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August 22, 2012

Timothy Quick Darder, age 49, of Port Jervis, NY passed away Saturday, August 18, 2012 at Port Jervis.
He was born on January 12, 1963 in Port Jervis, the son of Everitt Quick and the late Donna Milk Quick.
Tim was a self-employed cabinet maker. After the passing of his mother in 1964, he went to live with his aunt and uncle, Ronald and Marian Darder, who adopted him, in Goulds, NY.
A family statement reads: “He was a sweet-tempered, very talented carpenter and a friend to all who knew him. Tim was a favorite to all his cousins, who knew his gentle spirit and loving soul. He will be truly missed by everyone.”
He is survived by his two fathers, Everitt Quick and his wife June of Port Jervis and Ronald Darder of Goulds; his son Shaun Darder; two daughters, Chelcie and Janelle; five brothers, Mike and Danny Darder, Walt, Ken and Paul Quick; and two sisters, Rhonda Gillow and Jeanne Quick Stephens. He is also survived by his former wife Tracy; and his son’s mother Judy; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and his three close friends, Tom Ziegler, Joe Russell and Wayne Kidney.
Tim was pre-deceased by his mothers, Donna Milk and Marian Darder; and his brother Joseph M. Quick.
Graveside services will be held Friday August 24 at 2 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA.
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.

August 8, 2012

John J. Tenbus of Narrowsburg,, NY, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Monday, August 6, 2012 at Oakwood Terrace, Moosic, PA . He was 84.
John Tenbus was born in Honesdale, Pa. on August 24, 1927, the son of the late Lawrence Joseph and Mary Catherine .Connor. John was married to the late Luella A. “Corky” Dexter Tenbus for 56 years. She passed away on February 24, 2007.
John was a retired carpenter. He was a former Magistrate for the Town of Tusten. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg, he was a member of Lava Fire Dept., he was a member (EMT)of the Tusten Vol. Ambulance Corps and was a member of the "Fireside Good Times Gang." A family statement reads: “John was a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather, he loved his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed fixing everything, cutting wood, his yard art and music. He played the guitar with harmonica at the same time. During his early adult life he was a member of the 4 Y’s, a square dance band. Most of all he always helped anyone in need. He will truly be missed.”
He is survived by two daughters, Tina Pierce, of Reno, NV and Judy and her husband, Gary Eisenhauer, of Lakeville, PA; one son, Terry Tenbus and his wife, Margy, of Lava, NY; five grandchildren, Jessica Eick and her husband Frank, John Tenbus and his wife Colleen, Natalie and Emily Pierce and Kelly Nordenhold; great grandchildren Emma Eick, Frank Eick and Mason Tenbus; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three siblings, Catherine Castek, Mary Bayly and Arthur Tenbus.
Friends may call on Friday, August 10, 2012 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, August 12, 2012 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg.
Religious Services will be held at 1 p.m. at the funeral home in Narrowsburg on Sunday, August 12 with the Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.
Interment will be made in Glen Cove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in John’s name to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-601.
Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY.

August 7, 2012

ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ C. DENNIS
Elizabeth “Betty” C. Dennis of Beach Lake, PA passed away July 24, 2012 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale PA, following an illness. She was born in Kingston, PA, August 29, 1937, daughter of the late Ruth Davey Dennis and Thomas S. Dennis.
She was preceded in death by two brothers; Robert Freiermuth and Richard Theobald.
She is survived by nephew Dennis C Freiermuth and wife Terry of Liberty NY; niece Donna Piscitelli and husband James of Moravia NY; niece Tina Richardson and husband Terry of Monongahela PA; niece Teresa Bouselli, and sister-in-law Phyllis Bouselli, both of Beach Lake, PA; a brother, Thomas Theobald and wife Jackie of NJ; several grand nieces and nephews, great grand nieces and nephews and cousins.
Betty graduated from Narrowsburg Central School with the class of 1956. She attended Roberts Wesley College for 4 years, graduating with her B.S in Education. She received her Master’s Degree from SUNY Geneseo College, Geneseo NY.
After college Betty settled in Warsaw, NY where she taught in the Warsaw Central School for 32 years. As a high school teacher, she valued the education of her students; Betty loved teaching and undertook being the Advisor for the Year Book for many years at Warsaw Central. Upon retirement she returned to Beach Lake to live with and care for her mother. Betty was a very caring and giving person.
Betty enjoyed traveling and did so quite extensively throughout her lifetime. She embraced life and lived it to the fullest extent in her chosen lifestyle. Dearest to her heart was the Beach Lake United Methodist Church where she was a lifetime member and very faithful in fulfilling her offices and positions held over the years. As a member of the United Methodist Women, she was always willing to serve in any capacity. She was very dedicated to her church and its ministry.
Betty was initiated into The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International on May 6, 1971. She was initiated into the Beta Gamma Chapter and upon her retirement in 1995, she moved from Warsaw, NY to Beach Lake, PA and transferred her membership to the Tau Chapter. She was active in both chapters, serving as Chapter President of Beta Gamma, plus she was Corresponding Secretary, Parliamentarian and Recording Secretary; during her years in Beta Gamma, she served on every chapter committee. She also served on several chapter committees in Tau Chapter and was presently Scrapbook/Historical Records Chair. At the state level of the society, she served on the following committees: Scholarship, Finance, and Audit. She chaired at the state level Travel and Study, and Awards. Betty attended numerous International and Regional Conventions through the years of her membership. At the time of her passing, she was serving on the 2012 International Steering Committee that just took place in New York City this July 24-28, 2012. Key phrases that come to mind in describing Betty’s membership in DKG is her devotion that was given to the Society and the great portion of her time, talents and guidance given both to new members and older members. She was the epitome of a DKG member both in being a mentor, friend, and guardian of all the Society held dear to herself.
She was also a very avid and active member of the Beach Lake Fire Company Auxiliary; she worked very hard to make sure their fund raisers were successful. Her membership in the Tusten Senior Citizens spanned many years in which she helped with their luncheons, played cards, helped with activities, and for several years wrote a column in The River Reporter about the group’s meetings and activities. She was a member of the Wayne County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered for 27 years in the business office of Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Added to her many interests in life she also enjoyed fishing in her younger years, remained an avid sports fan throughout her lifetime, a very competitive card player, enjoyed antiquing, holiday decorating, crocheting, knitting, sewing and other handcrafts. Her hand crafted entries in the Wayne County Fair over the years took many Blue Ribbons. She lived a very full, interesting and satisfying life. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but we can take joy in knowing she laid aside all of her earthly tasks and concerns, as she stepped into the presence of her Lord and heard, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Betty dear, bask in the love and holy presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A memorial service will be held at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, August 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be served in the church hall following the service. Donations may be made in memory of Betty to the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, PO Box 387, Beach Lake, PA 18405.

August 7, 2012

CHARLES J. PIERA
Charles J. Piera of Sundown, NY, 72, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Catskill Regional Hospital, Harris, NY.
Born February 23, 1940 in Meriden, CT, he was the son of the late Carlos Piera of Pego, Spain, and the late Presentacion Riera Piera of Vergel, Spain.
Mr. Piera was a graduate of Choate in Wallinford, CT, class of 1958, and received a BA in History from Columbia University in 1962.He retired as Supervisor of Volunteer Services at Eastern Correctional Facility in Naponach in 2006, after 27 years.
He was the Steward for the Public Employees Federation, AFL-CIO and was a team leader for the Crisis Intervention Unit of the NYS Dept. of Corrections. In the 1960s, he was the road manager for the rock band Anonymous Artists in America. Piera was the Supervisor of the Town of Denning, 2001-2003, and was a volunteer tour guide at the Red Hill Fire Tower in the Town of Denning.
Surviving are his wife, Merrill Mecklem; his children, Loren Piera and his partner Fiona Malamen, Justin Muller and his wife Heather and Chantal Muller; his grandchildren, Mercedes Catania, Timothy Dolgas, Cassian Muller and Lisette and Pilar Piera-Tyree and their mother, Alicia Tyree; his sister Mari Carmen Piera and her husband Vicente Giner and their daughter Sara of Spain; his sister in law Sara Mecklem and her children Tessa and Arrow Kleeman of Woodstock, NY; and many friends.
A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, August 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at his home.
In lieu of flowers and in recognition of Charlies lifelong concern for all watersheds and waterways, contributions may be made to Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, 199 Dennings Ave., Beacon, 12508; or Catskill Mountainkeeper, PO Box 381, Youngsville, NY 12791.

August 6, 2012

ELIZABETH ‘BETTY’ C. DENNIS
Elizabeth “Betty” C. Dennis of Beach Lake, PA passed away July 24, 2012 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale PA, following an illness. She was born in Kingston, PA, August 29, 1937, daughter of the late Ruth Davey Dennis and Thomas S. Dennis.
She was preceded in death by two brothers; Robert Freiermuth and Richard Theobald.
She is survived by nephew Dennis C Freiermuth and wife Terry of Liberty NY; niece Donna Piscitelli and husband James of Moravia NY; niece Tina Richardson and husband Terry of Monongahela PA; niece Teresa Bouselli, and sister-in-law Phyllis Bouselli, both of Beach Lake, PA; a brother, Thomas Theobald and wife Jackie of NJ; several grand nieces and nephews, great grand nieces and nephews and cousins.
Betty graduated from Narrowsburg Central School with the class of 1956. She attended Roberts Wesley College for 4 years, graduating with her B.S in Education. She received her Master’s Degree from SUNY Geneseo College, Geneseo NY.
After college Betty settled in Warsaw, NY where she taught in the Warsaw Central School for 32 years. As a high school teacher, she valued the education of her students; Betty loved teaching and undertook being the Advisor for the Year Book for many years at Warsaw Central. Upon retirement she returned to Beach Lake to live with and care for her mother. Betty was a very caring and giving person.
Betty enjoyed traveling and did so quite extensively throughout her lifetime. She embraced life and lived it to the fullest extent in her chosen lifestyle. Dearest to her heart was the Beach Lake United Methodist Church where she was a lifetime member and very faithful in fulfilling her offices and positions held over the years. As a member of the United Methodist Women, she was always willing to serve in any capacity. She was very dedicated to her church and its ministry.
Betty was initiated into The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International on May 6, 1971. She was initiated into the Beta Gamma Chapter and upon her retirement in 1995, she moved from Warsaw, NY to Beach Lake, PA and transferred her membership to the Tau Chapter. She was active in both chapters, serving as Chapter President of Beta Gamma, plus she was Corresponding Secretary, Parliamentarian and Recording Secretary; during her years in Beta Gamma, she served on every chapter committee. She also served on several chapter committees in Tau Chapter and was presently Scrapbook/Historical Records Chair. At the state level of the society, she served on the following committees: Scholarship, Finance, and Audit. She chaired at the state level Travel and Study, and Awards. Betty attended numerous International and Regional Conventions through the years of her membership. At the time of her passing, she was serving on the 2012 International Steering Committee that just took place in New York City this July 24-28, 2012. Key phrases that come to mind in describing Betty’s membership in DKG is her devotion that was given to the Society and the great portion of her time, talents and guidance given both to new members and older members. She was the epitome of a DKG member both in being a mentor, friend, and guardian of all the Society held dear to herself.
She was also a very avid and active member of the Beach Lake Fire Company Auxiliary; she worked very hard to make sure their fund raisers were successful. Her membership in the Tusten Senior Citizens spanned many years in which she helped with their luncheons, played cards, helped with activities, and for several years wrote a column in The River Reporter about the group’s meetings and activities. She was a member of the Wayne County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and volunteered for 27 years in the business office of Wayne Memorial Hospital.
Added to her many interests in life she also enjoyed fishing in her younger years, remained an avid sports fan throughout her lifetime, a very competitive card player, enjoyed antiquing, holiday decorating, crocheting, knitting, sewing and other handcrafts. Her hand crafted entries in the Wayne County Fair over the years took many Blue Ribbons. She lived a very full, interesting and satisfying life. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends, but we can take joy in knowing she laid aside all of her earthly tasks and concerns, as she stepped into the presence of her Lord and heard, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Betty dear, bask in the love and holy presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A memorial service will be held at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, August 11, 2012 at 11 a.m. A luncheon will be served in the church hall following the service. Donations may be made in memory of Betty to the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, PO Box 387, Beach Lake, PA 18405.

July 27, 2012

Marylin Lytle Barr died peacefully in her home on June 13, 2012. Born on August 11, 1920 in Boston, she lived through, contributed to, and exemplified a century of extraordinary change. A “war bride” in 1942, she raised three children before earning a Masters Degree in sociology and beginning a quarter-century of teaching in New York City’s Head Start program. In “retirement,” she embraced the opportunity to devote more of her time to writing and publishing poetry, and to creating the watercolor paintings that she often integrated into her poetry readings. A member of the Grahamsville Alchemy Club and the Greater Haverhill Poetry Society in Massachusetts, she was active in the Claryville Quilting Club and the Grahamsville Historical Society where her extensive research reclaimed the history of the 1856 home where she live with her husband for the last quarter of her life.

She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. O. Sydney Barr, in 2000; five brothers and sisters, and one nephew. She leaves her daughters: Margaret Hoover and her husband, John, of Pennsylvania; Joyce Barr of Maine; and Mark Barr and wife, Colleen Berge, of New York City; five grandchildren and five great grand children; one sister in law Doris Lytle of Ohio; 12 nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on August 11 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Memorial Episcopal Church, 40 Market St., Ellenville, NY 12428 (turn off Route 209 onto Essex St. and go one block to church). In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Daniel Pierce Library, PO Box 268, Grahamsville, NY 12740, or to St. Andrew’s Mission (the Episcopal church in So. Fallsburg, NY, which she also attended), c/o Cynthia Johnston, PO Box 55, Woodbourne, NY 12788.

July 22, 2012

Orvis J. Vannatta, lifelong resident of the area, passed away at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA on Monday, July 16, 2012. He was 87.

He was born in Honesdale, PA on March 10, 1925 to the late Orvis E. and Ethel M. Hensz Vannatta. Orvis was married for 57 years to the late Carmen D.“Carrie”Callico Vannatta, who worked as a registered nurse in local hospitals, and preceded Orvis in death on April 30, 2004. Together, Orvie and Carrie were active in many community endeavors including, but not limited to, the Tusten-Cochecton Regional Library and various fundraising activities and benefits.

Orvis was a WWII Navy Veteran, having served in both the European and Pacific Theatres from 1943 to 1946 as a Motor Machinists Mate, First Class. Soon after the war, he married Carrie and began Orvis J. Vannatta Excavating and Contracting, which later became Van Excavating in partnership with his childhood friend, Albert E. VanKeuren. Later, he worked and retired from the New York State Dept. of Labor as a State Wage Rate Investigator.

Orvis was a member of Narrowsburg United Methodist Church; the American Legion; Masons; Tusten Settlement Church Association and was a volunteer fireman with the Narrowsburg Fire Dept. He also made an invaluable contribution to the Tusten Historical Society, often helping the late Emily Hallock identifying items with his considerable knowledge of local history. He was also a member of the American Truck Historical Society, of which his son, John, is current President; the Wheel Horse Tractor Collector Assn., and Neversink Rondout Antique Machinery Association.

Orvis is survived by his three children: son John O. Vannatta and wife Carolyn Bonhard Vannatta of Leonardtown, MD; daughter Sue Ellen Franklin and husband Herschel DeWayne Franklin of Plano, TX; and son Louis E. Vannatta and wife Susan Grey Vannatta of Ashburn, VA; three grandchildren: Stefanie Anton, Gregory Vannatta and Kelly Rose; and two step great grandchildren: Trent Anton and Ryan Anton.
A private burial will take place Friday, July 20 at Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY, with a Memorial Service and Celebration of Orvis’s life planned for a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations being made in Orvis’s honor go to Tusten Historical Society, P.O. Box 18, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, or the Tusten Settlement Church where Carrie is memorialized, at 5 Grassy Swamp Rd. Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY.

June 26, 2012

Arthur “Jim” Freiermuth, 75, of Beach Lake, PA, died Monday morning, June 25, 2012 in the Hospice Community Care, Dunmore after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, the former Patricia Keegan.

Born July 14, 1936 in Honesdale, PA, he was the son of the late Robert and Ruth (Samson) Freiermuth.

Jim was a member of the Cold Spring Chapel. He also belonged to the Boyd’s Mills Hunting Club and the NRA. Jim formerly served as a Damascus Township Supervisor. He loved to be among people, and will be remembered most for the love of his family.

He is also survived by five children: Chip Freiermuth and his wife Lisa of Beach Lake, Cheryl McCormick and her husband Rich of Susquehanna, PA, Ann Buddenhagen and her husband Keith of Narrowsburg, NY, Jim Freiermuth and his wife Terri of Beach Lake, and Jesse Freiermuth and his wife Cris of Beach Lake; a brother, William Freiermuth and his wife Evelyn of Waymart, PA, and a sister, Ruthann Reagan and her husband Bob of Beach Lake; ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; an uncle, Lawrence “Cy” Freiermuth of Boyds Mills, PA, an aunt, Betty Freiermuth of Beach Lake; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbie Freiermuth.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, 1228 North Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431 with Pastor Mary Bryant officiating.

Friends may visit on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Jim’s memory to the Cold Spring Chapel: 1530 West Street Honesdale, PA 18431; Hospice Community Care: 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704; or Hospice of the Sacred Heart: 600 Baltimore Drive Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

June 19, 2012

Nora Stewart of Beach Lake, PA, died Wednesday morning June 13, 2012 at the Special Care Hospital in Scranton, PA. She was 83.

The daughter of the late Bruce John and Ella Flora Morton Moore, she was born in Hasbrouck, NY on October 6, 1928.

Nora was an avid genealogist, successfully tracing her roots back into the 1700s. She also enjoyed knitting, making many items as gifts for friends and family and many others as donations to charities and presents to "the troops defending our country." She was always quick to give someone a helping hand.

She was the widow of Jay Stewart, to whom she was married on April 5. 1947 in White Sulphur Springs, NY.

Survivors include her son, Frederick J. Stewart of Stratharn, NH; daughter Lorraine Lee Davis of Beach Lake. PA; grandsons Timothy J. Adase and Christopher A. Adase, both of College Station, TX; sister Agnes Ruth Kortright and her husband Clifford of Aden, NY; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband in 2004; her daughter Linda Diane Adase in 1990; son-in-law Thomas Davis in 1999; sisters Helen Hartman and Janet Smith; and brother Fred Allen Moore.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 10:00 am in St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg, NY.
Internment of her cremains will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 'The Tusten Historical Society, or to the Narrowsburg, Beach Lake or Welcome Lake Fire Departments.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg.

June 7, 2012

Lawrence R.V. “Rob” Potter of Callicoon, NY died Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 38.

The son of Lawrence Potter and Darlene Roney, he was born October 26, 1973 in Susquehanna, PA.

Rob graduated from Hancock Central School in 1991, and from Penn State with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1995. He was a member of the Callicoon United Methodist Church, and an Eagle Scout. Rob was the sports editor for the Sullivan County Democrat.

Surviving are his father, Lawrence; his mother and stepfather, Darlene and Russell Burnett; brothers Michael, Justin, Jeffrey and Patrick; maternal grandmother Rose Roney; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.

A funeral service was held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at the Lake Como United Methodist Church in Lake Como, PA. Interment followed in the Lake Como Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Callicoon United Methodist Church or to the Lake Como United Methodist Church.

June 7, 2012

Ruby M. Kraus. a long-time resident of Narrowsburg, NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA, following a long illness. She was 94 years of age.

She was born on February 19, 1918 in Cochecton, NY to Katherine and Alexander Stephenson. She married Charles Kraus, who predeceased her in 1997.

Ruby loved life, especially when she was surrounded by her family. She was a wonderful cook and was happiest when cooking for a crowd. Her green thumb was evident when she displayed her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals and catered to all of them. These fine attributes were surpassed only by her generosity to others, especially to those less fortunate. She was always ready to give a helping hand for any reason. She believed in hard work and her favorite job was at the Concord Hotel, where she took care of the indoor flowers and plants. She also was a cook at Kelly’s Home for Adults and the Narrowsburg School cafeteria. She enjoyed good times and a good joke. We miss her already.

Ruby is survived by her five children: sons Charles and his wife Katherine of Dover, NH, Anthony and his companion Emogene Browskowski of Fort Myers, FL and Robert and his wife Barbara of Howell, NJ; daughters Ruby Vannalla of Summerton, SC and Katherine Vannatta and her husband Bill of Milford, PA; 11 grandchildren: Charles Kraus, William Kraus, Thomas Kraus, Leona Maree, Koren Roth, Susan Crouch, Linda Reed, Kenneth Kraus, Douglas Kraus, Tammy Wilson, Gregory Vannatta; and three step-grandchildren: Robin Humphreys, Mark Grossman and Dana Grossman. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Ruby is predeceased by her sisters Cora Stephenson and Bertha Kellam; her brother Robert Stephenson; and her son-in-law Norman Vannatta.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main Street in Narrowsburg. NY. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on June 2, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to: Lava Fire Department, P.O. Box 456, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; Narrowsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 184, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; or the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

June 7, 2012

Klendin G. Kirby of Yulan, NY, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY on Sunday, June 3, 2012. He was 83 years old.

The son of the late Kaska and Dorothy Soup Kirby, he was born in Beaver Brook, NY on May 2, 1929. At a young age he was raised by his grandparents, Caroline and Charles Kirby.
Klendin was a WWII Army veteran. He retired from the Sullivan County Dept. of Public Works as a Heavy Equipment Operator and a Blaster. After retirement he worked for Kessler Surveying and mowed lawn in the area. Kirby was a Beaver Brook Rod and Gun director, member of the Ridge Runners Hunting Club, Penn York Snow Club, former Town of Highland Councilman, a member of the Highland Democratic Club—he was their chief pancake maker—an inspector of voting machine, Grand Marshall of the Yulan St. Patrick’s Day Parade and also for the Town of Highland. He was also a square dance caller.

Kirby was a very generous and giving person. He only saw the good in people; that’s why he had so many friends. He lived for his hunting clubs and interaction with people. He was also known for loving his spritzers.

Survivors include his daughter Georgia Borrero and her husband Robert of Port Jervis, his aunt Lucille of Pennsylvania, brothers Kermit and Kelby, sisters Gilda, Gia and Gail, all of Binghamton, NY, a grandson Robert Borrero Jr., a granddaughter Taylor of Pennsylvania, his sister-in-law Ida Berger of Narrowsburg, her sons John and Robert Berger, a special little girl, Sydney, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Curt Sommers, Jack Wagner, Brenda Loeven and Bob VanCura for all their help.

Klendin is predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Joan, his sisters: Kleona, Kleota and Glenda, and an aunt, Klelah.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Harrison-Rasmussen Funeral Home, 3412 Route 97, Barryville, NY.

A Memorial Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 1 p.m. at Montoza Cemetery, Eldred, NY.

Contributions can be made in memory of Klendin G. Kirby to the Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Scholarship Fund, c/o James Hanson, P.O. Box 11, Yulan, NY 12792.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville, NY. 845/557-8010.

May 30, 2012

Margaret J. Dexter Branning of Beach Lake, PA, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Friday, May 25, 2012 at Ellen Memorial Health Care, Honesdale, PA. She was 84.

The daughter of the late Edward H. And Bessie Diehl Dexter, she was born September 1, 1927 in Atco, PA. Margaret graduated from Atco School, Damascus High School and Hayne Commercial School. She had worked for Charles and Catherine Dexter as a secretary, Charles Electrical, Plumbing and Heating Business and Hardware Store.

She was married for 61 years to Ray T. Branning, who had passed away on August 3, 2010.

She lived her whole married life on the Branning Family Farm.
A family statement reads: “Margaret was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and neighbor. She loved birds, flowers and nature. She was a real outdoors person. She was an avid hunter and fisherman. She was a deadly shot. She loved to crochet and was very talented. She always had a pot of coffee on for anyone that stopped by. We will miss those visits as she was a big part of our family, she will truly be missed.”

Survivors include her five children: Roger Branning, Rodney Branning and his wife Glenna, Keith Branning and his wife Becky, Pearl E. Imburgio and her husband John, Mark Branning and his wife Diana. Grandchildren : Rodney Branning Jr. and his wife Nicole, Phillip Branning and his wife Colleen, Brett Branning and his wife Shari, Samantha Branning, Bryan Branning and his wife Caitlin, Eric Branning, Mark Branning, Robert Imburgio, Mandy Imburgio. Three great grandchildren of Phillip and Colleen: Luke Branning, Paige Branning and Jacob Branning. Many cousins and her little dog that she loved: “Princess.”
Margaret is predeceased by her husband Ray, two sons: Ray and Phillip, a grandson Travis and daughter in law Rose Branning.
Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St. Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Rev. Lane Jones will officiate.
Burial will be in the Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations can be made in Margaret’s name to the Honesdale Vol. Ambulance Corp., the Tusten Vol. Ambulance Corp., or the Welcome Lake Fire Dept.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, 845/252-3901.

May 30, 2012

Walter P. Jasper, a long-time resident of Eldred, NY, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. He was 82.

Walter was born February 14, 1930 in Maspeth, Queens to Ida Tinnemeier and Walter Jasper. He was the widower of Anita Louise Jasper and pre-deceased by infant grandson, Patrick Luke Jasper.

Walter served his country after being drafted on May 18, 1951 during the Korean War. He served with the 62nd AAA outfit in Viernheim, Germany. He was a truck driver all of his life, loved what he did and enjoyed seeing all 48 states in his R-Model Mack truck.

He is survived by his brother, Robert of Miller Place, Long Island, NY; cousin Ann Newhart of West Chester, PA; son Walter and companion Denise Roberts of Beaver Brook, NY; son and daughter-in-law Erick and Mary Jasper of Eldred. Also, his grandchildren, who he loved dearly: Amanda Mall, Ryan, Kyle, Brian and Luke.

A memorial service will be held at the Beaver Brook Pavilion, Saturday, June 9th at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate Walter’s life. All are welcome to attend.
Arrangements by Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home, 845/557-8010.

May 30, 2012

John P. Paparella, 82, died on January 13, 2012 at home in Fort Pierce, FL. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Milanville, PA at the age of 12. He lived for 33 years in Oakland, NJ before retiring to Florida.

He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, receiving the National Defense Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal E Clasp, and Good Conduct Medal. He then became a master carpenter and home building contractor. He was also a licensed real estate broker and started and ran a successful sign business for many years. He was a member of St. Anastasia Church and the American Legion.

His greatest passion in life was boating and fishing, and he was fortunate to enjoy both up until a few weeks before his passing.

He was predeceased by brothers Richard, Eugene, and Edward, and survived by brother Vincent of Lumberton, NC. Also surviving are Phyllis Paparella, his wife of 53 years, sons Paul Paparella of Scotch Plains, NJ and Michael Paparella of Merritt Island FL, daughter Diane Van Delden of Trumansburg, NY, their spouses, three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on June 2, 2012 at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Father William Scully O.F.M. will officiate. Christian burial of the cremains will follow in St. Lucy’s Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY, 845/252-3901.

May 30, 2012

Leonard E. Rolston, 82, of Interlachen, FL passed away at home on Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 following an extended illness.

He was born in Milanville, PA and had been a snowbird resident of Interlachen and Milanville for the past 20 years before making Interlachen his permanent home in 2008. He made his home in Milanville up to then making a career as a self employed plumbing, heating and electrical contractor.

He was very active in community service as a member of the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Narrowsburg Fire Dept., Damascus United Methodist Church, Milanville United Methodist Church trustee and Sunday School Superintendent as well as youth group advisor, Interlachen Station 17 volunteer as well as American Legion and Lions volunteer and member of the Interlachen First United Methodist Church, He enjoyed being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army at Christmas time.

From childhood he always had a dog and was known for his love of animals. His wish is to have his last dog laid to rest with him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Edna Rolston; a brother, Emory Rolston; and a sister, Eleanor Buckley.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Avis; their only child, Leona Dean of Milanville; two granddaughters, Sheri Wells and husband James of Bloomsburg, PA and Lisa Williams and husband Michael of Troy, OH; five great-grandchildren, Ashley Kelch and Michael Williams Jr. of Troy, Brandon and Brienne Kaplan of Bloomsburg and Joshua Litzenbauer of Lake Ariel, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at First United Methodist Church of Interlachen on February 20 with the Rev A.C. Meyers officiating.

A memorial service, including a video tribute provided by Masters Funeral Home of Palatka, FL ,will be held at the Milanville Church on June 9 at 2 p.m. with Rev Jean Blackie of the Damascus Manor United Methodist Church officiating. Private interment for the immediate family only will follow the service at the Milanville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may to directed to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Drive, Honesdale, PA 18431.

May 30, 2012

Valois Young Jr., a retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant, and retired NOAA Meteorologist and 11-year area resident, died Saturday, May 26, 2012 in Damascus, PA. He was 76.

Son of the late Valois Young Sr. and Gladys Bradstreet Young, he was born July 11, 1935 in Vinalhaven, ME.

Valois was an avid Boston Red Sox fan since 1941.

Survivors include his companion, Kitty Womer of Damascus, PA, his children, Lawrence Young of Long Beach, CA, Jessica Monokrousses and husband Dennis of South Bend, IN and Barbara Wise of Thomaston, ME; and three grandchildren, Jennifer, Juliette and Bridgette Wise. He is also survived by a brother, Dennis Hopkins of Connecticut; and a sister, Evelyn Renna of Portland, ME.

There will be no visitation. Burial with military honors will be made in Vinalhaven at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

May 30, 2012

Ruby M. Kraus. a long-time resident of Narrowsburg. NY, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA, following a long illness. She was 94 years of age.

She was born on February 19. 1918 in Cochecton, NY to Katherine and Alexander Stephenson. She married Charles Kraus, who predeceased her in 1997.

Ruby loved life, especially when she was surrounded by her family. She was a wonderful cook and was happiest when cooking for a crowd. Her green thumb was evident when she displayed her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. She had a soft spot in her heart for animals and catered to all of them. These fine attributes were surpassed only by her generosity to others, especially to those less fortunate. She was always ready to give a helping hand for any reason. She believed in hard work and her favorite job was at the Concord Hotel where she took care of the indoor flowers and plants. She also was a cook at Kelly's Home for Adults and the Narrowsburg School cafeteria. She enjoyed good times and a good joke. We miss her already.

Ruby is survived by her five children: sons Charles and his wife Katherine of Dover, NH, Anthony and his companion Emogene Browskowski of Fort Myers, FL and Robert and his wife Barbara of Howell, NJ; daughters Ruby Vannalla of Summerton, SC and Katherine Vannatta and her husband Bill of Milford, PA; 11 grandchildren: Charles Kraus, William Kraus, Thomas Kraus, Leona Maree, Koren Roth, Susan Crouch, Linda Reed, Kenneth Kraus, Douglas Kraus, Tammy Wilson, Gregory Vannatta; and three step-grandchildren: Robin Humphreys, Mark Grossman and Dana Grossman. She is also survived by 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Ruby is predeceased by her sisters Cora Stephenson and Bertha Kellam; her brother Robert Stephenson; and her son-in-law Norman Vannatta.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 1, 2012 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main Street in Narrowsburg. NY. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on June 2, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at the St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.

Memorial donations may be made to: Lava Fire Department, P.O. Box 456, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; Narrowsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 184, Narrowsburg, NY 12764; or the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

May 23, 2012

Meta Elizabeth Yopp, 84, of Highland Lake, NY, passed away on May 14, 2012, in Mystic, CT.

Born at the Springhouse in Barryville, NY,[ on February 4, 1928, to Alex and Minna Mills, Meta graduated from Eldred Central School as valedictorian of the Class of `46. Two years later she graduated from Mount Ida Junior College’s airline hostess program and became a stewardess for American Airlines, working first out of New York City and later San Francisco.

Meta married Ivan Yopp (Lt. Col. USAF, Ret’d), of Jacksonville, NC, on January 29, 1951, in Barryville.

Meta is survived by her husband, Ivan ; her children, Ivan F. Yopp, Alexis L. Mills , Tal A. Yopp and Clifton R. Yopp; her sister, Dorothy Kobrin; her brother, Ross Mills; grandchildren Alex Yopp, Tara Yopp, Zoē Yopp, Rachel Yopp and Ivan Yopp; and several nieces and nephews.

A private service is to be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Eldred United Methodist Church in memory of Meta Yopp, 12 Eldred-Yulan Road., Eldred, NY 12732, which will be used to repair the church steeple.

May 17, 2012

Terrance Treverton of Brooksville, FL, originally from Beach Lake, PA, passed away on April 13 after a long illness. He was 58.

Born October 26, 1953 in Callicoon, NY, he lived in Beach Lake and Honesdale, PA. He moved to Florida in the early 2000s.
Terrance graduated from Narrowsburg High School in Narrowsburg, NY and worked as a superior tree surgeon all his adult life.

He is predeceased by his father, Kenneth Treverton, and his brother, Randall Treverton.

He is survived by his daughters Sara Veach and Colene Levisque; son Shane Treverton; three grandchildren, Calvin Veach and Cleo and Lilly Levisque; his mother, Maureen Mohrmann; sisters Cindy Buselli, Patricia Birdsell, Katrina Rack; and brother Scott Treverton; and many nieces and nephews.

He will be missed by all.

A memorial service was held on Saturday, May 5 at Clover Leaf Farms in Brooksville where he lived.
Because of the rare nature of his tumor and his resulting cancers, Terrance donated his body to science.