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August 28, 2013

Elizabeth Lucille Kidder of Youngsville, NY beloved sister, aunt and friend, gifted artist, avid reader and passionate lover of life, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 12, 2013.

Betty was born and raised in the Chicago area. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Stephens College. Betty enjoyed working in several mediums as a painter in oil and watercolor, as a fine printer working at the Pratt Graphics Center, and as a ceramicist.

She is survived by her brother, four sisters and seven nieces and nephews.

A gathering will be held at the Youngsville Fire House on Sunday, September 8 at 3 p.m. in remembrance.

August 21, 2013

Alice E. Lahey of Warner Robins, GA and formerly of Milford, PA, passed away Sunday, August 11, 2013 at Heart of Georgia Hospice, Perry, GA. She was 80.

The daughter of the late William and Ruth (Kirkwood) Wright, she was born July 22, 1933 in Patchogue, NY. She was married to the late John Michael Lahey.

She worked for Sullivan County, NY for many years, and after retiring she could be found at the side of one of her four sons, or grandchildren. Whether it was a game of UNO with her grandchildren or helping one of “the boys” with their problems she was always there. Alice was the most selfless person, who always put everyone ahead of herself. Her quick wit and care for others is what truly defined her as a person. Her warm smile and ability to find just the right words always made everything better.

Survivors include four sons, Tobias Lahey, Tracy Sean Lahey, Torrance Scott Lahey and Timothy Lahey; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She had many nieces and nephews that have always been there for her, including Laura Corbett, Billy Middaugh and Ruth Wesserling.

Funeral services were held at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA on Monday, August 19, 2013 at 12 noon with Rev. George Hart officiating.

Burial took place at Milford Cemetery, Dingman Twp., PA.

Memorial donations can be made to Heart of Georgia Hospice (www.heartofgahospice.org).

August 21, 2013

Darryl R. Ostrander of Scranton, PA passed away on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. He was 52.

He was married to the late Maryellen Kingston.

Born at Andrews Air Force Base, MD, he was the son of the late Robert Ostrander and Phyllis (Scott) (Ostrander) Williams.

Darryl is survived by one sister, Patricia McGinnis; three brothers, Daniel Ostrander, David Ostrander and Walter Williams; two aunts, Lillian Schlafer and Shirley Ostrander; one uncle, Jon Ostrander; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services are private at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements by Arthur A Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 Main St., Honesdale, PA.

August 14, 2013

George W. Burkle of Narrowsburg, NY passed away on August 9, 2013. He was 88. George W. Burkle was born February 25, 1925 to the late Philip and Theresa Burkle in Glendale, NY. He went into the Army as a medic in the Korean War and came back to the states and went to undertaker school.

He worked for a funeral home in Glendale and realized that this was not his dream.

George came to Narrowsburg in 1949 by train to work for John Baller on Bridge Street, which is now the Narrowsburg Fire Department, as a mechanic and salesperson for the Chevrolet Dealership. He met Ruth Shirley Meyers and they were married in October 1959.

In 1959, George also purchased the Arthur N. Meyers Agency from his father-in-law and it was then called the Burkle & Lander Insurance Agency. On July 11, 1960 George and Shirley had a son, Craig Philip Burkle. In 1970, George bought out Robert Lander from the insurance agency and it became known as the George Burkle Insurance Agency.

In the 1980’s George Burkle purchased the Krongle Agency in Jeffersonville, NY; at this point in time there were three locations: Narrowsburg, Callicoon and Jeffersonville. In 1985 Craig came into the business and still runs the business with his wife Cynthia Burkle. The business is three generations strong.

George was a member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department for 46 years and was president from 1990 to 1992, Tusten Volunteer Ambulance, Tusten Republican Committee chairman, town supervisor from 1996 to 1998, and Knights of Columbus 4th Degree.

George is survived by his son, Craig and wife Cynthia; grandchildren, Brett and fiancé Wendy Reynolds, Kristina and boyfriend Daniel Hillegas and a great-grandson, Treacy Hillegas.
George has now gone to be with his loving wife Ruth Shirley Burkle. They are now dancing their way to the pearly gates of heaven after being apart for 27 years.

Mass of Christian burial was held on Tuesday, August 13 at St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg NY. Father William Scully O.F.M. officiated. Burial followed in the parish cemetery.
Donations can be made to: St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY; Tusten Vol. Ambulance Service Inc., P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; or Narrowsburg Vol. Fire Dept., 203 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

August 7, 2013

Alice Hulihan of Honesdale, PA died on Monday, July 29, 2013 at Wayne Woodlands Manor. She was 90.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Hulihan.

Born on July 22, 1923 in Dayton, OH, she was the daughter of the late Alfred and Augusta Clause Finkbohner. She was a graduate of Narrowsburg High School and later worked at Bell Telephone as a secretary. She retired from Narrowsburg Lumber, where she was a secretary.

Alice was an active and devoted member of St. Francis Xavier Church in Narrowsburg and was a member of its Altar and Rosary Society. She also volunteered at the Narrowsburg Library. An avid walker, she enjoyed her daily strolls.

Surviving are her daughter, Maureen Carroll of Honesdale; her sons, Edward Hulihan of Ohio, and Dennis Hulihan of Pittston, PA; brothers, Allen Finkbohner of Narrowsburg, and Alvin Finkbohner of North Carolina; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Alberta and Augusta, and a brother, Alfred.

Private funeral services will be at her familys’ convenience.

August 7, 2013

Dr. Mary M. Reda of Staten Island, NY passed on Saturday, August 3, 2013. She was 42.

Born in Elizabeth, NJ to Peter and Marian Reda, she was a dedicated English professor at City College of New York at Staten Island. Mary was a member Phi Beta Kappa at Boston College. She received a Master’s degree on a teaching fellowship from Boston College as well as a PhD from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She wrote numerous articles, which were published in various academic journals, and authored a book “Between Speaking and Silence: A Study of the Quiet Student.” As a tenured, associate professor, Dr. Reda served as department chair as well as director of the writing program. Mary was often requested to speak at academic conferences in the United States as well as internationally. She served on numerous appointment search committees and was a tireless advocate for the adjunct faculty.

Mary is survived by her mother, Marian Reda; sister Dr. Ann Reda and friend Dr. Barry Jacobs; her brothers John and his wife Maureen, Joseph and his wife Lisa and Michael and his wife Michele; as well as 11 nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her father, Peter Robert (Bob) Reda.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 8 at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Spirit Church, Pequannock, NJ. Interment will follow at the St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary’s memory can be made to a scholarship fund being set up by her family.

August 7, 2013

Bruce Thomas Donald of Port Jervis, NY passed away on July 19, 2013. He was 59.

Bruce passed on at home after a long courageous battle with cancer. He stayed as active as he could until his death, talking to family and friends moments before he passed on. He was a loving son, mate, father, grandfather, and uncle who gave his unconditional love to them all. He was always concerned for others, had a great sense of humor and an ability to express himself, mixed with his insightful wisdom from his life experiences and as a result has helped many. He was a forgiving and hard working man who had simple needs. He has been friends with Bill W. for over 20 years, working his spiritual program of personal growth to the best of his ability on a daily basis.

He was born in St. Anthony’s Hospital, Warwick, NY, and raised in Greenwood Lake, NY, where he attended elementary school, Monroe-Woodbury-Woodbury High School, graduated from Orange County Community College and Mercy College with a degree in finance. He worked in Orange County Division of Motor Vehicles until the mid 1980s, also owned Green Acres Landscaping Company. He then joined Allwaste Sanitation as an account executive for 20 years, then worked as a consultant for various waste management systems in the area. For the past 10 years he has been consultant for waste recycling in Orange County, Pike County, PA, and Sussex County, NJ.

He lived in Lackawaxen, PA for the past 11 years, with his mate, until this past March when they came to Port Jervis, NY to be close to Bon Secours Hospital where he was being treated.

He rests now with his loving parents, Thomas P Donald and Doris Brown Donald, who predeceased him more than 20 years ago; and with his cherished sister, Kathleen Donald Fields, who recently passed in January 2013. All resided in Greenwood Lake, NY. His survivors, who so mourn the loss of his loving presence in their lives, are his beloved mate, Rae Ann Bender, who he lived with for 20 years; his cherished children, stepchildren, and grandchildren; son, Christopher Donald and wife, Nicole; and young grandsons, Colin and Logan of Holt, MI, daughter, Kimberlee Donald and mate, Sam Meli; and grandson, Keegan of Greenwood Lake, NY; son, Ryan Donald and wife, Megan, grandson, Gavin; and granddaughters, Jenilee, Eva, and Rosa of Wurtsboro, NY; his former wife, Diane Bukovinsky of Wurtsboro, NY; stepdaughter, Sierra Lisa Bender of Lackawaxen, PA and Naples, FL; Joseph V. Bender and Suzie (deceased), his wife and dear friend and granddaughters, Eliza and Georgia of Sugar Loaf, NY; stepdaughter, Lauren Bender and granddaughters: Gianna, Carley, and Isabella of Ridgewood, NJ; stepson, Christian Bender and mate, Shauna Allegretti and grandsons, Jospeh Bender and Sergio Allegretti of Totowa, NJ; Elizabeth and Francis Nead, loving parents-in-law of Metuchen, NJ; Marco Nead, loving brother-in-law and wife, Lorina of Edison, NJ; Williams Fields, brother-in-law and husband of cherished sister, Kathleen Donald Fields (deceased); niece, Joan Fields of Greenwood Lake, NY, niece, Dawn Fields Graham and husband, Paul Graham and their children: Daniel, Shaun, Joseph, and Kathleen; nephew, Bill Fields of Tuxedo, NY and Thomas Fields of Greenwood Lake, NY and their sons; his many family and friends who he valued—you know who you are!

Services were held Wednesday, July 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Strong Basile Funeral Home, 4 Oak Street, Greenwood Lake, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted for Sponsor’s Corner Recovery House in Port Jervis, NY, for the Bruce T. Donald Memorial Scholarship Fund (www.sponserscorpg.com).

July 31, 2013

Edward J. DeFebo, Sr. of Lackawaxen, PA, passed away on July 25, 2013 at home with his loving family. He was 80.

Son of the late Warren and Mary (Silvetti) DeFebo, Edward was born in Berwick, PA, on May 17, 1933. He was married to Janice (Weeks) DeFebo on April 8, 1961.

A graduate of Berwick High School and former Berwick Bulldog, he attended Lycoming College. As a graduate of the Pennsylvania State Police Academy, he served as a state trooper in the Daleville, Honesdale and Milford areas. He also proudly served his country as a MP in the U.S. Army. Edward was a Lackawaxen Twp. road master/supervisor for 12 years and he served as the Lackawaxen Twp. police chief. He received the Oaken Gavel award while serving on the Upper Delaware Council as chairman. He and his wife Janice owned and operated Jungle Jim’s Tavern for 22 years. The DeFebo family has long been associated with St. Ann’s Catholic parish in Shohola and the Maria Assunta Society of Berwick.

Edward was predeceased by his son, James; brothers, Lou (twin), Sam, John, and Joe; and sister, Clara. Edward is survived by his loving wife of 52 years; his sons, Edward and wife Sandra, William and wife Rose, and Charles and wife Cynthia; his brothers, Karl DeFebo of Harrisburg, Michael and wife Jane of Berwick; his sister, Rita and husband Arthur Cronin of Harrisburg; sister-in-law, Nancy Defebo of Berwick; his grandchildren, Tonya, Nicole, Billy, Rebecca, Nicholas, Joseph, Cameron, and Clayton; and many great-grandchildren.

A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Ann’s Church in Shohola on July 30 with Rev. Thomas Major officiating. Interment took place at Lackawaxen Cemetery, Lackawaxen, PA.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Saint Ann’s Church, PO Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.

July 31, 2013

Joann Peck of Narrowsburg, NY, longtime resident of the area, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital Hospice, Honesdale, PA. She was 57.

The daughter of the late Nicholas and Margaret Weber DiBella, she was born in Astoria, NY on May 15, 1956. She was married for 38 years to Robert Peck, who survives.

Joann had worked for Wayne Memorial Hospital as a dietary aide. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg.

A family statement reads: “Joann was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister in law. She was a kind person who always saw the good in people. She was a caregiver to the elderly. She truly was a special person that will be missed by all.”

She is survived by her husband, Robert; daughters, Carolyn Curreri and her husband Joseph of Beach Lake, PA, and Samantha Peck of Narrowsburg, NY; a son, Michael Peck of Narrowsburg, NY; four grandchildren, Hailey, David, Isabella and Joseph Curreri; and her sister in law, Linda Thorpe and her husband Gary of Beach Lake.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at the St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. officiated. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.

Donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004 or the Tusten Vol. Ambulance Service Inc. P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

July 17, 2013

Brittany Faith Coney, of Narrowsburg, NY passed away as a result of an accident on Saturday, July 13, 2013 in Beach Lake, PA at the age of 24.

The daughter of Richard C. and Gail Bouranel Coney, she was born in Harris, NY on April 18, 1989.

Brittany had worked for Top Notch in Honesdale, PA. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg; she was a Girl Scout, cheerleader, 4H member, active in the Red Cross, and participated in the Top Notch Cancer Run.

A family statement reads: “Brittany was a loving daughter, sister, niece, cousin and fiancée. She was very outgoing, enjoyed life and giving back to her community. She enjoyed line dancing. She will greatly be missed but will always live on in our hearts.”

She is survived by her parents, Richard and Gail; her fiancée Ronnie Cowger; her sisters, Kim Roth, Karyn Coney, Stacey Coney, Ashley Harms and her husband Chris; brothers, Rudy Roth III and his wife Sherri, Thomas Roth and David Roth; aunts and uncles June and Tom Conklin and family, Ron and Lisa Coney and family, and Scott Tartaglia; nephews, Adam, Devin, Daniel, Rudy IV, Michael, Cierra, Joe, Russ, Amber, Alyissa, CJ and her goddaughter Arianna (Nani).

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

July 17, 2013

Ann Danuff of Glen Spey, NY passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Valhalla, NY. She was 83.

The daughter of the late Michael and Dorothy Iser Freedman, she was born June 11, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Sol Danuff, her cowboy sweetheart.

Ann wore many hats throughout her life, including: medical assistant, research chemist (had lunch with Albert Einstein), classroom teacher, special education teacher, special education administrator, and barrel racer at circuit rodeos. She also was very active in the community as a volunteer with: Lumberland Environmental Council, Lumberland Board of Assessment Review, Sullivan County Legislative Action Committee, Lumberland Democratic Club, charter member of Lumberland Fire Department Auxiliary, Lumberland rep. for Sullivan County Office of Aging, life member of Hadassah, member of Temple Shalom prime timers, Lumberland seniors, Lions Club and Friends of the Library.

Survivors include son, Steve Danuff and partner, Kay Hannah of Paonia, CO; daughters, Lori Danuff McKean and husband, Michael McKean of Shohola, PA, Shari Danuff Biro and husband, Andrew of the Town of Greenville, NY, Michele Danuff Brigham and husband, Steve of Westtown NY; seven grandchildren, Lauryl Danuff, Ben, Sarah and Rachel McKean, Kaylie and Mackenzie Biro, Courtney Brigham and one great grandchild, Etienne.

Graveside service was held Friday, July 12 at Beth David Cemetery, 300 Elmont Rd., Elmont, NY. A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, July 28 at 2 p.m. at the Town of Lumberland Senior Center.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Lumberland Fire Department, 5000 County Route 31, Glen Spey, NY or to Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue Ranch, 23809 E Avenue J, Lancaster, CA 93535.

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.

If you wish to make a memorial, visit the Green Shadow Cabinet at greenshadowcabinet.us, see if any of it makes sense to you, and if it does, do something about it.

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.