Clear sky
Clear sky
28.4 °F
November 26, 2015
River Reporter Facebook pageTRR TwitterRSS Search

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.


May 5, 2011

Joyce Bidwell Stifano, of Yankee Lake, NY, passed peacefully away Sunday, May 1, at her home in the company of her family. She was 62.

Joyce Ann Bidwell was born October 12, 1948, to Clarence and Leona Andrews Bidwell, of Middletown, NY. She was raised in Middletown and lived for a short time in Maine.

Later she moved into the family home on Yankee Lake, married and had two children. She worked for Kieley and Muller, Johnson’s Toyota and Macy’s. Her hobbies were being with her grandchildren, the outdoors, animals, learning gardening, bell choir and cooking with her husband. One of her greatest achievements was her wonderful family and the character she fostered in them. Her spirit lives on through them and all of those whose lives she touched.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Joe Stifano; mother Leona Bidwell of Middletown; brother Bruce Bidwell and wife April of Narrowsburg, NY; son Shannon Watts and wife Laurie of Greenville, NY; daughter Jessica Citriniti and husband Dominick of Pine Bush, NY; and grandchildren Kaity, Vincent and Michael Citriniti and Logan Watts.

She is predeceased by her father.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 5 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Morse Funeral Home Inc., 33 Railroad Ave, Middletown, NY, 10940.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 6 in St. Joseph Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown at 11 a.m. Following cremation, burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Middletown.

Donations may be made in the form of contributions or volunteering to any cancer support organization, the Hospice volunteer program, ORMC Tucker Hall, or your time to help someone and their family during these terrible times.

April 27, 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, and he received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was a New York City police officer and a NY State police trooper before becoming a U.S. Marshal. He was a U.S. Marshal for 30 years before retiring. He was the widower of Josephine Fornari Milani, who passed away on November 30, 1988. They were married for 33 years.

Robert was a member of St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. He was a member of the VFW. He was a member of the NYS Retired State Troopers Association. He was 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 a son, Michael Milani of Warsaw, NY; two daughters, Roseann D’Alessandro and her husband Benny of Brooklyn, NY and Lorraine O’Neill and her husband Jimmy of Westchester, NY; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Friends are invited to call on Thursday April 28, 2011 from 7 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, April 30 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday April 30 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. will officiate.
Christian burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg.
Donations may be made in his name to Narrowsburg Beautification Committee C/O Tusten Library, 198 Bridge St. Narrowsburg, NY

April 28, 2011

Mildred A. Weber of Glen Spey, NY passed away Thursday, April 21, 2011 at Milford Senior Care, Milford, PA. She was 90.

She was born on May 30, 1920 in Sparrowbush, NY, the daughter of the late Gilbert and Mary Coleman Conklin. Mildred married Francis J. Weber, who predeceased her.

She was an active member of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Pond Eddy, NY.

Mildred is survived by daughters Joan Kearney of Glen Spey and Ann Kestler and husband David of Glen Spey; grandchildren John Kearney, Matthew Kestler, Joanne Franklin and Patricia Meehan; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by grandson Daniel Kestler; son-in-law Robert Kearney; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday, April 25 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis, NY with Rev. Thomas Jones officiating. Interment took place at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.

Donations may be made to the Lumberland Fire Dept., P.O. Box 91, Glen Spey, NY 12737.


April 28, 2011

Gladys Spettigue of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident, died on Monday, April 18, 2011 in Morristown, NJ. She was 94.

Gladys lived in her own home until this past October and took great pride in her independence. She will be remembered for her pleasant disposition and her love of laundry and cleaning. She loved her family and her neighbors, Doreen and Ed Kraus.

She is survived by grandchildren Sandy Kehrley of Rockaway, NJ and Todd Mohrmann of New York City; and two great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband Marvin; and daughters Joan Mohrmann and Judy Gluck.

A private graveside service was held on Thursday morning, April 21.

April 28, 2011

Gerard J. Jerry Fritz, 80, of Glen Spey, NY, formerly of Monroe, NY, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Castle Point VA Hospital in Wappinger Falls, NY. He was 80.

He was born January 19, 1931 in the Bronx, the son of Otto and Mary (O’Neil) Fritz.

Jerry was an appliance repairman for General Electric in Newburgh, NY. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War, was a recipient of the Purple Heart and earned three Battle Stars.

He was a life member of the American Legion Post #488, Monroe; life member of the 40 and 8; life member of the VFW in Harriman; member of the Naval Ship Port Jervis; of IBEW, and of the Hudson Valley Dog Club.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Fritz, at home; son Richard G. Fritz and wife Melissa of Glen Spey; daughter Karen Coulter and husband Douglas of Middletown, NY; brother Robert Fritz of City Island, NY; grandchildren Brent and Derian Fritz; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his parents; a son, John Fritz; sister Jeanne Mertz; and brother Richard Fritz.

Visitation was Friday, April 22. Burial will be in Orange County Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Goshen at a later date.

Donations may be made to the Volunteer Service, Castle Point VA, Castle Point, NY 12511 (place GPF 1536 on the memo line).


April 28, 2011

Mary E. Morey of White Lake, NY, a homemaker and longtime area resident, passed away after a long illness on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Twin Cedars in Shohola, PA. She was 92.

Born July 5, 1918 in New York City, she was the daughter of the late James L. and Agnes Coleman Wigger.

Mary was a member of St. Peter’s R.C. Catholic Church in Monticello, NY. She was a charter member of the Smallwood-Mongaup Valley Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary and she belonged to the Bethel Catholic Club. Mary was an avid sportswoman, particularly enjoying golf and bowling.

She is survived by sons Richard A. Morey and wife Maryrose of White Lake and Stephen C. Morey and wife Eileen of Smallwood, NY; daughters Virginia E. Trojan and husband Michael of West Chester, PA, Marion Morey Steed and husband Patrick of Eden, SC and Marjorie A. Greenberg and husband David of New York City; sister Lucille Comerford of Smallwood; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband Richard A. Morey; sister Agnes C. Wigger; and brother. James R. Wigger.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mongaup Valley on Wednesday, April 27. Fr. John Tran and Fr. Robert Ginel were the celebrants. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 10 Liberty St., Monticello, NY 12701 or to the hospice of one’s choice.

April 28, 2011

Ruth (Brown) Glossenger went to be with her Lord while a patient at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, PA, on April 16, 2011. She was 87.

She was born September 6, 1923, to Herbert and Isabel (Taylor) Brown. She left home at 13 and went to work at a boarding house in Maplewood, PA while attending Lake Ariel High School. She married Robert Glossenger, and in 1943, they moved into their house in Beach Lake, PA. There she started a hobby of making and decorating wedding cakes which became a legacy.

Ruth accepted the Lord Jesus as her personal savior as a teenager. Ruth and her husband were instrumental in the establishment of Honesdale Gospel Tabernacle, recorded as charter members in 1956.

She crowded children into her small living room for Bible stories and singing, ending with an invitation to be born again. She was an avid letter writer, keeping contact with students who went off to college from the Tabernacle and others who went astray and ended up in prison.

She is survived by daughter Ruthann Santoli and husband Sal of Honesdale, PA; son Rev. Bob Glossenger and wife Lois of North Carolina; brother N. “Pat” Brown and wife Joyce of Greely, CO; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; brothers Francis, Eugene and Albert; sisters Betty, Beatrice and Marion; and her husband in 1996.

Services were held at the Tabernacle Bible Church (formerly the Honesdale Gospel Tabernacle) on Thursday, April 21, 2011.

Contributions may be made to Tabernacle Bible Church 455 Grove St., Honesdale, Pa., 18431 or Child Evangelism Fellowship, PO Box 628, Honesdale, PA, 18431.

April 28, 2011

Doris Ann Dauch of Mongaup Valley, NY passed away on Friday, April 22, 2011 at the Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. She was 77.

She was born on April 30, 1933 to the late Harry Leroy Applegate and Florence Esther Kuhn of Forestburgh, NY.

Doris is survived by her husband, Eugene Dauch of Mongaup Valley; sisters Gloria Applegate and companion Dean Roosevelt of Roscoe, NY and Dawn Swailes and husband Ray of Orlando, FL; brothers Richard Applegate and wife Joyce of Slate Hill, NY and Robert Applegate of Forestburgh; sister-in-law Joan Applegate of Sparrowbush, NY; brother-in-law Douglas Van Keuren and wife Brenda of Cochecton, NY; nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.

She is also predeceased by her brother John Applegate of Sparrowbush.

Doris will always be remembered for her sparking eyes and warm smile, loving concern for all of her family and her sense of humor. Although bedridden for over 25 years, Doris never had a bad day; she was high spirited, open-hearted and listened earnestly to everyone’s day-to-day life adventures. Gene’s amazing love and devotion to Doris, as her husband and caregiver, will forever inspire all those who know and love them.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 27 at Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., Monticello, NY. Burial will take place at Cuddebackville Rural Cemetery in Cuddebackville, NY.

April 28, 2011

Rev. Frederick J. Bryant of Jersey City, NY, a summer resident of Narrowsburg, NY, passed away on April 15 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. He was 68.

Pastor Bryant was born and raised in Philadelphia. He served three years on active service in the Navy and three years in the Reserve. After attending Philadelphia Lutheran Seminary, he served four congregations in Pennsylvania and later spent 17 years at Trinity in New Jersey.

Rev. Bryant will be deeply missed and remembered as a man of great faith, a devoted husband and father, a veteran, a lover of music and poetry, a writer, teacher of the Gospel and a friend.

He is survived by his wife Dorothee Heins Holmstrup Bryant; daughter Eleanor; sister Carolyn; step-mother Jody; and brothers Kieth and Toby.

Funeral services were held on April 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church on Claremont Avenue in Jersey City.

April 21, 2011

Robert A. Utegg, a resident of White Mills, PA, died following an illness on Wednesday, April 13, at Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA. He was 65.

He is survived by his wife, the former Georgette Marie Decker.

Born in White Mills, he was the son of the late John and Elsie Eply Utegg.

He was a school bus driver for Wallenpaupack Area School District. He had also been a driver for Fowler Oil for 22 years and had worked for Texas Township. He was a Texas Township Supervisor, former Chief of White Mills Fire Dept., current president of White Mills Volunteer Ambulance Corp., a member of Hawley Ambulance Corp. and the White Mills United Methodist Church.

He enjoyed fishing and his trips to Canada, as well as spending time at the farm in New York.

He is survived by sons Tom of Philadelphia, NY and Bryan and wife Amy of Honesdale, PA; grandchildren Brittany, Joshua and Alicia; brothers Harold of Narrowsburg, NY and Harry of Hawley, PA; sister Kathryn Coons of White Mills; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by brothers John, William, David and Richard; niece Joanie; and nephew William.

A funeral service was held at White Mills United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 16 with Pastor Val Rommel officiating. Donations may be made to Hawley Ambulance Corps, 219 River St., Hawley, PA 18428.


April 21, 2011

Genevieve B. “Gene” Hoey of Glen Spey, NY, and a long time resident of the area, died Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 93.

She was born January 3, 1918 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late John F. and Mary Tierney Burns.

Gene married James A. Hoey on June 16, 1951 and they were married for 49 years prior to his death on October 11, 2000.

She worked as a bookkeeper for John Robert Powers in Brooklyn and moved with the company to Port Jervis. She later worked for Crescent Silver in Port Jervis and Sullivan County as a bookkeeper.

She was a member of St. Anthony’s Church Of Padua, Yulan, NY and the Lumberland Senior Citizens Group.

She is survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Gene was the last survivor of six brothers and sisters, and is predeceased by Gerard Burns, Marion McAveney, John Burns, Helen Burns and Evelyn Cross.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Monday, April 25, at 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Anthony’s Church Of Padua, 25 Beaverbrook Road, Yulan, NY 12792 with Rev. Thomas P. Jones OFM officiating.

Burial will be at St. Lucy’s Cemetery, Cochecton, NY.

April 21, 2011

Veronica B. Ronnie Haley of Smallwood, NY, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2011 at Achieve Rehab & Nursing Facility in Liberty, NY. She was 82.

The daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine Powers Haley, she was born on April 27, 1928 in Rosedale, NY.

Ronnie was known by many as a fun and loving woman. She generously donated time to various organizations:; St. Claire’s Catholic School, troop leader for Girl Scouts, delivered food baskets to the needy, White Lake VFW, Monticello BPOE, and Smallwood-Mongaup Valley Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary.

Ronnie is survived by her children Nancy and John Alesi, Marty Steigler, Judy Fitzpatrick, Mary Lubniewski and Pat Griffin, Tina and Bill Weaver, Laura and Phil Aiesi, Patrick and Patrice Townsend Steigler, George Steigler III and Anna Novello; grandchildren Danielle and Jim O’Connor, Dana and Craig Crabtree, Martin Joseph Steigler, Jason and Rebecca Tomasulo, Heather and Stephen and April and Paul Tomasulo, Jake, Amanda and Jaimee Lubniewski, Billy Weaver, Sandy Kessloff, Zack and Alex Buchman, Emma, Nathan and James Townsend Steigler, Joseph and Olivia Steigler, Krista and Hannah Novello; and eight great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband, George Steigler Jr.; and son George Joseph Steigler.

Funeral services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake on Saturday, April 16 with Rev. David Coon officiating.

Contributions may be made to the Smallwood-Mongaup Valley Fire Dept. or to a charity of your choice.

April 21, 2011

Kathryn M. Allen of Matamoras, PA and a long time resident of the area died Thursday, April 14, 2011 at home. She was 95.

She was born March 16, 1916 in Kane, PA, the daughter of the late Mack and Eugertha Everitt Morley.

Kathryn was married 47 years to George R. Allen.

She was the owner and operator of the Polar Bear Ice Cream Stand in Matamoras with her husband for 15 years. She worked as a teacher of history and English at the Delaware Valley School District and librarian for the Anna S. Kuhl Elementary School in Port Jervis, NY.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Port Jervis, where she was on the Board of Deacons; a volunteer for the Neversink Valley Area Museum and the Retired Teachers Assoc.; an accredited hospice volunteer for Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties; a volunteer at the Pike County Office of the Aging, Meals on Wheels and Safe homes of Orange County; an accredited literacy volunteer; a Salvation Army Advisory Board member; and a soup kitchen volunteer. Kathryn also, with good friend Rev. Carl Curtain, started a Clown Ministry.

A family statement read: “Mom was a caring and generous person who helped so many in a variety of ways. She will be greatly missed.”

Surviving are sons Daniel Allen and wife Kathleen, Shohola, PA, Lawrence Allen and wife Barbara, Clemson, SC; daughter Karen Ehasz and husband Stephen, Bloomsbury, NJ; brothers Franklin P. Morley, Frankford, IA, Mack Morley Jr. and wife Susan, Glen Spey, NY; sisters Marion Mackey, Frankford, IA, Maude Morley and husband George, Ulysses, PA; brother-in-law Donald Perry, Greenville, SC; grandchildren Tauni Butterfield, Stephen Ehasz, Timothy Ehasz, Robert Ehasz, Nicole Allen-Hickey, Ashley Helgeson, William Ehasz and Kristen Procopio Allen; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by brother J. Everett Morley; and sisters Edith Davis and Mable Perry.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 3 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Port Jervis, 8 North Broome Street, Port Jervis, immediately followed by food and fellowship.

A burial of cremains will be in Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY at the convenience of the family.

Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Port Jervis, 8 North Broome St, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or Port Jervis Salvation Army, 99 Ball St, PO Box 125, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

April 14, 2011

John F. Vogt of Eldred, NY, retired owner of Vogt’s General Store in Shohola, PA and lifelong resident of the area, passed away at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY on Friday, April 8, 2011. He was 91.

The son of the late Fritz and Alma Englehart Vogt, he was born in Shohola on October 5, 1919.

John served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion, a certified flight instructor; a member and past president of Meadow Brook Fly Club; a member of Civil Air Patrol, Pike Co, PA; a member, past chief and president of Shohola Fire Dept.; a member, past president and vice president of Highland Field and Stream; a member and past president of Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club; and a member, past president and secretary of Sullivan Co. Federation of Sports. John was Sportsman of the Year in 1984, Federation of Sportsman. He was a member and past secretary of Highland Water Fowlers.

A family statement reads, in part: “John was a loving husband, father and grandfather, involved in so many things and dedicating so much of himself. He was a big part of our family and will greatly be missed.”

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Janith Boyd Vogt, son John D. Vogt of Eldred; grandson John Thomas Vogt of Eldred; sister Rosa Hupka of Alabama; and several nieces and nephews.

John is predeceased by his daughter-in-law Barbara Vogt.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 12 at the Harrison-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville, NY, with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Cremation followed at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

Donations can be made to the Barbara Vogt Scholarship Fund, c/o Eldred Central School, 600 CR 55, Eldred, NY 12732; or Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club Trap Range Fund, c/o JP Lang, 346 Beaver Brook Rd., Narrowsburg, NY 12764 .

April 14, 2011

Ruth Turner of Damascus, PA and Bethany Village, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away after a short illness on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 92.

The daughter of the late Martin and Alfonsa Baker Wheelock, she was born June 19, 1918 in Conklin Hill, PA. Ruth was married for 55 years to the late Malvin Turner.

Ruth was a cook at Damascus School, Wayne Highlands School district, before retirement. She was a member of Delaware Valley National Retired Teachers and of Delaware Valley and Jeffersonville, NY Senior Citizens.

A family statement reads, in part: “Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved any card game, including pinochle, and also enjoyed Scrabble. She had a brilliant mind all the way up to the end. She knitted afghans for people in the area. Ruth had an optimistic outlook and was upbeat and positive. She will be greatly missed.”

Survivors include daughter Barbara Pingel and husband Fred of Beach Lake, PA; granddaughter Andrea Pingel of Bel Camp, MD; grandson Lee Pingel and wife Marta of Beach Lake; great-grandchildren Logan, Emma and Ellie Pingel; and niece Judy Schott and husband Richard of Honesdale.

Ruth is predeceased by sister Catherine Masher; brother George Wheelock; and nephew Charles Wheelock.

Funeral services were held on Monday, April 11 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, with Pastor James Corbin officiating. Burial followed in Conklin Hill Cemetery, Damascus.

Donations may be made to Damascus Ambulance Corp. P.O. Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

April 14, 2011

George R. “Skip” McKean, a lifelong resident of Hawley, PA, died on April 7, 2011 in Hawley. He was 71.

He was born on August 17, 1939 in Shohola, PA to the late George and Marie Quick McKean. He was married to the late Margaret Clark McKean.

He was a self-employed excavator with George R. McKean Excavating.

He is survived by daughters Kathleen McKean of Honesdale, PA and Dawn Bates and husband David of Hawley; son John McKean and wife Michelle of Hawley; grandchildren Lindsay & Brandon, Kassidy, Alyssa, John-John, Morgan, Kayla and Nicholas; soon to be greatgranddaughter Madeline; sister Carolyn Grey and husband Ron of Hawley; several nieces, nephews , aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were held at Fantasy Island on Tuesday, April 12 with the Rev. Martin L. Cox, Jr. officiating.

Cremation took place at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, PA, with burial at German Hill Cemetery, Shohola, PA.

Contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, Pike Unit, 110 W. Harford St, Milford, PA 18337; or Southern Care Hospice, 851 Commercial Blvd, Dickson City, PA 18519.


April 14, 2011

Herman Esselman of Damascus, PA, a retired milk plant supervisor and longtime resident of the area, died Saturday, April 9, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale, PA. He was 95.

The son of the late Klaas and Derkji Snyder Esselman, he was born August 11, 1915 in Prospect Park, NJ.

Herman was married for 65 years to the late Florence Algera Esselman, who had passed away on October 27, 2004.

Herman was a member of the Damascus Baptist Church and the Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp. A family statement reads: “Herman was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great grandfather. He was a big part of the family. He will be missed.”

Survivors include daughters Deanna Tegeler and husband Robert of New City, NY, Lynda Marks and husband Frank of Damascus, PA, Nancy Avery and husband Lyle of Beach Lake, PA; sons Herman Esselman and wife Dot of Lake Huntington, NY and Robert Esselman and wife Betty Ann of Frost Proof, FL; brother Richard Esselman of New Jersey; 24 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his wife; two brothers; and three sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, April 15, 2011 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Damascus Baptist Church, Damascus, PA. The Rev Stuart Hunt will officiate. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery, Damascus.

Donations may be made to Damascus Township Volunteer Ambulance Corp. PO Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

April 14, 2011

On Saturday April 2, 2011, William “Bill” Carlson passed away in Palm Coast, FL. He was 86.

He was born in Kingston, NY to the late George Arthur Carlson and Jenny Carlson on October 23, 1924.

He graduated from the Hurleyville School and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. After returning, he worked in Peck’s Market in Hurleyville, NY while he attended school to become a licensed meat cutter. He worked as a truck driver for Schmidt’s Wholesale and then returned to work at Tarry Brae Golf Course as a groundskeeper. He retired in 2010 after 20 years.

He was a member of the Hurleyville Fire Department for 65 years, serving as past president and chief. He was Hurleyville Fire District Commissioner, past president of the Sullivan County Volunteer Fireman’s Assn. and a member of the Sullivan County Fire Police. He was also a member of the Hudson Valley Volunteer Fireman’s Assn (HVVFA); the Royal Order of the Blue Vests; American Legion Post # 0109 and the Liberty Elks #1545. He was also a member of the Hurleyville United Methodist Church.

Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Helen Jacobson Carlson at home; son Mark William Carlson and wife Lorayne of Oxford, NY; daughter Toni McKay and husband Robert E. Sr. of Jeffersonville, NY; daughter Teri DiMarsico and husband Tom of Palm Coast.; grandchildren Christopher William Carlson and partner Michael Nebiker of Cumming, GA., Erica Payne and husband Charlie of Hurleyville and Mariann Bury and husband Darren of Cochecton, NY; and a large extended family including step-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by sister Mary Carlson Tremper.

Funeral services were held at the Hurleyville Fire House on Saturday, April 9 with burial following at the Hurleyville Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the Hurleyville Fire Dept. Equipment Fund, c/o Hurleyville Fire Dept., Hurleyville, NY 12747; or to Florida Hospital Hospice Care, c/o Palm Coast, 770 W. Granda Blvd. Suite 304, Ormond Beach, FL 32174; or to the Hurleyville United Methodist Church, Main St., Hurleyville, NY 12747.

April 7, 2011

Harry L. Wilcox of Fremont, NY, a farmer and maple syrup producer at the Wilcox Farm and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 at the Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY. He was 82.

The son of the late James and Katherine Stoesser Wilcox, he was born June 3, 1928 in the Town of Fremont.

Harry was a charter member and still active in the Fremont-Hankins Fire Department, serving as fire commissioner for over 50 years. He was a member of the board of directors of the Callicoon Co-op Insurance Company, a trustee of the Fremont Center Cemetery Board and served on many state and local farm committees.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor E. Kellam Wilcox at home, whom he married in 1952; sons Daniel Wilcox and wife Martha of Fremont, Earl Wilcox and wife Karen of Roscoe, NY, John Wilcox and wife Lynne of Fremont and James Wilcox of Fremont; sisters Helen Stewart and husband Kenneth of Roscoe and Rose Hendrickson and companion Edward Miller of Oneonta, NY; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by one sister, Shirley Bunt.

Burial was in the Fremont Center Cemetery, Fremont Center.

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