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A memorial service for Millard W. Avery of Beach Lake, PA will be held on Saturday, April 24 at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.

He died March 29, 2010 in Tampa, FL. He was 81.

Contributions can be made to the Beach Lake Volunteer Fire Department.


Evelyn May Cogswell, a longtime Liberty, NY resident, passed away on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty. She was 93.

The daughter of the late Charles and Tovola Lang, she was born on July 26, 1916 in New York City.

An avid bingo player and fisherman, she had a love for flowers and plants. She had a green thumb and could make anything grow.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Collins and husband Jim of Jeffersonville, NY; sons William “Bill” Cogswell and wife Jacqueline and Kenneth Cogswell, all of Liberty; sister Muriel Burkhammer of West Virginia; grandchildren Billy, Bobby, Lee J., Cory, Beth, Chris and Jim; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband William Lee Cogswell; and her sister Dorothy.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 19 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Liberty, with George Dexheimer officiating. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope, NY.

Contributions may be made to Family Council of Sullivan County Adult Care Center, 256 Sunset Lake Rd., Liberty, NY 12754.


Margaret “Dolly” Peck Crosby died at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA, on Sunday, April 18, 2010, two months short of her 101st birthday.

She was born in New York City on June 13, 1909, the daughter of Louis and Rosemary Purcell Friedel.

Dubbed Dolly as a child by her father, she was known by this nickname throughout her life. She was a telephone operator in New York before marriage to Arthur W. Peck Sr., who predeceased her. She later moved to Damascus, PA, then Beach Lake, PA, where she was chief telephone operator at the Big Eddy Telephone exchange for some years. After the exchange converted to dial operation, she moved to Florida, where she worked for Bell Telephone Company until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling during her later years.

Surviving are two daughters and two sons, Margaret “Peggy” Seiferling O’Neill of New Port Richey, FL, Millicent “Penny” Gresovic of Clay, NY, Arthur Peck of Narrowsburg, NY and Frank Peck, Honesdale, PA; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She is also pre-deceased by sisters Louise, Florence, Rosemary and Eileen; and brother Gus.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.


Keith Alan Fuller of Newport, VT, formerly of Port Jervis, NY, died Monday, February 15, 2010 in Vermont. He was 48.

He was born April 7, 1961 in Port Jervis, the son of the late Walter R. Fuller Jr. and Jean M. Decker Fuller.

Keith was a painter for Memphremagog Rentals in Newport. Hobbies included hunting, fishing, bowling and spending time on his computer. He loved spending time with his friends and was a mentor for the neighborhood children.

Surviving are his wife Claire Fuller at home; children Christopher, Brandi Lee, Jasmine and Desiree; stepchildren Edward, Edna and Annie Staples; brothers Walter R. Fuller III and wife Margo of Port Jervis, Michael Fuller and wife Dawn Coffey of Pond Eddy, NY, Mark Fuller and wife Ronda of Huguenot, NY, Joseph Fuller and wife Tammy of Barryville, NY; sister Daphne Fuller of Sparrowbush, NY; four grandchildren; Uncle Ed and Aunt Marge Fuller of Port Jervis; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

He was predeceased by his Uncle Leroy, Gary and Louie Fuller; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, April 17 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis. A burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush.


Maria S. Goldstein of Roscoe, NY, a retired waitress for the Roscoe Diner, died Saturday, April 10, 2010 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. She was 86.

The daughter of the late Auguste and Maria Anna Josephina Radermacher Mockel, she was born August 14, 1923 in La Calamine, Belgium. Maria met her husband Julius in Belgium during World War II and came to this country in 1946 on a Red Cross boat filled with war brides and their children. They settled in Roscoe in 1947. Maria had also worked in the Roscoe Theatre for a number of years. She loved to knit, garden, sing and have fun. Maria loved her family and friends.

Survivors include daughter Sonja Goldstein-Suss and husband Rainer of Hopewell Junction, NY; sons Joseph Goldstein and wife Jeri of Phoenix, AZ and Gregory Goldstein and wife Linda of Neversink, NY; grandsons Jeffery Goldstein of Chicago, IL, Eric Goldstein and wife Alana of Jeffersonville, NY, Brian Goldstein of Sherman Oaks, CA and Todd Goldstein of Boston, MA, and granddaughters Gillian, Natalie and Claire, all of Jeffersonville.

She was predeceased by her husband on April 13, 2008.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 20 in the Harris Funeral Home, Roscoe, with the Rev. Donald Jenks officiating. Burial was in Bon Air Cemetery, Roscoe.

Contributions may be made to the Roscoe-Rockland Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Old Route 17, Roscoe, NY 12776 or to the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, Residents Fund, 420 Rockland Rd., Roscoe, NY 12776.


Florence C. Hunt of Glen Spey, NY passed away Monday, April 5, 2010 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. She was 84.

She was born in Mongaup, NY on August 18, 1925, the daughter of the late Henry H. and Anna Carr Thiele. Florence married Donald J. Hunt who predeceased her on July 7, 2008. She was a member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, Pond Eddy, NY, and the Lumberland Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary.

Florence is survived by daughters Beverly Wagner and husband Greg of Glen Spey, Nancy Benedict and husband Craig of Middletown, NY, Louise Howard and husband Dennis of Saratoga, NY, Mary Hunt of Glen Spey and Patti Destefano and her husband Michael of Glen Spey; sons Joseph Hunt and wife Debbie of Coleville, WA and Donald Hunt and wife Lisa of Glen Spey; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren, sisters Louise McKerrell and Delaine Norris, both of Glen Spey; brother Howard Thiele of Glen Spey; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law Douglas Bachelder; sister-in-law Dare Thiele; and beloved cat “Miss Kitt.”

She is predeceased by sisters Eleanor, Audrey and Marge; brothers Pete and Hank Thiele; sisters-in-law Katie and Genevieve Thiele; and brothers-in-law William McKerrell and Edward Norris.

Funeral services were held Friday April 9, at the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, Pond Eddy, NY with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Interment took place at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY. Donations may be made to the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, Berme Church Road, Pond Eddy, NY 12770.


Joan Marilyn Purcell passed away peacefully on Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Eddy Ford Nursing Home in Cohoes, NY where she received wonderful care at one of their new Green House homes. She was 80.

Joan was born in Brooklyn on March 23, 1930, the only surviving child of Harry A. Kerbs and Emily E. (Ackerman) Kerbs. As a young girl she worked in the family boarding house, River View, along the banks of the picturesque Upper Delaware River above Narrowsburg, NY, counting among her early companions in that bucolic setting a brace of workhorses named Whisky and Sour and a succession of Scottie dogs. “Kerby” had warm brown eyes and a pleasant manner. She graduated from Forest Hills NY High School in the class of 1948 and from Centenary College of New Jersey in 1950. Enduring the courtship period pranks of his three brothers, she married Robert Purcell of Narrowsburg, and they made happy homes in New York City, Pearl River in Rockland County, Janesville in Schoharie County, South Venice in Florida, and finally back to Narrowsburg. Joan was a secretary in the heart of 1950s Manhattan, and among subsequent jobs she was an executive assistant for the Automobile Almanac. Later in life she ran a successful weekend barn sale and exhibited at various antiques fairs and centers, where her specialty was vintage clothing, linens, quilts, Deco-era and anything old and unusual that her customers would marvel (and then haggle) over.

Mom enjoyed raising her family, doing things with her dear friends, volunteer and educational activities, cooking, canning the produce from Dad’s extensive gardens, perusing the local newspapers in the morning and curling up with her magazines and cheese crackers in the evening, yard saling, beachcombing, following professional ice skating, world travel, and showing her grandkids a good time and a good example. She was tireless, patient, positive, sharp as a tack, brave in the face of adversity, always there for those who needed her, and unassuming, though she could crack a good quip and really had a way with words. We will miss you, Mom, more than words can say.

Joan is predeceased by her loving husband Robert J. Purcell; and is survived by her children Shawn Purcell (Mary Kim) of Delmar, NY, Brian Purcell of Narrowsburg and Grace Purcell of Delmar, NY; and her grandchildren Keelin, Braedan, Aliza, and Lauren.

Following a service at Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg on April 21, interment occurred at St. Francis Cemetery. Donations in Joan’s name can be made to the Northeastern NY Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; and the family would be greatly interested in reminiscences of Mom and Dad and any of the Kerbs or Purcells sent by mail or emailed to


Lester R. Rundle of Port Jervis, NY passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He was 69.

He was born on May 21, 1940 in Bethel, NY, the son of the late Lester and Sue Rundle.

Les worked as a truck driver for Taylor Oil Company in Monticello, NY; and as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal System in Rock Hill, NY. Lester enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing, golf and was an excellent bowler. He was a marksman and would practice his shooting with the Monticello Police force.

A family statement reads, “Dad was not what you would consider a ‘Hallmark Card’ kind of Dad. He made his share of mistakes, but don’t we all. Thankfully, we enter God’s presence through faith and not works lest none of us make it. We know he believed in the Lord Jesus Christ for his salvation. Dad loved life and his family. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.”

Lester is survived by daughter Deborah Jahn and husband Robert of Sparrowbush, NY; sons Lester Rundle of Melbourne, FL, Kenneth Rundle of Middletown, NY, Gary Rundle of Orange County, NY and Alex Dain of Port Jervis; brothers Irv Rundle of Monticello and Richard Rundle of Orlando, FL; sisters Shirley McBrierty of Tempe, AZ and Elaine Leis of Ft. Myers, FL; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his infant son, Michael Rundle; and his brother, Al Rundle.

Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.


Constance “Connie” Werner of Highland Manor in Carbondale, PA died Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, PA after an extended battle with cancer. She was 52.

Mrs. Werner was born March 15, 1958 in Honesdale, the daughter of Anne M. (Bomba) Kreiter and the late Jon P. Kreiter.

She was a 1975 graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Connie was an accomplished artist and enjoyed designing her own clothes, floral arranging and interior design. She had a tender heart, evident in the love that she showed toward her family and her animals. She will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her mother, Anne M. (Bomba) Kreiter of Hawley, PA; sisters Jean and husband Joseph Micolucci of Beach Lake, PA, Kim and husband Richard Katzenback of Succasunna, NJ and Pam Kreiter of Houston, TX; brother Karl “Kip” and wife Bev Kreiter of Hawley; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, April 9, 2010 at BVM Queen Of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Hawley, by Rev. Richard W. Beck, Pastor. Interment was made in BVM Queen of Peace Cemetery.

Cremation took place at Lake Region Crematory in Lake Ariel, PA.