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October 6, 2011

Karen Ann Spencer of Wayne County, PA died Wednesday, September 28, 2011 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 64.

She was married to Gerald Lee Spencer.

Born in Little Rock, MI in 1947, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Betty McKenna Prang. Karen was of the Catholic faith. She was a loving wife and mother. Karen was a lover of beautiful things and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by two sons, Bernard Lee Spencer of Pennsylvania and Brian Spencer and wife Erin of Beach Lake, PA; brothers Raymond Prang of Angel’s Camp, CA and Matthew Prang of San Andreas, CA; and two grandchildren, Kira and Tyler Spencer, both of Beach Lake.

A Christian prayer service was held on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 8 p.m. in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale. Visit www.bryantfuneralhome.com.

October 6, 2011

Beulah “Pat” Ryan of Kauneonga Lake, NY passed away on Monday, September 26, 2011 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, NY. She was 85.

Pat was born on September 16, 1926 in Cochecton, NY, to the late Irving and Pearl Keesler Dexter.

She was a member of the Community United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake.

She is survived by two sons, Edward Rhyne of Painted Post, NY and Craig Rhyne and his wife Melinda of Telford, TN; brother Everett Dexter and his wife Virginia of Kauneonga Lake; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband Robert T. Ryan; and three brothers and three sisters.

Visitation was held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake on September 27. Burial took place Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Grace Memorial Gardens in Hudson, FL.

October 6, 2011

Gertrude Katzoff, a homemaker and long time resident of the area, died on Monday, October 3, 2011 at her home in Lake Huntington, NY. She was 87.

The daughter of the late Jacob Berger and Ida Kestenbaum Berger, Gertrude was born on July 29, 1924 in Peekskill, NY.

She is survived by her children Jan Katzoff and wife Lynn, of Whitefish, MT and Sharon Katzoff of New York City; brother-in-law Herb Katzoff and wife Doris of Syracuse, NY; and cousins Elaine Katzoff of Lake Huntington, Rhonda Mason of East Meredith, NY and Susan Sherwood of Syracuse.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Solomon Katzoff.

The family would like to thank Juliete Lord for her untiring care of Gertrude and Solly over the past six years.

Her funeral was held Wednesday, October 5 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello, NY. Burial followed in the Jeffersonville Hebrew Cemetery, Youngsville, NY.

Contributions may be made to the Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 4, Lake Huntington, NY 12752 or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Visit www.josephngarlickfuneralhome.com.

October 6, 2011

Lisa Garn DeMaria, formerly of Monticello, NY, died Sunday, September 25, 2011 at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York City of complications from colon cancer.

Born September 24, 1954 in Manchester, CT, Lisa was educated at Colby Junior College (now Colby Sawyer) in New Hampshire.

Lisa enlivened us all as the champion and center of her family, a gifted hostess, an accomplished businesswoman, a good friend and true lover of life. We will miss the spirit, joy and love she brought to everything and everyone she touched. She was especially devoted to her four boys.

She leaves behind her husband Stephen; sons Luke, Matthew, Christopher and Andrew; stepson Stephen and wife Nicole; brother K.C. Garn and wife Gloria, close friends Josephine and Phil Catapano; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her parents, Ken and Marianne Garn.

A memorial service was held at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City on September 28.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in the name of Lisa Garn DeMaria, 219 East 31st Street, NY, 10016, 800/227-2345, or www.cancer.org/involved/donate/donateonlinenow.

October 6, 2011

Rose Marie Chapman died on September 15, 2011 at her Hemlock Farms, PA home. She was 76.

Rose-Marie was born in Fulda, Germany on April 17, 1935. After World War II, she and her mother and sister escaped the Russian-occupied area and fled to West Germany to unite with her father.

She worked at one of Germany’s largest bookstores, and was transferred to Wittenborn Art Books in New York City, where she served as executive vice-president. Her customers included all of the major museums and libraries of the world, and famous individuals like Jacqueline Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Miro and current leading architects. She married John Chapman in New York City on August 10, 1961 and the couple celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA this past August.

In the early 1970s, Rose-Marie and her husband week-ended at Hemlock Farms. After retirement, they moved there full time. She loved the USA and became a naturalized citizen. She was elected numerous times to be a committeeperson of the Pike County Democratic Party. She was a founding member of the auxiliary of the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company and was an avid participant in the “Neighbor 2 Neighbor Club.” While bed-ridden with spinal stenosis and its complications, she became an advocate for the welfare of animals.

Rose-Marie is survived by her husband; a sister Jutta Rutter of Munich, Germany; and her cat Meha.

Services were held on Sunday, October 2 at the Church of Hemlock Farms.

Donations may be made to the ASPCA or the Hemlock Farms Volunteer Fire & Ambulance Company.

September 29, 2011

Robert Lloyd of Palm City, FL passed away September 21,2011 at his residence. He was 48.

Bob was formerly from Honesdale, PA and spent years as a service advisor in the automobile industry.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Lee Ann Lloyd of Palm City; son Robert John Lloyd Jr. of Palm City; mother Helen Lloyd of Bethany, PA; sisters Virginia Kluger and husband Jeffrey of West Hartford CT and Connie Lloyd of Beach Lake, PA; and nephews Scott and Alex Kluger of West Hartford.

Private services will be held at a later date.

September 29, 2011

By ELINOR J. BRECHER

ebrecher@miamiherald.com

Beth Lang knew the misery of addiction because she lived it.

She entered recovery through 12-step programs, and for more than two decades as executive director of Better Way of Miami, guided others on similar journeys.

“She was pretty much obsessive and compulsive about helping people,’’ said her husband, Jimmy Klinakis, a former Better Way client, now its operations director. “That was her mission. On her death bed, I had tried to console her: ‘Me and you have helped thousands get their lives together, get educated, assistance in housing.’ She opened her eyes, grabbed my hand, and said, ‘It wasn’t me; it was God.’’’

Lang, born Oct. 29, 1938, in Red Bank, NJ, died of smoking-related lung cancer Monday at her home in Miami Shores. She was 72, clean and sober for 35 years.

Lang came to South Florida in the late 1980s from the upstate New York town of Narrowsburg, where she’d begun her recovery from alcohol and prescription-drug addiction. A registered nurse, she ran a Sullivan County, NY substance-abuse treatment program before becoming Better Way’s volunteer executive director in 1990.

A non-profit started by recovering substance abusers in 1983, Better Way was as down-and-out as its sick, homeless clients when Lang took over. It was broke, operating out of a derelict crack house, and “had a bad reputation,’’ according to Klinakis.

Under her leadership, partnering with social-service providers, religious leaders, politicians, even trade unions, it grew into a respected program that treats clients’ mental, physical, spiritual, medical and logistical issues holistically. Last year, it won accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

In honoring Lang with its Lifetime Achievement Award last year, Better Way called her “a true visionary,’’ and noted that she made it possible for thousands to kick their habits, then find safe haven in Better Way transitional housing.

“There are miracles that do come true,” Lang told The Miami Herald in 1995, at the ribbon cutting of a 56-unit, subsidized apartment complex at 675 NW 17th St., west of Overtown, once a notorious drug den.

Among the program’s success stories: Juan Mathis, 43, who did time in prison and spent 15 years on the street. He met Lang in 1998, when she counseled him in recovery. Now he’s Better Way’s assistant operations director.

“She taught me how not to be co-dependent and work for what I wanted and not steal,’’ said Mathis. “She was a role model.’’

Lang’s daughter, Betsy Lynch, said that her mother grew up in Holmdel, NJ, and completed a three-year nursing program after high school. She married and moved to a Pennsylvania dairy and sheep farm, had three children and adopted a fourth from an orphanage when he was 12.

“They were the most hardworking people you’d ever meet,’’ she said.

But by the time the family moved to rural Sullivan County in the early 1970s, Beth was drinking heavily. Still, she was able to work as a nursing supervisor and instructor, her daughter said. “It got progressively worse, but at the time it was not treated as a disease. There was no forward thinking going on out in the country... She was in and out of rehab,’’ and finally went into 12-step recovery through “a lot of family intervention.’’

Lang earned a master’s degree in social work, divorced, and by 1987 relocated to Miami.

In addition to taking on Better Way, Lang threw herself into Miami’s struggle to get a large homeless population off the streets. Ron Book, chairman of The Homeless Trust, said Lang helped raise “community consciousness,’’ which in turn made it possible to shrink a population of 8,000 homeless people to 800.

“Beth was beyond a pioneer,’’ said Book. “She was a true humanitarian and a leader. She helped us all understand things that none of us understood early on,’’ involving the interrelationship of mental illness, addiction, social instability, unemployment and homelessness. “She helped us ‘get it.’’’

Lang could never turn her back on a needy animal, Klinakis said, and accumulated a collection of rescue dogs.

Knowing that many clients would relapse, Lang embraced the Buddhist maxim: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear,’’ her husband said. And if that teacher was someone or something other than Better Way, “she never took it personally. She taught me that you need to learn to love someone for where they are, not for where you want them to be.’’

In addition to her husband and daughter Betsy, Beth Lang is survived by sons Jerry Schalk, John Lang and Ned Lang; and stepson Paul Klinakis and stepdaughter Andrea Klinakis.

A viewing was held on Wednesday, September 21 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Miami Shores. A funeral Mass at the church was held on Thursday, September 22, with burial at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery, 1500 S. State Rd. 7, North Lauderdale.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome to Better Way of Miami, Inc., 800 NW 28th St., Miami, FL 33127.

September 29, 2011

Kenneth M. James, a longtime resident of the area, passed away at NYS Veterans Home at Montrose, NY on Friday, September 23, 2011. He was 70.

Kenneth was born in Brooklyn, NY on August 2, 1941 to the late Kenneth M. and Helen Sweet James.

Kenneth was retired sergeant from the U.S. military after serving 20 years. He served in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army and the National Guard. He served in Vietnam, and guarded the president at the embassy. He was named “Marine of the Year.”

Kenneth was a member of St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. He was a member of VFW.

A family statement reads: “Kenneth was a loving and devoted father, brother, uncle and great uncle. He instilled great values in our family and he will greatly be missed.”

Kenneth is survived his son Kenneth James of New Jersey; daughter Jennifer James of Warwick, NY; sister Patricia Wyss and husband Fran of Narrowsburg; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Kenneth is predeceased by his parents; and brothers: William and Robert James..

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 27 at 11:00am at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. will officiate.

Christian burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations may be made to The New York State Veterans Home at Montrose, 2090 Albany Post Road, Montrose, NY 10548.

September 29, 2011

Klara J. Brickner of Jeffersonville, NY, a homemaker and longtime area resident, died Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at home. She was 88.

The daughter of the late George and Julie Doefinger Mattes, she was born September 11, 1923 in Switzerland. She was the widow of Edward Brickner.

She is survived by sons Eric G. Brickner and wife Eileen and Peter T. Brickner and wife Lori; grandson Edward J. Brickner and wife Patricia; granddaughter Tara J. Imbrogno; and three great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by a daughter, Edith Topping.

There will be no visitation. Services will be at the convenience of the family.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

September 22, 2011

Linda Walworth of Callicoon, NY died unexpectedly Saturday, September 10, 2011 at her home. She was 50.

The daughter of Robert and Marjorie Walworth, she was born December 13, 1960 in Carbondale, PA.

She was a graduate of Delaware Valley Central School’s Class of 1978. She was self employed, and volunteered with the Callicoon Renaissance group and loved to garden. She could grow anything.

She is survived by a brother, Daniel Walworth of Callicoon; a sister; an aunt; and several cousins.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, September 17 at the Assembly of God Church in Hankins, NY.

Cremation will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

September 22, 2011

Cecil Rybak of Tyler Hill, PA died unexpectedly at the Geisinger Medical Center on September 12, 2011. He was 57.

He was the son of Joan (Abraham) Rybak and the late Arthur Rybak of Tyler Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Eliece (Olver) Rybak; sister Laurel Ann Flowers, niece Brandi Flowers; children Stuart and wife Elizabeth (Harkin) Rybak of Damascus, PA; Miriam (Rybak) McCarthy and husband Matthew of Lexington, NC, Joseph and wife Tricia (Goetzmann) Rybak of Clemmons, NC and Charity (Rybak) Cleary and husband Jayson of Summerville, SC; grandchildren Hannah Rybak, Mitchell Rybak, Isaiah, Owen and Creedon McCarthy and Grayson Rybak.

Cecil was a dairy farmer all his life, taking over the Cecil Abraham Farm in Tyler Hill, PA when he was 19. He had a love for horses since he was very young, but his greatest love and deepest affection was for his family. He was a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Damascus and chairman of the board for the church and its school, Damascus Christian Academy. He loved greeting visitors at church and always had a ready smile and hand shake for people he met wherever he was. Cecil’s trust was in the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Micah 6:8 says: “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” Words cannot express how deeply he was loved and how profoundly he will be missed.

The funeral services were at First Baptist Church of Damascus on Friday, September 16. Internment was in the Overlook Cemetery.

Donations can be sent to Damascus Christian Academy Scholarship Fund, PO Box 71, Damascus, PA 18415; or Dave Olver Wrestling Scholarship Fund, c/o Fred Stanton, 628 Grove St. , Honesdale, PA 18431.

September 22, 2011

Jeanne Relyea Roth, formerly of Middletown, NY, passed away on September 9, 2011.

She was born on April 6, 1926 in Monroe, NY and lived in Middletown until 2005. She was a master photographer and, with her late husband Benton, co-owner of Roth Studio.

She is survived by her children, Richard D. Roth and wife Grace of Eldred, NY and Tracey J. Roth and husband David Heftka of Buffalo, NY; grandchildren Michael E. Zinnerstrom of Kings Mountain, NC, Michele L. (Roth) Perna of Mountain Dale, NY and Derrick A. Roth of Chester, NY; five great grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.

She is also predeceased by her daughter, Sharon Ann (Roth) Zinnerstrom Hartford.

A memorial service to celebrate Jeanne’s life will be held at a later date.

September 22, 2011

Louis Foster Rickard of Cherry Ridge, PA died Saturday morning at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. He was 96.

His wife of 62 years, Jean MacKenzie Rickard, died this past Mother’s Day.

Born November 16, 1914, in the Cherry Ridge Township farm house in which he resided all of his life, he was the son of the late William Rickard and Agatha Foster Rickard.

He was a life-long Wayne County dairy farmer. In 1929, Mr. Rickard opened Rickard’s Cider Mill, in operation for 80 years, still operated by tractor power. His wife, children, and many of his grandchildren worked side by side with him in this endeavor. He delighted in news of his grandchildren and sharing stories of deer, turkey hunting and fishing. He was a charter member of the Wallerville Hunting Club in Equinunk, PA, and a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Honesdale.

Mr. Rickard is survived by sons Louis F. Rickard Jr. and wife Virginia, Moscow, PA; Robert B. Rickard and wife Inez and Richard W. Rickard and wife Larissa, all of Cherry Ridge; daughters Susan R. Henry and husband Richard of Beach Lake, PA and Nancy R. Kinsman and husband George of Honesdale; grandchildren Jason Rickard, Christopher Rickard, Dale Rickard and Cheyenne Rickard, all of Cherry Ridge, Malena Kinsman of Philadelphia; Robert Kinsman and Casey Kinsman, both of State College, Brendan McDonough and wife Sarah of Boston; Lucie F. Henry, Scranton, and Dorie Henry and MacKenzie Henry of Beach Lake; and one great grandchild.

Mr. Rickard was the last surviving child of nine brothers and sisters. He is preceded in death by brothers and sisters Urban, Clarence, William, John, Robert, Carl, Esther and Sadie.

The Rickard Family will receive friends at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 107 Seventh Street, Honesdale, Friday, September 23, from 10 to 11 a.m., with a memorial service at the church immediately thereafter. The Reverend Kenneth Buckwalter will officiate. Mr. Rickard will be interred at Darling Cemetery, Cherry Ridge, overlooking the family farm.

Contributions may be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Honesdale. Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

September 22, 2011

Richard J. Randall of Shohola, PA passed away Thursday, September 15, 2011 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He was 62.

The son of the late Austin W. and Mildred (Fleming) Randall, Sr., he was born May 2, 1949 in NYC.

He was a Trust Officer for Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co., NYC. He attended Manhattan College and was a member and long-time sexton of St. Ann’s Church, Shohola.

Survivors include his brother, Austin Randall Jr of Lutz, FL; aunt Marie Fluhr of Wantage, NJ; nephews Austin Randall and Keith Hugh; and niece Victoria Scholl.

He is predeceased by brother Peter Randall; and sister Anne Hugh.

September 22, 2011

Patricia Ann McMahon of Port Jervis, NY, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011 at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. She was 47.

She was born on October 24, 1963 in Pittsburgh, PA, the daughter of Samuel E. McMahon and the late Joan F. Bradley McMahon. Patricia was a District Support Provider for AHRC in Port Jervis, and a member of The Branch on the Vine Church in Shohola, PA.

She is survived by her son, Jason M. Rossi of Highland Lake, NY, her father of Pittsburgh; sisters Karen Bellisario and husband Elvio and Kathleen McMahon, all of Pittsburgh.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Pittsburgh. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Executive Drive, New Windsor, NY 12553. Visit knight-auchmoody.com.

September 22, 2011

Nancy Hicks Henrich passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Callicoon, NY. She was 83.

She was born on May 19, 1928 in Stamford, CT. She was the daughter of Emma Barthel and Russell Ensor Hicks.

She graduated from Connecticut College in 1950 with a degree in Psychology and started her professional career working for Time-Life Publications in NYC; then as a legal secretary for William C. Rosen Law Offices in Callicoon.

She was an avid traveler and reader, and was active in her community through Holy Cross Church, the Interfaith Outreach United Thrift Store and as a member of the St. Elizabeth Seton Franciscan Fraternity.

Nancy is survived by her son, Theodore P. Henrich and wife, Amy; and grandchildren Nancy Kate, Anna Beth and Thomas, all of Huntsville, AL.

Nancy is preceded in death by her husband, Harry S. Henrich.

The funeral mass was held at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon on Wednesday, September 21 with Father Ignatius Smith OFM officiating.

Memorial donations can be made to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 248, Callicoon, NY 12723.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, on Friday, September 23 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Thomas Major officiating.

Burial will take place in German Hill Cemetery, Shohola, PA at the convenience of the family.

September 22, 2011

Donald H. Hauschild of Jeffersonville, NY, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at home. He was 77.

The son of the late Lawrence and Blanche Levy Hauschild, he was born January 19, 1934 in Liberty, NY.

He was an employee of the A&P Company for 28 years and Malcolm Back Sanitation for 18 years. He was married to Barbara Williams Hauschild.

Donald was a 56-year member and past chief, past president and past vice president of Protection Hose Company No. 1 in Jeffersonville; a Fire Commissioner of the Jeffersonville Fire District; a member of the Sullivan County Firemen’s Association; Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY); the Hudson Valley Firemen’s Association; Emmett Turner American Legion Post No. 276; and the National Rifle Association. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War.

Donald enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends, especially his three grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife at home; sons William and wife Dawn Hauschild and John and wife Dawn Renee Hauschild of Jeffersonville; grandchildren Stephanie, Collin and Gavin Hauschild, all of Jeffersonville; two sisters-in-law Jane and husband Harold Gates of Palm City, FL and Nancy and husband Barry DiBona of Port St. Lucie, FL; brother-in-law William Martin and wife Cindy of Griswold, CT; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother, Robert Hauschild, and by sister-in-law Betty Martin.

Services were held on Wednesday, September 21 at the Jeffersonville Firehouse. Firematic services were held Tuesday evening, September 20 at the firehouse. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Youngsville, NY.

Contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Fire Dept., Box 610, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stonybrook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

September 22, 2011

Robert F. Garde of Olyphant, PA and formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died unexpectedly on Tuesday September 13, 2011 at home. He was 57.

The son of the late Thomas and Rita Walsh Garde, he was born January 31, 1954 in New York City.

Robert served in the U.S. Air Force. Robert attended Grace Episcopal Church, Honesdale, PA.

A family statement reads: “Robert expressed his love of food, art and music through the countless ways he volunteered and served his community. His friends and family will cherish the memories of long meals, lots of laughter and Robert’s music.”

Robert is survived by his siblings Theresa Fuchs of Matthews, NC, Peter Grieco of New York, Doreen Dial of San Diego, CA, Thomas Mattimore of Sebring, FL, Donna Ouderkirk of Prompton, PA, Jeanmarie Taninies of Honesdale, PA, Michelle Rembish of Beach Lake, PA, Christine Garde of New York City, Pauline Klusmeyer of Honesdale, PA and their families.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church, Honesdale. Burial of the cremains will be at the convenience of the family in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg.

Contributions may be made to: Victims’ Intervention Program, P.O. Box 986, Honesdale, PA 18431.

September 22, 2011

Jean G. Freiermuth of Milanville, PA died Thursday evening, September 15, 2011 in the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA after an illness. She was 83.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Lawrence V. Freiermuth.

Born on April 3, 1928 in Beach Lake, PA, she was the daughter of the late George and Irene (Heerdegen) Griffin.

From 1966 to 1990, Jean worked for the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. Dedicated to her family, she took pleasure in gardening, canning, cooking and the cows on the family dairy farm. Jean also enjoyed crosswords and word-searches. She was a former member of Calkins Ladies Aid. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and she will be deeply missed.

She is also survived by son Gary Freiermuth and wife Susan; daughter Kelly White and husband John, all of Boyd’s Mills, PA; sister Faye Erhardt of Tyler Hill, PA; grandchildren Tracie Gelatt and her husband Eric of Beach Lake, Troy Freiermuth, and Amanda White, both of Boyd’s Mills; and two great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her parents and three siblings, Donald, Mildred and Mary Lou Griffin, who perished in a house fire in 1935; sisters Margaret Henderson and Zelma Champion; brother Carl Griffin; and infant sister Elizabeth.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, with Rev. Mary Bryant officiating. Contributions may be made to the Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

September 22, 2011

Clarence Britton of Beach Lake, PA died Monday, September 12, 2011 in hospice care at Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was 82.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Ann Slaier of Beach Lake.

Born on February 27, 1929 in Blaine, ME, he was the son of the late Delbert and Etta (Bell) Britton.

Clarence worked for many years and retired from Pipeliners Union #798 in Tulsa, OK. He was a member of the Emulation Lodge #255, Free and Accepted Masons in Clinton, IA; the Laurel Chapter #67, Order of the Eastern Start, Waymart, PA; and the Beach Lake Volunteer Fire Company.

He is also survived by children Lyn Bozic and Jet Britton; grandchildren Sasha Bozic of Beach Lake, Mieke Bozic-Zeindl of Bonn, Germany and Michael, Katelyn, Nicholas and Gregory Britton, all of Beach Lake; two aunts and a cousin.

Graveside services will be held in the Beach Lake Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.