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March 5, 2014

Lillian A. Burckard, 99 years young, of Pond Eddy, NY, a longtime resident, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 28, 2014 with her family by her side.

The daughter of the late Ernest and Mary Downey Brousseau, she was born December 29, 1914 in New York City, NY.

Lillian was a retired real estate agent from Burckard Realty, Pond Eddy. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua RC Church in Yulan, NY.

Lillian was a local artist. She had won several blue ribbons and other awards for her art.

Survivors include her son, Paul Burckard and his wife Terry of Eldred, NY; her three grandchildren, Paul Burckard of Detroit, MI, Kim Burckard and her companion Tom McBride of Watervliet, NY, Nicole Stewart and her husband Damon of Albany, NY; her four great-grandchildren, Courtney, Alyssa, Coby and Jordan; and several nieces and nephews.

Lillian is predeceased by her husband of 43 years, John C. Burckard, who had passed away February of 1980 and her five sisters, Marion, Grace, Ruth, Muriel and Ann.

Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in her name to the Lumberland Volunteer Ambulance Co., P.O. Box 91, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

February 12, 2014

Daniel J. Schneider of Eldred, NY and formerly of Ozone Park, Queens, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Friday, February 7, 2014 at home. He was 57.

The son of the late Wilbur and Mary Schneider, he was born July 8, 1956 in Queens, NY. He was married to Maureen Wisnewcikas Schneider; she survives.

Daniel was retired from the Local Union 94, Operating Engineers.

Daniel was a member of Highland Lake Fire Dept., Secretary and past Lieutenant. He was also a member of Hudson Valley Vol. Fireman Association.

A family statement reads: “Danny was loved by all and will be dearly missed. Danny made people laugh, smile and always had a joke to share. He was always ready to lend a hand to whomever needed assistance. He was an able carpenter and Jack of all trades. He was dedicated to his wife, his dogs and to the Highland Lake Fire Department.”

Survivors include his wife Maureen; his daughter, Laurie Schneider; his son, Joseph Schneider; and his two brothers, Will Schneider and John Schneider.

Cremation will take place at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

Donations can be made to the Local Humane Society or the Highland Lake Fire Dept.

February 5, 2014

George E. Hahn of North Branford, CT, formerly Jeffersonville, NY, died peacefully at Yale New Haven Hospital on February 1, 2014 with his children by his side. He was 81.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Barbara; daughter, Lisa and her husband Jim Cantey of Madison, CT; son, Kurt and his wife Karen of Damascus, MD; grandchildren, Eric, Sarah, Bryan and Alexis; and several nieces and nephews.

George was born April 5, 1932, in Callicoon Center, NY, on the family homestead his great-grandparents built after immigrating from Germany in the 1850s. He was the son of Edward and Elizabeth Hahn. He was predeceased by his sisters Betty Baum and Louise Freer. As a child, he rode his horse Mickey to the one-room Weissmann district schoolhouse until the regionalization of Jeffersonville Central School. He graduated from the Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1956 and established the Jeffersonville Animal Hospital.

George loved his community and always thought of others before himself. He served on the Sullivan County Parks and Recreation Commission, Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School Board, Jeffersonville Lions Club, and JEMS (Jeffersonville Enhances Main Street), among others. He will be remembered for his quick dry wit, willingness to serve and compassionate care for animals. George and Barbara loved to travel, visiting all seven continents. His favorite trips were to Papua New Guinea and trekking gorillas in Africa.

George and his family thank Thomas Duffy, MD, Sue Farone, RN and Mary Fuller, RN for their outstanding medical care and compassion enabling him to survive his battle with leukemia 19 years ago. In addition, thanks go to the medical and nursing staff of 5-5 at Yale-New Haven Hospital during his final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JEMS, Jeffersonville, NY, 12748; the Employee Appreciation Fund of Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Rd., North Branford, CT 06471; or Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Sullivan County-4H Education Programs, 64 Ferndale Loomis Road, Liberty, NY 12754.

Following his wishes, there will be no formal funeral services. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

January 29, 2014

Arthur W. Peck, founder, with his wife, of Peck’s Markets, departed this earth on January 20, 2014 with loving family at his side. Born September 18, 1931 in Astoria, LI, NY, to Arthur W. Peck, Sr., and Margaret Friedel Peck, he lived in Damascus, PA, Beach Lake, PA and Phoenix, AZ before moving to Narrowsburg in 1963. He was married to his wife, the former Beth Rosencranse, for 62 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Alison Peck, Honesdale, PA, and Anita Peck Orsini and husband Rick, Fort Lauderdale, FL; a son, Wayne Peck, Milanville, PA; two sisters, Peggy Seiferling O’Neill, New Port Richey, FL, and Millicent Gresovic, Phoenix, AZ; a brother, Frank Peck, Honesdale; 10 loving grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Jason and Danielle Kean, Quinn and Cyrus, Jennifer and Sean Thompson, Alicia and Derin Kraack, Travis and Garrett, Ryanne and James Jennings and Desi, Brandon Orsini, Christopher and Stephanie Orsini, Katie Suib, Jon Michael Suib, Shayne Peck and Kellsie Peck.

A daughter, Arden Peck Kean, preceded him in death in December, 2011.

Art worked in Sid’s Market in Honesdale, before moving to Phoenix in 1957, where he was a manager with A. J. Bayless Markets, before purchasing Oellrich & Behling market on Main Street in Narrowsburg in 1963. A new market was constructed on Kirk Rd., Narrowsburg in 1975, and the business, now familiarly known as Peck’s Market, was moved to that location. Peck’s Market in Callicoon, NY, was added in 1973, in a former car dealership building. Peck’s Market, Livingston Manor, was built in 1976. In 1987 the three corporations were sold to Peck’s employees, utilizing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), one of the first such transactions in New York State. This transaction was noted in the July, 1988 issue of Bank Notes, a newsletter published by the National Cooperative Bank of Washington, DC, which financed the leveraged ESOP buyout. This unusual venture was also referred to in the Oct. 17, 1989 issue of Business Week, the May, 1990 issue of Family Business Magazine and in an Empire State Development newsletter in 1995.

The Pecks retained ownership of the properties, and during 1987 built four small storefronts at the Narrowsburg location (Peck’s Marketplace). First National Bank of Jeffersonville opened offices in the three locations in 1996. Five additional stores were added to the Marketplace in 1997. In 2006, Peck’s employees purchased the three properties, including the mini-mall. During the employees’ ownership the firm has added stores in Eldred and Jeffersonville.

During his retirement, Art pursued many interests. He built a kit car and restored several vintage autos; handcrafted numerous clocks and restored others for his collection. After heart surgery in 1995 he purchased plans and built his first wooden boat, going on to build or restore 23 others. Since then he built clocks for each of his grandchildren and crafted seven rocking chairs, several of which he designed. He was generous in sharing his skills with friends and community.

In 1990 he and his wife Beth built and gifted the Tusten-Cochecton Library building, following a wish list of the first trustees of this newly formed library, on land donated by the Town of Tusten. The library is now a part of Western Sullivan Public Library, which also encompasses libraries in Callicoon and Jeffersonville.

Memorial visitation will be at Rasmussen Funeral Home, Main Street, Narrowsburg, Saturday, February 1, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so may donate to Western Sullivan Public Library, 19 Center Street, Jeffersonville, NY 12748 or Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service, PO Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

January 22, 2014

Adelaide Edith Holbert of Lackawaxen, PA died Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at VNA Hospice at Geisinger CMC, Scranton. She was 87.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Donald R. Holbert.

Mrs. Holbert was born April 23, 1926, in Hawley, PA, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Adelaide (Tether) Sennett. Formerly of Oceanside, NY, she was a graduate of Oceanside High School. She was married to Donald Holbert at Oceanside Lutheran Church on December 10, 1949, by Rev. Todd Abram. She had been a resident of Lackawaxen since that day.

Mrs. Holbert was a longtime member of Lackawaxen Fire Department. She also volunteered with Girl Scouts, 4-H and fundraising for the American Cancer Society.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two daughters, Gail Dunn of St. Petersburg, FL, and Sue Ellen Saad of Highland Park, NJ; two sons, Wayne and David Holbert, both of Lackawaxen; four grandchildren, Chris Howe of Lackawaxen, Chelsea Holbert of Indianapolis, IN, and Serena and Olivia Saad of Highland Park, NJ; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held on Sunday, January 19, at Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA with Pastor Mary Owens of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Lackawaxen officiating. Private cremation was held at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA. Burial will be held at a later date at Holbert Cemetery, Lackawaxen.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Food Pantry, PO Box 66, Greeley, PA 18425.

January 22, 2014

Donald K. Holbert of Narrowsburg, NY died Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA with his family by his side. He was 82. At his request no public service will be held.

Born February 7, 1931 in Indian Orchard, PA, he was the son of the late Kenneth Holbert and Edith Harvey Holbert. He grew up and attended school in Honesdale, was a United States Navy veteran, and was retired from Empire State Carpenters and Joiners of America Union with 50 years of service.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Joan Holbert of Narrowsburg, NY; their three children, Craig Holbert and wife Tammy and their children Megan and William of Beach Lake, PA, Kelly Holbert Carlsen and her husband Dan and their children Danielle and Erica of Hickory, NC, and Kyle Holbert and his daughter Annalyse of Narrowsburg, NY. Also surviving Don are his three sisters of Honesdale, PA: Eleanor Gillow, Marlene Tolley, and Barbara Hubert; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don was a much loved husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial donations can be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corp., PO Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY.

January 22, 2014

Richard D. Dailey of Cochecton Center, NY, a lifelong resident and a retired laborer for Local 17 Labor Union, passed away on Monday, January 20, 2014 at Creekside Health & Rehab Center in Carbondale, PA. He was 85.

He was the son of the late Emmitt and Frances Case Dailey, he was born January 4, 1929 in Cochecton Center.

Rich was born and raised on the family farm. He enjoyed hunting, haying and managed the Nutshell. He worked in his younger days for Manor Poultry as a driver. He also had a logging business.

He is survived by his six children, Wayne Dailey and his wife Catherine of Wallkill, NY, Jeannette Fornassari and her husband Dennis of Liberty, NY, Donald Dailey and his fiancée Barberette Westmorland of Cochecton Center, NY, Rutt Motts and her husband Peter of Livingston Manor, NY, Sara Dailey of Florida and Steven Dailey and his wife Jennifer of Cochecton Center, NY; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Richard is predeceased by his son, Richard Dailey Jr.; and his 12 siblings.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 3 to 8 p.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY.

Cremation will follow at Maple Hill Crematory. Burial of his cremains will be in Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the family: Wayne Dailey, 2153 Bruynswick Rd., Wallkill, NY 12589.

January 15, 2014

Catherine M. Casella, of Beach Lake, PA and formerly of Southampton, Long Island, and a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at Regional Hospital of Scranton. She was 78.

The daughter of the late Conrad and Mary Flannery Heinzerling, she was born December 20, 1935 in Merrick, NY. Catherine lived in Southampton for many years before moving to Beach Lake. She was employed for many years for the plane manufacturer, Grumman, on Long Island. She also ran her own small business, Beach Plum Cottages.

Catherine was a member of St. Bernard Church, Beach Lake, and she also attended St. Francis Xavier Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Catherine was a member of the St. Bernard Women’s Guild, member of Patriot Connects, member of Red Hat Society, member of Woman’s Club of Honesdale, member of Hawley Garden Club, and a member of Narrowsburg Food Pantry. A family statement reads: “Catherine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid gardener, avid mahjong player and loved to line dance. She was involved in so many good causes. She will truly be missed.”

Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Salvatore J. Casella; six children, Carol Eaton and her husband Marty of Huntsville, AL, Thomas Casella and his wife Angela of Allendale, NJ, Robert Casella of Southampton, NY, Jeffrey Casella and his wife Laret of Nashville, TN, Sally O’Neill and her husband Edward of Delhi, NY and Daniel Casella of Nashville, TN; two brothers, Conrad Heinzerling of Pensacola, FL, and Henry Heinzerling of Paldale, CA; nine grandchildren, Tara, Shana, Sean, Steven, Colleen, Jason, Emilia, Fiona, and Finn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on January 18, 2014 at 12 noon at St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY. Father William Scully O.F.M. will officiate.

Donations can be made in Catherine’s name to Narrowsburg Food Pantry, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764, or Hope Lodge.

January 15, 2014

Salvatore B. Indelicato of Narrowsburg (Cochecton Center), NY, a retired Senior Investigator for the NY State Police and former Supervisor of the Town of Cochecton, passed away peacefully at home on January 13, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. He was 83.

The son of the late Lodovico and Mary Crimi Indelicato, he was born November 18, 1930 in Highland, NY (Ulster County).

Sal interrupted his senior high school year to honorably serve in the United States Air Force. After his service, he returned to school and graduated from the Highland High School. He remained in the US Air Force Reserves from 1949 to 1955 and received an honorable discharge.

On August 1, 1952, Sal became a member of the New York State Police, which began a career that brought him to all corners of the State. He was also assigned as a motorcycle trooper. He had the distinction of riding the first New York State Police Motorcycle on the NY State Thruway when the Tappan Zee Bridge was opened. In 1968 with the creation of Troop “F” within the State Police, Sal was assigned to Troop Headquarters as the Administrative Senior Investigator to direct supervision of the investigative personnel. Sal had vast training and was involved in many programs in the State Police. On December 31, 1990, Sal retired from the job he loved beyond words, the New York State Police. In retirement, he always wanted to serve his community and decided to run for town office. He was elected as Town of Cochecton Councilman and served from 1992 to 1996. Thereafter, he was elected as Supervisor in the Town of Cochecton and served from 1998 until his term expired in 2010, suffering a stroke in 2008 before completing his term. Sal was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Church and St. Francis Xavier Church. He was a member of the PBA, Association of Former NY State Troopers, American Association of State Troopers. He was a life member of the Monticello Elks 1544. He was a member of the Cochecton Ambulance Corps.

Sal was a unique, one-of-a-kind individual. He was a tireless worker and the most happy when he was working, helping a neighbor or anyone in need of an extra hand. He was a person of great integrity, demanding but fair, and willing to help anyone—friend or foe—at any time and especially in their time of need. He was a devoted family man who loved his family and his home.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Helene (Luning) Indelicato; son, Salvatore B. Indelicato, Jr. and his wife Lisa of Binghamton, NY; his granddaughters Nicole and Isabella; his brother, Joseph Indelicato; his sisters Antoinette Roccio and Catherine Hurt; as well as many loving family members. Sal was predeceased by his parents, his brother Louis Indelicato and his sister Frances Indelicato Herron.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Friday January 17, 2014 from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday January 17, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764. Father William Scully OFM will officiate.

Burial will take place at St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Francis Xavier Church, 151 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764; Cochecton Vol. Ambulance Corp. P.O. Box 4, Lake Huntington, NY 12752; Lake Huntington Vol. Fire Dept. P.O. Box 222, Lake Huntington, NY 12752.

January 15, 2014

Rita C. Macrini, of Narrowsburg, NY, a dispatcher for Lang Industries, and a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2014 at home. She was 69.

The daughter of the late John F. Campbell and Rita Dowling Campbell, she was born October 18, 1944 in Queens, NY.

Rita had worked previously for the George Burkle Insurance agency. She was on the Tusten Zoning Board for 13 years.

Survivors include her mother Rita Campbell; daughter, Christina Macrini of Narrowsburg, NY; son, Gabriele Macrini of Narrowsburg; sisters, Kathryn Roberts of Georgia and Maureen Campbell of Maryland; brothers, John Campbell II of Queens, NY and William Campbell of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Donations can be made in Rita’s name to SPCA, American Cancer Society, or COPD Foundation, Inc.

January 15, 2014

Gabrielle Sandelmann died on January 9, 2014. She was 99.

She was a resident of Gibsonia, PA and formerly lived in Shohola, PA. She was born in Bamberg, Germany on March 23, 1914 to the late Konrad and Magdalena Klauer. She and her late husband Henry Sandelmann owned and operated Sandelmann’s Shoe Store in Shohola for 30 years.

Gabrielle was an accomplished seamstress and gardener. She grew and arranged flowers for St. Ann’s Church in Shohola for many years. She was a faithful communicant of St. Richard’s Church in Gibsonia where she was a member of the Blanket Ministry, and she retired from St. Richard’s Gardening Team at age 90.

She is survived by her daughter, Carole (Kenneth Keeley); granddaughter, Melissa (Christopher Klemek); grandson, Douglas Keeley (Sabrina); and two great-grandchildren, Abraham and Madeleine Klemek.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on January 13 at St. Ann’s Church in Shohola.

January 15, 2014

Louis Arthur Watres, known as Arthur to most people, died January 10, 2014 from complications of pneumonia in Paoli Hospital, Paoli, PA. He was 91.

Arthur was a pioneering environmentalist who gave the remaining assets of a once-influential family (his grandfather was a successful Scranton businessman and Lt Governor of Pennsylvania, and his uncle a U.S. Congressman) to the cause of preservation, education and research when he and his mother founded the Lacawac Sanctuary in Lake Ariel, PA, in 1966. Arthur worked the rest of his life to assure the ongoing mission of Lacawac—a work that remains in progress.

Born in 1922 in Bermuda to adventurous parents Reyburn and Isabel Watres, he grew up on the move, living in various locations and on yachts of his father’s making. In all he attended more than 30 primary schools before enrolling in Phillips Exeter Academy. He studied fine art at Yale, though his university years were interrupted by his service as a Japanese interpreter for the US Navy during WWII. He was graduated in 1947 as part of the class of 1945W.

Following his father’s death and a short stint as a securities trader, Arthur and his mother moved to the family’s then-dilapidated country manor at Lake Lacawac in the Pocono Mountains. They spent many years restoring the buildings and trying to eke out a living operating a sawmill, a fish hatchery, and earth moving business. He resorted to textbook editing.

A spirit of adventure—and long winters at Lacawac—led Arthur and his mother to explore the South Pacific in colder months. They booked themselves on a freighter to French Polynesia, and caught copra schooners under sail to various island groups. In 1949 they were passengers on the first commercial flight from Tahiti to the US.

An accomplished artist, he painted and sculpted what he saw, leaving a legacy of mid-century water colors of the Pacific and other island adventures in the Caribbean.

In the 1950s, Arthur began to read early environmental treatises about the limitations of the Earth’s resources. Determined to make a difference, he visited scientists at the Museum of Natural History in New York, which led to his acquaintance with a young Dr. Ruth Patrick, who became one of the world’s pre-eminent limnologists. It was her first visit to Lacawac that set the seeds of the Watres gift of the estate, which surrounds what Patrick called “the southernmost unpolluted glacial lake in the US.”

Arthur spent the rest of his life sharing his passion for the natural world and interest in using science to understand and protect it. His body of work, including founding the NE Pennsylvania Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, has been recognized by numerous national awards, including the Thomas P. Shelburne Environmental Leadership award and the Hornaday Gold Medal, the nation’s oldest conservation award, presented by Gov. Mark Schweiker.

He is survived by his son, Chad Reed-Watres; niece, Elizabeth Noble; grandchildren Sage and Olin Reed-Watres; and grandniece, Megan Noble.

At his request there will be no funeral or service. Those wishing to remember Arthur are invited to send donations to Lacawac Sanctuary, 94 Sanctuary Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436.

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

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.