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November 10, 2011

Rose Margaret (Brown) Branning of Beach Lake, PA, died Sunday November 6, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. She was 64.

She was born March 8, 1947 in Starruca, PA to the late H. Russell and Jennie (Figger) Brown.

She was an active member of Beach Lake United Methodist Church in Beach Lake, PA where she taught Sunday school and was a historian. She was also a member of Welcome Lake Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and the Welcome Lake Ladies Aide, and helped with the Honesdale Community Food Pantry.

She is survived by her husband of 31 years, Roger Branning of Beach Lake; daughter Samatha Branning of Beach Lake; niece/honorary daughter Mary (Brown-Jacobsen) Clark; honorary grandchildren Denise (Jacobsen) Hall, Bryan Jacobsen and wife Jessica, Scott Jacobsen and wife Xochilt, Justin Jacobsen, Destiny Scruggs and Patrick Clark; brothers John Brown and wife Sandy of Newark Valley, NY, Dickson Brown and wife Linda of Coldsprings, PA and Donald Brown and wife Shirley of Waymart, PA; sisters Lura Schwebke and husband Jim of Catskill, NY, Sally Baldwin and husband Wayne of South Daytona, FL and Rowena Lewis of Moosic, PA; 38 nieces and nephews, 48 great nieces and nephews and 18 great-great nieces and nephews.

Rose is predeceased in death by a son, Travis Branning; brothers Carl and Lawrence Brown; and sister Marie Boots.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Friday, November 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

A funeral service will be held November 11 at 11 a.m. at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, Beach Lake. Rev. Mark Terwilliger will officiate. Burial will be in the Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations may be made to the Beach Lake United Methodist Church or the Honesdale Community Food Pantry, Fourth St., Honesdale PA 18431.

November 10, 2011

Rob Stuart, a long-time member and leader of the nonprofit technology scene, both in Philadelphia where he lived and nationally, died suddenly on October 26, 2011 of a heart attack. He was 49.

The son of August D. and Marian R. Stuart, he was born on January 11, 1962 in Summit, NJ.

A lifelong activist, his public advocacy career began at Morristown High School when he organized a debate that featured an appearance by 1980 third-party presidential candidate John Anderson. The Paul Robeson Scholar at Livingston College, part of Rutgers University, he graduated with honors in 1984 and received the Departmental Distinction Award from the Department of Political Science. He was elected student representative to Rutgers University Board of Governors from 1983-1984. He was Program Director at New Jersey Public Interest Research Group, was lobbyist for U. S. Public Interest Research Group, was Executive Director of the Vermont Public Interest Group, and was a Program Fellow with the Rockefeller Family Fund. He grew that work into the National Strategy for Nonprofit Technology and the Circuit Riders Program as Director of the Rockefeller Technology Project. He merged that project with Desktop Assistance into a new organization called TechRocks in 1999. Between 2003-2005, he was a partner at @dvocacy Inc. before creating Evolve Strategies and the Evolve Foundation, which support efforts to increase citizen participation in government.

In addition to TechRocks, Rob launched NpowerPA, the Non-Profit Technology Enterprise Network, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Technology Works for Good, and Taxpayers for Common Sense. He served as president of Philadelphia’s Logan Square Neighborhood Association, as the chairman of Taxpayers for Common Sense and NpowerPA, and on the boards of Green Media Toolshed, PennEnvironment, Schuylkill River Park Alliance, the Eastern Environmental Law Center, PA Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action, and Stuart Communications, Inc. In 2006, he was named one of 101 Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia’s Connector Project.

Survivors include his father of Killington, VT, his mother of Morristown, NJ, his wife, Sarah Clark Stuart and daughters, Marina and Amelia, at home; a brother, Pete of Sequim, WA; a sister, Laurie, of Narrowsburg, NY; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m., at Trinity Memorial Church, 2212 Spruce Street, in Philadelphia, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to benefit a community garden that Rob helped found: Logan Square Garden Fund at Evolve Foundation, 1 S. Broad St., Suite 1840, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

November 3, 2011

Roland G. Weiss of Kauneonga Lake, NY passed away suddenly on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 84.

He was born on October 12, 1927 in Kauneonga Lake, the son of the late William J. and Margaret E. Stewart Weiss.

Rollie was a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Bethel Highway Department. He was a member of the Community United Methodist Church in Kauneonga Lake; a 64-year member of the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept. and former fire commissioner and a member of Sgt. Andrew C. Brucher VFW Post #5499. He also served his country from 1945 to 1947 as a U.S. Army Veteran.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Madelyn Horton Weiss at home; son Ronald K. Weiss and companion Ruth Dicks of Kauneonga Lake; daughters Terri Weiss and companion Gus Bertram of Smallwood, NY and Donna Davis and husband James of Livingston Manor, NY; brother Marvin R. Weiss of White Lake, NY; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by a brother, Norman Weiss.

Funeral services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home on Saturday, October 29. The Kaunenonga Lake Fire Dept. and the VFW held services there on October 28.

Burial with Military Honors took place at Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty, NY.

Contributions may be made to the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept., PO Box 411, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749.

November 3, 2011

Gladys “Billie” Purcell, a former longtime Barryville, NY resident, died October 24, 2011 at Cape Cod Hospital after a sudden illness. She was 89.

She was born on July 21, 1922 in Bellmore, Long Island, NY to Harold and Martha Billings.

Billie had a full and happy life, surrounded by friends and family. She touched so many lives positively and had a gift of knowing exactly what to say and do to make you feel better about yourself. Her strength and resilience will be remembered by all.

Billie was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Edward Purcell; her son Timothy; and her daughter Margaret.

She will be missed and remembered by James and Kelly Purcell and family of Hyannis, MA., Kathy and Bruce Beard and family of Blackstone, MA., Edward Purcell and family of Milton, NH and Ginny Purcell and family of Freeport, ME.

There will be no service at her request. To post a remembrance visit

Donations may be sent to Crossroads of Rhode Island, 160 Broad Street, Providence, RI., 02903;

November 3, 2011

Lillian McMahon of Jeffersonville, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Virginia Beach, VA. She was 83.

The daughter of the late Rose Boyle, she was born February 11, 1928 in Callicoon, NY. She was married to the late George McMahon.

She is survived by four children, Terry McMahon and wife Maryellen of Virginia Beach, VA, Linda Piermarini and husband Ernest of Cold Spring, NY, Joyce Rosman and husband Jeffrey of Succasunna, NJ and Sheri Rutledge and husband Robert of Tyler Hill, PA; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, 623 Callicoon Road, Damascus, PA on Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m.

November 3, 2011

William H. “Crow” Gavitt of Boyd’s Mills, PA died Friday, October 28, 2011 at home after an illness. He was 83.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, the former Yvonne Snook. They were married on November 30, 1951.

Born on June 24, 1928 at the family homestead in Boyd’s Mills, he was the son of the late Joseph D. & Edna Mary Cowell Gavitt. He was a graduate of Damascus High School.

Bill was a dairy farmer who enjoyed his family and the agricultural community. He was a member of the Calkins Union Baptist Church. Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the Boyd’s Mills Hunting Club. He was an accomplished banjo and fiddle player, well known as both a square dance caller and member of the Steve Reeves Band of Beach Lake, PA.

He is also survived by four children, Patricia Sheard and companion Ted Amorine of Prompton, PA, Mary Gries and husband Roger of Calkins, PA, Sharon Minor and companion Joe Bezyak of Greeley, PA and Joseph Gavitt and wife Deborah of Boyd’s Mills; sister Wanda Hanson of Honesdale; grandchildren Jeremy Gries, Nathan Gries, Adam Gries, Melissa Minor, Brian Sheard, Brett Sheard, Angie Gavitt and Rebecca Gavitt; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He is also preceded in death by sister Ruth Reynard; brother Leon Gavitt; grandson Roger Gries, Jr.; and a granddaughter-in-law, Stacie O’Connell.

Funeral services were held on November 2 in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, PA with the Rev. Lane Jones officiating. Interment followed in the Calkins Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Boyd’s Mills Hunting Club Junior Fishing Derby, c/o Josh Sheard, 430 Boyd’s Mills Road, Milanville, PA 18443.


November 3, 2011

Mary Margaret Conway, MD died suddenly on October 24, 2011 while at her practice in Washington, NC. She was 60.

Mary was born on March 19, 1951 in Monticello, NY of John J. and Ida Mae Fredenburgh Conway. She attended St. Peter’s School in Monticello, and St. Joseph Mountain School in Forestburgh, NY, graduating in 1968.

Mary attended Notre Dame College of Staten Island and Bloomfield College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in biology and then obtained her nursing degree. She was employed as a registered nurse at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, NJ and at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.

To pursue her ultimate goal of becoming a physician, Mary attended Universidad Autnoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Guadalajara, Mexico, falling in love with the area and the people who lived there and remaining to work in the free clinic for several years. She later worked at Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT and received a fellowship to East Carolina University Hospital in Greenville, NC before entering private practice as an internist in Washington, NC.

Mary owned and bred quarter horses and loved to travel with her rescued dogs to shows throughout the country. She belonged to several quarter horse associations.

She is survived by brothers John Conway and wife Debra of Barryville, NY and Joseph Conway and wife Margaret of Liberty, NY; sisters Nancy Fraser and husband Robert of Swan Lake, NY and Joanne Jasper of Rock Hill, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by her parents; and sisters Theresa and Jane.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11 a.m. in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, 264 North Main Street in Liberty. Monsignor William Collins officiated. Burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Rock Ridge Ave., Monticello.

Contributions in Mary’s memory may be made to the Sullivan County S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 995 Rock Hill, NY 12775.

November 3, 2011

Anthony “Tony” Richard Girardi of Eldred, NY, a 32 year resident of the area, died Monday, October 31, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. He was 94.
The son of the late Daniel and Bridget Girardi, he was born in Manhattan on June 19, 1917, the youngest and last of seven siblings.

Anthony served as a corporal in the army in WWII and was a disabled veteran.

Anthony was a member of St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Yulan, NY. He was a a former member of The Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua Church, NYC, having lived next to the church. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, a retired employee of Ike-Stan Service Corp. and a member of the Teamsters Union in NYC.
A family statement reads: “Anthony was a loving father, grandfather and great grandfather. His granddaughter and great-grandsons were the light of his life. He will greatly be missed and will always be in our hearts.”

He is survived by his son Richard Girardi and wife JoAnne of Eldred; granddaughter Amy Girardi Stevens and husband Scott of Orange County, NY; great-grandsons Christopher Richard Stevens and Colin Daniel Stevens; and several nieces and nephews.
Anthony is predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Martha Harriet Galardi Girardi, who had passed away on July 29, 2008; brother Frank Girardi; and sisters Lillian Girardi, Minnie Girardi, Ann Girardi, Faye Girardi, Mary Mancini and Lucy Bartucci.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 10:30 a.m. at The Shrine Church of St. Anthony’s of Padua 155 Sullivan St., New York, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial will also be held Friday, November 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s of Padua R.C. Church, Yulan , NY. Father Thomas Jones O.F.M. will officiate.
Burial will follow in the parish cemetery in Eldred.
Donations can be made to: St. Anthony’s of Padua R.C. Church, Yulan, NY.

October 27, 2011

Walter R. Roemer of Callicoon, NY entered into eternal rest at home on October 21, 2011. He was 86.

The son of the late Henry and Margaret Regan Roemer, he was born in Fraser’s Settlement, NY. He was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Stone on December 24, 1951; they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year.

Walter was a retired parts manager at Kirchner Chevrolet in Roscoe, NY. He previously worked at C.E. Mills Chevrolet in Callicoon, and Buddenhagen Ford in Hortonville, NY.

Walter was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was Republican committeeman and served as an assessor in the Town of Delaware. He was a fire commissioner in the Hortonville fire district for many years and a volunteer at the Delaware Youth Center during the 1960s and ‘70s.

He is survived by his wife at home; children Walter Roemer, James Roemer and wife Susan, Peggy Sattler and husband Jeff and Thomas Roemer, all of Callicoon, Kathleen Blanchard and husband Larry of Norfolk, VA, Susanne Roemer of Marsing, ID and Joseph Roemer and fiancee Dawn Bortree of Mechanicsburg, PA; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He is predeceased by a brother, Joseph Roemer.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 25 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon. Father Ignatius Smith officiated. Burial was in the Hortonville Cemetery, Hortonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723.

October 27, 2011

Martin D. Myers of Eldred, NY passed away Friday, October 21, 2011 at Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, NY. He was 90.

The son of the late Mary Fee Myers and Martin D. Myers Sr., Martin was born in Highland Lake, NY on November 7, 1920. On September 13, 1942 he married his high school sweetheart, Christene Stevens.

Martin was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was employed by Sullivan County Highway Department for 16 years, and retired from the U. S. Postal Service in 1986 after 24 years of service. He was a member of American Legion Post 1363 and of the Town of Highland Lions Club where he was past president and treasurer for many years. He served with the National League of Postmasters as vice president of the auxiliary of the NY branch for several terms.

Although an active member of his community, Martin’s first love was for Christine, their family and happy home.

Martin is survived by his wife of 69 years at home; children Patricia and Dennis Toaspern of Binghamton, NY and Steven and Leesa Myers of Gray, ME; grandsons and great-grandchildren Adam Toaspern and son Kain of Howes Cave, NY, Jeffrey Toaspern and daughter Miah of Ithaca, NY, Thomas Myers, and Timothy Myers of Gray; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his infant daughter, Jean Ellen, sisters Mary Crandall, Ethel Myers and Helen Hulse; and brother Thomas Myers.

Funeral services were held on Monday, October 24 at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville, NY. Rev Nancy Vonderhorst officiated. Burial took place at Montoza Cemetery, Eldred.

Memorial contributions may be made the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001; or to a charity of the doner’s choice.

October 27, 2011

Barbara Behling Goffin, formerly of Woodstock, NY, passed away on October 21 at Muir Senior Center in Martinez, CA. She was 67.

Barbara was born in Temple, TX on August 29, 1944 to the late George (Chris) and Myrtle (Mickey) Behling, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY. She was raised in Richmond Hill, NY, graduated from Richmond Hill High School and majored in Latin America Area studies at Queens College. She also lived in Los Angeles, Mexico, Bisbee, AZ and northern California.

Barbara was an artist. She owned a clothing store on Sunset Boulevard in the 1960s, making clothing for many artists. Barbara crafted beautiful pottery, and also produced the documentary, “The Potters of Mata Ortiz.” She lived in north central Mexico, near Mata Ortiz, before moving to LA to be nearer to her son. Barbara was an environmentalist and worked for “Heal the Bay” while in Los Angeles. She was also an avid traveler and reader and a lover of music.

Barbara is survived by her son Jesse and wife Randall of Cincinnati, OH; sisters Nancy Dillon and husband Bob of Brooklyn Center, MN, Jill Padua and partner Mike Jung of Narrowsburg; nephew Matthew Dillon, wife Tracy and great nephew Owen, and niece and Godchild Cassie Dillon, all of Minneapolis; and nephew Evan Padua of Narrowsburg and Jackson, WY.

Barbara has donated her body to science. Memorial donations may be made to Sutter Care at Home, 4071 Port Chicago Highway, Concord, CA 94520. We are so very thankful for the hospice care she received from Sutter and the nursing homes where she spent the last two years.

A memorial gathering/luncheon will be held Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m. at the Gloria Krause Recital Hall, Delaware Arts Center, 37 Main St., Narrowsburg. Please bring a dish to share—and in honor of Barbara, if you have pottery of hers, please bring your dish in one of hes. Bring your memories, photos and anything else you’d like to share.

October 20, 2011

Maurice William “Rease” Roche, 71, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2011 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 71.

He graduated from St Bonaventure University in 1961.

Co-owner of Roche’s Garage in Callicoon for 50 years, his work ethic could not be beat, and his reputation as an honest businessman earned him loyal customers. Roche’s Garage won many awards from General Motors for sales, service and dedication.

Rease also was a volunteer firefighter and later a commissioner of the Callicoon Fire District; a trustee at Sullivan County Community College; a member of the board of the Sawyer, Kautz and Thorwell Foundations; a member of the Kiwanis Club and the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of Holy Cross Church.

Rease loved hunting and being in the woods. He was a Golden Eagle member of the NRA. Roche’s garage was a strong supporter of local sporting events and teams. The Roche’s softball team won many championships, including a national championship. Rease was elected to the Softball Hall of Fame.

Rease was the proud father of Tom, Joe, Karen and Tricia; father-in-law of Bari, Patti, Tim and Vern; and grandfather of David, Megan, Max, Courtney, Luke, Quinn and Cassie. He was also was a loving brother to his long-time business partner Mickey Roche, to Col. Terrence Roche and to Maureen Knipp; a loving husband to his wife Marion.

A mass of remembrance will be held Friday, October 21 at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon with a reception to follow at the Villa Roma in Callicoon.

Donations may be sent to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723; or to Interfaith Outreach United, PO Box 479, Callicoon, NY 12723.

October 20, 2011

Charles Reiser passed away on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Twin Cedars Senior Living in Shohola, PA. He was 86.

Born in Paterson, NJ to Matthew and Susan Wegele Reiser, he had resided in Hawthorne, NJ before moving to Sussex County, NJ 20 years ago. Mr. Reiser had served in the Army during World War II. He had been in the construction field and was a member of the International Painters and Allied Trades.

He is survived by his daughter, Bonnie Donnelly and husband Donald of Sussex; son Charles W. Reiser and wife Carolyn of West Milford, NJ; brother Albert Reiser of New Mexico; grandchildren Sharon Donnelly, Nicole Janus, Charles Reiser, Corrine Houser and Charlene Reiser; and five great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his wife Mildred on April 29, 2011.

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 14 at the Pinkel Funeral Home, Sussex, with the Rev. William Collins officiating. Private cremation services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to Twin Cedars Senior Living, 364 Little Walker Road, Shohola, PA 18458.


October 20, 2011

Lillian McMahon, nee Lauer, of Jeffersonville, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2011 at Virginia Beach, VA. She was 83.

The daughter of the late Rose Boyle, she was born February 11, 1928 in Callicoon, NY.

She was married to the late George McMahon.

She is survived by children Terry McMahon and wife Maryellen of Virginia Beach, Linda Piermarini and husband Ernest of Cold Spring, NY, Joyce Rosman and husband Jeffrey of Succasunna, NJ and Sheri Rutledge and husband Robert of Tyler Hill, PA; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, 623 Callicoon Road, Damascus, PA on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at 2 p.m.

October 20, 2011

Frances “Hop” Loughrey of Jeffersonville, NY died Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at home. She was 91.

The daughter of Oscar and Myrtie Corby Eggler, she was born November 24, 1919 in Jeffersonville. She was the widow of Edward Loughrey.

Mrs. Loughrey was a homemaker, mother and grandmother, and a lifelong resident of the area.

She is survived by her children, Kay Danchak and husband Jack of Lakewood, PA, Linda Loughrey and partner Jim Curran of Jeffersonville, Edward Loughrey and wife Debbie of Cochecton, NY, Nora Hannon and husband Don of South Carolina and Sharon Carroll and husband Jim of Honesdale, PA; daughter-in-law Rhea Loughrey, of White Sulphur Springs, NY; son-in-law George Just, of Cochecton; 19 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband, Edward Loughrey; son Donald Loughrey; daughter Irene Just; sister Norma Butler; and brother Nial Eggler.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Presbyterian Church, the Jeffersonville Fire Dept. or the charity of one’s choice.

October 20, 2011

Timothy J. Edwards of Jessup, PA, fought a courageous battle against cancer, passing Friday, October 14, 2011 at home. He was 54.

He was born December 17, 1956 in Callicoon, NY, the son of the late Edward and Marie E. Green Edwards.

Timothy was a sawyer in the saw mill industry. A family statement reads, in part: “Tim was a talented woodsman and a hard worker. In the early years he liked to hunt and later he became a fisherman. He loved his animals, a chocolate lab and two cats. He was a special person who will greatly be missed.”

Survivors include his fiancée Susan Housel; daughter Margaret Edwards; brothers Bruce Edwards and wife Jean and Denton Edwards and wife Cindy; sister Patricia Olver and husband Jeffrey; good friend Christine Kobrick; three grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Graveside services were held Monday, October 17 at the Hillcrest Cemetery, Damascus, PA.

October 20, 2011

Sheri Abramson passed away peacefully at Achieve Nursing Home in Liberty, NY on October 15, 2011. She was 50.

Sheri was born in Brooklyn, NY on April 8, 1961 to the late Irving and Dorothy Abramson.

Sheri was a graduate of Monticello High School. She was an active volunteer in the The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop for many years. She also volunteered as a patient advocate at the Achieve Nursing Home while a resident there.

Our heartfelt appreciation goes to the dedicated staff at Achieve who cared for her.

She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Jeryl and Roy Howard; nephew Zack Howard; and dear friends Lori Schneider and Gayle Price.

A graveside service was held on October 18, 2011 at the Glen Wild cemetery.

Donations may be made to The Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop.


October 13, 2011

Katharina Schilling of Honesdale, PA, formerly of Kenoza Lake, NY and Beach Lake, PA., a retired chef and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, October 9, 2011 at Wayne Woodland Manor, Waymart, PA.
The daughter of the late Johann and Magdelena Martin Gunther, she was born in Germany. She was married for 52 years to Harry Schilling.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, NY, a member of Tusten Seniors, Beach Lake Ladies Auxiliary, Welcome Lake Ladies Auxiliary and the Damascus United Methodist Women Group. A family statement reads, in part: “Katharina was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved to cook. She loved flowers and gardening. She was our sunshine and will be greatly missed.”

Survivors include her daughter Linda Canfield of Hortonville, NY; granddaughters Anne-Marie Weise and husband Rick of Stroudsburg, PA, Jennifer Schilling and fiance Victor of Lehighton, PA and Jeanine Schilling of Lehighton; one great granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and relatives in Europe.
She is predeceased by her husband; son Harry J. Schilling Jr.; and her six siblings.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.

Cremation will follow at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.
Donations can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 31 Erie St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

October 13, 2011

Elsa Gertrude Olver of Beach Lake, PA died on October 4, 2011.

Born on October 3, 1928 in Honesdale, PA, she was the daughter of the late T. Horace Olver and Helen Fulleborn Olver.

She was raised on Lakeside Farm and Boarding House in Beach Lake. She graduated from Honesdale High School in 1946.

In 1948 Elsa married Andrew John Olver. They were married for 50 years. Elsa was a private person and very strong in her beliefs, and an avid defender of the right to keep and bear arms. She was secretary and treasurer of The Berlin Valley Cemetery Association and a board member of the Berlin Township Community Center. She loved crocheting, tending her garden and spending time with her dog, Soko.

The ultimate joy in her life was spending time with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

Elsa is survived by brothers Thomas H. Olver of Beach Lake and Congressman John W. Olver and wife Rose of Amherst, MA; sons Andrew J. Olver II and wife Stephanie of Troy PA and Randy Olver and wife Desiree of Beach Lake; daughters; Elaine Schweinsburg and husband Richard of South Cannan, PA, Eliece Rybak of Tyler Hill, PA, Trudy Derrick and husband Robert Jr. of Beach Lake and Julie Stanton and husband Frederick of Honesdale; daughter-in-law Kim Olver of Chicago; 20 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband Andrew John Olver in 1998 and their son Dave Thomas Olver in 1999; and son in law Cecil Ryback.

Funeral services were held at the Tabernacle Bible Church, Honesdale, on October 7. Interment was in the Berlin Valley Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Dave Olver Wrestling Memorial Scholarship, c/o Fred Stanton 628 Grove Street, Honesdale; or to the Damascus Christian Academy, P.O. Box 81, Damascus PA 18415.


October 13, 2011

Richard J. “O’B” O’Brien of Cochecton, NY, a longtime resident of the area passed away on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. He was 61.

He was married to Randi Keesler O’Brien for 35 years.

The son of the late James and Marie Walsh O’Brien, he was born February 10, 1950 in Manhattan, NY.

Richard was a retired foreman for ConRail.

He attended St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. He was a member of Red Fox Hunting Club and the Bee Keepers Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and his love and passion was gardening. A family statement reads: “O.B. was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He worked hard to provide for his family and always put his family first. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife; children: Daniel O’Brien of Cochecton, Colleen O’Brien Williams and husband TC of Killeen, TX, Jessica Ann O’Brien of Lawton, OK and Shawna Smith and husband V. Smith of Hinesville, GA; grandchildren Lorenzo, Aliza and Gabriella O’Brien; brother James O’Brien and wife Isabella of Enfield, CT; sister Joanne Coe and husband Thomas of New Fairfield, CT; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday October 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg. A memorial service will begin at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

Christian burial will follow at Tyler Town Cemetery, Tyler Town, (Cochecton Center), NY.

Donations may be made to the donor’s choice.