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August 11, 2011

Gary Van Der Stad, of Honesdale, PA, a longtime resident of the Cochecton, NY area, died at home on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. He was 64.

Born on May 27, 1947 in Jersey City, NJ, he was the son of the late Aaron and Kitty Koningswood Van Der Stad.

He was an auto body mechanic who was employed at Monticello Collision. He enjoyed old cars and attending car shows. Gary also was a talented craftsman who constructed model railroads.

He is survived by three children, Sherry Abel and husband Eric of Seelyville, PA, Gary Van Der Stad Jr. and wife Dawn of Waymart, PA and Kelly Rogers and husband Michael of Honesdale; grandchildren Eric Abel Jr., Erica Abel, Justine Van Der Stad, Ashley Van Der Stad, Aaron Van Der Stad, Kristie De Groat, Michael Van Der Stad and Dylan Rogers.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 30, 2011 in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, with the Rev. Jim Corbin officiating.

Interment was privately held at the convenience of the family.

August 11, 2011

Harry G. “Woody” Schlegel of Cochecton, NY died August 5, 2011, at Julia Ribaudo Extended Care Center in Lake Ariel, PA. He was 85.

The son of Harry Edward and Verna Smith Schlegel, he was born August 1, 1926 in Sunbury, PA.

A retired video engineer for the American Broadcasting Company, Woody began his radio career at WKOK in Sunbury, PA in 1943. He built his first radio station WHGB in Harrisburg in 1945. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-48. He was president of the National Assn. of Broadcasting Employees & Technicians Local #11 (NABET) and then later a regional director of NABET, and Regional Director of Network Affairs for NABET.

Woody was past president of the Cochecton Democratic Club, the Cochecton Preservation Society, the New York C.B. Club; a past Democratic committeeman for the Town of Cochecton and past vice-chairman of the Sullivan County Democratic Committee. He was owner and operator of Eagle’s Nest Electronics and C.B. Repair Shop. He was a Boy Scout Leader in East Brunswick, NJ, and a Sunday school teacher.

A family statement reads: “Woody was a joy and an inspiration—a loving husband, father and grandfather.”

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy “Dottie” DeLauro Schlegel at home; children Bruce Schlegel and wife Julia Ann of Youngsville, NY and Cindy Beliawsky of Florida; stepchildren Diane Jesmonth and husband Philip of Albany and their children, Kaitlyn and Christine, John Lisone and his wife Robyn of East Haven, CT; and his dog Bear, at home.

He is predeceased by sisters Audrey and Rhoda Schlegel.

Services were held Monday, August 8, at Our Lady of the Lake Church, Lake Huntington, NY, with Fr. Bill Scully, OFM officiating. Burial was in East Cochecton Cemetery, East Cochecton, NY.

Donations may be made to Sullivan County SPCA, 25 Rock Hill Dr., Rock Hill, NY 12775 or The Kidney Dialysis Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., NY, NY 10016.

August 11, 2011

Ann M. Kestler of Glen Spey, NY, passed away Monday August 1, 2011 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. She was 59.

Ann was born on December 3, 1951 in Port Jervis, the daughter of the late Francis and Mildred Conklin Weber. Ann worked as a Secretary for Skydyne Aeronautics in Port Jervis. She was a communicant of St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Yulan.

Ann married David Kestler who survives at home. She is also survived by her son, Matthew of Glen Spey; sister Joan Kearney of Glen Spey; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her son, Daniel Kestler.

Funeral services were held on Thursday August 4 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis, with Rev. Thomas Jones officiating. Interment took place at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.

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August 11, 2011

Marilyn Ferber Gordon of Mongaup Valley, NY, died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, NY. She was 87.

She was predeceased by her late husband Bernard “Bernie” Gordon. They were married for 63 years.

Born December 8, 1923, Marilyn was the daughter of the late Jacob “Jack” Ferber and Jane Nathanson-Ferber.

She is survived by sons Robert David Gordon, William Henry and wife Sally Gordon, James “Jim” Scott and wife Star Gordon; grandsons Jonathan Harry Gordon, James “Jamie” Charles Gordon and Jacob Harrison Gordon; brother Norman Ferber; five nieces; one nephew; many great nieces and great nephews; brothers-in-law Samuel Gordon and wife Adele and Marvin Gordon and wife Shirley; and sister-in-law Susan Ferber.

She is predeceased by her daughter, Claudia.

Marilyn was a member of the White Lake PTA and Temple Beth-El; served as a den mother for the Cub Scouts; and taught music. Marilyn graduated from James Madison High School in 1941, and studied at Brooklyn College. She worked as a bookkeeper for businesses including the family business, BHM Metal Products Company. Marilyn was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 7 at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, Monticello, NY 12701. Burial followed at the Temple Beth-El Cemetery in Bethel.

August 11, 2011

Royden C. Gabriel, formerly of Bethel, NY, passed away at his home in Glasgow, VA on Sunday, July 31, 2011. He was 85.

Born on October 2, 1925 in Bethel, he was the son of the late Charles and Lydia Cochrane Gabriel.

A life-long Sullivan County dairy farmer, he was a 50-year member of the Cooperative Extension, Farm Bureau and Sullivan County Dairy Promotion Committee; and a member of the Community United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Dolores Arsenuck Gabriel; four children and their spouses; Douglas and Judy Gabriel of Friendship, WI, Richard and Gina Gabriel of Dublin, OH, Linda and William Clark of Glasgow, VA and Paul and Paula Gabriel of Gettyburg, PA; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were on Friday, August 5 at Community United Methodist Church in Kauneonga Lake, NY with Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating. Burial followed at Fosterdale Cemetery, Fosterdale, NY.

Contributions may be made to Hospice Rockbridge Area, 315 Myers. St., Lexington, VA 24450 or Community United Methodist Church, PO Box 891, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749.

August 4, 2011

Ronald Curtis Quick passed away suddenly on June 6, 2011 in Baycliff, TX. He was 52.

He was born September 16, 1958 to Leo T. “Bucky” Curtis of Houston, TX, and Nancy Schwartz of Billings, MT.

Ronnie is survived by his wife, Lisa Caruso-Quick of Mountaindale, NY; daughter Brooke Marie Quick-Small of Middletown, NY; granddaughter Sophia Small; brothers Wayne Curtis of Highland Lakes, Thomas Curtis of Houston, Gary Quick of Michigan, Bob Schwartz of Billings, MT, John Curtis of Glen Spey, NY and Larry Newcomb of Goodyear, AZ; sisters Carla Curtis-Reyna of Houston, Jodi Curtis of Houston, Rebecca Schwartz of Port Jervis, Heidi Bode of Littleton, CO and Sandie Levin of Sparrowbush, NY; and many loving family and friends.

Ronnie is predeceased by his adopted parents, Ethel and Ralph Quick.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

August 4, 2011

Heaven received another angel with the passing of Kirk D. Meehan of Cookville, TN on July 29, 2011.

Kirk was a life member of the Lumberland Fire Dept., veteran of the U.S. Army reserves, former Chief of Lumberland Constabulary, former leader and committee member of Cub Scout Pack 102 in Lumberland, NY.

Kirk had a heart of gold and deeply loved his family and friends. He was a soulmate to his wife and an inspiration, friend and provider to his children; and a wonderful friend to all who knew him.

Kirk is survived by his wife, Bettie Meehan; daughter and son-in-law Jessica and Thomas Golding; son and daughter-in-law Bryan and Lindsey Meehan; grandchildren Thomas Golding and “Baby” Meehan; siblings Theresa Vandermark, Patrick Meehan, Thomas Meehan and David Meehan; and several uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Visitation is Thursday after 10 a.m. at Hooper Huddleston Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville. Funeral services are Thursday, August 4 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cookeville City Cemetery.

A memorial service will be held in New York at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Cub Scout Pack #651, c/o Jill Myers, 2729 Churchill Dr., Cookeville, TN 38506.

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.