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March 24, 2011

Joan A. Tyler of Beach Lake, PA died unexpectedly, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at home. She was 70.

Mrs. Tyler was born June 5, 1940, in Honesdale, PA, the daughter of the late Harold and Ethel Mae (Hogancamp) Kennedy.

She was a retired seamstress who enjoyed bingo, her computer and yardwork. She loved her dog, Suzy. Her vacations were bus trips, Yankee games and train rides. Mrs. Tyler was a member of the Beach Lake United Methodist Church and the Pleasure Riders Motorcycle Group.

She is survived by her beloved friend John Savage of Waymart, PA; sons David Jr. and wife Becky Tyler of White Mills, PA and Jeffrey and wife Donna Tyler of Honesdale; daughter Kimberly Masker of Honesdale; brothers Donald D. Kennedy of Carbondale, PA and Charles Kennedy of Sellersville, PA; 10 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, David Earl Tyler, Sr. and a brother, Daniel Kennedy.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 19 at Teeters’ East Chapel, Hawley, PA.

Burial was made in Clinton Center Cemetery in Waymart.


March 24, 2011

Thomas E. Mitchell, of Liberty, NY passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 2, 2011. He was 58.

The son of the late Clifford and Nancy O’Connor Mitchell, he was born on April 24, 1952.

Tom was a former director and drug counselor at Daytop Village in Swan Lake, NY. He was also a member of St. Peter’s Church in Liberty. Tommy was a mentor and a leader. He was a strong community volunteer whose work can be seen throughout many communities in connection with Sullivan Renaissance. He is most remembered in the Town of Bethel, where he helped to create Bethel Community Park and the Bethel Farmers Market. The gardens will always bloom thanks to Tom’s support and dedication.

Tom was also a loving brother and was devoted to his nieces and nephews. He taught us all how to fish and during those lessons, we all learned the true meaning of life from Tom—that it is more important to give than receive.

He leaves behind his brothers, John Mitchell and his wife, Kristine of Cliffside Park, NJ and Michael Mitchell and his wife, Carmen of Bronx, NY; a sister, LouAnne O’Neill and her husband, Stephen of Westchester County; and several nieces and nephews. His brother, James predeceased him in 2009.

A funeral mass was held on 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church in Liberty. Monsignor Edward Straub officiated. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.

March 24, 2011

Blanche A. Masters, a lifetime Monticello, NY resident, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. She was 80.

The daughter of the late William and Sabina Lopez Chavez Drennon, she was born November 12, 1930, in Monticello.

Blanche was the owner of Blanche’s Diner in Mongaup Valley, NY. She was a member of the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church and the White Sulphur Springs Senior Citizens.

She is survived by five sons, Thomas LeConey and wife Cheryl of Clayton, NY, Joseph “Bud” LeConey and wife Rev. Bridgette LeConey of Liberty, NY, James Masters and wife Jill of Prairieville, LA, William Masters and companion Donna of Monticello and John LeConey and wife Mickey of Monticello; sister Marie Raucci and husband Ralph of Monticello; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A son, Michael LeConey, predeceased her.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 19 at the White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church. Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiated.

Contributions may be sent to White Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church, PO Box 308, White Sulphur Springs, NY 12787.

March 24, 2011

Charles K. Hatton Jr. of Honesdale, PA passed away Sunday March 20, 2011, at Fox Chase Hospital in Philadelphia. He was 71.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, the former Annetta Freiermuth. The couple married on April 25, 1964.

Born July 23, 1939, he was the son of the late Charles K. Hatton Sr. and the late Anna Lourdes Fox Hatton. He was a graduate of the Honesdale High School.

Charles was a Marine Corps Veteran, serving in Japan during the Korean War. He was a self employed electrical contractor for over 40 years. Charles was a member of the St. Johns Parish and a life member of the Cricket Hill Golf Club. He also collected antique cars and enjoyed gardening. He will be truly missed by his family and friends whom he loved dearly.

Charles is also survived by son Shawn Hatton of Beach Lake, PA; brothers John Hatton of Honesdale and Joseph Hatton and wife Cary of San Antonio, TX; an aunt, Grace Fox of Honesdale; and nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by a son, Craig Hatton; sister Mary Alicia Hatton; and a nephew.

As per his request, cremation was held at Huff & Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale, PA.

The family will receive friends at the Hessling Funeral Home, 428 Main St., Honesdale, on Saturday, March 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. A memorial mass will follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be made in Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale.


March 17, 2011

Gaetana “Donnie” Adorante, a homemaker, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Liberty, NY. She was 98.

She was born in the Bronx on February 18, 1913, the daughter of Gaetano and Maria Giagrande Ciardi. She was married to the late Julius Adorante, who died in 1993.

Survivors include her daughter, Donna Knack and husband Donald of Jeffersonville, NY; sister Lena Deldin of Queensbury, NY; son-in-law Frank Capalbo of Bethel, NY; grandchildren Susan Capalbo, Christine Capalbo, Jennifer Green and Kristen Green-Gagliardo; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her son, Joseph Adorante; her daughter Palma Capalbo; and brothers and sisters.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 15, at Fairview Cemetery, Stone Ridge, NY.

Contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Regional School, 112 Lincoln Pl., Liberty, NY 12754.

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

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.


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

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

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.