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.
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.
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.
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.
December 15, 2011
Walter Mantyka of Glen Spey, NY died Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at St. Joseph’s Place in Port Jervis, NY. He was 95.
He was born July 1, 1916 in Ukraine, the son of the late Dimitry and the late Kateryna Mazurkevich Mantyka.
Walter married Valentina Biletzka Mantyka 67 years ago on March 21, 1944 in Ukraine.
He was the owner and operator for Walters Market in Woodhaven, NY and later worked at the Ukrainian Federal Credit Union in New York City as a loan officer.
Walter was a member of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Glen Spey, and served as past president and past treasurer.
Surviving are his wife at home; daughters Sonya Hansen of Quincy, MA and Lydia Falco and husband Vincent of Dunstable, MA; grandchildren Kristy Rueda, Paul Hansen, Laura Hansen, Teresa Falco and Kathryn Falco; and nieces and nephews, especially his niece Svetlana, Ukraine.
He is predeceased by sister-in-law Halina; three brothers; and one sister.
A Panachyda service was held on Friday, December 9, 2011 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home. A liturgy mass was held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at St. Peter And Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Glen Spey.
Burial was at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, So. Bound Brook, NJ.
Contributions may be made to St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, County Route 41, P.O. Box 178, Glen Spey, NY 12737.
December 15, 2011
Michael Loiodice of Damascus, PA, a retired deputy superintendent for the New York City Sanitation Department and a 26-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 88.
The son of the late Louis and Vincenza Manzione Loiodice, he was born November 1, 1923 in Queens. He was the widower of Ada Bettiol Loiodice.
Mr. Loiodice was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, NY, the Knights of Columbus Council 4478 of Callicoon, and the Sons of Italy.
He is survived by his children, Vincenza Loiodice, Elena Turell and husband Daniel, Louis Loiodice and wife Cheryl and Angela LaBoda and husband Alan; grandchildren Andrea, William, Jessica, Laura, Ashley, Michael, Adam, Erica, Alyssa and Austin; four great-grandchildren; sister Pina Kavanagh; and brothers Frank and Charles Loiodice.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to his many friends and the church for all their love and support.
A funeral mass was held on Monday, December 12 at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon, with Father Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiating. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Obernburg, NY.
Contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, P.O. Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723.
December 15, 2011
Douglas A. Heinle of Cochecton Center, NY, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away at home on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. He was 82.
He was born in Cochecton Center on July 30, 1929 to the late William A. and Laura Nearing Heinle.
Doug was a third-generation retired postmaster of Cochecton Center and former proprietor of Heinles General Store in Cochecton Center. He was a director of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville since 1975.
Doug attended St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. He was a member and past chief of Narrowsburg Vol. Fire Dept., member of Lava Vol. Fire Dept. and participant of Lake Huntington Vol. Fire Dept. He was a member and past chief of Lava Fire Police. He was a member of Antique Trucks and Tractor Association, of Neversink Rondout Antique Machinery Association and a charter member of the Time and the Valleys Museum of Grahamsville, NY. He was founder and director of Cochecton Center Community Center. He sponsored many softball and bowling leagues. Doug was the official sleigh driver for the Christmas Carollers with his John Deere Tractor.
A family statement reads: “Doug was a loving husband, father, super grandfather and the best great granddad. He was a special person with a heart of gold. He helped so many people and he contributed so much to his community. He will truly be missed.”
Doug is survived by his wife Penny at home; sons Allen Heinle and wife Teresa of Las Vegas, NV, Craig Heinle and wife Terri of Lake Huntington, NY and Brian Heinle and his wife Beth of Lake Huntington; grandchildren Michael Heinle and wife Katrine, Amber Heinle, Brianne Heinle, Brian Scott and wife Katrina, Kristen Sayers and husband Jason, Jonathan Heinle and wife Tonya and Brittany York; three great grandchildren; stepchildren William Beach and wife Jill of Woodburne, NY, Kayse Henry and husband Terrance of New Bern, NC and Willaim Everett of Cochecton; step-grandchildren Eric Beach and wife Rheiannon, Erin Beach, William, Dylan and Cheyenne Everett, Karalyn, Madison and Thad Henry; sister Eleanor Martin of Waymart, PA; and many nieces and nephews.
Doug is predeceased by his first wife Eleanor Dexter Heinle; and brother Arthur Heinle.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday December 12, 2011 at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. officiated.
Burial was in Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center, NY.
Donations may be made to Cochecton Center Community Center, C/O George Walters, 9 Walters Farm Rd., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
December 15, 2011
Eleanor F. Burrell of Barryville, NY, a local artist and longtime resident, passed away on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. She was 87.
The daughter of the late Edward and Hattie Kraus Steckler, she was born June 12, 1924 in New York City. She was the widow of William John Burrell.
Eleanor owned Burrell River Road Gallery in Barryville. She was a member of Barryville United Methodist Church and served as a trustee and on the administration board. She was the founder of the River Road Fair and a member of the Barryville Chamber of Commerce.
Survivors include her daughters Lynne Lone and husband David of Seaford, NY and Joan Cummings of Barryville; granddaughters Kimberly Wild and husband Shane, Kristen Bagley and husband Joseph, Barbara Cummings and Kelly Raffaele and husband Matthew; and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Barryville United Methodist Church, Barryville, with Rev. Doug Miller officiating. Graveside services took place on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 1 p.m. at Maple Grove Cemetery, Kew Gardens, NY.
Contributions may be made to the Eleanor Burrell Fund, Barryville United Methodist Church P.O. Box 35, Barryville, NY 12719.
December 8, 2011
Blanche Kuester of Beach Lake, PA died Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, PA. She was 95.
She is preceded in death by her husband Karl B. Kuester, who died on June 28, 1999. The couple married December 1, 1936.
Born July 22, 1916 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Pauline Nycz Michalek.
Following the death of her father, she quit school at age 12 to help support the family. She was the youngest worker at the White Mills silk mill. At 15 she moved to New Jersey to work for an uncle and aunt who had a bakery business. She met her husband and together they opened their own bakery in Jersey City. She assisted in running the businesses, doing accounting and secretarial work when necessary.
In 1948 they moved to Beach Lake and the family farm. Twenty years later they purchased what became The Community Pastry Shop and ran that until October 1981.
She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Honesdale.
Blanche was a devoted wife and loving mother who enjoyed sewing.
She is survived by her son Carl Kuester of Honesdale, sister-in-law Florence Moser of Honesdale, six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is also preceded in death by sons Frederick and Robert; brothers Edward and Raymond Michalek; and sister Helen Miller.
As per her request, private funeral services will be held at the family’s convenience with interment in Indian Orchard Cemetery.
December 8, 2011
Jeanne M. McConnell of Honesdale, PA died Sunday, December 4, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale following an illness. She was 78.
Born May 7, 1933 in Honesdale, Mrs. McConnell was one of three daughters of the late Robert and Minnie Rude Cunningham.
She was an alumna of Honesdale Catholic High School, and was an avid reader, independently studying business, history and natural science. She was employed by the Wayne County Courthouse for nearly 30 years, serving as deputy prothonotary. She also worked with the Wayne County Historical Society and at Morning Glory Gift Shop in Honesdale.
Mrs. McConnell was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale and was deeply devoted to her family and close friends. She lived her faith by loving and helping others, serving as a crisis intervention volunteer for Women’s Resource Center, a supporter of Boys Town, various religious orders and the Humane Society. A genuine lady held in the highest regard by all, she will be greatly missed.
Surviving are her three sons, Dale Thomas and wife Susan of Lake Ariel, PA; Patrick McConnell and wife Stacey of Dyberry Township, PA and Daniel McConnell and wife Michelle) of Beach Lake, PA; daughter Barbara Hughes and husband Glenn H. of Carbondale, PA; sisters Roberta Rudowicz and husband Stanley of Texas Township, PA and Susan Bailey and husband Thomas of Imperial, PA; grandchildren Dale Thomas Jr., Jennifer Sheehan, Natalie Thomas, Elisabeth McConnell, Cole McConnell and Paige Fiume; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is also predeceased by daughter Robin M. McConnell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 9 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale, PA 18431; or Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Dr., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
December 8, 2011
Romaine B. Petena, formerly of Beach Lake, PA, died Friday, December 2, 2011 at Julia Ribaudo Nursing Home in Lake Ariel, PA where she resided since 2007. She was 85.
She was preceded in death by her husband Edward J. Petena on August 7, 1995.
Born April 13, 1926 in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Beatrice McNally McCarthy. In 1946, she became Miss New York in a beauty contest, representing the state in parades and other events. Later she worked at W.T. Grants Co. in Honesdale for 25 years and retired from Fashion Bug in Honesdale where she was known for her beautiful red hair.
She was a former member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Beach Lake. Romaine was a loving and caring mother and grandmother who put others before herself.
She is survived by daughters Joanne Tyler and husband Randy of Honesdale, PA and Shirley Wood and husband Keith of Beach Lake; brother Edward McCarthy of New York City; sister Shirley McKee of Leonia, NJ; grandchildren Kimberly Wood Justice, Colleen Boshman Ceric and Shawn Wood; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by son Richard Petena; brothers Louis Jr. and Robert McCarthy; and sister Barbara Case.
Her funeral was held from Hessling Funeral Home, Honesdale, on Tuesday, December 6 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Thomas More Church in Lake Ariel. Interment followed in Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale.
December 8, 2011
Amy Elizabeth Sattler of Jeffersonville, NY, a lifetime area resident, died Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. She was 23.
The daughter of William and Kelly Hendrickson Sattler, she was born December 19, 1987 in Harris.
Amy was a wonderful daughter and a beautiful person inside and out. Our lives will never be the same without her beautiful smile and her ability to make you feel as if you were special and loved. She was our sunshine, our life. She loved music and being outdoors, especially on a four-wheeler. The family plans a memorial, built by her “Poppa Bear,” so that Amy may spend her eternity at her happiest place to be. Later her friends will be notified so they may share her love of nature.
She is survived by her parents of Jeffersonville; sisters Alisha Sattler Purdy and husband Gregg of Monticello, NY, Bridget Sattler of Albany, Ashley Sattler and Heather Sattler of Jeffersonville; brother William Sattler Jr. of Jeffersonville; paternal grandmother Heidi Sattler of Jeffersonville; maternal grandmother Sylvia Hendrickson of Jeffersonville; nieces Ariana and Piper Purdy and Memphis and Clover Oathout; brother-in-law Edward Oathout; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Services were held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
December 8, 2011
Michele A. Storms of Milford, PA, a lifetime resident of the area, died Saturday, December 3, 2011 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY after a short battle with cancer. She was 53.
She was born April 2, 1958 in Port Jervis, NY, the daughter of the late Thomas and Miriam MacDonald Rossa.
Michele married John Storms and they were together for 15 years prior to her death.
She worked as a clerk for the Pike County Government in the Tax Claim Administration Office.
Surviving are her husband at home; mother Miriam Lowenstein and companion Bob of Burleson, TX; son Nathan DeGraw of Glen Spey, NY; stepdaughter Hillary Storms of Port Jervis; brother Thomas Rossa and wife Penny of Milford, TX; sisters Kim Padgett of Joshua, TX and Margaret Parks and husband Bob of Burleson, TX; best friend Betty Conklin and husband Richard and family of Sparrowbush, NY; predeceased step father, Ron Lowenstein; also several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA.
Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
December 8, 2011
Doris West of Roscoe, NY, formerly of Jeffersonville, NY, a former clerk at Jeff Pharmacy, Jeffersonville, died Friday, December 2, 2011 at Roscoe Regional Rehab Center in Roscoe. She was 85.
The daughter of Harold and Harriett Curtiss Buell, she was born on October 15, 1926 in Herkimer, NY. Doris was married to the late Walter Lewis West who died in 1998.
Survivors include her children, Maureen West and companion George Deckelman of Fremont Center, NY and Patrick West of Vestal, NY.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, December 4 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, officiated by Pastor James O’Rourke.
Contributions may be made to the Patients Holiday Fund at Roscoe Regional Rehab, 420 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776.
December 1, 2011
Warren “Sparky” Todd of Lake Como, PA died Friday, November 18, 2011 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, PA. He was 87.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Pearl T. Malinski. The couple married June 7, 1947.
Born November 5, 1924 in Hancock, NY, he was the son of Frank S. and Ethel LaBar Todd.
Warren was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and Purple Heart recipient. He took part in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 209 in Lake Como. He later was a self-employed carpenter and enjoyed woodworking.
Also surviving are daughter Roberta Sidle and husband Jeffrey of Hawley, PA; son-in-law Ronald Baldwin; sister Rose Roney of Preston Park, PA; grandchildren Valerie Fox and husband Christopher of Beach Lake, PA and John Corcoran and wife Carol of Washingtonville, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his daughter Barbara Irene Baldwin; sister Lulu Piesecki; and brothers Herman and Clifford Todd.
Funeral services were held at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc. on Monday, November 21. Interment with full military honors followed in Lake Como Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517 or www.cancer.org; or to the donor’s favorite charity.
December 1, 2011
Milda Sebris of Milanville, PA passed away on November 18, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Nursing Home, Honesdale, PA. She was 100.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Janis; daughter Ilze Ruta; and son Janis Ewald.
Milda, a native of Latvia, experienced considerable sorrow during her long life, losing both of her children within months of one another and her husband within a year of moving to their “paradise” in Damascus Township. Yet she consistently overcame those struggles with a sense of joy.
In 1953, the family visited and later relocated to Bush’s Glen (renamed Paradise Glen) and the Schoolhouse Creek lands. The sight of the Delaware swept Milda with memories of a beloved river in Latvia. The avid outdoorswoman spent many satisfying hours fishing the Delaware for shad, eels and other freshwater delights.
Always generous with good advice like, “If you buy bread and can’t understand the ingredients, don’t eat it,” Milda was an organic gardener and avid mushroom hunter, or, as she called them, “meat on one leg.”
The River Reporter was privileged to tell Milda’s story earlier this year when the centenarian celebrated her milestone birthday (www.riverreporter.com/issues/11-02-03/feature.html). Milda was a lifelong animal lover. Contributions in her honor may be made to Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center at 361 Cherry Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360.
December 1, 2011
Michael Anton Powch, of Glen Spey, NY passed away on November 24, 2011, Thanksgiving Day. He was 89.
Mr. Powch was born on October 23, 1922 to the late Anton Powch and the late Jawdokia, in Lutscki, Galizia, Ukraine.
He graduated with a degree in surveying in 1944 before fleeing Ukraine during Soviet occupation. He earned a degree in forestry from the University of Munich, Germany in 1948 and studied Civil Engineering in Graz, Austria, where he met his wife. They married in 1963. Mr. Powch enjoyed a 20-year career in Civil Engineering at the Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey. He retired in 1988 and enjoyed 23 years of retirement with his wife in Glen Spey.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Juliana Powch; daughters Dr. Irene Powch and Oksana Charla; son-in-law Thomas Charla; and grandchildren Katie, Mikie and Micah.
He is predeceased by his sister, Marika.
Funeral services were held Monday, November 28 at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainan Catholic Church, Glen Spey, with a liturgy mass with Rev. Yaroslav Kostyk officiating. Burial was in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.
Contributions may be made to the St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, PO Box 108, Glen Spey, NY 12737.
December 1, 2011
Regina Lukasik of Jeffersonville, NY, a homemaker and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Sullivan Community Adult Care Center, Liberty, NY. She was 90.
She was born June 5, 1921 in Poland.
Survivors include her granddaughter Jeanette Lukasik of Brooklyn, NY.
She is predeceased by her son, Joseph R. Lukasik.
A funeral mass was celebrated in the chapel of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA on November 29.
Burial was in Our Lady of Czestochowa Cemetery, Doylestown, PA.