October 9, 2013
Emmett W. Bassett, the first African American to obtain a doctoral degree in dairy technology, died at home on Sunday, September 29, 2013. He was 92.
He was a member of the medical school faculty of Columbia University and then the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, from which he retired as an associate professor in the department of microbiology in 1987. He was one of the last living students trained by George Washington Carver. Like others of his generation, Dr. Bassett combined his professional life with enduring activism in civil rights, from his boyhood defense of the Scottsboro boys, to the March on Washington. His preference was for neighborhood activism, which he pursued in education, health and community affairs in the Washington Heights/Inwood section of New York City and Sullivan County, where he made his home in later years. He served on his local New York City Community Board, the Manhattan Advisory Council of the New York State Commission for Human Rights. He later helped found the Human Rights Commission of Sullivan County. In his book “Barack Obama,” David Maraniss recounted an encounter of Dr. Bassett with a youthful Barack Obama.
He was born in 1921 in Henry County, Virginia near the town of Martinsville. His primary education was in a one-room schoolhouse where classes frequently were suspended either because there was no teacher or because children were needed for farm labor. At 16, he enrolled at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. When he won a National Youth Administration scholarship, he was able to give up his job milking cows each morning. This sponsorship supported a research assistantship and he worked for George Washington Carver, who encouraged him to pursue a higher degree in the sciences.
But the Second World War interrupted any possibility of further education. His service in the U.S. Army quartermaster corps brought him in touch with blacks from the North, often considerably older than he. At one point, his roommate was Robert Ming, a black lawyer already credentialed to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Such encounters with well-educated blacks showed the inadequacy of his southern segregated education. He resolved to continue his education after the war, thus joining the great migration out of the south. In 1950, he entered the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and in 1955 he was awarded a doctoral degree in dairy technology from Ohio State University.
In his later years, as Alzheimer’s disease overtook him, he focused on gardening at which he remained active into his 90s. He also told more stories about his Virginia childhood. His gardening prowess had been noted since childhood. When he was about eight years old, a neighbor remarked on his ability, noting that if it were still slave times he would have fetched $1,000. Young Emmett replied, “No I wouldn’t because they would have had to kill me before they could sell me!”
He leaves his wife, Priscilla Tietjen Bassett, three children, Mary Bassett, Jonathan Bassett and Lydia Tyner, all of New York City, as well as three grandchildren.
October 9, 2013
Edmund Schimek passed away on August 27, 2013. He was 94.
He was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 28, 1918 and retired from the building services trade. He was predeceased by his loving wife Alice (Rutledge) Schimek, together for 65 years.
Edmund is survived by daughters Greta Salzberg and her husband Dr. Paul, of Lake Huntington, Alice Krivit of Roscoe, Marianne Schimek of Orangeburg, and son-in-law Gary Krivit; grandchildren Gavin and Holly Salzberg, David and his wife Melissa Krivit, Vanessa and Gus Romano of Cedar Run, NJ and great grandchildren Alexa, Gus Jr., and Brielle Romano, formerly of Liberty; several nieces and nephews; his friend Micky Bury Ladenhauf of Roscoe, and his furry little companion Eva.
He was a generous, hard-working and independent man, a good father, grandfather and uncle, who had a passion for gardening, painting and writing, and enjoyed listening to his favorite singer, Johnny Cash.
Edmund proudly served his country in New Guinea and the Philippines during WWII and wanted to be remembered as having been of the last of the greatest generation. He was buried with military honors in the Riverview cemetery in Roscoe, and will sadly be missed by his family and those who knew him.
October 2, 2013
Robert A. Heyn of Abrahamsville, PA, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, September 21, 2013. He was 68.
He was born January 21, 1945 in Abrahamsville to Irene Hand Heyn and Alton Heyn. He attended the Galilee School and the Damascus High School. He lived in Dickson City, PA for much of his adult life and drove long-distance trucks for several national firms. He returned to the family home in Abrahamsville when he retired.
He is survived by four children, Dana Heyn of Damascus, PA, Dale Heyn of Narrowsburg, Tammy Trudnak of Lansdale, PA, and Robert Heyn of Columbia, MS; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; four siblings, Fred Heyn of Kannapolis, NC, Chuck Heyn of Abrahamsville, PA, Eddie Quinn of Beach Lake, PA and Martha Quinn of Abrahamsville; and his beloved step-father, Allen Quinn, for whom he has been a devoted caretaker for several years. He was predeceased by a son, David, who died in May, 1999.
A memorial service is being planned at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Equinunk Fire Company or the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
October 2, 2013
Eleanor Heinle Martin, a lifelong resident of Cochecton Center, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. She was 93.
The last four years of her life were spent at Mallard Meadows Assisted Living Facility in Waymart, PA, where she was a popular favorite with staff and residents, who enjoyed her warm smile and her piano playing, and often made requests for favorite hymns and songs.
Eleanor was the daughter of William A. and Laura Nearing Heinle and the loving wife of Everitt Martin. Eleanor, aka Ellie, was a familiar face at Heinle’s General Store where she spent much of her life working with her father and later her brother, Douglas, as storekeeper and assistant postmistress. She was a pillar of the community, played the pump organ at the Cochecton Center United Methodist Church, and was always delighted to tour visitors through the old church and play a few notes on the organ. She also lent her talents as organist for the Sunday services at the Methodist churches of Fosterdale and Kenoza Lake, from which she retired in her mid-80s.
Ms. Martin was a founding member of the Cochecton Center Community Center, an organization created to preserve the church her grandfather built, which has been maintained with the help of family throughout the generations, down to the present day. Of their much beloved relative, Eleanor’s family made this statement: “Eleanor was a loving, cheerful person with a ready, dry wit and a kind word for everyone. She devoted her life to her family and her community. She took great care of her father when he was ill, and was always there with open heart and hands for anyone in need. She was a generous soul who saw the best in every person; she was kindness itself. She will truly be missed.”
Eleanor Martin is survived by her niece, Judy Heinle of White Mills, PA; her nephews, Allen Heinle and his wife Teresa of Las Vegas, NV, Craig Heinle and his wife Terri of Lake Huntington, NY, and Brian Heinle and his wife Beth of Lake Huntington, NY; her great nieces and nephews, Tammy Heinle Paredes, Tracy Johnson, Evan Heinle, Michael Heinle, Amber Heinle, Brianne Heinle, Brian Scott and his wife Katrina, Kristen Sayers and her husband Jason, Jonathan Heinle and his wife Tonya, and Brittany York; and three great-great nieces and four great-great nephews. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Everitt Martin, and brothers Arthur and Douglas Heinle.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 1 p.m. at the Cochecton Center Community Center/United Methodist Church with Pastor William Hagerty officiating. Burial of the cremains will take place immediately following the service in Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Eleanor Martin’s name to Cochecton Center Community Center, c/o George Walters, 300 Tyler Rd., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
September 11, 2013
Carol K. Bleser, of Bellport, NY, died on August 20, 2013.
The daughter of Charles and Florence Kaufold, she was born in New York City on December 30, 1933, where she grew up. A 1960 graduate of Converse College, she later received the college’s Career Achievement Award as well as an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities.
In 1966 she earned a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. She received National Endowment for the Humanities and Woodrow Wilson fellowships.
A professor of American history at Colgate University from 1970-85, Dr. Bleser taught southern history and specialized in the Civil War and Reconstruction. She was the university’s first full-time woman faculty member and first female full professor.
From 1985 until her retirement in 2000, she was the Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Distinguished Professor of United States History at Clemson University, making her the university’s first female titled professor.
Dr. Bleser was a trailblazer for professional women and mentored many women in pursuit of their educations and careers.
Dr. Bleser served on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a unit of the National Archives, and in 1995 was given the commission’s Award for Distinguished Service.
She also served as president of the Southern Historical Association as well as the Southern Association of Women Historians.
Her published works include “The Hammonds of Redcliffe,” “Tokens of Affection,” “Secret and Sacred,” “In Joy and In Sorrow,” and numerous articles.
Her works focused on Southern women, families and social history.
In retirement, Dr. Bleser applied her expertise in history and historic preservation to benefit organizations in her community.
She served on the Bellport Historical District Preservation Commission in the village of Bellport, her home for over 30 years. She was also president of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 45 years, Dr. Edward J. Bleser.
She is survived by her son, Gerald Rothrock; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth; and her cherished granddaughter, Caroline.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, P.O. Box 47, Bellport, NY 11713.
September 11, 2013
Nancy Eisenhauer died in her home at Twin Lakes, Shohola, PA on September 4, 2013. She was 68.
Born in Oradell, NJ she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Francis Seddon. She is survived by her loving husband Glyn, her brother Robert and wife Joan of Mount Laurel, NJ and brother David and wife Judith of South Conway, NH.
Nancy was a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and was the recipient of advanced degrees from Montclair State University. She was employed at Indian Hills High School for 33 years, first as a health and physical education instructor and later as a student assistance counselor. During her tenure she also served as the school’s cheerleading advisor, girls’ tennis coach and producer/choreographer of the girls’ annual gym show. Nancy was instrumental in developing model student assistance, peer support and school community programs that brought her Bergen County Counselor of the Year honors.
Since her retirement in 2001, Nancy has pursued her love of antiques through an antiques business at the Old Lumberyard in Milford, PA. She has been an active member of the Milford Garden Club and served as corresponding secretary for Milford’s Historic Preservation Trust. She was elected to the presidency of her community association and was a member of the Shohola Lions Club.
During Nancy’s protracted illness with lymphoma, she was humbled by the abundance of loving support she received from family, friends and former colleagues and students. The celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at a date to be determined by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 115 Broadway, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10006.
August 28, 2013
Susan M. Holbert of Lackawaxen, PA passed away at CMC Hospital, Scranton, PA on August 22, 2013. She was 66.
The daughter of George R. Davidson and Mary Donnery-Davidson of North Branch and Highland Falls, NY, Susan was born on July 11, 1947 in Highland Falls, NY. She was married to David Holbert. Mrs. Holbert was the owner/operator of the Lackawaxen House.
She is survived by her husband, David; one son, Matthew Kowalik of Lackawaxen, PA; two daughters, Kimberly Kowalik-Smith of Milford, PA and Chelsea Holbert of Indianapolis, IN; six grandchildren, Madeline, Aedan, Joan, Justin, Ryan and Richard Kenneth; two brothers, Erich Davidson of Quakertown, PA and Robert Davidson of CO; and two sisters, Cathy Davidson and Theresa Curtis.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA with the Rev. Thomas Major officiating. Final interment will be at the Holbert Cemetery, Mast Hope Plank Rd, Lackawaxen, PA at the convenience of the family.
The family requests that memorials be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905, or Safe Haven, 402 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337.
August 28, 2013
Elizabeth Lucille Kidder of Youngsville, NY beloved sister, aunt and friend, gifted artist, avid reader and passionate lover of life, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2013.
Betty was born and raised in the Chicago area. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College. Betty enjoyed working in several mediums as a painter in oil and watercolor, as a fine printer working at the Pratt Graphics Center, and as a ceramicist.
She is survived by her brother, four sisters and seven nieces and nephews.
A gathering will be held at the Youngsville Fire House on Sunday, September 8 at 3 p.m. in remembrance.
August 21, 2013
Alice E. Lahey of Warner Robins, GA and formerly of Milford, PA, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Heart of Georgia Hospice, Perry, GA. She was 80.
The daughter of the late William and Ruth (Kirkwood) Wright, she was born July 22, 1933 in Patchogue, NY. She was married to the late John Michael Lahey.
She worked for Sullivan County, NY for many years, and after retiring she could be found at the side of one of her four sons, or grandchildren. Whether it was a game of UNO with her grandchildren or helping one of “the boys” with their problems she was always there. Alice was the most selfless person, who always put everyone ahead of herself. Her quick wit and care for others is what truly defined her as a person. Her warm smile and ability to find just the right words always made everything better.
Survivors include four sons, Tobias Lahey, Tracy Sean Lahey, Torrance Scott Lahey and Timothy Lahey; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She had many nieces and nephews that have always been there for her, including Laura Corbett, Billy Middaugh and Ruth Wesserling.
Funeral services were held at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 12 noon with Rev. George Hart officiating.
Burial took place at Milford Cemetery, Dingman Twp., PA.
Memorial donations can be made to Heart of Georgia Hospice (www.heartofgahospice.org).
August 21, 2013
Darryl R. Ostrander of Scranton, PA passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. He was 52.
He was married to the late Maryellen Kingston.
Born at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, he was the son of the late Robert Ostrander and Phyllis (Scott) (Ostrander) Williams.
Darryl is survived by one sister, Patricia McGinnis; three brothers, Daniel Ostrander, David Ostrander and Walter Williams; two aunts, Lillian Schlafer and Shirley Ostrander; one uncle, Jon Ostrander; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services are private at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements by Arthur A Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 Main St., Honesdale, PA.
August 14, 2013
George W. Burkle of Narrowsburg, NY passed away on August 9, 2013. He was 88. George W. Burkle was born February 25, 1925 to the late Philip and Theresa Burkle in Glendale, NY. He went into the Army as a medic in the Korean War and came back to the states and went to undertaker school.
He worked for a funeral home in Glendale and realized that this was not his dream.
George came to Narrowsburg in 1949 by train to work for John Baller on Bridge Street, which is now the Narrowsburg Fire Department, as a mechanic and salesperson for the Chevrolet Dealership. He met Ruth Shirley Meyers and they were married in October 1959.
In 1959, George also purchased the Arthur N. Meyers Agency from his father-in-law and it was then called the Burkle & Lander Insurance Agency. On July 11, 1960 George and Shirley had a son, Craig Philip Burkle. In 1970, George bought out Robert Lander from the insurance agency and it became known as the George Burkle Insurance Agency.
In the 1980’s George Burkle purchased the Krongle Agency in Jeffersonville, NY; at this point in time there were three locations: Narrowsburg, Callicoon and Jeffersonville. In 1985 Craig came into the business and still runs the business with his wife Cynthia Burkle. The business is three generations strong.
George was a member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department for 46 years and was president from 1990 to 1992, Tusten Volunteer Ambulance, Tusten Republican Committee chairman, town supervisor from 1996 to 1998, and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.
George is survived by his son, Craig and wife Cynthia; grandchildren, Brett and fiancé Wendy Reynolds, Kristina and boyfriend Daniel Hillegas and a great-grandson, Treacy Hillegas.
George has now gone to be with his loving wife Ruth Shirley Burkle. They are now dancing their way to the pearly gates of heaven after being apart for 27 years.
Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, August 13 at St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg NY. Father William Scully O.F.M. officiated. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Donations can be made to: St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY; Tusten Vol. Ambulance Service Inc., P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; or Narrowsburg Vol. Fire Dept., 203 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
August 7, 2013
Alice Hulihan of Honesdale, PA died on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Wayne Woodlands Manor. She was 90.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hulihan.
Born on July 22, 1923 in Dayton, OH, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Augusta Clause Finkbohner. She was a graduate of Narrowsburg High School and later worked at Bell Telephone as a secretary. She retired from Narrowsburg Lumber, where she was a secretary.
Alice was an active and devoted member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Narrowsburg and was a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She also volunteered at the Narrowsburg Library. An avid walker, she enjoyed her daily strolls.
Surviving are her daughter, Maureen Carroll of Honesdale; her sons, Edward Hulihan of Ohio, and Dennis Hulihan of Pittston, PA; brothers, Allen Finkbohner of Narrowsburg, and Alvin Finkbohner of North Carolina; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Alberta and Augusta, and a brother, Alfred.
Private funeral services will be at her familys’ convenience.
August 7, 2013
Dr. Mary M. Reda of Staten Island, NY passed on Saturday, August 3, 2013. She was 42.
Born in Elizabeth, NJ to Peter and Marian Reda, she was a dedicated English professor at City College of New York at Staten Island. Mary was a member Phi Beta Kappa at Boston College. She received a Master’s degree on a teaching fellowship from Boston College as well as a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She wrote numerous articles, which were published in various academic journals, and authored a book “Between Speaking and Silence: A Study of the Quiet Student.” As a tenured, associate professor, Dr. Reda served as department chair as well as director of the writing program. Mary was often requested to speak at academic conferences in the United States as well as internationally. She served on numerous appointment search committees and was a tireless advocate for the adjunct faculty.
Mary is survived by her mother, Marian Reda; sister Dr. Ann Reda and friend Dr. Barry Jacobs; her brothers John and his wife Maureen, Joseph and his wife Lisa and Michael and his wife Michele; as well as 11 nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Peter Robert (Bob) Reda.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Church, Pequannock, NJ. Interment will follow at the St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to a scholarship fund being set up by her family.
August 7, 2013
Bruce Thomas Donald of Port Jervis, NY passed away on July 19, 2013. He was 59.
Bruce passed on at home after a long courageous battle with cancer. He stayed as active as he could until his death, talking to family and friends moments before he passed on. He was a loving son, mate, father, grandfather, and uncle who gave his unconditional love to them all. He was always concerned for others, had a great sense of humor and an ability to express himself, mixed with his insightful wisdom from his life experiences and as a result has helped many. He was a forgiving and hard working man who had simple needs. He has been friends with Bill W. for over 20 years, working his spiritual program of personal growth to the best of his ability on a daily basis.
He was born in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Warwick, NY, and raised in Greenwood Lake, NY, where he attended elementary school, Monroe-Woodbury-Woodbury High School, graduated from Orange County Community College and Mercy College with a degree in finance. He worked in Orange County Division of Motor Vehicles until the mid 1980s, also owned Green Acres Landscaping Company. He then joined Allwaste Sanitation as an account executive for 20 years, then worked as a consultant for various waste management systems in the area. For the past 10 years he has been consultant for waste recycling in Orange County, Pike County, PA, and Sussex County, NJ.
He lived in Lackawaxen, PA for the past 11 years, with his mate, until this past March when they came to Port Jervis, NY to be close to Bon Secours Hospital where he was being treated.
He rests now with his loving parents, Thomas P Donald and Doris Brown Donald, who predeceased him more than 20 years ago; and with his cherished sister, Kathleen Donald Fields, who recently passed in January 2013. All resided in Greenwood Lake, NY. His survivors, who so mourn the loss of his loving presence in their lives, are his beloved mate, Rae Ann Bender, who he lived with for 20 years; his cherished children, stepchildren, and grandchildren; son, Christopher Donald and wife, Nicole; and young grandsons, Colin and Logan of Holt, MI, daughter, Kimberlee Donald and mate, Sam Meli; and grandson, Keegan of Greenwood Lake, NY; son, Ryan Donald and wife, Megan, grandson, Gavin; and granddaughters, Jenilee, Eva, and Rosa of Wurtsboro, NY; his former wife, Diane Bukovinsky of Wurtsboro, NY; stepdaughter, Sierra Lisa Bender of Lackawaxen, PA and Naples, FL; Joseph V. Bender and Suzie (deceased), his wife and dear friend and granddaughters, Eliza and Georgia of Sugar Loaf, NY; stepdaughter, Lauren Bender and granddaughters: Gianna, Carley, and Isabella of Ridgewood, NJ; stepson, Christian Bender and mate, Shauna Allegretti and grandsons, Jospeh Bender and Sergio Allegretti of Totowa, NJ; Elizabeth and Francis Nead, loving parents-in-law of Metuchen, NJ; Marco Nead, loving brother-in-law and wife, Lorina of Edison, NJ; Williams Fields, brother-in-law and husband of cherished sister, Kathleen Donald Fields (deceased); niece, Joan Fields of Greenwood Lake, NY, niece, Dawn Fields Graham and husband, Paul Graham and their children: Daniel, Shaun, Joseph, and Kathleen; nephew, Bill Fields of Tuxedo, NY and Thomas Fields of Greenwood Lake, NY and their sons; his many family and friends who he valued—you know who you are!
Services were held Wednesday, July 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Strong Basile Funeral Home, 4 Oak Street, Greenwood Lake, NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for Sponsor’s Corner Recovery House in Port Jervis, NY, for the Bruce T. Donald Memorial Scholarship Fund (www.sponserscorpg.com).
July 31, 2013
Edward J. DeFebo, Sr. of Lackawaxen, PA, passed away on July 25, 2013 at home with his loving family. He was 80.
Son of the late Warren and Mary (Silvetti) DeFebo, Edward was born in Berwick, PA, on May 17, 1933. He was married to Janice (Weeks) DeFebo on April 8, 1961.
A graduate of Berwick High School and former Berwick Bulldog, he attended Lycoming College. As a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, he served as a state trooper in the Daleville, Honesdale and Milford areas. He also proudly served his country as a MP in the U.S. Army. Edward was a Lackawaxen Twp. road master/supervisor for 12 years and he served as the Lackawaxen Twp. police chief. He received the Oaken Gavel award while serving on the Upper Delaware Council as chairman. He and his wife Janice owned and operated Jungle Jim’s Tavern for 22 years. The DeFebo family has long been associated with St. Ann’s Catholic parish in Shohola and the Maria Assunta Society of Berwick.
Edward was predeceased by his son, James; brothers, Lou (twin), Sam, John, and Joe; and sister, Clara. Edward is survived by his loving wife of 52 years; his sons, Edward and wife Sandra, William and wife Rose, and Charles and wife Cynthia; his brothers, Karl DeFebo of Harrisburg, Michael and wife Jane of Berwick; his sister, Rita and husband Arthur Cronin of Harrisburg; sister-in-law, Nancy Defebo of Berwick; his grandchildren, Tonya, Nicole, Billy, Rebecca, Nicholas, Joseph, Cameron, and Clayton; and many great-grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Ann’s Church in Shohola on July 30 with Rev. Thomas Major officiating. Interment took place at Lackawaxen Cemetery, Lackawaxen, PA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Saint Ann’s Church, PO Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.
July 31, 2013
Joann Peck of Narrowsburg, NY, longtime resident of the area, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital Hospice, Honesdale, PA. She was 57.
The daughter of the late Nicholas and Margaret Weber DiBella, she was born in Astoria, NY on May 15, 1956. She was married for 38 years to Robert Peck, who survives.
Joann had worked for Wayne Memorial Hospital as a dietary aide. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg.
A family statement reads: “Joann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister in law. She was a kind person who always saw the good in people. She was a caregiver to the elderly. She truly was a special person that will be missed by all.”
She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Carolyn Curreri and her husband Joseph of Beach Lake, PA, and Samantha Peck of Narrowsburg, NY; a son, Michael Peck of Narrowsburg, NY; four grandchildren, Hailey, David, Isabella and Joseph Curreri; and her sister in law, Linda Thorpe and her husband Gary of Beach Lake.
A mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. officiated. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.
Donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 or the Tusten Vol. Ambulance Service Inc. P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
July 17, 2013
Brittany Faith Coney, of Narrowsburg, NY passed away as a result of an accident on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Beach Lake, PA at the age of 24.
The daughter of Richard C. and Gail Bouranel Coney, she was born in Harris, NY on April 18, 1989.
Brittany had worked for Top Notch in Honesdale, PA. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg; she was a Girl Scout, cheerleader, 4H member, active in the Red Cross, and participated in the Top Notch Cancer Run.
A family statement reads: “Brittany was a loving daughter, sister, niece, cousin and fiancée. She was very outgoing, enjoyed life and giving back to her community. She enjoyed line dancing. She will greatly be missed but will always live on in our hearts.”
She is survived by her parents, Richard and Gail; her fiancée Ronnie Cowger; her sisters, Kim Roth, Karyn Coney, Stacey Coney, Ashley Harms and her husband Chris; brothers, Rudy Roth III and his wife Sherri, Thomas Roth and David Roth; aunts and uncles June and Tom Conklin and family, Ron and Lisa Coney and family, and Scott Tartaglia; nephews, Adam, Devin, Daniel, Rudy IV, Michael, Cierra, Joe, Russ, Amber, Alyissa, CJ and her goddaughter Arianna (Nani).
Friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.
July 17, 2013
Ann Danuff of Glen Spey, NY passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Valhalla, NY. She was 83.
The daughter of the late Michael and Dorothy Iser Freedman, she was born June 11, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Sol Danuff, her cowboy sweetheart.
Ann wore many hats throughout her life, including: medical assistant, research chemist (had lunch with Albert Einstein), classroom teacher, special education teacher, special education administrator, and barrel racer at circuit rodeos. She also was very active in the community as a volunteer with: Lumberland Environmental Council, Lumberland Board of Assessment Review, Sullivan County Legislative Action Committee, Lumberland Democratic Club, charter member of Lumberland Fire Department Auxiliary, Lumberland rep. for Sullivan County Office of Aging, life member of Hadassah, member of Temple Shalom prime timers, Lumberland seniors, Lions Club and Friends of the Library.
Survivors include son, Steve Danuff and partner, Kay Hannah of Paonia, CO; daughters, Lori Danuff McKean and husband, Michael McKean of Shohola, PA, Shari Danuff Biro and husband, Andrew of the Town of Greenville, NY, Michele Danuff Brigham and husband, Steve of Westtown NY; seven grandchildren, Lauryl Danuff, Ben, Sarah and Rachel McKean, Kaylie and Mackenzie Biro, Courtney Brigham and one great grandchild, Etienne.
Graveside service was held Friday, July 12 at Beth David Cemetery, 300 Elmont Rd., Elmont, NY. A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at the Town of Lumberland Senior Center.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lumberland Fire Department, 5000 County Route 31, Glen Spey, NY or to Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue Ranch, 23809 E Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93535.
July 11, 2013
Amanda Morabito, of Yulan, NY passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 6, 2013. She was 17.
The daughter of James and Rebecca Morabito, she was born in Middletown on January 27, 1996.
Amanda was entering her senior year at Eldred Central High School. She began her service with the Yulan Fire Department as a cadet and became a junior member of the department.
A family statement reads: “Our special little peanut was a beautiful free-spirited girl who had friends everywhere she went. As the oldest, she loved all of her siblings and always protected them, as they meant the world to her. She loved her pet cats and aspired to be a nurse. She was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. She will be missed by all who ever knew her. Fly high with the Angels baby you will forever be in our hearts. We love you.”
She is survived by her parents, James and Rebecca Morabito of Yulan, NY; her two sisters, Ashley and Emmah Morabito of Yulan, NY; four brothers, Matthew Morabito of Yulan, NY, Cody Dul, Wiatt Dul, and Tyler Dul of Mt. Hope, NY; grandmothers Ann McGarry of Jeffersonville, NY and Marcella Bruning; grandfathers Thomas Bruning and Papa Tony Morabito; stepfather Cary Dul of Mt. Hope; birth mother Dee Dul and several uncles, aunts and cousins. She was predeceased by her paternal grandmother, Patricia Gunderman and her maternal grandfather, James J. McGarry III.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, July 12, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home 3412 SR97, Barryville, NY 12719.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Yulan NY. Christian burial will follow in parish cemetery.
July 10, 2013
Edward Dean Jr. of Highland Lake, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013. He was 31.
The son of Edward and Rosemary DiBello Dean Sr., he was born in Queens, NY on December 30, 1981.
Ed was a graduate of Eldred High School in 2000 and Star Academy Culinary School, Manhattan, NY. He was a high jumper for Eldred High School and set a record.
A family statement reads: “Ed was a loving and caring son, brother, nephew and cousin. His brother Michael was his best friend. He was always smiling. He was a great artist and loved to draw. He was an avid Yankee and Miami Dolphins fan. He also loved his dog Bandit. He will greatly be missed and he will live on in our hearts.”
He is survived by his parents, Ed and Rosemary Dean; his brother, Michael Dean; several uncles, aunts and many cousins.
Services will be private at the convenience of the family.
Donations can be made to the Humane Society.