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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.

May 17, 2012

Mary Quinn Wieland passed away due to lung cancer on April 29, 2012 at her home in Seattle, WA, surrounded by her family. She was 61.

Mary was born May 26, 1950 in Port Jervis, NY to William and Catherine Quinn. Mary grew up in New Haven, CT, attending St. Francis grade school and then Wilbur Cross High School. She engaged in several community measures such as Project Enough, a neighborhood drug rehabilitation program, and Modern Times, a community newspaper of AIM.

Mary met her husband Dick at the Yale Free University, and they married on February 21, 1970. They moved to Pasadena, CA, where their son Peter was born. Mary pursued what was to be her life-long passion for painting, starting in 1974 at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, and then in Knoxville, TN, where she completed her undergraduate Fine Arts degree at the University of Tennessee. In 1984 they moved to Princeton, NJ, where they settled down for the next 25 years, spending time with many wonderful friends. Mary took up a second career as a Library Assistant in the Geology Library/Map Room at Princeton University, where she was president of the staff union for several years. Princeton was an ideal base for visiting her parents and sisters at their summer cabin in Shohola, PA, spending many wonderful days kayaking down the Lackawaxen and Delaware rivers.

After she was diagnosed with cancer, Mary and Dick moved to Seattle, WA in 2009 to be close to their son Peter and wife Stephanie and their two young boys. She reveled in her role as an everyday grandmother and enlisted her grandsons’ help in exploring the newly found wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Mary loved probing their minds through conversation, cooking lessons, and walks in the Olympic Sculpture Garden. She was an extraordinary wife, who always saw things that her husband never saw. She shared those insights with him for 42 years. She loved to travel, and together they explored out-of-the-way places all over the world.

Mary is survived by her husband Dick; her son Peter and wife Stephanie; her grandsons Finnian and Devin; her mother Catherine; and her sisters, Cathy and husband Bill, Ellen, Patricia and husband Raymond, and Eileen; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A ceremony at sea took place on Saturday, May 5 aboard the Washington State ferry Kaleetan on the Seattle-Bremerton run. A memorial service is planned for later in the year in Shohola, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the lung cancer research fund at the University of Washington at https://www.washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift, using the search keyword “LUNGON”, including the name of Mary’s doctor (Dr. Keith Eaton) on the comments line.

May 15, 2012

Mrs. Mary Hendrickson of Port Jervis, NY and a long time resident of the area, died Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital due to complications from Lupus. She was 56.

She was born June 10, 1955 in Nanuet, NY, the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Annette M. Sommerville Slattery.
Mary was married to her best friend Robert “Bob” Hendrickson.
She was a Life Member of the Roosa - Fleming V. F. W. Post No. 161, Ladies Auxiliary, Port Jervis, NY and she also volunteered as well.

A family statement read: “Mary loved her family and loved to have fun. She is going to be sadly missed.”

Surviving are her husband Robert “Bob” Hendrickson at home; daughters Annie Kelly and her husband Roger of Shohola, PA and Katie Hoffman of Northport, FL; son Shawn Slattery of Matamoras, PA; stepsons Robbie Hendrickson and his wife Dee of Pensacola, FL and Ray Hendrickson and his wife Cindy of Port Jervis; sister JoAnn Drake and her husband Al of Middletown, NY; three grandsons, Roger, Zachary and Shane; seven step-grandchildren, Jennifer, Rose, Raquel, Cassandra, Crystal, Jessica and Shannon; and several nephews and one niece.

She is predeceased by three sisters, Sharon Husson, Kate Michelson and Maureen Miller.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a service at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., 2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036; or Roosa - Fleming V. F. W. Post No. 161, 47-51 Owen St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Arrangements by Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771, 845/856-5191. For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

May 9, 2012

Richard “Dick” Rhodes of Lackawaxen, PA, a beloved servant leader who co-founded the National Canoe Safety Patrol and helped save countless lives on the Delaware River, passed away on April 17, 2012 following a valiant battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 76.

Born August 15, 1935 to the late Ralph Richard Rhodes and Katherine Rhodes, Richard is survived by his best friend and love of his life, Mary K. Rhodes; daughter Laurie Cautilli and husband Dr. George Cautilli and their children, Kristen and Megan, of Langhorne, PA; son Rich Rhodes and wife Karen and their daughter, Allison, of Conshohocken, PA; son Rand Rhodes and wife Kim and their children, Kara and Eric, of North Wales, PA; son Ryan Rhodes of Albany, NY; sister Jackie Lutz of Glendale, AZ; sister Leigh Eastwood of Audubon, NJ; sister Mary Tweedie of Souderton, PA; beloved cousin Carolyn May of Columbus, OH; and Richard’s faithful dog, Bobby.

Richard’s passion for the Delaware River led to his role as Founding Vice Commodore of the National Canoe Safety Patrol 33 years ago. [See story on page 5]. He was also a member of the American Canoe Association, American Red Cross and a Swiftwater Rescue instructor. Appointed as one of four safety teams to serve at the 1988 Nationals and 1989 World Whitewater Championships on the Savage River in Maryland, Richard also took an American team to Costa Rica in 1991 to represent the U.S. in Project Raft. Richard assisted in four Delaware River Sojourn events and worked with United Nations school children as well as with the School for the Blind.

Richard graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Psychology, and enjoyed a 40-year career with Merck and Dupont Merck Pharmaceutical in addition to his work at the Peri Institute in Washington, DC. He was a former trustee and president of Riverview Acre Property Association and Vice President of Lackawaxen River Conservancy.

A celebration of Richard’s life is scheduled for Friday, June 8 at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Rowland, PA, where Richard was a member. The Lackawaxen River Conservancy will also hold a Memorial Day on the River event to celebrate Richard’s years of service. Donations to the Richard Rhodes River Rescue Scholarship Fund can be made by sending a check to NCSP, PO Box 91, Lackawaxen, PA 18435; or visit www.nationalcanoesafetypatrol.com.