from Syracuse University and was a school teacher at the Callicoon High School in Callicoon. She was a member of the Eldred Congregational Church and past president of the ladies auxiliary of the church; a member and past Matron of the River Valley Chapter, O.E.S. #33, Port Jervis, NY; and Grand Chaplain in 1972 for the O.E.S., State of New York.

Frances is survived by daughter Barbara C. Michael of Rhinebeck; son Herbert C. Ebers and wife Judy of Florida, NY; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great granddaughter.

Eastern Star services were held on Wednesday, November 25 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis. Funeral services were held Friday, November 27, at the funeral home with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Interment will take place at Montoza Cemetery, Eldred.

Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assoc. Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter, 2 Jefferson Plaza Ste. 103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-4060.


James D. Kelty Sr. of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2009. He was 69.

The son of the late James F. and Mary Sauer Kelty, he was born in Queens, NY in June, 1940.

James was a retired truck driver. He served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne. He was married to Carol Sobolewski for 47 years, who survives.

A family statement reads: “James was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved the open roads, fishing, hunting and boating with his family. He was a big part of the family. He will greatly be missed by all.”

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons James D. Kelty Jr., Christopher Kelty and Patrick Kelty and wife Kelli of Narrowsburg; grandchildren Ayla, Colton, Lynzee, Chen and Lenae; brother Frederick Kelty; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, December 2 at St. Ann’s RC Church, Shohola, PA with the Rev. Thomas Major officiating. Cremation will follow at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stone Brook Ct, Newburgh, NY 12550 or American Cancer Society, 955 Schwenk Drive, Kingston. NY 12401.


Joan Knoll of Lackawaxen, PA, a housewife and longtime area resident, passed away on Thursday, November 26, 2009 at Mercy Hospital Hospice Unit, Scranton, PA. She was 77.

The daughter of the late Frederick and Marichen Budde Bruns, she was born July 2, 1932 in Brooklyn. Joan was married to John Knoll for 52 years, who survives. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Lackawaxen; the VFW Ladies Auxiliary; and the Lackawaxen Fire Department.

A family statement reads: “Joan was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a very caring woman who loved to be around people. She was a big part of our family and the community. She will be greatly missed.”

In addition to her husband, Joan is survived by four children, Jean Corday and husband Richard of Collegeville, PA, Mike Knoll and wife Lisa of Lackawaxen, Susan Edwards and husband Dane of Hagerstown, MD and Daniel Knoll and wife Denise of Allentown, NJ; grandchildren Christy Livezy and husband Tom, Jason Corday, Ann Marie Knoll, Tyler Edwards, Frank Knoll, Casey Edwards, Kyle Edwards and Michael Knoll; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Monday November 30 at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Lackawaxen with the Rev. Donald Beck officiating. Burial will follow in Lackawaxen Cemetery, Lackawaxen.

Donations can be made to American Cancer Society, 95 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY 12401 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 3544 N. Progress Avenue, Suite 205, Harrisburg, PA 1 7110.


Peter M. Propst of Beach Lake, PA died Friday, November 27, 2009 at his home. He was 57.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, the former Janice M. Panek.

Born January 6, 1952 in Sayre, PA, he was the son of the late Dr. Harry Deaver Propst and Amy M. Arbes Propst.

He was a graduate of Honesdale High School and attended Lafayette College. He was a self-employed entrepreneur in day trading and founded the Rorre Corporation in Beach Lake. For 12 years, he was a member of the Wayne Highlands School Board and most recently was the board president. He was also a member of the Wayne Memorial Hospital systems board and patient safety committee; past president of the Lions Club; past president of the Wayne County Redevelopment Authority; an active member of the Republican Party; and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1858 and The Red House Hunting Club.

A family statement reads: “Pete was a friendly loving guy with a great sense of humor and very dedicated to the community.”

Also surviving is his daughter Allaina Kathern Propst at Bryn Mawr College; brothers Michael and wife Nancy of Honesdale, PA and Deaver and wife Hayley of Hawley, PA; sister Dr. Sandra Propst Reidel and husband Arthur of Palo Alto, CA; sister-in-law Judith Bonanno and husband Edward of Pottstown, PA; aunt Lois Willerford of Columbia, CT; and nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, November 30 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale. As per his request, cremation followed.

Contributions may be made to the Peter Propst Scholarship Fund, c/o Honesdale High School, 459 Terrace St. Honesdale, PA 18431.


Grace J. Theysohn, a resident of Alexandria, VA and a former 21-year-resident of Callicoon, NY died earlier this week. She was 87.

Born on October 22, 1922 in Manhattan to John Patrick and Anne Mulligan Maguire, she was a longtime employee of the New York Telephone Company, and retired as executive assistant to the senior vice president.

She was married to Vincent L. Theysohn, on February 14, 1950.

Grace was a longtime employee of New York Telephone; a member of the Pioneers Communications Workers of America, Catholic Women’s Guild of St. John the Evangelist; a Girl Scout leader; and fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and Muscular Dystrophy.

Survivors include her daughters Anne Marie and husband LTG(R) William J. Lennox and Margaret R. and husband LTG(R) John R. Wood, of Alexandria; grandchildren Maj. Matthew J. Lennox and wife Amy, of West Point, NY, Anne Marie and husband Lee M. Van Atta, of Alexandria, Maj. Andrew K. and wife Tara Lennox, of West Point, Margaret Lee Wood of Alexandria and Jonathan W. and wife Amanda Lennox, of Dallas, TX; and sister Margaret Reynolds of Florida.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, November 28 at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. Burial will be made at the Callicoon Cemetery, in Callicoon with Fr. Ignatius Smith officiating.

Contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723 or Evercare Hospice, 4000 Legato Road, Suite 1100, Fairfax, Virginia 22033.


Cathleen Cullen Tonjes, of the Beechwoods, in Callicoon, NY died on Wednesday, November 25, at Good Samaritan Hospital, in Suffern, NY. She was 83.

Born in Chester, NY on June 28, 1926, to Thomas J.V. Cullen and Mary McCormick Cullen, she was married to the late Frank Alvin “Al” Tonjes.

She was the owner and editor of the Sullivan County Record in Jeffersonville, NY for 20 years, a founding member of the Jeffersonville Public Library and a former member of the Jeff-Youngsville Central School Board of Education.

Survivors include her eight children, Mary Theodorou and husband Louis of Callicoon, Christopher Tonjes and wife Michelle of San Francisco, Mark Tonjes and wife Darlene of Atlanta, GA, Timothy Tonjes and wife Mary of Callicoon, Doyle Degan and husband Eugene of Goshen, NY, Peter Tonjes and wife Anasticia of Cambridge, NY, Susan Nicoletti and husband Philip of Cochecton, NY and Josephine Lowe and husband Ronald of Circleville, NY; sister Mary Rose Cullen, of Chester, NY; brother Thomas J.V. Cullen Jr. of Goshen; 27 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was held on Monday, November 30 at St. George’s Church in Jeffersonville, NY with Father Ignatius Vu officiating.

Contributions may be made to Jeffersonville Volunteer First Aid Squad, P.O. Box 396, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.