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RAYMOND J. TEPPER Yonkers, N.Y. Raymond J. Tepper of Yonkers, a stationary engineer at Pan-Am Building and a 25-year resident of the area, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at the Frances Schervier Home. He was 69. The son of Frederick E. Tepper and Mary F. Byrnes, he was born Aug. 21, 1931, in the Bronx. Survivors include three brothers, Norman Tepper of New York City, Daniel Tepper of New Jersey and Paul Tepper of New York; one sister, Edna Petrusino of New Jersey; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother, Frederick Tepper; and one sister, Roberta Snyder. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at David T. Ferguson Funeral Home, 20 North St., Washingtonville. Cremation will take place at Cedar Hill Crematory at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the David T. Ferguson Funeral Home, Washingtonville. 

FRANCES C. SANBORN Monroe, N.Y. Frances C. Sanborn of Monroe, a homemaker and one-year resident of the area, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Nyack Hospital, Nyack. She was 76. The daughter of the late Anthony and Frances Dempsey Simendinger, she was born July 6, 1924, in Brooklyn. She was married to the late William Sanborn. Survivors include one son, William W. Sanborn of Monroe; two daughters, Patricia Knoop of Red Bank, N.J. and Ellen Burke of Summit, N.Y; and seven grandchildren. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe. Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Cremation will be in Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, Monroe. 

MARY THERESA PETERSON Campbell Hall, N.Y. Mary Theresa Peterson of Campbell Hall, a homemaker and resident of the area since 1995, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Arden Hill Hospital, Goshen. She was 85. The daughter of Matthew and Josephine O'Reilly Burns, she was born Jan. 29, 1915, in Brooklyn. She was married to the late John Peterson. Survivors include two sons, Joseph Peterson and his wife Sandra of Campbell Hall, and Robert Peterson of Rockaway, N.Y; seven grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her twin sister, Josephine Cassidy. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Donovan Funeral Home, 82 South Church St., Goshen. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. John's R.C. Church, Goshen. Interment will be in St. Charles Cemetery, Pinelawn. Arrangements are under the direction of Donovan Funeral Home, Goshen. 

AGNES M. ALLEN Mill Rift, Pa. Agnes M. Allen of Mill Rift, Pa., a homemaker and longtime resident of the area, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at Mercy Community Hospital, Port Jervis. She was 88. The daughter of Augustus and Mary Schauer Hasbrouck, she was born in Port Jervis. She was married to the late Clinton H. Allen. She was a member of St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Matamoras, Pa; Mill Rift Fire Department; Mill Rift Civic Association; and the National Rifle Association. Survivors include one daughter, Diane Banach and her husband Joseph of Mill Rift, Pa; two grandsons, Joseph G. and Raymond G. Banach; three granddaughters, Darlene A. Norman, Jacqueline L. Cook and Nancy B. Duff; and eight great-grandchildren. A Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Matamoras, Pa. The Rev. John J. Turi will officiate. Burial will be in Mill Rift Cemetery, Mill Rift, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 East Main St., Port Jervis. 

DANIEL WELLINGTON THOMAS SCOTT Jr. Newburgh, N.Y. Daniel Wellington Thomas Scott Jr. of Newburgh, the infant son of Valerie A. Dunikowski and Daniel Wellington Thomas Scott Sr., passed away Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Westchester Medical Center. He was born in Westchester. Daniel is survived by his paternal grandparents, Trudi and Dwight Scott of Middletown; maternal grandparents John and Lois Dunikowski of New Windsor; one aunt, Anne-Marie Dunikowski of New Windsor; and two uncles, John Dunikowski of New Windsor and Dwight Scott II of Middletown. He was predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Ann Dunikowski. A family statement read, "Valerie and Dan would like to thank all of their family and friends for their support during this most difficult time." Services for Daniel will be private. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Hudson Valley, North Bedford Road, #2-B, Mount Kisco, N.Y. 10549. Arrangements are under the direction of Coloni Funeral Home, Route 9W, New Windsor. 

TRESSA McGRAW Bloomingburg, N.Y. Tressa McGraw of Bloomingburg, a homemaker, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Horton Hospital, Middletown. She was 81. The daughter of Preston and Wilamina O'Dell, she was born May 16, 1919, in Cochecton. She was predeceased by her husband, Ivan McGraw. Survivors include one son, Ivan McGraw Jr. of Ellenville; two brothers, Kingsley and his wife Marie O'Dell of Downsville, N.Y. and Fred O'Dell of Walton, N.Y; two sisters-in-law, Tressa Argent of Horton Brook, N.Y. and June McGraw of Hancock, N.Y; three grandchildren, Shawn Smith, Sherri McGraw and Shannon VanHorn; and two great-grandchildren, David Smith and Calin Dooney. Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, 7 East Main St., Hancock, N.Y. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the funeral home. Pastor M. Renzi will officiate. Burial will be in East Branch Cemetery, East Branch, N.Y. Arrangements are under the direction of Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel, Hancock. 

VIRGINIA ORTALANO-GUARINO Marlboro, N.Y. Virginia Ortalano-Guarino, formerly of Marlboro, a retired bookkeeper at Bergdorf Goodman, New York City, and a 16-year resident of the area, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Hyde Park Nursing Home, Staatsburg, N.Y. She was 76. The daughter of Charles Guarino and Josephina Costa, she was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Ramsey, N.J. She was married to the late Frank Ortalano, who passed away Sept. 29, 1990. Survivors include two daughters, Joanna Herman of Marlboro and Patricia Wagner of Staten Island; two sons, Andrew Ortalano of Marlboro and Frank Ortalano of Brooklyn; 11 grandchildren, Laureen, Keith, Joseph, Lou-Anne, Allison, Frank Jr., Mario, Anne, Stephanie, Andrea and Denise; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Main St., Marlboro. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Cremation will be at Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 159 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401. Arrangements are under the direction of the DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc., Marlboro. 

FRANCES HADDOCK HANSEN Groveland, Fla. formerly of Highland Falls, N.Y. Frances Haddock Hansen of Groveland, Fla., a retired supervisor for West Point Exchange, formerly of Highland Falls, entered into rest Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, at South Lake Hospital, Clermont, Fla. She was 67. The daughter of the late James and Veronica Shaw Manley, she was born Aug. 13, 1933, in Manhattan. She was predeceased by her first husband, John Haddock. Frances is survived by her loving husband, Peter Hansen, at home; one son, Steven Hansen of South Amboy, N.J; three daughters, Veronica Kissam of Surfside Beach, S.C., Susan King of South Amboy, N.J. and Cindy Good of Oldbridge, N.J; one brother, James Manley of Cornwall; six grandchildren, Nicholas Guttiela, Gary Kissam, and Ryan, Timmy, Katelyn and Kristin King; and nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Coloni Funeral Home, Route 9W, New Windsor. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Benkard Avenue, Newburgh. Father John Vondras will officiate. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor. Arrangements are under the direction of Coloni Funeral Home, New Windsor. 

JOYCE A. WALKER Grahamsville, N.Y. Joyce A. Walker of Grahamsville, a chambermaid at Frost Valley YMCA, Claryville, and a lifetime resident of the area, died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at Community General Hospital, Harris. She was 46. The daughter of Eldred and Mary Rankins Marsh, she was born Jan. 16, 1954, in Monticello. A family statement reads, "She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by us all." Survivors include her loving husband, Daniel Walker, at home; one son, Joseph Walker of Steamboat Springs, Colo; two daughters, Rachel Jarvis and her husband Howard of Accord, and Danielle Hajek and her husband Wayne of Grahamsville; two brothers, Donald Marsh of Nashville, Tenn. and Clinton Marsh of Liberty; five grandchildren, Dylan and Zachary Jarvis, Chelsey Walker, Brittanie Hajek and Wayne Hajek Jr; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, James and Ronald Marsh. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the funeral home. The Rev. Robert C. Nadelen will officiate. Burial will be in Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Infirmary Road, Liberty. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ramsay's Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty. 

TERRENCE P. COSTELLO Monroe, N.Y. Terrence P. Costello of Monroe, a retired mailer for the New York Times for 40 years and a 30-year resident of the area, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern. He was 67. The son of the late Peter Costello and Anna Houlihan, he was born June 24, 1933, in the Bronx. A Veteran of the U.S. Marines having served during the Korean Conflict, he was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church, Washingtonville; a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council 5890, Washingtonville; and former Chairman of Mailers Union Local #6, New York City. He married Helen Marie Patricia Norton on Oct. 5, 1957, in St. Luke's R.C. Church, Bronx. Survivors include his loving wife, Helen Norton Costello, at home; his devoted son, Stephen P. Costello and his wife Karen of East Brunswick, N.J; two loving granddaughters, Shannon and Meagan; one sister, Francie O'Gorman; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. He was predeceased by six sisters and two brothers. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 5, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at Flynn-Gannon Funeral Homes, 139 Stage Road, Monroe. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. Mary's R.C. Church, Goshen Avenue, Washingtonville. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Loretta M. Flynn and Thomas F. Flynn, Directors of Flynn-Gannon Funeral Homes, Monroe. 

JOSEPH ANTHONY KURTZ Port Jervis, N.Y. Joseph Anthony Kurtz of Port Jervis, a former employee of Skydyne and a lifetime resident of Port Jervis, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, at the home of his sister in Goshen. He was 63. The son of the late Edward C. and the late Antoinette Andriack Kurtz, he was born Dec. 23, 1936, in Port Jervis. He was a former member of the Rescue & Salvage Co. #3, Port Jervis. A family statement read, "Joe loved to fish and enjoyed playing 'Quick Draw'" Survivors include two brothers, James Kurtz of Annville, Pa. and John Kurtz of Port Jervis; four sisters, Ann Marie Arciero of Middletown, Carol Paulish and Mary Kurtz, both of Port Jervis, and Paula Warren Majka of Goshen; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by seven brothers and sisters, Charles Kurtz, Neal Kurtz, Harold Kurtz, David Kurtz, Dorothy Titus, Jean Cortright and Lorraine Kurtz. Friends may call from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Main Street, Port Jervis. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Orange in Hudson Valley, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550, or the American Cancer Society, 407 East Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis. 

DONALD T. MEAD Cornwall, N.Y. Donald T. Mead of Cornwall, a retired maintenance worker for the New York Military Academy, Cornwall, and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at Sylcox Health Care Facility, Newburgh. He was 84. The son of the late Charles Elting and Hannah Marie White Mead, he was born Jan. 9, 1916, in Cornwall. A U.S. Army Veteran having served with the 3rd Armored Division from 1942-1945, he received the Purple Heart in the Battle for St. Lo in 1944. He was a member of the 3rd Armored Division Association. Survivors include his wife, Nancy V. Hill Mead, at home; two nephews, Robert E. Mead Jr. of Walden and John R. Mead of Montgomery; four nieces, Nancy Spadafora of Fairfield, Ohio, Melanie Walker of Austin, Texas, Peggie Koroncey of Lake Orion, Mich. and Julie Tidey of Windsor, United Kingdom; one sister-in-law, Patricia Hill of Keynsham, U.K; and several cousins, grand-nephews and grand-nieces. He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert E. Mead and Joseph C. Mead. Calling hours are from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at James F. Lulves Funeral Home, Inc., 9 Avenue A, Cornwall-on-Hudson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, Hudson Street, Cornwall-on-Hudson. The Rev. Bernard Heter will officiate. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Cornwall. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Luke's Hospital Kidney Dialysis Unit, 70 Dubois St., Newburgh, N.Y. 12550, or the Cornwall Hospital Foundation, Cornwall, N.Y. 12518. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the James F. Lulves Funeral Homes, Inc., Cornwall-on-Hudson. 

CARL W. DECKER Sr. North River, N.Y. Carl W. Decker Sr. of North River, a retired employee of the New York State Highway Department and a 20-year resident of North River, formerly of the Greenville-Port Jervis area for most of his life, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at Glens Falls Hospital, Glens Falls. He was 87. The son of the late Willard F. and the late Wilamina Mason Decker, he was born July 19, 1913, in Port Jervis. He was the widower of the late Mary Ellen Deubler, who died July 28, 1971. He was a former Highway Superintendent for the Town of Greenville; past Master of Port Jervis Masonic Lodge No. 328 F&AM, Port Jervis; charter member of the Greenville Fire Department; and a member of the Greenville Sportsmen Club. A family statement read, "Dad loved bluegrass music and the Adirondack Mountains. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and feeding the deer and wild turkeys." Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ellen Colvin of Edinburg, N.Y; three sons, Carl W. Decker Jr. of Greenville Township, and Charles Shay and Gerald Decker, both of Matamoras, Pa; two brothers, Harold Decker and Howard Decker, both of Port Jervis; 15 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one daughter, Joan Storms; one grandson, Donald Decker; and one brother, Ray Decker. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis. Masonic Services will be held at 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the funeral home. The Rev. Robert D. Cassidy will officiate. Burial will be at Manning Cemetery, Greenville. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.
 

GERTRUDE IGUESS-CLARK Goshen, N.Y. Gertrude Iguess-Clark of Goshen, a nurse-beautician, died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at Orange County Residential Health Care Facility, Goshen. She was 92. The daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Iguess Clark, she was born June 12, 1908, in Little Rock, Ark. She was the widow of Sydney Clark. She was a member of Eastern Star, Philadelphia, Pa. Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Clark of Newburgh; two grandsons, Gregory Clark of Philadelphia, Pa. and Corey Clark of Newburgh; one granddaughter, Latasha Clark of Newburgh; and a friend, Arthur Gear of Newburgh. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12 noon today, Thursday, Sept. 7, at Brutus W. Hodge Funeral Home, 13 Chambers St., Newburgh. Funeral services will follow at 12 noon at the funeral home. The Rev. Samuel Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, New Windsor. Arrangements are under the direction of Brutus W. Hodge Funeral Home, Newburgh. 
 

DAVID J. LEO Newburgh, N.Y. David J. Leo of Newburgh, retired president of Daniel J. Leo Insurance Company in Newburgh, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, in Riverhead, N.Y. He was 56. The son of Daniel J. Leo and the late Norma Taylor Leo, he was born Feb. 17, 1944, in Newburgh. Survivors include his father of New Windsor; three sons, Mark Leo and Todd Leo, both of Merrimack, N.H. and Steven Leo of Newburgh; one daughter, Jessica Leo of Newburgh; two sisters, Patti Hoeltschi of Newburgh and Nancy Kenny of Clifton Park; two grandchildren; and cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in the Union Presbyterian Church, corner of Beech Street and Balmville Road, Newburgh. The Rev. Kathi Jones will officiate. Cremation will take place in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh, at the convenience of the family. Kindly omit flowers. Arrangements under the direction of White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Road, Newburgh. 
 

CLAUDE HYLEN New Rochelle, N.Y. Claude Hylen of New Rochelle, a livery driver for Blue Bird Taxi, died Monday, Sept. 4, 2000, in the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility, Goshen. He was 69. The son of Angus and Ruth Rae Hylen, he was born June 27, 1931, in Omaha, Neb. Mr. Hylen served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife, Rachel Crawford Hylen of New Rochelle; two daughters, Joann Hylen-O'Callaghan and her husband, Cormac of Miami, Fla. and Heather Gaita and her husband, Bruno of the Town of Newburgh; and one grandchild, Brandon Michael Gaita. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, with a memorial service at 3 p.m., at the David T. Ferguson Funeral Home, 20 North St., Washingtonville. The Rev. Mark Benton will officiate. Cremation took place in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Orange County Residential Health Care Facility, Quarry Road, P.O. Box 59, Goshen, N.Y. 10924. 
 

PAUL G. LEO Goshen, N.Y. Paul G. Leo of Goshen, a retired superintendent for construction for the Con Edison Corporation, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, in Arden Hill Hospital, Goshen. He was 89. The son of the late William and Constance Maffia Leo, he was born Aug. 7, 1911, in Brooklyn. Mr. Leo was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served during WWII. Survivors include his wife, Theresa Alvino Leo, at home; one son, Paul G. Leo Jr. of Salt Lake City, Utah; and three brothers, Daniel J. Leo of New Windsor, Philip Leo of New York City and Charles A. Leo of Newburgh. He was predeceased by one sister, Teresa Silvestri, who died Feb. 22, 1999. There will be no visitation. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in the Union Presbyterian Church, corner of Beech Street and Balmville Road, Newburgh. The Rev. Kathi Jones will officiate. Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Glen Arden Library or Garden Club, 6 Harriman Drive, Goshen, N.Y. 10924. Arrangements were made by White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Road, Newburgh. 
 

LILLIAN MEISTER Ellenville, N.Y. Lillian Meister of Ellenville, a retired comptor operator for the New York City Transit Authority, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Ellenville Community Hospital. She was 92. The daughter of the late Joseph and Minnie Cohen Goldberg, she was born Jan. 22, 1908, in New York City. A family statement reads, "Her singing touched us all." Survivors include two nieces, Sondra Lonstein and Wendy Goldberg; one nephew, Mark Goldberg; four great-nieces, Elizabeth Lonstein, Wendy Lonstein, Julie Carpenter Lonstein and Susan Goldberg; three great-nephews, Wayne Lonstein, Dr. Herbert Lonstein and Jason Goldberg; and five great-great-nephews, Alex Lonstein, Ian Lonstein, David Lonstein, Eric Lonstein and Ethan Carpenter. She was predeceased by two brothers, Herbert Spencer Goldberg and Sidney Shelly Goldberg. Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 7, at Anshi Tzaydik Congregation Cemetery, Wawarsing. Rabbi Moshe Frank will officiate. Memorial contributions are requested to Hospice of Ulster and Dutchess Counties, Kingston, N.Y. 12401. Arrangements are under the direction of H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 Forty-Second St., Kerhonkson. 
 

JAMES "PIVOT" MARTINO Newburgh, N.Y. James "Pivot" Martino of Newburgh, entered into rest, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000. He was 87. The son of the late James and Frances Mazzulla Martino, he was born Feb. 14, 1913, in Newburgh. He was a self-employed businessman for the dairy industry. He supplied milk and dairy products to Newburgh for many years. He was married to Virginia Sarvis for 66 years. They were married on Aug. 31, 1934, in Newburgh. Mr. Martino was a former social member of the Goodwill Fire Department in Newburgh. He very much enjoyed music. He played several instruments including the piano and guitar, in addition to singing. He also performed in several Minstrels put on by the Goodwill Fire Department. Survivors include his wife, Virginia, at home; one daughter, Joan Margolies and her husband, Carl of Newburgh; one brother, Michael Martino of Miami, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by one grandson, James Ellis. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 7, at the DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. Family prayers will be held at 8:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, in St. Patrick's Church, Newburgh. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh. Arrangements under the direction of DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh. 
 

IRMA E. WANSER Otisville, N.Y. Irma E. Wanser of Otisville, a retired office manager for Women's Personal Care Center in Middletown and lifelong resident of the area, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at home. She was 73. The daughter of James B. Sr. and Mary Shepherd Craig, she was born May 19, 1927, in Middletown. She was a member of the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church in Otisville; Otisville Lions Club; Country Garden Club; Otisville Country Fair Committee; Otisville-Mt. Hope Senior Citizens; Otisville Grange; and Otisville Gliders Line Dancers. Survivors include her husband, Donald E. Wanser, at home; one daughter, Diane Lynn Wanser of Otisville; one brother, James B. Craig Jr. of Worcester; one sister, Gladys Loeven of Otisville; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Arabelle E. Hubler and Dorothy Craig. Friends may call from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove St., Middletown. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, in the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, Otisville. The Rev. Jeffrey Farley will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Plains Cemetery, Otisville. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Orange in Hudson Valley, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550 or the Otisville-Mt. Hope Presbyterian Church, Otisville, N.Y. 10963. 
 

DENIS DOHERTY Highland, N.Y. Denis Doherty of Highland, retired head custodian for the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, resident of the area since 1987 and former resident of Somers and Queens, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at home. He was 81. The son of Denis and Rose Farren Doherty, he was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Moville County Donegal, Ireland. He was a member of St. Augustine R.C. Church, Highland; and Kevin Barry Club, Poughkeepsie. He is survived at home by his wife, Sarah McCann Doherty, whom he married Oct. 12, 1950, in Brooklyn; three daughters, Margaret Goerlitz of Poughkeepsie, Mary Ellen Scalzi of Brewster and Sally Goerlitz of Poughquag; one son, Dennis Doherty of West Lake Village, Calif.; five grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Doherty was the last of 12 siblings. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 7, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, 38 Main St., Highland. A gathering will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the funeral home, followed by a funeral Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. in St. Augustine R.C. Church, Highland. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Croton Falls. Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Ulster County, 34 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or St. Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12601. 
 

JEANE S. STARKEY Port Jervis, N.Y. Jeane S. Starkey of Port Jervis, a retired employee of the Lesley Corp., Lyndhurst, N.J., and a 16-year resident of the area, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Julia Ribaudo Nursing Home, Lake Ariel, Pa. She was 94. The daughter of the late Aanon Johan and the late Asborg Christensen Salvesen, she was born Nov. 18, 1905, in Jersey City, N.J. She was married early in life to Frank O'Hara, who died April 13, 1941, and later married Harry Starkey, who died June 20, 1988. She was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP); Daughter of America; Leisure Seniors of Deerpark; Sons of Norway, Shohola, Pa; and a former member of the Presbyterian Church Lunch Bunch. Survivors include two sons, James O'Hara of Port Jervis and Robert O'Hara of Kearney, N.J; three granddaughters, Jennifer O'Hara-Homa, Judy Sclafani and Jeane O'Hara; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one son, George H. Starkey. Friends may call from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The Rev. Richard K. Avery will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis. 
 

MARGARET H. MIRRA Warwick, N.Y. Margaret H. Mirra, a 40-year resident of Warwick and a retired telephone operator for Tel-Rad Answering Service, Middletown, passed suddenly on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern. She was 80. The daughter of S. Willis and Mary Barker Hammond, she was born Nov. 7, 1919, in Milford, Del. She was the widow of Frank V. Mirra. A member of St. Stephen's R.C. Church, Warwick, Mrs. Mirra attended Maryville College in Tennessee and served in the WACS during WWII. Survivors include five children, Nicholas Mirra and his wife Christina of Brooklyn, Robert Mirra and his wife Patricia of Florence, Mass., and Barbara Mirra, Christopher Mirra and his wife Renee, and Mary Ellen Mirra, all of Warwick; one grandson, Stephen Wright and his wife Elizabeth of Warwick; two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Trebor Wright of Warwick; and one sister, Mary Catherine Doyle of Huntington, N.Y. She was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Peter Hammond. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday, Sept. 7, at Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at St. Stephen's R.C. Church, Warwick. Interment will follow in Pine Lawn National Cemetery, Farmington, Long Island. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mrs. Mirra's memory may be sent to the Warwick Ambulance Corps, Warwick, N.Y. 10990. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, Warwick. 
 

LELIA R. KENNEDY Matamoras, Pa. Lelia R. Kennedy of Matamoras, a retired schoolteacher for Matamoras Elementary School, retired secretary to the late Congressman Francis E. Walter, Washington D.C. and lifelong resident of the area, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, in Milford Valley Convalescent Home, Milford, Pa. She was 87. The daughter of the late John and Mary A. Knealing Leedecker, she was born Oct. 14, 1912, in Shohola, Pa. She was the widow of George W. Kennedy. Mrs. Kennedy was a member of The Deerpark Reformed Church, Port Jervis; Pike County Chapter School Retirees Association; member and past president of Port Jervis Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary; member of Port Jervis and National AARP; member and past secretary of Pike County Chapter AARP, Milford; member Milford Bridge Club; Matamoras Senior Citizens; and honorary member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association. She was a graduate of East Stroudsburg College, where she received her B.S. degree in education and continued her education at Penn State University. Survivors include one brother, Earl K. Leedecker of West Brandywine, Pa.; two nieces, Jeanne Asplundh and her husband, Barr of Ft. Washington, Pa. and Sharon Bray of Port Jervis; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Greenhalgh and Murlean Kennedy, both of Port Jervis. Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 East Main St., Port Jervis. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the funeral home. The Rev. James Beukelman will officiate. Burial will be in Knealing Cemetery, Shohola, Pa. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Port Jervis Salvation Army, Ball Street, Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771 or the Deerpark Reformed Church, 28 East Main St., Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771. Arrangements were made by Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis. 
 

RALPH D'ONOFRIO "Ralph the Tailor" Middletown, N.Y. Ralph D'Onofrio of Middletown, a retired tailor and a 65-year resident of Middletown, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at his residence. The son of the late Antonio and Immaculata Maria DiBrita D'Onofrio, he was born April 14, 1913, in Montefalcone, Italy. He was married to the late Carolina D'Onofrio, who died in 1969. He was a member of St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Middletown; Orange County Golf Club; Middletown Elks Club #1093, Middletown; McQuiod Engine and Ladder Co. #3, Middletown; a former member of Middletown Council #486 Knights of Columbus; former proprietor of the Sportsmen Grill, Middletown; and a sponsor of many Softball teams in Middletown. A family statement read, "Ralph devoted his life to his family and the sports world." Survivors include his wife, Madeleine Seibel D'Onofrio, at home; one son, Anthony D'Onofrio of North Babylon, N.Y; one daughter, Maria I. Perna of Lake Grove, N.Y; one step-son, Russell Mead of Suffern; two step-daughters, Lynn Gailie of Milford, Pa. and Darlene Kinner of Middletown; one brother, Vincenzo D'Onofrio of Italy; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home Inc., 72 West Main St., Middletown. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Cottage Street, Middletown. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Middletown. Memorial contributions may be sent to Dare to Dream National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Long Island, New York Chapter, 200 Parkway South, Hauppauge, N.Y. 11788. Arrangements are under the direction of Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home Inc., Middletown. 


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