February 16, 2012
Joseph P. Meyer of Eldred, NY, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. He was 99.
He was born on March 31, 1912 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Henry and Amelia Steinmetz Meyer.
Joe was a retired night watchman for the Sullivan County Highway Dept in Barryville, NY. He served during World War II with the U.S. Army.
Joseph was a member of St. Anthony’s of Padua R.C. Church in Yulan, NY and a member of the Sylvan-Liebla American Legion Post in Eldred.
Joseph married Charlotte Chybowski Meyer who survives at home. He is also survived by his sister, Lillian Wachter of Barryville, NY; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, February 10 at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church, Yulan. Rev. Thomas Jones was the celebrant. Interment took place at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Eldred.
Memorials may be made to the Eldred American Legion Volunteer Ambulance Corp, PO Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732; or to the Yulan Fire Dept, Yulan, NY 12792.
February 16, 2012
Ruth Manouse of New Milford, CT, formerly of Callicoon, NY, passed peacefully January 20, 2012. She was 75.
Ruth was born on September 16, 1936 in Astoria, NY, the daughter of the late Anna and Andrew Kurzweil.
She graduated from Delaware Valley Central School, Callicoon, in 1953. She married Thaddeus “Ted” Manouse in 1956 at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Callicoon. They were married 54 years.
She raised a family and ran a successful dairy farm with Ted in the Beechwoods near Callicoon. Ruth moved her family to Connecticut in 1971 and began a 20-year career with American Bell Telephone Company of NY and then SNET of CT (subsequently AT&T). She enjoyed reading, cooking, baking, motherhood, listening to music, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.
Ted and Ruth moved to Florida in 1998. She returned to New Milford, CT in 2010 after the passing of her husband to be closer to family.
Ruth is survived by sons John of Bridgewater, CT, Chris of Naugatuck, CT, Todd of Holly Springs, GA and Robert and wife Jennifer of New Milford, CT; grandchildren Bradley, Mary, Christian, Aaron, Jack and Brady; sister Elinore Sieczkowsky of Riverdale, NJ; and nieces and nephews.
She is also predeceased by brother Andrew; and sisters Anne Fleury and Lee Forman.
A private memorial service is planned for the spring.
Donations may be made to the National Heart Association; www.heart.org.
February 16, 2012
Edward W. Carey of Albany, NY passed away peacefully on Monday, January 30, 2012 at his residence. He was 90.
He was born in Narrowsburg, NY and was the son of the late Charles and Vivian Carey.
Ed attended the Callicoon Seminary in Pennsylvania and had been a Franciscan Brother for 20 years. He worked as a lineman for New York Telephone and was later employed at Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY.
Ed was the devoted brother of Mary Rutzky; beloved uncle of Marianne Williams, Peggy Stryjek and Rosanne McKee; and is also survived by many grand nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his longtime companion, Marie Kaye.
Graveside services took place on Friday, February 3 at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Contributions may be made to the NENY Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.
February 16, 2012
Richard Byrd Baker of Equinunk, PA, died Monday, February 6, 2012 in the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center after an illness. He was 83.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, the former Janet Young. They were married on November 10, 1956.
Born on September 25, 1928 in Abrahamsville, PA, he was the son of the late William and Oressa Bush Baker.
Dick served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Honesdale Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. Dick was an automotive mechanic, and he also enjoyed woodworking. Dick enjoyed his family and grandchildren above all else.
He is survived by children Karen Sherwood and husband Gerald of Damascus, PA, Timothy Baker and wife Denise of Utica, NY and Tina Diehl and husband Andrew of Damascus; grandchildren Francesca and Katrina Baker, and Marissa and Brett Diehl; sisters Vera Duke of Kingston, NY and Katherine Adams of New Port Richey, FL.
He is also predeceased by a son, Jeffrey Baker; and siblings Bertha Highhouse, Walter, Kenneth, and James Baker.
Funeral services with military honors were held on February 10 at Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, PA, with Rev. Lloyd Canfield officiating.
Spring interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Galilee.
Memorial s may be made to the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center Hospice, 1111 East End Blvd., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711.
February 16, 2012
Vincent J. Baiano of Eldred, NY, a longshoreman for the Brooklyn Ship Yard and longtime resident of the area, passed away on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 85.
Vincent was born on September 10, 1926 in Brooklyn.
He was an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus, member of the New York Shipping ILA, the NRA, and a volunteer police officer in Brooklyn.
Survivors include his wife Mary Ellen at home; daughter Susan Mongiello and husband John of Staten Island; son John Baiano and wife Barbara of Staten Island; step-sons Michael Carter and wife Jennifer of Wurtsboro, NY, Aarron Carter of Maybrook, NY and Christopher Haight of Deland, FL; many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sisters Filomena, Domenica and Rose.
He was predeceased by sons Blaze and Vincent Baiano; and sister Justina.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 14 at the William M. Gagan Funeral Home, Pine Bush, NY with Pastor Robert Meyer officiating. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh, NY.
February 8, 2012
Joseph H. Stiene of Urbana, IL, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, died on Monday, December 19, 2011 at the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana. He was 73.
Mr. Stiene was born on March 18, 1938 in Narrowsburg, the son of Henry W. and Mary Dexheimer Stiene. He married Evelyn Lackey on October 17, 1959 in Narrowsburg; she survives.
Mr. Stiene was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired as a police officer from the University of Illinois and from the City of Urbana parking garage. He also taught at the Police Training Institute. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Champaign, the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Rifle Association.
A family statement reads: “He is free from the awful disease that took over his mind and body for so long. He has made it to his forever home.”
Also surviving are one son, Joseph S. Stiene and wife Kimberly of Tolono, IL; daughter Autumn Stiene and husband Mark of Winter Haven, FL; brothers Edward Stiene of Monticello, NY and Henry J. Stiene of Huntersville, NC; and grandsons Cale and Carson Stiene.
He is preceded in death by one brother.
Memorial services were held on Thursday, December 22 at the First Christian Church, Champaign, the Rev. Tim Barber officiating.
Contributions may be made to the Illinois Huntington’s Society.
February 7, 2012
Robert Lewis Weist of Prompton, PA died Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at his home. He was 71.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, the former Bonnie Lou Ward. The couple married April 21, 1962.
Born October 29, 1940 in Honesdale, PA, he was the son of the late Robert Franklin and Anna D. Kennedy Weist.
Bob was a self-employed contractor and mason. A hard worker, he later worked at Super Duper. He loved sports and enjoyed playing baseball in his younger years and golfing. He bowled in several area leagues and in 1998 was inducted into the Wayne County Sports Hall of Fame. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR.
Most of all he loved being with his family and looked forward to family dinners when everyone would be together.
Also surviving are sons Robert and wife Betty of Narrowsburg, NY, William and wife Connie of Moscow, PA and Brian and wife Lacey of Honesdale; daughters Ann Marie Weist and Jeff Sporer of Honesdale and Michelle Hartman and Scott Pratcshler of Beach Lake, PA; sister Rosemary Erickson of Long Eddy, NY; longtime family friend Stanley Hartman; 24 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his sister Betty Miller.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Grace Episcopal Church Honesdale with Father Edward K. Erb, Rector officiating. Cremation followed at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald, PA.
February 9, 2012
Albert J. Smink, formerly of Hawley, PA and Barryville, NY, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at Wayne Woodlands Manor, Waymart, PA. He was 79.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Norma Hopps, in 1992.
Born in Holland in 1933, he immigrated to the United States when he was 18. He served as an MP in the United States Army.
Prior to retirement, he was employed as bar manager at Paupack Hills Country Club, and formerly as bartender at Tanglwood Ski Area. An active stamp collector and dealer, he also enjoyed boating on Lake Wallenpaupack.
He is survived by daughter Kim Knappenberger and husband Mike of Tafton, PA; son Karl Keller and wife Mary of Hawley, PA; mother-in-law Hazel Hopps of Paupack, PA; grandchildren Casey, Kurt, Neve, Trevor and Sebastian; two great grandchildren; sister Hanneke DeLueew and nephew Arjen DeLueew, both of Holland.
He is preceded in death by a son, Kurt Keller.
Private cremation was held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel. Private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Pike Unit, 110 W. Harford St., Milford, PA 18337.
February 9, 2012
Emory A. Rolston of Beach Lake, PA, a lifelong resident of the area and retired truck driver for Narrowsburg Lumber, died Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at Wayne Woodland Manor, Waymart, PA. He was 90.
The son of the late Arthur and Edna (Brucher) Rolston, he was born August 17, 1921 in Milanville, PA.
Emory was a member of the Milanville Methodist Church and served in the Army. A family statement reads in part: “Emory was a loving family man. To know Dad was to love Dad. He took wonderful care of his family. He will be missed and lovingly remembered.”
He leaves behind sons Duane and wife Debra and Stanley and wife Karen of Beach Lake, PA; daughter Patricia Clemo and husband Raymond of Waymart; brother Leonard and wife Avis Rolston of Interlachen, FL; grandchildren Jeremy and wife Rebecca, Nicole Stevens and husband Matthew, Mandy Clemo and Ryan Clemo; step grandchildren Melissa Spearing, Nicole Garced and husband Adam and Courtney Althouse; seven great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
He is predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Mildred (Lassley); and twin sister Eleanor Buckley.
Funeral services were held on Monday January 30, 2012 at the Damascus United Methodist Church, Damascus PA. The Rev. Jean Blackie officated.
Burial took place in Hillside Cemetery, Damascus, PA.
Contributions may be made to Wayne Memorial Hospice.
February 9, 2012
Lisa Ann Pegosh passed away February 1, 2012 at her home in Beach Lake, PA. She was 49.
She was born in 1963 in Manchester, CT and lived in Tinton Falls, NJ until moving to Beach Lake in 2003.
A graduate of Monmouth Regional High School and Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ, Lisa worked for AT&T for most of her career. She enjoyed cooking and gardening and being with family and friends. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her mother, Ann B Pegosh, of Tinton Falls; brother Eric Pegosh Sr. of Monmouth Beach; sisters Joan Becker and husband Dan of Haverhill MA, sister Jill Pegosh of Oceanport, Linda Clancey and husband Steve of Tinton Falls; many nieces and nephews; and longtime boyfriend George Bayly of Honesdale, PA.
She is predeceased by her father Donald J. Pegosh; and sister-in-law Nadine Pegosh.
Cremation was held at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 17 at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 850 Tinton Avenue, Tinton Falls at 7:30 p.m. A memorial service will also be held at Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St., Honesdale on Saturday February 11 at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m.
Contributions may be made to www.americancancerfund.org or www.theacpa.org (American Chronic Pain Association).
February 9, 2012
Patrick Norton of Hortonville, NY, a self employed handyman and longtime resident, died Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Callicoon, NY. He was 63.
Patrick was born November 18, 1948 in Yonkers, NY to the late Peter and Rhoda Norton.
Survivors include his fiance, Gizell Gebrieh; daughter Shannon Norton; son Peter Norton and wife Susan; grandchildren Amaya Burgess and Peter Norton Jr.; stepchildren Bridget and Beth Gebrieh; and sister Susan Buonocore.
Funeral services were held February 6 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon. Burial was in Hortonville Cemetery, Hortonville.
Contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society; or to the charity of one’s choice.
February 9, 2012
Howard S. Murns, a lifelong Sullivan County resident, passed away at his home in Cochecton, NY on Tuesday January 31, 2012. He was 72.
The son of the late Arthur and Mignonne Sanford Murns, he was born on November 6, 1939 in Monticello, NY.
He was a truck driver for RSR in Middletown, NY. He was an avid outdoorsman and fisherman, a stock car owner and racing fan. He was a member of Lake Huntington Fire Dept., the Sullivan County Fireman’s Assn., the Sullivan County Fire Police Assn., the NYS Volunteer Fireman’s Assn.; the Cochecton Men’s Club, the Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church and a U.S. Navy Veteran serving from 1957 to 1963.
Survivors include his wife Edwina Burr Murns at home; son Curtis Murns and wife Denise of Kenoza Lake, NY; daughter Kelly Nober and husband Allan of Lake Huntington, NY; brothers William Murns and wife Janet of Mongaup Valley, NY, Eugene Murns and wife Misty of Spanaway, WA, Joel Murns and wife Linda of Middletown, NY and Raymond Murns and wife Judy of Mongaup Valley; sisters Jeanette Ross and husband William of Mongaup Valley and Darlene Cagle and husband Marvin of Oklahoma; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by brothers Edgar and Richard.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, February 4 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Kauneonga Lake with Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating. Firematic services were also held. Burial with military honors followed at VanKeuren Cemetery, Swan Lake, NY.
Contributions may be made to Lake Huntington Fire Dept., PO Box 352, Lake Huntington, NY 12752 or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
February 9, 2012
Rose Marie Kaufmann of Damascus, PA, a former employee of the Upper Delaware Campground in Callicoon, NY, died Saturday, February 4, 2012 at her home. She was 96.
Daughter of the late George Otto and Rosine Fackelmann McGowan, she was born on April 12, 1915 in Maspeth, Queens. She was the widow of Albert Francis Kaufmann.
Rose will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and very proud great-great grandmother.
Surviving are her son Albert George Kaufmann and wife Gladys; grandchildren Mary Jean Joyal and husband Paul and children Shannon, Nicolas and Rene, Thomas Kaufmann and wife Regina and children Kelly and husband Will and daughter Paige, Thomas Daniel and wife Quinn, Kristen and Hilary, Albert Kaufmann and wife Caroline and children Christine, Matthew and Colleen, Joan Smith and husband David and children Michael and Kathryn, Steven Kaufmann and wife Debra and children Emily and Jenny, Caroline Patterson and husband Gary and children Abigail, Cassidy and Lukas; and nieces and nephews.
The funeral mass was held on February 8 at Our Lady of Peace Church, Lynbrook, NY. Burial was in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Maspeth, Queens.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
February 9, 2012
Edward F. Hefferon, a resident of The Villages, FL and Berlin, WI, and a former resident of Yulan, NY, died on February 1, 2012. He was 75.
He was born in the Bronx on February 2, 1936. He was married to Maureen Mahoney from 1958 to her death in 1999. He married Patricia Trecker in 2001, who survives him.
Edward graduated from Iona College in New Rochelle, NY in 1957. He worked as an auditor for the U.S. General Accounting Office and then the U.S. General Services Administration until retirement in 1993.
He was an adjunct professor for The New School in Manhattan in the 1980s. He was an elected magistrate for the Town of Highland in the 1990s, and served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Yulan. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the NY State Magistrates Association.
He was an excellent photographer and was respected as a person of integrity and great humor by his family, friends and colleagues.
Children include Ellen and Tony Frey of Yulan, Maureen and Michael Italiano of Staten Island, Patricia Hefferon and Chris Moses of Fresno., CA, Richard and Kym Hefferon of Minneapolis, MN, Edward J. Hefferon of Togo, MN, Michael and Natalie Trecker of Aspen, CO, Patty and Kevin Rice of Libertyville, IL and Peggy and Blake White of Hilton Head, SC. Grandchildren include Francis, Nicholas, Marissa and Michael A. Italiano Jr., Ava, Delaney and Declan Hefferon, and Eileen and Claire Rice.
He is also survived by brother George Hefferon.
February 9, 2012
Margaret Isabelle Hazen, a 26-year resident of White Lake, NY, passed away suddenly on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at home. She was 71.
The daughter of the late Wilbur M. and Florence M. App Hazen, she was born on October 23, 1940 in Waltham, MA.
Margaret was a graduate of Somerville High School and New York Institute of Finance. She worked for Dean Witter Reynolds for 25 years as a vice president and Equity Trader in their Institutional Trading Dept; a co-founder of Women Traders of New York; co-founder of Bethel Business Assn. White Lake; co-owner of Gaetano’s Cafe in Mongaup Valley, NY with her partner of 20 years, John G. Genovese. She was an active member of the Board of Directors of United Way of Sullivan County; a past member of the Board of Sullivan County Partnership; an active member of Rotary International and the Sullivan County Republican Fund Raising Committee. Margaret also had many hobbies: arts, crafts and music, and was a member of St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Mongaup Valley.
Survivors include sisters Florence M. Hazen Picard and husband Raymond of Massachusetts and Elizabeth A. Hazen Dillon and husband Richard of West Hurley, NY; brother Robert Hazen and wife Maria of New Jersey; several nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and great-nephews.
She is predeceased by her brother William M. Hazen of California; sister Barbara A. Hazen Bowes of Massachusetts; and niece and godchild Diana M. (Bowes) Spano of Massachusetts.
A funeral mass was held on Saturday, February 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Gale Rd. Mongaup Valley. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
February 9, 2012
Richard D. Fitch of Cochecton, NY passed away on Friday, February 3, 2012. He was 83.
The son of the late Irving H. Fitch and Marguerite E. Huggler Long, he was born on July 12, 1928 in Rochester, NY.
Richard was a member of the United States Air Force. Prior to retirement, he was the owner of Richard’s Inn in Jeffersonville, NY. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Callicoon and of the Stony Brook Hunting Club.
Richard was happiest hunting and playing cards with camp buddies. Richard’s other passion was collecting antique cars.
Survivors include his wife Jewell Fitch, at home; one son, R. David Fitch and wife Robin of West Winfield, NY; daughters Susan Bodenstein and husband David of Jeffersonville, NY and Joy Finn and husband James of Kenoza Lake, NY; grandchildren Todd, Justin, and Kaitlyn Fitch, Jason and Michael Ahnstrom and Jimmy and Erin Finn; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on February 7 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville with Reverend William Chellis officiating. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery, Jeffersonville.
Contributions may be made to the Jeffersonville Ambulance Corp, Jeffersonville, NY; or the charity of one’s choice.
February 9, 2012
Jannetta M. Carito of Prompton, PA died Friday evening at the Forest City Nursing Home. She was 84. Her husband, Joseph Carito, died in 1997.
Born in 1928 in Cochecton Center NY, she was the daughter of the late Emmett and Frances Case Dailey.
She worked in the garment industry and was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale, PA. She loved gardening, doing home improvements and sewing.
Surviving are one brother; Richard Dailey of Cochecton Center; her caregiver, niece Terry Hanson of Equinunk, PA; and several other nieces and nephews.
She is also preceded in death by six sisters and four brothers.
The funeral will be Thursday, Feb. 9, from the Lawrence A. Gabriel Funeral Home, 2 Hospital St., Carbondale, with Mass at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady Mount Carmel Church, Carbondale. Friends may call Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.
Interment will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Carbondale in the spring.
February 9, 2012
Catherine A. Ward Bortner, a long-time resident of Shohola, PA, passed away January 25th at the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey after a short severe illness. She would have turned 64 on January 29.
Catherine grew up in Port Huron, MI.
She graduated from Pratt Institute with a BA in Fashion Design. Following a 15-year career in the fashion industry in NYC and after her marriage to Rolf Bortner in 1987, she relocated to Shohola. She taught at the Homestead School in Glen Spey, NY for three years.
Catherine earned a master’s degree in Graphic Design from Marywood College in 2009, and was currently teaching computer graphics at Sussex Community College in New Jersey. She was an active member in her community and of SGI-USA, the Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture & Education. Catherine was known for her generosity of spirit, endless energy and creativity.
She is survived by her husband; son Robert; her father Dr. John A. Ward of Port Huron; sister Margaret Ward Kircher and husband Bob; brothers Jack Ward and wife Mary, Christopher Ward and wife Cheryl, Tom Ward and wife Karen, Mike Ward and wife Angie and Pat Ward and wife Beth; and brother- in-law Bret Bortner.
Catherine is predeceased by her mother, Marjorie Dunn Ward; and a brother, Paul Ward.
The family would like to acknowledge the Morristown Medical Center ICU for their tireless efforts to save Catherine. Cremation took place January 30th. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Donations in her name may be made to Leukemia.org.
February 7, 2012
Marylou Betancourt of Glen Spey, NY, died Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. She was 69.
She was born May 31, 1942 in New Rochelle, NY, the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Grace Hortman Lanza.
A family statement read: “Marylou enjoyed crafting, reading, gardening and entertaining online friends with her unique wit and humor. She shared her life with her beloved pets. She was loved and will be missed by all.”
Surviving are daughters Mary Grace Samayoa and husband Alex of Greenwich, CT, Melanie Jane Betz of Eldred, NY, Melissa Lynn Thomas of Poughkeepsie, NY and Laura Anne Betz-Fay of Putnam Valley, NY; brothers John Lanza and wife Laura of Armonk, NY and Alfred Lanza and wife Barbara of N. Salem, NY; grandchildren David, Kimberly, Robert, Tabitha and CJ; and nephew and nieces.
A memorial service was held at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis, on Sunday, February 5. Cremation was at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.
Contributions may be made to ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd St., New York, NY 10128-6804.
February 2, 2012
Kenneth E. Russell died in the home of his daughter on January 26, 2012 after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 71.
Ken grew up in Union City, NJ and moved to Kearny, NJ 48 years ago.
Ken earned a degree in economics from Rutgers University. He served in The United States Marine Corps.
He started his career as a runner on the floor of and eventually owned a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Ken worked for several investment firms on Wall Street and became a partner at Loeb Rhodes and Vice President in charge of Arbitrage for I.F.B. Corp. After retiring he wrote bids for Johnston Communications.
Kenny, an Eagle Scout, was involved in scouting most of his life. He was a co-founder and the current board president of The Pioneer Boys of America. He ran canoe and camping trips for Operation Friendship and recently completed The Delaware River Sojourn. He was a former board member of the YMCA, and was active with the General Philip Kearny Monument Committee and with St. Francis Church in Narrowsburg, NY.
He is survived by his wife Lillian Russell (nee Kelly); children and their spouses Noreen and Mark Wiggins, Paul and Karen Russell and Jason and Meriah Russell; brothers Richard and the late Raymond; and grandchildren Conor, Madison, Chloe, Emily, Shannon, Colleen, Miranda and Cordelia.
A mass was held on January 30 in Queen of Peace Church. Kenny will then be laid to rest alongside his two baby boys, Kevin and Jonathan, in the St. Francis Church Yard Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Donations may be made to the Salvation Army.