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February 23, 2012

Frederick J. Vassmer died on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 92.

Fred was born on May 26, 1919 in Kauneonga Lake, NY to the late John H. Vassmer and Marie Mueller Vassmer.

He retired from Vassmer’s General store in Kauneonga Lake, where he was store operator and butcher. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake. A World War II Army veteran, he was commander and member of Sgt. Andrew Brucher VFW Post #5499 and the Kelly Ratner Post 198 DAV of Sullivan County. Fred was a 70-year member of the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept. and a former member of the White Lake School Board.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Catherine Kelly Vassmer at home; son John F. Vassmer and wife Sharon of Ogdensburg, NY; daughter Trudy Buchler and husband Bill of Owego, NY; grandchildren Nathan and Emma Vassmer and Jesse and Sean Buchler; sister-in-law Marion Vassmer of Kauneonga Lake; nieces Linda Vassmer and Vicky Vassmer Simpson and husband Steve, all of Kauneonga Lake; three great-nieces and two great-great-nephews.

Fred is predeceased by brothers Arthur and Bernhardt Vassmer.

Funeral services will be held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home on Thursday, February 23 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randolph Yerkes officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel, NY.

Contributions can be made to the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept., PO Box 411, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749.

February 23, 2012

Joan B. Rittershausen (nee Henderson of Washington Township, NJ, formerly of Boyds Mills, PA, died on February 13, 2012. She was 73.

She was the beloved wife of Arthur; devoted mother of Theodore A. Henderson and Robert W. Henderson and wife Donna; adoring grandmother of Bobby and Ryan; and sister of Albert Jr. (“Sonny”) and wife Theresa.

Funeral services were held on February 18 at the Egizi Funeral Home, Washington Twp., NJ. Interment was private.

“A Life Well Lived/ Is Worth Remembering.”

Condolences at www.egizifuneral.com.

February 23, 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.

February 23, 2012

Katherine Moore of Glen Spey, NY died peacefully at home on January 31, 2012 in the company of her son Coyote and her husband Jose after a long and dignified struggle with breast cancer.

Those of us who knew and loved Katy will miss her deeply.

Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood at www.plannedparenthood.org.

February 23, 2012

Dr. Stephen Michael Levin of Upper Grandview, NY and Barryville, NY, died from cancer on Tuesday, February 8, 2012 at his home in Upper Grandview. He was 70.

From 1987 to 2006, Dr. Levin was a co-director of the Irving J. Selikoff Center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NYC. He played a leading role in bringing attention to the medical needs of thousands of firefighters, police officers and other rescue workers who suffered from respiratory ailments and other complaints following the collapse of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11. He successfully championed other environmental safety issues for workers, such as ensuring bridge workers in New York State were protected from lead poisoning by requiring the provision of respirators and vacuum hoses at work sites.

Dr. Levin was born in Philadelphia on October 16, 1941, to Sam and Sarah Levin. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1963 and received his medical degree from New York University four years later. He spent several years as a general practitioner in Pottstown, PA, before joining the Selikoff Center in 1979.

Dr. Levin is survived by his wife Robin; his mother Sarah Schurr; sister Ginny Jarvis; sons Jonathan, David and Joseph; and daughter Kate Levin.

February 23, 2012

Anne M. Estroff, Kerhonkson, NY, passed away at home on February 19, 2012 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She was 61.

The daughter of the late Josephine and Albert Meyer, she was born on September 28, 1950 in Callicoon, NY, grew up in Mileses, NY, and moved to Kerhonkson in 1968. She graduated from Ulster County Community College. She was a legal secretary for 41 years. She married Dave of Kingston, NY in 1971. She was chairperson of the Town of Rochester Planning Board and active member of the Friends of Historic Rochester, where she fostered membership growth and securing the community museum/library.

She is survived by her husband; children Sharon and husband Stefan of Wawarsing, NY and Andy and wife Amy of Yardley, PA; grandchildren Caleb and Colin; siblings Carl of Bethel, NY, Rita and husband Jeremiah of Damascus, PA, Marilyn and husband Bob of Bloomingburg, NY, and Claire and husband Frank of Melville, NY.

The funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 23 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Of Lourdes Church, Route 209, Kerhonkson, NY. Interment will follow in the Whitfield Cemetery, Accord, NY.

Memorials may be made to Hospice, Inc. of Dutchess and Ulster Counties, 34 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. 12401. (hospice.worldsecuresystems.com/Make -a-Donation).

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February 23, 2012

William E. “Sonny” Dennis of Honesdale, PA, died Friday, February 10, 2012 at home. He was 73.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, the former Ellen B. Yakaboski. They were married on March 30, 1963.

Born on January 28, 1939 in Smith Hill, he was the son of the late Asa N. Dennis and Geraldine Gilbert Dennis. After high school in Damascus, PA, Sonny served in the U.S. Navy. He owned and operated the family dairy farm. Devoted to agriculture, Sonny was fond of John Deere tractors and the rural farm lifestyle in which he and his wife raised their family. In the late 1960s, Sonny was acknowledged as the Wayne County Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. He will be remembered as a kind, hard working, and good hearted man, willing to help anyone in need, whose family was very dear to him.

He is also survived by children Timothy E. Dennis of Jeffersonville, NY and companion Lisa Edwards, Ted W. Dennis and wife Lisa of Coudersport, PA and Julie Ludwig and husband Bill of Bethany, PA; granddaughter Maddie Ludwig; and brother Charles A. Dennis.

He is preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Krol.

Funeral Services with Military Honors were held on February 15 in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale, with Rev. William Rushik officiating.

Memorials may be made to Wayne Memorial Hospice, 601 Park Street, Honesdale, PA 18431; or the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance, PO Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

February 23, 2012

Mr. Gerald Patrick Cooper of Glen Spey, NY, a lifetime resident of the area, died Friday, February 17, 2012 at Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 58.

He was born October 30, 1953 in Port Jervis, NY, the son of the late William and the late Catherine Hinkley Cooper.

A family statement reads in part: “Jerry was a committed father and friend, and an adoring grandfather and loving husband. He loved the NY Giants and enjoyed trips to the games. Jerry had an amazing spirit and outlook on life.”

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Robin Goff Cooper; daughters Geralyn Hendrick and husband Jim of Frisco, TX and Diana Cooper of Cohoes, NY; son William Cooper-Levi and husband Joe of Rahway, NJ; grandchildren Audrey, Ben and Cooper Hendrick of Frisco, TX; sisters Catherine Smith of Port Jervis, NY and Rose Tilstra of Cape Coral, FL; brother Kevin Cooper and companion Jackie of Port Jervis; mother-in-law Pat Teut of Middletown, NY; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother, William J. Cooper, Jr.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.

Contributions may be made to the Lumberland Fire Department, PO Box 91, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

February 23, 2012

Linda C. Canfield of Hortonville, NY, a longtime area resident, died Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at A.O. Fox Hospital, Oneonta, NY. She was 63.

The daughter of the late Harry and Katharina Gunther Schilling, she was born February 8, 1949 in Valley Stream, NY.

Linda worked for 37 years as a reservation specialist for Villa Roma Resort, Callicoon, NY and was employee of the year some years back.

She was a graduate of Middletown Beauty School. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Narrowsburg, NY, the Delaware Valley Woman Bowling League, the Hortonville Ladies Bowling League and the WIBC. She was proud of her high average.

A family statement reads in part: “Linda was a special aunt. She made the family laugh and was a lot of fun. She helped anyone in need and had many friends. She will greatly be missed.”

Survivors include nieces Anne-Marie Weise and husband Rick of Stroudsburg, PA, Jennifer Schilling and fiancé Victor of Lehighton, PA and Jeanine Schilling of Lehighton, PA; One great niece; special dog Munchken; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She is predeceased by her brother Harry J. Schilling Jr.; and her fiancé Ken Zieres.

Funeral services were held on February 18, 2012 at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, with Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiating.

Cremation followed at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society: 407 E. Main St., Middletown, NY 10940.

February 23, 2012

Laura Jane Brown of Liberty, NY, a lifelong Sullivan County resident, passed away on Friday February 17, 2012 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. She was 69.

The daughter of the late Alfred and Mae Turk Ferguson, she was born on March 1, 1942 in Horton, NY. She was the widow of Robert William Brown, who died in 2004.

Laura was a member of the Community United Methodist Churches of Bethel in Kauneonga Lake, NY.

Survivors include her sons Robert A. Brown and wife Marge of Sackett Lake, NY and Joseph A. Brown of Ogdenburg, NY; daughter Annette Brown of Liberty; sister Judy Morgan of Jeffersonville, NY; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special nieces Dawn Morgan and Debbie Gessling.

A brother, Alfred Ferguson; and a daughter, Pattie Brown predeceased her.

Funeral services were held on February 22 at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, Liberty, with Paul Minton officiating.

Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Middle Hope, NY.

Memorials may be made to Community United Methodist Churches of Bethel, PO Box 891, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749.

February 16, 2012

Helen Marie Webbe, of Otisville, NY, formerly of Long Island and a longtime resident of White Lake, NY, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 in Liberty, NY. She was 80.
The daughter of Meta Henningsen, Helen was born prematurely in Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 1931, weighing two pounds. She spent six months in an incubator at Bethany Deaconess Hospital.
Helen’s early years were spent in boarding school at St. Agnes in College Point. During the summer she was a camp counselor and avid swimmer. One of her earliest nature occurred at the lake, when she watched a snake grab a frog from a rock, just as the frog plucked a darning needle from the air. This forever inspired her love of nature and instilled in her the precious balance of life.
In 1952 Helen married Bill Webbe. Later the family moved to White Lake. Helen managed a bungalow colony in White Lake for 27 years, and was the resident nurse to people and animals alike. Later she took up watercolor painting. Her chicken soup was legendary.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, William J. Webbe Sr.; daughter Deborah Webbe-LoGerfo of Long Island; son William J. Webbe Jr. of Liberty, NY; daughter-in-law Raquel Webbe; grandchildren Nicholas W. Webbe, Vincent A. Webbe, and Lizette Andino-Berrios; one great-grandchild; and Tante Anneliese Pfannkuche and family of Hamburg, Germany.
Services were held on Saturday, February 11 at the Holy Name of Jesus Church, 45 Highland Avenue, Otisville, NY.

February 16, 2012

George B. Romer, a retired plumber from Coleman Plumbing and Heating of Florida, NY, died on Thursday, January 26, 2012 in Raleigh, NC after a long illness. He was 68.

The son of the late George Benson Romer and Audrey Irene Wilson, he was born July 8, 1943 in Warwick, NY.

A family statement reads: “George will be remembered for his love of country music, sporting cowboy hat, big belt buckles and cowboy boots while line dancing with his wife. 3D jigsaw puzzles were his favorite pastime.”

George is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda; children George B. Romer, III and Kim Timothy Romer, both of South Carolina, Christopher Romer and Royce Romer, both of North Carolina, Penny (Romer) Conklin and husband Russell of Tennessee; grandchildren Michael, Justin and Jessica; one great grandchild; step-daughter Patty and husband John Fitzsimmons; grandchildren Sean and Sara of North Carolina; stepson David Miller and wife Allison of Pine Island, NY; brothers: Doug Romer of Matamoras, Charles Romer of Glen Spey, NY, Edsell Romer of Matamoras, Russell Romer of Pelston, MI,, Donald Romer of Port Jervis, NY and Jesse Romer of Mountaindale, NY; sisters Shirley Cooper of Maybrook, NY, Trudy Baez of Milford, and Keturah Romer of Monticello, NY; many grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his sisters Irene Blair and Hilda McGraw; brother Allen Romer; grandson Jeremy Conklin; and stepdaughter Shelly DeGroat.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

February 16, 2012

Patricia F. Roeckell of Matamoras, PA passed away Saturday January 21, 2012 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. She was 70.

She was born on May 26, 1941 in Manhattan, the daughter of the late Raymond T. and Rosemary O’Dwyer Murray.

Patricia was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church and a retired teacher for Trinity Catholic School at St. Mary’s, and former owner of Kids Kampus Pre-School in Matamoras. She was a member of the American Cancer Society, Boys Town, USA and the Multiple Sclerosis Assoc.

Patricia married Nicholas C. Roeckell, who survives at home. She is also survived by daughters Patricia Snyder of Ellenville, NY and Maryrose Roeckell and fiancé Jason Donadio of Glen Spey, NY; son Nicholas Roeckell and wife Aracely of Mt. Kisco, NY; sisters Rosemary Smith and Teresa Murray, both of Port Jervis; brothers Raymond Murray of Upper Montclair, NJ and Walter Murray of East Sandwich, MA; grandchildren Elizabeth and Nicole; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her brother John Murray.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday evening, January 24. Cremation took place at HG Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg. Contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Assoc. of America, 706 Haddonfield, Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002.

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February 16, 2012

Kathryn Marion Robertson died peacefully on Friday, February 10, 2012 at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC. She was 79.

Kathryn was born to Arthur and Marion (Krantz) Robisch on December 31, 1932 in Callicoon, NY. She was wed to Frederick J. Robertson on April 11, 1954. After graduating from Jeffersonville-Youngsville Central School in the Class of 1951, Kathryn then worked as a secretary to the principal there.

Kathryn was a member of the Grahamsville Reformed Church in Grahamsville, NY and served as secretary of the Sunday School; a member of the Ladies Aid, the Sullivan County Christian Women’s Organization and the Sullivan County Adult Care Center’s Family Council in Liberty, NY.

She is survived by her husband; children Charles Robertson of Pensacola, FL, Laurie Gillespie and husband Patrick of Ithaca, NY and James Robertson of Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren Jaimie Robertson, Amy Braun and husband Daniel, Charles Michael Robertson, and Olivia Gillespie; two great-grandchildren; brother Paul Robisch of Seattle, WA; several cousins; and many dear friends.

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, February 14 at the Grahamsville Reformed Church. Burial followed in Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs, NY.

Memorials may be made to the Grahamsville Reformed Church Memorial Fund, Grahamsville, NY 12740; or the Sullivan County Adult Care Center’s Family Council, Infirmary Road, Liberty, NY 12754.

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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.

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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

Rose Davanzo, of Jeffersonville, NY, a former nursing assistant, died Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Liberty, NY. She was 102.

The daughter of James and Anna George Adams, she was born on February 10, 1909 in Queens, NY. She was married to the late John Davanzo.

Survivors include two daughters, Anna Marie McGrath and her husband, Richard of Jeffersonville, and Gilda Loughran and her husband, Joseph of Milford, PA; one son, Robert Davanzo and his wife, Ronnie of Rego Park, NY; her daughter-in-law, Peggy Davanzo of Melbourne Beach, FL; one brother, August Adams of Callicoon Center, NY; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; one nephew, James Adams, and one niece, Rose Ann Licitra. She was predeceased by her husband, John Davanzo, and by her son, Nicholas Davanzo.

A memorial mass will be held at a later date and time, to be announced. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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.

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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.

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