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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.

Visit www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com

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.

July 14, 2011

Joan Lasky Hiller of Greeley, PA died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 64.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, LeRoy Hiller, in October 2010.

Born October 9, 1946 in Honesdale, she was the daughter of Mary Louise (Travis) Lasky and the late Edward Lasky.

She was a member of the first graduating class of Wallenpaupack High School in 1964 and was a member of the PA Federation of Sportsmen Club.

She is also survived by daughters Mary Bucksbee and husband Tim of Greeley and Beverly Hiller Gaglia and companion Brian Schutt of Lords Valley, PA; brother Robert Lasky of Lords Valley; sister-in-law Mary Hiller Ashendorf; grandchildren Fawn Contreras and husband Raul of Honesdale, Christina Bucksbee and companion Michael Kessler of Carbondale, PA and Cody Davis of Shohola; five great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Private cremation was held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, PA. Visit www.TeetersFuneralChapel.com.

July 14, 2011

Doris E. Hall of Tyler Hill, PA, formerly of Newburgh, NY, a housewife and a longtime resident of the area, passed away Monday, July 4, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 80.

The daughter of the late Jonathan J. and Bessie Elizabeth Score Fletcher, she was born March 11, 1931 in Newburgh, NY.

Doris was a member of Calkins Union Baptist Church.

A family statement reads: “Doris was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an active part of our family and will greatly be missed. Our hearts are torn, but she is with the Lord.”

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Oscar Hall; children Lois Bartholomew and her husband David of Wallkill, NY, Warren Hall and his wife Debra of Tyler Hill, PA, Mark Hall and his wife Carolyn Best-Hall of Wallkill, NY and Debra Hall of Cochecton, NY; grandchildren Eric and Rachel Bartholomew, Warren and Jereme Hall, Timothy and Pete Best-Hall and Andreas Nedwetzky II; 10 great grandchildren; and sister Bessie Fletcher of Tyler Hill.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Calkins Union Baptist Church, Milanville, PA. Burial was in the Calkins Union Cemetery, Milanville.

Donations can be made to Calkins Union Baptist Church, 525 Calkins Rd., Milanville, PA 18443 or Damascus Volunteer Ambulance P.O. Box 63, Damascus, PA.

July 14, 2011

Kathleen Irene Ferber Glendon of Moyock, NC, formerly of Callicoon, NY, died Monday, June 27, 2011 at the Albemarle Hospital. She was 48.

Mrs. Glendon was the daughter of Raymond Edwin Ferber and Linda Irene Luckey Ferber of Callicoon, and the wife of Robert Francis Glendon of Moyock.

She was a member of and worked in the before and after school care of Moyock United Methodist Church.

She is also survived by daughter Laura-Leigh Irene Glendon of Moyock; son Edwin Robert Glendon of Moyock; and brother John Henry Ferber of Callicoon.

A family visitation will be held Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. at Hortonville Volunteer Fire Dept. in Hortonville, NY. Visit www.twifordfh.com

July 14, 2011

Ellen T. Dayka of Glen Spey, NY passed away Wednesday July 6, 2011 at her home. She was 83.

She was born on September 11, 1927 in Norwich, England, the daughter of the late John and Gertrude Carr. Ellen married John T. Dayka, who pre-deceased her.

She is survived by her daughter, Andrea Dayka of Glen Spey, NY; son John Dayka of New Paltz, NY; grandchildren Anja, Gweneth, Matthew, Christopher and Allison; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Norwich, England.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Tribute Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942. Visit knight-auchmoody.com

July 7, 2011

Walter R. Wistermayer of the Lake Owassa section of Frankford Township, NJ, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Newton, NJ. He was 78.

The son of the late Carl and Emilie Wistermayer and born in Clifton, NJ, Mr. Wistermayer was raised in Carlstadt, NJ and lived in Denville, NJ for 28 years. He was a summer resident of Lake Owassa before moving there six years ago.

Mr. Wistermayer was a Navy veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was the director of Digital Services for the former Bell Atlantic, now Verizon, in Bloomfield, NJ before his retirement. Memberships included the Branchville American Legion Post 157, past president of the River Edge Rotary Club, the West Point Parents Association, the Bear Swamp Hunting Club and Beaver Brook Hunting Club, both in Yulan, NY, and past president of the Bethel Sportsman Club in Yulan. He was a former Boy Scout Leader in Denville. Mr. Wistermayer had a passion for hunting and fishing, but his family always came first.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Linda Wistermayer; children Kathy Fernicola of Point Pleasant, NJ, Rita Costa of Highland Lakes, NJ and Paul Wistermayer of Holly Springs, NC; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters Carol Ann Kristensen of Augusta and Rita Bringman of Carlstadt; and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Wistermayer is also predeceased by siblings Ruth Glavan, Helen Peraino, Alfred Wistermayer and Paul Wistermayer.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 2 at the Wood Funeral Home, Branchville. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 400 Morris Avenue, Suite 251, Denville, NJ 07834.

Visit www.woodfuneralhome.net

July 7, 2011

Ralph F. Sykes of North Branch, NY, a dairy farmer and lifetime area resident, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011 in North Branch, in the family home in which he was born. He was 84.

The son of the late John and Mildred Hust Sykes, he was born August 8, 1926 in North Branch.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in North Branch, the North Branch Fire Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Farm Bureau.

Ralph met his wife, Antoinette Le Clere Sykes, in France during World War II. They were married for 64 years. Dairy farming was his life. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, and had a lifelong love of horses.

He is survived by his wife; daughter Janine Coppola and husband Carmen of Cedar Grove, NJ; two sons Robert Sykes and wife Bonnie of North Branch and Timothy Sykes of Hortonville, NY; grandchildren Rebecca, James, Jason, Silvana and TJ Sykes; step-granddaughter Megan Meyer; two great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Rene LeClere and wife Ethel; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by two grandsons, Ryan Coppola and Chad Sykes; brothers James and Fred Sykes; and sisters Ethel Ingerto and Blanche Fazio.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 2 at Grace Lutheran Church in North Branch. Burial was in Heavenly Rest Cemetery in North Branch.

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

July 7, 2011

Laura Hawley Keesler, formerly of Callicoon, NY, and Ponta Gorda, FL, passed away Thursday, June 23, 2011. She was 98.

Born November 22, 1912 in Lookout, PA, she was the daughter of the late Roy Hawley and Lena Rodenberg Hawley. She was married to the late Everett Keesler.

Mrs. Keesler was a member of the United Methodist Church, Tammany Chapter of the Eastern Star, and a former member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Grover Hermann Hospital, all in Callicoon.

She is survived by a son, Arthur E. Keesler and wife Jane of Callicoon Center; daughter Nancy Hankins of Binghamton, NY; 12 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Florence Hawley Knapp Sayre of Ponta Gorda; brother Roy Hawley and wife Natlie of Binghamton; and sisters-in-law Lilly Keesler Morgan of Middletown, NY and Joan Dauch Keesler of White Lake, NY.

She is predeceased by a son, James Keesler of Callicoon; daughter Betty Keesler Johnson and husband Robert Johnson of Elkhorn, WI.

Burial will be in the Galilee, PA cemetery at the convenience of the family.

July 7, 2011

Anna Shields Gregorski of Hamlin, PA went to be with God on Wednesday June 29, 2011 at Regional Hospital in Scranton, PA after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 57.

Her husband is Albert P. Gregorski, Jr. The couple would have been married 39 years in September.

Born January 7, 1954 in Beach Lake, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Joyce Rosencranse Shields. She graduated from Honesdale High School in 1971. She loved to paint and sold many of her painted objects at local craft shows, and also held painting classes.

Also surviving are sons Peter and wife Denise of S. Canaan, PA and Steven and wife Cindy of Lakeville, PA; grandchild Olivia; sisters Margaret Hamlyn and husband Walter of Waymart, Kathy Mohrmann and husband Doug of Harleysville, PA, Fran Smith and her husband Charles of Big Springs, WV, Patricia Gregorski and husband Chick of Hamlin and Vera Shields of Beach Lake; brother Joseph Shields of Honesdale; mother-in-law Blanch Gregorski of Lake Ariel; numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by a brother, Ray Shields.

Memorial services will be held at a date to be announced.

Cremation took place in the Lake Region Crematory at the James Wilson Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

Visit www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.

July 7, 2011

Mr. Allen, 82, late of Orland Park, IL and Shohola, PA died January 20, 2011 following a brief illness. He was 82.

He shared 39 years of marriage with Karen J. Layland.

He served as a veteran of the Korean Conflict and professionally was a TV and radio broadcaster, international broadcast consultant and an accomplished freelance writer.

Other surviving family members include sister Nancy Jean Rupke and husband John of Wisconsin, sister-in-law Nancy Allen of Maine and many loving nieces and nephews.

Mr. Allen is predeceased by his parents, Reverend Frederick Hadley Jr. and Jean Malven Allen; and brother Dr. Donald E. Allen.

A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church, Port Jervis, NY on Saturday, July 2.

Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church, 60 Sussex Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

June 30, 2011

John J. Them entered into rest on Thursday, June 9, 2011 at Trinity Hospital, Augusta, GA. He was 82.

John lived in Milanville, PA where he constructed his own home 25 years ago. He moved to Augusta seven years ago, where he was a member of God’s Church of Grace. John was a World War II veteran.

He is survived by his son, Richard Them; a brother, Philip Them; a sister, Katherine Morales; and girlfriend Ruthie Conyers.

A memorial service was held on June 25, 2011 in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, PA. Interment will take place in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus, PA at a later date.