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July 11, 2013

Amanda Morabito, of Yulan, NY passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, July 6, 2013. She was 17.

The daughter of James and Rebecca Morabito, she was born in Middletown on January 27, 1996.

Amanda was entering her senior year at Eldred Central High School. She began her service with the Yulan Fire Department as a cadet and became a junior member of the department.

A family statement reads: “Our special little peanut was a beautiful free-spirited girl who had friends everywhere she went. As the oldest, she loved all of her siblings and always protected them, as they meant the world to her. She loved her pet cats and aspired to be a nurse. She was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend. She will be missed by all who ever knew her. Fly high with the Angels baby you will forever be in our hearts. We love you.”

She is survived by her parents, James and Rebecca Morabito of Yulan, NY; her two sisters, Ashley and Emmah Morabito of Yulan, NY; four brothers, Matthew Morabito of Yulan, NY, Cody Dul, Wiatt Dul, and Tyler Dul of Mt. Hope, NY; grandmothers Ann McGarry of Jeffersonville, NY and Marcella Bruning; grandfathers Thomas Bruning and Papa Tony Morabito; stepfather Cary Dul of Mt. Hope; birth mother Dee Dul and several uncles, aunts and cousins. She was predeceased by her paternal grandmother, Patricia Gunderman and her maternal grandfather, James J. McGarry III.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, July 12, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home 3412 SR97, Barryville, NY 12719.

Mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Yulan NY. Christian burial will follow in parish cemetery.

July 10, 2013

Edward Dean Jr. of Highland Lake, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013. He was 31.

The son of Edward and Rosemary DiBello Dean Sr., he was born in Queens, NY on December 30, 1981.

Ed was a graduate of Eldred High School in 2000 and Star Academy Culinary School, Manhattan, NY. He was a high jumper for Eldred High School and set a record.

A family statement reads: “Ed was a loving and caring son, brother, nephew and cousin. His brother Michael was his best friend. He was always smiling. He was a great artist and loved to draw. He was an avid Yankee and Miami Dolphins fan. He also loved his dog Bandit. He will greatly be missed and he will live on in our hearts.”

He is survived by his parents, Ed and Rosemary Dean; his brother, Michael Dean; several uncles, aunts and many cousins.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made to the Humane Society.

July 10, 2013

Jane Prettyman, a sometime resident of Callicoon, NY and Honesdale, PA, died at her home in Philadelphia, PA on Monday, June 24. She was 68.

She was born in 1944 in Miami, FL to George William Lyman Prettyman and Jane Wardlow. A graduate of the University of Tallahassee, her multiple talents and miraculous competence led her to a career that encompassed at various times tennis pro; editor and art designer at Esquire Magazine; freelance art designer whose redesign of The New York Times’ Home section was used by them for decades; publisher of her own magazine, Dromenon: A Journal of New Ways of Being; manager of a doctors’ office in Santa Barbara, CA specializing in workmen’s compensation; and medical editor.

A lifelong advocate of the causes that she held dear, starting with her involvement in the civil rights movement of the ‘60s, Jane, during her time in Callicoon and Honesdale, became passionately involved in the local opposition to fracking and in ancillary causes such as home rule rights and protection of the environment.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Jane’s fighting spirit was that she never had any sentimental illusions about the likelihood of winning. She was a cynic but never a prey to cynicism, right up to the end firing off emails, letters and twitters to her representatives, the newspapers and dark-horse candidates and political parties on the chance that somebody out there would stop and listen to her clear, common-sensical and deeply moral reasoning, in which a call to return to the basic principles of the American Constitution, from which she saw the nation drifting, remained an ever-present theme.

She is survived by a daughter, Kristen Moseley and husband James of Jacksonville, FL and their two sons Jack and Jimmie; a sister, Mary Willard of Dobbs Ferry, NY; two nieces, Tamsin Willard and husband Shigemi Takagi and their sons Seiji and Koji, of Hastings, NY, and Anne Willard of Hankins, NY; cousins Pat (Bogert) Covill and husband Dan, Barbara (Bogert) Baker and Bruce Bogert and their families, all of Melbourne, FL; her beloved cat and companion, Sneaker; and many, many comrades in arms.

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July 2, 2013

Dorothy R. Ropke of Narrowsburg, NY died June 30, 2013 at Bethany Village Care Center, Honesdale, PA. She was 84.

She was born on April 3, 1929 in Jersey City, NJ to George and Johanna Helms Schorck.

She was married to the late Herman Ropke.

Dorothy was a retired manager at Kelly’s Adult Home in Narrowsburg. She also was a manager at Lander’s Minisink Campground. She also worked as a switchboard operator at one time. She was also a former member of the Town of Tusten Town Board.

Dorothy was very active in her community. She was a hospice volunteer, a member of the Tusten Ambulance Corps, a Red Cross volunteer, a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and a member of the Tusten Historical Society.

She is survived by three daughters, Dianne Robertson of Bloomington, IN; Nancy Rome and her husband Dennis of Prarieville, LA; and Carol Ropke Wingert of Narrowsburg; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband Herman, she was also predeceased by her son Kenneth Ropke.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg at 11 a.m. Pastor Phyllis Haines will officiate.

Burial of Dorothy’s cremains will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Tusten Ambulence Corps, or the Hospice of the Sacred Heart.

June 26, 2013

Town of Fremont Councilman and Basket Historical Society President John (Jack) B. Niflot of Mileses, NY died on Saturday, June 22, 2013, at home. He was 78.

Jack was born on February 10, 1935 in Binghamton to Jack I. and Florence (Trudeau) Niflot. He attended schools in Long Eddy and Callicoon, NY, graduating from Delaware Valley High School in 1953.

He worked from 1954-56 at the Breakstone Company in Youngsville, NY before joining the U.S. Army. The veteran served in the Infantry Radio Signal Corps from 1957-59, stationed at Fort Richardson in Alaska during the time that Alaska became a state.

Jack was employed from 1964-1992 as an advertising designer and printing pressman for the Sullivan County Democrat newspaper. Among many special events during his 28-year tenure, he covered the 1969 Woodstock festival and also served as a freelance photographer for numerous local weddings and other occasions.

He was predeceased by his father in 1950 and his mother in 1955; and in 1976 by his wife, Madeline (Hummell), whom he married in 1965. Survivors include one nephew, Ralph Gott, of Mehoopany, PA; one niece, Lana Harlow, of Troy, NY; and many friends from all walks of life.

Jack was the founder, president, and editor of “The Echo” newsletter of the Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware Valley since 1980. The society, which operates a museum in Long Eddy, received an Award of Recognition from the Upper Delaware Council in 1996 for its historic preservation work in the river valley.

He was a charter member and past president of the Upper Delaware Heritage Alliance, and received that organization’s first-ever Merit Award in 1982 for his individual “extraordinary contributions related to local heritage.”

Jack was elected to the Fremont Town Board in 1994 and continued his public service as a councilman for 19 years.

He was appointed as the Town of Fremont’s alternate (1994-97) then representative (1997-2013) to the Upper Delaware Council, Inc., serving as secretary-treasurer of the non-profit organization for 10 non-consecutive terms, as well as chairing the Personnel Subcommittee and serving on the Operations Committee.

Jack was a trustee and member of the Fremont Center Community Church and previously served on the Long Eddy Fire District Board of Commissioners for several years.

He was the co-author with Robert R. Harris of “Dear Sister: The Civil War Letters of the Brothers Gould,” published by Praeger Publishers in 1998, and had collaborated on a pending book about local history figure Lucy Lobdell.

The Sullivan County Historical Society had recently announced that Jack would be the 2013 recipient of the “Sullivan County History Preserver Award” to be bestowed at their annual dinner on October 26 at The Rockland House in Roscoe.

As hobbies, Jack enjoyed collecting military miniatures and historic postcards, building dioramas, and photography.

Calling hours were held on Wednesday, June 26, and on Thursday, June 27, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon, NY. A celebration of life service will take place Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Fremont Center Community Church with the Rev. James O’Rourke officiating. Cremation will follow.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Fremont Center Community Church, c/o Treasurer Cheryl Porter, 57 Church St., Long Eddy, NY 12760 or to the Basket Historical Society of the Upper Delaware Valley, c/o Laurie Ramie, P.O. Box 43, Hortonville, NY 12745. Arrangements have been made by Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, (845) 887-4900.

June 19, 2013

Joan V. Sykes passed away on June 18, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. She was 93.

Born on Staten Island on April 9, 1920, the daughter of Herman and Margaret Kestler, Joan lived on Staten Island until 1957 when she and her husband Edward C. Sykes and four children moved to Narrowsburg (Town of Tusten) and operated a chicken farm. She quickly adapted to farming, raising laying chickens, cows, pigs and growing her own vegetables and canning them. She was a wonderful cook and served many guests her cakes and pies, as well as her German/Irish dishes. After losing the farm to a fire, the family moved to Hankins in 1959, where they owned and operated the Hankins House. She continued to use her skills as a great cook to serve wonderful meals to many guests. Her Sunday smorgasbord was a favorite of many who traveled long distances to partake. A fifth child was born to the family in Hankins.

Joan was loved by all who knew her. Her grace and elegance was surpassed only by her kindness and goodness. She served as a past president of the Catskill Regional Medical Center Grover Herman Division Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a charter member of Alan Milk Memorial Post VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was a retired bookkeeper for Mike Preis Insurance, and kept herself mentally active doing crossword puzzles daily.

Joan is survived by five children: Edward T. Sykes (Joyce), Dr. Maureen Whipple, Thomas Sykes, Joan Bryson (Barry), and Kate Bowers (Dan); 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Edward, her sister Margaret, her brother Warren and by her son-in-law Bob Whipple.

Friends may call Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Stewart–Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St., Callicoon, NY from 4 to 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 21, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Callicoon, NY. Father Charles O’Connor will officiate.

Burial will be in Callicoon Cemetery, Callicoon, NY

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stonybrook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

June 12, 2013

Alberta Finkbohner Hankins Cassone died May 21, 2013 at her home in Greer, SC. She was 92.

She was born August 8, 1920 to Alfred Finkbohner Sr. and Augusta A. Clauss.

She spent her early years in Narrowsburg, NY and later moved to Hancock, NY where she and her late husband Willis Hankins operated a bluestone retail business. She retired to Fort Myers, FL. Alberta and her husband Martin Cassone lived in Fort Myers and several years in Hendersonville, NC before moving to Greer, SC.

Alberta will be fondly remembered by her family and friends as a very kind, gentle and respected lady.

She is predeceased by her parents; her sister Augusta Finkbohner Edwards; and brother Alfred Finkbohner Jr.

Survivors include her husband Martin Cassone; her sister Alice Finkbohner Hulihan; and brothers Alvin and Allen Finkbohner.

A service was conducted May 24, 2013 at Forest Lawn Mortuary in Hendersonville, NC with burial in the cemetery mausoleum crypt.

May 29, 2013

Milton Van Leer Groesbeck, a retired school teacher and World War II veteran, died May 20, 2013, at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown, NY. He was 90.

Born on May 13, 1923 in Camden, NJ to Charles and Mary Van Leer Groesbeck, Milton spent his early years working for the YMCA with his father. After World War II, he served as Lieutenant Battery Commander for the United States Army while stationed in Japan. Upon returning home, Milton graduated from Oberlin College, and began his 30-year career as an educator. In the early 1960s, Milton taught English at New York University. Later in his career, he taught 5th and 6th grades in Morristown, NJ. Upon retirement, he became a civilian teacher on Navy ships, touring the Adriatic arm of the Mediterranean Sea.

When Milton retired, he continued to be an active member of his community by volunteering and mentoring. “Uncle Milty” was a long-time member of both the Callicoon Fire Department in Callicoon, NY and the Hortonville Fire Department in Hortonville, NY. Milton valued community involvement and always encouraged his neighbors and grandchildren to become positive influences within their communities. In 2002, he married Rachel Keebler and moved to White Lake, NY to enjoy spending his remaining years with the love of his life. Milton was an avid canoer throughout his life and was competing in canoe races up into his 70’s.

Milton would appreciate readers to become involved in the world around them by taking a trip down the Delaware River (with your lifejacket on), becoming involved with a good organization (like the YMCA), and to simply keep breathing.

Along with his devoted wife, Rachel, Milton is also survived by his four children, Van Groesbeck of Sharpsburg, MD; Lynn Bowman of Frostburg, MD; Todd Groesbeck of Hagerstown, MD; and Scott Groesbeck of Dunoon. Scotland. Other survivors include two children by marriage, Richard Ferris of New Providence, NJ, and Harris Ferris of Pittsburgh, PA. Milton also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date.

May 22, 2013

Harry “Murf” Sherman left this world suddenly and unexpectedly on May 12, 2013 at the age of 45 in Starrucca, PA.

Born October 4, 1967 in Liberty, NY to Ruthe M. Kubiznak and Harry Sherman (both deceased), he spent the majority of his life in this area of the Catskills. Murf was a very creative and free spirit, filled with life and love, always there to help someone when they were in need. His generosity was unprecedented.

He was a very talented artist, craftsman and musician with exceptional, raw culinary talent. He was blessed with a unique and magnetic personality, a contagious smile and an infallible gift for lifting the spirits of everyone around him. In his tragically short life, Murf had more friendships than one could ever attempt to count. He touched the lives of everyone he met, everywhere he went. He was a man who always followed his heart wherever it took him and where it took him was into all of our hearts, where he will live forever.

While he enjoyed writing and playing music, gardening, hiking, and creating beauty from ordinary things, his absolute favorite past time was spent with his 10 year old daughter, the light and love of his life, Ella Mae.

Murf is survived by his beautiful daughter, Ella Mae; his companion Jenny Boylan, and her sons Matt and Seamus; four sisters, Diana Young of Staten Island, NY; Katt Judd (husband, Larry) of Lordville, NY; Isabel Evans (husband, Ronnie) of Roscoe, NY; Susan Borst (husband, Ed) of Las Vegas, NV; several nieces and nephews, 13 great nieces and nephews, one great-great niece, and a host of friends.

A private invitation only Celebration of Life is scheduled in June at the home of Katt and Larry Judd in Lordville. Please contact Katt and Larry at katbird77@verizon.net for details.

In lieu of flowers, Murf’s family is in the process of setting up a trust fund for Ella, and we ask that donations be sent in care of Isabel Evans, 237 Rockland Road, Roscoe, NY 12776, payable only to the Ella Mae Sherman Trust Fund.

May 15, 2013

Deacon Glenn J. Biagi of Greeley, PA passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He was 62.

The son of the late Arthur R. and Marie (Wettengel) Biagi, he was born August 25, 1950 in Weehawken, NJ. He was married to Mary Elaine (Yazdzik) Biagi on June 9, 1978 in Olyphant, PA.

Glenn was a graduate of the University of Steubenville. He was ordained a Deacon within the Catholic Church on November 27, 1999 in Scranton, PA and currently served as Pastoral Associate at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA. He was also a Catholic Chaplain of the Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution, Waymart, PA where he formed the St. Faustina Church for the inmates. Glenn had a passion for hunting, fishing and a round of golf, but most of all cherished spending time with his grandsons.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years; three children Marlaina Schlegel of Fleetwood, PA, Dana Biagi of Greeley, PA, Glenn J. Biagi, Jr. of Dunmore, PA; five grandsons Connor, Logan, Jackson, Michael, Ayden; brother Arthur Biagi, Jr. of Blufton, SC; sister Sharon Eadie of Texas and several nieces and nephews.

A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by the Most Reverend James C. Timlin, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of Scranton at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA on Saturday, May 11.

Interment took place at Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Ann’s Parish, P.O. Box 86 Shohola, PA 18458.

May 15, 2013

Lawrence Albert Wood of Zebulon, NC died Friday, May 10, 2013. He was 92.

A native of Yulan, NY, he was born July 21, 1920 son to the late Frank and Anna Smith Wood.

He was a veteran in the U.S. Army where he served in WWII European Theater. He was an aerospace engineer for Singer Kearfott. He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Selma Marie West Wood, and his wife of 32 years, MaryEtta Wood and grandson Charles Jr.

He is survived by his children, Lawrence D. Wood (Alice) of Carlstadt, NJ, Marie Helbig (Charles) of Zebulon, Rose Fredricks of Narrowsburg, NY and Bernie Kunnkeli Jr. of Narrowsburg, NY; grandchildren, Todd Helbig (Angela), Darcie Helbig, Larry M Wood, Jennifer Pennola (Bill), Debbie O’Brian (Joe), Conni Visneski (Mark), Darren Brodmerkel, Lance Brodmerkel, and many great grandchildren.

Flowers welcomed. Memorials can be made to your local American Legion.

Memorial and services in New York will be announced at a later date.

May 1, 2013

Angelo Monteleone of Myrtle Beach, SC died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Grand Strand Medical Center. He was 75.

Mr. Monteleone was born in Sicily, Italy, the son of the late Francesco and Angelina Caridinale Monteleone. He was predeceased by a sister, Rosalia Cullaro.

Surviving are his wife Jo Ann of Myrtle Beach; two daughters, Maria Scopino and Linda Marshall of Myrtle Beach; five sons, Frank (Phyllis) Monteleone, Louis (June) Monteleone both of NY, Gino Monteleone, John (Kathy) Monteleone and Joseph (Tracey Thompson) Monteleone, all of Myrtle Beach, SC; seven grandchildren, Lori, Michael, Matthew, Tony, Kayla, Jeremy and Angelina; one step-grandchild, Danielle; two brothers, Guiseppe and Vincent Monteleone.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at St. James Catholic Church with Rev. Tim Lijewski officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

May 1, 2013

Marie T. Schnorr, a longtime resident of Beach Lake, PA, formerly of Ridgewood/Glendale, NY, passed away on Friday, April 26, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 89.

The daughter of Charles and Germaine Rea-u Bordonaro, she was born October 20, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY. She was loving wife to the late Charles A. Schnorr, who had passed away on January 23, 1998.

She was a member of St. Francis Xavier R. C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. She was a member of the Red Hat Society; she was a member and avid donor to the Smithsonian and National Geographic Society.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth Schnorr and his wife Janet; her grandsons, Michael and Christopher.

Marie is predeceased by her sister, Gertrude Emmerich.

Burial was in Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale, PA.

May 1, 2013

Margaret “Marge” Vincent of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident, passed away quietly at home in her sleep with her husband by her side on Saturday, December 29, 2012. She was 84.

Marge was the daughter of the late Grace O’Neil Murphy. She was born October 19, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. She was the beloved wife for 62 years of Leslie J. Vincent, who survives. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church in Narrowsburg. Marge will be remembered by those who knew her well for her forthright opinions and outgoing personality.

In addition to her husband Les, she is survived by her daughter, Deborah Vincent and her husband, James Maluta of Tucson, AZ; her daughter Grace Blunt of West Boylston, MA; her grandson Alan Blunt of West Boylston, MA; her sister, Barbara Darvin of East Hampton, NY; two nephews, Gregory Darvin and Louis Varveris and two nieces, Jackie Darvin and Stella Varveris.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Rasmussen’s Funeral Home, 90 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY. Visitation with family members begins at 9 a.m. The memorial begins at 10 a.m.

May 1, 2013

Mrs. Barbara J. Wendt of Harriman, NY died Monday, April 29, 2013 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown. She was 80.

She was born August 31, 1932 in Ft. Madison, IA, the daughter of the late Harold H. and the late Mildred Anna Finley Edlen.

Barbara was married for 42 years to Donald L. Wendt, Sr. prior to his death on March 10, 1999.

She was a LPN. She worked at Arden Hill Hospital, Goshen, NY for 18 years.

A family statement read: “Mom loved fishing for trout, big family gatherings, raising a large family and big holidays”

Surviving are her children, Kevin Hay of Athens, GA; Donald L. Wendt, Jr. of Boulder, CO and his son Dylan; Jean Lombardi of Port Jervis, NY and her children Jason and Diane; Catherine Porteous of Lakewood, CO and her children Andrew, Heaven and Angel; Louis Wendt and his wife Susan of North Kingston, RI and their children Ryan, Sean, Brian, Katie and Lou; Jerry Wendt of Denver, CO; Chris Wendt and his wife Nancy of Highland Mills, NY and their children Joshua and Faith; and William Wendt of Harriman, NY; two sisters, Sharon Hughes of Pontiac, MI and Catherine Whitmore of Donaldson, IA; a brother-in-law, Gerald Wendt and his wife Doris of Lusby, MD; very close friends, Barbara Bronk and Richard Cross family; one great granddaughter, Lili; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Patt Kauffman officiating.

Burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to the patient activity fund at Valley View Center for Nursing Care & Rehabilitation, PO Box 59, Glenmere Cove Road, Goshen, NY 10924.

April 24, 2013

Violet M. Fischer of Narrowsburg, NY passed away on Monday, April 22, 2013 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale, PA. She was 96.

The daughter of Vincent Negri and Angelena Budetti, she was born January 28, 1917 in Bronx, NY. She was the widow of Walter A. Fischer, who passed away on December 7, 2006. They were married for 65 years.

She attended St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Narrowsburg, NY. She and her husband helped build St. Rosalie Church in Hampton Bay, NY.

A family statement read, “Violet was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a very talented seamstress. She looked forward to family gatherings and was a big part of the family. She will be greatly missed by all.”

She is survived by a daughter, Arline Barbara and her husband Paul of Narrowsburg, NY; three grandchildren, Dena Smith and her husband Sammy of Bethel, NY, Richard Pfeiffer and his wife Lisa of Cochecton, NY and Christine Kenny and her husband Kevin of Hampton Bay, NY; four great-grandchildren, Amanda M. Kenny, Kevin W. Kenny, Samantha Violet Pfeiffer and Albert C. Smith; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m., and on Friday, April 26 from 9 to 9:30 a.m., at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY.

Donations can be made to Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, 23 Ellen Memorial Lane, Honesdale, PA 18431.

April 24, 2013

Mrs. Joan F. Kingdon of Matamoras, PA and a longtime resident of the area died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY with her family by her side. She was 78.

She was born May 14, 1934 in Queens, NY, the daughter of the late Charles Reynolds and the late Charlotte O’Callahan Reynolds.

Joan married Howard J. Kingdon, Sr. 54 years ago on June 14, 1958 in Queens, NY.

She was the bank manager for Middletown Savings Bank on Pike Street in Port Jervis. Joan was a life member of Roosa-Fleming V.F.W. Post No. 161 Ladies Auxiliary, Port Jervis. A family statement read: “Mom was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.”

Surviving are her husband, Howard Kingdon, Sr. at home; her sons, Howard Kingdon, Jr. and his wife Donna of Woodbury, CT, and Charles Kingdon of Lancaster, PA; a daughter, Linda King and her husband Tim of Matamoras, PA; a brother, Charles Reynolds and his wife Pat of Brentwood, Long Island, NY; a sister, Charlotte Schof of Shohola, PA; six grandchildren, Jordan and Jack Kingdon, Nicholas and Zachary King, Kyle and Dillon Kingdon; and several nieces and nephews.

She was pre-deceased by her twin brother John Reynolds and brother-in-law Joseph Schof.

There will be no visitation and services will be private.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

April 24, 2013

Jean H. Krokowski of Barryville, NY and longtime resident of the area, passed away at home with her family by her side on Thursday, April 11, 2013. She was 103 years young.

The daughter of the late Maryan and Marian Kaptejna Kowalski, she was born in Portland, ME on October 13, 1909.

She was the widower of Stephen Krokowski, who passed away in 1967.

Jean was a retired cook for Carle Place School District, Carle Place, NY. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Yulan, NY.

A family statement read, “Jean was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a special lady. She took great pride in her grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.”

She is survived by her daughter Barbara Poillon of Baryville, NY; two granddaughters, Kathy Snowberger and her husband Tom of Florida, Barbara Wells and her husband George of Long Island, NY; two great granddaughters, Amanda Wells and Amy Wells.

Jean is predeceased by her husband Stephen, son Stephen Kropowski Jr., her son-in-law Stanley Poillon and her four siblings.

A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, April 15, 2013 at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Yulan, NY. Christian burial followed in Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, NY.

Donations can be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Co., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

April 24, 2013

Ernest Elwood Ross Sr. died peacefully on April 17, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. He was 82.

Ernest was born in Milton, NJ and lived there before moving to Equinunk, PA in 1976. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army and worked as a plastics engineer at Picatinny Arsenal in Wharton, NJ, retiring in 1977. Ernest was a 50-year member of the American Legion in Milton, NJ. He was an avid fisherman and hunter; loved antique cars and spending time with his family.

He is predeceased by his parents, Elizabeth (Search) and Charles Ross; one sister; three brothers; his beloved wife of 57 years, Helen (Metzler) Ross; and his beloved son Ernest E. Ross II.

Ernest is survived by his loving son Henry C. (Cheryl) Ross; his grandchildren, Shannon and Christopher Ross of Louisiana; Kim (Ricky), Dan (Shannon), Kyal (Brandy) Ross, Jessie (Andy) Kenyon, Casey (Matt), Emmylou (Bryan) Ross of NY and Garrett (Kira) Ross of PA; sisters, Raina (George) Bauckham and Lana (Clarence) Gletow. He is also survived by his aunt Stella Fredericks, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 23 at the Goble Funeral Home, 22 Main St., Sparta, NJ, with interment at Holland Mountain Cemetery, Milton, NJ.

April 17, 2013

Norma R. (Dexter) Hill died Sunday, April 14, 2013 at her home in Wantage Twp., NJ. She was 73.

Mrs. Hill, daughter of the late Norman and Ruth Roberts Dexter, was born in Honesdale, PA on May 6, 1939. She grew up in Narrowsburg, NY and has resided in Wantage for most of her life.

Mrs. Hill worked as a teacher’s aide for the Sussex-Wantage School District and had also worked at the former Daily-Drew Insurance Agency in Sussex. She taught Sunday school at both the Sussex United Methodist Church and at Colesville United Methodist Church where she was also a Youth Group Leader. Mrs. Hill was formerly a Cub Scout Den Mother and was a past member of the Colesville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution (DAR) and Friends of the Library, Sussex-Wantage Branch.

Mrs. Hill was predeceased by a brother, Jim Dexter and a grandson, Sean Satter. She is survived by her husband, Robert W. Hill Sr.; children, Robin Chandler and her husband Jeff of Wantage, Tammy Satter and her husband Art of Hawley, PA and Robert Hill Jr. and his wife Kirsten of Sparrowbush, NY; sister, Judy Long of Matamoras, PA; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, April 17 at Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg, NY. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Ferguson Funeral Home 27 Third St. Sussex, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Narrowsburg United Methodist Church 399 Delaware Drive Narrowsburg, NY 12764.