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May 30, 2012

John P. Paparella, 82, died on January 13, 2012 at home in Fort Pierce, FL. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Milanville, PA at the age of 12. He lived for 33 years in Oakland, NJ before retiring to Florida.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, receiving the National Defense Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal E Clasp, and Good Conduct Medal. He then became a master carpenter and home building contractor. He was also a licensed real estate broker and started and ran a successful sign business for many years. He was a member of St. Anastasia Church and the American Legion.

His greatest passion in life was boating and fishing, and he was fortunate to enjoy both up until a few weeks before his passing.

He was predeceased by brothers Richard, Eugene, and Edward, and survived by brother Vincent of Lumberton, NC. Also surviving are Phyllis Paparella, his wife of 53 years, sons Paul Paparella of Scotch Plains, NJ and Michael Paparella of Merritt Island FL, daughter Diane Van Delden of Trumansburg, NY, their spouses, three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on June 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Father William Scully O.F.M. will officiate. Christian burial of the cremains will follow in St. Lucy’s Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, 845/252-3901.

May 30, 2012

Leonard E. Rolston, 82, of Interlachen, FL passed away at home on Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 following an extended illness.

He was born in Milanville, PA and had been a snowbird resident of Interlachen and Milanville for the past 20 years before making Interlachen his permanent home in 2008. He made his home in Milanville up to then making a career as a self employed plumbing, heating and electrical contractor.

He was very active in community service as a member of the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Narrowsburg Fire Dept., Damascus United Methodist Church, Milanville United Methodist Church trustee and Sunday School Superintendent as well as youth group advisor, Interlachen Station 17 volunteer as well as American Legion and Lions volunteer and member of the Interlachen First United Methodist Church, He enjoyed being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army at Christmas time.

From childhood he always had a dog and was known for his love of animals. His wish is to have his last dog laid to rest with him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Edna Rolston; a brother, Emory Rolston; and a sister, Eleanor Buckley.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Avis; their only child, Leona Dean of Milanville; two granddaughters, Sheri Wells and husband James of Bloomsburg, PA and Lisa Williams and husband Michael of Troy, OH; five great-grandchildren, Ashley Kelch and Michael Williams Jr. of Troy, Brandon and Brienne Kaplan of Bloomsburg and Joshua Litzenbauer of Lake Ariel, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church of Interlachen on February 20 with the Rev A.C. Meyers officiating.

A memorial service, including a video tribute provided by Masters Funeral Home of Palatka, FL ,will be held at the Milanville Church on June 9 at 2 p.m. with Rev Jean Blackie of the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church officiating. Private interment for the immediate family only will follow the service at the Milanville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may to directed to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Drive, Honesdale, PA 18431.

May 30, 2012

Valois Young Jr., a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, and retired NOAA Meteorologist and 11-year area resident, died Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Damascus, PA. He was 76.

Son of the late Valois Young Sr. and Gladys Bradstreet Young, he was born July 11, 1935 in Vinalhaven, ME.

Valois was an avid Boston Red Sox fan since 1941.

Survivors include his companion, Kitty Womer of Damascus, PA, his children, Lawrence Young of Long Beach, CA, Jessica Monokrousses and husband Dennis of South Bend, IN and Barbara Wise of Thomaston, ME; and three grandchildren, Jennifer, Juliette and Bridgette Wise. He is also survived by a brother, Dennis Hopkins of Connecticut; and a sister, Evelyn Renna of Portland, ME.

There will be no visitation. Burial with military honors will be made in Vinalhaven at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

May 30, 2012

Ruby M. Kraus. a long-time resident of Narrowsburg. NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA, following a long illness. She was 94 years of age.

She was born on February 19. 1918 in Cochecton, NY to Katherine and Alexander Stephenson. She married Charles Kraus, who predeceased her in 1997.

Ruby loved life, especially when she was surrounded by her family. She was a wonderful cook and was happiest when cooking for a crowd. Her green thumb was evident when she displayed her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals and catered to all of them. These fine attributes were surpassed only by her generosity to others, especially to those less fortunate. She was always ready to give a helping hand for any reason. She believed in hard work and her favorite job was at the Concord Hotel where she took care of the indoor flowers and plants. She also was a cook at Kelly's Home for Adults and the Narrowsburg School cafeteria. She enjoyed good times and a good joke. We miss her already.

Ruby is survived by her five children: sons Charles and his wife Katherine of Dover, NH, Anthony and his companion Emogene Browskowski of Fort Myers, FL and Robert and his wife Barbara of Howell, NJ; daughters Ruby Vannalla of Summerton, SC and Katherine Vannatta and her husband Bill of Milford, PA; 11 grandchildren: Charles Kraus, William Kraus, Thomas Kraus, Leona Maree, Koren Roth, Susan Crouch, Linda Reed, Kenneth Kraus, Douglas Kraus, Tammy Wilson, Gregory Vannatta; and three step-grandchildren: Robin Humphreys, Mark Grossman and Dana Grossman. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Ruby is predeceased by her sisters Cora Stephenson and Bertha Kellam; her brother Robert Stephenson; and her son-in-law Norman Vannatta.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main Street in Narrowsburg. NY. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on June 2, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to: Lava Fire Department, P.O. Box 456, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; Narrowsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 184, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; or the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

May 23, 2012

Meta Elizabeth Yopp, 84, of Highland Lake, NY, passed away on May 14, 2012, in Mystic, CT.

Born at the Springhouse in Barryville, NY,[ on February 4, 1928, to Alex and Minna Mills, Meta graduated from Eldred Central School as valedictorian of the Class of `46. Two years later she graduated from Mount Ida Junior College’s airline hostess program and became a stewardess for American Airlines, working first out of New York City and later San Francisco.

Meta married Ivan Yopp (Lt. Col. USAF, Ret’d), of Jacksonville, NC, on January 29, 1951, in Barryville.

Meta is survived by her husband, Ivan ; her children, Ivan F. Yopp, Alexis L. Mills , Tal A. Yopp and Clifton R. Yopp; her sister, Dorothy Kobrin; her brother, Ross Mills; grandchildren Alex Yopp, Tara Yopp, Zoē Yopp, Rachel Yopp and Ivan Yopp; and several nieces and nephews.

A private service is to be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eldred United Methodist Church in memory of Meta Yopp, 12 Eldred-Yulan Road., Eldred, NY 12732, which will be used to repair the church steeple.

May 17, 2012

Terrance Treverton of Brooksville, FL, originally from Beach Lake, PA, passed away on April 13 after a long illness. He was 58.

Born October 26, 1953 in Callicoon, NY, he lived in Beach Lake and Honesdale, PA. He moved to Florida in the early 2000s.
Terrance graduated from Narrowsburg High School in Narrowsburg, NY and worked as a superior tree surgeon all his adult life.

He is predeceased by his father, Kenneth Treverton, and his brother, Randall Treverton.

He is survived by his daughters Sara Veach and Colene Levisque; son Shane Treverton; three grandchildren, Calvin Veach and Cleo and Lilly Levisque; his mother, Maureen Mohrmann; sisters Cindy Buselli, Patricia Birdsell, Katrina Rack; and brother Scott Treverton; and many nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by all.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 5 at Clover Leaf Farms in Brooksville where he lived.
Because of the rare nature of his tumor and his resulting cancers, Terrance donated his body to science.

May 17, 2012

Mary Quinn Wieland passed away due to lung cancer on April 29, 2012 at her home in Seattle, WA, surrounded by her family. She was 61.

Mary was born May 26, 1950 in Port Jervis, NY to William and Catherine Quinn. Mary grew up in New Haven, CT, attending St. Francis grade school and then Wilbur Cross High School. She engaged in several community measures such as Project Enough, a neighborhood drug rehabilitation program, and Modern Times, a community newspaper of AIM.

Mary met her husband Dick at the Yale Free University, and they married on February 21, 1970. They moved to Pasadena, CA, where their son Peter was born. Mary pursued what was to be her life-long passion for painting, starting in 1974 at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and then in Knoxville, TN, where she completed her undergraduate Fine Arts degree at the University of Tennessee. In 1984 they moved to Princeton, NJ, where they settled down for the next 25 years, spending time with many wonderful friends. Mary took up a second career as a Library Assistant in the Geology Library/Map Room at Princeton University, where she was president of the staff union for several years. Princeton was an ideal base for visiting her parents and sisters at their summer cabin in Shohola, PA, spending many wonderful days kayaking down the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers.

After she was diagnosed with cancer, Mary and Dick moved to Seattle, WA in 2009 to be close to their son Peter and wife Stephanie and their two young boys. She reveled in her role as an everyday grandmother and enlisted her grandsons’ help in exploring the newly found wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Mary loved probing their minds through conversation, cooking lessons, and walks in the Olympic Sculpture Garden. She was an extraordinary wife, who always saw things that her husband never saw. She shared those insights with him for 42 years. She loved to travel, and together they explored out-of-the-way places all over the world.

Mary is survived by her husband Dick; her son Peter and wife Stephanie; her grandsons Finnian and Devin; her mother Catherine; and her sisters, Cathy and husband Bill, Ellen, Patricia and husband Raymond, and Eileen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A ceremony at sea took place on Saturday, May 5 aboard the Washington State ferry Kaleetan on the Seattle-Bremerton run. A memorial service is planned for later in the year in Shohola, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the lung cancer research fund at the University of Washington at https://www.washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift, using the search keyword “LUNGON”, including the name of Mary’s doctor (Dr. Keith Eaton) on the comments line.

May 15, 2012

Mrs. Mary Hendrickson of Port Jervis, NY and a long time resident of the area, died Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital due to complications from Lupus. She was 56.

She was born June 10, 1955 in Nanuet, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Annette M. Sommerville Slattery.
Mary was married to her best friend Robert “Bob” Hendrickson.
She was a Life Member of the Roosa - Fleming V. F. W. Post No. 161, Ladies Auxiliary, Port Jervis, NY and she also volunteered as well.

A family statement read: “Mary loved her family and loved to have fun. She is going to be sadly missed.”

Surviving are her husband Robert “Bob” Hendrickson at home; daughters Annie Kelly and her husband Roger of Shohola, PA and Katie Hoffman of Northport, FL; son Shawn Slattery of Matamoras, PA; stepsons Robbie Hendrickson and his wife Dee of Pensacola, FL and Ray Hendrickson and his wife Cindy of Port Jervis; sister JoAnn Drake and her husband Al of Middletown, NY; three grandsons, Roger, Zachary and Shane; seven step-grandchildren, Jennifer, Rose, Raquel, Cassandra, Crystal, Jessica and Shannon; and several nephews and one niece.

She is predeceased by three sisters, Sharon Husson, Kate Michelson and Maureen Miller.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., 2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036; or Roosa - Fleming V. F. W. Post No. 161, 47-51 Owen St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Arrangements by Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771, 845/856-5191. For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

May 9, 2012

Richard “Dick” Rhodes of Lackawaxen, PA, a beloved servant leader who co-founded the National Canoe Safety Patrol and helped save countless lives on the Delaware River, passed away on April 17, 2012 following a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 76.

Born August 15, 1935 to the late Ralph Richard Rhodes and Katherine Rhodes, Richard is survived by his best friend and love of his life, Mary K. Rhodes; daughter Laurie Cautilli and husband Dr. George Cautilli and their children, Kristen and Megan, of Langhorne, PA; son Rich Rhodes and wife Karen and their daughter, Allison, of Conshohocken, PA; son Rand Rhodes and wife Kim and their children, Kara and Eric, of North Wales, PA; son Ryan Rhodes of Albany, NY; sister Jackie Lutz of Glendale, AZ; sister Leigh Eastwood of Audubon, NJ; sister Mary Tweedie of Souderton, PA; beloved cousin Carolyn May of Columbus, OH; and Richard’s faithful dog, Bobby.

Richard’s passion for the Delaware River led to his role as Founding Vice Commodore of the National Canoe Safety Patrol 33 years ago. [See story on page 5]. He was also a member of the American Canoe Association, American Red Cross and a Swiftwater Rescue instructor. Appointed as one of four safety teams to serve at the 1988 Nationals and 1989 World Whitewater Championships on the Savage River in Maryland, Richard also took an American team to Costa Rica in 1991 to represent the U.S. in Project Raft. Richard assisted in four Delaware River Sojourn events and worked with United Nations school children as well as with the School for the Blind.

Richard graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Psychology, and enjoyed a 40-year career with Merck and Dupont Merck Pharmaceutical in addition to his work at the Peri Institute in Washington, DC. He was a former trustee and president of Riverview Acre Property Association and Vice President of Lackawaxen River Conservancy.

A celebration of Richard’s life is scheduled for Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Rowland, PA, where Richard was a member. The Lackawaxen River Conservancy will also hold a Memorial Day on the River event to celebrate Richard’s years of service. Donations to the Richard Rhodes River Rescue Scholarship Fund can be made by sending a check to NCSP, PO Box 91, Lackawaxen, PA 18435; or visit www.nationalcanoesafetypatrol.com.

May 9, 2012

Terrance Treverton passed away on April 13 after a long illness. He was 58.

Born October 26, 1953 in Callicoon, NY, he lived in Beach Lake, PA and Honesdale, PA, and then moved to Florida.
Terrance was a superior tree surgeon all his life.

He is predeceased by his father, Kenneth Treverton, and his brother, Randall Treverton.

He is survived by his daughters Sara Veach and Colene Levisque; son Shane Treverton; three grandchildren, Calvin Veach and Cleo and Lilly Levisque; his mother, Maureen Mohrmann; sisters Cindy Buselli, Patricia Birdsell, Katrina Rack; and brother Scott Greverton; and many nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by many.

A memorial service has been arranged for him.

May 9, 2012

Harry Gorman of the Town of Greenville, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at Juila Ribaudo Extended Care and Rehabilitation Center, Lake Ariel, PA. He was 97.

Harry was born April 26, 1915 in Warsaw, Poland, the son of the late Morris and the late Rachel Maas Gorman.

Harry married his love Charlotte Hookman on January 7, 1939 and they were married for 65 years until her death on September 17, 2004.

He was an inventor and small businessman. He invented a technique to press a phonograph record directly onto a cereal box or on any piece of laminated cardboard or paper.

Some 40 years ago, Harry began to realize that our entrance in the Global Economy and, most especially, opening trade with communist China, was going to lead to the destruction of our economy. As an Independent Conservative he created a website, and a daily e-mail newsletter, “Great-Grandpa Gorman’s TRUTH MACHINE”, as a public service, to alert Americans to the danger of dealing with communists on any level. He wrote that the thousands of Americans who fought, died or were mutilated in Korea and Vietnam fighting communism, were betrayed by both parties in Congress.

He predicted, many years ago, that allowing our factories to move to China and other slave-wage countries would result in massive unemployment, monstrous Federal debt and the worst balance of trade in our history. Harry’s chief concern was for the children of America who were facing a bleak, jobless future because of the stupid, self-serving actions of Congress and their destructive “most favored nation” trade treaties with foreign countries, with whose 60 cents an hour (China) Americans can never compete.

He also wrote that without what he called “Our Prosperity Engine”—product-manufacturing factories—we could never regain the prosperity of the 1950s.

As a former Town Supervisor of Greenville he kept his campaign promise of serving only two terms, because he believed in term limits for any elective office.

Harry was a member of Temple Beth El, Port Jervis.

He is survived by his sons Dr. Arthur A. Gorman and his wife Mary Faas of Hilton Head, SC and Paul J. Gorman of Bethlehem, NH; four grandchildren, Dr. Todd Gorman of Quebec, John Gorman of Washington, DC, Nicholas Gorman of South Lake Tahoe, CA and Jody Marra of Brunswick, ME; seven great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY with Dr. Arthur Gorman officiating.

Harry wrote his own funeral service in English because the traditional service in Hebrew cannot be understood by non-Jews and many Jews, not students of ancient Hebrew Biblical language.

Burial will be at Beth-El Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to charity of the donor’s choice.

Funeral arrangements by Gray Parker Funeral Home. To read the obituary, or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

April 18, 2012

Marilyn M. Hamilton

On Monday, April 9, 2012, Marilyn M. Hamilton died at her home after a brief illness.

She was born in Indianapolis in 1921. Her teacher and mentor, the late writer Marguertie Young, encouraged Marilyn to apply to the University of Chicago where she earned a full scholarship, maoring in Philosophy. After moving to New York City, she studied with Fritz Perls before beginning her long practice as a psychoanalyst in Greenwich Village. In the 1970s she created the Women’s Guild for Psychoanalysis.

Marilyn and her late husband, the actor Richard Hamilton, lived in New York City for some 50 years, coming summers and weekends to their beloved home in Jeffersonville, NY.

She loved barns, architecture, English literature, theater and poetry. She also loved to tap dance and did so well into her 80s. A true New Yorker, Marilyn enjoyed walking, often from one end of Manhattan to the other.

She will be greatly missed by her son Morgan, her daughter Hanni, and by her brother David as well as family and friends near and far.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY, 845/482-4280.

March 28, 2012

Henry C. Schnetzler of Narrowsburg, NY a retired mechanic from Narrowsburg Motors, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012. He was 65. The son of the late William and Anna Branat Schnetzler , he was born December 10, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY.

Henry served in US Navy and served on the USS Ling, USS Seacat and the USS Dogfish.
He was a Dolphin the US Navy.

Survivors include his wife Janet Gilson Reiser Schnetzler, his six adopted children, his brothers Donald Schnetzler and his wife Linda of Arizona, and Kenneth Schnetzler and his wife Linda of New York City his six adopted children, three stepchildren. Sister in law Jean Bodens of Narrowsburg, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by 1 stepchild.

Memorial visitation will be held April 2, 2012 from 2:00Pm to 4:00Pm at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY 12764 Memorial Service will follow at 4:00PM
Burial of the cremains will be in the spring.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home Narrowsburg, NY. 845-252-3901

March 29, 2012

Eileen Haworth Weil of Summitville, NY, a retired professor and longtime community activist, died Friday, March 23, 2012 at home. She was 69.

The daughter of Hyman and Pauline Rothman, she was born in Brooklyn on August 17, 1942 and lived in Sullivan County since 1978. She earned her BA from New York University and her MA from Brooklyn College, and began her career as a teacher in the New York City and Chicago public schools. She taught for 19 years as an adjunct associate professor of English at Sullivan County Community College, and also served as associate director of the revived Shadowland Theater in Ellenville, NY. With her husband, Andrew Weil, she founded A & E Management and Contracting.

Eileen’s activity in social and political causes began with the civil rights movement and her involvement with the New York City teachers’ union. In Sullivan County, she was a long-time member of the Bashakill Area Association, helped found the Sullivan County Human Rights Commission and the Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development, and served as co-chair for Sullivan Peace and Justice. She was also an active member of the Mamakating Democratic Committee. For her work in the community, Eileen was recognized by the New York State Assembly and by the Office of Congressman Maurice Hinchey. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter Jenny Malatras and husband Jim of Albany, NY; son Kevin Haworth and wife Rabbi Danielle Leshaw of Athens, OH; brother, Mark Rothman of Scottsdale, AZ; and grandchildren Zev and Ruthie Haworth of Athens.

In lieu of flowers or donations, the family asks that each person take a specific action to help their community.

A funeral service was held on Sunday, March 25 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne, NY. Burial followed at the Workman’s Circle Cemetery in Oak Ridge, NY.
Visit www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com.

March 29, 2012

Leonard Stephenson, a lifelong resident of Sullivan County, NY, passed away peacefully March 20, 2012.

The son of the late Bill and Victoria Stephenson, he was born in Bethel, NY on June 26, 1922.

Survivors include his son Robert Stephenson; daughter Connie Stagl; six grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his wife, Cora Slater; and siblings Peg Kent, Florence Jones, Vi Harden, Osmer, Al and Ralph Stephenson.

Len was one of a generation of soon-to-be-extinct strong-willed Sullivan County characters that loved his wife, valued his land and the companionship of his dog. He enjoyed the horse races on Sunday afternoon and told long dry country jokes better than anyone.

March 29, 2012

William E. Schellhase, 86, of Shohola, PA passed away at Belle Reve Senior Living Center on March 15, 2012. He was 86.

The son of the late William and Jane (Whitehouse) Schellhase, he was born in Orange, NJ on March 21, 1925. He was married to the late Mary E. (Norton) Schellhase on February 15, 1947 in West Orange, NJ.

He was a retired maintenance engineer for the Veterans Administration in East Orange, NJ and a U.S. Army World War II Veteran.

Survivors include his daughter Mary Schellhase of Hamburg, NJ; sons Robert J. Schellhase of Toms River, NJ, Richard Schellhase of Union, NJ; sister Madalyn Casey of Florida; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by a son Charles Schellhase.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Patrick’s Church in Milford, PA on March 20 with the Rev. Gregory Kelly officiating.

Burial took place in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Shohola.

Memorials may be made to Delaware Valley Drama Club, 252 Rt. 6 & 209 Milford, PA 18337.

March 29, 2012

Ronald E. Frisbie, of Kenoza Lake, NY, a retired lieutenant for New York State Department of Corrections at Sullivan County Correctional Facility, died on Monday, March 19, at Catskill Regional Medical Center, in Callicoon. He was 68.

Son of Jacob Augustus and Helen Cheesebrough Frisbie, he was born on July 15, 1943, in Cortland, NY.

He was married to Barbara Spangler Frisbie, and was a member of the Model Railroad Club of Sullivan County.

Survivors include his wife at home, children Ronald J. Frisbie and companion Jamie Cuttler; Christine Peake and husband Bruce and Jason W. Frisbie and wife Nicki; grandchildren Brianna, Dakota, Graeson, Logan and Brandon; several nieces and nephews and great nephews; sister-in-laws Karen Wood and Sandra Frisbie; and brothers-in-law Homer Spangler and Joseph Bunn.

He was predeceased by a brother, Gerry Frisbie.

Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Outreach United, PO Box 479, Callicoon, NY 12723.

March 29, 2012

James Bernard “JB” Dexter passed away peacefully on Monday, March 19, 2012 in the Presbyterian Home, New Hartford, CT. He was 81.

He was born on October 7, 1930 in Cochecton, NY, son of the late Ralph W. and Roberta Cornwell Dexter.

Jim was raised in Narrowsburg, NY. He graduated from Narrowsburg Central School and from New York State Ranger School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, in Washington DC and as a specialized unit for testing nuclear bombs in Nevada.

In 1965 he married the former Elsie (Howe) Dewan in Herkimer, NY. She passed away on January 5, 1998.

He was a licensed land surveyor for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation in Herkimer until his retirement, and was a member of the American Congress of Surveying & Mapping, the NYS Society of Professional Land Surveyors and the Mohawk Valley Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He was an avid skier and true lover of nature and the outdoors.

Jim was a member of the First United Methodist Church Herkimer/Little Falls.

He is survived by stepchildren Thomas Elliot and Patricia Dewan of Staunton, VA, Patrick Kenneth and Shari Dewan of Myrtle Beach, SC, William and Barbara Dewan of Grand Prairie, TX and Susan Marie Dewan of Freeville, NY; brother William R. Dexter and wife Jennie of Narrowsburg, sisters Barbara Myer and husband Clifford of Milford, PA, Doris Roda and husband Warren of Otisville; grandchildren Caitlin Dixon, Brady Dewan, Karin Herron, Mary Brady, William Dewan, Christen Micheal, Julie Dewan, Todd Dewan and Craig Dewan; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services took place in the First United Methodist Church Herkimer/Little Falls on Friday, March 23 with the Reverend Janet Gleason officiating. Interment in Boonville Cemetery will take place later this spring.

Donations may be made to the Presbyterian Home Restoration Fund, First United Methodist Church Herkimer/Little Falls; or the Parkinson Foundation.

March 22, 2012

Jessie May Townsend of Cochecton, NY, a business manager for Townsend Farm, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at home. She was 91.

The daughter of George and Lena Hulse Neill, she was born December 11, 1920 in Bath, NY. Jessie was married to the late Elmer Townsend.

Survivors include her children Sharon Erdman and husband William of Cochecton, Wayne Townsend and wife Mary Alice of Farmington, NM, Laurie DePaolo and husband Carmine of New Castle, CO, Lisa Moran and husband, Thomas Jr. of Jeffersonville, NY; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her son Walter Townsend and his fianceé Denise Fischer; sister Carrie Nearing; and brother Walter Neill.

Graveside services and burial will be held Saturday, March 24 at Fosterdale Cemetery, Fosterdale, NY at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, or Fosterdale United Methodist Church, or Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

March 22, 2012

Howard Schuchman of Damascus, PA, retired owner of the Cochecton General Store in Cochecton, NY, died Monday, March 19, 2012 at Geisinger Family Hospice in Scranton, PA. He was 77.

The son of Charles and Rhoda Reinish, he was born March 5, 1935 in Bronx, NY. He was married to Maria Indrieri Schuchman.

Howard was a member and former treasurer of the Cochecton Mens Club, member and former treasurer of Lake Huntington/Cochecton Fire Company and captain of the fire police, Supervisor for a Day program at Damascus School, chairman of the zoning board in Damascus, assistant scout master of Troop 1776 Merrick, Long Island and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife; children Joseph Porcaro and wife Nancy, David Schuchman and wife Mary, Dennis Schuchman and wife Mary, Dennis Porcaro and wife Donna, Steven Schuchman and Gabrielle Dunnigan and husband Jed; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brothers Paul Schuchman and wife Judy and Barry Schuchman; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will be sitting Shiva at the home of Paul Schuchman on Wednesday, March 21, Thursday, March 22, Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25 beginning at 7 p.m.

Services were on Wednesday, March 21 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon, NY. Rabbi Baruch Melman officiated. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in Damascus.

Donations may be made to the Lake Huntington/Cochecton Fire Company.