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William Fredericks of Eldred, NY died peacefully at home on Thursday, December 16, 2010, following an extended illness. He was 82.

He was born May 17, 1928.

He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was employed by the Eldred School for many years, as a school bus driver and custodian.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a dear friend to many. He was known for his sense of humor, his love of the outdoors and children and animals.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years, Phyllis Fredericks at home; brother Samuel Fredericks of Pond Eddy, NY; son Ronald Fredericks of Indianapolis, IN; daughter Janine Finkbeiner of Plymouth, IN; granddaughters Shannon Frechen of Columbus, OH and Nicole Frechen of Maryville, OH; and one great grandson.

He is predeceased by sons Dale and Bryan; sister Dorothy; and brothers Floyd and Clifford.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 20 at the Honesdale Seventh-Day Adventist Church with Pastor Thomas Cusack officiating.

Contributions may be made to the Honesdale S.D.A. Church, 375 Dunn Rd. Honesdale, PA 18431.


Charles “Chub” G. Gries Sr., of Damascus, PA died Tuesday, December 14, 2010 in Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA after an illness. He was 80.

He was a resident at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, PA. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Alice Mae Eltz.

Born in Damascus on April 25, 1930, he was the son of the late Russell and Beatrice Weber Gries.

Charles graduated from Damascus High School Class of 1948. He worked for Kapito Brothers in Monticello, NY and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Damascus. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and bingo, and had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren. Charles was a “sweetheart”—a loving husband, dedicated father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is also survived by sons Gary Gries and wife Nancy of King of Prussia, PA, Larry Gries of Damascus, Clayton Gries and wife Lisa of Clarks Summit, PA, Charles Gries and wife Debra of Welcome Lake, PA, Douglas Gries of El Paso, TX at Fort Bliss, Timothy Gries of Sussex, NJ, Stephen Gries and wife Kimbale of Houston, TX, Joseph Gries of Calkins, PA; brothers, Leroy Gries and wife Liz of Florida, Allen Gries of Tyler Hill, PA, Walter Gries and wife Rose of Briscoe, NY and Harold Gries of Damascus; sisters: Alice Turner of North Branch, NY, Lena Glossenger and husband David of Bethany, PA, Gloria Kreamer and husband Richard of Lock Haven, PA and Rosemary Bayly of Honesdale; sisters in law Marian Gries of Stillwater, PA and Rachel James of Greentown. PA; special aunt Jean Weber of Honesdale; 20 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by siblings Alma Hitty, George Gries, Howard Gries, Helen Wilcox, Russell Gries Jr., Gerald Gries and Vernon Gries.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 21 in the First Baptist Church of Damascus with the Rev. Stuart Hunt and Rev. Lane Jones officiating.

Interment was in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus.

Contributions may be made to Damascus Ambulance Corps PO Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415 or American Parkinson’s Disease Association 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10305.


Dawn Wick Palmer of Sun City Center, FL and Callicoon, NY, earlier of Vernon, NJ, beloved wife of Harry Palmer, passed away December 14, 2010.

She was born in Pipestone, MN to George and Ella Wick. When she was a baby, band leader Lawrence Welk held her in his arms at a hometown concert.

In her teens she learned to hunt pheasant and fish for walleye in northern Minnesota. She was raised in Sioux Falls, SD where she was a seamstress and concert pianist.

She graduated from Augustana College and become a stewardess at United Airlines. Later she earned a Master’s in Library Science from Rutgers University and worked as a children’s librarian for West Orange Public Library in West Orange, NJ and later as a library consultant with Pro Libra Associates in Maplewood, NJ.

Dawn was married for 31 years. She and Harry enjoyed time spent at their vacation home in Callicoon, sharing a love of pets, art, music and travel.

Dawn is also survived by her children Amy Coffman, Karin Nazaruk, Craig Coffman and Jim Coffman; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her beloved dog Molly.

A service was held Sunday, December 19 at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens in the mausoleum chapel, Brandon, FL.


Clarissa E. Pflanz of Eldred, NY passed away on Friday, December 17, 2010 in the Town of Lumberland. She was 22.

She was born December 9, 1988 in Port Jervis, the daughter of Rick and Sheila Oppelt Pflanz.

Clarissa was employed by Family Empowerment in Middletown as a healthcare worker. She was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis, NY.

A family statement reads: “Our Clarissa had a heart of gold. She brought love and happiness into this world. She was here only a short time, but will never be forgotten by her family and friends. We love you, Clarissa! Our memories will never fade of your kindness, your smile, your charm, your friendship, your greatness. Now you will be our Angel in Heaven, there to greet us when our calling comes. Until we meet again, daughter, sister, niece, and friend, we will always love you!”

Clarissa is survived by her parents at home, Rick and Sheila Pflanz; sister Brittany at home; aunts and uncles Susan and Bill Perry of Port Jervis, Art Oppelt of Port Jervis, Charles E. Pflanz of Barryville, Daniel and Diane Pflanz of Port Jervis, Jerry and Carol Pflanz of Milford, PA; and a host of other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She is predeceased by paternal grandparents Charles O. and Catherine R. Pflanz; maternal grandparents Arthur and Elsie Oppelt; aunt Pamela Jean Pflanz; and cousin Daniel J. Pflanz.

Prayers were offered on Wednesday, December 22. at Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s R.C. Church. Rev. George Hafemann was the celebrant. Interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Susan G. Komen for The Cure, attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.


Doris J. (Swendsen) Przywara of Honesdale, PA died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 18, 2010. She was 57.

She is survived by her husband, Robert J. Przywara.

Born on April 15, 1953 in Callicoon, NY, she was the daughter of the late Norman and Viola (Appel) Swendsen. She graduated from Honesdale High School, class of 1971.

Doris was an assistant store manager with the Kmart Corporation and a member of Central United Methodist Church in Honesdale. Doris was a kind and generous person whose greatest pleasure was helping others; a hard worker, a loving wife, mother and sister. Her family was not confined to biological relationships.

She is also survived by son Jarod R. Przywara; sisters Norma Kuta and husband Stanley of Beach Lake, PA, Beverly Smith of Waymart, PA, Karen Swendsen of Richmond, VA, Cindy Mayer of Florida and Debbie Swendsen of Honesdale; sister in law Lisa M. Bonar and husband Daren of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Steven Hiller; brother Jerry Swendsen; and brother in law Joseph C. Przywara Jr.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, December 21 in the Wesley Room at the Central United Methodist Church, Honesdale with Rev. Graham Cliff and Rev. Mark Terwilliger officiating.

Contributions can be made to the Central United Methodist Church, 205 11th Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.