April 2, 2014
Mr. Richard Vincent Gassmann, former mayor and lifetime resident of Matamoras, PA and Westfall Township, died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. He was 82.
He was born May 16, 1931 in Westfall Township, PA, the son of the late Ralph Cecil Gassmann and Hazel Roberts Gassmann.
Richard married Helen Zitone Gassmann 53 years ago on October 8, 1960 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Matamoras, PA.
He graduated from the Matamoras School in 1949 and upon graduation he entered the United States Air Force and was stationed in England as a Radio Man during the Korean War from 1949-1953. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Richard attended Penn State University and East Stroudsburg State Teachers College, earning a Bachelor’s Degree under the GI Bill and later a Masters Degree at William Paterson College.
He was a 30-year educator working as an elementary school teacher and principal for the Frankford Township School District in Branchville, NJ retiring in 1990.
After his retirement from teaching he was appointed mayor in 2003, serving for nine years following in the footsteps of long-time mayor Joseph Ricciardi. Prior to becoming mayor, Richard was always very active in the Matamoras Borough. He served on the Matamoras Borough Council from 1968-1978 and again from 1982-2003. He was the chairman of the Pike County Democratic Committee for 10 years. He helped form the Matamoras Advisory Committee, which later became the Matamoras Recreation Committee. This Recreation Committee spearheaded the transformation of the Old Matamoras Airport into the Matamoras Recreation Park. Richard was also instrumental in the creation of the Matamoras Veterans Memorial Park & Education Center at Airport Park. He was active from 2005-2009 with the Matamoras Revitalization Committee, securing the first grant for the sidewalks on Pennsylvania Avenue in Matamoras.
Richard helped reorganize and served as the Commander of the American Legion Devore Quinn Post #486 in Matamoras. He was a 40-plus-year member of the Matamoras Volunteer Fire Department and the Port Jervis Elks’ Lodge BPOE #645.
A family statement read: “Richard recognized the importance of commitment to one’s community and he dedicated his public life to that end. He was a genuinely warm and friendly person who loved his family and took pride in its growth and happiness.’’
Surviving are his loving wife Helen Zitone Gassmann at home; two sons, William Gassmann of Exton, PA and Robert Gassmann of Mohawk, NY; one brother, Andrew Gassmann of Castle Rock, CO; sister Sylvia Francis and her husband Edward Francis of Davenport, FL; four granddaughters, Karen, Sarah, Madeline and Carly Gassmann; one brother-in-law, Edward Zitone and his wife Joyce; three sisters-in-law, Evelyn Dalrymple, Joyce Helms and Lois Zitone; also several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother William Gassmann and his sister Hazel Drexler; brother-in-law Joseph Zitone; and sister-in-law Lorraine Zitone.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, with Pastor Nancy Vonderhorst officiating.
Following cremation, a private burial of cremains will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Veterans Memorial Park & Education Center, PO Box 303, Matamoras, PA 18336.
March 26, 2014
Isabelle L. (Kaporches) Symczyk of Milanville, PA, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at her son’s home in Laurence Harbor. She was 92.
She was born in Luzerne, PA. She was a homemaker who enjoyed walking in the woods in Pennsylvania.
Isabelle was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter Symczyk; her son, David Symczyk; and her parents, John and Mary Kaporches. She is survived by her loving children, Walter Symczyk and his wife Marian of Laurence Harbor; and a daughter, Laura Symczyk of Philadelphia. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
March 19, 2014
Harold (“Hal”) Peter Kellam, 78, a winter resident of N. Ft. Myers, FL for the past 14 years and resident of Owego, NY, passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born in Narrowsburg, NY on October 16, 1935, to the late Peter and Bertha (Stephenson) Kellam.
Harold will be remembered by family and friends as a loving father, for his sense of humor, thoughtful manner, easy-going nature, love of Bluegrass music and camping at festivals all over the Northeast, being a Yankee fan, traveling and touching all those old stones, jogging, and later in life just walking his dog Rusty.
He graduated from Broome Community College, served in the U.S. Army, retired from I.B.M. (Endicott/Glendale) after 36 years, spent several years keeping busy in Walmart’s sporting goods department; finally retiring to 90 acres in Tioga County to mow grass, and more grass, fix machinery, and keep a garage full of vehicles running, especially his 1976 Ford 150 (“the orange”) truck.
Harold is survived by his best friend and Life Partner, Geraldine “Geri” Cheevers, of N. Ft. Myers, FL and Owego, NY; three sons, Guy Kellam (Rosemary) of Tyngsboro, MA, Gary Kellam (Rhonda) of Albuquerque, NM, and Daryl P. Kellam (Kathryn) of Endwell, NY; one sister, Eleanor Wells of Narrowsburg, NY; one brother, Donald A. Kellam of Hopewell Junction, NY; three stepchildren, John E. Cheevers, of Modesto, CA, Susanne Cheevers of Binghamton, NY and Elizabeth Youngs (Ty) of Wappengers Falls, NY; two grandchildren, Jake and Gabriel, four step grandchildren, Robert, Brian, Sydney and Taylor; four step great-grandchildren, Robby, Ben, Annalise and Lily; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held in June in New York, with date and time to be determined.
Memorial contributions in memory of Harold Kellam are suggested to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
Friends are invited to send condolences and remembrances via the online guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
March 12, 2014
Patricia Engle of Callicoon Center, NY, a retired registered nurse at Catskill Regional Medical Center, died Friday, March 7, 2014 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY with her loving family at her side. She was 78.
The daughter of the late William and Genevieve Harkins Brennan, she was born September 23, 1935 in Hazleton, PA. She was married to William Engle.
She was a member of St. George’s Church in Jeffersonville, NY and a member of the Callicoon Center Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, William Engle at home; two sons, William Engle and his wife, Dina of Callicoon, NY, and Timothy G. Engle and Robert Glasscock of Manhattan; three daughters, Ann Meyer and her fiancé, Donald Thomas of Beach Lake, PA, Jean S. Schaefer and her husband, Troy of Goshen, NY, and Kathryn P. Pierson and her husband, Christopher of Round Lake, NY; nine grandchildren, Billy Engle, Jordan Meyer, Olivia Meyer, Teddy Schaefer, Colton Schaefer, Justus Schaefer, Riley Pierson, Corinne Pierson and Delaney Pierson; one sister, Gene Spross and her husband, John of Philadelphia, PA and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother William Brennan.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, donation in Pat’s memory can be made to Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, P.O. Box 302, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0302.
The following poem was Pat’s philosophy in life and words that she lived by every day.
Mother Teresa’s “Anyway Poem”
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God; It was never between you and them anyway.
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 knight-auchmoody.com.