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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.


April 7, 2011

Mary Whalen Parker of Canajoharie, NY died Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. She was 89.

She was born January 29, 1922 in Canajohaire, the daughter of Joseph and Ellen Tunnicliff Whalen.

She married William Henry Parker Jr. on April 11, 1944 in Canojaharie.

Mary graduated from Ithaca College in 1943 with a B.S. in education. She was a physical education teacher in schools in Eldred, NY and Minneola, LI as well as Canojaharie. She later became a noontime aide for Canojaharie schools.

She was a communicant of St. Peter & Paul’s Church (now Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church) and a member of the Altar Rosary Society at the church. She was also a member of the Canojaharie Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Smith-Schultz American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Post #222. She enjoyed golfing, knitting, crossword puzzles and cooking.

She is predeceased by her son, Gary W. Parker.

She is survived by her husband; daughters Sandra E. and Susan M. Parker, both of Canojaharie; sons Randall Parker and wife Diane of Saratoga Springs, NY and Michael Parker and wife Debbie of Akron, OH; daughter-in-law June Parker of Canojaharie; grandchildren Mathew Parker, Erika Parker, Michelle Raymond and husband Scott, Heather Parker and Jeffery Parker; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 29 at our Lady of Hope Catholic Church, Fort Plain, NY. Burial will be at St. Peter & Paul’s cemetery.

Donations may be directed to Ithaca College, c/o Elayne Nichoas, Alumni Hall, 953 Danby Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850.

April 7, 2011

Emma O’Connell of Middletown, NY, a certified social worker, died on Saturday, April 2, 2011 at O.R.M.C., Horton Campus. She was 63.

The daughter of the late Frank and Marion Nabholz Gawors, she was born on November 29, 1947 in the Bronx, NY.

Emy married Joseph O’Connell on August 17, 1968 in the Bronx. They adopted two children and opened their home to 19 foster children over the years. She was a gentle, loving woman of undying faith and courage who was an inspiration to all. Emy will remain in our hearts.

In addition to her husband, Emy is survived by sons Joseph and wife Jillian of Highland Mills, NY, Andrew and wife Tisha of Otisville, NY, Nicholas and Summer of California and Tony and wife Janet of Glen Spey, NY; daughters Patti and Merilee, both at home; brothers Frank Gawors and wife Mary Pat and George Gawors; sisters Lauretta Camardelli and husband Ralph and Marian Gawors-Piccininni; grandchildren Joey, Caleb, A.J., Josh, Isabella, Nicky, Dezirae and Katelyn and Kiley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 7 at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Middletown.

April 7, 2011

Gale McCarthy of Glen Spey, NY, a loving mother, grandmother, and sister, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2011, at her home. She was 57.

Gale was born in West Orange, NJ on June 4, 1953, to parents Howard and Florence Dubanowich.

She attended Livingston High School and went on to receive her LPN from St. Barnabas Medical Center, working at various practices over several years. In recent years, she sold real estate, collected and traded antiques and ran a successful artisan antique jewelry creations business.

Gale is survived by sons Sean McCarthy and wife Dana and Colin McCarthy; their father, Patrick; brother Kenneth Dubanowich and wife Miceal; grandson Aiden McCarthy; sisters-in-law Margaret Dubanowich and Mary and Lynn McCarthy; brothers-in-law James and Thomas McCarthy; a cousin and several nephews.

Gale is predeceased by her brothers, Stanley Dubanowich and Gary Epton.

Friends may visit with the family on Friday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Norman Dean Home for Services, 16 Righter Ave., Denville, NJ; 973/627-1880 or

April 7, 2011

John K. Hudson of Monticello, NY passed away peacefully Friday, March 25, 2011 at his home after a long illness. He was 77.

The son of the late John and Isabella Norwood Hudson, he was born November 4, 1933 in New Jersey.

John was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving during the Korean War. He was a member of VFW Post 8858 of Harriman, NY and was a member of AARP. He worked as an office worker for Lucent Technologies in New Jersey.

Survivors include his loving wife Audrey Specht “Banks” Hudson at home; sons John G. Hudson and wife Linda of Langhorne, PA and James Hudson and Louis Hudson, both of New York City; daughter Jeanette Hudson of New York City; brothers Thomas Hudson and wife Yen of Fayetteville, NC and Henry Hudson and companion Joyce Haring of Cochecton, NY; sister Margaret Smith of Joliet, IL; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by sister Joan Quatlander; and granddaughter Tiffany.

Cremation and private funeral services were held at Cedar Hill crematory, Middle Hope.

William Robert Alber passed away after a brief illness on Monday, March 21, 2011. He was 79.

He was born November 27, 1931.

He was a resident of Callicoon, NY for over 30 years. William proudly served his country as an army staff sergeant in the Korean War from January 29, 1952 thru January 12, 1954. William owned and operated a small business in Glendale, NY for 34 years. He enjoyed flying small aircrafts for many years at Sullivan County Airport. William will be dearly missed by many family members as well as his dear friends.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Arlene Alber; daughters Patricia Tabacco and Arlene McKenna; and a son William John Alber.

A memorial service was held at Flinch and Bruns, 34th Hempstead Avenue, Lynbrook, NY on Sunday, March 27, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Burial was on Monday, March 28, at Calverton National Cemetery, Calverton, with full military honors.

March 29, 2011

Elizabeth J. “Betty” Hawker of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died Sunday, March 27, 2011 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 86.

The daughter of the late Clarence and Johanna Van Beeck Winchell, she was born November 22, 1924 in Jersey City, NJ.

Betty was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg. She served as Tusten Town Clerk from 1991 to 1999. She was a charter member of Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a member of Tusten Historical Society and a volunteer for the Narrowsburg Ecumenical Food Pantry.

Survivors include sons Arthur Hawker and wife Patricia of Narrowsburg and William Hawker and wife Sachiyo of Concord, CA; daughter Kathryn Anderson and husband Richard of Annapolis, MD; grandchildren Laura Christ and husband Peter of San Antonio, TX, Jennifer Hawker of Scranton, PA, Megan Hawker of San Diego, CA, Joseph Hawker of Toronto, Canada and Jun Hawker of Concord, CA.

Betty is predeceased by husband Searle Alfred Hawker; and brothers William and Richard Winchell.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 31 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Funeral services will be held April 1 at 11 a.m. in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.

Cremation will follow at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA. Burial of the cremains will be in Glen Cove Cemetary, Narrowsburg.

Donations may be made to Tusten Historical Society, PO Box 18, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, or Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale, PA.

March 29, 2011

Mabel W. Huebner of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale, PA. She was 99.

The daughter of the late Harry and Mabel Whitaker Covart, she was born in Glen Spey, NY on November 13, 1911.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg. She was a member of Tusten Senior Citizens Club for over 20 years, and volunteered for the office of aging meals-on-wheels program. She was the former secretary of the Tusten Republican Club.

A family statement reads, in part: “Mabel was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother. She had a full life, living just short of a full century. She was devoted to her family and instilled great values. She will be greatly missed.”

She is survived by sons Robert Huebner and wife Joan of Monticello, NY, Ralph Huebner and wife Irmgard of Beach Lake, PA, Kenneth Huebner and wife Carol of Deltona, FL and Charles Huebner and wife Karyn of Cameron Park, CA; 15 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband, Robert Huebner, who passed away back in 1973.

Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.

Donations can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 64 Erie Ave., Narrowsburg, NY 12764 or Sacred Heart Hospice, 600 Baltimore Ave., Wilkes Barre, PA 18702.

March 29, 2011

Marie A. Miller of Rowland, PA, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Sunday, March 13 at home. She was 83.

The daughter of the late Edward and Stella Yackevicz Bortcavage, she was born September 13, 1927 in Eynon, PA.

She was married for 54 years to Joseph A. Miller, who survives.

A family statement reads: “Marie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a big part of the family and she will be truly missed.”

She is also survived by son Joseph A. Miller Jr. and wife Janet; daughter Maureen Moore and husband Joseph; grandsons Joseph and Daniel Miller and Joseph Moore; granddaughters Jennifer and Jade Moore; sister Helen Jaszczult; goddaughter Eileen Bridges; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, March 17 at St. Ann’s R.C. Church in Shohola, PA, with Father Thomas Major officiating. Christian burial followed in the parish cemetery.

March 24, 2011

Maureen Uleano of Monroe, NY, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011 at home. She was 52.

Daughter of Elizabeth Gillespie Kiltie and the late Thomas Kiltie, she was born March 20, 1958 in Kilwinning, Scotland.

Survivors include her mother, Elizabeth Kiltie of Shohola, PA; sons Bernard A. Uleano of Sonyea, NY and Thomas Uleano of Monroe, NY; and brother Robert Kiltie of St. Louis, IL.

Visitation was held on Friday, March 11 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, Monroe. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.

Donations may be made to American Cancer Society, Wisner Professional Building, 419 East Main Street, Middletown, NY 10940.

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.