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October 7, 2015

Lisa Bakel of White Plains, NY passed away at home on Friday, October 2, 2015. She was 48. She was the daughter of Larry Bakel and Linda Hoffman Mareelo. She was born October 30, 1966 in Denver, CO.

A family statement reads: “Lisa was a loving and caring mother, daughter and sister. She will remain in our hearts forever, as she will truly be missed. We loved her.”

She is survived by her mom Linda Marrello and her husband Al, her father Larry Bakel, brother Shawn Bakel, daughter Jamie Brenna, son Joshua Brenna, daughter Rachel Cascio, daughter Julie Bakel and daughter Sierra Cascio.

Friends are invited to call for a memorial visitation on Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home of Barryville NY, 133 Rte. 97, Barryville, NY.

Memorial services will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate.

October 7, 2015

Roland “Obby” Fuller of Milanville, PA and formerly of Westtown, NY, a retired Arctic Cat Dealer, passed away at home on Monday, October 5, 2015. He was 79 years of age.

Friends are invited to call for a memorial visitation on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home. Rev. Jean Blackie will officiate.

Donations can be made in Obby’s name to Shriners Hospital, 3551 North Broad St., Philadelphia, PA.

September 16, 2015

Joseph A. Horan, a resident of Tamarac, FL, formerly of Eldred, NY, peacefully passed away, Wednesday, September 9, 2015. He was 83 years old.

Son of the late Eugene and Catherine Horan, he was born in Manhattan on October 26, 1931. He served as the assistant superintendent of the Au Sable Central School before becoming the superintendent of Eldred Central School District from 1977 to 1988, when he retired. He was appointed to and became president of the Board of Trustees of Sullivan County Community College. He was a committee member to the curriculum office of the New York State Education Department and the State Advisory Council on general education and curriculum. He was also an advisory member to Title I of the New York State Education Department until retiring and relocating to Florida.

He is survived by his wife Dolores Horan, his daughters Gabrielle (Horan) Bruno, Gena (Fiumarelli) Clark, Courtney (Horan) DeBrino and Joelle Horan Crapella, nine grandchildren, and his siblings Patricia Horan, Richard Horan, Michael Horan, Denise Cimino and Theresa Braun as well as a loving extended family.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 25 at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main St., Highland Falls, NY. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 26 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 353 Main St., Highland Falls, NY. Interment will follow in Eagle Valley Cemetery, Highland Falls, NY.

September 16, 2015

Shirley Eckhart Taverna, 66, of Robertsdale, AL passed away at South Baldwin Regional Hospital on August 7, 2015 after a brief illness.

She was the daughter of Lewis and Mary Kerr Eckhart. She grew up in Barryville, NY and graduated from Eldred Central School. Shirley retired after 46 years as an expert in the communications field.

She is survived by her husband Vincent of Robertsdale, sister Betty Doyle of Summerdale, AL, several nephews, nieces and cousins. She is also survived by her goddaughter Renee Quin and by special friends Carol McNeer and Camille D’Agate.

September 16, 2015

Eric D. Pollard, age 97 of Barryville, NY, passed away Friday, September 4, 2015, at home with his family by his side. He was born on November 30, 1917 in Manchester, England, the son of Thomas Sr. and Lilly Roscoe Pollard. Eric was predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Iris Hissey Pollard, who passed away last year at the age of 95.

After Eric’s childhood immigration to the United States, he was raised and schooled in Wakefield and Ramsey in Upper Michigan where he met his beloved Iris on a tennis court and were married. He helped build the main highway from upper Michigan to Detroit where he relocated before serving our country as a decorated soldier in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Returning from the war, he was employed at General Motors in Detroit and worked his way up to General Manager at Detroit Transmission. He enjoyed an early retirement and traveled the states camping, which included a snoring buffalo under their camper with the herd standing by! Eric was an avid boat and fisherman on the Great Lakes, which included the excitement of flipping his sailboat, mast upside down, for fun! He loved the outdoors, excitement and adventure.

He was an industrious and a skilled builder and wood craftsman. He built three homes, helped repair churches, was instrumental in the construction of a Lion’s Ilan and in piping in water lines to Harsens Island where he and Iris initially retired. When Eric and Iris relocated to Sebastian, FL, his drive for community improvements and service continued. He also developed a talent for oil painting, clock making, and loved making music on his violin, when he could conjure up an audience!

For the past 10 years Eric and Iris resided with their daughters, enjoying the beautiful, peaceful atmosphere of family life in the woods and all it entails. He helped take care of his beloved wife and was at her bedside when she passed.
Eric was a generous man who loved his family, friends, church and country. He had an acute sense of English humor, often only detected by a slight grin he would try to hide or the twinkle in his blue eyes!

Eric is survived by his two daughters, Carolyn Gausden and Sandra Doe of Barryville; his lovely sister Mary Cooprider of Garden City, MI; grandchildren Kenneth Doe and wife Jean of Sparrow Bush, NY; Nadine, Brent and his wife Adrianne Gausden of CA; and several great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brother Thomas Pollard Jr.

Eric brought an abundance of joy and happiness to his family, friends and community. He left us with many great stories to tell and fond memories. He had a passion for living life to the fullest. He taught honesty, integrity and moral principles, perseverance, community service and love of fellow man! He will be missed. In his memory, please “pass it forward.” A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Ann’s Parish, Shohola, PA.

September 9, 2015

Sandra Jean Bowers Grund of Ferndale, NY, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY, with her husband and three sons at her side. She was 64.

The daughter of the late Arthur L. Bowers, II and Irene Welch Bowers, she was born June 27, 1951 in the Town of Fremont, NY.

Sandy was a graduate of the Delaware Valley School, Callicoon, NY and further attended Sullivan County Community College. She was a waitress at The Antrium Lodge, Roscoe, NY, where she met her husband. She sang with the Belltones, a barbershop quartet; and with the Mickey Barnett Band from 1977 to 1994. In the mid-’70s, Sandy and her husband owned Sam and Al’s Bar and Restaurant in Lake Huntington, NY.

After moving to Ferndale 21 years ago, she enjoyed being a mother and housewife and in the last 11 years, being a grandmother to her four grandchildren, whom she loved and cherished to no end.

Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Alvin H. Grund, at home; three sons, Arthur Grund of Highland, NY, Jason Grund and his wife Heather of Callicoon, NY, and Gary Grund and his wife Jessica of Ferndale, NY; four grandchildren, Justin, Izabel, and Emma, all of Callicoon, NY and Joshua of Highland, NY; three sisters, Anna May Husson and her husband Charles of Roscoe, NY, Brenda Smith and her husband Scott of Livingston Manor, NY, and Dawn Zweck and her husband Jim of Durham, NC; seven brothers, James Bowers and his wife Cheryl of Roscoe, NY, Jeffery Bowers and his wife Jamie of Roscoe, NY, Kenny Bowers and his wife Carol of Bostic, NC, Arthur Bowers, III and his wife Colleen of Roscoe, NY, Robert Bowers and his wife Mora of Washingtonville, NY, David Bowers and his companion Patty of Livingston Manor, NY, and Chris Pomeroy and his companion Melissa of Beaverkill, NY; three brothers-in-law, Robert Grund, Jr. and his wife Marie of Sevierville, TN, William Grund and his wife Nancy of Cochecton Center, NY, Edwin Grund and his wife Diane of Cochecton Center, NY, and countless cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by two brothers, Gary Bowers and Michael Bowers; one nephew, Jeffery Bowers; one uncle, Robert “Bob” Hubert and his wife Aunt Helen of Hankins, NY with whom Sandy lived for many years.

Visitation will be Friday, September 11, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the Harris Funeral Home, Railroad Ave. Roscoe, NY.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. Bridgette LeConey will officiate.

Burial will be private in the Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center, NY.

Memorial contributions in Sandra’s name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

September 9, 2015

Jill B. Naumovitz of Fairbanks, AK, a retired elementary teacher for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Fairbanks, AK, died Thursday, August 27, 2015 at the home of her mother in Rensselaer, NY, with her mother and her sister at her side. She was 45.

The daughter of Janet Muthig Naumovitz and the late Stanley Naumovitz, she was born November 14, 1969 in Monticello, NY.
Jill was a graduate of Eldred Central School District, a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, and SUNY Cortland with a Master’s Degree. She taught school in New York State until she moved to Alaska in 2002, returning to New York in 2015.

Survivors include her mother, Janet Naumovitz of Rensselaer, NY; one sister, Beth Naumovitz of Rensselaer, NY; one brother, Adam Naumovitz and his wife Laura of Delmar, NY; and their children, Grant, Colby, and Stella Naumovitz; her parental grandmother, Dorothy Naumovitz of Liberty, NY.

Graveside services and burial will be Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 12 noon in the Grahamsville Rural Cemetery, Grahamsville, NY.

Memorial contributions in Jill’s name may be made to an animal shelter of one’s’ choice.

August 26, 2015

Charles E. Knapp Sr. of Narrowsburg, NY passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 with his family at his side.

He was the son of the late Charles H. and Lenora S. Knapp. His wife of 47 years, Henrietta preceded him in death in 2007.

A graduate of Narrowsburg Central School, he went on to join his father in the barbering business in Narrowsburg; he eventually purchased the business. He operated his shop for over 60 years, where he displayed numerous hand-crafted model airplanes suspended from the ceiling. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving from 1950-1953. He served the residents of the Town of Tusten as a Councilman on the Town Board for nearly 30 years. He was a member and Past Commander of the former Delaware Valley Post 1020 of the American Legion and a member of the Sylvan Liebla Post 1363 in Eldred. A 68-year member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department, he was active in the fire police for many years. A member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, he volunteered his time painting, mowing and especially selling tickets for the annual chicken barbeque.

He is survived by his son Charles E. Jr. of Narrowsburg; a daughter, Susan Southerton and her husband Jeff of Honesdale, and his beloved dogs Snoopy and Carley. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son David, a sister Eleanor, a brother Kenneth and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY.

Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations can be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale, PA 18431, the Narrowsburg Vol. Fire Dept., PO Box 184, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, the Tusten Vol. Ambulance Service, PO Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764 or the American Legion Ambulance, PO Box 63 Eldred, NY 12732.

August 12, 2015

Grace Lou Behling Johansen, 86, of Beach Lake, PA died Saturday, August 8, 2015 surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 16, 1929 at picturesque Peggy Runway Lodge, for years one of the finest resorts along the Delaware River. She was the surviving daughter of J. Frank and Ruth Annette Marold Behling. She was predeceased by her sisters Ruth Brock, Alma Evans, and Betsy Eilers.

She married R. Kenneth Johansen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg on December 28, 1950. She is survived by (hold onto your hats!) her children: LouAnn and husband Thom Joyce of Beacon, NY; Roger Johansen and wife Julie of Little River, SC; Richard Johansen and wife Anne of Beach Lake, PA; Lauren and husband Roy Schlagenhaft of Beach Lake, PA; Lynn Ellen and husband Bob Costello of Beacon, NY; Russell Johansen and wife Kathy of White Sulpher Springs, NY; Rob Johansen and wife Jen of Indianapolis, IN.

Her grandchildren: Michael Joyce, Jacob Joyce, Zachary Joyce and wife Linda, Kenneth Joyce, Timothy Joyce, Joshua Johansen, Cassandra Johansen, Dustin Johansen and wife Jillian, Kerrie Johansen, Alyssa Johansen, Gregory Johansen and wife Allison, Erin Arndt and husband John, Sean Schlagenhaft and wife Erica, Katie Schlagenhaft, Devon Costello, Declan Costello, Finnian Costello, Jessica Lambert, Sommer Johansen and Leif Johansen. Her great-grandchildren: Maddox Schlagenhaft, Isabella Schlagenhaft, Calin Arndt, Mason Arndt, Lori Lynn Arndt, Emma Joyce, Jack Ford, Gray Ford and Katelyn Johansen.

She graduated from Wagner College in 1951 with a degree in Psychology. Her professional life included a management position at Sears, co-owner of ABC Books and an advertising manager of The River Reporter.

Grace was a respected, active member of the community throughout her life.

She had the inspiration, and was one of the founding members of the Tusten-Cochecton Library in Narrowsburg. Her passion for local history inspired her to found the Tusten Historical Society, of which she served as president for the past two decades. During that time she wrote and received numerous grants from Sullivan County Arts and Heritage to produce selected histories of local interest including “Tom Quick Trail,” “Narrowsburg Logging: an Historic History,” “Boarding Houses of Tusten Township,” and “The Era of Flying in Narrowsburg, New York.” She wrote the weekly column “Did You Know” for The River Reporter.

In years past Grace and husband Ken were known and loved for their leading roles in local community theater including “Oklahoma” and “South Pacific.”

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

She knew that she was blessed to be part of the Behling family, and we as her family know we were indeed blessed to have her as our mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed. We love you, Mom.

A memorial service is planned in September, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tusten Historical Society, Tusten-Cochecton Library, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

August 12, 2015

Tom Kane, 85, of Honesdale, PA died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 9, 2015 and leaves a legacy of a life fully lived.

Born in Philadelphia on December 24, 1929, Tom grew up during the Great Depression in an Irish Roman Catholic family. After high school, he entered the seminary and became a Roman Catholic priest. During his 10 years in the priesthood, he taught English at a prep school in Brooklyn, taught theology, and was a counselor at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. He left the priesthood after an intense interior crisis with the ruling elite of the church, and became an activist. His journey is chronicled in his memoir “Good Church, Bad Church: One Priest’s Indictment of the Vatican.”

Tom is survived by his son Christopher Kane and wife Kimberly, their children Madelaine and Aidan, his daughter Emily Sartori and her husband Jon, their son Nicholas, and his partner Barbara Lewis.

After working for the New York City Board of Education, acting as an artist’s rep and computer salesman, Tom moved to Sullivan County, NY, where he became a journalist, spending 13 years as a reporter for The River Reporter in Narrowsburg. He also had a weekly spot on WJFF public radio called “Life In These Parts” in which he depicted what life was like in the beautiful Upper Delaware River valley he’d come to love.

Music was always a part of his life. Tom had a great tenor voice and an outstanding stage presence, and sang numerous leading roles in classic operas at the Delaware Valley Opera Company in Narrowsburg, during the 1990s.

Tom was the author of a novel, “The Mark of Gnosis,” a murder mystery set in a Trappist Abbey in Wyoming, as well as his memoir. He continued to write about issues relating to the Catholic Church and human rights issues until the day of his death.

Tom was a man of great energy and passion for the causes he espoused. He had a sharp and inquiring mind, a flair for interviewing people, and a great interest in understanding the Why of everything. His charm and intelligence attracted a lively group of friends and acquaintances to him, which was clearly demonstrated by the large turnout at the “Show of Appreciation” held for him in 2009 in honor of his 80th birthday.

Tom had heartily embraced his life in Honesdale with Barbara, and became a vital and active part of the community, participating in such initiatives as Transition Honesdale, Rachel’s Challenge, and “Aging in Community.” Recently he volunteered at Wayne Memorial Hospital, and was a regular at Branko’s Patisserie.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a time to be determined by his family, and will be open to all who wish to remember and honor him.

August 5, 2015

Laura Curreri of Beach Lake, PA, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at home on July 31, 2015. She was 82.

The daughter of the late Vincent and Laura Lotruglio Gesimino, she was born August 12, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY.

Laura was a member of St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg, NY. She was a member of the Tusten and Beach Lake Senior Clubs.

A family statement reads, “Laura was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an avid reader; she enjoyed books. She took great pride in her family, and her family’s wellbeing was very important to her. She had a heart of gold. She will truly be missed by all.”

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joseph; three children, Joseph Curreri and his wife Dawn of Narrowsburg, NY, Jerry Curreri of Honesdale, PA and Jannine Brostowski and her husband James of Lindenhurst, NY; her sister, Rose Bosinger and her husband Mike of Franklin Square, NY; seven grandchildren, Joseph Curreri and wife Carolyn, Beach Lake, PA, James Curreri and wife Brenda, Beach Lake, PA, Daniel Curreri, Monticello, NY, James, Leyna, and John Brostowski, Lindenhurst, NY, six great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by her grandson David F. Curreri.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 and Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Father Dennis Dinan officiated. Burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to David F. Curreri Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc., 95 Homestead Road, Narrowsburg NY 12764.

July 8, 2015

Hazel E. (Parker) Iasiello, 88, of Kingston, NY, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. She was born July 23, 1926 in Eldred, NY to the late William and Eleanora (Seibert) Parker. She was married to her loving husband of 51 years Louis V. Iasiello. Louis passed away on March 8, 1999.

Hazel attended Eldred Central High School and Curtis High School on Staten Island. She worked as a group leader for St. Michael’s Home in Staten Island, NY, before retiring in 1982.

Hazel was a parishioner at St. Peter’s RC Church in Staten Island, St. Anthony of Padua in Yulan, NY, and St. Mary’s RC Church in Kingston. She served on the altar and rosary societies at St. Peter’s RC Church in Staten Island and St. Anthony of Padua Church in Yulan, NY. She was also a member of the St. Peter’s Mothers Club, St. Peter’s High School Parent Club, and Curtis High School PTA. She was an avid bowler with the St. Peter’s Bowling League.

Hazel is survived by her children, Rev. Louis Iasiello, OFM, of Columbus, OH; Janis Bianco and her husband Paul of Hurley, NY; Lorri Senk and her husband Norman of Staten Island, NY; her brother William Parker of Canajoharie, NY; her grandsons, Matthew, John and Christopher; four great grandchildren, Hailey, Alexia, Kendall and Matthew, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers- and sisters-in-law. In addition to her husband and parents she is predeceased by three sisters and two brothers.

Friends and family visited on Wednesday, July 1 at A. Carr & Son Funeral Home, 65 Lucas Ave., Kingston. The funeral procession was on Thursday at the funeral home and proceeded to St. Mary’s RC Church where at a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated with Rev. Louis Iasiello, OFM, officiating. Burial will take place in St. Anthony Cemetery in Eldred, NY at a later date.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society at To leave and expression of sympathy, please visit

July 8, 2015

Frank R. Fioramonti, resident of NYC and Narrowsburg, NY, died June 27 peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Sheila, at his side.

In his 73rd year, Frank was an attorney and administrative law judge. Spending his career in public service, he was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law and received an LLM from NYU Law.

Adored husband of Sheila and father to her children, Brandi and Vance Merolla, and grandfather to Juliette and Austin; survived by his sister, Marie.

April 9, 2015

Margo J. Meyer, age 92, of Highland Lake, NY died Monday, April 6, 2015 at her home. She was born on March 29, 1923 in Red Bank, NJ, the daughter of Menzo and Helen Miller Bosch.

She was a member of the Eldred United Methodist Church, Eldred, NY. Margo enjoyed her daily swim whether it was swimming in the ocean along the Florida coast or Lake DeVenoge. She was a talented and gifted artist, an avid gardener and had a great love of nature. The woods were Margo’s serenity.

She married Frederick Meyer who predeceased her. She is survived by her two daughters, Judy Knight and her husband Douglas of Narrowsburg, NY and Cheryl Haas and her husband Richard of Yulan, NY. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Jennifer Roberts and her husband Terry, Heather and Kimberly Packer, Jamie Haas and his wife Melissa and Mallory Haas; her great grandchildren, Logan, Cody, Trevor, Madison, Mikayla, Lukas, Addison, and Ashton; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred American Legion Volunteer Ambulance Corps., PO Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732 or to the Eldred United Methodist Church, 12 Eldred-Yulan Rd., Eldred, NY 12732.

March 25, 2015

John W. Moser, Sr. passed away peacefully on March 22, 2015, in Medford Care Center, Medford, NJ at the age of 93.

John was born on May 13, 1921, in Bethlehem, PA. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, serving in various areas, including the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. He lived in Milanville, PA for many years and later in Inverness, FL for 26 years. Before retiring, he worked as a laborer in the Sullivan, NY area as a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. He spent the last year of his life living with his daughter and son-in-law in Marlton, NJ.

He was predeceased by his first wife Lee Reuger on July 21, 1955 and his second wife, Anna Zingg-Weber on March 10, 2009, stepson Rudolph Weber and stepdaughter Hermine Legari.

He is survived by his daughter Patricia Moser LeRoy and husband Dennis Ventura, son John W. Moser Jr. and wife Donna, grandchildren Jeff Moser and Kelly Moser. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Anna Weber Dyckman and many other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s name to Medford Care Center or Wounded Warrior Project.

March 25, 2015

Randi J. O’Brien of Cochecton, NY, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Randi had been valiantly battling Parkinson’s for several years, and she died surrounded by her loving family on the family farm.

The daughter of late William and Laura Virginia Moller Keesler, she was born March 15, 1953 in Callicoon, NY. She was 62 years old.

She was the widow of Richard “O’B” O’Brien and they were married for 35 years.

She operated Trilogy Perennials Greenhouses on Brook Road in Cochecton. Her happy moments were gardening. These times in the greenhouse were joyful. She put her heart and soul into the beautiful plants and flowers.

A family statement reads: “Randi was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, wife, sister and aunt. She was a kind woman with a gentle spirit. She will truly be missed.”

She is survived by her four children, Daniel O’Brien of Cochecton, NY, Colleen O’Brien Williams and her husband TC of Killeen, TX, Jessica Ann O’Brien of Lawton, OK, and Shawna Smith and her husband V. Smith of Hinesville, GA; three grandchildren, Lorenzo O’Brien, Aliza O’Brien and Gabriella O’Brien; two sisters, Linda McCarthy of Cochecton Center, NY and Patti Keesler of Cochecton Center, NY; one brother, Charles Keesler of Cochecton, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Randi is predeceased by a sister, Susan Keesler.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. Christian burial will be done at the convenience of the family at Tyler Town Cemetery, Tyler Town, NY (Cochecton Center, NY).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charities of one’s choice.

March 11, 2015

Mr. Rex H. Horan, a lifetime resident of Port Jervis, NY, died Monday, March 9, 2015 at Milford Senior Care & Rehabilitation Center, Milford, PA. He was 85.

He was born September 7, 1929 in Port Jervis, NY, the son of the late Vincent Horan and the late Mae O’Malley Horan.

Rex married Marlene Roberts Horan 55 years ago on October 4, 1959 in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis, NY.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Roosa Fleming VFW Post #161, Port Jervis and the Port Jervis Elks Club BPOE #648, Port Jervis.

Rex worked for 53 years at A & P Grocery, Inc. retiring as a regional manager, and for 23 years with his wife Marlene he was the co-owner and operator of the famous San Diego Submarine Shop in Port Jervis.

He was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis where he was baptized, received his first communion, was an altar server, graduated from St. Mary’s Parochial School and was married to Marlene 55 years ago.

Rex was elected to several terms from 1984 to 1993 as a Port Jervis City Councilman for the 2nd ward. He was a 40-year Cub Scout Pack Leader for Troop #173 in Port Jervis.

A family statement read: “Rex was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was an avid Notre Dame and Red Sox fan who served his community and family unfailingly. He was a very proud Port Jervian.”

Surviving are his wife, Marlene Horan at home; sons, Mitchell Horan and his wife Denise of Bronxville, NY, Todd Horan and his wife Angela of Queens, NY, Christopher Horan and his husband Jesse Brune of Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick and Kathleen Horan; sister-in-law, Diane Horan of Mason, OH; brothers-in-law, Michael E. Roberts and his wife Paula of Port Jervis, NY and Richard K. Roberts and his wife Michele of Port Jervis, NY.

He was predeceased by brothers, Vincent J., William and Robert J. Horan; sister-in-law, Jean Horan; and brother-in-law, Henry R. Roberts.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 East Main St., Port Jervis on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 with a 9 a.m. prayer at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis with Rev. Matthew Newcomb officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s, R.C. Church, PO Box 712, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or the American Heart Association, 1 Union St. #301, Robinsville, NJ 08691-4183.

March 4, 2015

The family of Jack Lang would like to announce the passing on March 1, 2015 of a loving father, brother, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. Jack was born July 26, 1931 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He grew up digging clams and fishing on the shores of NJ. At 14, he followed his heart and spent his summers working on a farm in Vermont. After graduating high school, he joined the Marine Corp on his 18th birthday, answering his country’s call to serve in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he became a New Jersey State Trooper; however, his heart was in farming, so in 1958 he married Mary Elizabeth Flanagan and they moved to Fosterdale, NY to work on Bossart’s farm. In 1959, they realized their dream by purchasing and working a 125-acre dairy farm in Beach Lake, PA and started their family, which would soon grow to four children. In 1960, Jack and Beth bought a septic pumping business from Ray Taylor’s widow. Then, in 1965, they expanded and bought their first Roto-Rooter franchise, which blossomed into a flourishing business now known as Lang Industries. The business continues today as part of his legacy.

Jack continued his commitment to his family, friends, and community by serving, throughout the years, as commander of the American Legion, member of Knights of Columbus, Boy Scout leader, member of the Tusten Planning Board, chairman of the Tusten Democratic Party, and member of St. Francis Xavier Church.

Jack is survived by his sons, Jerry Schalk and wife Paulette of Scranton, John Lang and wife Rita of Honesdale, Ned Lang and fiancée Maura Dennis of Narrowsburg and daughter, Betsy Lynch of Monroe.

He is also survived by three loving sisters, Monica Sperling and husband George, Maureen Henderson and husband Bill, and Ann VanDyke.

Jack is survived by eight grandchildren, Ryan, Erin, Katy, Megan, Jessica, John, Lexi, and Jake and two great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Vivian.

He is predeceased by his parents Martin and Ann Lang.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Father John Alderson OFM will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations can be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior project.

February 18, 2015

Edward Weitmann, 65, of Willowemoc, New York passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2015. Ed was born March 19, 1949 in Suffern, New York. He is the son of the late Mary and Ronald Weitmann.

He is survived by his sisters, Deborah Russell and Suzanne Speed both of Tennessee; several nieces and nephews; his former wife Laura Quigley of North Branch, and many good friends.

Ed lived in Pearl River, New York until his family moved to Hollywood, Florida when he was 8 years old. He was a Cub Scout and graduated from McArthur High School in Hollywood in 1967. He served his country honorably in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 as a Sergeant E5 with the 173rd Airborne Division. He is the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal and Parachute Badge.

He moved to Willowemoc in 1975 where he was a talented carpenter and cabinetmaker. His craftsmanship can be found in many homes in Sullivan County and beyond. He was elected as a Councilman for the Town of Rockland in 2005, was appointed Deputy Supervisor in July 2009 and was elected Town Supervisor in late 2009. He served as Town Supervisor until his death. He was an active member of the Democratic Committee for the Town of Rockland, recently becoming the Acting Chairperson. He was a 27-year member of the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department serving most recently as 2nd Assistant Chief.

When he became ill with cancer, several friends stepped up to help him in his fight. Whether it was taking him to treatments, plowing his driveway, bringing in wood, cooking, cleaning, whatever was needed. Most importantly they gave their friendship and made it possible for Ed to be home. They are to be cherished.

Ed was a hardworking, talented, good human being with a strong sense of service. He could always be counted on to be there when needed. He loved music, books, art, the outdoors, and he loved his animals.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears however measured or far away.”— Henry David Thoreau.

Ed will be cremated. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.

February 18, 2015

William S. Ryman of Yulan, NY passed away peacefully Saturday, February 14, 2015 after a short illness. He was 62. He was the son of Mary Ryman and the late Allen Ryman. He was born February 13, 1953 in Hazleton, PA.

Bill was raised in Eldred, NY and left the area. He spent many years over the road as a professional owner/operator truck driver. He was the previous owner of Loango Enterprises of Red Level, AL. He was presently employed by L.P. Cylinder Service of Shohola, PA.

He enjoyed the outdoors, feeding the birds, hunting, fishing and loved being with his family and friends.

He is survived by his mom Mary Ryman of Fieldale, VA; his daughter LacyJane Ryman-Mescal and her husband Noah; granddaughter Cheyanne and grandson Noah of Toms River, NJ; his significant other, Genevieve Lubrano of Yulan, NY; sons David and wife Katherine and John Lubrano; brothers Edward Ryman and his wife Geraldine of Milford, PA; Maurice Ryman and his wife Jackie of Yulan, NY; sister Kaurice Siggins and her husband Michael of Hernado Beach, FL; beloved aunts Audrey Drasher, Beat Warner, Mary Drasher and Uncle Buzz Drasher and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides family members, Bill leaves behind many special friends and close neighbors.

He is predeceased by his father Allen Ryman, grandmother Ruby Drasher Pearson, brother Richard Ryman, uncle William Drasher and aunt Nancy Werneke.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home of Barryville, NY. Services will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Montoza Cemetery in Eldred, NY. The Rev. Linda Bohs will officiate.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bill’s name to donor’s choice.