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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

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.

November 10, 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 also 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

November 10, 2011

Jeffrey Ronald Highhouse of Sebastian, FL, formerly of Callicoon, NY, died October 25, 2011 at Sebastian River Medical Center, Sebastian. He was 47.

He was born on February 19, 1964 in Callicoon. He had lived in Sebastian for the last seven years.

Jeff was a self-employed contractor, an avid sportsman and a former New York State hunting and fishing guide. He was a member of the Sebastian River Moose Lodge #1764 in Sebastian, and a graduate of Delaware Valley Central School in Callicoon.

Survivors include his parents, Ronald and Judith Highhouse of Callicoon; sister Sarah Field and husband Bradley, of Colchester, CT; and nieces Catherine and Allison Field.

A celebration of life will be held at North Branch Methodist Church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 13. The Rev. Jim Moore will perform the service, followed by a gathering at the Hortonville Fire House.

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

November 10, 2011

Edward R. Helfers, a longtime Hankins, NY resident, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Wayne Woodland Manor in Waymart, PA. He was 78.

Son of the late Edward Henry and Dorothy Charlotte Wilson Helfers, he was born in Queens, NY on November 17, 1932. Mr. Helfers was a retired supervisor for Nassau County Department of Public Works. He was the widower of Winifred Crowley Helfers.

A memorial mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 14 at 10 a.m. in the Church of The Advent, 555 Advent Street, Westbury, NY. Interment will follow at the Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

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.