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February 9, 2012

Rose Marie Kaufmann of Damascus, PA, a former employee of the Upper Delaware Campground in Callicoon, NY, died Saturday, February 4, 2012 at her home. She was 96.

Daughter of the late George Otto and Rosine Fackelmann McGowan, she was born on April 12, 1915 in Maspeth, Queens. She was the widow of Albert Francis Kaufmann.

Rose will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and very proud great-great grandmother.

Surviving are her son Albert George Kaufmann and wife Gladys; grandchildren Mary Jean Joyal and husband Paul and children Shannon, Nicolas and Rene, Thomas Kaufmann and wife Regina and children Kelly and husband Will and daughter Paige, Thomas Daniel and wife Quinn, Kristen and Hilary, Albert Kaufmann and wife Caroline and children Christine, Matthew and Colleen, Joan Smith and husband David and children Michael and Kathryn, Steven Kaufmann and wife Debra and children Emily and Jenny, Caroline Patterson and husband Gary and children Abigail, Cassidy and Lukas; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass was held on February 8 at Our Lady of Peace Church, Lynbrook, NY. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth, Queens.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

February 9, 2012

Edward F. Hefferon, a resident of The Villages, FL and Berlin, WI, and a former resident of Yulan, NY, died on February 1, 2012. He was 75.

He was born in the Bronx on February 2, 1936. He was married to Maureen Mahoney from 1958 to her death in 1999. He married Patricia Trecker in 2001, who survives him.

Edward graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY in 1957. He worked as an auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office and then the U.S. General Services Administration until retirement in 1993.

He was an adjunct professor for The New School in Manhattan in the 1980s. He was an elected magistrate for the Town of Highland in the 1990s, and served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Yulan. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the NY State Magistrates Association.

He was an excellent photographer and was respected as a person of integrity and great humor by his family, friends and colleagues.

Children include Ellen and Tony Frey of Yulan, Maureen and Michael Italiano of Staten Island, Patricia Hefferon and Chris Moses of Fresno., CA, Richard and Kym Hefferon of Minneapolis, MN, Edward J. Hefferon of Togo, MN, Michael and Natalie Trecker of Aspen, CO, Patty and Kevin Rice of Libertyville, IL and Peggy and Blake White of Hilton Head, SC. Grandchildren include Francis, Nicholas, Marissa and Michael A. Italiano Jr., Ava, Delaney and Declan Hefferon, and Eileen and Claire Rice.

He is also survived by brother George Hefferon.

February 9, 2012

Margaret Isabelle Hazen, a 26-year resident of White Lake, NY, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at home. She was 71.

The daughter of the late Wilbur M. and Florence M. App Hazen, she was born on October 23, 1940 in Waltham, MA.

Margaret was a graduate of Somerville High School and New York Institute of Finance. She worked for Dean Witter Reynolds for 25 years as a vice president and Equity Trader in their Institutional Trading Dept; a co-founder of Women Traders of New York; co-founder of Bethel Business Assn. White Lake; co-owner of Gaetano’s Cafe in Mongaup Valley, NY with her partner of 20 years, John G. Genovese. She was an active member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Sullivan County; a past member of the Board of Sullivan County Partnership; an active member of Rotary International and the Sullivan County Republican Fund Raising Committee. Margaret also had many hobbies: arts, crafts and music, and was a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Mongaup Valley.

Survivors include sisters Florence M. Hazen Picard and husband Raymond of Massachusetts and Elizabeth A. Hazen Dillon and husband Richard of West Hurley, NY; brother Robert Hazen and wife Maria of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is predeceased by her brother William M. Hazen of California; sister Barbara A. Hazen Bowes of Massachusetts; and niece and godchild Diana M. (Bowes) Spano of Massachusetts.

A funeral mass was held on Saturday, February 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Gale Rd. Mongaup Valley. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

February 9, 2012

Richard D. Fitch of Cochecton, NY passed away on Friday, February 3, 2012. He was 83.

The son of the late Irving H. Fitch and Marguerite E. Huggler Long, he was born on July 12, 1928 in Rochester, NY.

Richard was a member of the United States Air Force. Prior to retirement, he was the owner of Richard’s Inn in Jeffersonville, NY. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Callicoon and of the Stony Brook Hunting Club.

Richard was happiest hunting and playing cards with camp buddies. Richard’s other passion was collecting antique cars.

Survivors include his wife Jewell Fitch, at home; one son, R. David Fitch and wife Robin of West Winfield, NY; daughters Susan Bodenstein and husband David of Jeffersonville, NY and Joy Finn and husband James of Kenoza Lake, NY; grandchildren Todd, Justin, and Kaitlyn Fitch, Jason and Michael Ahnstrom and Jimmy and Erin Finn; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on February 7 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Reverend William Chellis officiating. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery, Jeffersonville.

Contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Ambulance Corp, Jeffersonville, NY; or the charity of one’s choice.

February 9, 2012

Jannetta M. Carito of Prompton, PA died Friday evening at the Forest City Nursing Home. She was 84. Her husband, Joseph Carito, died in 1997.

Born in 1928 in Cochecton Center NY, she was the daughter of the late Emmett and Frances Case Dailey.

She worked in the garment industry and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale, PA. She loved gardening, doing home improvements and sewing.

Surviving are one brother; Richard Dailey of Cochecton Center; her caregiver, niece Terry Hanson of Equinunk, PA; and several other nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by six sisters and four brothers.

The funeral will be Thursday, Feb. 9, from the Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home, 2 Hospital St., Carbondale, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale. Friends may call Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Carbondale in the spring.

February 9, 2012

Catherine A. Ward Bortner, a long-time resident of Shohola, PA, passed away January 25th at the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey after a short severe illness. She would have turned 64 on January 29.

Catherine grew up in Port Huron, MI.

She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BA in Fashion Design. Following a 15-year career in the fashion industry in NYC and after her marriage to Rolf Bortner in 1987, she relocated to Shohola. She taught at the Homestead School in Glen Spey, NY for three years.

Catherine earned a master’s degree in Graphic Design from Marywood College in 2009, and was currently teaching computer graphics at Sussex Community College in New Jersey. She was an active member in her community and of SGI-USA, the Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture & Education. Catherine was known for her generosity of spirit, endless energy and creativity.

She is survived by her husband; son Robert; her father Dr. John A. Ward of Port Huron; sister Margaret Ward Kircher and husband Bob; brothers Jack Ward and wife Mary, Christopher Ward and wife Cheryl, Tom Ward and wife Karen, Mike Ward and wife Angie and Pat Ward and wife Beth; and brother- in-law Bret Bortner.

Catherine is predeceased by her mother, Marjorie Dunn Ward; and a brother, Paul Ward.

The family would like to acknowledge the Morristown Medical Center ICU for their tireless efforts to save Catherine. Cremation took place January 30th. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Donations in her name may be made to Leukemia.org.

February 7, 2012

Marylou Betancourt of Glen Spey, NY, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. She was 69.

She was born May 31, 1942 in New Rochelle, NY, the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Grace Hortman Lanza.

A family statement read: “Marylou enjoyed crafting, reading, gardening and entertaining online friends with her unique wit and humor. She shared her life with her beloved pets. She was loved and will be missed by all.”

Surviving are daughters Mary Grace Samayoa and husband Alex of Greenwich, CT, Melanie Jane Betz of Eldred, NY, Melissa Lynn Thomas of Poughkeepsie, NY and Laura Anne Betz-Fay of Putnam Valley, NY; brothers John Lanza and wife Laura of Armonk, NY and Alfred Lanza and wife Barbara of N. Salem, NY; grandchildren David, Kimberly, Robert, Tabitha and CJ; and nephew and nieces.

A memorial service was held at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis, on Sunday, February 5. Cremation was at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.

Contributions may be made to ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804.

Visit: www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

February 2, 2012

Kenneth E. Russell died in the home of his daughter on January 26, 2012 after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 71.

Ken grew up in Union City, NJ and moved to Kearny, NJ 48 years ago.

Ken earned a degree in economics from Rutgers University. He served in The United States Marine Corps.

He started his career as a runner on the floor of and eventually owned a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Ken worked for several investment firms on Wall Street and became a partner at Loeb Rhodes and Vice President in charge of Arbitrage for I.F.B. Corp. After retiring he wrote bids for Johnston Communications.

Kenny, an Eagle Scout, was involved in scouting most of his life. He was a co-founder and the current board president of The Pioneer Boys of America. He ran canoe and camping trips for Operation Friendship and recently completed The Delaware River Sojourn. He was a former board member of the YMCA, and was active with the General Philip Kearny Monument Committee and with St. Francis Church in Narrowsburg, NY.

He is survived by his wife Lillian Russell (nee Kelly); children and their spouses Noreen and Mark Wiggins, Paul and Karen Russell and Jason and Meriah Russell; brothers Richard and the late Raymond; and grandchildren Conor, Madison, Chloe, Emily, Shannon, Colleen, Miranda and Cordelia.

A mass was held on January 30 in Queen of Peace Church. Kenny will then be laid to rest alongside his two baby boys, Kevin and Jonathan, in the St. Francis Church Yard Cemetery in Narrowsburg.

Donations may be made to the Salvation Army.

February 2, 2012

Ruth M. Sheard, formerly of Calkins, PA, died Monday, January 23, 2012 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. She was 82.

She was married to Robert Sheard who died in 2004. The couple married in 1947.

Born on August 10, 1929 in Wayne County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Loy Gregg.

Ruth helped on the family dairy farm and enjoyed canning, cooking and sewing. She was a secretary for 13 years at the Damascus School. Ruth was a member of the Calkins Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and played the organ. She was a 4-H leader and served as the secretary for Wayne County Holstein Association and the Wayne County Farmer’s Association.

Ruth is survived by daughters Barbara Hauenstein and husband David of Aldenville, PA and Jeanne Soblesky and husband Daniel of Simpson, PA; daughter-in-law Ruthann Santoli of Prompton, PA; a sister, Inez Nolan of Aldenville; eight grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by a son, Lance Sheard; and sister Helen Bartolemeo.

Funeral services were held on January 26 in the Calkins Baptist Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Lane Jones officiating.

Interment was in the Calkins Cemetery.

A contribution can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , 57 North Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, Pa 18701.

Visit www.bryantfuneralhome.com.

February 2, 2012

Ida Meyer, formerly of Galilee, PA, died Sunday, January 22, 2012 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, PA. She was 95.

She is preceded in death by her husband, William Meyer, in 1986.

Born on July 31, 1916 in Baldwin, NY, she was the daughter of the late George and Agnes Carmen Winant.

Ida worked with her husband in the family business, Meyer’s Deli and other delicatessens in New York State. Later she helped raise beef cattle at the family farm in Galilee. She was active with the United Methodist Church; a member of the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church; and a member of the Unity Grange No. 1710 in Galilee for over 50 years. She will be remembered for her love of crocheting, knitting and her ability to cook.

She is survived by sons Bill Meyer and wife Billie of Brandon, MS and Bob Meyer and wife Dixie of Oakdale, CT; sister Louise Winant of Galilee; grandchildren Sheryl Roach and husband Jeffrey, Eric Meyer and wife Danielle, Ray Meyer and wife Ashley and Beau Meyer; and five great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by two brothers: George and Raymond Winant and a grandson, Bobby Meyer.

A memorial service was held on January 26 in the Abrahmsville United Methodist Church with Rev. Jean Blackie officiating.

Spring interment with graveside services will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 1 p.m. in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Galilee.

Contributions may be made to the Unity Grange No. 1710, Galilee, c/o Melissa Rutledge 133 Galilee Road, Tyler Hill, PA 18469.

Visit www.bryantfuneralhome.com.

February 2, 2012

Russell E. Lord of Honesdale, PA died Sunday, January 22, 2012 at home. He was 67.

Born November 8, 1944 in Callicoon, NY. He was the son of the late Myron and Permelia Conklin Lord.

He was a graduate of the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA. Later he joined the Pennsylvania National Guard. Russ worked at George W. Kinsman Inc. in parts and sales and later Roche Supply in Callicoon. He also worked at Krempasky Equipment and retired from Fowlers Gas Station where he was a manager.

Russell enjoyed traveling to North Carolina to visit friends and fish.

Surviving are sons Anthony Lord and wife Kari of Keller, TX and Jason Lord and wife Kelly of Wilkes-Barre, PA; daughters Dawn Defrehn of Newfoundland, PA and Christine Lord of Honesdale; step-daughter Lisa Layden; sisters Gladys Enslin and husband Joe and Ruth Blaine, all of Waymart, PA; brother-in-law John Hanson with whom he resided; grandchildren Addie, Olivia, Mackenzie, Aiden and Zeta Lord, Xavier Eccles, Todd Seitz, Andy Dixon, Amanda, Alyssa and Taylor Layden; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by step-son Thomas Layden; brothers Billy and Bobby Lord, Ernest and Elvin Grey; and sisters Estella Jennings, Ella Mills, Eleanor Every, Ethel Skinner and Evelyn Hanson.

Cremation was held at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory. A memorial service was held January 26 at the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale.

Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

February 2, 2012

Deborah Lee Kelton of Glen Spey, NY, died Monday, January 23, 2012 at Westchester Medical Center with her family by her side. She was 29.

She was born November 8, 1982 in Stony Brook, LI, NY, the daughter of the late Henry L. and Priscilla Darch White.

Surviving are her mother at home; uncles Ed Darch and wife Kim of Yulan, NY and Al Thorne of Callicoon, NY; cousins Ed Darch Jr. of Glen Spey, Joy Rootkowski of Center Moriches, LI, NY, Jeff and Michael Darch of Yulan, Ann Stephens and husband Timothy of Yulan and their children Jasmine, Jordan and Jayden; loving neighbors Dave and Joy Ryerson, Nick and Kathy Gertin, and Ricky and Kelly Bergenstock; close friend Melissa Maston of Camton, GA, and her cocker spaniel, Ebony.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 27 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis, NY. Burial was at Callicoon Cemetery, Callicoon, NY.

Visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com

February 2, 2012

Clarence R. Huebsch Sr., a lifetime Liberty, NY resident, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont, FL. He was 92.

The son of the late Harry and Pearl Huebsch, he was born in Liberty on August 13, 1919. He was one of eight children.

Clarence was a self-employed Master Carpenter and builder. Having left school to serve in the Army in WW II, he didn’t finish high school. At the age of 88, he received his GED. He was a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church; a member and past commander of the Clarence Hoyt Post #9217 in Liberty; a Past County VFW Commander; and a member of Russell D. Sprague American Legion Post #109, Liberty.

Clarence is survived by his sons Clarence Huebsch Jr. and wife Martha of Cochecton, NY and Gene Huebsch and wife Carol of Liberty; longtime companion Myrtle Salonich of Liberty; sisters Henrietta Phelps of Liberty, Rose Hewlett of Liberty and Mabel Recchia of New Jersey; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife Harriet; sisters Virginia and Eldora McArthur; and brothers Lester and Carl Huebsch.

Private cremation took place in Florida.

Contributions may be made to the Mike Conley Hospice House, 2100 Oakley-Seaver Rd., Clermont, FL 34711.

February 2, 2012

David D. Boyce passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2012 with his wife Cathy at his side. He was 72.

David was born in Warwick, NY to Earl and Wilhelmina Boyce, and later moved to Old Westbury, Long Island. David also lived in Wayne County, PA for more than 40 years, spending the majority of that time on the Delaware River. He was a skilled machinist, clock maker and gunsmith.

A family statement says,”David was a man of the earth who loved fishing, music, nature, reading, his home and riding his lawn tractor down to the river with his dogs. We will deeply miss him.”

He is survived by his wife; sons David L. and Charles E. Boyce; daughters-in-law Desiree and Nisha; grandchildren Danielle, Erin, Paige, Rhett, Sam, Layla and Roshen; siblings Francie Brown, Noel Cacchio, Mike Garvan and Kim Snyder; step-daughter Batsheva Greenstein and husband Joseph Mensching and their daughters Samantha and Sophia; extended friends and family; and dogs Molly and Percy.

He is predeceased by his sister Lanie Collins.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County, and Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale, PA.

January 26, 2012

Niles C. Scott, formerly of Damascus, PA, entered into rest at his home in Tennessee on January 18, 2012. He was 74.

He was born April 15, 1937, son of Eleanor Scott and the late Russell C. Scott.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Jean Weiss Scott; and four stepchildren. Also surviving are his brothers Russell and Donald; and sisters Marian Bush and Linda Lyons.

He is predeceased by a son, Harold.

Private viewing was held in Centerville, TN.

January 26, 2012

Elsie Liff of Winter Garden, FL and formerly of Bethel, NY, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2012. She was 100.

Daughter of the late Nathan and Gussie (Hoffman) Lifschitz, she was born January 14, 1912 in Springfield, OH.

She is survived by her nieces, Toby Sommers and husband David of Clermont, FL and Jane Schatz of New York City; great-great nieces Samantha Sommers and Jessica Sommers; great-great nephew Benjamin Sommers; and great nephews Jimmie Schatz, Richard Schatz, and Nathan Salzman and his wife Ai.

She is predeceased by a brother, Matthew Liff; and sisters Esther Salzman and Anna Lifschitz.

Visit www.josephngarlickfuneralhome.com.

January 26, 2012

Anne R. (Grauds) Lieb of Lackawaxan, PA, formerly of Florida, died at her home on January 11, 2012 following an illness. She was 73.

She was born in Riga, Latvia to the late Fricis Grauds and Elsa Janssons Grauds.

She was married to Alan Lieb for 48 years.

Anne owned and operated her own restaurant. A family statement reads: “She was a beloved wife and mother. She was a great potter and also enjoyed blogging. A terrific baker and bartender, she was a loyal and trusted best friend.”

She is survived by her husband of Lackawaxan; daughters Dawn and husband Kevin Keane Port Jervis, NY and Kyra Pauli of Washington; sons Cameron Reed of Miami, FL and Alex and wife Janet Lieb of Bethesda, MD; brother Gunnar Grauds of Florida; several grandchildren; and one great grandson.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Cremation took place at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, PA.

Contributions may be made to Wayne Memorial Hospice, c/o Wayne Memorial Hospital, 601 Park St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

Visit www.TeetersFuneralChapel.com.

January 26, 2012

Stanley David Laskin of Napa, CA, who grew up in Cochecton Center, NY and always considered it “home,” died at his daughter’s home in San Rafael, CA on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 after a courageous fight against cancer. He was 75.

Stan was born on November 30, 1936 to the late Harry and Frieda (Markowitz) Laskin, who lived in Cochecton Center, NY and raised three sons there.

A retired missile engineer since the late ‘50s, Stan’s work took him around the country from Vandenberg AFB in California to Cheyenne, Wyoming to Cape Canaveral, Florida.

He was a graduate of Narrowsburg High School, (class of 1954) and Broome Tech in Binghamton, NY, and attended NYU and Syracuse University. A member of Sports Car Club of America for 50 years, Stan was a champion race car driver and served as a track steward at many events. As late as this summer, he was given the honor of driving the pace car at Thunder Hill race track. While he raced many different types of cars, he had a special love for Corvettes and owned one since the 1960s, picking up his last one at the factory and driving it cross country to California.

With his late wife Pauline, Stan enjoyed traveling to China, Australia, Greece and Turkey. Their house was often filled with friends from an eclectic mix of backgrounds. But Stan never forgot his high school classmates and, in the last few years, kept in touch via email.

Stan is survived by his daughter Leslie Edie Reese-Laskin and son-in-law Steve of San Rafael, CA; brother Don and sister-in-law Marie Laskin of Sunnyvale, CA; grandchildren Emily and Benjamin and his late daughter Carol Lee’s children, Andrew and Abby; nieces Liana Laskin, Stacey Laskin, Jody Rosenberg and husband Stuart and Lori Bloom and husband Mike; and grand-nieces, grand-nephews and many cousins.

Stan is also predeceased by his brother, Allen Laskin, who quoted the aphorism, “You can take the boy out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the boy.” Though they lived in other parts of the country, all three brothers felt that way about “back home.”

Burial is in San Rafael, California.

January 26, 2012

William C. Krug, Jr. of Milanville, PA and Lake Muskoday, NY, a retired construction engineer for the County of Sullivan and a long time area resident, died Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at his home. He was 86.

The son of the late William C. Krug, Sr. and Agnes Lawston Krug, he was born December 30, 1925 in Bronx, NY.

William served during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was a communicant and served as an usher at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Obernberg, NY where he had been a member and past president of the Holy Name Society. He is a former Town of Fremont Constable; a former Lt. Commander of St. Francis DeChantel Sea Cadets & Wavettes; a former Coast Guard inspector in Nyack, NY; a member and past president of the Lake Muskoday Home Owners Association; a former member of the Sullivan Shields; and a former instructor for boat and rifle safety courses. He enjoyed boating with the Nyack Boat Club.

Survivors include his wife Grace “Gay” Krug, at home; daughters Susan M. O’Connell and husband Mike of Atlanta, GA and Lori C. Stephenson and husband Charles of Atlanta, GA; sons William C. Krug III and wife Wendy and Michael J. Krug and wife Susan, all of Milanville; 16 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, January 21 in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church Obernburg, with Father Joseph Juracek, OFM officiating.

Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Obernberg, NY.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s R. C. Church PO Box 1, Obernberg, NY 12767; or to Sacred Heart Hospice of Scranton.

January 26, 2012

Helen M. Hiris Kropf, a resident of Julia Ribaudo Extended Care Center, Lake Ariel, PA and formerly of Hawley, PA died Friday, January 20, 2012. She was 85.

Of Gottscheer descent, Helen was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 2, 1926 to John and Helen Koenig Hiris.

She graduated valedictorian from Bushwick High School in 1944 and was employed at the Lincoln Savings Bank, Brooklyn.

She met her husband, Fred Kropf, Jr., in August 1946 while vacationing at Kropf’s boarding house outside of Hawley, PA. They married June 18, 1950, and were married for 53 years when he died in January 2004.

In addition to helping at the boarding house until 1970, Helen was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society and the Third Order of Franciscans at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Hawley. She was known for her wonderful baked goods. She had a passion for gardening and a talent for art, writing, storytelling, and penmanship that has been passed on to her children and grandchildren.

Helen is survived by her daughters Maria McDonnell and husband Tom in Lake Ariel; Helen Winkelblech in Hawley; Stephanie Gilbert and husband Rich in Beach Lake, PA, Margaret Gocek and husband Louis in Peckville, PA and Diana Byers and husband Ken in Hawley; brother Frederick J. Hiris, Hawley; grandchildren Ronald Weinberger, Richard and Christine Weinberger and Robert Weinberger, Brian Winkelblech, Douglas Dillmuth, Sarah and Simon Marjane, Brenda and Joe Carovinci, Matthew and Brenda Gocek, Bruce and Ayako Volpe, Nicholas Volpe and Kira Volpe; and six great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 28 at 10 a.m. at BVM Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 314 Chestnut Ave., Hawley, officiated by Rev. Michael Finn.

Burial will be in B.V.M. Queen of Peace Cemetery, Hawley.

Visit www.TeetersFuneralChapel.com.