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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.

March 12, 2014

Patricia Engle of Callicoon Center, NY, a retired registered nurse at Catskill Regional Medical Center, died Friday, March 7, 2014 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY with her loving family at her side. She was 78.

The daughter of the late William and Genevieve Harkins Brennan, she was born September 23, 1935 in Hazleton, PA. She was married to William Engle.

She was a member of St. George’s Church in Jeffersonville, NY and a member of the Callicoon Center Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband, William Engle at home; two sons, William Engle and his wife, Dina of Callicoon, NY, and Timothy G. Engle and Robert Glasscock of Manhattan; three daughters, Ann Meyer and her fiancé, Donald Thomas of Beach Lake, PA, Jean S. Schaefer and her husband, Troy of Goshen, NY, and Kathryn P. Pierson and her husband, Christopher of Round Lake, NY; nine grandchildren, Billy Engle, Jordan Meyer, Olivia Meyer, Teddy Schaefer, Colton Schaefer, Justus Schaefer, Riley Pierson, Corinne Pierson and Delaney Pierson; one sister, Gene Spross and her husband, John of Philadelphia, PA and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother William Brennan.

A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donation in Pat’s memory can be made to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302.

The following poem was Pat’s philosophy in life and words that she lived by every day.


Mother Teresa’s “Anyway Poem”

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway.

March 5, 2014

Lillian A. Burckard, 99 years young, of Pond Eddy, NY, a longtime resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 28, 2014 with her family by her side.

The daughter of the late Ernest and Mary Downey Brousseau, she was born December 29, 1914 in New York City, NY.

Lillian was a retired real estate agent from Burckard Realty, Pond Eddy. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in Yulan, NY.

Lillian was a local artist. She had won several blue ribbons and other awards for her art.

Survivors include her son, Paul Burckard and his wife Terry of Eldred, NY; her three grandchildren, Paul Burckard of Detroit, MI, Kim Burckard and her companion Tom McBride of Watervliet, NY, Nicole Stewart and her husband Damon of Albany, NY; her four great-grandchildren, Courtney, Alyssa, Coby and Jordan; and several nieces and nephews.

Lillian is predeceased by her husband of 43 years, John C. Burckard, who had passed away February of 1980 and her five sisters, Marion, Grace, Ruth, Muriel and Ann.

Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in her name to the Lumberland Volunteer Ambulance Co., P.O. Box 91, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

February 12, 2014

Daniel J. Schneider of Eldred, NY and formerly of Ozone Park, Queens, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014 at home. He was 57.

The son of the late Wilbur and Mary Schneider, he was born July 8, 1956 in Queens, NY. He was married to Maureen Wisnewcikas Schneider; she survives.

Daniel was retired from the Local Union 94, Operating Engineers.

Daniel was a member of Highland Lake Fire Dept., Secretary and past Lieutenant. He was also a member of Hudson Valley Vol. Fireman Association.

A family statement reads: “Danny was loved by all and will be dearly missed. Danny made people laugh, smile and always had a joke to share. He was always ready to lend a hand to whomever needed assistance. He was an able carpenter and Jack of all trades. He was dedicated to his wife, his dogs and to the Highland Lake Fire Department.”

Survivors include his wife Maureen; his daughter, Laurie Schneider; his son, Joseph Schneider; and his two brothers, Will Schneider and John Schneider.

Cremation will take place at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

Donations can be made to the Local Humane Society or the Highland Lake Fire Dept.

February 5, 2014

George E. Hahn of North Branford, CT, formerly Jeffersonville, NY, died peacefully at Yale New Haven Hospital on February 1, 2014 with his children by his side. He was 81.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Barbara; daughter, Lisa and her husband Jim Cantey of Madison, CT; son, Kurt and his wife Karen of Damascus, MD; grandchildren, Eric, Sarah, Bryan and Alexis; and several nieces and nephews.

George was born April 5, 1932, in Callicoon Center, NY, on the family homestead his great-grandparents built after immigrating from Germany in the 1850s. He was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Hahn. He was predeceased by his sisters Betty Baum and Louise Freer. As a child, he rode his horse Mickey to the one-room Weissmann district schoolhouse until the regionalization of Jeffersonville Central School. He graduated from the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1956 and established the Jeffersonville Animal Hospital.

George loved his community and always thought of others before himself. He served on the Sullivan County Parks and Recreation Commission, Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School Board, Jeffersonville Lions Club, and JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances Main Street), among others. He will be remembered for his quick dry wit, willingness to serve and compassionate care for animals. George and Barbara loved to travel, visiting all seven continents. His favorite trips were to Papua New Guinea and trekking gorillas in Africa.

George and his family thank Thomas Duffy, MD, Sue Farone, RN and Mary Fuller, RN for their outstanding medical care and compassion enabling him to survive his battle with leukemia 19 years ago. In addition, thanks go to the medical and nursing staff of 5-5 at Yale-New Haven Hospital during his final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JEMS, Jeffersonville, NY, 12748; the Employee Appreciation Fund of Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Rd., North Branford, CT 06471; or Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Sullivan County-4H Education Programs, 64 Ferndale Loomis Road, Liberty, NY 12754.

Following his wishes, there will be no formal funeral services. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

January 29, 2014

Arthur W. Peck, founder, with his wife, of Peck’s Markets, departed this earth on January 20, 2014 with loving family at his side. Born September 18, 1931 in Astoria, LI, NY, to Arthur W. Peck, Sr., and Margaret Friedel Peck, he lived in Damascus, PA, Beach Lake, PA and Phoenix, AZ before moving to Narrowsburg in 1963. He was married to his wife, the former Beth Rosencranse, for 62 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Alison Peck, Honesdale, PA, and Anita Peck Orsini and husband Rick, Fort Lauderdale, FL; a son, Wayne Peck, Milanville, PA; two sisters, Peggy Seiferling O’Neill, New Port Richey, FL, and Millicent Gresovic, Phoenix, AZ; a brother, Frank Peck, Honesdale; 10 loving grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Jason and Danielle Kean, Quinn and Cyrus, Jennifer and Sean Thompson, Alicia and Derin Kraack, Travis and Garrett, Ryanne and James Jennings and Desi, Brandon Orsini, Christopher and Stephanie Orsini, Katie Suib, Jon Michael Suib, Shayne Peck and Kellsie Peck.

A daughter, Arden Peck Kean, preceded him in death in December, 2011.

Art worked in Sid’s Market in Honesdale, before moving to Phoenix in 1957, where he was a manager with A. J. Bayless Markets, before purchasing Oellrich & Behling market on Main Street in Narrowsburg in 1963. A new market was constructed on Kirk Rd., Narrowsburg in 1975, and the business, now familiarly known as Peck’s Market, was moved to that location. Peck’s Market in Callicoon, NY, was added in 1973, in a former car dealership building. Peck’s Market, Livingston Manor, was built in 1976. In 1987 the three corporations were sold to Peck’s employees, utilizing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), one of the first such transactions in New York State. This transaction was noted in the July, 1988 issue of Bank Notes, a newsletter published by the National Cooperative Bank of Washington, DC, which financed the leveraged ESOP buyout. This unusual venture was also referred to in the Oct. 17, 1989 issue of Business Week, the May, 1990 issue of Family Business Magazine and in an Empire State Development newsletter in 1995.

The Pecks retained ownership of the properties, and during 1987 built four small storefronts at the Narrowsburg location (Peck’s Marketplace). First National Bank of Jeffersonville opened offices in the three locations in 1996. Five additional stores were added to the Marketplace in 1997. In 2006, Peck’s employees purchased the three properties, including the mini-mall. During the employees’ ownership the firm has added stores in Eldred and Jeffersonville.

During his retirement, Art pursued many interests. He built a kit car and restored several vintage autos; handcrafted numerous clocks and restored others for his collection. After heart surgery in 1995 he purchased plans and built his first wooden boat, going on to build or restore 23 others. Since then he built clocks for each of his grandchildren and crafted seven rocking chairs, several of which he designed. He was generous in sharing his skills with friends and community.

In 1990 he and his wife Beth built and gifted the Tusten-Cochecton Library building, following a wish list of the first trustees of this newly formed library, on land donated by the Town of Tusten. The library is now a part of Western Sullivan Public Library, which also encompasses libraries in Callicoon and Jeffersonville.

Memorial visitation will be at Rasmussen Funeral Home, Main Street, Narrowsburg, Saturday, February 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may donate to Western Sullivan Public Library, 19 Center Street, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 or Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

January 22, 2014

Adelaide Edith Holbert of Lackawaxen, PA died Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at VNA Hospice at Geisinger CMC, Scranton. She was 87.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Donald R. Holbert.

Mrs. Holbert was born April 23, 1926, in Hawley, PA, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Adelaide (Tether) Sennett. Formerly of Oceanside, NY, she was a graduate of Oceanside High School. She was married to Donald Holbert at Oceanside Lutheran Church on December 10, 1949, by Rev. Todd Abram. She had been a resident of Lackawaxen since that day.

Mrs. Holbert was a longtime member of Lackawaxen Fire Department. She also volunteered with Girl Scouts, 4-H and fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two daughters, Gail Dunn of St. Petersburg, FL, and Sue Ellen Saad of Highland Park, NJ; two sons, Wayne and David Holbert, both of Lackawaxen; four grandchildren, Chris Howe of Lackawaxen, Chelsea Holbert of Indianapolis, IN, and Serena and Olivia Saad of Highland Park, NJ; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held on Sunday, January 19, at Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA with Pastor Mary Owens of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Lackawaxen officiating. Private cremation was held at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA. Burial will be held at a later date at Holbert Cemetery, Lackawaxen.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Food Pantry, PO Box 66, Greeley, PA 18425.