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February 20, 2013

Anne Louise (Hensz) DeRaffele, formerly of Ridgewood, NJ, passed away February 17, 2013 at home. Anne lived in Pennsylvania with her daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Nate Bricker, in Natrona Heights. Anne had turned 94 earlier this month.

Anne was born in Tusten, NY on February 2, 1919 to William and Louise Hensz (both deceased).

Anne was a practical nurse during her working years. Her family was her life. She traveled nationwide to be with family for all occasions. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do for her family. She was always there for them.

Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Jim DeRaffele, in 2007; a brother, Charles Hensz of Ridgewood, NJ; a sister, Mamie Hensz Breen of Paterson, NJ; a sister, Eleanor Hensz Welfel of Ridgewood, NJ; and her grandson, Jay DeRaffele of West Milford, NJ.

Anne leaves behind her four children, Betty Bricker (Nate), of Natrona Heights; Jim DeRaffele (Joan) of West Milford, NJ; Rob DeRaffele (Carol) of Ridgewood, NJ; and Mark DeRaffele (Laurie) of Haskell, NJ.

She has 11 grandchildren, Jimmy, Julie, Jenny, Jay (deceased), Bob, Brian, Samantha, Katie, Robbie, Lauren and Marcie and 14 great-grandchildren, Amanda, Madison, Kaycee, Dustyn, Brady, Vanessa, Alexis, Kayla, Kevin, Lydia, Jocelyn, Peyton Jae, Brandon and Jayden.

A memorial will be held in May in Narrowsburg, NY, where an interment will take place.

February 6, 2013

Carl A. Fuchs of Matthews, NC and formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, passed away on January 25, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. He was 64.

The son of the late Carl and Alice Fuchs, he was born on April 14, 1948.

Carl was a veteran for the United States Navy in the Sea-Bee’s.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years Theresa Fuchs; two sons, Michael Fuchs and Kathleen Weber of Narrowsburg, Joseph Fuchs of Matthews NC; one daughter, Jeaneen Messenger and her husband Robert of Indian Trail NC; four grandchildren, Katie Fuchs, Brianna Olsen, Colin and Alex Fuchs; two brothers, a sister and several nieces and nephews.

A service took place on February 2 at the St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.

January 30, 2013

Margaret “Peggy” Peck of Narrowsburg, NY and formerly of Astoria, NY, longtime resident of the area, died Friday, January 25, 2013 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 84.

The daughter of the late John and Margaret Delaney Rolleri, she was born in New York City, NY on January 3, 1929. She was married for 58 years to Gordon Peck, who passed away on June 16, 2007.

A family statement reads: “Peggy was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mom was a wonderful homemaker and we all miss her and her fast-witted comments.”

She is survived by her daughter Linda Thorpe and her husband Gary, of Beach Lake, PA; her son Robert Peck and his wife Joann of Narrowsburg; two granddaughters, Carolyn Curreri and Samantha Peck; a grandson Michael Peck; four great-grandchildren; and her caregiver Joy Mulliga, who became a member of our family and gave Mom loving care for the last two years.

She is predeceased by her husband Gordon, her sister Dorothy McCabe and her son Dennis Peck.

A mass of Christian burial was held on Monday, January 28, 2013 at the St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. officiated.

Burial will be in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations can be made to the American Lung Association, 301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004, or the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Service Inc., P.O. Box 34, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

January 30, 2013

Frances (Worzel-Litts) Braun of Springfield, MO, formerly of Barryville, NY, passed away on January 26, 2013. She was 73. She was born on August 29, 1939.

Frances was an avid scuba diver and had a great love for the ocean. She was well known for helping others with health problems. Frances is survived by her daughter Teri Earl and her husband Robert of Apex, NC; her son, Ernest Litts and his wife Carrie of Star, NC; five grandchildren, Michelle Ristuccia, Rayna Earl, Victoria Earl, Nathan Litts and Marina Litts; two great-grandchildren Corwin and Perrin Ristuccia. Also surviving are three sisters, Shirley Collins of Olean, NY, Beatrice Schields and Marilyn Dellert of Shohola, PA; one brother, William Worzel of Barryville, NY; several nieces and nephews with one special niece Melanie Astarita of Buffalo, MO who was by her side in her final days.

She is predeceased by her parents Raymond and Emma Worzel of Barryville NY; her first husband Fred Litts of Matamoras, PA; her second husband Bruce Braun of Oceanside, CA.

Frances will be greatly missed. Memorial services will be at the convenience of the family.

January 30, 2013

William J. Tebo of Narrowsburg, NY, a maintenance advisor for Pan American Airways and longtime resident of the area, died Monday, January 28, 2013 at Regional Hospital of Scranton/Commonwealth Health Hospice Unit, Scranton, PA. He was 90.

The son of the late Robert Pascal and Madeline Newkirk Tebo, he was born in Brooklyn, NY on March 8, 1922. He was married for 65 years to Theresa Hensz Tebo, who survives.

Bill was a World War II veteran having served as a Private First Class in the Army Air Corp. After retiring from Pan American, he went to work for Atasko Airlines as a maintenance foreman. Atasko leased airplanes to Fed Ex and UPS. He was a world traveler and worked around the world. Bill was a Boy Scout in the 1930s and associated with scouting while living in South Florida. He was an Eagle Scout mentor for his grandson, Branden, in April 2012. He taught swimming and was also involved in the Pan Air Explorers.

A family statement reads: “Bill was the most loving man, he was loved by everyone. He touched so many lives. He will greatly be missed.”

In addition to his wife Theresa, he is survived by four children, Mary Jane Rice and her husband Al of Louisville, KY, William J. Tebo Jr. and his wife Bonnie of Atlanta, GA, Robert J. Tebo and his wife Laura of Alexandra, VA and Alexis Capaldo and her husband Gerard of Sandy Hook, CT; nine grandchildren, Julietta Toedtman, Johnathan Rice, Danielle Haycraft, Grant Tebo, Victoria Tebo, Katherine Tebo, Allison Tebo, Branden Capaldo and Michael Capaldo; two brothers, Robert P. Tebo of Wallingford, CT and John Tebo of Wells, NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his twin sisters Jane and Mary.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg. Rev. Thomas Jones O.F.M. will officiate. Christian burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg.

Donations can be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 270, C/O John DiNoto, 1 Orchard Lane, Newtown, CT 06470.

January 9, 2013

Martha Elizabeth Klopchin, a resident of Barryville, NY, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 47.

The daughter of Frank Reiser and Martha M. Walsh Chioffe, she was born in Jersey City, NJ on January 7, 1965.

Martha was a member of Ridgewood Women Club and she was involved in the Monroe Library System. She led various groups in the library. She started Miss Martha’s Sunshine Center.

Survivors include her mother Martha Chioffe of Toms River, NJ; her companion David Feldbauer of Barryville, NY; her three children, Julia Marie Sahlberg of Toms River, Emma Bliss Klopchin and Gary James Klopchin Jr. of Barryville; her two brothers, Martin Reiser of Toms River and Michael Chioffe of Stanford, CT; and several uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

Martha is predeceased by her husband Lester Devens and her stepfather Victor Anthony Chioffe and her grandmother Martha A. Walsh.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 3, 2013 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home, 3412 SR 97, Barryville, NY, 12719. Cremation will follow in Maple Hill Crematory, Archibald, PA.

December 19, 2012

Albert “Bucky” Schields, a lifelong resident of Shohola, PA, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012 at home with his family by his side. He was 77.

The son of the late Urban and Loretta Barth Schields, he was born on the family farm in Shohola on December 20, 1934.

Bucky was a self-employed partner of Breuer & Schields Carpentry. He also worked for Narrowsburg Lumber in Shohola. He was married for 56 years to Beatrice “Betty” Worzel Schields, who survives. He was past president and member of the following clubs: Shohola Vol. Fire Dept., Shohola Lions Club, Shohola Rod and Gun Club, and a member of Pike County Democrats. Bucky was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved to hunt/fish, play the spoons, and bowl. He was a well-known regular at Rohman’s Inn where he enjoyed his beer and the company of friends/family. He was a big part of our family and will greatly be missed.

Survivors include his wife Beatrice “Betty” Schields, his four children Melanie Astarita of Missouri, Keith Schields of Greensboro, NC, Laura Weber and her husband George of Shohola, PA and Hope Traver and her husband John of Shohola, PA; seven grandchildren, Dean and Preston Astarita, Brian and Christina Schields, Maranda Shauger, Kelsey Traver and Shawna Traver; his brother Irving “Red” Schields of Montana; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Bucky is predeceased by his parents Urban and Loretta Schields, his brother Robert Schields, and his two grandsons Daniel and Douglas Traver.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, December 21, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home 3412 SR97, Barryville, NY 12719.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 21, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pastor Rolf Buchmann will officiate. Burial of his remains will be in Schields Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave. Newton, NJ 07860 or Shohola Lions Club, 261 Route 434, Shohola, PA 18458.

December 12, 2012

Lorraine Lee Davis of Beach Lake, PA died Sunday afternoon, December 9, 2012, at the Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, PA.

The daughter of the late Jay and Nora Moore Stewart, she was born in Liberty, NY on June 5, 1950, a few minutes after her twin sister, Linda.

Lorraine graduated from Narrowsburg High School in 1968 and had several jobs in the area. Her last was in the housekeeping division of the Woodloch Pines Resort.

She was the widow of Thomas E. Davis, whom she married on December 28, 1979 in Narrowsburg, NY.

Survivors include her brother, Frederick J. Stewart of Stratham, NH; nephews Timothy James Adase of Temple, TX and Christopher Allen Adase of College Station, TX; and several aunts and cousins.

She was predeceased by her sister in June 1990, husband in February 1999, father in September 2004, and mother in June of 2012.

Friends may visit at the Rasmussen Funeral Home in Narrowsburg, NY beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2012; a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Interment of her cremains next to her beloved husband’s will follow at Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.

In keeping with her giving spirit, a contribution to the charity of your choice in Lorraine’s memory would be most appreciated.

December 12, 2012

Peter “Pete” Toscano, longtime resident of Lake Huntington, NY passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012 at home with his family by his side. He was 82.

The son of the late Frank Toscano and Nardina Lella Toscano, he was born August 23, 1930 in New York City. He was married to Anita Toscano for 49 years. Pete served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War and was a member of the Catskill Detachment Marine Corps League and the Knights of Columbus.

A family statement reads:

“If over the past 20 years you have lived or travelled within a 50-mile radius of Lake Huntington, NY, it’s likely that in a parking lot, around a gas station, or at a public event, you encountered a short gray-haired man with an impish grin who ran up to you holding out a loaf of bread, a box of doughnuts, or a package of English muffins. That man would be Pete Toscano, the long time co-owner of Pete’s Pub, a popular Sullivan County restaurant that he ran for over 30 years with his wife, Anita. A man of endless energy, mirth and generosity, he stashed a large supply of baked goods in his car trunk that he regularly shared with friends and strangers alike.

If anyone in Western Sullivan County needed any hard-to-find item—no matter how strange—they first asked Pete, who after rummaging around in his garage or basement, either found the desired object or else fashioned one himself out of a scrap of wood, bits of wire and a splash of paint. Over the years, Pete Toscano attended hundreds of wakes and funerals for his friends, his customers and their loved ones.”

When his wife, Anita, became ill with lung cancer, he learned a whole new set of household skills and took on the task of caring for her until she died at home in September of 2006 with Pete and their three children at her side. This October, Pete was also diagnosed with lung cancer, and early Thursday morning, with his three children caring for him in his home, Pete Toscano passed away. He leaves behind many family and friends who love him dearly and will never forget his warmth, his outrageously funny stories, his unique charm and, of course, the baked goods.

He is survived by his daughter Nardina Nash and her husband Brian of Corcoran, MN; his daughter Maria Forlenza and her husband Pat of Fosterdale, NY; his son Peterson Toscano and his husband Glen Retief of Sunbury, PA; a Spanish exchange student whom Pete considered a son, Manuel Amor Machos, now a resident of Houston, TX, and his wife Teresa; his brother Joseph Toscano and his wife Francis of Toms River, NJ; his brother Louis Toscano of Narrowsburg, NY; his brother Frank Toscano of Greenville, TN; six grandchildren: Heather, Kristen, Julie and Melanie Nash, and Gregory and Geoffrey Sheppard; and several nieces and nephews.

A mass of Christian burial was held Monday, December 10, 2012 at Our Lady of the Lake, R.C. Church, Lake Huntington, NY. Christian burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY. Rev. William Scully, OFM officiated.

Donations can be made to the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Program.

December 6, 2012

Patricia Prendergast of Beach Lake, PA passed away on November 23, 2012 at Community Medical Center, Scranton, PA.

Pat was born in Brooklyn on September 13, 1936, the daughter of the late James and Moira Prendergast. She pursued a career in banking, retiring as a VP at Citi Bank in NYC.

She is survived by her two sisters, Eileen Falk and her husband Dennis, Doreen Kraus and her husband Ed, and her brother Tom Prendergast and his wife Rose, all of Narrowsburg, NY; her stepsons George McBride and his wife Patty and their children Michael, Nicole, Tommy and Sean, Kevin McBride and his wife Eileen and their children Kevin Jr., Tara and Shannon, all from Long Island; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her sister Moira Hankins and her two brothers James Prendergast and Denis Prendergast.

As per Pat’s wishes, there will be no visitation and her cremated remains will be interred at a later date in Tusten Settlement Cemetery. A celebration of life mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier RC Church on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 1 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Settlement Association or St. Francis Xavier RC Church of Narrowsburg.

December 6, 2012

Charlotte H. Schroedel of Eldred, NY, a longtime resident, passed away on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. She was 87.

The daughter of the late Anthony and Christina Leavenworth Hirsch, she was born December 21, 1924 in Bronx, NY. Charlotte was the widow of Edwin W. Schroedel, who had passed away January 4, 2012. They were married for 57 years.

A family statement reads, “Charlotte was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid sports fan. She enjoyed baseball, basketball and football and really got into the games, often times yelling at the TV. She loved her cats as they were special to her. She was an avid reader and spent many hours at the Sunshine Hall Free Library. She was a big part of our family and will be greatly missed.”

Survivors include her four sons, Rick and wife Glenda of Chesapeake VA, Tony of Alden, NY, Matt and wife Sherry of Endicott, NY, and Chuck of Hawley, PA; her two grandchildren Kelly Oliver and husband Tim of Gaithersburg, MD, and Ryan Schroedel of Endicott NY; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Charlotte is predeceased by brother Charles Hirsch and grandson Tyler Schroedel.

Funeral services were held December 1, 2012 at Harrison-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville, NY. Rev. Linda Bohs officiated. Burial followed at Montoza Cemetery, Eldred, NY. Memorial contributions may be made in Charlotte’s name to the Sunshine Hall Free Library, PO Box 157, Eldred, NY 12732 or to the donor’s choice.

December 6, 2012

Michael J. Casey of Afton, NY passed away Monday December 3, 2012 at UHS Wilson Memorial Hospital. He was 63.

He was born April 8, 1949 in Syracuse, NY to James and Doreen (Jamison) Casey. He was employed at RJE Telecom LLC as a field engineer.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Shelia (Goodrich) Casey; daughter Christine Hook and husband Jerry of Tyler Hill, PA; son David and wife Vicky of Narrowsburg, NY; stepdaughter Maggie Sweeney and two stepsons Lance Mercado and Justin Mercado; sister Kathy and Jim Tremblay; and three brothers John and Dawn Casey, Mark and Ann Casey, and Matthew Casey. He is also survived by six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 8 at 1 p.m. for family and friends at the home of Stanley and Jan Phillips, 136 Hodge Rd., Bainbridge, NY. Arrangements are by Aegis Cremation & Funeral Services, 196 Clinton St., Binghamton, NY.

In lieu of flowers, friends may make memorial contributions to Veterans Affairs or to your local SPCA in memory of Michael J. Casey.

November 29, 2012

The family of Efrem Basava Weitzman of South Fallsburg, NY, regrets to announce his death on November 16, 2012. He died of cancer, at his home, after a short illness.

Born in New York City in 1925 to immigrant parents Abe and Helen Weitzman, Efrem grew to be a true Renaissance man. In his youth he studied dance and art. He attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. He was a recipient of both the Tiffany and Fullbright Awards. Efrem went on to have a long and distinguished career as an artist and designer of interior spaces, his work being commissioned in religious, municipal and corporate buildings across the country.

Efrem also had a long-standing passion for stories and storytelling. Over many years he delighted his children Dara Klassel, Chaya Spencer, Charney (Dhruva) Weitzman; and grandchildren Naomi and Susanna Klassel, Daniel and Sophia Spencer and Oisin and Aine Weitzman, with the stories he would create for them. He recently published one set of these stories, “Daniel, Chicken and Elephant.”

Besides his art and design work, Efrem also spent time as a college lecturer, therapist and professional storyteller. He also composed poetry and song.

Since the 1970s he was involved in the practice of Siddha Yoga Meditation. He spent a great deal of his time pursuing this path and doing volunteer work, seva, for SYDA Foundation. In recent years, Efrem had also become a practitioner of the Japanese hands-off healing method, Semei.

Efrem is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nandini Susan Weitzman; three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and by his brother, Bernard Weitzman and his family.

Through all his work and many endeavors, Efrem has touched a vast array of people with his warmth and ever-present wit and humor. He will be sorely missed.

A public memorial for all family and friends is planned for sometime in 2013. The family has requested that instead of flowers, a donation may be made to SYDA Foundation (www.siddhayoga.org), Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties (www.hospiceoforange.org), or Semei Foundation (www.semeifoundation.org).

Arrangements by Colonial-Bryant Funeral Homes & Cremations Services; for further information please call 845/434-7363 or visit www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com.

November 8, 2012

Herman E. Kuck passed away on October 30, 2012, after a short battle with liver cancer, in Alpharetta, GA. He was 77.

Herman was born on May 10, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY. He was a long time resident of Barryville, NY and Alpharetta. Herman was a loving son to his immigrant parents, a veteran of the U.S. Army, a candy and ice cream store owner, a wonderful husband to his wife of 52 years Dorothy Kuck, a father of three children, of each of whom he was dutifully proud, a loyal Mason, a beloved school bus driver, a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ, a friend to many and loved by all who knew him. May we all live a life as full, a life of courage, a life that is meaningful to the lives of others.

Herman is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dorothy M. Kuck, his three children and their spouses, Charles and Jennifer Kuck, Susan and Jeff Sanders, and James and Michelle Kuck, along with 13 grandchildren and grandchildren-in-law, Rebecca and Nate Rees, Benjamin Fuller, Phillip and Holly Kuck, Jeffrey Kuck, Ashley Kuck, Niklaus Fuller, Casey Kuck, Bryce Kuck, Travis Kuck, Austin Kuck, and Ryley Kuck.

A Celebration of Life was held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 500 Norcross St., Roswell, Georgia 30075 on Friday, November 2, 2012, with interment following at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to the USO www.uso.org/donate or to Longleaf Hospice at www.longleafhospice.com.

November 8, 2012

Sharon Manzi, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer on Saturday, November 3, 2012. She was 68.

Sharon was a gentle and elegant woman, with a sweet demeanor and an inner strength that shined through her final days. Her friends and family knew her as a very talented cook, who had an uncanny ability to replicate almost any dish without a recipe. She loved to host and entertain and frequently had parties at her home in Mongaup Valley, NY.

Sharon enjoyed traveling and visited many National Parks, vineyards and seashores throughout the Northeast. She adored animals, loved her pets Tippy, Max and Jinx and frequently adopted cats that found their way into her home over the years. Most of all, Sharon cherished the time she spent with her loved ones, and selflessly demonstrated her love for friends and family through her actions, more so than she did through her words. She will be greatly missed and remembered by those whose lives she touched.

Sharon was a life-long resident of the area. She was born in Middletown, on August 19, 1944. In 1963, Sharon married John Manzi, Monticello Raceway’s Public Relations Director, and they continued their life together for almost 50 years.

Here to hold her forever in their hearts are her loving daughters, Michelle Miller and husband Scott Miller of Hidden Hills, CA and Tracey Manzi and husband Tim McNamara of Boston, MA, and her adoring granddaughters, Elizabeth Kim and Fiona McNamara.

Sharon was the daughter of the late Albert and Minnie Bronner. She is survived by Lana Sue Stickney, Gerald Bronner and several nieces and nephews. Her brother, Donald Bronner, predeceased her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello on Thursday, November 8 at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery (located off Route 17B) in Bethel, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Sharon’s memory to the Goshen Historic Track, 44 Park Place, Goshen, NY 10924.

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.