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August 17, 2016

John Y. Lassley Jr. of Beach Lake, PA a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016. He was 85. The son of the late John Lassley Sr. and Minnie Steffens Lassley, he was born February 13, 1931 in Beach Lake, PA. John was a former Highway Superintendent for the Town of Tusten, NY. He also worked for the Monticello Racetrack.

John is survived by his wife Alice Smith Lassley. They were married for 59 years.

He was a former member of Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club and the Honesdale Senior Citizens Group. A family statement reads, “John was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and tinkering. He could fix anything. He was always there to lend a helping hand. He loved telling stories of his youth to his family and could have everyone laughing for hours. He took a special pride and enjoyment in his great granddaughter Olivia, who he would frequently sing to. She was the sparkle in his eye. He will greatly be missed by his family and all of his friends.”

Survivors include his wife Alice Lassley, his son, Michael Lassley and his wife Nina of Honesdale, PA; his granddaughter Breanne Lassley of Beach Lake, PA; his grandsons Erik Lassley and his wife Kim of Waymart, PA, and Chris Horstman of Vermont; his great granddaughter Olivia Lassley and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

John is predeceased by his son Donald Lassley, sister Mildred Rolston and brothers James Lassley and Frank Lassley.

Graveside services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial of his cremains will be in Glen Cove Cemetery. Pastor Phyllis Haynes will officiate.

August 10, 2016

Jane Callahan of Honesdale, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, a retired school teacher (Board of Education, NYC), passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 69. The daughter of the late James and Jane Oelze Rawley, she was born April 3, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY. She was predeceased by her sister Judith.

Jane was the widow of John L. Callahan, who had passed away on September 11, 2014. They were married for 27 years. Jane was an avid quilter.

A family statement reads, “Jane was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She had a great sense of humor but was caring and sincere. She had a true faith and is now with the Lord. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.”

Survivors include her two children, Joe and Lisa; her brother James Rawley of Wappingers Falls, NY; brothers-in-law James Callahan and his wife Ginny of Brooklyn, NY, Kevin Callahan and his partner Tim Morrow of Queens, NY; niece Jessica Callahan Bennett and her husband Tom; nephew Daniel Callahan; former daughter-in-law Kathy Decz; and many cousins and friends.

Friends are invited to call for a memorial visitation on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Lane Jones will officiate.

Burial of her cremains will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 407 E. Main St., Middletown, NY 10940.

August 3, 2016

Susan Abruzzese Muller, a long-time resident of the area, passed away from this earthly life into Heaven surrounded by her loving family at ORMC, Middletown, NY on Monday, July 25. She was 53.

Susan was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 29, 1963 to the late William and Stella Santa Maria Abruzzese. She was a graduate of John Dewey High School in Brooklyn and attended Staten Island College of Nursing. Susan worked as a caregiver during much of her young life. She had a strong work ethic and was a compassionate, dedicated aide to all who needed her; a person who sought not so much to be consoled as to console.

Susan is survived by her children, Thomas and Rebecca Muller; her sister Angela and husband Steve Daley of Narrowsburg; brothers Dominick Abruzzese of Warwick and William Abruzzese and his wife Andrea of Slate Hill, NY; 13 nieces and nephews and many cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and brother Robert Abruzzese.

Susan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg, NY.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, August 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Bridge Street, Narrowsburg.

A Christian burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, immediately following Mass. A gathering is being planned following burial per Susan’s request for “everyone to get together.”

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004.

June 22, 2016

Thelma “Pat” Patricia Skinner passed away on June 12, 2016 at CRMC, Harris, NY. She was a longtime resident of the Skilled Nursing Unit. She was 80 years old. The daughter of the late Jesse George Beach and Lucy Margaret Beach of Monticello, NY, she was born on November 16, 1935 in Middletown, NY.

She was a homemaker and loved her family and friends. She will be missed dearly. Pat enjoyed the time she spent and home visits she had with her niece and nephew Robin and Jorge Villafane of Liberty, NY. She is survived by her brother Jess George Beach Sr. and his wife Robin Cosh Beach of Liberty; sisters Mary Boyd of Monticello, NY, Edna Travis of Livingston, TX and Shirley Bush of Liberty, NY; daughter-in-law Karla Zagar and grandchildren Tristen and Joanna Croswait of Tampa, FL; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband William George Skinner, son William George Skinner Jr. and brother Richard Beach.

Graveside services were held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

June 15, 2016

Cynthia Theresa Adele Beach, 61, of Honesdale, died on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Brian Ashley Beach. The couple married January 1, 1976.

Born on February 28, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY, she is the daughter of Thomas Grossman and the late Jean Cummings Grossman Whittaker.

The following was written by Cindy, who strongly expressed her final wishes to her family:

I am looking out at the beautiful colors of the fall season, my favorite time of year. I am dying of cancer. So in a way I think this should be my obituary. Who knows better than me. I was born in Brooklyn, but I was always a country girl. So I got to live most of my adult life in Sullivan County, NY and Honesdale, PA. My parents Thomas Grossman and Jean Cummings. I was so blessed by God to be born into the Cummings family. They were not my aunts and uncles, they were my brothers and sisters, and my friends. Some of the greatest time in my life were shared with them. My extra special blessings were my two sons, Jason VanValkenburg and Brian Beach, also known to most as Beaver (I gave him that nickname).

So what did I accomplish in my life besides my sons? I went to nursing school. Some people might not think that was so special, but I did. I sat with people as they took their last breath, and so many families were very grateful for that. I made people laugh. That was very important to me. I had more friends than any one person deserves. Good friends. The kind you can count on, and each and every one of you know who you are. I have loved, but most important, I WAS LOVED.

Convertibles made me feel so good.

Only white uniforms did I wear during my nursing career, I really was passionate about it (and I think my patients loved it also.)

I have been a person you could come to with a problem. You might not like what I said, but you always knew you would get an honest answer.

I loved Bingo.

I loved motorcycle rides with my husband Brian and Johnny, (my uncle and my brother).

I always showed up for work; principles, I lived by them.

I once won a dance contest with my husband.

I received an award from Catskill Regional Hospital many years ago for my personality. I was the first to ever get such an award, and from what I know, I was the only one to ever receive one.

I made many mistakes in my life, but regretted none, as long as I learned from them.

I never allowed my sons to play sick and miss school (something I am proud of).

I have no idea when my time will come, but to everyone in my life, remember this,

IT WAS A WONDERFUL LIFE; with all its ups and downs, it was WONDERFUL!

Please laugh a lot at my funeral, because all of you have funny Cindy stories. Share them with everyone.

I never liked to be called Cynthia. It did not suit me, but my cousin/sister by choice gave my name to her daughter, and she has done my name well.

“Lonesome Dove” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” were my favorite movies.

Some advice I would like to share:

Never loan money you can’t afford not to get back.

Be a person of your word; if you say you are going to do something, DO IT.

Don’t lie. It will ALWAYS come back to bite you.

But here is the really BIG ONE, it is all about life. This took me a long time to learn. But thank God I got it.

Here it is. Life is about two choices. That RIGHT ONE, or the WRONG ONE, and it is up to you to decide which path you want to take. So always take that split second and ask yourself, “is this wrong, or is this right?”

Work hard for what you need. Don’t expect someone else to give you the things you need or want. WORK for them.

Give your job an honest day’s work for your salary.

Don’t ever steal. If you want something, pay for it.

Country music is the best. You will always find a song that you can relate to. If a friend calls you at 3 a.m., get out of bed and go to them. They need you. If your children make you cry, love them anyway; they are a gift from God.

To have a friend, you must know how to be a friend.

So I guess this pretty much sums up my life. I hope anyone who reads this will learn something from it.

To my family and dear friends, I want to thank you for sharing my life journey. It really was a WONDERFUL LIFE. I shall see you in Heaven, because I learned there really is a God, and He really did love me with all of my faults.

Please do not miss me, because I will be having a great time talking to Jesus.

My last thought. Please do not be afraid to die, but make sure while you are here, LIVE!

— Cindy Beach

Also surviving are her sons Jason VanValkenburg of Lakeville and Brian Beach II and wife Jillian of San Diego, CA; her brother Dwayne Grossman and wife Mary Lou; grandchildren Christopher, Seth and Anthony VanValkenburg. “Sisters in life” Bridget Albano and Laura Sverha and her namesake, Cynthia Rose Sverha; beloved uncles, Patrick, John and Thomas Cummings.

A celebration of Cindy’s life will be held on July 9, 2016 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, beginning at 3 p.m. Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale.

June 15, 2016

Anthony Giorgiano, 71, of Yulan, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. The son of the late Joseph and Maria Cassini Giorgiano, he was born December 8, 1944 in New York, NY.

Tony was raised by his adopted family, the Dillinghans, in Hawaii. He worked for the U.S. Government in Washington, DC. He also was a night club manager.

Tony was predeceased by his wife and children, and granddaughter Amanda Morabito. He was a beloved foster parent to many over the years. He leaves behind many who have loved him, especially James Morabito and wife Rebecca of Yulan, NY. His grandchildren, Ashley, Matthew, Emmah, and Alliannah Morabito, who will miss their “old papa” so very much. Special friends, Kirk Simone of Yulan, Peter Carmeci of Barryville and Jean Riser of Tusten. And many other family and friends.

Cremation took place at Maple Hill Crematory in Archbald, PA. Tony’s cremains will be sent back to Hawaii.

June 15, 2016

Henry Anthony McKean, 88, died June 11, 2016, in Naples, Florida. A lifelong resident of Shohola, PA, Mr. McKean was born on August 17, 1927 in Bronx, NY to parents Harry and Katherine Victory McKean. Henry is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce Hedgelon McKean, of Marco Island, FL, five children, Susan McKean of Portland, PA; James McKean and his wife, Jeanne Bertram McKean of Barryville, NY; Richard McKean and his wife, Sue Eldred McKean, of Highland Lake, NY; Jeanne McKean of Marco Island, FL; and Betty McKean Hallock and her husband, Charles Hallock, of Barryville, NY. Henry is also survived by his sister, Kathleen Schields, of St. Cloud, FL and his brother, Gibson E. McKean of Highland Lake, NY. He was predeceased by his brother Martin McKean and his sister, Mary McKean. Mr. McKean is also survived by his grandchildren, Lucas McKean, Amanda Lewis, Kelly Hallock, Keith Hallock, Jacob McKean, Jimmy Jennings, Jason Jennings, William Hachemeister, Ruthann Hart and Charles Hachemeister. He is also survived by several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Henry was a veteran of World War II and served for over 40 years on the Shohola Township Planning Commission. He was co-owner with his brother Martin McKean of McKean Electric for over 40 years. His great loves were his family, skeet shooting, hunting, fishing and playing golf.

Friends may call on Friday June 17, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford Street, Milford PA 18337. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ann’s Church, 123 Richardson Ave., Shohola PA 18458, Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 10 a.m.

June 8, 2016

Ronald C. Mirro, 73, of Hawley, PA, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Wayne Memorial Hospital after a long battle with cancer.

He is survived by a son: Ronald C. Mirro II and his wife Megan of Hawley, PA; a daughter, Krystal M. Mirro of Hawley, PA and two grandchildren: Ronald C. Mirro III and Amber Lily Mirro. He lived a long and happy life. He was loved by all and had no enemies.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 12 noon at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA. Father Thomas Major will officiate.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville, NY 845/557-8010.

June 1, 2016

Frances Elizabeth Wilhelm Christianson left this earth peacefully on Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by loving family at her home in Trumansburg, NY.

Frances was born on May 30, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY to Michael and Stella Tubito Wilhelm. She was the second of their four children. After attending St. Brendon’s High School in Brooklyn, she worked as a switchboard operator in New York City for four years at AT&T and Helbros Watch Company. In 1954, on a summer vacation in the Pocono Mountains, she met her future husband, Kenneth Christianson, at a dance hall known as the Cuckoo’s Nest. They were married in Virginia where Ken was serving in the military on October 4, 1957, the first day of the Space Age when Sputnik was launched.

Once married, her family quickly grew, with five children in seven years. After 21 years of raising her five children and living in five different states, Frances returned to work as a receptionist at Anchor Fasteners in Waterbury, CT, where she was a valued employee for ten years. In 1989 she and Ken returned to Trumansburg, NY, and she worked again as a receptionist for Ironics, Pathlight Technologies, and ADIC in Ithaca. She retired in 2004 and spent several years in Northport, FL before moving back to Trumansburg in 2013 to be closer to her family. Most recently she spent her time cooking for loved ones and volunteering for Catholic Charities in Ithaca.

Frances is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Christianson; her sister and brother-in-law, Thelma and Donald Anderson of Mt. Laurel, NJ; and her brother, Michael Lawrence Wilhelm of Jacksonville, FL. She is survived by her younger brother, Joseph Wilhelm of Atco, NJ; along with her five children (and spouses) Kenneth Jr. (Caryn), Karen (John Rapone), Thomas, Laurie (Gregory Scigliano) and James (Debbie); thirteen grandchildren Jennifer (Ron Dodson), Kyle Murphy, Timothy Murphy, Kenneth III, Cord Legg, Madison, Phylicia, David Gumble, Carley Rapone, James, John Rapone, Tyler, and Crystal, and one great grandson, Ryan Dodson.

Frances dedicated her life to her family, and she cherished the time spent with them. She had a wonderful sense of adventure and a wry sense of humor. She enjoyed dancing classes, the beach, hiking, and tubing down the Lackawaxen River. She loved to cook for her family and her food, as well as her smile, will be missed by all who were fortunate enough to have enjoyed them.

A celebration of her life was held on Monday, May 30, 2016 (her 82d birthday) at Bethel Lutheran Church, Rowland, PA 18457. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hospicare of Ithaca, Catholic Charities, or your favorite charity.

May 25, 2016

Christa Schumpp of Livingston Manor, NY died on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation and RHCF. The daughter of the late Frederick and Hedwig Besse Baumeister, she was born on February 27, 1939 in Germany. She was the wife of George A. Schumpp, and together they celebrated 51 years of marriage.

Christa was a retired executive secretary of the Fallek Chemical Corp./NY. She was a member of the German American Club of Margaretville, NY.

A family statement read, “Christa was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She loved her family and cherished the time and memories together. She came, she saw, and she almost concurred.”

She is survived by her husband, her son George E. Schumpp and wife Debra of Fairlawn, NJ; granddaughter Alyssa Schumpp and grandson Michael Schumpp; her brother Hardwif Baumeister and wife Gaby; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her sisters Doris Schultz and Marion Doring.

Memorial visitation was held on Sunday, May 20, 2016, followed by a memorial service at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY. Burial of cremains followed at Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

May 18, 2016

Helen H. Bell of Boyds Mills, PA, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Carl W. Bell. They were married 67 years.

Born in Taylor, PA on May 27, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Winfred Heiser and Catherine Weinsenfluh Heiser. One of eight children, Helen is also survived by her sister, Beverly Colucci, and brother, Gordon Heiser.

Helen was a graduate of Taylor High School and the Hahnaman Hospital School of Nursing. She later graduated from East Stroudsburg University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. For 24 years, Helen taught health and was the school nurse at Damascus Area School.

Helen selflessly gave her time and experience to others. Active in the community, she served on many fund-raising projects. She was a member of the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, serving both as a CPR instructor and active crew member. Her giving spirit also called her to be a pheresis donor for the American Red Cross, donating blood platelets for cancer victims undergoing chemotherapy.

Among her hobbies were sewing, crafts, reading, playing cards, gardening, baking, and traveling with her husband.

Also surviving are three children and their spouses, David W. Bell and wife Monica of Moraga, CA; Daniel P. Bell and wife Mary of Sanibel, FL; and Kathy J. Henderson and husband Jack of Milanville, PA.

Additionally, Helen is survived by nine grandchildren. They are: Jennifer L. Bell of Aventura, FL; Scott Bell and wife, Stephanie, of Silver Springs, MD; Sarah Malia Bell of Moraga, CA; Allison B. Quillen and husband Ralph of Fort Myers, FL; John C. Bell of Fort Myers, FL; Daniel A. Bell and wife Bridget of Denver, CO; Rebecca L. Maciejewski and husband Jason of Milanville, PA; Brooke N. LaTourette and husband Kory of Beach Lake, PA; and Richard W. Henderson and wife Jennifer of Milanville, PA.

She and Carl also enjoyed 12 great-grandchildren: Oskar and Phineas Bell; Addison and Isabelle Quillen; Isaac and Xavier Bell; Rozlyn, Brayden, and Wynn Maciejewski; Jackson LaTourette; and Addelyn and Lainey Henderson.

Helen’s love of her husband, Carl, and her family was only exceeded by her love of God. She was a member of the Damascus United Methodist Church and an active member of the Damascus WSCS (Women’s Society of Christian Service).

Nana, as she affectionately was called by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was adored by all. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who had the privilege of knowing her.

A viewing will be held at Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. At 11 a.m. on the following day, Friday, May 20, 2016, funeral services will be held at the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church. Immediately after the church service there will be a memorial luncheon at the Damascus Township Building for those at the funeral who wish to attend.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

May 18, 2016

Anne Kelley Jaggie, 70, passed away on May 5, 2016 in Sun City, AZ. She was born on March 15, 1946 in Port Jervis, NY to the late Thomas H. Kelly and Evelyn Smith Kelley nee Teachman.

Anne earned both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education and was a social studies teacher at Narrowsburg Central School in Narrowsburg, NY for 31 years.

Anne is survived by her husband of 48 years, Joel C. Jaggie. She is also survived by her two nieces, Vanessa Conte and husband, Carl P. Conte and their sons Carl R. and Thomas; and Victoria Cotton and husband Michael Cotton and their sons Adam and Matthew; her great-niece Melissa Ross and husband Brandon Ross; her great nephew Shawn McKee; and brother-in-law Richard G. Weed.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Patricia Weed and her niece Pamela Weed.

A memorial service will be held at a later time by her family, and Anne will be laid to rest at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, AZ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the hospice of your choice. Arrangements were entrusted to Sunland Mortuary in Sun City, Arizona,

May 18, 2016

Vernon C. Clark, age 89, of Waynesboro, VA and formerly of Port Jervis, NY passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Fishersville, VA. He was born on April 12, 1927 in Pond Eddy, NY, the son of Ernest and Eunice Hallock Clark.

Vernon retired as a forestry supervisor for Orange & Rockland Utilities in Port Jervis and was a member of ORRA. He was a former member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church in Pond Eddy, NY. He proudly served our country during WW II with the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Sylvan-Liebla American Legion Post #1363 in Eldred, NY. He was also a member of AARP.

Vernon was first married to the late Reta Kalin Clark and second to Carolyn Hallock Clark, who survives at home. He is also survived by his son, granddaughter, several nieces, nephews and cousins. Vernon was pre-deceased by his daughter Sharon “Cherie” Clark, his brother Orville Clark, his sister Stella Leavenworth, and his cousin-brother Douglas Hallock.

Services and interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Jervis-Deerpark Humane Society, Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information or to send a condolence note to the family visit

May 18, 2016

Brian D. Yewchuck of Narrowsburg (Cochecton Center), NY, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away May 13, 2016. He was 45. Brian was a Sheriff’s Deputy for Sullivan County and worked in the Jail Division.

The son of Daniel W. and Carol A. Drollinger Yewchuck, he was born November 24, 1970 in Bremerton, WA.

As a young man, Brian attended the Lake Huntington Presbyterian Church. He was a life member of the NRA. A family statement reads, “Brian was a loving and devoted father, son and brother. He loved his family and appreciated the help that they provided him during his illness. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was an excellent marksman. He was a special young man who was taken from us to soon. He is with God in Heaven. We will truly miss him, but he will live on in our hearts forever.”

He is survived by his parents Danny and Carol, his two daughters Bailey and Allison Yewchuck, his two brothers Steven Yewchuck and his wife Nikole, their daughter Piper of Beacon, NY and David Yewchuck, his wife Denise and their children Calvin and Anya of Narrowsburg, NY, several uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins in the Yewchuck, Drollinger, Abplanalp and Grund families.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Donald Beck will officiate.

Burial will take place at Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center, NY.

Donations may be made to the Henry A. Umnik and Class of 1963 Trust; C/O Sharon Umnik P.O. Box 326, Lake Huntington, NY 12752.

May 11, 2016

Charlie Vito, 69, of Panama City Beach, FL, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016, at his home. Charlie was born in Manhattan, NY, and lived in Panama City Beach for the last seven months. He retired after spending many years as a chef in his family’s restaurant, The Lighthouse, White Lake, NY. Charlie was a lifetime member of the BPOE, and was Catholic by faith. He loved fishing, golf and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his beloved wife and best friend, Donna Vito of Panama City Beach, FL; his children, Shawn Keller of Troy, NY and Julie Ann Torres (Anthony) of Billerica, MA; a granddaughter, Candace Torres; and his sister, Elaine Blades (David) of Uncasville, CT.

No services are planned. Contributions in Charlie’s name to a local animal shelter would be appreciated.

May 11, 2016

William Carl Grund, a lifelong resident of Cochecton Center, NY passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at home surrounded by his family. He was born February 10, 1940 in Callicoon, NY to the late Robert J. Grund and Elsie D. Mohn Grund. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Nancy McKenzie, at home; two children son John and his wife Stacy of Beach Lake, PA and their children Louie Brahm, Alli Simpson, Jack Grund and Katie Grund; daughter Karen and her husband Carlos and their children Annalyse, Matt, Daniela and Arianna; three brothers Robert Jr. And his wife Marie of Sevierville, TN; Alvin and his late wife Sandra of Ferndale, NY and Edwin and his wife Diane of Cochecton Center; one Aunt Mitzi Queen and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins and countless friends.

Bill was employed for 27 years as a clerk at Narrowsburg Lumber Company. He was a life member of Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club, a life member of the National Rifle Association, Vice President and Trustee of Cochecton Center Community Center, and served for 30 years on the Town of Cochecton Planning Board. He also was a fan of two baseball teams—“The New York Yankees and whichever team that was beating the Mets.”

A family statement said, “He was the best husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend that anyone could ever ask for.”
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 13 at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. As per his wishes, Bill will be laid to rest on his beloved home property, where he first hunted grouse as a teenager. The Rev. Donald Beck, who married the couple in 1968, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Henry A. Umnik and Class of 1963 Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 326, Lake Huntington, NY 12752 or The Cochecton Center Community Center, C/O George Walters; 300 Tyler Rd. Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

May 4, 2016

Gary Joseph Tizio of Narrowsburg, NY (formerly of Valley Stream), passed away peacefully at home on May 1, 2016 surrounded by his loving family.

He was 69. The son of the late Joseph and Victoria Saltalamacchia Tizio, he was born March 5, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY.

Gary was the former owner of Atlantis Grooming Parlor in East Rockaway, Long Island. He was an Air Force Veteran, having served in the Vietnam Era. He was an NRA member, also a member of the Rodfield Gun Club.

A family statement reads: “Gary was a loving and devoted husband, father and papa. He loved living on the river; he was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was an outdoorsman. He enjoyed taking care of their property and having family and friends close by. He will truly be missed as he was taken too early in retirement.”

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Claire A. Tizio; daughter Lorraine Saeger and her husband Jeff of Wayne, NJ; son Gary Tizio Jr. and his wife Michele of East Rockaway, NY; his four grandchildren Justin and Matthew Saeger, Sofia and Michael Tizio; and sister Marie Simes of Houston, TX.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Parish Church, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes, NJ.

Donations may be made in Gary’s name to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

April 20, 2016

Bettina (Tina) Lee (Niering) Buchmann, age 71 of Shohola, PA, passed away on April 16 at home, having received loving and compassionate care from her family and from the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice. Bettina was born on August 3, 1944 in East Stroudsburg, PA, to the late George and Emma (Everitt) Niering. She grew up in Scotrun, PA.

She graduated from Bloomsburg State College with a B.S. in Education. In addition to teaching pre-school, she gave private piano lessons at home.

On August 20, 1966, Tina was married to the Rev. Rolf A. Buchmann. Before moving to Shohola in 2005, she and her family lived in Portland, OR; Scranton, PA; North Tonawanda, NY; and South Windsor, CT.

She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Rowland, PA, where she was a member of the church choir. Her volunteer work included Pet Therapy with her beloved Golden Retriever, Angel, and Patient Advocacy at Bon Secours Hospital, Port Jervis, NY, and as a member of the Shohola Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Shohola, PA.

She is survived by her husband Rolf; her daughter Christel Fowkes and husband Brendan of Mansfield, MA; and a daughter, Maria Davis and husband, Chuck, of Nantucket, MA; and grandsons Sean, Chip, and Mac Davis, and Patrick and Gavin Fowkes; a sister, Annabelle Peechatka and husband, Ott; a niece, Sherry Martin, and nephews Gregory Peechatka and William Niering and several grand nieces and grand nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Dr. William Niering, and by a nephew, Hugh Niering.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, April 20 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 194 Church Road, Rowland, PA. Interment followed at the German Hill Cemetery, Shohola, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church at the above address or to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Avenue, Newton, NJ 07860.

April 13, 2016

Phyllis Bilick of Callicoon, NY died on April 8, 2016 at home at the age of 92.

She was born March 20, 1924 to the late Herman and Fannie Klinger in Ozone Park, Queens, NY. She was the youngest of three children, and predeceased by her siblings Milton and Charlotte. On June 18, 1942 she married Herman Bilick. They had four children, Bennett, Gerald, Harold, and Laura. They lived in Kew Gardens, NY. They retired to Callicoon over 20 years ago.

She worked as staff photographer at the Queens Museum and later became assistant curator. She was an avid gardener, accomplished artist, and dear friend to many. She was a volunteer at the DVAA for 20+ years, doing everything from helping to install shows to having the online Gallery B named after her. There was no art medium that Phyllis did not try. She was a photographer, a potter, a painter, a jewelry maker, a bookbinder, and finally a knitter. In the 1970s she was awarded studio space at the newly renovated P.S.1 in Long Island City. She then formed Independent Studios 1 with fellow artists as well as the original BJ Spoke Gallery, originally located in Port Washington.

She is survived by her son Bennett and wife Nancy Davis; daughter-in-law Christina; son Harold; daughter Laura and husband Mark Sisti; grandchildren, Brian and wife Nicha, Alison and husband Steve Rudin, Jonathan Harting and wife Deniese, Erica and husband Matt Tovee, Summer and husband Kenneth Benjamin Jr., Matthew and partner Anji Bakos, Natasha and fiancé Jason Malloy, Joshua Bilick, Nicolas and Zachary Sisti; great grandchildren, Elenice, Annie Tovee, Glenn Tovee, Brandon Bilick, Olivia Rudin, Serena Harting, and Ella Rudin; and one great-great grandchild Clara. She was predeceased by her husband, Herman; son Gerald; daughters-in-law Gail and Sharon, and of course her beloved dog, Anna Banana. “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Émile Zola.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in her name to the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 170, Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Memorial services will be held April 24, 2016 at the Tusten Theater, located at 210 Bridge Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, reception to follow at Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, 377 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

April 13, 2016

On the evening of March 26th, Edward Thomas Purcell, Jr., 59, passed away suddenly as a result of a heart attack. Ed was born in Callicoon, NY on February 17, 1957 and spent his childhood in Barryville, NY. He graduated from Eldred Central School in 1976. He was the fourth child and second son of Edward and Billie Purcell of Barryville. Ed was a longtime resident of Milton, NH.

Ed loved nature and the outdoors and his great passions were fishing, hunting and gardening. He was a detail-oriented mechanic, having recently worked at Key Auto in Milton, NH. His coworkers speak of his practical jokes at work and his physical and character strength. His tough exterior hid a man with a big heart and the willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need, caring more for others than himself. His great love is his daughter Sarah Purcell, 15, who was with him the evening he passed.

Ed is survived by his daughter Sarah Purcell of Milton, NH, his sister Virginia Purcell of Freeport, ME, his sister Kathy and husband Bruce Beard of Germantown, TN and his brother Jim Purcell and wife Kelly of Hyannis, MA. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and was predeceased by his father and mother, Ed and Billie Purcell, older sister Margaret Purcell, and his younger brother Timothy Purcell. Remembrances may be posted on