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March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

March 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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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.