July 23, 2014
William E. Eldridge, 91, of Homosassa, FL, died July 10, 2014, at Crystal River Health and Rehab. William was born on September 12, 1922, in Forestine, New York to the late William and Harriet (Claessen) Eldridge.
William was raised in Eldred, NY where he resided until moving to Florida in 1985. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during WWII as an ambulance driver for the 93rd Evacuation Hospital after landing on Utah Beach in Normandy. He saw action in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Northern France and the Rhineland and was discharged in December of 1945. He was employed by the Sullivan County (NY) Department of Public Works for 44 years as a crane operator. William enjoyed woodworking and building beautiful pieces of furniture for his home and those of family and friends. He also repaired bicycles to give to children in need during the Christmas season.
Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Patricia Abt, New York, NY, Deanna (Anthony) Sicuro, Port Jervis, NY, Kathleen (Harlan) Haskins, Bonita Springs, FL and Anne-Marie (John), Vandenende, Riverview; seven grandchildren, Tony, Angela, Connie, Louis, Caroline, Shaye and Frances; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Jane; his grandson, Matthew and son-in-law Lou Abt. One of 14 children, he was preceded in death by all of his siblings.
A funeral service and tribute to William’s life was held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial followed at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in William’s memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Florida 34464 or The Wounded Warrior Project.
July 16, 2014
Reverend Frederick J. Howard, 80, of Honesdale, PA died on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife Sylvia Harned Howard in 2002. The couple married on July 18, 1976.
Born on March 19, 1934 in Austin, TX, he was the son of the late James Aubrey and Mary Almeda Howard. He was a graduate of the University of Texas and later graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.
He served as Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo, TX from 1971 to 1977 before joining the Episcopal Church’s National headquarters in New York. During that time he assisted with Church of the Ascension, The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, both of Brooklyn and St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon, NY.
Following the death of his wife, he retired to Honesdale where he enjoyed spending time on his porch watching birds and the other wildlife. A sports enthusiast, Fred especially enjoyed rooting for the Texas Longhorns football team and was a Steelers fan. A true Texan, he also enjoyed barbecuing, and spending time with friends and family.
Fred loved Shetland sheepdogs, especially Pal, his most recent companion.
Surviving him is his son, David Howard; his brothers, Robert Howard and wife, Billie of IL and James Howard and wife, Diane of TX; Leanne Weiner, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Bertram Howard.
Memorial services will be held at St. James, Calicoon, NY on July 20 at 10:30 a.m.
July 9, 2014
Born September 21, 1955 in Ellenville, NY, Ken was the son of the late Gerald Hook, Sr. and Frances Brown Hook-Fritz.
Ken graduated from Ellenville High School and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in teaching in Peoria, Illinois.
At the time of his death he was an honored teacher at Sinclair Community College in Ohio.
His survivors include siblings Darlene Hook Light of Lakewood NJ, Gerald Hook, Jr. of Casenovia NY, and Jeffrey Hook of Saugerties NY; and stepfather, Jack Fritz of Napanoch. He also has several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ken was predeceased by sister, Diane Hook and brother, Paul Hook, Sr.
His friend Paula, stepdaughter Katy, and girlfriend Habeebah Shafeek will be arranging a memorial service in Ohio for friends, co-workers and students.
On August 2, 2014 at 9 a.m. there will be a viewing service for family and friends at Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville, followed at 10 a.m. by graveside service in a family plot at Fantankill Cemetery, Ellenville, NY.
July 2, 2014
Teresa M Foster, 71, of Greeley, PA, passed away November 29, 2013 in Goshen, NY.
A memorial service will be held at Shohola Falls in the Shohola Falls Recreation Area on July 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Fran Hlavacek of Church of the Good Shepherd & St. John the Evangelist officiating. A committal of ashes will be performed at the memorial service. A luncheon will be held at Peter’s Europa House, Shohola at 12 noon. All friends, family, colleagues and students are encouraged to attend.
Teresa was born in Brooklyn, NY to Sophie and Paul Klco on August 23, 1942. Teresa graduated from Prospect Heights High School and went on to earn a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Teresa devoted her career to the service of others as a classroom assistant at Delaware Valley High School and caregiver at the Milford Convalescent Home.
Teresa is preceded in death by her parents, Sophie and Paul and her brother William (Bill). She is survived by her brother Paul, former spouse Robert (Bob) Birney, sons Robert (Scott) Birney, William (Bill) Birney, Timothy (Tim) Birney, daughter Dawn Martins and their extended families.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Condolences may be mailed to Timothy Birney, 108 Old Easton Turnpike, Weston CT 06883.
June 25, 2014
John E. Rooney, 89, of Yulan, NY, a retired Sullivan Co. DPW worker, and longtime resident of the area, died Friday, June 20, 2014 at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Fac., Liberty, NY. The son of the late Robert and Anna Murphy Rooney, he was born August 8, 1924 in New York City.
John was a WWII veteran; he served in the U.S. Army. He served tours in the European Theater and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, Yulan, NY. He was a former member and president of the local union. He was a member of the Tusten Highland Lumberland VFW Post 6427 and Sylvan Liebla American Legion Post 1633.
Beloved brother of Helen Pitula and Frances Mattimore, beloved uncle of George and Jack Pitula and Christine Mattimore and several grandnieces and grand nephews. He is predeceased by his niece Michelle Mattimore.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at St. Anthony of Padua R.C Church, Yulan, NY. The Rev. Michael Jones officiated. Interment followed in St. Anthony Cemetery, Eldred, NY.
June 18, 2014
Jean Case, 85 years old, of Welcome Lake, PA, passed away peacefully with her family by her bedside on June 12, 2014. She was born on September 5, 1928 in Ozone Park, NY. Her parents were the late John and Irene Mach.
Jean was married to the late William Virgil Case on February 5, 1956.
Jean graduated from Damascus School and led a very active life.
Jean and Bill owned and operated the Grandview Boarding House for more than 30 years. After that, she was the secretary and owner of Bill Case Polaris and Case Construction for 45 years. Jean was an active volunteer with the Welcome Lake Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary and Ladies Aide. Along with helping with the Election Day dinners, she was a secretary on the Lackawaxen Township Planning Board. Jean was a family oriented person who loved to spend time with her family, watching her grandkids and great-grandkids in the pool, and making pizza on Sunday nights. She loved to make giant family dinners on Thanksgiving and Christmas, when everyone was around. She loved to camp, snowmobile and four-wheeler with her family with her Collies. She loved to watch the birds and admire her White Faced Hereford Cows.
She is survived by her sister, Irene Yerkes of Milanville, PA; her daughter, Debra Gries and her husband Charles Gries; along with her four sons, William Case and wife Kim; Doug Case and wife Susan; Mark Case and wife Joyce; and Craig Case and companion Nancy Robinson. Jean had 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and counting. She loved us all and was loved in return.
There will be a private funeral service at the convenience of the family at the Lake View Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be accepted at the Welcome Lake Fire Co., 99 Cosgrove Road, Beach Lake, PA 18405.
June 4, 2014
Ethel Bonitz-Welz-Kinne of Lake Ariel, PA passed away Thursday, May 29 at home after an illness.
She was the widow of her first husband Ed Bonitz, her second husband John Welz and her third husband Lloyd Kinne.
Born in 1925 in Harrison, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Edward J and Florence Martin Callaghan.
She was a member of the LaAnna United Methodist Church.
Prior to her retirement she was the co-owner of the Rosemary Inn in Narrowsburg, NY and had also worked as a caregiver until she was 85. Ethel was an active member of the Hamlin Senior Center and was involved with Curves for many years.
Ethel loved to sing and dance. She also loved to crochet and sew, always making sure her babies had hats and scarves to keep them warm.
Surviving are daughters Betty Oppelt and her husband Clifford of Canadensis, Eleanor Myers and her husband Fred of Lake Ariel, Rita Welz of Manhattan, NY, Penny Rose of WV, and Mulle Welz Noorlun of Texas; a son Carl Bonitz and his wife Bette of Bloomingburg, NY; nine grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. In addition she is survived by three stepchildren, David and his wife Linda Kinne, Ivan and his wife Rita Kinne, and Joan and her husband Richard Schulman.
Ethel was preceded in death by a grandson Keith Rose; sisters Florence and Barbara; brothers Billy, Edward and Patrick.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Rd., Lake Ariel with services by Rev. Anthony Grecco, pastor of the LaAnna United Methodist Church.
Interment was in Salem Cemetery, Hamlin.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Heartland Hospice, 38 N. Main St., Pittston, PA, 18640.
June 4, 2014
Eloise “Polly” Miller, age 98, passed away May 20, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. Preceded in death by husband Robert Miller and son William Miller. Survived by daughter, Sr. Roberta Miller, OP. A Memorial Mass will be Saturday, June 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219. Memorial gifts may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace or submitted securely at oppeace.org. Funeral arrangements completed by Egan-Ryan Funeral Home, 403 East Broad Street. Visit www.egan-ryan.com to offer condolences.
June 4, 2014
Thomas J. Murphy, 80, of Eltingville, a retired NY Telephone Co. employee and veteran who enjoyed visiting his upstate summer home, died Tuesday in Staten Island University Hospital, Ocean Breeze.
Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Murphy graduated in 1952 from New Utrecht High School in his native borough.
He joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1952 until 1956 as an airman on the USS Coral Sea in the Mediterranean Sea and the NAAS Chase Field in Beeville, Texas.
Mr. Murphy worked as a telephone installer with the former New York Telephone Co., later AT & T for 33 years. He retired in 1990.
In his leisure, he enjoyed maintaining his home, carpentry and working in the garden.
He also enjoyed going to his summer home in Yulan, NY, which held special memories. It was there that he met his future wife, the former Florence Corney, while both their families were vacationing in upstate New York’s Sullivan County.
He volunteered as an assistant Scout Master with the Boy Scouts of America.
He was a wonderful man, who everyone loved and respected, said his family.
Mr. Murphy was an usher and active parishioner of Holy Child R.C. Church, Eltingville.
In addition to his wife of 54 years, Florence, he is survived by three sons, Thomas, James and Michael; a daughter, Kathleen Murphy; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The funeral will be Monday from the John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals, with a mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Child Church, both in Eltingville. Arrangements include cremation.
May 28, 2014
Sue Spuhler, 84, of Homosassa, FL passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
She was born on March 28, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Arthur and Molly Eriksen. She had moved to Florida 14 years ago from Honesdale, PA.
She is survived by her husband, Gene Spuhler; two children, John Spuhler and Janet Johnson; one sister, Alice Hauge; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
She dedicated her life to community service including the following organizations: Boy Scouts of America; Girl Scouts of America; planning board of Lebanon Township, Honesdale PA; Board of Directors for the Wayne Memorial Hospital; Women’s Auxiliary for the Wayne Memorial Hospital; organizer of The Other Shop for The Wayne Memorial Hospital; founder of Bernt Balchen Lodge Chapter of Sons of Norway Lodge #3-566 Rowland, PA; General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Northeast PA; past president of Crystal River “GFWC” Women’s Club; member of Women of Sugar Mill Woods; member of Sons of Norway Sun Viking Lodge of Spring Hill FL; Member of First United Methodist Church of Homosassa, FL; Sugar Mill Woods Cancer Survivors group; Sugar Mill Woods Garden Club; and Sassy Nannies Red Hat Ladies.
Celebration of Life services will be held Friday, May 30 at 11 a.m. at Strickland Funeral Home in Florida.
Memorial contributions can be made to Crystal River Woman’s Club “GFWC,” Sugar Mill Woods Woman’s Club, or American Cancer Society.
May 21, 2014
Tara A. Owens of Milford, PA passed away Tuesday, April 2, 2014 at home. She was 52.
She was a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY where she earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in nursing and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau.
The daughter of the late Michael and Sonia (Michalski) McCarron she was born May 27, 1961 in Queens, NY.
Survivors include two daughters, Isabell and Sage Owens; and two brothers, Michael McCarron and Marc McCarron.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA on May 27, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Thomas Major officiating.
May 16, 2014
Mr. Gary Martin Clark, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA and formerly of Milford, PA died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 in Baltimore, MD. He was a supervisor at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA and worked as a sales associate for Penntext, Philadelphia, PA. He was 29.
He was born August 12, 1984 in Port Jervis, NY the son of Gary Martin Clark, Sr. and April Lynn Bittle.
Gary was a 2003 graduate of Delaware Valley High School. He attended IUP honors college in Indiana PA, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in political science.
Gary proudly joined the U.S. Army to serve his country. He was a specialist, served as a 19D Cavalry Scout with Detachment 1 HC 1/109th Infantry. He was awarded an Army commendation medal, Army achievement medal and many others in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
He volunteered for the AmeriCorps, helping rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Gary attended the Center for American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
He also assisted immigrants in Philadelphia in the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition.
Gary’s interests included hunting, fishing, playing the guitar and other instruments.
A family statement reads, “We will miss his enthusiasm, sense of humor, creativity, and his ability to make friends everywhere he went. He will be remembered for his love of fun and charm.”
Surviving are his father, Gary Clark, Sr. and his companion Donna DeGroat of Milford, PA; mother, April Bittle and her companion John Cass of Port Jervis, NY; girlfriend, Jade Nguyen of Philadelphia, PA; sister, Tabbatha M. Hill and her husband Evan of Scranton, PA; paternal grandparents, William and Janet Clark of Matamoras, PA; maternal grandparents, John and Barbara O'Neill of White Mills, PA; niece, Emma Jordyn Hill; as well as several loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was predeceased by his niece, Elizabeth Hope Hill.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main Street Port Jervis on Sunday, May 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 19 at 10 a.m. at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis with Pastor Russ Hepler officiating.
Burial with military honors will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA.
Memorial contributions can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belford Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256, www.woundedwarriorproject.com.
May 7, 2014
Jane Eldridge, 89, Homosassa, FL, formerly from Eldred, NY, died April 25, 2014 under the loving care of her family, Hospice of Citrus County and the staff of Crystal River Health and Rehab.
Jane was born on November 22, 1924 in Belgium to the late Octave and Yvonne Pochez. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook, seamstress and avid golfer.
Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 68 years, William Eldridge; daughters, Patricia Abt, New York, NY, Deanna (Anthony) Sicuro, Port Jervis, NY, Kathleen (Harlan) Haskins, Bonita Springs, FL and Annemarie Vandenende (Jon), Riverview, FL; grandchildren Tony, Angela, Connie, Caroline, Louis, Shaye and Frances; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew, and son-in-law, Lou Abt.
Jane is buried at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. Please consider donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.
April 30, 2014
Lizette Anne Schilling, 56, of Hunter, NY, died peacefully at home on Friday, April 25th.
Born August 30, 1957 in Paterson, NJ, she was the daughter of Arthur L. and Irma Fersch Schilling.
A naturally gifted artist, her drawings, paintings, and poetry enhanced the lives of her family and friends through the years.
A loving mother, daughter, and sister, her survivors include her mother, Irma F. Schilling of Cochecton, NY; two sons, Nicholas A. Schilling of Syracuse, NY, David M. Schilling of Lake Huntington, NY and a daughter, Erin Danielle Simpson of Rosendale, NY; four brothers, Daniel Schilling of Moscow, PA, Eric Schilling of Cochecton, NY, Thomas Schilling of Clarks Summit, PA, Stephen Schilling of Conklin, NY; two sisters, Suzanne Eigenbrot of Ridgewood, NJ and Jacqueline Parker of Middletown Springs, VT; and several aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ms. Schilling was predeceased by her father, Arthur L. Schilling and her son Alexander T. Schilling.
Calling hours were on Wednesday, April 30 at the Aston-Basagic funeral Home at 7742 Main Street, Hunter, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the World Wildlife Fund, PO Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180.
April 23, 2014
Scott M. O’Leary, 48, of Long Eddy, NY died unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at home.
He was born on December 8, 1965 in Queens, the son of George and Alberta O’Leary. Scott married Nancy Davis on May 20, 1995. He was a retired union carpenter and loved to build things.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy; one son, Shane; and one grandson, Vito; and his mother, Alberta. He is also survived by three brothers, George, Frank and Jack O’Leary; and two sisters, Peggy Morales and Kathy O’Leary; and several nieces and nephews.
Cremation took place. There will be a mass at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, NY on May 25 at 10:30 a.m., then a celebration of life at his home will take place afterwards.
April 23, 2014
Anna Weber of Barryville, NY a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2014 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. She was 90.
The daughter of the late Josef and Anna Lax Muller, she was born September 21, 1923 in Kleinaign, Germany.
She was married for 62 years to the late Karl Weber; he passed away on January 3, 2009.
She was a member of St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, PA. A family statement reads, “Anna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She liked to play bingo, watch the birds, and the outdoors. She loved her home and living in the country. She will be greatly missed by her family and all that knew her.”
Survivors include her daughter, Marianne Yeaw and her husband Kenneth of Shohola, PA; son, Karl P. Weber and his wife Catherine of Maplewood, NJ; grandson, Justin Weber and his wife Jennifer of Hillsborough, NJ; a great-granddaughter, Rose Weber; and three sisters in Germany, Katherina Muller, Fanny Grundl and Frieda Adam.
Anna is predeceased by her husband, Karl, three brothers and two sisters.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday April 21 at St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, PA. Father Thomas Major officiated. Christian burial will took place in the parish cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to American Legion Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732.
April 9, 2014
Joseph F. Mayer, 83, of Cochecton, NY a retired dairy farmer and a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. The son of the late Anton and Theresa Amschel Mayer, he was born October 30, 1930 in Cochecton.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Church, Lake Huntington, NY.
A family statement reads, “Joe was a very hardworking man; he loved working on his family farm. He was very good to all his neighbors; he had lots of friends. He will truly be missed by his family and all of the community.”
Survivors include his niece, Theresa Battiato and her husband Felix; his four great nephews and great nieces, Nicholas, Vincent, Anthony and Francesca.
Joseph is predeceased by his brother Anthony Mayer, his sister Mary Freitas and his nephew Christopher Freitas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Father William Scully O.F.M. will officiate.
Burial will follow at St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.
April 2, 2014
Mr. Richard Vincent Gassmann, former mayor and lifetime resident of Matamoras, PA and Westfall Township, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. He was 82.
He was born May 16, 1931 in Westfall Township, PA, the son of the late Ralph Cecil Gassmann and Hazel Roberts Gassmann.
Richard married Helen Zitone Gassmann 53 years ago on October 8, 1960 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Matamoras, PA.
He graduated from the Matamoras School in 1949 and upon graduation he entered the United States Air Force and was stationed in England as a Radio Man during the Korean War from 1949-1953. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Richard attended Penn State University and East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree under the GI Bill and later a Masters Degree at William Paterson College.
He was a 30-year educator working as an elementary school teacher and principal for the Frankford Township School District in Branchville, NJ retiring in 1990.
After his retirement from teaching he was appointed mayor in 2003, serving for nine years following in the footsteps of long-time mayor Joseph Ricciardi. Prior to becoming mayor, Richard was always very active in the Matamoras Borough. He served on the Matamoras Borough Council from 1968-1978 and again from 1982-2003. He was the chairman of the Pike County Democratic Committee for 10 years. He helped form the Matamoras Advisory Committee, which later became the Matamoras Recreation Committee. This Recreation Committee spearheaded the transformation of the Old Matamoras Airport into the Matamoras Recreation Park. Richard was also instrumental in the creation of the Matamoras Veterans Memorial Park & Education Center at Airport Park. He was active from 2005-2009 with the Matamoras Revitalization Committee, securing the first grant for the sidewalks on Pennsylvania Avenue in Matamoras.
Richard helped reorganize and served as the Commander of the American Legion Devore Quinn Post #486 in Matamoras. He was a 40-plus-year member of the Matamoras Volunteer Fire Department and the Port Jervis Elks’ Lodge BPOE #645.
A family statement read: “Richard recognized the importance of commitment to one’s community and he dedicated his public life to that end. He was a genuinely warm and friendly person who loved his family and took pride in its growth and happiness.’’
Surviving are his loving wife Helen Zitone Gassmann at home; two sons, William Gassmann of Exton, PA and Robert Gassmann of Mohawk, NY; one brother, Andrew Gassmann of Castle Rock, CO; sister Sylvia Francis and her husband Edward Francis of Davenport, FL; four granddaughters, Karen, Sarah, Madeline and Carly Gassmann; one brother-in-law, Edward Zitone and his wife Joyce; three sisters-in-law, Evelyn Dalrymple, Joyce Helms and Lois Zitone; also several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother William Gassmann and his sister Hazel Drexler; brother-in-law Joseph Zitone; and sister-in-law Lorraine Zitone.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, with Pastor Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Following cremation, a private burial of cremains will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Veterans Memorial Park & Education Center, PO Box 303, Matamoras, PA 18336.
March 26, 2014
Isabelle L. (Kaporches) Symczyk of Milanville, PA, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at her son’s home in Laurence Harbor. She was 92.
She was born in Luzerne, PA. She was a homemaker who enjoyed walking in the woods in Pennsylvania.
Isabelle was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter Symczyk; her son, David Symczyk; and her parents, John and Mary Kaporches. She is survived by her loving children, Walter Symczyk and his wife Marian of Laurence Harbor; and a daughter, Laura Symczyk of Philadelphia. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
March 19, 2014
Harold (“Hal”) Peter Kellam, 78, a winter resident of N. Ft. Myers, FL for the past 14 years and resident of Owego, NY, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born in Narrowsburg, NY on October 16, 1935, to the late Peter and Bertha (Stephenson) Kellam.
Harold will be remembered by family and friends as a loving father, for his sense of humor, thoughtful manner, easy-going nature, love of Bluegrass music and camping at festivals all over the Northeast, being a Yankee fan, traveling and touching all those old stones, jogging, and later in life just walking his dog Rusty.
He graduated from Broome Community College, served in the U.S. Army, retired from I.B.M. (Endicott/Glendale) after 36 years, spent several years keeping busy in Walmart’s sporting goods department; finally retiring to 90 acres in Tioga County to mow grass, and more grass, fix machinery, and keep a garage full of vehicles running, especially his 1976 Ford 150 (“the orange”) truck.
Harold is survived by his best friend and Life Partner, Geraldine “Geri” Cheevers, of N. Ft. Myers, FL and Owego, NY; three sons, Guy Kellam (Rosemary) of Tyngsboro, MA, Gary Kellam (Rhonda) of Albuquerque, NM, and Daryl P. Kellam (Kathryn) of Endwell, NY; one sister, Eleanor Wells of Narrowsburg, NY; one brother, Donald A. Kellam of Hopewell Junction, NY; three stepchildren, John E. Cheevers, of Modesto, CA, Susanne Cheevers of Binghamton, NY and Elizabeth Youngs (Ty) of Wappengers Falls, NY; two grandchildren, Jake and Gabriel, four step grandchildren, Robert, Brian, Sydney and Taylor; four step great-grandchildren, Robby, Ben, Annalise and Lily; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held in June in New York, with date and time to be determined.
Memorial contributions in memory of Harold Kellam are suggested to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
Friends are invited to send condolences and remembrances via the online guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.