January 26, 2012
Wasyl Bosak of Glen Spey, NY died Saturday, January 21, 2012 at home. He was 91.
He was born August 25, 1920 in Ukraine, the son of the late Gregory and the late Katarina Bosak.
Wasyl married Ganna Homenuk Bosak and was formerly married to the late Vira Sapadasz Bosak. He worked as a plumber in New York City.
Wasyl was a member, trustee and treasurer of St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey.
Surviving are his wife Ganna Bosak at home; step-daughter Maria Kostyk and husband Rev. Yaroslav and family of Hamptonburgh, NY; step-son Rev. Ihor Lesuk and wife Natalia and family of Ukraine; nephew Donald Pilczak of Glen Spey; also family in Ukraine and Canada.
A Panachyda was held on Monday, January 23 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis. A liturgy mass was held on Tuesday, January 24 in St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Glen Spey with Rev. Yaroslav Kostyk officiating. Burial was at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Hamptonburgh, NY.
Contributions may be made to St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, P.O. Box 108, Glen Spey, NY 12737.
January 19, 2012
Albert “Don” Donahue, Jr., age 92, of Glen Spey, NY passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at Milford Senior Care, Milford, PA. He was 92.
He was born on February 28, 1919 in Tusten, NY, the son of the late Albert and Lillian Dexter Donahue.
Don was a retired truck driver for the Sullivan County Highway Department in Glen Spey. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Eldred American Legion.
He is survived by four sisters, Tiny Brown of Glen Spey, Adele LaBarr of Narrowsburg, NY, Nellie Hjerrild of Milford and Lena Kent of Port Jervis, NY; two brothers, Lester Donahue of Wurtsboro, NY and John “Wick” Donahue of Narrowsburg; and several nieces and nephews including his special niece Shannon Cassel.
He is predeceased by his brother George Donahue.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 16 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., Port Jervis, NY, with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Interment took place at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.
January 19, 2012
Benjamin Kaplan, formerly of Monticello, NY and retired director of tourism and publicity for Sullivan County, NY, died on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in Chatham, MA. He was 98.
The son of the late Philip and Sarah Eig Kaplan, he was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 13, 1913. Mr. Kaplan went to Syracuse University where he majored in journalism. He served in the Air Force during World War II.
He engaged in a retail business on his return to Monticello and in 1957 was appointed executive director of the Sullivan County Hotel Association, and served as treasurer of the nine-county Route 17 Association.
After 12 years with the hotel association, Mr. Kaplan moved into the county publicity directorship where he served until his retirement at the end of 1978. He wrote a column for the Sullivan County Democrat from 1982 through 2005.
When he began to winter in Florida, Mr. Kaplan became director of the Visitor and Convention Bureau of the Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches, serving for four years.
He was a charter and life member of the Monticello Kiwanis Club, co-founder of the New York State Travel and Vacation Association, a member of Governor Hugh Carey’s Tourism Task Force and the NYS Board of Tourism Commissioners, which created the I Love NY ad campaign. He officiated basketball, soccer and baseball at the high school and community college level for more than 25 years. Mr. Kaplan was a member of the Landfield Avenue Synagogue in Monticello and the Jewish War Veterans, Post #206.
He is predeceased by his wife, Harriet and brothers, Moe and Lawrence Kaplan.
He is survived by his brother Morton; his sister Renee Fritsch and husband Robert; daughter Sari Kaplan Mittler and husband Joel; grandchildren Tracey Daniels, Mara Epstein, Jeremy Mittler, and daughter Ricki Kaplan Lacy and husband Steve, Carly and Emma Rothfeld; and three great grandchildren.
Services were held at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Homes in Monticello on Sunday, January 15. Interment followed at the Landfield Avenue Synagogue Cemetery.
Donations may be made to the Landfield Avenue Synagogue.
January 19, 2012
Barry Brush of Long Eddy, NY, a security guard at the Villa Roma Resort and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in Callicoon, NY. He was 63.
The son of the late Harmon and Inda Peets Brush, he was born March 31, 1948 in Hancock, NY. He was married to Sharon Bowers Brush.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Amanda, Andrea and William Brush, Harmony Wilkins and her husband James; two grandchildren, Eva Rose Jennifer Brush and Alex Michael Rogers; brother Cort Brush; sisters Minnie Devoe, Juanita Livingston, and Penny Kearney; and several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by a brother, James Brush.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 12 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Callicoon.
Burial was made in the Halsey Cemetery in Long Eddy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
January 12, 2012
Edwin W. Schroedel of Eldred, NY, a retired operating engineer and longtime resident, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. He was 88.
The son of the late Leopold and Louise Schrimpe Schroedel, he was born September 10, 1923 in Elmhurst, Long Island. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Charlotte Elizabeth Hirsch.
Edwin retired from Sullivan Highway Products, Bridgeville, NY. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union and the Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club.
A family statement reads: “Ed was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a devoted family man. He was an avid trap shooter, avid hunter who loved the outdoors. He will greatly be missed, especially by his family.”
Survivors include his wife; sons Rick Schroedel and wife Glenda of Chesapeake, VI, Tony Schroedel of Alden, NY, Matt Schroedel and wife Sherry of Endicott, NY and Chuck Schroedel of Hawley, PA; grandchildren Kelly Oliver and husband Tim of Gaithersburg, MD and Ryan Schroedel of Endicott; sister Edie Komarek of Asbury Park, NJ; brothers Leo Schroedel and wife Doris of Easton, PA and Bill Schroedel and wife Lorraine of Flemington, NJ; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Ed is predeceased by a brother; Fred Schroedel; sister Louise Schroedel; and grandson Tyler Schroedel.
Funeral services were held on Monday, January 9 at the Harrison-Rasmussen Funeral Home, Barryville, NY. Rev. Linda Bohs officiated.
Burial followed at Montoza Cemetery, Eldred, NY.
Contributions may be made in his name to the Sunshine Hall Free Library, PO Box 157, Eldred, NY 12732; or to the donor’s choice.
January 12, 2012
Deana Pando of Monticello, NY, a lifelong area resident, passed away on Saturday January 7, 2012 at her home. She was 50.
The daughter of Robert Pando and Nancy Deitz, she was born on September 11, 1961 in Liberty, NY.
She is survived by her mother, Nancy Deitz of Bethel, NY; daughter Sharina Burkes and husband, Marcus of Monticello; brother Joseph E. Pando of Bethel; sister Patti VanPelt and husband William of Kenoza Lake, NY; grandchildren Delyssia and Malachi Burkes; and five nieces and nephews.
Visitation was on Wednesday, January 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello. Funeral services will be held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home on Thursday, January 12 at 1 p.m.
Burial will follow services at Youngsville Presbyterian Cemetery.
January 12, 2012
Joseph Edward Hensz of Monticello, NY, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, passed away on December 29, 2011 at Achieve Rehab. and Nursing Facility in Liberty, NY. He was 57.
He was born in Port Jervis, NY.
Joseph lived in Narrowsburg during his first 12 years, before moving to Titusville, FL with his family. He loved the country and liked to fish with his father. He was a gentle soul with a kind heart. He was a carpenter by trade and had his own cabinet business in Titusville, FL.
He is survived by a son, Jason Hensz of Largo, FL; sisters Kathleen Suchinski and husband Henry of Burlington CT, Susan Tabor of Maryville, TN, Theresa Wilson of Titusville, Lu-Anne Hensz of Cocoa, FL, Veronica Sluder and husband Basil of Mountain City, TN; brother Timothy Hensz and wife Vicki of Green Cove Springs, FL; two aunts and uncles; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He is predeceased by his mother and father, Meta E. Lass and Louis A, Hensz.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 407 E. Main St., Middletown, NY 10940 .
January 12, 2012
Phyllis Milk Hahn of Jeffersonville, NY, a self-employed hairdresser and lifelong resident, passed away Saturday, January 7, 2012 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 79.
Daughter of the late Lawrence and Helen Neumann Milk, she was born July 19, 1932 in Callicoon, NY. She was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School and Binghamton Beauty School.
Phyllis was a communicant of St. George’s R.C. Church where she taught CCD, directed the choir, served as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector and was a member of the Rosary Society. Phyllis and Eugene were honored by The Province of The Most Holy Name of Jesus, The Order of Friars Minor in 1992. Phyllis served as president of the Sullivan County Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Assoc. Inc., in 1979 and was a 35-year member of the Jeffersonville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc., of which she was EMT of The Year in 1996.
A loving spouse, mother, grandmother and sister, Phyllis’ most treasured times were those spent with family. She also enjoyed camping, and gardening. During her 50 years as a beautician, she enjoyed her profession and her friendships with her customers.
Phyllis is survived by her husband of 59 years, Eugene; children Susan Guba and husband Peter of Latham, NY, Pamela Phipps and husband Bob of Mechanicsville, VA, David and wife Kathy of Jeffersonville, Andrew and wife Tanya of Jeffersonville and Jane Johnson and husband Rob of Greenfield Twp., PA; grandchildren Jacklyn, James and Kristin Guba, Ashley and Bryan Phipps, Derek Hahn, Michael and Christopher Hahn and Timothy and Kevin Johnson; sister Marion Milk Dumond of Ellenville, NY; brother-in-law, Richard Hofer of Cochecton Center, NY; and several nephews and cousins.
Phyllis’ life was celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial by Father Vu and Father Joseph Juracek, OFM at St. George’s Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday, January 10. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery, Youngsville, NY.
Donations may be sent to St. George’s R. C. Church, Jeffersonville; St. Jude Children’s Hospital; the Jeffersonville Volunteer Ambulance Corp.; or the Luekemia & Lymphoma Society.
January 5, 2012
John J. Yonchik of Shavertown, PA died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, in South Wilkes-Barre, PA. He was 92.
Born in Hurleyville, NY, he was the son of the late Philip and Anna (Anastasia) Luty Yonchik. John was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
John is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann Miscavage Yonchik; and sister, Mary Yonchik.
Surviving are sons, Philip and Joseph Yonchik, and daughter, Anna Marie Yonchik; brothers Paul F. Yonchik of Hortonville, NY and Peter Yonchik, Florida; grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held in St. Francis Cabrini Church, Carverton, PA.
January 5, 2012
Candace Wilensky of Waltham, MA passed away Sunday, December 18, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. She was 64.
She was born on January 13, 1947 in Huntington, Long Island, NY.
She was a graduate of SUNY Binghamton, NY, with a degree in music performance. She was an accomplished musician, playing at various times with the Lexington Bicentennial Band, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, and the Charles River Wind Ensemble. She worked as an independent computer consultant and was the author of two computer-related books.
She is survived by her husband, Marshall Wilensky, of Waltham, MA; her father, Kenneth Duncan Sr. and wife Ruth of Jeffersonville, NY; sister Katherine Duncan; brother Kenneth Duncan Jr.; niece Emily Duncan, all of Huntington; and several cousins.
Candace is predeceased by her mother, Helen Lee Duncan.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. at First Parish Universalist Church in Lexington, MA. Call 845/482-4280.
January 5, 2012
Laurie Marie Barnes Trotti of Livingston Manor, NY, died in her home on January 1, 2012 after a fierce battle with cancer. She was 58.
Laurie joined her husband, Robert F. Trotti Sr., in eternal sleep.
Laurie was born on December 27, 1953 in Barryville, NY to the late Elsa and Allen Barnes. She is survived by siblings Larry, Elsa, Anita, Arthur and Allen.
She graduated from Eldred Central School and attended Sullivan County Community College. She worked many years at Livingston Manor Central School; dedicated her energy to assisting battered women and children with Safe Passage in Liberty, NY; and then worked for the Sullivan County government. A family statement reads, in part: “Laurie’s gentle, unassuming manner inspired many to find hidden strength and ability and she will leave a large void in many lives.”
She is also survived by children Teresa, Glenn, Victoria, Stephanie, Robert Jr., Laurie Ann, Patricia, Richard, Jacqueline and Angela; grandchildren Tara, Alyssa, Jenna, Anthony, Julia, Kara, Gemma, Scarlett, Aiden, Frederic, Michael and Emily; and one great grandchild.
A memorial service was officiated by Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst for family and friends at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St., Livingston Manor, NY 12759, followed by a celebration of Laurie’s life at the Livingston Manor Fire House.
Yellow roses can be sent to Herbert Bryant Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County. Visit www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com.
January 5, 2012
Deborah “Debbie” Carol Storms of Port Jervis, NY, a lifetime resident of the area, died Friday, December 23, 2011 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis after a long battle with cancer. She was 59.
She was born September 30, 1952 in Port Jervis, the daughter of the late LeRoy Edward and the late Lucille Carol Bailey Storms.
Debbie was married to the late James E. Baker, Sr. He died July 30, 2002.
She worked as a cashier for Citgo Gas Station in Montague, NJ.
Surviving are brothers Hiram Storms and wife Nancy of Port Jervis, William Storms and wife Diana of Port Jervis, Donald Storms and wife Linda of Glen Spey, NY, Oscar Storms and Ray Storms, both of Port Jervis; sisters Lucille Hosek and husband Petro of Social Circle, GA, Caroline Harden and her husband Arthur of Port Jervis; and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis on Wednesday, December 28, with Pastor Joseph Iannone officiating. Following cremation a burial of cremains will be in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis. Visit grayparkerfuneralhome.com.
January 5, 2012
Mr. James “Jamie” Samuel Morgan, III of Huguenot, NY died unexpectedly on December 22, 2011. He was 46.
He was born December 4, 1965 in Middletown, NY, the son of James Samuel Morgan, II and Linda Hendershot.
Jamie worked as a graphics installer for Paramount Graphics. He was a member of Lost and Found Bible Church of Milford, PA.
He is survived by wife Susan L. Messenger at home, father James Samuel Morgan II and his wife Kathy of Scotchtown, NY; mother Linda Yontz of Fredericksburg, VA; son Tyler Morgan of Matamoras, PA; son Matthew Messenger of Port Jervis, NY; daughter Ashley Sheare and her husband Pastor Timothy M. Sheare of Pond Eddy, NY; daughter Samantha King and her husband Dan of Port Jervis; sister Evelyn Napier and her companion Jim Koch of Huguenot; sister Shirley Lewis of Fredricksburg; two grandsons, Lukas Sheare and Trevor King; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 10 a.m. at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home at 100 E. Main St. in Port Jervis with Pastor Timothy M. Sheare of Lost and Found Bible Church of Milford, PA officiating.
Burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.
Memorial contributions can be made to Lost and Found Bible Church, PO Box 2, Greeley, PA 18425.
January 5, 2012
Cynthia A. Monchino of Newburgh, NY entered into rest on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at home with her family. She was 62.
Daughter of the late Richard and Janna Timmerman Birkenstock, she was born on April 10, 1949 in the Bronx, NY. On December 14, 1968, she married Donald R. Monchino, who survives at home.
She graduated from Tappan Zee High School and was a retired Town of New Windsor Court Clerk.
Cynthia was an avid camper and loved being outdoors. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, the light of her life.
In addition to her husband Donald, she is survived by her children Nicole Farrell and husband James of Cochecton, NY and Khristin Canavan and her husband, Thomas of Gardiner, NY; grandchildren Douglas and Kelsey Farrell, Lindsey, Kaylee, Carly and John Canavan; mother-in-law Gloria Monchino; and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her brother Richard Birkenstock.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Saturday, December 31 at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Newburgh. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh. Visit BrooksFH.com or call 845/561-8300.
January 5, 2012
Edith E. Kracht of Napanoch, NY, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, December 27, 2011. She was 85.
Born on November 30, 1926 in South Fallsburg, NY, she was the daughter of Willard and Hattie (Avery) Kracht.
Edith worked as a telephone operator for the Pioneer Telephone Co. for 50 years. She was a former member of the Ellenville Seniors and she loved animals, especially dogs.
She is survived by her sisters Marion Stackhouse of White Lake, NY and Gertrude Miller of Ellenville, NY; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Edith is predeceased by her sister Mildred DePuy; and brothers Edward, Willard Jr., Melvin, Robert and Charles Kracht.
Visitation and a celebration of her life was held on Friday, December 30 at Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N. Main St., Ellenville. Burial was at Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the UCSPCA, 20 Wiedy Rd., Kingston, NY 12401.
January 5, 2012
Walentin Kotlarow of Eldred, NY, a longtime resident of the area, died Monday, January 2, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. He was 83.
He was born March 10, 1928 in Ukraine, the son of the late Peter and the late Irene Kotlarow. Walentin married Nadia Komar 56 years ago on May 7, 1955 in NYC.
He was a member, past president and an altar server of St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Glen Spey, NY. Walentin retired from Lufthansa Airlines where he worked as a foreman in the Cargo Division. A family statement reads: “Walentin was a good person who was very helpful to everyone and he loved his family and his church.”
Surviving are his wife at home; son Alexander Kotlarow of Long Beach, NY; daughter Julia Mulherin and husband Daniel of Odessa, FL; sisters Luba and Halia of Ukraine; granddaughter Shawna Mulherin; grandson Ryan Mulherin; sisters-in-law Tamara Palylyk and husband Stefan of Eldred and Terry Christodoulou of Queens; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 5, with a Liturgy Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 329 High Rd., Glen Spey with V. Rev. Nestor Kowal officiating. Burial will be at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.
Contributions may be made to St. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, PO Box 178, Glen Spey, NY 12737. Visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.
January 5, 2012
Barbara A. Hallock of Highland Lake, NY passed away Thursday, December 29, 2011 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 70.
Barbara was born on October 13, 1941 in Queens, the daughter of the late Thomas T. and Mary Freeman Van Etten.
She was a retired food service manager for Eldred Central School. Barbara was a CDC teacher and a member of the Parish Council at St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Yulan, NY. She was a former Certified EMT for the Sylvan-Liebla American Legion Vol. Ambulance Corps in Eldred and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Highland Lake Fire Dept. Barbara strongly supported the Sullivan County Pregnancy Ctr. in Liberty, NY.
Barbara married Charles H. Hallock, Sr., who predeceased her in November of 2008.
She is survived by sons Charles Hallock, Jr. and wife, Betty of Hillside, NY, Robert Hallock Sr. and wife Angie, Tim Hallock Sr. and wife Linda and Scott Hallock and wife June, all of Highland Lake; sister Helen Plunkett of Calverton, LI, NY; grandchildren Christan Hallock, Robert Hallock Jr., Timothy Hallock Jr., Rebecca Hallock, Kimberly, Kelly and Scott Hallock Jr., Keith, Caitlin and Heather Hallock; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Barbara is also predeceased by brothers Thomas and Edward; and sister Agnes.
Prayers were offered Tuesday, January 3 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua R.C. Church, Yulan, NY. Rev. Ignatius Smith was the celebrant. Interment took place at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Eldred.
Contributions may be made to St. Anthony of Padua RC Church, 25 Beaverbrook Rd., Yulan, NY 12792; or to the Eldred American Legion Vol . Ambulance Corp., P.O. Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732.
January 5, 2012
George Doone of Narrowsburg, NY passed away suddenly at Wayne County Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA on Sunday, December 25, 2011. He was 90.
George was born on February 26, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY.
He was a retired Union Printer for GCIU Local 119B in New York City. He retired to Narrowsburg, NY 16 years ago with his wife, Eileen Sexton Doone.
He is survived by his wife at home; son Donald Lindacher of Narrowsburg; and several close friends.
Funeral services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home on Thursday, December 29 with Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating. Entombment followed at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Farmingdale, NY.
January 5, 2012
Marie “Bette” Davies of Beach Lake, PA died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at home surrounded by her family. She was 95.
Born December 25, 1915 in Scranton, she was the daughter and last surviving member of the Patrick and Jesse Walker O’Brien family. She was a graduate of Carbondale High School and later moved to Damascus, PA.
A housewife and mother, she was known to be a “handy” woman, who loved to sew, garden and refinish furniture. While living in Damascus, she was a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.
Surviving are her sons Alonzo Davies and Diane of Hawthorne, NJ and Charles Davies and Caroline Grady of Fierre Verde, FL; daughters Diane Cartwright of Walden, NY and Bette Ann Baerenklau and Albert of Beach Lake; sister-in-laws Ann McGowan of Atlanta, GA, Mary Riefler Davies of CA and Mary Walher Davies of CA; 15 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Francis Davies on September 15, 1974; a grandson, Brian Davies, a great-grandson Chad Sykes; a brother, Lawrence O’Brien, sisters Anna Lewis and Nina Merck; a daughter-in-law, Jane (Case) Davies; and sons-in-law Frank Cartwright and David Tyler.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, December 28 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale. Interment followed in St. John’s Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Dyberry Day Camp, PO Box 1121, Honesdale, PA 18431.
December 29, 2011
Bob Whipple, a lifelong resident of Monticello, NY, died Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at his home with family and friends by his side, after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.
Son of the late Harry Morris and Agnes Kaempfe Whipple, he was born and raised in Monticello.
He owned and operated “Bob Whipple Ski Shop” at Holiday Mountain Ski Area for over 40 years. Bob was also a master carpenter, who built and renovated homes on Swinging Bridge Lake, where he lived for 28 years.
A family statement reads, “Anyone who knew Bob was privileged to know true friendship. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was loved by so many in return and touched the lives of so many people through his passion for skiing and helping others to enjoy the sport. He had an uncanny eye for beauty which was portrayed in his creations in building. His best friend once summed him up in one word, ‘pure.’
“Bob ‘O’ as he was called by his grandchildren, gave himself in endless ways on a daily basis to anyone who needed him. Whip could perform any task; if it was broken, he could fix it, and he got great pleasure from it. He passed his skills on to so many young people who worked for him and with him over the years, be it the ski shop or carpentry.
“His selfless nature was appreciated by so many, and he will be missed more than words can express.”
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Dr. Maureen Whipple at home; a son, Jeffrey Weyer and his wife Jill, of Monticello; daughters Jackie Rutledge and her husband Bradley, of Cochecton, NY and Ali Granito and her husband Rob, of Monticello; a brother Richard Whipple and his wife Lucy, of North Carolina; grandchildren Annabelle and Matthew Rutledge, Daniel and Evan Weyer and Andelenea and Romneya Granito; nieces and a nephew; and his extended family and numerous friends.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Whipple.
His funeral service will be held on Friday, December 30 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of Monticello, 445 Broadway. The Rev. John Thomason will officiate.
Burial will follow at the Rock Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or The Holiday Mountain Ski Club, 99 Holiday Mt. Road, Monticello, NY 12701.