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August 12, 2015

Grace Lou Behling Johansen, 86, of Beach Lake, PA died Saturday, August 8, 2015 surrounded by her family.

She was born on July 16, 1929 at picturesque Peggy Runway Lodge, for years one of the finest resorts along the Delaware River. She was the surviving daughter of J. Frank and Ruth Annette Marold Behling. She was predeceased by her sisters Ruth Brock, Alma Evans, and Betsy Eilers.

She married R. Kenneth Johansen at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg on December 28, 1950. She is survived by (hold onto your hats!) her children: LouAnn and husband Thom Joyce of Beacon, NY; Roger Johansen and wife Julie of Little River, SC; Richard Johansen and wife Anne of Beach Lake, PA; Lauren and husband Roy Schlagenhaft of Beach Lake, PA; Lynn Ellen and husband Bob Costello of Beacon, NY; Russell Johansen and wife Kathy of White Sulpher Springs, NY; Rob Johansen and wife Jen of Indianapolis, IN.

Her grandchildren: Michael Joyce, Jacob Joyce, Zachary Joyce and wife Linda, Kenneth Joyce, Timothy Joyce, Joshua Johansen, Cassandra Johansen, Dustin Johansen and wife Jillian, Kerrie Johansen, Alyssa Johansen, Gregory Johansen and wife Allison, Erin Arndt and husband John, Sean Schlagenhaft and wife Erica, Katie Schlagenhaft, Devon Costello, Declan Costello, Finnian Costello, Jessica Lambert, Sommer Johansen and Leif Johansen. Her great-grandchildren: Maddox Schlagenhaft, Isabella Schlagenhaft, Calin Arndt, Mason Arndt, Lori Lynn Arndt, Emma Joyce, Jack Ford, Gray Ford and Katelyn Johansen.

She graduated from Wagner College in 1951 with a degree in Psychology. Her professional life included a management position at Sears, co-owner of ABC Books and an advertising manager of The River Reporter.

Grace was a respected, active member of the community throughout her life.

She had the inspiration, and was one of the founding members of the Tusten-Cochecton Library in Narrowsburg. Her passion for local history inspired her to found the Tusten Historical Society, of which she served as president for the past two decades. During that time she wrote and received numerous grants from Sullivan County Arts and Heritage to produce selected histories of local interest including “Tom Quick Trail,” “Narrowsburg Logging: an Historic History,” “Boarding Houses of Tusten Township,” and “The Era of Flying in Narrowsburg, New York.” She wrote the weekly column “Did You Know” for The River Reporter.

In years past Grace and husband Ken were known and loved for their leading roles in local community theater including “Oklahoma” and “South Pacific.”

She was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

She knew that she was blessed to be part of the Behling family, and we as her family know we were indeed blessed to have her as our mom, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be dearly missed. We love you, Mom.

A memorial service is planned in September, date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Tusten Historical Society, Tusten-Cochecton Library, Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

August 12, 2015

Tom Kane, 85, of Honesdale, PA died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 9, 2015 and leaves a legacy of a life fully lived.

Born in Philadelphia on December 24, 1929, Tom grew up during the Great Depression in an Irish Roman Catholic family. After high school, he entered the seminary and became a Roman Catholic priest. During his 10 years in the priesthood, he taught English at a prep school in Brooklyn, taught theology, and was a counselor at St. John’s University in Queens, New York. He left the priesthood after an intense interior crisis with the ruling elite of the church, and became an activist. His journey is chronicled in his memoir “Good Church, Bad Church: One Priest’s Indictment of the Vatican.”

Tom is survived by his son Christopher Kane and wife Kimberly, their children Madelaine and Aidan, his daughter Emily Sartori and her husband Jon, their son Nicholas, and his partner Barbara Lewis.

After working for the New York City Board of Education, acting as an artist’s rep and computer salesman, Tom moved to Sullivan County, NY, where he became a journalist, spending 13 years as a reporter for The River Reporter in Narrowsburg. He also had a weekly spot on WJFF public radio called “Life In These Parts” in which he depicted what life was like in the beautiful Upper Delaware River valley he’d come to love.

Music was always a part of his life. Tom had a great tenor voice and an outstanding stage presence, and sang numerous leading roles in classic operas at the Delaware Valley Opera Company in Narrowsburg, during the 1990s.

Tom was the author of a novel, “The Mark of Gnosis,” a murder mystery set in a Trappist Abbey in Wyoming, as well as his memoir. He continued to write about issues relating to the Catholic Church and human rights issues until the day of his death.

Tom was a man of great energy and passion for the causes he espoused. He had a sharp and inquiring mind, a flair for interviewing people, and a great interest in understanding the Why of everything. His charm and intelligence attracted a lively group of friends and acquaintances to him, which was clearly demonstrated by the large turnout at the “Show of Appreciation” held for him in 2009 in honor of his 80th birthday.

Tom had heartily embraced his life in Honesdale with Barbara, and became a vital and active part of the community, participating in such initiatives as Transition Honesdale, Rachel’s Challenge, and “Aging in Community.” Recently he volunteered at Wayne Memorial Hospital, and was a regular at Branko’s Patisserie.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at a time to be determined by his family, and will be open to all who wish to remember and honor him.

August 5, 2015

Laura Curreri of Beach Lake, PA, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at home on July 31, 2015. She was 82.

The daughter of the late Vincent and Laura Lotruglio Gesimino, she was born August 12, 1932 in Brooklyn, NY.

Laura was a member of St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg, NY. She was a member of the Tusten and Beach Lake Senior Clubs.

A family statement reads, “Laura was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was an avid reader; she enjoyed books. She took great pride in her family, and her family’s wellbeing was very important to her. She had a heart of gold. She will truly be missed by all.”

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Joseph; three children, Joseph Curreri and his wife Dawn of Narrowsburg, NY, Jerry Curreri of Honesdale, PA and Jannine Brostowski and her husband James of Lindenhurst, NY; her sister, Rose Bosinger and her husband Mike of Franklin Square, NY; seven grandchildren, Joseph Curreri and wife Carolyn, Beach Lake, PA, James Curreri and wife Brenda, Beach Lake, PA, Daniel Curreri, Monticello, NY, James, Leyna, and John Brostowski, Lindenhurst, NY, six great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She is predeceased by her grandson David F. Curreri.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 and Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Father Dennis Dinan officiated. Burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to David F. Curreri Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc., 95 Homestead Road, Narrowsburg NY 12764.

July 8, 2015

Hazel E. (Parker) Iasiello, 88, of Kingston, NY, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015. She was born July 23, 1926 in Eldred, NY to the late William and Eleanora (Seibert) Parker. She was married to her loving husband of 51 years Louis V. Iasiello. Louis passed away on March 8, 1999.

Hazel attended Eldred Central High School and Curtis High School on Staten Island. She worked as a group leader for St. Michael’s Home in Staten Island, NY, before retiring in 1982.

Hazel was a parishioner at St. Peter’s RC Church in Staten Island, St. Anthony of Padua in Yulan, NY, and St. Mary’s RC Church in Kingston. She served on the altar and rosary societies at St. Peter’s RC Church in Staten Island and St. Anthony of Padua Church in Yulan, NY. She was also a member of the St. Peter’s Mothers Club, St. Peter’s High School Parent Club, and Curtis High School PTA. She was an avid bowler with the St. Peter’s Bowling League.

Hazel is survived by her children, Rev. Louis Iasiello, OFM, of Columbus, OH; Janis Bianco and her husband Paul of Hurley, NY; Lorri Senk and her husband Norman of Staten Island, NY; her brother William Parker of Canajoharie, NY; her grandsons, Matthew, John and Christopher; four great grandchildren, Hailey, Alexia, Kendall and Matthew, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and brothers- and sisters-in-law. In addition to her husband and parents she is predeceased by three sisters and two brothers.

Friends and family visited on Wednesday, July 1 at A. Carr & Son Funeral Home, 65 Lucas Ave., Kingston. The funeral procession was on Thursday at the funeral home and proceeded to St. Mary’s RC Church where at a Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated with Rev. Louis Iasiello, OFM, officiating. Burial will take place in St. Anthony Cemetery in Eldred, NY at a later date.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to American Cancer Society at www.Cancer.org. To leave and expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserCarr.com.

July 8, 2015

Frank R. Fioramonti, resident of NYC and Narrowsburg, NY, died June 27 peacefully at home with his beloved wife, Sheila, at his side.

In his 73rd year, Frank was an attorney and administrative law judge. Spending his career in public service, he was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia Law and received an LLM from NYU Law.

Adored husband of Sheila and father to her children, Brandi and Vance Merolla, and grandfather to Juliette and Austin; survived by his sister, Marie.

April 9, 2015

Margo J. Meyer, age 92, of Highland Lake, NY died Monday, April 6, 2015 at her home. She was born on March 29, 1923 in Red Bank, NJ, the daughter of Menzo and Helen Miller Bosch.

She was a member of the Eldred United Methodist Church, Eldred, NY. Margo enjoyed her daily swim whether it was swimming in the ocean along the Florida coast or Lake DeVenoge. She was a talented and gifted artist, an avid gardener and had a great love of nature. The woods were Margo’s serenity.

She married Frederick Meyer who predeceased her. She is survived by her two daughters, Judy Knight and her husband Douglas of Narrowsburg, NY and Cheryl Haas and her husband Richard of Yulan, NY. She is also survived by her five grandchildren, Jennifer Roberts and her husband Terry, Heather and Kimberly Packer, Jamie Haas and his wife Melissa and Mallory Haas; her great grandchildren, Logan, Cody, Trevor, Madison, Mikayla, Lukas, Addison, and Ashton; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred American Legion Volunteer Ambulance Corps., PO Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732 or to the Eldred United Methodist Church, 12 Eldred-Yulan Rd., Eldred, NY 12732.

March 25, 2015

John W. Moser, Sr. passed away peacefully on March 22, 2015, in Medford Care Center, Medford, NJ at the age of 93.

John was born on May 13, 1921, in Bethlehem, PA. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WWII, serving in various areas, including the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. He lived in Milanville, PA for many years and later in Inverness, FL for 26 years. Before retiring, he worked as a laborer in the Sullivan, NY area as a member of the Laborers’ International Union of North America. He spent the last year of his life living with his daughter and son-in-law in Marlton, NJ.

He was predeceased by his first wife Lee Reuger on July 21, 1955 and his second wife, Anna Zingg-Weber on March 10, 2009, stepson Rudolph Weber and stepdaughter Hermine Legari.

He is survived by his daughter Patricia Moser LeRoy and husband Dennis Ventura, son John W. Moser Jr. and wife Donna, grandchildren Jeff Moser and Kelly Moser. He is also survived by his stepdaughter Anna Weber Dyckman and many other grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John’s name to Medford Care Center or Wounded Warrior Project.

March 25, 2015

Randi J. O’Brien of Cochecton, NY, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Randi had been valiantly battling Parkinson’s for several years, and she died surrounded by her loving family on the family farm.

The daughter of late William and Laura Virginia Moller Keesler, she was born March 15, 1953 in Callicoon, NY. She was 62 years old.

She was the widow of Richard “O’B” O’Brien and they were married for 35 years.

She operated Trilogy Perennials Greenhouses on Brook Road in Cochecton. Her happy moments were gardening. These times in the greenhouse were joyful. She put her heart and soul into the beautiful plants and flowers.

A family statement reads: “Randi was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, wife, sister and aunt. She was a kind woman with a gentle spirit. She will truly be missed.”

She is survived by her four children, Daniel O’Brien of Cochecton, NY, Colleen O’Brien Williams and her husband TC of Killeen, TX, Jessica Ann O’Brien of Lawton, OK, and Shawna Smith and her husband V. Smith of Hinesville, GA; three grandchildren, Lorenzo O’Brien, Aliza O’Brien and Gabriella O’Brien; two sisters, Linda McCarthy of Cochecton Center, NY and Patti Keesler of Cochecton Center, NY; one brother, Charles Keesler of Cochecton, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Randi is predeceased by a sister, Susan Keesler.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. Christian burial will be done at the convenience of the family at Tyler Town Cemetery, Tyler Town, NY (Cochecton Center, NY).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charities of one’s choice.

March 11, 2015

Mr. Rex H. Horan, a lifetime resident of Port Jervis, NY, died Monday, March 9, 2015 at Milford Senior Care & Rehabilitation Center, Milford, PA. He was 85.

He was born September 7, 1929 in Port Jervis, NY, the son of the late Vincent Horan and the late Mae O’Malley Horan.

Rex married Marlene Roberts Horan 55 years ago on October 4, 1959 in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis, NY.

He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of the Roosa Fleming VFW Post #161, Port Jervis and the Port Jervis Elks Club BPOE #648, Port Jervis.

Rex worked for 53 years at A & P Grocery, Inc. retiring as a regional manager, and for 23 years with his wife Marlene he was the co-owner and operator of the famous San Diego Submarine Shop in Port Jervis.

He was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis where he was baptized, received his first communion, was an altar server, graduated from St. Mary’s Parochial School and was married to Marlene 55 years ago.

Rex was elected to several terms from 1984 to 1993 as a Port Jervis City Councilman for the 2nd ward. He was a 40-year Cub Scout Pack Leader for Troop #173 in Port Jervis.

A family statement read: “Rex was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was an avid Notre Dame and Red Sox fan who served his community and family unfailingly. He was a very proud Port Jervian.”

Surviving are his wife, Marlene Horan at home; sons, Mitchell Horan and his wife Denise of Bronxville, NY, Todd Horan and his wife Angela of Queens, NY, Christopher Horan and his husband Jesse Brune of Los Angeles, CA; three grandchildren, Matthew, Patrick and Kathleen Horan; sister-in-law, Diane Horan of Mason, OH; brothers-in-law, Michael E. Roberts and his wife Paula of Port Jervis, NY and Richard K. Roberts and his wife Michele of Port Jervis, NY.

He was predeceased by brothers, Vincent J., William and Robert J. Horan; sister-in-law, Jean Horan; and brother-in-law, Henry R. Roberts.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 East Main St., Port Jervis on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 13, 2015 with a 9 a.m. prayer at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis with Rev. Matthew Newcomb officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Mary’s, R.C. Church, PO Box 712, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or the American Heart Association, 1 Union St. #301, Robinsville, NJ 08691-4183.

March 4, 2015

The family of Jack Lang would like to announce the passing on March 1, 2015 of a loving father, brother, grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. Jack was born July 26, 1931 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He grew up digging clams and fishing on the shores of NJ. At 14, he followed his heart and spent his summers working on a farm in Vermont. After graduating high school, he joined the Marine Corp on his 18th birthday, answering his country’s call to serve in the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he became a New Jersey State Trooper; however, his heart was in farming, so in 1958 he married Mary Elizabeth Flanagan and they moved to Fosterdale, NY to work on Bossart’s farm. In 1959, they realized their dream by purchasing and working a 125-acre dairy farm in Beach Lake, PA and started their family, which would soon grow to four children. In 1960, Jack and Beth bought a septic pumping business from Ray Taylor’s widow. Then, in 1965, they expanded and bought their first Roto-Rooter franchise, which blossomed into a flourishing business now known as Lang Industries. The business continues today as part of his legacy.

Jack continued his commitment to his family, friends, and community by serving, throughout the years, as commander of the American Legion, member of Knights of Columbus, Boy Scout leader, member of the Tusten Planning Board, chairman of the Tusten Democratic Party, and member of St. Francis Xavier Church.

Jack is survived by his sons, Jerry Schalk and wife Paulette of Scranton, John Lang and wife Rita of Honesdale, Ned Lang and fiancée Maura Dennis of Narrowsburg and daughter, Betsy Lynch of Monroe.

He is also survived by three loving sisters, Monica Sperling and husband George, Maureen Henderson and husband Bill, and Ann VanDyke.

Jack is survived by eight grandchildren, Ryan, Erin, Katy, Megan, Jessica, John, Lexi, and Jake and two great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Vivian.

He is predeceased by his parents Martin and Ann Lang.

Visitation will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m., and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Father John Alderson OFM will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations can be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior project.

February 18, 2015

Edward Weitmann, 65, of Willowemoc, New York passed away peacefully at home on February 14, 2015. Ed was born March 19, 1949 in Suffern, New York. He is the son of the late Mary and Ronald Weitmann.

He is survived by his sisters, Deborah Russell and Suzanne Speed both of Tennessee; several nieces and nephews; his former wife Laura Quigley of North Branch, and many good friends.

Ed lived in Pearl River, New York until his family moved to Hollywood, Florida when he was 8 years old. He was a Cub Scout and graduated from McArthur High School in Hollywood in 1967. He served his country honorably in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 as a Sergeant E5 with the 173rd Airborne Division. He is the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Commendation Medal and Parachute Badge.

He moved to Willowemoc in 1975 where he was a talented carpenter and cabinetmaker. His craftsmanship can be found in many homes in Sullivan County and beyond. He was elected as a Councilman for the Town of Rockland in 2005, was appointed Deputy Supervisor in July 2009 and was elected Town Supervisor in late 2009. He served as Town Supervisor until his death. He was an active member of the Democratic Committee for the Town of Rockland, recently becoming the Acting Chairperson. He was a 27-year member of the Beaverkill Valley Fire Department serving most recently as 2nd Assistant Chief.

When he became ill with cancer, several friends stepped up to help him in his fight. Whether it was taking him to treatments, plowing his driveway, bringing in wood, cooking, cleaning, whatever was needed. Most importantly they gave their friendship and made it possible for Ed to be home. They are to be cherished.

Ed was a hardworking, talented, good human being with a strong sense of service. He could always be counted on to be there when needed. He loved music, books, art, the outdoors, and he loved his animals.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears however measured or far away.”— Henry David Thoreau.

Ed will be cremated. A celebration of his life will be held in the spring.

February 18, 2015

William S. Ryman of Yulan, NY passed away peacefully Saturday, February 14, 2015 after a short illness. He was 62. He was the son of Mary Ryman and the late Allen Ryman. He was born February 13, 1953 in Hazleton, PA.

Bill was raised in Eldred, NY and left the area. He spent many years over the road as a professional owner/operator truck driver. He was the previous owner of Loango Enterprises of Red Level, AL. He was presently employed by L.P. Cylinder Service of Shohola, PA.

He enjoyed the outdoors, feeding the birds, hunting, fishing and loved being with his family and friends.

He is survived by his mom Mary Ryman of Fieldale, VA; his daughter LacyJane Ryman-Mescal and her husband Noah; granddaughter Cheyanne and grandson Noah of Toms River, NJ; his significant other, Genevieve Lubrano of Yulan, NY; sons David and wife Katherine and John Lubrano; brothers Edward Ryman and his wife Geraldine of Milford, PA; Maurice Ryman and his wife Jackie of Yulan, NY; sister Kaurice Siggins and her husband Michael of Hernado Beach, FL; beloved aunts Audrey Drasher, Beat Warner, Mary Drasher and Uncle Buzz Drasher and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides family members, Bill leaves behind many special friends and close neighbors.

He is predeceased by his father Allen Ryman, grandmother Ruby Drasher Pearson, brother Richard Ryman, uncle William Drasher and aunt Nancy Werneke.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home of Barryville, NY. Services will be on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow at the Montoza Cemetery in Eldred, NY. The Rev. Linda Bohs will officiate.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bill’s name to donor’s choice.

February 11, 2015

Marguerite J. “Maggie” Natoli of Narrowsburg, NY, a retired dental assistant, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side at Wayne Memorial Hospital after a long illness on February 8, 2015. She was 72.

The daughter of the late Henry and Margaret Modla Martin, she was born December 1, 1942 in Wallington, NJ.

Maggie attended St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg, NY. She was a former member of the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps. A family statement reads, “Maggie was a loving wife, she was the love of my life. She was a great cook, enjoyed gardening and loved her dogs, especially her dog Buffy, whom she leaves behind. She will truly be missed as she was a special person in our lives.”

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Frank Natoli; three sisters, Roberta Maguire and her husband Michael of Pittstown, NJ, Mary Murici and her husband Richard of Wallington, NJ and Jane Pavel and her husband Steven of West Milford, NJ; her brother-in-law Richard Natoli of Tillson, NY; nieces Heather, Meagan and Michelle; and nephews Frank, Ricky and Stephen.

She is predeceased by her sister-in-law Jacqueline Natoli.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12 noon at St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Father John Alderson OFM will officiate.

Burial will take place in the spring in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, or the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr. Honesdale, PA 18431.

January 28, 2015

December 12, 1921 - January 21, 2015
Narrowsburg and West Babylon, NY
Mary “Frances” Sussi Clark of Narrowsburg and West Babylon, NY passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2015. She was 93 years old; born on December 12, 1921.
She left behind two daughters: Lorraine Zaccari and Margaret Kushmock and a son, James Clark III; 13 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James P Clark II.
The mass will be celebrated on Thursday, January 29 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 666 Albin Avenue, West Babylon, NY 11704.

January 21, 2015

Jitka Klimchok Snyder, 75, of French Woods, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, January 16, 2015. She was born on April 5, 1939 in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the daughter of Dr. Josef and Helen (Borovickova) Langer. Jitka is predeceased by her first husband, Edward Klimchok Sr., who died on October 8, 1988. She married George Snyder on July 4th, 1991 at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, NY.

She was a devoted member of the Holy Cross Parish, especially St. Patrick’s Church in Long Eddy, serving on the Parish Council and as a Eucharistic Minister. For many years she and her husband George organized monthly lunches for senior citizens at St. Patrick’s. She owned and operated Klimchok Real Estate, in Callicoon and Hancock, for almost 50 years. She was an active member of the Sullivan County Board of Realtors, having served terms as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. She also was an active member of the Callicoon Business Association since its inception and the Callicoon Kiwanis Club. Jitka was generous with her time and service to those less fortunate and was a generous donor to many causes.

For enjoyment, Jitka loved listening to classical music, singing in the choir, swimming in her pond and cooking for others. The daughter of a veterinarian, she took an active interest in all animals, especially dogs.

Surviving are her husband, George Snyder; sons Joseph Klimchok and fiancée Shirley Woodfield, and Edward Klimchok and wife Lynne; three grandchildren, Kristin Powers, Kimberly Peek, and Marc Klimchok; and several great-grandchildren. She is also survived by several aunts and uncles in the Czech Republic.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Church, Hancock. Burial will take place in the spring at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Long Eddy.

Memorial donations can be made in Jitka’s memory to St. Paul’s Church, 346 W. Main St., Hancock, NY 13783 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60601.

Arrangements by Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock.

January 7, 2015

Jay Gerard Iberger, 64, passed away on Monday, December 29, 2014, at Laurelwood Center Nursing Home in St. Petersburg, FL.

He is the son of Jacob (deceased) and Ann E. Iberger of Monticello, NY. He is survived by his mother, Ann E. Iberger, a son of Largo, FL, a brother, sister-in-law, two nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial services will be held at a later date.

December 23, 2014

Joe Marcel Wolff, 85, of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014 with his family by his side.

Born in Cologne, Germany, Joe grew up in South Africa and immigrated to the USA in 1948. Joe was married to his wife Joan for forty years until her death in 1995.

Much of Joe’s career in the film industry was spent as a cinematographer. He was a member of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and he was appointed by his peers to membership of the Qualifications Committee of the Motion Picture Cameraman’s Union in New York.

With a solid background in photographic chemistry and engineering, he pioneered a number of innovations both within and outside of the film industry. Among these was the concept and design of the high-speed sound transfer system, for duplicating magnetic tracks on motion picture prints. For film processing, and magnetic striping applications, he designed the definitive constant tension control [US Patent #3,532,282]. For a complete change of pace, he undertook the product development engineering of a hydraulic concrete block machine [US Patent # 3,089,214]. Joe was a contributor to Backstage magazine and a contributing photography editor of the Popular Hobbies magazine.

Joe built his home in Narrowsburg in 1972. In 1978 Joe and Joan opened The Emporium in the old Snug Harbor storefront on Main Street. They sold an eclectic stock of jewelry, wools, gifts and sporting goods. Joe was also a member of the New York State Association of Magistrates and served as Town Justice of Tusten.

Joe was also a certified New York State Records Management Officer for Sullivan County. In this capacity he authored “The Illustrated Local History” textbook for the 4th grade and wrote the play “Joseph Brant-Thayendanegea.”

In later years, when Joe’s interest turned to computers, he authored the “Ten Minute Guide to DOS” and wrote several educational computer programs.

In 1999 Joe started what has turned out to be the definitive technical resource for classic 35mm rangefinder cameras in his website YashicaGuy.com.

Yashica Guy significantly contributed to a worldwide resurgent interest in these classic cameras. Joe’s expertise on repairs and his invention of a battery adapter has allowed tens of thousands of people in over sixty-five countries to bring their cameras back in use. Right up to his death, Joe fielded thousands of emails a year offering advice on camera repairs and photography techniques.

Joe is survived by his son Joe, wife Cheri and grandchildren Emma, Ian and Evan as well as his son Eugene, wife Mary and grandchildren Marcel, Natalie and Eugene.

Memorial donations can be made to the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library.

December 23, 2014

Miller M. Fagley, age 97, of Glen Spey, died December 9, 2014, in Frederick, Maryland, where he had been living with his daughter since mid-2013.

Born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania in 1917, he was the son of the late Oscar A. and Jennie Mae Fagley. During WWII he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines, Army Transport Service, beginning his career as Carpenter’s Mate on a three-masted schooner, and, when discharged, he was a licensed Second Officer. On D-Day he commanded the landing craft (a ship’s lifeboat) that transported General Robertson of the 2nd Division Rangers onto Omaha Beach under enemy fire. He was always proud that the general and his staff never got their feet wet.

Miller was a charter member of the Lumberland Fire Department, where he served in many different roles, including Chief. He was active in Boy Scout Troop 102, was a member of American Legion Post 1363, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans, Port Jervis Lodge of Elks #645 B.P.O.E., and the Deep Hollow Hunting Club. Miller was a master woodcarver, known for his walking sticks with life-like animal heads. He was a cross-country ski instructor and an ardent bicyclist. He and his wife took many cycling trips as members of the International Bicycle Touring Society and Miller continued to ride into his 90s.

Miller was predeceased by his wife Dorothy Schneider in 2001. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Bob Dollar of Frederick, Maryland; his grandson, Stephen Dollar of North Carolina; sister-in-law Jane Schneider and brother-in-law Howard Thiele, 11 nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many dear friends whose lives he touched.

Services were held on December 16 at Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home. Interment was at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lumberland Fire Department, 5000 County Route 31, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

November 26, 2014

Leslie Neilson of Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, New York and longtime weekend and holiday resident of Barryville, New York, died Monday, two days after celebrating his 76th birthday surrounded by family and friends.

His antique store, Barewood, was a fixture on Atlantic Avenue during the ‘70s and ‘80s—a resource for contractors and architects who sought his extensive inventory of salvaged entryways and doors. He went on to specialize in architectural detail, overseeing a staff of skilled craftsmen who created and reproduced intricate designs in woodwork for many notable New York City projects including the highly publicized restoration of the Hoboken Railroad terminal and the Manhattan Custom House. He and his wife, Pamela van den Berg, spent over two decades renovating and landscaping their vacation compound at the foot of a waterfall in Barryville—that became his legacy.

Les was a commanding presence with a deep infectious laugh. He made an impression on the people and places he encountered. He served four years in the United States Air Force, stationed in Japan. He loved good food, a great party, art, sports, music, and travel. He was a world champion pinochle and bridge player.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela; his son, Scott and daughter-in-law Beverly Neilson; his sister, Beverly Fowler; grandsons, Christopher and Leslie Neilson; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Aliyah and Tristan; many nieces and nephews; as well as his devoted Labrador companion, Halle.

November 19, 2014

Well-known artist and teacher Raymond Rocklin of Damascus Township died at home, surrounded by his immediate family on November 19th, 2014. He was 92 years old.

Raymond was an accomplished artist & sculptor in many mediums, and stood at the forefront of the Abstract Expressionist art movement that began in the United States in the late 1940's. He was one of the seminal and important figures that helped create this unique style of art. He is also very well known and respected for his unique and beautiful handcrafted and self designed jewelry.

Raymond was born August 18, 1922 in Moodus, Connecticut to parents Leon "John" & Rose Rocklin. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Carol Rocklin, and a son, John David Rocklin & wife Danielle of Honesdale. He is also survived by a brother Hyman “Rocky” Rocklin of Bronx, New York & sister Rita Rocklin of Manhattan, New York. Raymond was predeceased by a daughter, Alysa, and by 3 siblings, Helen Duboff, Charles Rocklin, and Sophie Bloomfield.

When Raymond was 2 years old in 1924, his mother died and the family relocated from their farm in central Connecticut to New York City. Raymond's Father then placed him in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York. Raymond earned a scholarship to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan from which he graduated in 1942, a few years late due to childhood illnesses. That same year the United States Army sent Raymond to Temple University in Philadelphia to study Mathematics & Physics as they related to electronics. He was then employed by the United States Army Signal Corps from 1943 -1944.

Raymond's art education began by studying life drawing with Abbo Ostrovsky. He received scholarships to study at the Skowhegan School of Sculpture, where he won 1st place for sculpture (1951), the Brooklyn Museum Art School (1951-1952), and the Cooper Union (1949-52), from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He earned a Fulbright Scholarship in 1952, which enabled him to marry Carol and spend the next year living and studying in Italy with some of the great current masters of Italian art. Raymond also earned a Yaddo Residence Grant in 1956.

Raymond was an original founding member of the Tanager Gallery, part of The 10th Street Galleries which was a collective term for the co-operative galleries that operated mainly in the East Village of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. The galleries were artist run and generally operated on very low budgets, often without any staff. The Tanager Gallery was the first of these 10th Street cooperative galleries.

Raymond's work can found in the permanent collections of several prominent museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as in many private collections including those of Walter Chrysler, Mitch Miller, Ned Pines, William Matson Roth, and Colleen Dewhurst.

Raymond has had numerous one-man exhibitions including: Tanager Gallery, 1956; American University, 1956; Oakland Art Museum, 1959; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1959; University of California at Berkeley, 1959; Pomona College, 1960; Ball State University, 1964; Briarcliff College, 1973; and the Mardin Gallery in 1987. He has also been a part of group sculpture exhibitions at many galleries, including: Stable Gallery; Bertha Schaeffer Gallery; AAA Gallery; Galleria Tibunia in Rome, Italy; Claude Bernard Gallery in Paris, France; Whitney Museum of American Art; University of Illinois; University of Nebraska; Everhart Museum; and Bundy Art Gallery.

Raymond was a Professor of Art at City University in New York for over 25 years, and also taught at many other institutions of learning including the Brooklyn Museum Education Department, American University, University of California at Berkeley, and Ball State Teachers College.

Here is a quote from Raymond: “I believe in Love.... I love making sculpture. I believe that all creation is the crystallization of cosmic forces. The forms we create are the embodiment of those invisible forces. If we are sensitive enough we can integrate into ourselves the power and meaning of those energies. That was what St. John was saying: ‘And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.’”

A memorial service will be held on Sunday November 23rd from 2 – 5 PM at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, Pa, 18431

In lieu of flowers, donations to any of the following: The Wayne Memorial Hospital Home Health/ Hospice Services, Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Congregation Beth Israel, Honesdale or The Wayne County Arts Alliance will be greatly appreciated.

More information about Raymond’s life and art may be found at: www.raymondrocklin.com and www.facebook.com/raymondrocklin.