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January 5, 2012

Mr. James “Jamie” Samuel Morgan, III of Huguenot, NY died unexpectedly on December 22, 2011. He was 46.

He was born December 4, 1965 in Middletown, NY, the son of James Samuel Morgan, II and Linda Hendershot.

Jamie worked as a graphics installer for Paramount Graphics. He was a member of Lost and Found Bible Church of Milford, PA.

He is survived by wife Susan L. Messenger at home, father James Samuel Morgan II and his wife Kathy of Scotchtown, NY; mother Linda Yontz of Fredericksburg, VA; son Tyler Morgan of Matamoras, PA; son Matthew Messenger of Port Jervis, NY; daughter Ashley Sheare and her husband Pastor Timothy M. Sheare of Pond Eddy, NY; daughter Samantha King and her husband Dan of Port Jervis; sister Evelyn Napier and her companion Jim Koch of Huguenot; sister Shirley Lewis of Fredricksburg; two grandsons, Lukas Sheare and Trevor King; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home at 100 E. Main St. in Port Jervis with Pastor Timothy M. Sheare of Lost and Found Bible Church of Milford, PA officiating.

Burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lost and Found Bible Church, PO Box 2, Greeley, PA 18425.

January 5, 2012

Cynthia A. Monchino of Newburgh, NY entered into rest on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at home with her family. She was 62.

Daughter of the late Richard and Janna Timmerman Birkenstock, she was born on April 10, 1949 in the Bronx, NY. On December 14, 1968, she married Donald R. Monchino, who survives at home.

She graduated from Tappan Zee High School and was a retired Town of New Windsor Court Clerk.

Cynthia was an avid camper and loved being outdoors. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, the light of her life.

In addition to her husband Donald, she is survived by her children Nicole Farrell and husband James of Cochecton, NY and Khristin Canavan and her husband, Thomas of Gardiner, NY; grandchildren Douglas and Kelsey Farrell, Lindsey, Kaylee, Carly and John Canavan; mother-in-law Gloria Monchino; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her brother Richard Birkenstock.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, December 31 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Newburgh. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh. Visit BrooksFH.com or call 845/561-8300.

January 5, 2012

Edith E. Kracht of Napanoch, NY, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. She was 85.

Born on November 30, 1926 in South Fallsburg, NY, she was the daughter of Willard and Hattie (Avery) Kracht.

Edith worked as a telephone operator for the Pioneer Telephone Co. for 50 years. She was a former member of the Ellenville Seniors and she loved animals, especially dogs.

She is survived by her sisters Marion Stackhouse of White Lake, NY and Gertrude Miller of Ellenville, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Edith is predeceased by her sister Mildred DePuy; and brothers Edward, Willard Jr., Melvin, Robert and Charles Kracht.

Visitation and a celebration of her life was held on Friday, December 30 at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St., Ellenville. Burial was at Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the UCSPCA, 20 Wiedy Rd., Kingston, NY 12401.

January 5, 2012

Walentin Kotlarow of Eldred, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died Monday, January 2, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. He was 83.

He was born March 10, 1928 in Ukraine, the son of the late Peter and the late Irene Kotlarow. Walentin married Nadia Komar 56 years ago on May 7, 1955 in NYC.

He was a member, past president and an altar server of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Glen Spey, NY. Walentin retired from Lufthansa Airlines where he worked as a foreman in the Cargo Division. A family statement reads: “Walentin was a good person who was very helpful to everyone and he loved his family and his church.”

Surviving are his wife at home; son Alexander Kotlarow of Long Beach, NY; daughter Julia Mulherin and husband Daniel of Odessa, FL; sisters Luba and Halia of Ukraine; granddaughter Shawna Mulherin; grandson Ryan Mulherin; sisters-in-law Tamara Palylyk and husband Stefan of Eldred and Terry Christodoulou of Queens; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 5, with a Liturgy Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 329 High Rd., Glen Spey with V. Rev. Nestor Kowal officiating. Burial will be at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, PO Box 178, Glen Spey, NY 12737. Visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

January 5, 2012

Barbara A. Hallock of Highland Lake, NY passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 70.

Barbara was born on October 13, 1941 in Queens, the daughter of the late Thomas T. and Mary Freeman Van Etten.

She was a retired food service manager for Eldred Central School. Barbara was a CDC teacher and a member of the Parish Council at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Yulan, NY. She was a former Certified EMT for the Sylvan-Liebla American Legion Vol. Ambulance Corps in Eldred and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Highland Lake Fire Dept. Barbara strongly supported the Sullivan County Pregnancy Ctr. in Liberty, NY.

Barbara married Charles H. Hallock, Sr., who predeceased her in November of 2008.

She is survived by sons Charles Hallock, Jr. and wife, Betty of Hillside, NY, Robert Hallock Sr. and wife Angie, Tim Hallock Sr. and wife Linda and Scott Hallock and wife June, all of Highland Lake; sister Helen Plunkett of Calverton, LI, NY; grandchildren Christan Hallock, Robert Hallock Jr., Timothy Hallock Jr., Rebecca Hallock, Kimberly, Kelly and Scott Hallock Jr., Keith, Caitlin and Heather Hallock; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Barbara is also predeceased by brothers Thomas and Edward; and sister Agnes.

Prayers were offered Tuesday, January 3 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Yulan, NY. Rev. Ignatius Smith was the celebrant. Interment took place at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Eldred.

Contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, 25 Beaverbrook Rd., Yulan, NY 12792; or to the Eldred American Legion Vol . Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732.

January 5, 2012

George Doone of Narrowsburg, NY passed away suddenly at Wayne County Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA on Sunday, December 25, 2011. He was 90.

George was born on February 26, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY.

He was a retired Union Printer for GCIU Local 119B in New York City. He retired to Narrowsburg, NY 16 years ago with his wife, Eileen Sexton Doone.

He is survived by his wife at home; son Donald Lindacher of Narrowsburg; and several close friends.

Funeral services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home on Thursday, December 29 with Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating. Entombment followed at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, NY.

January 5, 2012

Marie “Bette” Davies of Beach Lake, PA died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at home surrounded by her family. She was 95.

Born December 25, 1915 in Scranton, she was the daughter and last surviving member of the Patrick and Jesse Walker O’Brien family. She was a graduate of Carbondale High School and later moved to Damascus, PA.

A housewife and mother, she was known to be a “handy” woman, who loved to sew, garden and refinish furniture. While living in Damascus, she was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.

Surviving are her sons Alonzo Davies and Diane of Hawthorne, NJ and Charles Davies and Caroline Grady of Fierre Verde, FL; daughters Diane Cartwright of Walden, NY and Bette Ann Baerenklau and Albert of Beach Lake; sister-in-laws Ann McGowan of Atlanta, GA, Mary Riefler Davies of CA and Mary Walher Davies of CA; 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Francis Davies on September 15, 1974; a grandson, Brian Davies, a great-grandson Chad Sykes; a brother, Lawrence O’Brien, sisters Anna Lewis and Nina Merck; a daughter-in-law, Jane (Case) Davies; and sons-in-law Frank Cartwright and David Tyler.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 28 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale. Interment followed in St. John’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Dyberry Day Camp, PO Box 1121, Honesdale, PA 18431.

December 29, 2011

Bob Whipple, a lifelong resident of Monticello, NY, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at his home with family and friends by his side, after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Son of the late Harry Morris and Agnes Kaempfe Whipple, he was born and raised in Monticello.

He owned and operated “Bob Whipple Ski Shop” at Holiday Mountain Ski Area for over 40 years. Bob was also a master carpenter, who built and renovated homes on Swinging Bridge Lake, where he lived for 28 years.

A family statement reads, “Anyone who knew Bob was privileged to know true friendship. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was loved by so many in return and touched the lives of so many people through his passion for skiing and helping others to enjoy the sport. He had an uncanny eye for beauty which was portrayed in his creations in building. His best friend once summed him up in one word, ‘pure.’

“Bob ‘O’ as he was called by his grandchildren, gave himself in endless ways on a daily basis to anyone who needed him. Whip could perform any task; if it was broken, he could fix it, and he got great pleasure from it. He passed his skills on to so many young people who worked for him and with him over the years, be it the ski shop or carpentry.

“His selfless nature was appreciated by so many, and he will be missed more than words can express.”

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Dr. Maureen Whipple at home; a son, Jeffrey Weyer and his wife Jill, of Monticello; daughters Jackie Rutledge and her husband Bradley, of Cochecton, NY and Ali Granito and her husband Rob, of Monticello; a brother Richard Whipple and his wife Lucy, of North Carolina; grandchildren Annabelle and Matthew Rutledge, Daniel and Evan Weyer and Andelenea and Romneya Granito; nieces and a nephew; and his extended family and numerous friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Whipple.

His funeral service will be held on Friday, December 30 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Monticello, 445 Broadway. The Rev. John Thomason will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Rock Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or The Holiday Mountain Ski Club, 99 Holiday Mt. Road, Monticello, NY 12701.

December 29, 2011

Elizabeth Anna Wingert, of Yulan, NY passed away on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 after a long illness. She was 77.

Elizabeth was born April 2, 1934 in Eldred, NY, the daughter of the late Ernest Horton and Georgianna (Rundle) Horton. She married Harry F. Wingert on September 26, 1955, who predeceased her on December 23, 2003. She was retired from Andmore Sportswear in Port Jervis, NY.

A family statement reads: “ Mom was devoted to her family. Her cooking ability was second to none. Her sweetness and caring attitude for everyone was admired by all.

She is survived by her son, Steven Wingert and his wife Carol, of Narrowsburg, NY; her daughters; Cindy Baird and her husband Thomas of Rapid City, SD, Sandy Decker and her husband Robert of Sparrowbush, NY, Jo Ann Genninger and her husband John of Yulan, Lori Ann Wingert and her companion Herbert Bachmann of Yulan; her stepson Harry Wingert and his wife Beverly of Jeffersonville, NY; one sister, Madeline Weiss of White Lake, NY, numerous grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday December 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday December 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Harrison-Rasmussen Funeral Home 3412 Route 97, Barryville, NY.

A funeral service will be held on Friday December 30 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Montoza Cemetery, Eldred, NY.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Co. Inc. 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

December 29, 2011

Joseph H. Stiene of Urbana, IL, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, died on Monday, December 19, 2011 at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana. He was 73.

Mr. Stiene was born on March 18, 1938 in Narrowsburg, the son of Henry W. and Mary Dexheimer Stiene. He married Evelyn Lackey on October 17, 1959 in Narrowsburg; she survives.

Mr. Stiene was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired as a police officer from the University of Illinois and from the City of Urbana parking garage. He also taught at the Police Training Institute. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Champaign, the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Rifle Association.

A family statement reads: “He is free from the awful disease that took over his mind and body for so long. He has made it to his forever home.”

Also surviving are one son, Joseph S. Stiene and wife Kimberly of Tolono, IL; daughter Autumn Stiene and husband Mark of Winter Haven, FL; brothers Edward Stiene of Monticello, NY and Henry J. Stiene of Huntersville, NC; and grandsons Cale and Carson Stiene.

He is preceded in death by one brother.

Memorial services were held on Thursday, December 22 at the First Christian Church, Champaign, the Rev. Tim Barber officiating.

Contributions may be made to the Illinois Huntington’s Society.

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December 29, 2011

Mr. James “Jamie” Samuel Morgan, III of Huguenot, NY died unexpectedly on December 22, 2011. He was 46.

He was born December 4, 1965 in Middletown, NY, the son of James Samuel Morgan, II and Linda Hendershot.

Jamie worked as a graphics installer for Paramount Graphics. He was a member of Lost and Found Bible Church of Milford, PA

He is survived by wife Susan L. Messenger at home, father James Samuel Morgan II and his wife Kathy of Scotchtown, NY; mother Linda Yontz of Fredericksburg, VA; son Tyler Morgan of Matamoras, PA; son Matthew Messenger of Port Jervis, NY; daughter Ashley Sheare and her husband Pastor Timothy M. Sheare of Pond Eddy, NY; daughter Samantha King and her husband Dan of Port Jervis; sister Evelyn Napier and her companion Jim Koch of Huguenot; sister Shirley Lewis of Fredricksburg; two grandsons, Lukas Sheare and Trevor King; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home at 100 E. Main St. in Port Jervis with Pastor Timothy M. Sheare of Lost and Found Bible Church of Milford, PA officiating.

Burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to Lost and Found Bible Church, PO Box 2, Greeley, PA 18425.

December 29, 2011

Arden Kean, a 30-year resident of Livingston Manor, NY passed peacefully at dawn on Monday, December 19, 2011, with Paul, her husband of 33 years, at her side.

The daughter of Arthur and Beth Peck, she grew up in Beach Lake, PA, Phoenix, AZ and Narrowsburg, NY. She was a gifted artist in various mediums. As a student at Narrowsburg Central School , Arden received the first New York State Regents credit for an independent art course. In addition to the graphic arts, she was an accomplished dollmaker and quilter. Most recently. she was co-owner and bookkeeper for Kean Artworks, Inc.

Arden was a licensed New York State Wildlife rehabilitator specializing in orphaned wildlife. The woods which surround her home are filled with hundreds of animals she nurtured, along with their offspring.

Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Arden was affected by her warmth, compassion and bright smile. She touched the lives of many, sharing with them her love, as well as her home. She was a source of comfort, guidance and encouragement to many. She navigated a lengthy illness with incredible patience, acceptance and grace, developing warm relationships with many nurses and doctors who cared for her.

She loved to travel, particularly summer vacations with her family to Provincetown, MA. Arden loved nature, flora and fauna, mountain, desert and ocean.

Since Arden wished to be remembered for her life, rather than her death, she requested that her loved ones hold a private celebration of her life.

Survivors include her husband Paul, at home; parents Arthur and Beth Peck of Narrowsburg, NY; daughter Jennifer and husband, Sean Thompson, Manhattan, NY; son Jason, his wife Danielle and her beloved granddaughter, Quinn Arden (who bears her name), Liberty, NY; sisters Alison Peck of Honesdale, PA and Anita Orsini and her husband Enrico of Fort Lauderdale, FL; and brother Wayne Peck and his wife Jeanne of Milanville, PA; along with numerous nieces and nephews, close friends and extended family.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc.. 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550, (www.hospiceoforange.com); American Heart Association (www.heart.org) or Sullivan County SPCA, PO Box 995, Rock Hill, NY 12775.

December 29, 2011

Marie “Bette” Davies of Beach Lake, PA died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at home surrounded by her family. She was 95.

Born December 25, 1915 in Scranton, she was the daughter and last surviving member of the Patrick and Jesse Walker O’Brien family. She was a graduate of Carbondale High School and later moved to Damascus, PA.

A housewife and mother, she was known to be a “handy” woman, who loved to sew, garden and refinish furniture. While living in Damascus, she was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.

Surviving are her sons Alonzo Davies and Diane of Hawthorne, NJ and Charles Davies and Caroline Grady of Fierre Verde, FL; daughters Diane Cartwright of Walden, NY and Bette Ann Baerenklau and Albert of Beach Lake; sister-in-laws Ann McGowan of Atlanta, GA, Mary Riefler Davies of CA and Mary Walher Davies of CA; 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Francis Davies on September 15, 1974; a grandson, Brian Davies, a great-grandson Chad Sykes; a brother, Lawrence O’Brien, sisters Anna Lewis and Nina Merck; a daughter-in-law, Jane (Case) Davies; and sons-in-law Frank Cartwright and David Tyler.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 28 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale. Interment followed in St. John’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Dyberry Day Camp, PO Box 1121, Honesdale, PA 18431.

Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

December 29, 2011

Marieanna Burlingame, of Callicoon, NY, a retired director of nursing in the Skilled Nursing Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center, died December 24, 2011 at Kaplan Family Hospice Center, Newburgh, NY. She was 75.

She was born in Brooklyn, NY on February 9, 1936 to Diedrich Gottfried and Martha Dora Oelerich Iken. She was married to the late Ellis Ward Burlingame.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Tammany Chapter, Callicoon, NY.

Survivors include her son Ward Ellis Burlingame and his fiancee, Christine Hillriegel of Bethel, NY; daughter Becky Reddish and her husband Norman “Butch” Reddish of Callicoon; brother Diedrich Iken and his wife Josephine of Collinsville, CT; grandchildren Brittany, Blain, Matthew, James and Dolores; daughter-in-law Julie Huggins Burlingame of Cochecton, NY; a niece and two nephews; and her best friend, Sue Kalin.

Services were on Wednesday, December 28, at the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church. Order of the Eastern Star Services were on Tuesday evening at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County or Delaware Lodge No. 561 F&A Masons, Callicoon, NY 12723.

December 22, 2011

Robert N. Sullivan of Glen Spey, NY, passed away Monday, December 12, 2011 at his home. He was 77.

He was born on December 1, 1934 in St. Johnsville, NY, the son of the late Fred and Grace Nellis Sullivan.

Bob was a retired manager for Contel Telephone Co. in Port Jervis and Middletown, NY. He served with the U.S. Marines during the Korean War. He is a member and past president of the Port Jervis Rotary Club, a member and past president of the Port Jervis Chamber of Commerce and a past commander of the St. Johnsville V.F.W. Post. He was also a member of the Black Forest Club in Glen Spey.

Robert married Joan M. Gray Sullivan, who survives at home.

He is also survived by his daughter Cheri Hosack and husband Michael of Sparrowbush; sons Robert Sullivan and companion Phyllis Varcoe of Pond Eddy, NY and Shawn Sullivan and wife, Charlene of Middletown; grandchildren Michael, Robert, Alyssa and Logan; four great grandchildren; brother Fred Sullivan and wife Jean of Illion, NY;, sister Barbara Bladon and husband Jim of Port St. Lucie, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his grandson, Brendan Sullivan.

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

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December 22, 2011

Ernestine M. Phalen was born November 8, 1920 in Kempten, Germany, the daughter of the late Stephanie Roth and Ludwig Mayer.

On August 12, 1944 she married Albert J. Phalen, deceased, and they had two children, a son Albert L. Phalen of Bethlehem, CT and a daughter, Rosemary Hyman, deceased.

After serving 17 years as a manager of bookkeeping at Cresthill Industries, Inc., Yonkers, she retired and moved to Barryville to be close to her sister and brother-in-law. She attended St. Anthony of Padua Church, was a member of AARP and a member of the Highland Seniors, where she served terms as a treasurer.

She is survived by her sister Liselotte Hof; son Albert; grandchildren Jennifer, Albert and Benjamin; and many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hasting on Hudson, NY.

Donations may be made to American Legion Ambulance Service, 17 Collins Rd, Highland, NY 12732; or the American Cancer Society.

December 22, 2011

Margaret “Margie” Harshman of Pond Eddy, NY died unexpectedly on Friday, December 16, 2011 at home. She was 48.

Daughter of the late Gilbert and Genevieve Teeple DeGraw, she was born January 17, 1963 in Port Jervis, NY.

A family statement reads: “Margie was a loving mother, sister, aunt and companion who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.”

Surviving are her companion, Kerry Whiddon at home; daughter Jennifer Harshman at home; brother, Ralph DeGraw and partner Michael Gerber of New Rochelle, NY; brother Otto “Butch” Melloh and wife Gail Coleman of Port Jervis; sister Mary Deitz of Orlando, FL; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, December 21 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis. Cremation followed the service.

Contributions may be made to benefit Margie’s daughter Jennifer Harshman, c/o Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, PO Box 145, Pond Eddy, NY 12770.

Visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

December 15, 2011

Marie K. Ward of Damascus, PA passed away on Sunday, December 11, 2011 at home. She was 92.

She was preceded in death by two husbands: Kenneth Brooks Canfield in 1948 and John C. Ward in 1993.

Born on January 5, 1919 in Carley Brook, PA, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Philippine Munger Riefler.

Marie was a member of the Damascus United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She served as past president of the Wayne County AARP and a past member of the Advisory Council for the Wayne County Area Agency on Aging. Marie was involved with the Damascus Seniors and the Card Players of Callicoon. She enjoyed the piano, singing, writing poetry and quilting; her flower garden; and performing tap, jitterbug and country line dancing. Above all, Marie will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

She is survived by nine children, Jean Carney and husband Earl of Sayre, PA, Sylvia Crum and husband Wilbur of Sayre, Carolyn Kennedy and husband Michael of Athens, PA, Betty Robbins and husband James of Towanda, PA, Kenneth Canfield of Galilee, PA, Barbara Morse and husband Marshall of Klamath Falls, OR, Karl Canfield and wife Susan of Galilee, Jacqueline Thol and husband Jeffrey of Honesdale, PA and Marion Thol and husband Lance of Tyler Hill, PA; 26 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

She is also preceded in death by a son, John Ward; and siblings John Riefler, Hazel Bellamy, Wilbur Riefler and Olive Canfield.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, with Rev. Jean Blackie, Pastor of the Damascus United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Galilee.

Contributions may be made to the Damascus United Methodist Church, PO 221 Damascus, PA 18415; or the Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps. PO Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

December 15, 2011

Marlene Mary Schields of Levittown, PA passed away at home on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. She was 75.

Marlene was born in Middletown, NY.

She graduated from Cortland University, Cortland, NY in 1958, with a degree in elementary education. She taught special education in the Finderne School District and at Gayman Elementary in the Central Bucks County District. She served at the Reformed Churches in Germantown, NY, Finderne, NJ, Danboro, PA and Levittown when she resided in these communities alongside her husband, the late Rev. Kenneth G. Schields Sr.

Marlene was an avid reader, enjoyed collecting antiques, gardening, her time singing with the Rutgers University Choir and spending time with her loved ones.

Marlene is survived by her children Kenneth G. Schields Jr. and Nancy L. Schields, both of Levittown; granddaughter Elizabeth Schields-Pouw of Colorado Springs, CO; brother and sister-in-law Robert E. and Phyllis Schields of Sparrowbush, NY; niece Stacey Moegenburg and husband Richard Librizzi of New Paltz, NY and Darla Schields and daughter Kayla Flieger, of Highland Lake, NY; stepsister Paula Ferretti of Bayport, NY; and her furry family members, Ernie and Bobby.

Marlene is also predeceased by her parents George and Olga Beyea; infant sister Arlene Beyea; and furry companion Finky.

A service was held on Monday, December 12, 2011 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis, NY, with. Rev. Ann Rost officiating. Interment took place at the Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.

Donations may be given to the Lutheran Church of God’s Love Pet Ministry, 791 Newtown-Yardley Road, Newtown, PA 18940, the Bucks County SPCA, or the charity of your choice.

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December 15, 2011

William “Uncle B” Mullen, a lifelong Liberty resident, passed away at his residence after a long illness on Sunday December 11, 2011. He was 80.

The son of the late Phillip and Margaret Fletcher Mullen, he was born on September 13, 1931 in Liberty, NY.

He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Town of Liberty Highway Dept. and a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Liberty. He belonged to Cranberry Pond Hunting Club and was a lifetime member of the NRA. He was a 50-year member of JC Young Hose Co. #1, Liberty Fire Dept. and a member of the Neversink-Roundout Antique Machinery Assn.

He is survived by sons Todd Mullen and his fiancée Melanie Karkkainen of Cochecton, NY and Michael Mullen and wife Patty of Liberty; daughter Margaret Eisenberg and husband, Steve of Fort Myers, FL; brother Phillip Mullen and wife, Betty of Liberty; grandchildren Patrick Mullen, Jacqueline Mullen, Devin Mullen and Ian Mullen; step-grandchildren Austin, Kyle and Kaitlin Polomcean; and one great-granddaughter; lifelong friend Elinor Wells of Parksville, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his wife Jacqueline; brother Robert Mullen; and sister, Patricia Smith.

Visiting hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, December 15 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St. Liberty.

A funeral mass will be held on Friday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 264 S. Main St., Liberty. Monsignor Edward Straub will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Liberty, NY following the mass.

Contributions may be made to the Oncology Unit at Catskill Regional Medical Center, PO Box 800, Harris, NY 12742.