February 3, 2016
Mary G. Hubbert Robisch of Beach Lake, PA, a retired bus driver and driver trainer for Rolling V Bus Company, died Monday, February 1, 2016. She was 75. Daughter of the late Anton and Harriet Ossmond Schumacher, Mary was born May 5, 1940 in Callicoon, NY. Mary was the wife of James Robisch of Beach Lake and the widow of the late George Hubbert.
Mary is survived by her husband James Robisch of Beach Lake; by her children George Hubbert (Cindy) of Oxford, NY; Tina Schlott (Raymond) of Mountaindale, NY; and Dwayne Hubbert (Tanya) of North Branch, NY; by her grandchildren Rose Courtney, Michael Hubbert, William Hubbert, Kelsey Riddle, Tonie Riddle, Emily Hubbert, Amy Hubbert, Mackenzie Hubbert, and George Hubbert and by seven great-grandchildren. Mary is also survived by her siblings William Schumacher (Sandy) of Georgia; Lucy Reiter of Hawley, TX; John Schumacher of Callicoon, NY; Richard Schumacher (Gwen) of Wakefield, RI; David Schumacher (Maria) of Anson, TX; Craig Schumacher (Anne) of Callicoon, NY; Reid Schumacher (Mary) of Denver, CO; and Fran Szulwach (Ron) of Springtown, TX.
In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband George Hubbert; by her brothers Clarence, August and George Schumacher; by her sister Madoline Bishop, and by her sister-in-law Linda Schumacher.
Friends may call on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, NY from 2 to 5 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital by visiting StJude.org, or by mail at St. Jude’s 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home Callicoon, NY 12723. 845/887-4900.
January 27, 2016
Judith Skier Brown passed away peacefully at home Tuesday morning. She is survived by her husband, Dr. David Brown and her three children, Martha Brown Zuckman, Sarah Brown Goldstein, Douglas Skier Brown; sons-in-laws, Dr. Brett Zuckman and Mr. Eli Goldstein; her sister Susan Sawyer; brother-in-law Jerald Sawyer; sister-in-law, Muriel Brown; and by her beloved dog, Rawley.
Judy loved being with her family, baking, gardening, entertaining and playing golf. She was loved dearly by her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.
Judy was very involved in the community, and served on the boards of The Jewish Home for the Elderly, Operation Hope, Bridgeport Hospital Women’s Auxiliary and Birchwood Country Club.
Judy received an MPH from Columbia University, where she worked in the department of dentistry.
The funeral was held on Wednesday, January 13 at Congregation Beth El, 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, CT. Memorial period will be observed at the family residence on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.
December 23, 2015
Joseph T. Hill of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident retired from Queens General Hospital, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2015 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. He was 95.
The son of the late Roland and Minnie Howard Hill, he was born December 15, 1920 in Baltimore, MD. Joe was a U.S. Army WWII Veteran, Corps of Engineers.
Joe was married for 49 years to Bertha Cobb Hill, who survives. He is also survived by daughters Marian Mason of Baltimore, MD, and Carole Robinson and her husband John of Bronx, NY; two sisters, Peggy Day and Rohamaine Hale; a brother, Samuel Hill; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joe is predeceased by his two sisters, Hullane Emily Hill and Regina Brown.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. Funeral service is at 12 noon in the funeral home.
Burial will be in Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Liberty, NY.
December 23, 2015
Joan Cecelia Holbert, age 82, of Narrowsburg, NY, passed away on Monday, December 21, 2015 at her home. She was born March 24, 1933 in Brooklyn, NY. Joan was the daughter of the late Herman and Cecelia Holmes Balle and sister to the late Nancy Balle Nolan.
Joan, a lifetime resident of Narrowsburg, NY, graduated from Narrowsburg Central School in 1951. After graduation she worked for Bell Telephone as a switchboard operator. In 1954 she married her longtime sweetheart Donald Kenneth Holbert of Honesdale, PA. She and Donald were married 59 years prior to his passing in 2013. Joan’s main career was homemaking; however she did work part-time at Woodloch Pines in Hawley, PA and was the Town of Tusten, Narrowsburg, NY, town clerk for 10 years prior to retirement.
Joan is survived by her three children, D. Craig Holbert, his wife Tamsen and their children, Megan and William Holbert of Beach Lake, PA; Kelly Holbert Carlsen, her husband Dan and their children, Danielle and Erica Carlsen of Hickory, NC; and Kyle T. Holbert and his daughter Annalyse Holbert of Narrowsburg, NY.
Joan was much admired by all who knew her. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend, and she will be greatly be missed by all who knew her.
Memorial donations may be made to the Tusten Vol. Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
December 9, 2015
Carolyn E. Fraccio, 80, of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2015 at home. She was born October 14, 1935 in New York City.
Carolyn was a member of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, Yulan, NY and Rosary Society.
Carolyn was the widow of James M. Fraccio, who had passed away August 3, 2000.
A family statement reads: “Carolyn was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed gardening and reading. She cherished the river corridor. She loved her dog Ginger. She will truly be missed by all.”
Survivors include her son Andrew Fraccio and his wife Leanne of Barryville, NY; grandson Maxwell Fraccio; granddaughter Grace Fraccio; and a brother, Robert Mudry of Maryland.
She is predeceased by her daughter, Heather.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, December 7, 2015 at St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, Yulan, NY. Burial of cremains followed in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Eldred, NY.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, or the Humane Society.
December 2, 2015
Jack Whittaker, 81, of Eldred, New York, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 22, 2015, at Orange Regional Medical Center.
Born on June 27, 1934, in Pike County, he was a son of the late John and Mable Whittaker. He was the loving husband to Dorothy (Bernardo/Santulli) Whittaker, with whom he shared 28 years of marriage. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary (Carmella/Rossi) Whittaker.
Jack was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Throughout his life, he was an avid gardener and a collector, collecting stamps and coins. He loved his country music, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard in particular. He also enjoyed playing his guitar, especially at family get-togethers.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons John Whittaker and his wife, Isabel, of Stroudsburg and Daniel Whittaker and his wife, Joan, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia; his daughters Gloria Jean Rossi of East Stroudsburg, and Tina Tabor and her husband, Thomas, of Henryville; his stepchildren Theresa Ruscillo and her husband, Vic, and Laurie Santulli; his grandchildren Jacci Willard and her husband, Tom; Dee Bonneau and her husband, Gary; Tracy Rose and her husband, Dan; Jennifer Schnaitman and her husband, Chris; Jason Whittaker and his wife, Heather; and Joseph Whittaker; his great-grandchildren Josh Schnaitman, Joe Rose, Jordan Schnaitman and Hannah Whittaker; and his step-grandchildren Nicole, Julia and Sophia Ruscillo.
In addition to his parents and his first wife, Jack was preceded in death by his daughter, Marie Werkheiser and her husband, Donald Werkheiser; his brothers: Romaine, Nelson, Albert and Eugene; and his sisters, Dorothy Schraeder and Hazel Martin.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, at Lanterman & Allen Funeral Home, 27 Washington St., East Stroudsburg, PA. The funeral service, officiated by Pastor Todd, will begin at 4:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be made at Lantermanallenfh.com.
November 18, 2015
Mary Morrell Smith, a former resident of the area, passed away on November 4, 2015, in Yorktown, VA. She was 92. She was predeceased by her husband, James (“Bud”) K. Smith. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of Irene Ahearn Morrell and William Gerald Morrell.
She lived in Yulan, NY for many years, where she raised her children, cared for her aging mother-in-law, her grandchildren, her husband, and certainly not lastly, her dogs. May she find peace after a lifetime of caring.
She is survived by her children, Sally of Rochester, NY, James of Narrowsburg, NY, William and his wife, Vivian of Yorktown, VA, and Royle and his wife Virginia of North Carolina; her grandchildren, Theresa (Yancy), Matthew, Peter (Audrey), David (Liz), James Patrick, Jennifer (Scott), Keli (Ted), and Holly (Mark), and ten great-grandchildren.
Family and friends will be notified of a memorial service at a later time.
November 4, 2015
Barry R. Hampe, of Shohola, PA, a retired truck driver and a longtime resident of the area, passed on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at home surrounded by his family. The son of Gladys Mitchko Hampe and the late Richard Hampe, he was born July 3, 1949 in Montville, NJ. He was 66.
Barry was married to Margaret Huyler Hampe; they were married for 40 years.
A family statement reads, “Barry was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and son. He was an avid bass fisherman who enjoyed deep sea fishing and ice fishing. He also enjoyed hunting and bowling. He will truly be missed as he was a big part of our family. We love you.”
He is survived by his, wife Maggie; two sons, Barry J. Hampe and his wife Cathy of Florida, Brad Hampe of Shohola, PA; two daughters, Sherry Lynn Loveless and her husband Sam of Kentucky; Marque Hampe of Shohola, PA; five grandchildren, Brooke Conn, Cody Loveless, Corben Hampe, Xander Hampe, Harlee Draghi; and two sisters, Dorce Machinshok and Cathy Henderson.
Barry is predeceased by his brother, Andrew Hampe.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, November 7, 2015, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the family home.
November 4, 2015
Jennie B. McCue, 95, of Rowland, PA passed away November 1, 2015 at home. She was a retired forelady for Sparkomatic, Milford, PA. Jennie was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Greeley, PA, Ladies Aid of St. Luke’s Church and Greeley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
The daughter of the late Cleveland and Jane (Pedley) McKean, she was born February 27, 1920 in Shohola Township, PA.
Survivors include her son Wayne McCue and his wife Patricia of Greeley, PA; daughter Katherine Rosencrance and her husband Ira “Gary” of Greeley, PA; her companion of 50 years Spencer Andersen; sister Augusta Schultz of Port Jervis, NY; five grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, George and Thomas McKean and sister Florence Ross.
Funeral services will be held at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Donald Beck officiating. Burial will follow in German Hill Cemetery, Shohola, PA.
Memorial donations can be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 66, Greeley, PA 18425.
November 4, 2015
Emily Buddenhagen, a lifelong resident of Narrowsburg, died Wednesday November 4, 2015 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. She was 87.
The daughter of Chris and Gertrude Christiansen, Emily was born December 15, 1927 in Jersey City, NJ.
She worked for over 20 years as a baker at the Narrowsburg Central School and also as a part-time cook at Landers River Trips. She was a member of the Tusten Lions, Red Hatters, Senior Citizens and Historical Society. She was a past member of the Tusten Ambulance Auxiliary and a dedicated and avid bingo player.
Wife of the late Horace 'Bud' Buddenhagen, she is survived by her four children, John Buddenhagen of Chesapeake, VA; Rick Buddenhagen of Lake Huntington, NY; Keith Buddenhagen and his wife Ann of Narrowsburg, NY; and Judy Kelly and her husband Gene of Beach Lake, PA; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Emily was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed by many.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 2-6 p.m. at Lava Fire Department in Lava, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Narrowsburg, NY.
October 28, 2015
Thomas A. Namack of the Village of Masthope, PA, a lifelong resident, former NYC Firefighter and retired Fire Safety Director, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 68 years old. The son of the late Thomas J. and Winifred Joyce Namack, he was born February 23, 1947 in New York City, NY.
Tommy was a Vietnam veteran having served in the US Army. He was a former member of Ecker-Haupt VFW.
A family statement read, “Tommy was a loving and caring father and brother. He enjoyed the ocean, scuba diving and traveling. He was a wonderful cook, an avid gardener, loved to sing and dance, and enjoyed fireworks most of all. He was a huge sports fan, supporting the Yankees and the Giants, and much to the dismay of others, he LOVED wrestling. He always had a good joke, but underneath he had a heart of gold. He reached out to people in need and would take the shirt off his back to help the underdog. His life was full of adventure, but he spent his last months sitting on his deck with his cat, some jazz, good company, and the sun shining down on him; and he never wanted to be anywhere else. He will truly be missed; he inspired many people, especially his daughters of whom he was so proud.”
Survivors include his two daughters Julie Namack of New York City and Cailyn Namack of the Village of Masthope, PA, and their mother Bella Namack; his brother, James Namack of the Village of Masthope, PA; his twin sister, Janet O’Brien of the Village of Masthope, PA; and his sister, Joyce Hughes and her husband Justin of Fredericksburg, VA; his cat Missy that he loved; and many, many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 30, 2015, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier RC Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Rev. Dennis Dinan will officiate.
Burial will take place at the Parish Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project.
October 28, 2015
The artist Douglas D. Craft, whose work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Butler Institute of American Art and elsewhere, died Wednesday, October 14, 2015. He was 90 and a patient at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home, Roscoe, NY, at the time of his death.
Mr. Craft, who made his home in Jeffersonville, NY, for the past 25 years, was born October 20, 1924, in Greene, NY, the son of farmers Harry and Phoebe Hotchkiss Craft. He was one of three siblings. His sisters Reva and Ruth predeceased him. Mr. Craft served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was married to the fine artist Elizabeth Harms Craft, who survives him. The two met while students at the Art Institute of Chicago and were married for 64 years.
Mr. Craft earned a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and was an Associate Professor of painting there from 1955 to 1966. He earned his MFA at the University of New Mexico. He also taught at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Cooper Union, the School of Visual Arts in New York and the College of New Rochelle (NY) as a well at the Royal College of Art in London.
Craft’s work ranges from oil or acrylic on canvas to mixed media collages on paper and canvas. His main influences were the German painter Max Ernst; the manipulations of Picasso; and the works of French painter Henri Matisse. Of Mr. Craft’s work, it has been said, “The layered and textured canvases and collages have a musical quality that is serene yet inherently vibrant and visually stimulating.” Corporate collections of his work include Apple, Pepsico, General Electric and Chase.
Artist and professor Alan Williams, who met Mr. Craft in England says, “Douglas is one of those true artists who does not follow fashion. His work is true and honest. The paintings have an intrinsic poetry and one never ceases to see new levels of revelation in the one work. I believe… his work will outlive and outshine much of what is being hailed as great today….”
In a newspaper article in March of this year, Mr. Craft gave this advice to young artists, “If you love art, keep looking at art and keep working from it—and work intensely.”
“Never Forgotten,” a one-day exhibit in celebration of his life and talent taking its name from the oil and canvas mixed media work (year 2000) will take place 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 1, at the Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY.
October 21, 2015
Warren “Pete” Haupt of Greeley, PA entered into eternal rest on October 16, 2015 at Milford Senior Care, Milford, PA. He was 86 years old. The son of the late Annabel (Hessberger) and Arthur Haupt, Warren was born in Lackawaxen, PA on November 17, 1928.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Shirley (Paulus). He is also survived by his children, Cindy Schmalzle and her husband Donald of Ellenville, NY and Gerry Haupt and his wife April of Cumberland, RI. Five grandchildren, Amy Ezekiel and her husband Joshua of Baldwinsville, NY; Laura Villegas and her husband Jonathan of Barryville, NY; Matthew Haupt, Alexander Haupt, and James Haupt of Cumberland, RI. Two great-grandchildren, Oliva Villegas and Logan Ezekiel. He is also survived by his sister, Arline Dotter of East Stroudsburg, PA along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son Dwight Haupt and his three brothers, Harold, Donald and Raymond.
He was a member of the Barryville United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #521 of Liberty, NY, a life member of the Greeley Fire Department and former member of the Lackawaxen Volunteer Ambulance Corps. He was an avid NY Mets fan and loved his bowling leagues.
“Pete” was a butcher and co-owner of Haupt Brothers Market in Lackawaxen for over 20 years, after which he drove a school bus and then retired from Narrowsburg Lumber Company. After retiring they enjoyed being “snowbirds” and extensive travel to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, many European countries as well as South America.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at the Barryville United Methodist Church, Barryville, NY. Cremation will follow at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA. Burial of his ashes will be at a later date in Lackawaxen Cemetery.
In lieu of followers, donations can be made to the Barryville United Methodist Church, PO Box 35, Barryville, NY 12719 or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.
October 14, 2015
Eleanor Mary Kurzhals Herring of Beach Lake, PA, a retired registered nurse and longtime resident of the area, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Wayne Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She was 90. The daughter of the late Edward and Mary Clark Kurzhals, she was born in Peekskill, NY on October 21, 1924.
Eleanor graduated from the Cochran School of Nursing, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Yonkers, NY. She retired from the Peekskill Community Hospital. She served as Supervisor of Obstetrics and Gynecology for over 20 years. She was a former member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps; she served six months at Fort Dix, NJ. She was a member of the Peekskill Civic Orchestra (violinist). She was a former president of the Peekskill Hospital RN Association. She was a member and former president of both the Tusten Senior Citizens Club, Narrowsburg, NY and the Senior Roundup Club of Beach Lake, PA. She was a member of the Red Hat Society.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years James Herring; their children Clifford J. Herring and his wife Cheryl of Lebanon, CT; Pamela Lass and her husband Wm. Terry of Port Jervis, NY; Bruce D. Herring and his wife Arlene of Smithville, MO; grandchildren Clifford J. Herring Jr. and his wife Amanda; Lisa Herring; Mary Lass Eberling and her husband Edward; and William J. Lass; great-grandchildren Wyatt Herring, Julia Lambe, Olivia Phillips, Ava Eberling, Robert Eberling, Amanda Schmidt; two great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Eleanor is predeceased by her sisters Doris Muriel Hamme and Thelma Marie Gibson.
At the request of the family there will be no visitation or services.
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.