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August 4, 2011

Jeanne Randall McCullough of New Paltz, NY passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, at her residence in New Paltz. She was 74.

Born on April 14, 1937, she was raised on the family dairy farm in Callicoon, the daughter of the late Howard and the late Tyyne (Falkenberg) Hermann. Her first husband, Healy Randall, predeceased her in 1977. She married Edward T. McCullough in 1992.

She was a member of The Reformed Church in New Paltz, serving as deaconess, a former sunday school teacher, chairwoman of the Woman’s Service and Fellowship Group (SIS) and a past secretary of the New Paltz Christian Council. She enjoyed traveling and was an outdoor enthusiast. She was an animal lover and rescued many cats from the shelter.

Jeanne is survived by her husband; daughters Mary Jeanne Randall-Dunn and husband David of Lake Katrine, NY and Sharon and husband George Grammas of New Paltz; two sisters, twin Joyce and husband Victor Brooks of Callicoon, and Helen and John Kohrs of Beach Lake, PA; brothers Henry Hermann of Callicoon and Howard and wife Carol Hermann of Loudon, TN; stepdaughters Katherine Eng of NC and Karen and husband Robert Augustine of Kingston, NY; stepsons Paul and Nancy McCullough of Lakeland, FL, Brian and Lisa McCullough of Waldwick, NJ, Edward and Keri McCullough of Moorsville, NC and Patrick and Maura McCullough of Summit, NJ; grandsons Brendan and Kyle Dunn; step-grandchildren Anna, Nicole, Megan, Alex, Mark and James; and dogs Angel and Muffy.

She is also predeceased by her sister Mary Ann and Robert White.

Funeral services were held July 31 at the New Paltz Reformed Church with the Rev. Howard Major III, officiating. Burial was in the New Paltz Rural Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the ASPCA, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, NY 12401.

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August 4, 2011

Chris Allen Long of Callicoon, NY, an employee of Fulton Well Drilling and a lifetime area resident, died Sunday, July 31, 2011 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. He was 63.

The son of Clinton and Grace Weiss Long, he was born February 5, 1948 in Callicoon. He was married to Elizabeth “Betty” Diehl Long. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the Allan Milk VFW Post #7276 of Long Eddy, NY.

He is survived by his wife at home; sister Nancy Sipple and husband Ed of Minnesota; brother Phil Long and wife Brenda of Callicoon; brothers and sisters-in-law Peter and Alice Diehl, William and Carol Diehl and Jack and Helen Diehl, all of Callicoon; many nieces and nephews, grand nieces and nephews; and his little dog Scooter.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 4 at 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Route 52 in Jeffersonville.

Burial will be in the Jeffersonville Lutheran Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

August 4, 2011

Emily Virginia Hallock went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday July 30, 2011. She was 77.

Emily was predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Douglas Joseph Hallock, who passed away in 1995.

Born May 31, 1934, in Shohola PA, she was the daughter of Francis and Margaret Harder Knecht.

Emily retired from the U.S. Postal Service, where she was a rural letter carrier. She was a member of the Narrowsburg Methodist Church, Tusten Historical Society, and was former Town of Tusten Historian. Her greatest joys in life were her church, family and genealogy work. She enjoyed spending hours searching for long-lost relatives and contributed greatly to the Historical Society.

Surviving are her sons Clark (children Heather, Amanda, Marlena, Ray, and Corrin) and Scott; daughters Jenny Snedeker and husband (children Craig and Dawn) and Dawn Martin and husband Edwin (children Beth and Rebecca); two grandchildren; sister Dorothy Foster and husband Douglas; brother Francis Knecht and wife Linda; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services took place at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg on Tuesday, August 2, 2011. Interment was at the Glen Cove Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Narrowsburg Methodist Church, Tusten Historical Society or Orange Sullivan Hospice.

August 4, 2011

Zachary Ricardo Bonilla of Jeffersonville, NY died on Monday, July 25, 2011 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA. He was 2 1/2 months old.

Infant son of Nicole A. Hallfors and Marvin Ricardo Bonilla, he was born on May 11, 2011 in Harris, NY.

Survivors include his mother of Jeffersonville; his father of Livingston Manor, NY; brother Dominick Williams at home; grandmother Gayle Hallfors of Jeffersonville; grandfather Dana Hallfors of New Windsor, NY; great-grandmother Mitzi Retty of Jeffersonville; aunts Kristen Hallfors, with her favorite cousin Taylor Kehrley, and Stephanie Baker and husband Michael with cousins Ann Marie and Maggie; special friend Josh Lagrutta; and many more cousins.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 29 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville, NY.

Contributions may be made to American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110.

July 28, 2011

Joseph K. Strawbridge Jr., formerly of Jeffersonville, NY, passed away Monday, June 13, 2011 at his home in Endwell, NY. He was 72.

Born on June 4, 1939 to Joseph K. Strawbridge Sr. and Henrietta Schmidt Strawbridge, Joe grew up in Jeffersonville.

After graduating in 1957 from the Jeffersonville Central School, Joe attended the Agricultural and Technical College in Farmingdale, Long Island. After working for a year or so on Long Island, Joe moved to Endwell where he spent the rest of his life working in the field of electronics for aerospace applications, working for several companies including GE, Martin-Marietta, and retired from BAE Systems in 2002.

Joe enjoyed following the NASCAR circuit and professional golf for many years.

Joe is survived by two cousins, Audrey Bohrer Umbach in Palm Coast, FL and Warren Wohltjen in Mansfield, TX.

He was predeceased by his parents; and cousin Harold Wohltjen.

Joe was interred in Spring Forest Cemetery in Binghamton, NY.

July 28, 2011

Edward N. Miller of Moscow, PA died Monday, July 25, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. He was 71.

He is preceded in death by his wife, the former Geri Melber, in 1998.

Born March 3, 1940 in Scranton, PA, he was the son of the late Gerald and Mildred Freeman Miller.

Edward worked at S. J. Bailey and Sons and later at Moore Business Forms. He retired from Tobyhanna Army Depot where he worked in maintenance. He was a member of LaAnna United Methodist Church. Many will remember Ed for sketching pictures on the back of place mats. He also enjoyed landscaping, stone work, and would lend a helping hand to whoever needed it.

Surviving are sons Edward C. Miller of Dunmore, PA, Shawn A. Miller and wife Jenni of Granite Falls, WA, Robert D. Miller and wife Linda of Syracuse, NY, Thomas D. Miller and wife Melinda of Beach Lake, PA; daughters Laurel Gardner of Honesdale and Heather Mirch of Scranton; brother James Miller of North Carolina; sister Delores Christ and husband Samuel of Hollisterville, PA; 16 grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

He is also preceded in death by infant daughter Autumn Rose Miller; sister Geraldine Hafler; and grandson Jason Olver.

Cremation was held at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, July 28 at 12:30 p.m. at LaAnna United Methodist Church, 152 Rt. 191, South Sterling, PA 18460. The family will receive friends at church from 11 a.m. to service time on Thursday. Private interment will be in Miller Cemetery in Clarks Summit, PA. Condolences: www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

July 28, 2011

David E. Gochenour, a lifelong resident of Sparrowbush, NY and Mohican Lake in Sullivan County, NY, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2011. He was 62.

He was born June 6, 1949 in Port Jervis, NY to Walter and Inez Clark Gochenour.

He was a decorated Vietnam veteran, and a past chief and past commissioner of the Sparrowbush Fire Dept. He was a member of the VFW in Eldred, NY and president of The Mohican Lake Rod and Gun Club. A family statement reads: “He will be sorely missed by all of the lives he touched. He loved his grandchildren more than anything. We will miss you, Pop! We will always carry your memories in our hearts.”

He is survived by his wife Rebecca (Becky); son David and wife Trinity of Glen Spey, NY; daughter Lynn at home; granddaughters Marissa and Hailey; sister-in-law Karen Chromy of Latham, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services are to be held by family. Memorial contributions may be to a charity of one’s choice.

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July 28, 2011

Andrew Lee Fisher of Middletown, NY, passed away unexpectedly Monday, July 18 in Port Jervis, NY. He was 27.

Andrew was born in Middletown on November 14, 1983, the son of Louise Heidenreich Mineau, and James J. Fisher.

He was a laborer for a local paving company.

He is survived by three sons, Jacob and Kalob Fisher of Glen Spey, NY and Ayden Smith of Cuddebackville, NY; mother Louise and husband Ken of Greenville, NY; father James J. Fisher and wife Chrystiene of Missouri; brother Daniel Dailey of Greenville; sisters Jacqueline Brooks and husband, Kenneth of Walden, NY, Ruthann Dailey of Greenville and Lori Fisher of Ellenville, NY; step sister Heather Mineau; step brothers Jason and Kenny Mineau of Saratoga, NY; best friend Nick and best friend/cousin Junior; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He is predeceased by his maternal grandparents, William and Lillian Heideneich; paternal grandparents, Frances Harding and James R. Fisher; brother James J. Fisher Jr; and sister Margaret F. Fisher.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 21 at Morse Funeral Home Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown, NY. Contributions may be made to the funeral home to help the family with funeral costs.

July 28, 2011

Adaline “Sis” Devereaux of Shohola, PA died at home on Wednesday, July 20, 2011. She was 95.

She was a retired switchboard operator for Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY.

The daughter of Otto and Adaline (Wakely) Fuhse, she was born on March 8, 1916 in Bronx, NY. She was the widow of Austin Devereaux, who predeceased her in 1999.

Survivors include daughters Katherine Devereaux and husband Arlen Trapp and Lois Ann Devereaux, both of Shohola; sister-in-law Joan Fuhse of Lords Valley, PA; half-sister Hedwig Cuddeback of Yukon Territory, Canada; and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 23 at the Stroyan Funeral Home, Inc., Milford, PA. Burial followed in the German Hill Cemetery, Shohola, PA.

Donations may be made to the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, Inc., 120 Wall St., New York, NY 10005-3902.

July 28, 2011

Aloysius Bishop Cuyjet, formerly of Lake Huntington, NY, passed away in Tempe, AZ on May 21.

He was born in Philadelphia to Aloysius Felix and Helen Bishop Cuyjet on January 31, 1914.

Dr. Cuyjet was a graduate of Temple University and Temple University School of Dentistry; as the only African-American, he graduated first in class. During WWII, he was a member of the Tuskegee Dental Corps with the rank of Major. He practiced dentistry for many years in Jersey City, NJ and Lake Huntington, was a Mensa member and was active in the AA fellowship for 50 years. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener.

He is survived by sons Aloysius and wife Beverly on Long Island; Gregory and wife Valerie in New Jersey and Glenn and wife Roberta on Long Island; and grandchildren Sienna, Sequoyah, Alyssa and Sebastian.

He is predeceased by brother John; and sisters Cornelia and Lillian.

July 28, 2011

Emerson E. Bossley of Jeffersonville, NY entered into eternal rest on July 23, 2011. He was 89.

He was born May 31, 1922 in White Sulphur Springs, NY, the son of Edward and Elizabeth Wylam Bossley.

Emerson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a TSGT during World War II, as an aircraft mechanic and B-17 crew member. He was co-owner of the Jeffersonville Garage until his retirement. Emerson was a devoted Christian and served several local churches as a lay speaker.

He is survived by daughters Karen Huter and husband Don of Pine Bush, NY, Virginia Bossley of Liberty, NY and Barbara Edwards and husband Harry of Liberty; grandchildren Kim Edgar, Melissa Thiel and Erin Tacti; four great-grandchildren; Baby Emma Rose, expected arrival in October 2011; special friend Barbara Yewchuck of Jeffersonville; sisters-in-law Eileen Robertson, Shirley Hillyer and husband Bob and Georgie Bossley; and several nieces and nephews.

Emerson is predeceased by his parents; his wife of 55 years, Emma Norris Bossley; brothers Harold and Vernon; and sister Laverne Neuberger.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 27 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.

Donations may be made to the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad or the Jeffersonville United Methodist Church.

July 21, 2011

Ann Carol Vonderhorst Durland of Highland Lake, NY passed away Monday July 18, 2011 at her home. She was 69.

She was born on December 4, 1941 in Callicoon, NY, the daughter of the late Carl E. and Eleanor Williams Vonderhorst.

Ann was a retired secretary for Kimley-Horn Associates in Virginia Beach, VA and later, the acting code enforcement officer for the Town of Highland, NY.

Ann graduated from Rochester Business Institute, and was an accomplished seamstress who loved to knit and embroider. In younger years, she loved dancing, bowling and Disney World. She was a friend of Bill W. for over 30 years. She was a member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Highland Lake Fire Dept. She loved her family, loved life, and will be missed.

Ann is survived by her daughter, Carol May Flynn and husband Gary of Hurleyville, NY; son Nathan Coe Durland III and wife Tammy of Keeseville, NY; grandchildren Tara, Shannon, Nathan,Rachel, Kylie, and Colin; sister Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst of Pond Eddy, NY; and two nieces.

Memorial services will be held Friday, July 29 at 4 p.m. at the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, 122 Berme Church Rd, Pond Eddy. Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate. Interment will be private.

Contributions may be made to the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY.

July 21, 2011

Harold “Lou” Rathbun of Middletown, NY, a longtime area resident and retired antique dealer, passed away at home after a long illness on Thursday, July 14, 2011.

The son of the late Oscar and Catherine O’Neill Rathbun, Lou was born in Englewood, NJ.

Lou had a love of anything old and unusual and spent countless hours restoring items and furniture to their original state. He was well known around the Middletown area.

He is survived by his wife Claudette at home; sons Louis of Callicoon, NY and Stephen of Middletown; daughters Donna of Dumont, NJ, Tina of Hillsdale, NJ and Connie of Hamburg, NJ; son Michael of Pt. Pleasant, NJ; brother Pat of Hawthorne, NJ; sister Dorothy of New Milford, NJ; grandchildren Christian of Narrowsburg, NY, Jasmine of Middletown, Daniel of Hackensack, NJ, Sarah and Coreen, both of Dumont, NJ; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother George; sisters Katherine and Mary; and granddaughter Andrea.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 18 at the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, Inc., Middletown. Burial followed at the Rathbun Family Plot in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly, NJ.

July 21, 2011

Eloise D. Illman of Milanville, PA died July 14, 2011. She was 81.

She was born April 2, 1930 and grew up and lived in Midland Park, NJ. She retired with her husband to the family homestead in Milanville.

She is survived by her husband David Illman; son Marc Illman, grandchildren Taylor and Trevor Illman; and sisters Dorothy Regan and Jacki Salem.

Services were held on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY. Burial followed in Milanville.

Donations can be made to: Hospice House or the Milanville Cemetery.

July 21, 2011

Ninetta German of Eldred, NY, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Facility in Liberty, NY. She was 84.

She was born on April 20, 1927 in Clay City, IL, the daughter of the late Samuel J. and Dolly May Birget Scammahorn.

Ninetta retired from the cafeteria department of the Eldred Central School in Eldred. She was a member of the North Milford Congregation of Jehovah’s Witness in Milford, PA and was affiliated with the Congregation of Liberty, NY.

Ninetta married Frank German, who predeceased her. She is survived by two sons, Donald German and wife Nancy of Eldred and Fred German and wife Mitzi of Hot Desert Springs, CA; daughter Frieda Lehr and husband Dana of Fayetteville, NC; brother Charles Scammahorn of Illinois; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She is also predeceased by sisters Mary, Hazel and Helen; and brothers Norman and Glenn Scammahorn.

Memorial services were held Saturday, July 9, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Port Jervis. Fred German officiated. Interment was private. Visit Knight-Auchmoody.com.

July 21, 2011

Wendy Lynn Chemerys of Beach Lake, PA, formerly of Callicoon, NY and a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011 in Beach Lake. She was 55.

The daughter of the late Hans Sr. and Kathryn Weber Christiansen, she was born November 4, 1955 in Rahway, NJ. She was the widow of Robert Chemerys Sr.

Wendy worked in the Garden Center at the Home Depot in Honesdale, PA.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Chemerys Jr. of Hortonville, NY and Christopher Chemerys of Alachua, FL; daughter, Jessica Corbett of Weymouth, MA; sisters Karen Zimmerman of Holmes Beach, FL, Sandra Thomas of Bricktown, NJ and Randi Kerr of Cape May, NJ; companion Alfred “Moose” Griffin; and several nieces and nephews.

She is also predeceased by a brother, Hans “Chip” Christiansen Jr.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 15 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.

Burial was at the convenience of the family.

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

July 21, 2011

Sarah Jane Bartow of Cochecton, NY passed away at home on Monday, July 11, 2011. She was 80.

Sarah was born June 1, 1931 in Long Island, NY, to the late Robert Bartow and Elizabeth Burr Bartow.

“Sarah Belle,” as she was affectionately called, joined Crystal Run Village, Inc. in 1976 in Fallsburg, NY. She moved to her home in Cochecton in 1998.

Sarah was a long-time member of Sullivan County ARC and most recently attended a day care at Roscoe Adult Day Program.

Sarah had many siblings, but she was closest to sisters Ann Steffens, from Amityville, NY and Betty Mayer of S. Liberty, ME.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, July 15 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Route 42, Woodbourne, NY. Interment followed at Woodbourne Reformed Cemetery, Woodbourne.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

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July 14, 2011

Zachary Michael Romano Sr., of Hawley, PA, passed away on July 3, 2011, at the Regional Hospital of Scranton. He was 56.

Born in Newark, NJ, on February 5, 1955, he was the son of Anthony and the late Teresa Sarnowski Romano.

His wife is Dianne Young Romano. They would have celebrated their 31st wedding anniversary in September.

Zac was a sculptor for 35 years and worked primarily in ceramics, fine silver and pewter. He was in the process of developing a line of pewter heraldic miniature knights. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Scranton in 1993 and was a substitute teacher in several area school districts for six years.

Zachary enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, gardening, cooking and playing the guitar. He was a wonderful husband and devoted father. His sense of humor, intelligence, generosity and gentle nature will be greatly missed.

He is also survived by son Zachary Jr. and daughter Julie Rose; father Anthony of Lawrenceville, NJ; siblings Anne Vergara and husband Norman of Shohola, PA, Nancy Gabriell of Lawrenceville, NJ, Jim and wife Inge of South Boston, VA and Maryrose Balick and husband Howard of Hamburg, NJ; sister-in-law Judie Romano of Wilmington, DE, mother-in-law Eleanor Young of Honesdale, PA; brothers-in-law Jim and wife Valarie of Garrison, NY and Bob and wife Suzanne of Madison, NJ; several nieces and nephews including his godson Anton Romano and wife Kathy of Kennett Square, PA.

He is predeceased by a brother, Tony.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, July 7 at Grace Episcopal Church, Honesdale, with Fr. Edward K. Erb officiating. Interment followed in Grace Episcopal Cemetery, Honesdale. Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

July 14, 2011

Clinton T. Partridge Jr., noted songwriter, stone-master and humanitarian, formerly of Bethel, NY, died on July 6, 2011, following a long illness. He was 59.

Clint’s composition, “Woods and the Waters,” became the New York State theme for the environment. The song and accompanying video have been used in school systems throughout the state to educate students about the importance of respecting our natural resources. Clint was also a gifted stone-master, designing and constructing breathtaking stone walls and gardens throughout the region.

No matter the endeavor, Clint’s work came from his heart. He was a beautiful man. Now Clint is free to soar with the eagles.

Clint is survived by his beloved Debra LaGrutta; sister Susan Partridge Battler and husband John; brother Tom Partridge and wife Nivida; nieces Courtney Wiand and Ellie Battler; nephews Sean Donnellan and wife Candice and Chip Wiand, and a great-nephew.

A celebration of Clint’s life will take place at the family home in West Nyack on Saturday, July 30. For information contact Tom: tpartridge@optonline.net.

July 14, 2011

Nancy Alice Moss passed through the Gate of Heaven on Friday, July 1, 2011, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Nancy Alice Wood on February 7, 1958, in Callicoon, NY to the former Florence Day and the late Donald A. Wood, she was a lifelong resident of Abrahamsville, PA and a graduate of Honesdale High School, class of 1976. A family statement reads: “Nancy will be greatly missed and is forever in our hearts.”

Nancy is also survived by husband John Kenneth Moss; children Heather, James, Andrew, and Autumn Moss; grandsons Thomas, Hunter, and Owen Moss; brother Harold Wood and wife Denise; sister Ruth Swendsen; and brothers Raymond Wood and wife Jodi and Ronald Wood and wife Stephanie.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Donald A. Wood.

A remembrance of Nancy’s life took place on Friday, July 8, at the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church, Abrahamsville, followed by a meal at the Lookout Fire Hall.

Contributions may be made to the Equinunk Volunteer Fire Company, the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, or the American Cancer Society.