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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.


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, (; American Heart Association ( 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.


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.


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.