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April 10, 2013

Anita Marie (Lindemeyer) Lobisch, former resident of Barryville, NY for 25 years, passed away on January 25, 2013 at Fritz Reuter Retirement Home in North Bergen, NJ. She was 89.

The daughter of the late Rudolf and Marie Lindemeyer, she was born in Buxtehude, Germany on August 26, 1923. Anita was married to the late Walter G. Lobisch for 62 years. Walter passed away on June 21, 2008.

Flowers and gardening were Anita’s pride and joy. She loved sharing flowers and plants with her family and friends. She also enjoyed baking, cooking and sharing many of her German recipes. Her favorites included buttercake and her “famous” German potato salad.

Barryville was Anita and Walter’s dream come true, since it reminded them of Germany with pine-tree-covered woods overlooking the Delaware River. They built their home and gardens within the beauty of this landscape.

Anita was a member of St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Shohola, PA. She was past president and treasurer of the St. Jacobi Ladies Aid Society as well as a past Council Member. She also was a member of the Port Jervis, NY German American Club and the Milford, PA Senior Citizens Club. Anita was a Lifetime Member of the Fritz Reuter Altenheim, North Bergen, NJ and a member of the Amt Lilienthaler Club of Fritz Reuter Altenheim serving as president and secretary for many years.

Anita is survived by her three sons, Gunther of Port Charlotte, FL; Rudolf and his wife Wyb of Workum, Holland and William and his wife Alison of Blairstown, NJ; and a daughter, Irene Suter and her husband Donald of Cutchogue, NY. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Michael, James, Zach, Christopher, Jonathan, Allison, Krysten and Matthew, and six great-grandchildren, Jackson, Tucker, Mason, Taylor, Everlin and Rowan. She is also survived by her brother, Klaus Rudolf and his wife Ilse Lindemeyer; and her sister Ilse Dubbels as well as nieces and nephews in Fredenbeck, Germany.

A memorial service for Anita will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at the Fritz Reuter Altenheim chapel in North Bergen, NJ. On Sunday, May 5, a memorial service for both Anita and Walter will be held at 1 p.m. at the St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Shohola.

A private burial will follow at Shohola Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, PO Box 37 Shohola, PA, 18458; The National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018; or the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Avenue 7th Floor NY, NY 10001.

April 10, 2013

Jodielynn Kuhn, age 55, of Lackawaxen, PA passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Port Jervis, NY. She was born on July 5, 1957 in Callicoon, NY, the daughter of the late Gottlieb and Elinor Kuhn. Jodielynn was a professional tutor for the East Stroudsburg University in E. Stroudsburg, PA. She is survived by her brother, Loni Kuhn of Beach Lake, PA; two sisters, Barbara June Parker and her husband Billy Jack of South Carolina and Wanda Kasmedo of Hopatcong, NJ; her nephews Ryan and his wife Molly of Matamoras, PA, and Adam and Ethan Kuhn of Beach Lake; and her niece Sarah Kuhn of Matamoras; her great nephew Kiernan Kuhn of Matamoras. She is also survived by her long companion, Bruce Selneck of Port Jervis. Jodielynn was pre-deceased by her brother, Noel Kuhn.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Callicoon, NY; the Daughters of the American Revolution; and the German-American Society. Services were private at the convenience of the family. 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

March 27, 2013

Leona Gilmore Minogue of Highland Lake, NY and formerly of Peekskill, NY, died on March 24, 2013. She was 87 years old.

Leona was born May 27, 1925 in Holyoke, MA to Simeon and Dora Blanchette.

Leona will be kindly remembered for her beautiful smile and playful wit.

She was a member of the Catholic Daughters and St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Yulan, NY.

She worked for many years as a librarian at the Montrose Library and after moving to Highland Lake served as librarian at the Sunshine Hall Free Library in Eldred, NY. Leona also served as the Recording Secretary for the Lake DeVenoge Property Owners Association.

She is survived by her children Nancy Gilmore of Farmington Hills, MI; Barbara Davis of Rochester NY; James F. (Cheryl) Gilmore Jr. of Buchanan, NY; Terence S.(Cheryl) Gilmore of Cortlandt Manor, NY; and MaryLou (Alan) Hall of Long Beach, CA; grandchildren, Christine (Jeff) Burkey Kelly of Hilton, NY; Keia Burkey of Rochester, NY; Megan Myers of New York, NY; Daniel and Michael Hall of Long Beach, CA; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Bennett; William O’Donnell and Reece Kelly.

She is predeceased by her son Michael Gilmore, her brother Laurent Blanchette, and husbands, James F. Gilmore Sr. and Edward Minogue.

Reposing will be on Friday, March 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Cortlandt Funeral Home in Verplanck, NY. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Assumption Cemetery, Cortlandt Manor, NY.

March 6, 2013

Peter Keast English of Beach Lake, PA, owner of Grandstyle Framing in Honesdale, PA, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at home. He was 48.

The son of the late Joseph and Ruth Ledyard English, he was born February 29, 1964, in Brooklyn, NY.

Peter was a gentle and compassionate man, and the exceptionally loving father of two young children, Liam and Oona. He also leaves behind the love of his life and mother of his children, Cathy Maguire, as well as his six siblings.

A mass of Christian burial was held March 2, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier RC Church, Narrowsburg, NY. Rev. William Scully OFM officiated.

Cremation followed at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

March 6, 2013

Judith Ann Kleinert of White Lake, NY passed away on March 1, 2013. She was 70.

She was a member of the Greeley Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Greeley Volunteer Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary, Greeley, PA.

The daughter of Charles and Margaret (Hetzler) Blewett she was born on November 10, 1942 in Dubuque, IA. She was married to Edmund P. Kleinert on August 9, 1975 in Elkton, MD.

Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Kathleen Winters of Camden, NJ, Kelly Jo Henderson of NY; son John Kleinert of Greeley, PA; step-sister Kathy Shumaker of E. Dubuque, IL; two step-brothers Vincent Sheehan of E. Dubuque, IL, Robert Sheehan of Chicago, IL; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Rt. 590 Greeley, PA 18425 on March 17, 2013 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Stuart Baker officiating. Cremation will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations can be made to the Greeley Volunteer Fire Dept., Inc. PO Box 99 Greeley, PA 18425.

March 6, 2013

Donald Ralph Wehner of Callicoon Center, NY, a lab technician at Catskill Regional Medical Center, died Thursday February 28, 2013 at home. He was 65.

Son of the late Ralph and Thelma Tripp Wehner, he was born April 30, 1947 in Callicoon. Donald was the husband of Betty Turner Wehner. He was a member of the Kristina Kares Foundation of Callicoon.

Survivors include his wife Betty Turner Wehner at home; a cousin, William Brett; an aunt, Margaret Freidenstine; a niece, Cindy Adams; a sister-in-law, Donna Gries and her companion Harold Wilcox. In addition to his parents, Donald was predeceased by a niece Kristina Adams.

A memorial service was held at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, NY. Reverend Jean Blackie officiated.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Kristina Kares Foundation, PO Box 161 Callicoon, NY 12723; the Jeffersonville First Aid Squad, PO Box 396 Jeffersonville, NY 12748, or to the Callicoon Center Fire Department, PO Box 144 Callicoon Center, NY 12724.

February 20, 2013

Jan Marie Hoadley of Beach Lake, PA and formerly of Chesapeake, VA, died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the University of PA Hospital in Philadelphia. She was 56.

Hoadley was born September 12, 1956 in Callicoon, NY and was the daughter of the late Robert, Sr. and Joan Duncan (Staite) Rosemergy.

She was employed as a vice president and bank manager by the Dime Bank in Damascus, PA.

Hoadley attended many banking courses throughout the years and was active with many community outreach activities with the bank, MDA and other groups.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, James W.Hoadley, Sr.; one son and daughter-in-law, James Jr. and Heather Hoadley of Elizabeth City, NC; one daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Joe Bickel of Northampton, PA; five grandchildren, Makayla, Bryce, Casey, Anthony and Devin; one brother, Charles Robert Rosemergy and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held on Saturday, February 16 at Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley with Rev. Debra Dailey, pastor Lakeville United Methodist Church, officiating.

Cremation was at Lake Region Crematory in Lake Ariel.

Memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, Wayne Unit, 110 4th St., Suite 9-12, Honesdale, PA 18431-1869 or Clyde F. Barker Transport House, 3940 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19123.

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 (, Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties (, or Semei Foundation (

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