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March 15, 2012

Alfred Philip “Al” Snedeker of Kenoza Lake, NY, a retired automobile mechanic, died Thursday, March 8, 2012 at home. He was 84.

The son of Frederick and Marie Schille Snedeker, Al was born in South Ozone Park, NY on April 11, 1927.

Alfred was past trustee of the Kenoza Lake Methodist Church, a former member of the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, the Kenoza Lake Fire Department and a former Boy Scout leader of Troop 115. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Bernhardt Snedeker at home; sons Lyle Snedeker of Phoenix, AZ, Daniel Snedeker and wife Betty of Fosterdale, NY and Jon Snedeker and wife Kelly of Kenoza Lake; grandchildren Kevin Snedeker and wife Jamie Shawn Snedeker, Steven Snedeker, Stephanie Snedeker, Nicole Snedeker and Danielle Lyden and husband Gregg; sister Marie Levine of Signal Mountain, TN; sisters-in-law Mildred Snedeker of Fosterdale and Patricia Reinshagen of Grahamsville, NY; and nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother, Philip Snedeker.

Funeral services were held on Monday, March 12 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville, NY with the Reverend William Chellis officiating. Burial with military honors was at Fosterdale Cemetery, Fosterdale, NY.

Memorials may be made to Kenoza Lake Methodist Church, Kenoza Lake Fire Dept., Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties.

March 15, 2012

A memorial to celebrate the life of Catherine A. Ward Bortner will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m., at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church Social Hall, Route 434, Shohola, PA.

Catherine, a long-time resident of Shohola, PA, passed away on January 25, 2012.

Donations may be made to the Catherine Ward Bortner Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Shohola Area Lions Club, 261 Route 434, Shohola, PA 18458. Make checks out to: Shohola Area Lions Club.

March 15, 2012

James Alan Bernhardt of Yulan, NY, retired chef, passed away on Sunday, March 11.

Jim was the son of Nettie Bolson of Spring Valley and Hellmuth Bernhardt, originally of Golma, Germany.

Jim’s mother and stepfather Vinton Davis were former owners of Vinton’s Restaurant in Shohola, PA and Florida.

He began his long career in the restaurant business prepping salads while standing on a milk crate at Vinton’s. Jim also enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting, as well as sharing time and stories with family and friends.

He was retired from the Main Street Café in Narrowsburg, NY and previously from the Eldred Preserve in Eldred, NY. Many will remember him from Baker’s Tap Room II in Barryville, NY, which he (on an ad hoc basis) helped his long-time friend, Shane Pearson, to open.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Barbara Frank Bernhardt; son James Frank Bernhardt of Renssalaer, NY; daughter Anna Lynne Bernhardt of Yulan; grandson Joseph James Bernhardt; sisters Susan Zimmerman and husband Geoff of Scottsdale, AZ and, Nancy Estes and husband Mark of Lake Wales, FL; brother Joey V. Davis; numerous nieces and nephews; and the many friends, who will remember him as “the go-to guy.”

Following cremation, a memorial was held on Wednesday, March 14, at the Harrison-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville, NY.

March 8, 2012

Joseph Reilly, Jr. of New Windsor, NY entered into rest February 25, 2012. He was 33.

The son of Joseph Reilly Sr. and the late Penny McCorkle Reilly, Joseph was born February 19, 1979 in Nyack, NY.

Survivors include his father, Joseph Reilly Sr. of New Windsor; step mother Diana Arledge; daughter Elizabeth Reilly and her mother Tina Reedy of Georgia; brothers Justin Nixon of Newburgh, NY, Jason Nixon of Jeffersonville, NY, Billy Leeow of Walden, NY, Jesse Schatz of Jeffersonville and Albert Comacho of Plattekill, NY; sister Kayla Tuttle of Jeffersonville; girlfriend Jennifer Jimenez of Plattekill; step daughter Tati; and special friend Jessica Cruz.

Funeral services took place Saturday, March 3, 2012 at White & Venuto Funeral Home, Newburgh, NY. Cremation followed in Cedar Hill Crematory.

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March 8, 2012

Marie E. Ponds of Beach Grove, TN and a former long time resident of Glen Spey, NY, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2012 in Shelbyville, TN. She was 77.

Marie was born on December 13, 1934 in Brooklyn, the daughter of the late William and Ethel Davis Daw.

She was a retired clerk for the Port Jervis Grand Union. Marie was married to the late Warren L. Ponds, Sr.

A family statement reads in part: “Marie had a smile that would light up our lives and eyes as blue as the summer sky. She lived a full life of laughter and sorrow. We will forever feel the warmth of her unconditional love.”

She is survived by sons Warren L. Ponds Jr and his wife Ann of Huguenot, NY and Steven Ponds of Smithville, TN; sisters Margie Wells of Long Island, NY, and Rose Schroeder of Eldred, NY; brothers Larry and James Daw, both of Tennessee, and George Daw of Eldred; grandchildren Heather, Warren, Arianne, Lisa, Amiee, Julie, Kim and Louie; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Marie is pr-deceased by her son, Robert R. Ponds; brothers William and Arthur Daw; and sisters, Dorothy Daw and Frances Faljean.

Friends may call Thursday, March 8 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Graveside services will be held Friday, March 9 at 1 p.m. at The Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey, NY. Rev. Richard Hotzler will officiate. Visit knight-auchmoody.com.

March 8, 2012

Warren “Bud” H. Myers of Kenoza Lake, NY, a lifelong Sullivan County resident, formerly of Jeffersonville, NY, passed away on February 26, 2012 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. He was 87.

Bud was born in Kohlertown to Dr. Harvey W. and Hazel Miller Myers on October 11, 1924. He married Iola Schaefer Reum in 1946. Iola predeceased him in April 2006 after 59 years of marriage.

After high school graduation in 1943, he served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard until the end of WWII. Bud and Iola built their home in Kohlertown and Bud took up dairy farming. He enjoyed playing basketball with the town team; also, traveling, camping, bowling, snowmobiling and golf. In later years, Bud loved to recall “Jeff” history with his daily morning coffee buddies. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Jeffersonville, The Jeffersonville Snowmobile Club and a Charter Member of the Russell Kenyon VFW Post #5808 of Callicoon, NY.

He is survived by children Gale Myers of Thornton, CO, Tracey I. Hellerer and husband Art of Jeffersonville and Lynn W. Myers and wife Liz, of Sacramento, CA; grandchildren Michele Hallenbeck of Broomfield, CO, Aaron Hellerer of Jeffersonville, Kelly Kiah of Centennial, CO and Andrew Girard of Chicago; six great-grandchildren; sister Lillian Loeffel of Fruit Heights, UT and brother-in-law Donald Krantz, of Callicoon.

He is also predeceased by sister-in-law Bernice Krantz; and brother-in-law Norman Loeffel.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville, Attn: Cemetery Committee, P.O. Box 685, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

Services and internment will be at the convenience of the family.

March 8, 2012

Raymond “Bucky” Koferl of Narrowsburg, NY, a lifelong resident, a retired mechanic for Sullivan Co. DPW, school bus driver, and many other endeavors, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at the home of his niece, Alice Foster and husband Doug Wyss. He was 86.

The son of the late Leonard and Pearl Skinner Koferl, he was born April 28, 1925 in Narrowsburg. He was an Army veteran, a member of the American Legion Post, Eldred, NY; and a past member of Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club.

A family statement reads: “Bucky was an avid fisherman, loved to hunt, a real outdoorsman. He really enjoyed life in Sullivan County. He was most proud of the garden that he planted every year till he took ill. He will truly be missed.”

He is survived by his children, Catherine Alva, Lorraine Myers, Jon Koferl, Raymond Koferl and Joanna Smith; sisters Eleanor Edwards, Augusta DeGraw and Rose Gallagher; brothers Jimmy Koferl and Norman Koferl; and many nieces and nephews.

Raymond is predeceased by brothers John Koferl, and Leonard Koferl; and sisters Alice Tyler, Anna Collins and Mary Koferl.

A memorial graveside service will be conducted Sunday, March 11 at Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg.

Contributions may be made to HOSPICE of Orange & Sullivan Co., 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

March 8, 2012

Elvin F. Goda of Washingtonville, NY passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital, Newburgh, NY. He was 87.

Son of the late Jack and Mary Melchisky Goda, he was born in Ansonia, CT on June 13, 1924. He was the widower of Rose Marie Tomer Goda.

Elvin was a retired shipping and receiving clerk for Avon Products, Inc. in Suffern, NY. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War.

Elvin is survived by his sons Mark Goda and wife Christine of Milanville, PA, John Goda and wife Debbie of Afton, NY; daughters Renee Mege and husband Dan of Port Jervis, NY, Laura Marshall and husband Rod Raymond of Wurtsboro, NY; sister Rita Cronk of Suffern,; 11 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He is also predeceased by his daughter, Patricia Carbaugh and her husband Robert.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 7 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, Monroe, NY. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope, NY.

Contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. www.dav.org. Visit www.ssqfuneralhome.com.

March 8, 2012

Arthur Frank of Jeffersonville, NY passed away on Monday, February 27, 2012. He was 85.

Arthur was born February 20, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Barney and Beatrice Frank.

He spoke often of growing up in Brooklyn, riding the trolley cars, and going to the boardwalk with his father. As a young man, he raised homing pigeons.

He served in the U.S. Army from May 1945 to January 1947. He worked with the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier in Liberty, NY, and then as a civil service employee at Woodbourne Correctional Facility. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Jeffersonville and a lifetime member of the NRA.

He was married to Virginia Puerschner Frank, who predeceased him in 2004. They shared many interests: their pets, hunting and camping.

Arthur is survived by sister Elayne Zwiegel of Hallandale Beach, FL; niece, Monica Fowler and companion, Max Nickerson of Gainsville, FL; step-children Thomas Puerschner and wife Judy, Robert Puerschner and wife Sharon of Jeffersonville, NY and Patricia DePasquale and husband Frank of San Antonio, TX; 10 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville. Burial with Military Honors was made in the Jeffersonville Lutheran Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Delaware Valley Jr. Rifle Club, c/o 90 Hemmer Rd., Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

March 8, 2012

Donald J. Consiglio of Barryville, NY, a lifetime area resident, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012 at his home. He was 80.

Born on May 19, 1931 in East Rutherford, NJ, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mildred Riston Consiglio.

Donald was the owner-operator of Donald’s Refrigeration Service in Barryville. He was a member of Wilkes-Barre Society of the Deaf.

Survivors include his sons Donald J. Consiglio Jr. and companion, Deborah Hannigan of Barryville and Joseph R. Consiglio and wife Ruth of Highland Lake, NY; and grandchildren Maria Consiglio, Ronald Hujus, Larry Drake Jr. and Jessica Cutler.

His wife, Jeanette Hulse Consiglio, predeceased him in 1979.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 3 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake, NY, with Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating. Burial followed at Montoza Cemetery in Barryville.

March 8, 2012

Amy R. Cease, a resident at Stourbridge Square Apartments and formerly of Beach Lake, PA died Friday, March 2, 2012 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. She was 70.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bruce Cease on October 12, 2005.

Born on April 21, 1941 in Spring Mills, PA, she was the daughter of Stephen Bush and the late Miriam Bush. She and her husband moved to Honesdale and owned and operated Bruce’s Halfway House. Before retiring, Amy was a real estate agent for Century 21 and ReMax in Honesdale.

After her husband died, Amy moved to the Stourbridge Square Apartments where she quickly made friends. Surviving are sons Stephen of Las Vegas, NV, James of Beach Lake and Thomas of Colver, PA; granddaughter Brook; brother Lester Kerstetter of Belvidere, NJ; companion Harold Gries of Damascus, PA, and father Stephen Bush of Bangor, PA.

Cremation was held at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 4 to 6 p.m.

Contributions may be made to the Stourbridge Square Tenant Assoc., c/o Karen Costello, 316 11th St., Apt. 219, Honesdale, PA 18431; or Dept. of Veterans Affairs, www.volunteer.va.gov.

March 1, 2012

John J. Thomas of Glen Spey, NY passed away Monday, February 20, 2012 at the Middletown Park Manor, Middletown, NY. He was 75.

He was born on October 29, 1936 in Bayshore, NY, the son of the late Emil and Bridget Agnes McGevan Thomas.

John served during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. He was a retired transportation supervisor for the U.S. Postal System in New York City. John married Kathleen Fitzpatrick Thomas , who pre-deceased him in 1990.

He is survived by his brother James Thomas and wife, Carol of Orlando, FL; one son; two daughters; one niece; long time companion Donna Mann of Port Jervis, NY; and many close friends at the James C. Bilz American Legion Post #685 and the Roosa-Fleming V.F.W. #161, both of Port Jervis.

Memorial services with Military Honors were held Wednesday, February 29 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis. Rev. Wayne Varga officiated.

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March 1, 2012

Patricia Ann Parkhurst of Dingmans Ferry, PA passed away on Jan. 24, 2012 at Newton Hospital, Newton, NJ. She was 72.

The daughter of Thomas and Frances (Kollbocker) Talmadge, she was born on December 15, 1939 in Franklin. She was married to Corbin Parkhurst.

She was a retired licensed practical nurse at Franklin Hospital, Franklin, NJ, and a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, of Milford.

Survivors include her husband; daughter Beth Ann Seaman of Dingmans Ferry; son Henry Hook of Sussex, NJ; sister Barbara Babcock of Franklin; brothers Harry Talmadge and wife Barbara of Milford, PA, Charles Talmadge of Franklin and Thomas Talmadge of Shohola, PA; five grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Thursday February 2, at North Hardyston Cemetery, Hamburg, NJ, where Rev. Robert Elliot officiated.

March 1, 2012

Warren “Bud” H. Myers of Kenoza Lake, NY, a lifelong Sullivan County resident, formerly of Jeffersonville, NY, passed away on February 26, 2012 at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. He was 87.

Bud was born in Kohlertown to Dr. Harvey W. and Hazel Miller Myers on October 11, 1924. He married Iola Schaefer Reum in 1946. Iola predeceased him in April 2006 after 59 years of marriage.

After high school graduation in 1943, he served in the U.S. Navy Armed Guard until the end of WWII. Bud and Iola built their home in Kohlertown and Bud took up dairy farming. He enjoyed playing basketball with the town team; also, traveling, camping, bowling, snowmobiling and golf. In later years, Bud loved to recall “Jeff” history with his daily morning coffee buddies. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Jeffersonville, The Jeffersonville Snowmobile Club and a Charter Member of the Russell Kenyon VFW Post #5808 of Callicoon, NY.

He is survived by children Gale Myers of Thornton, CO, Tracey I. Hellerer and husband Art of Jeffersonville and Lynn W. Myers and wife Liz, of Sacramento, CA; grandchildren Michele Hallenbeck of Broomfield, CO, Aaron Hellerer of Jeffersonville, Kelly Kiah of Centennial, CO and Andrew Girard of Chicago; six great-grandchildren; sister Lillian Loeffel of Fruit Heights, UT and brother-in-law Donald Krantz, of Callicoon.

He is also predeceased by sister-in-law Bernice Krantz; and brother-in-law Norman Loeffel.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville, Attn: Cemetery Committee, P.O. Box 685, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

Services and internment will be at the convenience of the family.

March 1, 2012

Russell U. Maerz of Richmond Hill, NY passed away on February 8, 2012. He was 87.

Russell was the longtime scout master of Boy Scouts of America Troops 4 and 28 in Richmond Hill. He also served as scout master during 35 summers at Ten Mile River Scout Camp in Narrowsburg, NY from 1964 to 1999. Boy Scout Troop 28 Fife and Drum Band marched in the Narrowsburg July 4th Parade under Russell’s direction for 20 consecutive years, from 1975 to 1995.

He was the beloved husband of the late Marjorie, (nee Arnold) Maerz; devoted father of Gail Maerz and Gary Maerz and wife Barbara; and loving grandfather of Gary and Jessica.

A funeral service was held at the Leo F. Kearns Funeral Home, Richmond Hill, on Sunday, February 12. Interment took place at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Richmond Hill.

Contributions may be made to Ten Mile River Scout Camp Headquarters, 1481 Crystal Lake Road, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

March 1, 2012

Ruth Hendrickson, of Bethel, NY, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at the Achieve Nursing & Rehab Facility in Liberty, NY. She was 86.

The daughter of the late Willard and Vivian Bloom, she was born on August 23, 1925 in Hillside, NY.

Ruth was a member of the White Lake Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary, the Bethel Presbyterian Church and the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by two sons, Thomas Hendrickson and his wife Lillian of Smallwood and Richard Hendrickson and his wife, Linda of White Lake; sisters Norma Bloom of Waverly, NY and Jean Lundy and husband Robert of Richford, NY; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Claude Hendrickson; sisters Florence Weiland and Marie Bloom; brothers Charles Bloom, Bob Bloom and Floyd Bloom; and grandchildren Lillian “Poochie” Berger and Michael Hendrickson.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 25 at the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church, Rt. White Lake, with Rev. David Coon officiating. Burial followed at Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY.

Memorials may be made to the White Lake Reformed Presbyterian Church, PO Box 208, White Lake, NY 12786; or to the White Lake Fire Dept., PO Box 51, White Lake, NY 12786.

March 1, 2012

George D. Fedoruk of Glen Spey, NY, passed away Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York, NY. He was 69.

George was born on October 8, 1942 in the Ukraine, the son of the late Leo and Emilia Bojczyk Fedoruk.

George graduated from Temple University with his Master’s Degree in Education. He was a retired supervisor of Special Education for the Camden Board of Education in Camden, NJ. George was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis; of the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph the Worker, Council 471, Port Jervis; 4th Degree Knight with the Msgr. John Sexton Assembly, Knights of Columbus, Port Jervis; a Past District Deputy for the Knights of Columbus and a former Grand Knight with the Cardinal O’Connor Council in Yulan, NY.

He married Olga Iwanciw Fedoruk, who survives at home. He is also survived by his son George L. Fedoruk and wife Kimberly of Philadelphia, PA; daughters Christina Kulan and husband Michael of Sellersville, PA and Andrea Fedoruk of Wellesley, MA; grandchildren Steven, Anthony, Ava, and Amelia; and brother-in-law, Waller Iwanciw of Passaic, NJ.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held February 29 at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis. Rev. George Hafemann was the celebrant. Interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Elkins Park, PA.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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March 1, 2012

Jacqueline A. Connick, of Smallwood, NY, died on Monday, February 20, 2012 at her home in Smallwood. She was 70.

The daughter of the late John and Henrietta Fedorow Connick, she was born on September 29, 1941 in Astoria, Queens.

Jacqueline was a secretary at Western Electric and a Teacher’s Aide at the Dr. Duggan School in White Lake, NY. She was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello.

She is survived by her goddaughter, Lorraine Hall of Astoria, NY; aunt Marion Hall of NYC; sister Eileen Hynes of New Jersey; and nephew John Hynes.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, February 27 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Gale Rd., Mongaup Valley, NY. Burial followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Monticello.

March 1, 2012

Jacqueline A. Connick, of Smallwood, NY, died on Monday, February 20, 2012 at her home in Smallwood. She was 70.

The daughter of the late John and Henrietta Fedorow Connick, she was born on September 29, 1941 in Astoria, Queens.

Jacqueline was a secretary at Western Electric and a Teacher’s Aide at the Dr. Duggan School in White Lake, NY. She was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello.

She is survived by her goddaughter, Lorraine Hall of Astoria, NY; aunt Marion Hall of NYC; sister Eileen Hynes of New Jersey; and nephew John Hynes.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, February 27 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Gale Rd., Mongaup Valley, NY. Burial followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Monticello.

March 1, 2012

Dorothy L. Batchelor of Narrowsburg, NY, a lifelong resident, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2012 at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. She was 89.

The daughter of the late Louis and Lillian Roberts Buddenhagen, she was born December 23, 1922 in Narrowsburg, NY.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg.

A family statement reads, “Dorothy was a loving and caring, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She took great pride in her family, and was a big part of our lives. The family celebrated five generations. She will truly be missed and will always be in our hearts.”

She is survived by her daughter, Sandy Nuttycombe and her husband Tom of Narrowsburg; two grandsons, Brett Bodine of Jacksonville, NC and Rod Bodine of Honesdale, PA; four great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson; her sister Ethel Royael and husband Bud of Dunedin, FL and several nephews.

Dorothy is predeceased by her husband of 67 years, Thomas H. Batchelor, who passed away on August 2, 2007.

A graveside service will be held Friday, March 2 at 11 a.m. at Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg. Pastor Phyllis Haynes will conduct services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 34, Narrowsburg.