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January 8, 2014

Burton Louis Henry passed away peacefully on January 1, 2014 in the presence of family members at Village View Farm, his home in Beach Lake, PA. He was 90.

Burt was born October 13, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Irene Augusta (Volkland) and Cecil Boughton Henry. He was educated in the public schools of Brooklyn. He married the love of his life, Doris Frey Henry, on September 13, 1947 and they established their permanent home in Beach Lake. They recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sister, Irene (Henry) Tomasiello of Citrus Springs FL; his sister-in-law Ruth (Ronnback) Henry; three sons, Richard Henry and wife Susan Rickard-Henry, Alan Henry and wife Karen Carlson, Paul Henry and wife Karen Saunders Henry; daughter Carol Henry Dunn and husband Bill Dunn, all of Beach Lake; eight grandchildren, Dr. Alana (Henry) Rickard and husband Bart Rickard, Dylan Henry, Lucie Henry, Dorie Henry, MacKenzie Henry, Billie Jo Dunn-Fenwick, Carl Dunn and Jessie (Dunn) Heimbach; eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Russell F. Henry of Arizona.

Burt was a wonderful husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle and will be deeply missed. He had a great sense of humor and especially enjoyed playing and joking with his grandchildren.

From the day Burt became a Wayne County resident in 1952, he became involved in the life of his community and was a member of many service organizations. He was a life member of the Volunteer Fire Company of Beach Lake and since the early 1950s served that organization in many positions, including fire company president and fire police captain. To help in fundraising he was the “voice,” the announcer, for the VanGorder Speedway in Beach Lake, where local car racing enthusiasts gathered from 1953 to 1963 every Saturday night in the summer. Proceeds from the racing helped the fire company pay the mortgage on their fire hall. As a testament to Burt’s community involvement, all of his children have also served with the fire company for many years.

Burt was a long-standing member of the Masonic Lodge in Honesdale.

Burt loved sports, and was involved in many sports teams as a participant, organizer, announcer, coach and referee. He was a registered basketball official from 1964 through 1976 with PIAA and IAABO and refereed for many local basketball organizations. When his children were young, he worked to provide opportunities where young people could learn and excel in local sports, including little league baseball. For these contributions to local sports, Burt was elected to the Wayne Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.

Burt enjoyed working, and had many careers in his long life. He was employed in the car industry at Wayne County Ford, Boyd Brothers Lincoln Mercury, and Eddie Narvid Oldsmobile; he worked with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department where he helped to establish the work-release program so inmates could perform community service for non-profit organizations; he was a bailiff at the Wayne County Courthouse; and he was a self-taught master carpenter and cabinetmaker. In his retirement he worked tirelessly each day in his extensive woodworking shop until his recent illness.

Burt’s family extends sincere thanks to the staff of Wayne Memorial Hospital Home Health Services and Wayne Memorial Hospice who so ably provided compassionate home care.

Memorial contributions can be sent to the Volunteer Fire Company of Beach Lake or the Beach Lake United Methodist Church.

A private memorial service and interment service will be held at the convenience of the family.

December 5, 2013

Christian F. Ropke, of Narrowsburg, NY, a lifelong resident, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at home with his family by his side. He was 90.

The son of the late Oscar and Emily Metzger Ropke, he was born in Lava, NY on August 12, 1923. He was married for 65 years to Stella Schwartz Ropke, who survives.

Christian was a WWII Navy Veteran. He was retired from Narrowsburg Lumber Company. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg. He was a member and past chief of Narrowsburg Fire Dept. He was a Sullivan Co. Fire Commissioner. He was a Board Member of Town of Tusten. He was a member of Tusten Vol. Ambulance Corp. He was a Little League Coach and Cub Scout Leader. He was an active member in designing and building the basement in the Tusten Library. He was a member of many bowling leagues. A family statement reads: “Chris was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and outdoors person. He especially liked ice fishing. He was great at measurements and numbers (all the way till the end of his life.) He will truly be missed.”

Survivors include his wife Stella; two sons, Scott Ropke and his wife Pam of Narrowsburg, Tom Ropke and his wife Carol of Floral Park, LI; four grandchildren, Scott Ropke Jr and his wife Candace, Jacquelyn Engvaldsen, Michael Ropke and Christine Ropke; great grand children, Brandon Ropke, Alex and Ashlyn Engvaldsen, sister Lydia (Rena) Bashoor of Maryland; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his daughter, Claudia Jean; sisters, Margaret and Edna; and brothers, Herman, Oscar and Charles.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, December. 6, 2013 from 2 to 4 p.m., 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Burial will be in Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale, PA.

Donations can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Stain Glass Fund, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Co., Narrowsburg Fire Dept., or Tusten Vol. Ambulance.

December 4, 2013

Peter E. Everson of Saddle Brook, NJ passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was 70.

Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Hillsdale and Northvale, NJ, he co-resided in Yulan, NY and Saddle Brook for 30 years. He was a parishioner of Most Holy Name R.C. Church in Garfield. A man who was never idle, he enjoyed antique car shows and spending time with family and friends. Peter will be remembered for always helping people in their time of need.

Mr. Everson was a superintendent and resident manager with the Cloverdale Park Apartments in Saddle Brook for 30 years

Beloved husband of Susan (Terracino) Everson. Loving and devoted father of Tammy La Starza and husband Robert, Sherry Schroedel and husband Matthew, Theresa Conklin and husband Michael and Ann Alcaide and husband Francisco. Dear brother of Dorothy Shafer and husband Rally, Barbara Yanucci, Madeline Hart, Eileen Williams and Bernard Everson and wife Carol. Cherished grandfather of nine and great grandfather of two.

A funeral service is planned for Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11 a.m. at Vander Plaat-Caggiano Funeral Home, 13-31 Saddle River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ, (201/797-3500). Interment will follow at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Flowers or donations in memory of Peter can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or American Cancer Society, 20 Mercer Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601

December 4, 2013

Louis Maudsley, of Eldred, NY, passed away Friday, November 29, 2013 at his home. He was 89.

He was born on August 5, 1924 in Binghamton, NY, the son of the late Ellis and Edna A. Rauner Maudsley. Louis was a retired bridge supervisor for the Sullivan County Dept. of Public Works, in Monticello. Lou was a very active member of the Eldred United Methodist Church in Eldred. He dedicated much of his time in helping to maintain the church. He married Edith I. Rutledge Maudsley, who predeceased him in 1988.

He is survived by his son, Kevin Maudsley and his wife Karen of Lexington, KY; his three daughters, Mary Huntington and her husband James of Eldred, Amy Benedict and her husband Jeril of Houston, TX, and Bonnie Cohen and her husband Steven of Staten Island, NY; his sister, Doris Day of Honesdale, PA; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister Elsie Hathaway.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 6, at 11 a.m. at the Eldred United Methodist Church, Eldred. Rev. Linda Bohs will officiate. Interment will follow at Montoza cemetery, Eldred.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Eldred United Methodist Church, 12 Eldred-Yulan Rd., Eldred, NY 12732. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family, visit knight-auchmoody.com.

October 30, 2013

Horace “Bud” Buddenhagen, a lifelong resident of Narrowsburg, NY, died Saturday, October 19 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. He was 85.

The son of Dewey and Mae Buddenhagen, Bud was born January 26, 1928 in Narrowsburg. He worked for 46 years as a sales representative at the Narrowsburg Lumber Company in Narrowsburg. He served 20 years as councilman on the Tusten Town Board. He was a member of the Tusten Lions Club and Narrowsburg Seniors. He also was a past member of the Narrowsburg Fire Dept. and Tusten Ambulance Auxilary.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Emily Buddenhagen of Narrowsburg; four children, John Buddenhagen of Chesepeake, VA, Rick Buddenhagen of Lake Huntington, NY, Keith Buddenhagen and his wife Ann of Narrowsburg, NY, and Judy Kelly and her husband Gene of Beach Lake, PA; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Bud was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be dearly missed by many.

A memorial will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Central House Resort in Beach Lake, PA, followed by a light luncheon.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Narrowsburg, NY.

October 16, 2013

Bruce Allen Balton of Milford, PA died unexpectedly at his home on October 4, 2013. He was 56.

He was a loving husband, father brother, uncle, and best friend to all of us.

Bruce was born May 17, 1957 in Queens, NY to the late Albert and Theresa Malin Balton. He lived in Brooklyn and then New Hyde Park, NY where he graduated from New Hyde Park Memorial High School.

Bruce married Terry Elizabeth Kenneally Balton 27 years ago on July 19, 1986. They moved to Dingman Township 25 years ago, recently rebuilding their home that was lost to a fire two years ago. They had two children, Ryan Shawn, 24, and Dustin Patrick, 22.

Bruce briefly attended the New York Institute of Technology and began working as a freelance camera motion and lighting technician in the film and television industry. Bruce worked on thousands of television shows and films around the world. He won an Emmy Award in 1993 as a camera crane operator on the HBO Boxing show “In This Corner,” and he received Emmy nominations as a camera jib operator on the Grammy Awards in 2003 and the Tony Awards in 2009.

Bruce was a former member of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the International Cinematographers Guild – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 600 and the National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians (NABET).

In addition to his wife and two children, Bruce is survived by brothers Christopher, Michael and Robert; sister Lori; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a celebration of Bruce’s life open to the public at the Dingmans Ferry United Methodist Church at 115 Myck Rd. in Dingmans Ferry on Sunday, October 27 from 2 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations for a bench or streetlight to be installed in Milford in memory of Bruce and his parents, who were residents of Milford Borough. Donations can be made payable to the 501(c)3 non-profit “Milford Enhancement Committee” and sent to The Baltons, PO Box 68, Milford, PA 18337.

October 9, 2013

Emmett W. Bassett, the first African American to obtain a doctoral degree in dairy technology, died at home on Sunday, September 29, 2013. He was 92.

He was a member of the medical school faculty of Columbia University and then the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry, from which he retired as an associate professor in the department of microbiology in 1987. He was one of the last living students trained by George Washington Carver. Like others of his generation, Dr. Bassett combined his professional life with enduring activism in civil rights, from his boyhood defense of the Scottsboro boys, to the March on Washington. His preference was for neighborhood activism, which he pursued in education, health and community affairs in the Washington Heights/Inwood section of New York City and Sullivan County, where he made his home in later years. He served on his local New York City Community Board, the Manhattan Advisory Council of the New York State Commission for Human Rights. He later helped found the Human Rights Commission of Sullivan County. In his book “Barack Obama,” David Maraniss recounted an encounter of Dr. Bassett with a youthful Barack Obama.

He was born in 1921 in Henry County, Virginia near the town of Martinsville. His primary education was in a one-room schoolhouse where classes frequently were suspended either because there was no teacher or because children were needed for farm labor. At 16, he enrolled at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. When he won a National Youth Administration scholarship, he was able to give up his job milking cows each morning. This sponsorship supported a research assistantship and he worked for George Washington Carver, who encouraged him to pursue a higher degree in the sciences.

But the Second World War interrupted any possibility of further education. His service in the U.S. Army quartermaster corps brought him in touch with blacks from the North, often considerably older than he. At one point, his roommate was Robert Ming, a black lawyer already credentialed to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court. Such encounters with well-educated blacks showed the inadequacy of his southern segregated education. He resolved to continue his education after the war, thus joining the great migration out of the south. In 1950, he entered the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and in 1955 he was awarded a doctoral degree in dairy technology from Ohio State University.

In his later years, as Alzheimer’s disease overtook him, he focused on gardening at which he remained active into his 90s. He also told more stories about his Virginia childhood. His gardening prowess had been noted since childhood. When he was about eight years old, a neighbor remarked on his ability, noting that if it were still slave times he would have fetched $1,000. Young Emmett replied, “No I wouldn’t because they would have had to kill me before they could sell me!”

He leaves his wife, Priscilla Tietjen Bassett, three children, Mary Bassett, Jonathan Bassett and Lydia Tyner, all of New York City, as well as three grandchildren.

October 9, 2013

Edmund Schimek passed away on August 27, 2013. He was 94.

He was born in Brooklyn, NY on October 28, 1918 and retired from the building services trade. He was predeceased by his loving wife Alice (Rutledge) Schimek, together for 65 years.

Edmund is survived by daughters Greta Salzberg and her husband Dr. Paul, of Lake Huntington, Alice Krivit of Roscoe, Marianne Schimek of Orangeburg, and son-in-law Gary Krivit; grandchildren Gavin and Holly Salzberg, David and his wife Melissa Krivit, Vanessa and Gus Romano of Cedar Run, NJ and great grandchildren Alexa, Gus Jr., and Brielle Romano, formerly of Liberty; several nieces and nephews; his friend Micky Bury Ladenhauf of Roscoe, and his furry little companion Eva.

He was a generous, hard-working and independent man, a good father, grandfather and uncle, who had a passion for gardening, painting and writing, and enjoyed listening to his favorite singer, Johnny Cash.

Edmund proudly served his country in New Guinea and the Philippines during WWII and wanted to be remembered as having been of the last of the greatest generation. He was buried with military honors in the Riverview cemetery in Roscoe, and will sadly be missed by his family and those who knew him.

October 2, 2013

Robert A. Heyn of Abrahamsville, PA, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, September 21, 2013. He was 68.

He was born January 21, 1945 in Abrahamsville to Irene Hand Heyn and Alton Heyn. He attended the Galilee School and the Damascus High School. He lived in Dickson City, PA for much of his adult life and drove long-distance trucks for several national firms. He returned to the family home in Abrahamsville when he retired.

He is survived by four children, Dana Heyn of Damascus, PA, Dale Heyn of Narrowsburg, Tammy Trudnak of Lansdale, PA, and Robert Heyn of Columbia, MS; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; four siblings, Fred Heyn of Kannapolis, NC, Chuck Heyn of Abrahamsville, PA, Eddie Quinn of Beach Lake, PA and Martha Quinn of Abrahamsville; and his beloved step-father, Allen Quinn, for whom he has been a devoted caretaker for several years. He was predeceased by a son, David, who died in May, 1999.

A memorial service is being planned at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Equinunk Fire Company or the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

October 2, 2013

Eleanor Heinle Martin, a lifelong resident of Cochecton Center, NY, passed away on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. She was 93.

The last four years of her life were spent at Mallard Meadows Assisted Living Facility in Waymart, PA, where she was a popular favorite with staff and residents, who enjoyed her warm smile and her piano playing, and often made requests for favorite hymns and songs.

Eleanor was the daughter of William A. and Laura Nearing Heinle and the loving wife of Everitt Martin. Eleanor, aka Ellie, was a familiar face at Heinle’s General Store where she spent much of her life working with her father and later her brother, Douglas, as storekeeper and assistant postmistress. She was a pillar of the community, played the pump organ at the Cochecton Center United Methodist Church, and was always delighted to tour visitors through the old church and play a few notes on the organ. She also lent her talents as organist for the Sunday services at the Methodist churches of Fosterdale and Kenoza Lake, from which she retired in her mid-80s.

Ms. Martin was a founding member of the Cochecton Center Community Center, an organization created to preserve the church her grandfather built, which has been maintained with the help of family throughout the generations, down to the present day. Of their much beloved relative, Eleanor’s family made this statement: “Eleanor was a loving, cheerful person with a ready, dry wit and a kind word for everyone. She devoted her life to her family and her community. She took great care of her father when he was ill, and was always there with open heart and hands for anyone in need. She was a generous soul who saw the best in every person; she was kindness itself. She will truly be missed.”

Eleanor Martin is survived by her niece, Judy Heinle of White Mills, PA; her nephews, Allen Heinle and his wife Teresa of Las Vegas, NV, Craig Heinle and his wife Terri of Lake Huntington, NY, and Brian Heinle and his wife Beth of Lake Huntington, NY; her great nieces and nephews, Tammy Heinle Paredes, Tracy Johnson, Evan Heinle, Michael Heinle, Amber Heinle, Brianne Heinle, Brian Scott and his wife Katrina, Kristen Sayers and her husband Jason, Jonathan Heinle and his wife Tonya, and Brittany York; and three great-great nieces and four great-great nephews. Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Everitt Martin, and brothers Arthur and Douglas Heinle.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 13 at 1 p.m. at the Cochecton Center Community Center/United Methodist Church with Pastor William Hagerty officiating. Burial of the cremains will take place immediately following the service in Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Eleanor Martin’s name to Cochecton Center Community Center, c/o George Walters, 300 Tyler Rd., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

September 11, 2013

Carol K. Bleser, of Bellport, NY, died on August 20, 2013.

The daughter of Charles and Florence Kaufold, she was born in New York City on December 30, 1933, where she grew up. A 1960 graduate of Converse College, she later received the college’s Career Achievement Award as well as an honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities.

In 1966 she earned a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. She received National Endowment for the Humanities and Woodrow Wilson fellowships.

A professor of American history at Colgate University from 1970-85, Dr. Bleser taught southern history and specialized in the Civil War and Reconstruction. She was the university’s first full-time woman faculty member and first female full professor.

From 1985 until her retirement in 2000, she was the Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Distinguished Professor of United States History at Clemson University, making her the university’s first female titled professor.

Dr. Bleser was a trailblazer for professional women and mentored many women in pursuit of their educations and careers.

Dr. Bleser served on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, a unit of the National Archives, and in 1995 was given the commission’s Award for Distinguished Service.

She also served as president of the Southern Historical Association as well as the Southern Association of Women Historians.

Her published works include “The Hammonds of Redcliffe,” “Tokens of Affection,” “Secret and Sacred,” “In Joy and In Sorrow,” and numerous articles.

Her works focused on Southern women, families and social history.

In retirement, Dr. Bleser applied her expertise in history and historic preservation to benefit organizations in her community.

She served on the Bellport Historical District Preservation Commission in the village of Bellport, her home for over 30 years. She was also president of the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 45 years, Dr. Edward J. Bleser.

She is survived by her son, Gerald Rothrock; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth; and her cherished granddaughter, Caroline.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society, P.O. Box 47, Bellport, NY 11713.

September 11, 2013

Nancy Eisenhauer died in her home at Twin Lakes, Shohola, PA on September 4, 2013. She was 68.

Born in Oradell, NJ she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Francis Seddon. She is survived by her loving husband Glyn, her brother Robert and wife Joan of Mount Laurel, NJ and brother David and wife Judith of South Conway, NH.

Nancy was a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and was the recipient of advanced degrees from Montclair State University. She was employed at Indian Hills High School for 33 years, first as a health and physical education instructor and later as a student assistance counselor. During her tenure she also served as the school’s cheerleading advisor, girls’ tennis coach and producer/choreographer of the girls’ annual gym show. Nancy was instrumental in developing model student assistance, peer support and school community programs that brought her Bergen County Counselor of the Year honors.

Since her retirement in 2001, Nancy has pursued her love of antiques through an antiques business at the Old Lumberyard in Milford, PA. She has been an active member of the Milford Garden Club and served as corresponding secretary for Milford’s Historic Preservation Trust. She was elected to the presidency of her community association and was a member of the Shohola Lions Club.

During Nancy’s protracted illness with lymphoma, she was humbled by the abundance of loving support she received from family, friends and former colleagues and students. The celebration of Nancy’s life will be held at a date to be determined by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, 115 Broadway, Suite 1301, New York, NY 10006.

August 28, 2013

Susan M. Holbert of Lackawaxen, PA passed away at CMC Hospital, Scranton, PA on August 22, 2013. She was 66.

The daughter of George R. Davidson and Mary Donnery-Davidson of North Branch and Highland Falls, NY, Susan was born on July 11, 1947 in Highland Falls, NY. She was married to David Holbert. Mrs. Holbert was the owner/operator of the Lackawaxen House.

She is survived by her husband, David; one son, Matthew Kowalik of Lackawaxen, PA; two daughters, Kimberly Kowalik-Smith of Milford, PA and Chelsea Holbert of Indianapolis, IN; six grandchildren, Madeline, Aedan, Joan, Justin, Ryan and Richard Kenneth; two brothers, Erich Davidson of Quakertown, PA and Robert Davidson of CO; and two sisters, Cathy Davidson and Theresa Curtis.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA with the Rev. Thomas Major officiating. Final interment will be at the Holbert Cemetery, Mast Hope Plank Rd, Lackawaxen, PA at the convenience of the family.

The family requests that memorials be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905, or Safe Haven, 402 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337.

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).