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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.

Visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com

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.

Visit www.Harris-FH.com

December 1, 2011

Eleanor B. Kleffmann of Beach Lake, PA, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Monday, November 21, 2011 at Forest City Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Forest City, PA. She was 91.

The daughter of the late Edward and Sadie Crossman Enslin, Eleanor was born March 16, 1920 in South Canaan, PA. She was the widow of Louis Kleffmann, who passed away on July 23, 2001. They were married for 60 years. They owned a dairy farm near Milanville, PA.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, NY, and the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church Ladies Auxiliary. A family statement reads, in part: “Eleanor was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed painting, crocheting and gardening; and loved animals. She looked out for others and taught the family many values in life. She will greatly be missed. She will live on in our hearts forever.”

She is survived by daughters Carole Giles and husband Duane of Poyntelle, PA and Barbara Conklin and husband Francis of Milanville; grandchildren Dale Conklin, Tammy Johnson and husband Steven and Nathan Giles and wife Katja; two great grandchildren; and sister Marion Smith of New Milford, PA.

Eleanor is predeceased by her husband Louis; and brothers: Gordon and Clark Enslin.

Funeral services were held on Friday, November 25 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, conducted by Duane Giles. Burial was in the Calkins Union Cemetery, Calkins, PA.

Contributions can be made to Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, PA 18431 or Damascus Vol. Ambulance Corps, PO Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

December 1, 2011

Shana R. Kelly of Jeffersonville, NY, a 2005 graduate of Sullivan West High School and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, November 20, 2011. She was 24.

The daughter of the late Kevin M. and Lorna M. Merrill Kelly, she was born March 20, 1987 in Harris, NY.

Shana loved to be outdoors; her favorite place to hike was Jensen Ledges and she loved riding with Shane on his motorcycle.

Survivors include sisters Jasmine Wilson and husband Robert of White Sulphur Springs, NY and Heather Kelly of Arizona; longtime boyfriend Shane Duquette of Jeffersonville; paternal grandmother Melvina Kelly of Jeffersonville; aunt Patsy Williams and husband Eric, of Jeffersonville; nephews Robert, Christopher and Brody; her shadow, Niko; and several other aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 26 in the Harris Funeral Home, Liberty, NY. Pastor Johanna Andritz officiated.

Visit www.Harris-FH.com.

December 1, 2011

Donald W. DeStefano of Port Jervis, NY, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011 at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY. He was 47.

He was born on January 5, 1964 in Port Jervis, NY, the son of the late Donald DeStefano and Cordelia Conklin DeStefano.

Donald was a truck driver for Yellow Freight in Maybrook, NY.

A family statement by his son Matthew reads: “Everything happens for a reason, I believe that now. When one door closes another one opens.”

He is survived by his mother, Cordelia DeStefano of Port Jervis; sons Kristofer Michael DeStefano and wife Kimberley of Havelock, NC, Matthew James DeStefano of Chadds Ford, PA, Joshua Richard and Jeremy Donald DeStefano both of Morehead City, NC; sister Sharon Leonard of Fayetteville, NC; brother Michael D. Destafano and wife, Patricia of Glen Spey, NY; grandchildren, Kallie Marie, Krista Adell and Kanly Rose; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 1 at 2 p.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate. Interment will take place at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.

Visit knight-auchmoody.com.

November 24, 2011

Mildred Wlodarski died on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at Chardon Place on John’s Island, SC following an extended illness. She was 84.

She was born on February 12, 1927 in Moscow, PA, the youngest of 10 children, to the late Michael and Kathryn Repella Hrywnak.

Her marriage was on October 22, 1949 to Edward Wlodarski, who preceded her in death in 1997.

A former Bethel, NY resident for over 50 years, she was a past member of the White Lake School PTA, Cooperative Home Extension and the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake, NY. She was a volunteer and active member of the Town of Bethel Senior Citizens and was honored as Town of Bethel Senior of the Year in 2002. She enjoyed gardening, homemaking, spending time with friends and neighbors and caring for those in need.

She is survived by a daughter, Karen Wlodarski of Seabrook Island, SC; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 16 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake, with Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating. Interment followed in Sullivan County Veteran’s Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Town of Bethel Senior Center; the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake; or to Odyssey Health Care of Charleston, 5965 Core Rd., Suite 603, North Charleston, SC 29406.

November 24, 2011

Alice Foxman Townsend, of Kauneonga Lake, NY passed away on Tuesday, November 9, 2011 at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. She was 85.

The daughter of the late Harry and Pauline Barr Foxman, she was born on October 13, 1926 in Bronx, NY.

Quick to laugh, she was loved by all who knew her. A retired billing representative at Catskill Regional Medical Center, she donated time to different organizations. She was a member of the Town of Bethel Senior Citizens Group, Town of Bethel Bethelites and the local Red Hat Society. Formerly, she was a member of Monticello Home Extension and Assistant Troop Leader for Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council.

Survivors include daughters Nancy Rosenbaum Butler and husband Don of Granby, CT and Patrice Townsend Steigler and husband Patrick of Kingston, NY; grandchildren Mollie Butler, Austin Butler, Emma Townsend-Steigler, Ethan Butler, Nathan Townsend-Steigler and James Townsend-Steigler; three nephews; and several cousins.

Her husband, Harrison Townsend Jr., predeceased her.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, November 16 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake. Burial of ashes at Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY followed.

Donations may be made to Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital, the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one’s choice.

November 24, 2011

Josephine A. Maidhof of Washingtonville, NY died on October 31, 2011 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 83.

Josephine was born in the Bronx on June 26, 1928 to Joseph and Mildred Curro.

She was a member of the Blooming Grove Seniors, the Blue and Gold Seniors, and was a lifelong Yankees fan who loved bingo and trips to Atlantic City.

She is survived by sons William Maidhof and wife Petrina of the Bronx and Robert C. Maidhof of Shohola, PA; daughter JoAnne and husband Robert J. Hoffmann of Washingtonville; grandchildren William Maidhof and wife Allison, Michael and John Hoffmann; great granddaughter Ava Maidhof; and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by brothers Richard and Angelo Curro.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on November 7 at St. Stephens Church, Kearny, NJ. Cremation will follow and be private.

Visit www.davidtfergusonfh.com.

November 24, 2011

Leslie Knickerbocker of New Bern, NC and formerly of Jeffersonville, NY, died Wednesday, November 16, 2011 at Carolina East Medical Center. She was 60.

She was a secretary at Sullivan County BOCES.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Knickerbocker; son Ted Knickerbocker of Pittsburgh, PA; daughter Traci Knickerbocker of Goldsboro, NC; brother Dale R. Krauss of Bay Shore, NY; sister Barbara K. Summerlin of Lynchburg, VA; and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 19, 2011 at Cotten Chapel in New Bern.

Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. prior to the service.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 930 B Wellness Drive, Greenville, NC 27834.

Visit www.cottenfuneralhome.com

November 24, 2011

Francis Joseph “Frankie” Kacer Jr. of Waymart, PA died Thursday, November 10, 2011 at the Marian Community Hospital, Carbondale, PA. He was 65.

His wife is the former Liddie Horst Bortree.

Born in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Frank and Mae McDonnell Kacer.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Waymart and its Holy Name Society.

He was a 1964 graduate of St. Rose High School, Carbondale. He was a grocer with Kacer’s Market in Waymart. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Meat Processors; the Lions Club of Waymart; the Knights of Columbus Carbondale Council 329 where he as a 4th degree knight and a former grand knight; a member of the Waymart Bicentennial Committee; and a former member of the Waymart Ambulance Corps.

He took pride in his family and his grandchildren.

Also surviving are daughters Karen Watson and her daughter Emma of Lansdale, PA, Christine Notchick and her daughters Rachael and Lauren of Honesdale, PA, Susan Davis and her sons Kyle and Matthew of Honesdale; step children Joann Ostrander of Honesdale, Ronald Bortree of Beach Lake, PA and Edward Bortree of Jermyn, PA; step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sister Mary Andzulis and husband John of Pittstown, NJ; brother Michael Kacer of Waymart, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was Monday, November 14 at the Brennan & Brennan Funeral Home, Inc. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church, Waymart to be celebrated by Rev. Joseph S. Sitko. Interment was at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Simpson, PA.

November 24, 2011

Anita Sutliff Beardsley of Honesdale, PA passed away Saturday, November 12, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. She was 67.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Robert Beardsley, who died May 4, 2007. The couple married February 15, 1964.

Born August 1, 1944 in Cochecton, NY, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Arvilla Peck Sutliff.

She was a graduate of Honesdale High School. Later she did office work at Katz Underwear Company in Honesdale and also worked as a food service manager at the Damascus School.

Following retirement, she enjoyed time with her son, working in her yard and traveling.

Surviving is her son John Beardsley of Honesdale; sisters Arvilla Wolfe of Vancouver, WA and Pat McElroy and husband Austin of Honesdale; brother Clarence E. Sutliff Jr. and wife Betty Lou of Whitehall, PA; aunts and uncles; nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

A private graveside service will be held at the family’s convenience in Indian Orchard Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517 or www.cancer.org.

Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

November 17, 2011

Edward E. VanFradenburgh of Kaunenonga Lake, NY, a lifetime Sullivan County resident, passed away on Thursday November 10, 2011 at home. He was 83.

Born on April 16, 1928 in White Lake, NY, Ed was the son of the late Ernest and Etta Stanton VanFradenburgh. He was married to Madeline VanFradenburgh who preceded him in death in 2003.

Ed was the retired owner of Ed’s Trucking in Kauneonga Lake and a member of Community United Methodist Church in Kauneonga Lake. An army veteran during the Korean Conflict, he was a member of the Army Rangers and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was a 63-year member of the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept., serving as Past Chief and Commissioner. He belonged to the Sgt. Andrew Brucher VFW Post 5499; American Legion Post 109 and the Kelly-Ratner Post DAV.

Survivors include his son John E. VanFradenburgh and wife Vicky of Kauneonga Lake; daughter Cathy McFadden of White Lake; brother Roy VanFradenburg and wife Barbara of Summerfield, FL; sister Mary Etta VanFradenburgh of Kauneonga Lake; grandchildren Kylie VanFradenburgh and Lauren McFadden; and three nieces.

The Kaunenonga Lake Fire Dept. held services at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Kaunenonga Lake on Monday, November 14. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 15 at the funeral home with Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel.

Contributions may be made to the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept., PO Box 411, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749; or to the Community United Methodist Church, Horseshoe Lake Rd., Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749.

November 17, 2011

Anne C. Suozzi of Smallwood, NY passed away on November 8, 2011 at JFK Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL. She was 96.

She was born on October 14, 1915.

Anne had worked at Germaine Montiel Cosmetic Factory in North Babylon, NY. She was a member of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Monticello, NY and was a member of Bethel Senior Citizens.

Survivors include sons John L. Suozzi and wife Josephine of East Setauket, NY and Gary M. Suozzi and wife Brenda of Newberry Park, CA; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She is predeceased by a sister, Pauline Kolb; and her husband, John F. Suozzi.

Anne’s funeral mass was celebrated Saturday November 12 at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello. Burial followed at Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty, NY.

November 17, 2011

Elizabeth “Betty” James, 85, of Beach Lake, PA died Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in Hospice at the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 85.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Francis Eaton James in 2006.

Born on February 28, 1926 in Tamaqua, she was the daughter of the late Dimetro and Helen Mikovich Barnosky. She was the last surviving member of a family of 10 children.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale and formerly served as a deacon; a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; and a Past Matron of Atlas Chapter 99 in Westfield, NJ, and an art instructor at the Area Agency on Aging in Honesdale.

She is survived by children Patricia Ruppert of New Jersey, Diana Bloxham and husband Edwin of Honesdale and Brian James of Honesdale; grandchildren Kevin Bloxham, Kenneth Bloxham, Kurt Bloxham, Colleen Ruppert, Meghan McGeehan, Alisha Eggleston, Corinne James, Jennifer James and Crystal James-Coburn; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also preceded in death by a son, Dennis W. James; granddaughter Brenda James; sisters Mary, Jennie, Anna, Ella and Martha; and brothers John, Steve, Mike and Teddy.

A memorial service was held November 12 in the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale Chapel with Rev. Michael Lyle officiating. Interment followed in the Indian Orchard Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Department of Hospice, 601 Park Street, Honesdale, PA 18431; or the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale Memorial Fund, 201 Tenth Street, Honesdale, PA 18431. Visit www.bryantfuneralhome.com.

November 17, 2011

Edith V. Humphries of Yulan, NY passed away Friday, November 4, 2011 at The Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, in Honesdale, PA. She was 100.

She was born on October 4, 1911 in Barryville, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph A. Guenther and Frieda Meyer Guenther.

Edith married Harold Humphries Sr. on November 11, 1938, who predeceased her.

She is survived by her sister Viola Clancy of Verona, NJ; sister-in-law Marion Guenther of Barryville; nieces Linda Anderson and husband Ken, Helen Quick, Barbara Murphy and husband Peter, Pam Clancy Thoennessin and husband Rick; nephews Clinton Guenther Jr. and wife Maureen and Ted Clancy; and many great- and great-great nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her son, Harold Humphries Jr., sisters Frieda Fleiger and Helen Liefert; and brother Clinton J. Guenther.

Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Visit knight-auchmoody.com.

November 17, 2011

Teresa Esselmann of Kenoza Lake, NY died Saturday, November 12, 2011 at home. She was 84.

Teresa was born July 28, 1927 in the Bronx, NY to the late Fred J. and Elizabeth McSweeney Allgeier.

On October 9, 1954 she married Carl F. Esselmann who preceded her in death on February 14, 2009.

Teresa was an avid reader, a great story teller and cook. She will be missed by many.

She is survived by her son and daughter; Douglas Esselmann at home and Marian Hosking and husband David of White Sulphur Springs, NY; granddaughters Allison and Amy Hosking; brother-in-law Oscar Girgach, two nieces; four nephews; and her friend and caretaker Paula Clark.

She is also predeceased by a daughter, Susan Marie Esselmann; brother Piermont P. Allgeier, and sisters Florence A. Hubert and Marian E. Bernhardt.

Friends may call on Wednesday, November 16 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 5068 Route 52, Jeffersonville, NY from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial mass will be held on Thursday, November 17 at St. George’s Church, Jeffersonville at 11 a.m. Father Ignatius Vu will officiate.

Contributions may be made to Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, Kenoza Lake Fire Department, or to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

November 17, 2011

Gladys M. Engvaldsen of Honesdale, PA died Tuesday, November 8, 2011 in the Julia Ribaudo Nursing Home, Lake Ariel, PA. She was 90.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Harvey N. Engvaldsen.

Born on June 15, 1921 in Plains, PA she was the daughter of the late John and Maude Gertrude Soden Phillips.

Gladys was a member of the Central United Methodist Church of Honesdale; a 19-year employee of Kolmar Labs; a volunteer for Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Head Start Program; and was “Grandma Gladys” at the former Stourbridge Elementary School where she enjoyed visiting students.

The family extends heartfelt gratitude for the love and care that Gladys received at Brighten at Julia Ribaudo in Lake Ariel.

She is survived by daughters Carol Patroni and husband Joe of Shohola, PA, Karen Day and husband Eddie of Honesdale, Alice Frolio of Campball Hall, NY and Trudy Biccum and husband David of Matamoras, PA; and nephew Edward Akins of Brooklyn; grandchildren Michele Polanis, Walter Kleinhans, Dr. Tracy Sanchez, Dr. Stephen Day, Rebecca Biccum, and Emily Biccum; and nine great-grandchildren.

She is also preceded in death by a sister, Adaline Akins.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at the Bryant Funeral Home, Lake Ariel. Interment will be in the Rowlands Cemetery at a later date. Visit www.bryantfuneralhome.com.

November 17, 2011

Donald E. Clark, a lifelong resident of Bethel, NY, passed away at his home on Monday, October 31, 2011. He was 71.

The son of the late Lester and Roseanna Gabriel Clark, he was born February 11, 1940 in Bethel.

Donald was the retired building inspector of the Town of Bethel and a former constable for the Town of Bethel. He was a member of the Kauneonga Lake Fire Department and the Bethel Lions Club, and he participated in various community projects.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Rose Clark at home; daughters Adella Boxberger and husband Carl of Durham, NC and Cindy George and husband A.J. of Sterling, VA; granddaughter Christina Boxberger; and several nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, Walter and Robert, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 5 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake, NY.

Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to the charity of one’s choice.

November 10, 2011

Barbara Maher of Hancock, NY and formerly a 30-year resident of Middletown, NY died on Saturday, October 29 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 65.

The youngest child of the late Melvin and Arlene Tarbox Sprague, she was born on August 8, 1946 in East Branch, NY. Barbara was a retired certified nursing assistant for Montgomery Nursing Home and the wife of the late Walter “Butch” J. Maher. Barbara was a member of the United Methodist Church in Hancock. She will be remembered by her loving family as an avid churchgoer who loved animals and enjoyed shopping for bargains.

She is survived by her children and their significant others, Wade and Jessica Watt of Middletown and Teresa and Christopher Fico of Lackawaxen, PA; sisters Idola Sheriden of Starlight, PA, Ruth S. Toth of Myrtle Beach, SC and Glorian Conklin of Livingston Manor, NY; and grandchildren Alisha Davis, Stefan Krajcovic, Raychale Smith and Joseph Smith II.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, November 3 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc, Middletown, with the Reverends Roxy Moses and Charles Ryu officiating. Cremation was private at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope, NY.