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March 16, 2011

Leo V. Kuen Jr. of Port Jervis, NY passed away on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at his home. He was 82.

He was born November 5, 1928 in Narrowsburg, NY, the son of the late Leo and Emily V. Kuen, Sr.

Leo served during World War II with the U.S. Army. He was a retired construction worker for Union Local # 17 in Newburgh, NY.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce M. Cherry Kuen, at home; sons Thomas Kuen, Stephen Kuen and wife Deborah, Brian Kuen and companion Halyna Manfredo and Michael Kuen and his wife, Diane, all of Port Jervis; former daughter-in-law Dianna Kuen of Sebring, FL; sister Louella Kastor of Ohio and brother Thomas Kuen of Narrowsburg, grandchildren Joshua, Seth, Casey, and Kevin Kuen, Stephanie Boaz, Leah Seyer, Chelsea Palmer and Rachel Kuen; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held Monday, March 14 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis. Cremation took place at HG Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550. Visit knight-auchmoody.com.

March 16, 2011

Joseph E. Guttilla of Honesdale, PA died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at his home. He was 86.

He is survived by his wife, the former Violetta D’Agostino.

The couple would have celebrated their 63rd anniversary on March 27, 2011.

Born March 26, 1924 in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Frances Decarlo Guttilla. He enlisted with the U.S. Army and served during World War II in the Philippines. Later, he worked as a cutter with several garment companies and as a custodian with Manhassett School District on Long Island. He retired from Roslin School District, where he was the head custodian.

Joe was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, council 363 in Honesdale. Joe enjoyed bowling and traveling with his wife and family. Joe was handy and enjoyed woodworking, making birdhouses and book shelves. He did not shy away from home renovations.

Also surviving is his daughter Rose Stachowiak of Beach Lake, PA; brother Gasper Guttilla and wife Helen of Hobe Sound, FL; and granddaughter Bethany Stachowiak of Beach Lake.

He is preceded in death by his daughter Frances Marie Guttilla; and sister Vinzia “Vi” Ferrari.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, March 16 at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Honesdale. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society , 712, S. Keyser Ave. Taylor, Pa., 18517.

Visit www.hesslingfuneralhome.com.

March 16, 2011

Jack Hardy of Callicoon, NY and New York City, died on Friday, March 11, 2011 in Manhattan from complications of lung cancer. He was 63.

He was born in South Bend, IN on November 23, 1947 to Lillian and Gordon Hardy. He grew up in New York City, Aspen, CO and Durham, CT. His mother is a painter and his father is past dean of students at the Julliard School and a past president of the Aspen Music Festival.

Jack graduated from the University of Hartford and moved to Greenwich Village in 1973. A songwriter and singer, he wrote hundreds of songs, many with a message, developing his own signature blend of American and Celtic sound. Jack became influential in the folk world for co-founding the Musicians’ Cooperative and the Fast Folk Musical Magazine. In the late 1970s, Jack began hosting Monday night songwriting workshops in NYC and continued this practice until very recently, mentoring artists such as Suzanne Vega, Tracy Chapman, John Gorka and Shawn Colvin, among many others, some of whom traveled from cities like Boston and Philadelphia to attend the sessions.

Locally, Jack wrote music and dance productions for children in the 1990s, most notably “The Blue Garden,” which was performed at Sullivan County Community College and other venues with local dancers and musicians.

Jack was married and divorced twice. He is survived by his parents in Manhattan; son Malcolm in St. Louis, MO; daughters Morgan of Manhattan, Miranda of Syracuse, NY and Eve Peck of South Lake Tahoe, NV; sister Susan Suechting of Elk Mound, WI; brother Christopher of Couer d’Alene, ID; and two grandchildren.

March 16, 2011

Walter “Wallyworld” Siegl, of Wallkill, NY, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Vassar Brother’s Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was 64.

Son of the late Anton and Johanna Gargar Siegl, he was born on March 13, 1946 in the Bronx, NY.

A hard and dedicated worker, Walter was a dockworker for Dellwood Dairy in Yonkers, NY and also worked for Foam & Wash Car Wash. An avid fisherman, known for his sense of humor, Walter loved his family and put others’ needs before his own.

He is survived by his children Frederick Salyer of Glen Spey, NY, Robert Salyer of New Windsor, NY and Christina Salyer of Plattekill, NY; the children’s mother, Kim Siegl of Honesdale, PA; brother Anton Siegl Jr.; sisters Hilda Dral and husband Marcel, and Linda Polchinski and husband, Philip; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Walter is predeceased by a sister-in-law.

Funeral services took place on Thursday, March 10 at Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh, NY. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh. Visit BrooksFH.com.

March 16, 2011

Mary A. Piliouras Spath, a waitress, bookkeeper and homemaker, passed away on March 1, 2011 at Achieve Rehab and Nursing Center, Liberty, NY. She was 89.

The daughter of the late Anathawasios and Catherine Piliouras, she was born January 25, 1921 in Birmingham, AL. She was the widow of Wayne E. Spath, who passed away on April 8, 2007.

Mary was a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Peekskill, NY.

Mary is survived by her son, John W. Spath, Sr. and companion Carolyn Brucher of Jeffersonville, NY; grandchildren John W. Spath Jr. and wife Audra of Mileses, NY and Jennifer Y. Clark and her husband Gary of Liberty, NY; five great grandchildren; and four nephews.

Mary is also predeceased by a brother, Memo Piliouras.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

March 16, 2011

Jimmy Schwartz of Starlight, PA, formerly of Weston, CT, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, in the Community Medical Center. He was 76.

He and his wife, the former Sari Facher, celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary on November 20.

He was born in New York City, the son of the late David and Pearl Schwartz. He was a Rotarian and the innkeeper of The Inn at Starlight Lake and Restaurant.

Also surviving are a daughter, HariBeth Schwartz and husband Robert Franciose of Lakewood, PA; sons Jeffrey Schwartz and wife Robin Heller of Farmingdale, NY, Peter Schwartz and wife Roberta Torkel of Pacific Palisades, CA; grandchildren Morgan, Carly, Russell, Marni; and extended family Karen, Mike, Becka, Tracey, Lisa, their spouses and children.

Shiva will be observed at The Inn at Starlight Lake and Restaurant, 289 Starlight Lake Road, Starlight through Thursday, March 17.

Contributions can be made in his memory to The Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Headquarters, 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718. Visit www.millerbeanfh.com.

Barbara C. Doland of Seneca Falls, NY, died Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Geneva General Hospital, Geneva, NY. She was 65.

Barbara was born in Liberty, NY on June 7, 1945, the daughter of the late Victor C. and Mary L. White Ackerly. She worked for a time for the Yaun Co. of Liberty. She moved to Seneca Falls in 1993 and was a member of Varick United Methodist Church, Town of Varick, NY.

She is survived by her husband, Gary E. Doland of Seneca Falls, whom she married on August 1, 1992; daughters Lorrie Norris and husband Alan Coots of Lake Huntington, NY, Heather Buck of Fayette, NY, Erica Agan and husband Robert of Elmira, NY; and grandchildren Mackenzie and Ryan Norris, Bradley and Jena Buck, Kylie and Trevor Agan.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 1 at Beaverkill Cemetery, Lew Beach, NY. There will be no prior calling hours.

Contributions may be made to Pathway Home, P.O. Box 516, Seneca Falls, NY 13148.

Herta Hirniak of Glen Spey, NY passed away Tuesday February 1, 2011 at the Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, NY. She was 84.

Herta was born in Germany on July 26, 1926, the daughter of the late Walter and Elsie Kolonko Pautsch.

Herta came to the United States in 1949 with her husband, Bohdan Hirniak, who predeceased her.

She and her husband provided Ukrainian Folk Music for the community for 60 years, a popular orchestra that included family members. Herta volunteered at numerous nursing homes, sharing her talents of music, including St. Joseph’s Place at Bon Secours Hospital, where her mother was a resident until her passing in 2009.

She was also an accomplished organist and a minister of music in several area churches, including Most Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Port Jervis, Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Pond Eddy, St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Yulan and the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church. Herta was a board member with the Town of Lumberland Cultural Series and was known for her desserts.

She was awarded Volunteer of the Year in April 2005.

She is survived by her sister, Renate Haduniak of Glen Spey; son Jurij Hirniak and wife JoAnn of Franklin, NJ; daughters Tetiana Cymbal and husband Victor of Kerhonkson, NY and Ulana Semeniuk of Glen Spey; grandchildren Romana, Melanie, Jurij Jr., Jayde, Victoria and Andrew, niece and Goddaughter Larysa Kinder, nephew Roman Haduniak and several nieces and nephews in Germany.

Memorial services were held Monday, February 7 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis with Rev. John Q. LeCain officiating. Spring interment will take place at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.

Donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Place, 160 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.

George Joseph Pomes of Port Jervis, NY, a lifetime resident of the area, died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital after a long illness. He was 82.

He was born August 18, 1928 in Sparrowbush, NY, the son of the late George P. and the late Ann M. Flannery Pomes. He was married for 47 years to Marjorie Ferguson Pomes, who died July 30, 1998.

George was a 1946 graduate of Port Jervis High School. He worked at the A&P in Port Jervis for 49 years, retiring as a butcher.

George served as an assistant Little League coach and was chairman of the Port Jervis Cancer Support Group for several years. He was a member of the Port Jervis ZBA and the Port Jervis IDA. He was a member and participant in the Perpetual Adoration Group at St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Port Jervis.

A family statement reads, in part: “Dad was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was an extremely compassionate person, as evidenced by his many friends. He remained close and was a father like figure to his extended family of nieces and nephews.

Surviving are sons Gary Pomes and wife Kathleen of Milford, PA and Richard Pomes and wife Linda of Cochecton Center, NY; brother Francis Pomes of Port Jervis, NY; sister Noel Balch of Matamoras, PA; grandchildren Christina, Matthew, Mary Beth and Michael Pomes; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 7 with a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis, with Rev. George Hafemann officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

Contributions may be made to St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 46 Ball Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Susan A. Stella of Port Jervis, NY passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 4, 2011, in Port Jervis. She was 41.

She was born January 28, 1970 in Middletown, NY, the daughter of Kathleen Caston Sikorski and the late John Ceasar Sikorski.

She was married on February 14, 2007 to her loving husband, Robert J. Stella.

A family statement reads: “Susan’s smiles, laughter and fun times will never be forgotten. She cherished being Godmother for Jaline and Jarad. Susan’s husband, mother, brother and sister-in-law Cathy miss her with all their hearts. Everyone wishes her happiness in heaven.”

Survivors include her husband, Robert J. Stella at home; mother Kathleen Sikorski of Glen Spey, NY; brother John J. Sikorski and wife Cathy of Glen Spey; father and mother-in-law Anthony and Marsha Stella of the Poconos; brothers-in-law Richard, Joshua and Jason Stella; and her three chihuahuas Laddie, Porthos and Noel.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, on Thursday, February 10, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 11, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis.

Contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, Inc., 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Lucretia W. Wahl of Corbett, NY, formerly of the Beechwoods, Callicoon, NY, a lifetime area resident, died Tuesday, February 1, 2011 after a short illness, at the Bassett Healthcare Center, Cooperstown, NY. She was 95.

The daughter of the late Francis (Frank) and Julia Minor Tiffany, she was born May 10, 1915 in the Town of Colchester, NY.

Lucretia graduated from the Walton Normal School and became a teacher; later she was a poultry and dairy farmer. She was a member of the Colchester Community Church Colchester Senior Citizens and the Walton Grange #1554.

Survivors include stepsons Robert Wahl of Canton, OH, Arthur Wahl and wife Roseanne of Brodheadsville, PA, Ross Wahl of the Beechwoods, and Roland Wahl and wife Susan of Beach Lake, PA; stepdaughters Marilyn Kavaller and husband John of Jeffersonville, NY and Cynthia Palko and husband Steve of Waymart, PA; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband Harold Lake, her second husband Vernon Wahl; and sisters Juanita Henry and Betty Moynihan.

Funeral services were held on Monday, February 7 at the Colchester Community Church in Downsville, NY.

Private burial will be in the spring in Paige Cemetery, Downsville.

Contributions may be made to the Colchester Community Church, PO Box 305, Downsville, NY 13755.

Shirley M. Henrickson, a homemaker and lifelong Sullivan County, NY resident, passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at her home in Cochecton, NY. She was 74.

Born on October 29, 1936 in Monticello, NY, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Edna Sullivan Dauch.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil Henrickson at home; sons Charles Henrickson and wife Denise of Cochecton and Daniel Henrickson and wife Caroline of Jeffersonville, NY; daughter Cindy Babcock and husband Randy of Fosterdale, NY; brother Kenneth Dauch and wife Pat of Old Town, FL; sister Elaine Kookie Bell of Mongaup Valley, NY; 12 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

She was predeceased by brothers Wendel, Charles Toots, Douglas and Vincent Dauch.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, January 13 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake, NY. Burial followed in Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY.

Florence Marjorie Baum of Sparta, TN and formerly of Jeffersonville, NY and Homestead, FL, passed away Saturday, January 1, 2011 at NHC of Sparta. She was 89.

The daughter of the late Lester and Marion Fraser Simonson Sr., she was born January 23, 1921 in Camden, NJ.

Mrs. Baum was a full-time homemaker and mom but also worked at Sullivan’s Department Store in Liberty, and later at the Senior Citizens Center in Homestead.

She is survived by her children Janet Klein of Sparta, Edward Baum Jr. of Miami, FL, Russell Baum of Rock Island, TN, Terry Lynn Baum of Quebeck, TN and Cheryl Baum of Youngsville, NY; brother Lester Simonson Jr. of Jeffersonville; 16 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held at Hunter Funeral Home, Sparta, TN.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Mildred J. Duttweiler, a retired home economics teacher at Livingston Manor Central School and lifelong resident of the area, died Sunday, January 16, 2011, at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, PA. She was 93.

Daughter of Frederick and Helen Eggler Duttweiler, she was born September 27, 1917 in Jeffersonville, NY.

Affectionately known as “Miss Dutty” to her students, she was a member of the NYS Retired Teachers Assn. and the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville.

Survivors include sister Helen Coyne of Tyler, TX; sister-in-law Gladys Duttweiler of Jeffersonville; and several nieces and nephews.

Mildred was predeceased by sister Josephine Duttweiler; brothers Harold and Russell Duttweiler; and nephew Peter Duttweiler.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, January 19, at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville. Burial was in Jeffersonville Presbyterian Cemetery, Jeffersonville.

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville.

Alex Jenkins of Glen Spey passed away in New City, NY on January 15, 2011. He was 70.

Alex was born April 29, 1940, in Warwick, NY.

Since November 12, 2001, his family had been the staff and the individuals who live at Silverman House of The Crystal Run Village Inc. Alex attended Rose Valley day program at Sullivan ARC. The years he spent at Silverman were happy and content and he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by sisters Edith and Ida.

He is predeceased by his parents; and brother Russel.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, January 18 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery, Woodbourne, NY.

Arthur “Butch” McLaughlin of Beach Lake, PA died on January 12. 2011 at home. He was 66.

He was born in Newark, NJ on February 29, 1944 to Bart and Helena McLaughlin.

Butch was employed as a tractor-trailer driver. When not traveling the open roads for work, Butch enjoyed riding motorcycles with his wife and tending his horses and other projects around the house. Butch is loved and will missed.

Butch is survived by his wife, Evelyn McLaughlin; daughters Lisa Hazimof and husband Billy, Carol McKenna and husband Sean; and grandchildren Melissa Hazimof, Williatinn Hazimof, Derek McKenna and Keefer McKenna.

A memorial service was held on Friday, January 14, 2011.

Donald G. Nelson Sr. of Hasbrouck, NY, a retired correctional officer for the State of New York and a lifelong resident of the area, crossed over on Friday, January14, 2011, in Liberty, NY. He was 63.

The son of the late Donald Peter and Ellen Lois Levers Nelson, he was born April 21, 1947 in Cochecton, NY.

A Vietnam veteran, Donald was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and had received many medals during the war. He was a member of Disabled Veterans Assn., VFW Post #5808, Callicoon,NY, and the American Legion.

He is survived by his children Nicole Nelson of Parksville, NY, Brittany Nelson of Liberty, Donald Nelson Jr. of Liberty, Melonie Cruz and husband, Miguel of Monticello, NY and Marie Leeper of Middletown, NY brothers William McKinley Nelson and wife Annie of Willow, AK and Frederick Joseph Nelson and wife Linda of Cochecton; nine grandchildren; companion Brenda Nelson of Liberty; friend Craig Dobbs; aunt Katherine N. Pierce; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Narrowsburg, NY VFW Post #5808 conducted military services at 8 p.m. on January 17 at Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg. A graveside service was held on Tuesday, January 18, at Sullivan Co. Veteran Cemetery, Liberty.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 407 E. Main St., Middletown, NY 10940.

Betty (Haralambia) Patsopulu, 90, went home to the Lord on January 9, 2011 at the Roscoe Regional Rehabilitation and Health Care Facility. She was 90.

Betty was born on April 23, 1920 in Athens, Greece. She came to the United States as a young woman and settled in NYC where she became a citizen and worked at Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

When she retired she bought a home and lived many years in White Lake, NY where she was known by many. Betty was self-reliant and rarely asked for assistance from her friends.

Betty loved to travel. She enjoyed reading and learning, was an excellent seamstress and played the piano. Over the years, she took in many cats and gave them a home and lots of love and attention.

Betty is survived by a sister and brother-in-law in Greece, her guardian and longtime friend Ralph Brown Sr. of White Lake; and many acquaintances.

Graveside funeral services were held on Saturday, January 15 at Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY. Rev. David Coon officiated.

Raymond F. Stauffer, 93, ended his earthly stay at his home in Barto, PA on Thursday, January 13, 2011. He was 93.

He was born on May 17, 1917, the son of the late Marvin and Genevieve Stauffer.

Surviving are his children Andrew with wife Patricia Stauffer of Pennsburg, PA, Christina Marks of Bally, PA and Mary Ann wife of Arnold Slonaker of Hereford, PA; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother; and two sisters.

He is predeceased by his wife Margaret (Noel) Stauffer; a brother; and two sisters.

Raymond was a lifetime fruit grower and Zern’s Market vendor. Raymond was an avid hunter who enjoyed his hunting camp on Duck Harbor Pond, Wayne County, PA. He was also a charter member of Bally Sportsmen’s Association; a member of the NRA; and the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, Bally.

Services were held Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at the Linwood W. Ott Funeral Home, Inc., Boyertown, PA.

Burial was at Most Blessed Sacrament Church Cemetery, Bally.

Clyde Albert Stegner Sr. of Honesdale, PA died Monday, January 10, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 85.

Born July 7, 1925 in Honesdale, he is the last surviving member of the James G. and Elsie London Stegner family. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, the former Augusta M. Hopkins. The couple married May 3, 1947.

Clyde was a welder for Erie Railroad. He retired from Conrail in 1990. In 1942 he survived the flood in Honesdale. While stuck in a tree he was able to reach down and rescue Ray Canfield from drowning. He was a motorcycle enthusiast and was a member of Baer’s Drill Team. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

Also surviving is son Clyde A. Stegner Jr. and wife Tammy of Beach Lake, PA; daughter Bonnie Walsh of Honesdale; grandchildren Sarah and Joey Walsh and Clyde A. III and Augusta May Stegner; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by sisters Alice Wood and Dorothy Stegner; half brothers Jess, Harold, Lloyd, William and Walter Gibbs; and half sisters Nettie Reigler, Ethel Bidwell, Mabel Nestico and Ellen Hiller.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 14 at Hessling Funeral Home, Honesdale, with Rev. Bill Frisk officiating. Interment followed in Indian Orchard Cemetery.