May 31, 2011
Richard Shust of Chester, NY, a retired school teacher at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ, and a longtime resident of Chester, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 73.
The son of the late Albert and Mae Martinsak Shust, he was born on October 23, 1937 in the Bronx.
He was a member of the St. Columba R.C. Church in Chester; former member of the Chester School District Board of Education; a member of the Goshen Seniors and a patient advocate for nursing homes in the area. Mr. Shust was formerly honored with the Teacher of the Year Award for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ and recently inducted into the St. Joseph Regional High School Hall of Fame.
Survivors include his brothers, Albert Shust and wife Margaret of Shohola, PA and Paul Shust and wife Elizabeth of Warwick, NY; sister-in-law, Marie Shust of Westwood, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by brother Robert Shust.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, May 27 at St. Columba R.C. Church, Chester. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Joseph Regional High School.
May 31, 2011
Joseph R. Malzahn of Shohola, PA, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. He was 18.
The son of Clinton and Regina Wolfe Malzahn Jr., he was born September 23, 1992 in Port Jervis, NY.
Joseph was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School and was on the wrestling, cross country and football teams. An avid skateboarder, his nickname was “Mr. Excitement”. He was a member and altar server for St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, PA. He won the Scranton Dioceses Bishop’s Youth Award. He attended Marywood University where he won a French award He was a member of Swing Gate Hunting Club.
A family statement reads: “Joseph was a loving son, brother, grandson and nephew. He was always happy about everything. He will always be in ours hearts and will greatly be missed.”
He is also survived by brother Christopher Malzahn of Shohola; sister Patricia Malzahn of Scranton, PA; grandfather Clinton Malzahn Sr. of Sparrowbush, NY; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 28, 2011 at St. Ann’s R.C. Church with Father Thomas Major officiating. Interment followed in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Shohola.
Donations may be made to St. Ann’s R.C. Church, 123 Richardson Ave. PO Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.
May 31, 2011
Jason James “Klink” Klinkiewicz of Beach Lake, PA, formerly of Lookout, PA, died unexpectedly at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA on May 24, 2011. He was 25.
Born on July 24, 1985, in Carbondale, PA, he was the son of James Klinkiewicz of Equinunk, PA and Laurie Ann Lockwood of Beach Lake, formerly of Lookout.
Jason graduated from Honesdale High School Class of 2003. He attended WYO Technical School and earned a degree in Trim & Upholstery.
Jason enjoyed four-wheeling, snowmobiling and canoeing; playing guitar; and spending time with his dog Rosta and his family and friends.
He is also survived by maternal grandfather Gary Lockwood of Lookout; paternal grandmother Madelyn Klinkiewicz of Honesdale; brothers Justin Jay Klinkiewicz of South Carolina and Joshua Joseph Klinkiewicz of Beach Lake; aunts Sarah Branham of Wind Gap, PA and Cathy LaRocque; uncle David Lockwood of Florida; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.
Graveside funeral services were held on Saturday May 28, 2011 in Lookout Cemetery, Lookout. Visit www.byrantfuneralhome.com.
May 26, 2011
John Joseph McKenna III of Honesdale, PA died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at his home. He was 35.
He is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Andrea Elizabeth Hazen.
Born August 9, 1975, in Denville, NJ, he is the son of John J. McKenna Jr. and Vickie Merrill McKenna of Gouldsboro, PA. He was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School.
John loved watching sports, especially wrestling every Monday night, and enjoyed playing video games. John loved his two children and spending time with his family and nephews. He looked forward to teaching his daughter how to fish.
Also surviving is his daughter Kathryn and son Shane, both at home; sister Rebecca VanValkenburg and husband Jason of Lakeville, PA; paternal grandfather John J. McKenna of Milanville, PA; mother-in-law Melissa Hazen of North Wales, PA; and three nephews.
A Blessing Service was held at the Hessling Funeral Home, Honesdale on Saturday, May 21. Cremation followed at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald, PA. Condolences can be made online at www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions can be made to the family.
May 26, 2011
May “Florence” Lynch entered into rest on April 29, 2011 in Elant at Newburgh, NY with her loving family by her side. She was 84.
She was born November 30, 1926 in Newburgh, the daughter of the late George and Estelle Decker Smith.
She was a retired waitress in the area as well as in the Thruway Hot Shop in Modena. May also was a secretary in the Town of Newburgh Police Department.
Survivors include sons Joseph Lynch and wife Barbara of the Town of Newburgh and James Lynch and wife Joyce of Shohola, PA; daughter Jamie Hambly of Ellenville, NY; grandchildren Lorelei Mann and husband Stephen, Alexandra Hoel and husband Jeffrey and Justin McDonald and wife Kim; four great-grandchildren; brother George Smith of the Town of Newburgh; sister Joyce Amundsen of Plattekill, NY; and many nieces and nephews.
May was predeceased by sisters Virginia Weeks and Blanche Lanford; and brother William Smith.
A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, May 25, at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Newburgh/Stewart Airport, New Windsor, NY, led by Philip Wilcox. Interment was private.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Rd. #103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-5254.
May 26, 2011
Frances “Fifi” Grabek of Monticello, NY, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA after a long illness. She was 59.
Born on February 8, 1952 in Mongaup Valley, NY, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Sophie Kemitch Grabek.
Fifi was a member of St. Peter’s RC Church in Monticello and a volunteer for Sullivan County Office of the Aging.
She is survived by brothers George Grabek of Talahassee, FL, Val Grabek and Stanley Grabek Jr., both of Honesdale, PA; sisters Helen Grabek of Waldoboro, ME, MaryAnn Flavin and husband John of Sun Lakes, AZ, Stella Bonanza and husband Thomas of Lake Huntington, NY and Antoinette Black and husband Gary of Clovis, CA; and several nieces and nephews.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 26 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 55 St. John St. Monticello, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello on Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Fr. John Tran will be the communicant. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Monticello, NY.
Donations may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 10 Liberty St. Monticello, NY 12701.
May 26, 2011
Steven C. Banks, formerly of Monroe, NY, passed away Friday, May 13, 2011. He was 45.
Son of Veronica Costa Whitehead, he was born February 28, 1966 in Englewood, NJ. He was a member of Elks Lodge, Brevard, NC.
A family statement reads in part: “Steven was a unique and caring man with a passion for the outdoors—hiking, riding his motorcycle or just enjoying the day. He conquered many careers from his first job with Museum Village of Monroe to his charity work with children and his promotional work, where he once rode the world’s largest motorcycle. He lived life to the fullest. The world has lost a great man. As an organ donor, it was his gift to life.”
Survivors include his parents, Veronica and Robert Whitehead of Monroe and Henry Hudson of Cochecton, NY; children Darby Carroll Banks, Steven R. Banks, Holden Banks and Brittany D’Agastino; sisters Heather Hudson Sigman and husband Scott of Middletown, NY, Stefanie Hudson of Mahwah, NJ, Penny Marcario and Kelly Hudson, both of the state of Florida; nephew Branden Marshall of Middletown; and niece Lauren Brooks of New Windsor, NY; several aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.
Steven was predeceased by Collen Carroll, mother of their daughter Darby.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe, NY. A Celebration of Life will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home on Thursday evening.
May 19, 2011
Ernst Jurgen Spengler of Smallwood, NY, died peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at his home while sleeping next to his faithful and loving dog, Patrick. He was 74.
Ernie was born in Berlin, Germany on August 19, 1936. He was a direct descendant of the famous philosopher and mathematician Oswald Spengler. Ernie was a U.S. Army veteran serving his country from 1957 to 1960. Ernie was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Military funeral services were held at Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery on Wednesday, May 18 at 11 a.m.
May 19, 2011
Patrick Allen McDaniel, of Youngsville, NY, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Youngsville, NY. He was 21.
The son of Dennis A. McDaniel and the late Corinne G. Peters, he was born on January 4, 1990 in Middletown, NY.
Patrick was employed as an R.V. Mechanic at Price Rite Boat and Camper Sales in Youngsville, NY. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville and of the Deacon’s Food Pantry of the church.
He is survived by his father, Dennis A. McDaniel and step-mother, Sue McDaniel of Mayville, WI; grandparents Burgess and Elizabeth Peters of Youngsville, NY and James and Betty McDaniel of Kaukauna, WI; uncle Kurt Peters of Youngsville; cousins Amber Pena and husband Louis of Greenwood Lake, NY and Jonathan Peters and fiancée Andrea Dumis of Montgomery, NY; and second cousins Jaime and Makayla Pena.
Patrick was predeceased by his mother, Corinne G. Peters; and aunt Bonnie M. Hodny.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 19 at the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville, NY with the Rev. Richard Ienuso officiating. Burial will be at the Heavenly Rest Cemetery in North Branch, NY.
Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville or The Deacon’s Food Pantry of the church.
May 19, 2011
Michael G. Longhenry of Lords Valley, PA died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Northeast Pennsylvania Hospice, Scranton, PA. He was 37.
He is survived by his wife, Tamara Johnston Longhenry, of Ontario, Canada.
Born November 21, 1973, in Port Jervis, NY, he was the son of John E. and Lorraine J. (Hatton) Longhenry of Lords Valley. He was a 1992 graduate of Wallenpaupack Area High School, where he was the 1992 WAHS Power Mechanics VICA Award recipient.
He worked as yardman for Narrowsburg Lumber and had also worked for Kmart Automotive and Snyder’s Tire and Auto.
He had served as assistant chief of Blooming Grove Fire Dept., as well as its foreman and engineer.
He loved spending time with his children and his black lab, Toby. He also enjoyed cooking and playing sports.
He is also survived by children Brianna and Brandon, both of Ontario; sister Tern of Lords Valley; brothers Shawn and wife Jennifer of Lords Valley and Ronald Smith of Kresgeville, PA; maternal grandmother Beatrice Hatton of Lords Valley; niece Taylor and nephews Johnathan and Gavin Longhenry.
He is preceded in death by a brother, John in 2000; maternal grandfather George Hatton; paternal grandparents Marion and Elmer Longhenry; and an aunt, Joyce Schaffer.
The funeral was on Wednesday, May 18 at Teeters’ East Chapel, Hawley, PA with Rev Douglas Rhine officiating. Burial was in Lords Valley Cemetery.
May 19, 2011
Anne V. Brucher of Bethel, NY, a longtime area resident, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. She was 78.
The daughter of the late Anthony and Janet Canavan Volk, she was born on May 9, 1933 in New Jersey.
Anne was a member of St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Mongaup Valley, NY. She was also a member of Bethel Senior Citizens, Bethel Catholic Club and the Bethel Red Hats Club.
Survivors include daughter Jean Brucher Smith and husband Hal Smith Jr. of Jeffersonville, NY; brother, Robert Volk and wife Mary Helen of Vermont; sisters Margaret Misner of Milford, NJ and Maurie Benton and her husband James of Sandy Hook, CT; grandchildren Timothy Kautz, James Kautz, Robert Kautz, Harold Smith III and Kaitlyn Smith; great-granddaughter Arianna Kautz, and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her husband, Ernie Brucher in 1995; sister Janet Schmidt, and brother Anthony Volk.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place on Monday, May 16, at St. Joseph’s Church in Mongaup Valley. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 10 Liberty St. Monticello, NY 12701.
May 19, 2011
Raymond P. Bates of Bethany, PA died on Sunday, May 8, 2011 from injuries sustained in a tragic accident. He was 74.
He is survived by his wife, the former Sandra J. Reed.
Born on September 19, 1936 in Honesdale, PA, he was the son of the late Henry and Lila (Harvey) Bates.
A graduate of Honesdale High School, Ray was the maintenance groundskeeper at the Wayne County Fairgrounds. He was a member of the Honesdale Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and observing deer and turkeys. He also followed a variety of sports. Ray lived a simple life and will be remembered as a quiet man who loved his family.
He is also survived by brothers Frank Bates and companion Carol of Honesdale, Clifford Bates of Honesdale, Lee Bates and wife Nancy of Beach Lake, Harvey Bates and wife Karen of Honesdale, Jim Bates and wife Kathy of Clarke, NJ and Jerry Bates of Honesdale; sisters Sally Mang and husband Leslie and Marilyn Johnson and husband Jesse, all of Honesdale; sisters-in-law Deanna Bates and Edna Bates, both of Honesdale; an uncle, Alton Harvey; several nieces and nephews; step-daughters Teri Bernard and husband Vincent of Toronto, Canada, Susan Swendsen Harris of Lawrenceburg, KY and Dena Wagner and husband, Daniel of Honesdale.
He is preceded in death by brothers Donald Bates and Vincent Bates.
A memorial service was held on Wednesday, May 11 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Honesdale.
May 12, 2011
Thomas E. “Woody” Wood of Beach Lake, PA and formerly of Kearny, NJ, a retired foreman in Laborers Local 472, died Thursday, May 5, 2011 at home surrounded by his family after a relentless fight with a long-term illness. He was 60.
The son of the late Joseph William Wood and Florence Ackerson Wood, he was born October 13, 1950, in Newark, NJ.
Thomas was a member St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, NY. He was a member of the Narrowsburg Volunteer Fire Dept. He was married to Cheryl Smock Wood for 27 years. Their 28th wedding anniversary would have been on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
Survivors include his wife Cheryl, five children: Tammy Wood, Joseph Wood, Thomas Wood, Kevin Wood and Anthony Wood; five grandchildren; his mother, Florence Wood; seven siblings, Evelyn McLaughlin, Joseph Wood, Richard Wood, Jack Wood, Ruth Ann Danelski, Frank Wood and Deborah Tretola; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
A funeral service was held on May 8, 2011 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiated. Cremation followed at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.
Donations may be made to Narrowsburg Volunteer Fire Dept. P.O. Box 184, 203 Bridge St. Narrowsburg, NY 12764.
May 12, 2011
Jean Mackenzie Rickard of Cherry Ridge, PA died early Sunday, May 9 at her family farm outside Honesdale, PA. She was 90 years old.
Born September 20, 1920, in Elizabeth, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Robert L. Mackenzie and Lucie R. Robinson. She was an executive secretary at the Ortho Pharmaceutical Company when she was introduced to her future husband Louis F. Rickard on an outing in Pike County in the late 1940s. Mrs. Rickard left Ortho to help manage the six-generation family dairy farm, including the well-known Rickard’s Cider Mill.
In addition to her husband of 62 years, Louis Foster Rickard, she is also survived by three sons, Louis F. Rickard Jr., Moscow, PA and Robert B. “Bert” Rickard and Richard W. Rickard, Honesdale; two daughters, Susan R. Henry, Beach Lake, PA; and Nancy R. Kinsman, Honesdale; 11 grandchildren, and one great grandchild, Dylan Louis McDonough.
She was predeceased by her brother Robert Mackenzie, North Carolina.
She was very proud of her transformation from executive secretary to farmer’s wife, raising a family, instilling in them the value of hard work and education, and helping work and run the family farm. Her first ambition and primary goal in life was to her family.
In tribute to their mother’s dedication, all of her children remained and worked in the immediate area. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Honesdale.
The Rickard Family will receive friends at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 107 Seventh Street, Honesdale, Thursday, May 12, from 10 to 11 a.m., with the funeral service at the church immediately thereafter. The Reverend Kenneth Buckwalter will officiate. Interment will be at Darling Cemetery, Cherry Ridge, overlooking the family farm. Condolences can be made online at www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Honesdale.
May 12, 2011
Melanie Palmer, a longtime resident of the area, passed away with her husband by her side on Monday, May 2, 2011. She was 53.
She was born in England on June 11, 1957 to the late William Carpenter and Gladys Baldwin Carpenter. A family statement reads, “Melanie was a loving and caring wife. She was very artistic, from paintings to gardening. She loved living up here in the country. She loved the river and her dogs and cats. She was a real animal lover. She will greatly be missed as she was a large part of our family.”
Melanie is survived by her husband of 20 years Scott Palmer, and her mother, Gladys Carpenter.
A graveside service was held in Glen Spey Cemetery, Lumberland, NY on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 2 p.m.
May 12, 2011
Mary M. “Mimi” Morrow-Loeser of Roscoe, NY, a retired food service employee for Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and a long time area resident, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. She was 90.
The daughter of the late Louis and Linda Arnaud, she was born February 6, 1921 in New York City.
Mimi was a Communicant of the Gate of Heaven Church in Roscoe, a member of the Roscoe-Rockland Senior Citizens and a member of the Sullivan County RSVP.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Carol Farragher of Roscoe, NY; four granddaughters, Darlene Farragher of Roscoe, NY, Nicole Gust of FL, Allison Morrow of Long Island, and Shannon Morrow of Long Island; two grandsons, Louis Farragher and his wife, Denise of Narrowsburg, NY and Dillon Morrow of Long Island; and great grandchildren, Crystal, Kalyn, Brandon, Zack and Felicia. She was predeceased by two sons, Louis Farragher and Daniel Morrow.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, May 9 at 1 p.m. in the Gate of Heaven Church Highland Ave., Roscoe, NY. Monsignor William Collins officiated. Burial was in the Riverview Cemetery, Roscoe, NY.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the Sullivan County Office for the Aging, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701.
May 12, 2011
Laverne “Bernie” E. Layton, Jr. of Honesdale, PA, died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at home. He was 55.
Born on September 15, 1955, in Milanville, PA, he was the son of the late Laverne and Joan Fisher Layton.
Laverne enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting.
He is survived by a brother, Richard Layton of Carbondale, PA; a niece, Aubrey Layton of Lake Ariel, PA; a special friend, Ann Brill of Beach Lake, PA; two step-children, Alex Hedderick of Moosic, and Ashley Hedderick of Carbondale; two step-grandchildren, Anna and Alicia; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2011, in the Pine Mill United Methodist Church, Pine Mill, PA.
Interment will be in the Pine Mill Cemetery.
May 12, 2011
John W. Diehl of Cochecton, NY, a long-time resident of the area, passed away Friday, May 6, at home with his family by his side. He was 67.
The son of the late John Diehl and Christina Wood Diehl, he was born on May 24, 1943, in Hackensack, NJ.
John served in the U.S. Navy. An expert nurseryman, he had worked at Monticello Farm, Home and Garden and Agway in Callicoon, NY.
A family statement reads: “John was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an excellent craftsman who built his family home. An avid outdoorsman, he loved woodworking, gardening and being on the river, but most of all spending time with his family. He will be greatly missed.”
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Willa Gaylord Diehl; one daughter, Jennifer Hawley and her husband Scott of Waymart, PA; one son, Richard Diehl and his wife Christine of Westwood, NJ; and three grandchildren, Lydia Summer Hawley, Laura Margaret Diehl and Kevin John Diehl.
Friends are invited to call on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 3 p.m at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
May 5, 2011
Robert L. Milani, a retired U.S. Federal Marshal and a longtime resident of the area, passed away at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA on Friday, April 22, 2011. He was 83.
He was born in Bronx, NY on August 13, 1927 to the late Ercole and Rose Milani.
Robert was a WWII and Korean Conflict veteran. He served in the U.S. Marines, receiving the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was a NYC police officer, a NYS police trooper and a U.S. Marshal for 30 years. He was the widower of Josephine Fornari Milani; they were married for 33 years.
Robert was a member of St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY; a member of the VFW; the NYS Retired State Troopers Association; a member of Tusten Seniors; and helped with Meals on Wheels.
A family statement reads: “Robert was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had such a great sense of humor and a great outlook on life. We will greatly miss him and he will always be in our hearts.”
Robert is survived by son Michael Milani of Warsaw, NY; daughters Roseann D’Alessandro and husband Benny of Brooklyn, NY and Lorraine O’Neill and husband Jimmy of Westchester, NY; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, April 30 at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. officiated. Christian burial was in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg.
Donations may be made to Narrowsburg Beautification Committee, c/o Tusten-Cochecton Library, 198 Bridge St. Narrowsburg, NY.
May 5, 2011
Laverne “Bernie” E. Layton Jr. of Honesdale, PA died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 9, 2011, at home. He was 55.
Born on September 15, 1955 in Milanville, PA, he was the son of the late Laverne and Joan Fisher Layton.
Laverne enjoyed hunting, fishing and target shooting.
He is survived by a brother, Richard Layton of Carbondale, PA; niece Aubrey Layton of Lake Ariel, PA; a special friend, Ann Brill of Beach Lake, PA; step-children Alex Hedderick of Moosic, PA and Ashley Hedderick of Carbondale; two step-grandchildren; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 in the Pine Mill United Methodist Church, Pine Mill, PA. Interment will be in the Pine Mill Cemetery.