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ZVI LIONEL SACKS Kerhonkson, N.Y. Zvi Lionel Sacks of Kerhonkson, a retired architect, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at home. He was 74. The son of the late Chaim and Malka Ginnes Sacks, he was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Israel. Mr. Sacks was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served during WWII. He was a member of the Kerhonkson Lions Club; VFW Post 8959, Kerhonkson; and attended Congregation Ezrath Israel Synagogue, Ellenville. He is survived by a nephew, Saul Sacks of Johannesburg, South Africa. Graveside services were held Thursday, Sept. 14, at Ezrath Israel Cemetery, Wawarsing. Rabbi Moshe Frank officiated. Arrangements were made by H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 Forty Second St., Kerhonkson. 
 

GERALD P. O'BRIEN Naples, Fla. Gerald P. O'Brien of Naples, Fla., a former resident of Warwick, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at home. He was 79. The son of the late Ambrose and Adele O'Brien, he was born July 28, 1921, in Ottawa, Canada. Mr. O'Brien was a stage manager for many New York City theater productions including those with Vivian Leigh, Jessica Tandy and Ruth Draper. He was active in the Warwick Animal Shelter and the Warwick Historical Society. He was honored by the Pacem in Terrace with the naming of the "Gerry O'Brien Walk". He was a Canadian Naval Veteran of WWII. He is survived by his many friends, who will miss him greatly. Cremation was held privately in Naples, Fla. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Warwick Animal Shelter. Local arrangements under the direction of the Lazear-Smith and Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick. 
 

MARTHA MILLER SCHWARTZ New Haven, Conn. Martha Miller Schwartz of New Haven, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000. She was the devoted wife of Rubin Schwartz and the late William M. Miller; beloved mother of Harold Miller of Orange, Conn., Michael Miller of Rochester, Stuart Miller of Groton, Conn. and Reva Pasternak of Monticello; dear sister of Robert Friedland of California, Arthur Friedland of New Hampshire, Lewis Friedland and Gladys Swartz, both of the state of Florida and the late Samuel Friedland; and cherished grandmother of Wesley, Steven, Matthew, Samuel, Wendy and Benjamin Miller. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 15, at the Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven, Conn. Interment services will follow in the Bikur Cholim-Sheveth Achim Cemetery, Brockett Place, East Haven, Conn. A period of mourning will be observed at 936 Green Circle, Orange, Conn., through Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Westville Synagogue, 74 West Prospect St., New Haven, Conn. 06515. 
 

ELIZABETH N. SISCO Fredericksburg, Va. Elizabeth N. Sisco of Fredericksburg, Va., a retired catalogue sales representative for Sears in Fredericksburg and a former resident of Warwick, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at her home. She was 74. The daughter of the late Nicholas and Elisabeth Spans Weber, she was born Dec. 20, 1925, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She was the widow of Donald C. Sisco. Survivors include one son, D. Chauncey Sisco II of Fredericksburg, Va; one daughter, Elisabeth Ann Boswell of Stafford, Va; one brother, Thomas Weber of Laurel, Md; one sister, Maartje Weber of Jacksonville, Fla; one granddaughter Jessica Elizabeth Boswell; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two brothers, Jacob and William Weber. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Warwick Cemetery, Warwick. Arrangements are under the direction of the Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, Warwick. 
 

FRANK J. "RAMSEY" RZECZKOWSKI SR. New Hampton, N.Y. Frank J. "Ramsey" Rzeczkowski Sr. of New Hampton, a retired mechanic for Swartz Oil Company, Florida and Suresky & Sons, Goshen, retired onion farmer and lifetime resident of the area, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, in Arden Hill Hospital, Goshen. He was 85. The son of Deonyzy and Stella Nepurski Rzeczkowski, he was born Dec. 14, 1914, in Goshen. Mr. Rzeczkowski was a member of St. Andrew Bobola Church, Pellets Island; and the Greenville VFW Post. A family statement read, "He will be missed by his family and friends. He was always there to give a helping hand." Survivors include his wife, Alice M. Plocharczyk Rzeczkowski, at home; three sons, Frank J. Rzeczkowski Jr. and his wife, Patricia of New Hampton and John and Stanley Rzeczkowski, both at home; one daughter, Stella McCloud and her husband, Robert of Middletown; four grandchildren, Robert and Bobbi Jo McCloud and Amber and Danielle Rzeczkowski; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Stanley, Joseph and John Rzeczkowski; and one sister, Helen McNamara. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 15, and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at T.S. Purta Funeral Home, County Route 1, Pine Island. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon Saturday, Sept. 16, in St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Florida. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Florida. Memorial contributions may be sent to a charity of one's choice. 
 

NORMAN A. MILLER Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Norman A. Miller of Tuxedo Park, died in his home in August 2000. He had lived for many years in Tuxedo Park and was an active volunteer in community organizations. Norman Miller was born in 1926 in Euclid, Ohio, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George R. Miller of Cleveland. He served in WWII in the U.S. Navy and went on to study at Stanford University, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950 and at New York University's Graduate School of Business, where he earned a Master's degree in Business Administration. He was an executive manager for Grumman Aircraft, Bethpage, Long Island for more than 25 years. Mr. Miller was a member of the Vestry and Treasurer of St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Church. He also served as a Committeeman for the Town of Tuxedo and Orange County Republican Committees and for eight years was Chairman of the Tuxedo Town Republican Committee. He was a member and Past Commander of the Tuxedo Post of the American Legion. Mr. Miller was a member of The Tuxedo Club and an enthusiastic golfer until disabilities struck him recently. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Adelaide B. Miller. A brother predeceased him. A memorial service will be held in St. Mary's at a later date to be announced. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo, Tuxedo Park, N.Y. 10987 or to the American Legion Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, Ind. 46206. Arrangements under the direction of Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe. 
 

VINCENT E. WRUBLESKI Florida, N.Y. Vincent E. Wrubleski of Florida, a retired business manager for the Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union #382, Middletown and #269, Newburgh and lifelong resident of the area, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, in the Albert Einstein Medical Center in the Bronx. He was 82. The son of Gustav Wrubleski and Stephania Kaminski Wrubleski Liesnieski and stepson of Martin Liesnieski, he was born Oct. 22, 1917, in New Hampton. Mr. Wrubleski was a member of St. Joseph's Church, Florida; 50-year member of the Plumbers & Steamfitters Union #382, Middletown and #269, Newburgh; Middletown Elks Lodge #1097, Middletown; 52-year member, past auxiliary officer, past vice president and trustee of the Florida Fire Department; member of the Florida Fire Department 75th Anniversary Committee; Florida Fire Department Benevolent Association; Florida Fire Department Fire Police; past Outstanding Member of the Year of the FFD, 1995; Florida Fire Department 400 Club chairman; Orange County Fire Police Association; and member of the Orange County Building Trades Council. Survivors include his wife, Mary Weslowski Wrubleski; one son, Donald V. Wrubleski M.D.; one daughter, Elaine Wrubleski; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one sister, Irene Szymanski. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Friday, Sept. 15, at the T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Ave., Florida. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in St. Joseph's Church, Florida. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Florida. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Florida Fire Department Truck Restoration Fund, P.O. Box, Florida, N.Y. 10921 or St. Joseph's Church Restoration Fund, Florida, N.Y. 10921. 
 

DOROTHEA WEITLING New York, N.Y. Dorothea Weitling of New York, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City. She was 75. The daughter of the late William and Louise Selleck Weitling, she was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Brooklyn. She was a retired staff member at Lighthouse Inc. in New York City. She was predeceased by her aunt, Dr. Edith Selleck of Middletown, who died March 15, 1988. Cremation will take place in Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in Washingtonville Cemetery. The Rev. Daniel M. Morse will officiate. Arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown. 
 

FRANCES M. YOUNGMAN Hudson, Fla. Frances M. Youngman of Hudson, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at Sullivan House in Hudson. She was 88. She was born Nov. 14, 1911, in Warwick. She was the widow of Carl Youngman. Mrs. Youngman was a 30-year resident of Hudson, having moved there from her native Warwick. She was a registered nurse for Community Hospital of New Port Richey, Fla. She was of the Baptist faith; and a member of the Eastern Star, Warwick. Survivors include one son, Allen of Hudson, Fla.; and one sister, Lucia Linton of New Hampton. She was predeceased by two sisters, Alma Donecker and Ruth Brown; and one brother, John W. Myers. Arrangements were made by Bell Funeral Home, Hudson, Fla. 
 

BETTY BIRDSALL Boynton Beach, Fla. Betty Birdsall of Boynton Beach, a retired secretary for IBM and former resident of the Milton and Poughkeepsie areas, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, in Boynton Beach. She was 73. The daughter of the late Albert and Hazel Dumont Schreiber, she was born April 2, 1927, in Milton. Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Birdsall of Milton; one brother, Leonard Schreiber of Milton; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one sister, Alice Kotar. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro. Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the funeral home. The Rev. Gene Smith will officiate. Arrangements were made by DiDonato Funeral Service, Marlboro. 
 

MARY E. LARKIN Cochecton Center, N.Y. Mary E. Larkin of Cochecton Center, a legal secretary for Levine, Glass & Miller in Monticello and 23-year resident of the area, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at home. She was 62. The daughter of Lawrence and Martha Gessler Towers, she was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Manhattan. Survivors include five children, Lynne Weber of Hawley, Pa., Andrew Larkin of Oceanside, Allison Larkin of Marathon, Susan DeVito of Swan Lake and Michael Larkin of Patchogue; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Cremation will take place in Twin Tiers Crematory, Endicott, with burial of cremated remains at a graveside service to be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, in Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg. Deacon John Riley will officiate. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Ulster County Unit, 159 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401. Arrangements were made by Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home, Narrowsburg. 
 

KENNETH E. BIRDSALL Plattekill, N.Y. Kenneth E. Birdsall of Plattekill, a farmer in Plattekill, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in St. Luke's Hospital, Newburgh. He was 80. The son of Clarence and Mable Tremper Birdsall, he was born Nov. 9, 1919, in Plattekill. Mr. Birdsall was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served during WWII. He was a member of the Plattekill Rod and Gun Club; the Plattekill Fire Department; and was a trustee of the Friends Cemetery Association. Survivors include his wife, Mary Harris Birdsall, at home; and one brother, Calvin Birdsall of Plattekill. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Sutton Funeral Home, Crescent Avenue, Clintondale. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Friends Cemetery, Plattekill. Arrangements were made by Sutton Funeral Home, Clintondale. 
 

ABBIE A. "ELLISON" DuBOIS Pine Bush, N.Y. Abbie A. "Ellison" DuBois of Pine Bush, a homemaker and longtime resident of the area, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Horton Medical Center, Middletown. She was 52. The daughter of George E. and Hilda May Davies Ellison, she was born Jan. 16, 1948, in Brooklyn. She was a member of the Walden VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include one sister, Vegee Murray of Spring Hill, Fla.; three nephews, Timothy, Kevin and Packy Murray; and one niece, Dawn Pelaez. Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, 39 Orchard St., Walden. Funeral services will be held at 8:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the funeral home. Cremation will take place in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were made by Gridley-Horan Funeral Home, Walden. 
 

CLAYTON E. VENTURA New Windsor, N.Y. Clayton E. Ventura of New Windsor, a salesman for Marketing Specialists Inc. of Fairfield, N.J. died suddenly on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at St. Luke's Hospital, Newburgh. He was 64. The son of the late Rudolph and Hazel Sawyer Ventura, he was born Sept. 18, 1935, in the Bronx. Survivors include his wife, Carolann Carbone Ventura, at home; three daughters, Lisa Diletto of Massapequa and Christa and Teresa Ventura, both at home; two brothers, Arthur Ventura of Ohio and Martin Ventura of the Bronx; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, John and Warren. Visitation was held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Road, Newburgh. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the funeral home. Anton Wellbrock will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, New Windsor. Funeral arrangements under the direction of the White & Venuto Funeral Home, Newburgh. 
 

NATHALIE A. BROWN Newburgh, N.Y. Nathalie A. Brown of Newburgh, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in Vassar Brothers Hospital, Poughkeepsie. She was 84. The daughter of the late Joseph and Mabel Boudreau Turpin, she was born Dec. 16, 1915, in Cambridge, Mass. She was the widow of Kenneth Brown. Mrs. Brown was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Newburgh. Survivors include one son, Kenneth D. Brown and his wife, Karen of the Town of Newburgh; daughter-in-law, Margaret Feduchka of Plattekill; two grandsons, Kenneth D. Brown Jr. of New Windsor and John Vance Brown of the Town of Newburgh; and one great-granddaughter, Camryn Leigh Brown. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Road, Newburgh. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the funeral home. Pastor Lori Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Wallkill Valley Cemetery, Walden. Arrangements under the direction of White & Venuto Funeral Home, Newburgh. 
 

STEVEN J. COOK Birchwood Lakes, Pa. Steven J. Cook of Birchwood Lakes, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, while at work in the Keogh Dwyer Correctional Facility in Newton, N.J. He was 44. Born in New York City, he had lived in Ogdensburg, N.J. before moving out to Birchwood Lakes some 12 years ago. Officer Cook was with the Sussex County Sheriff's Department for the past 22 years. He was a Field Training Officer with the Department and had been the financial secretary for the PBA Local 138 in Andover, N.J. Survivors include his son, Christopher of Birchwood Lakes; his mother, Mary DiGuardia Cook of Clifton, N.J.; one sister, Sharon Ann Hamot of Hawthorne, N.J.; one brother, William Joseph of Montville, N.J.; and a beloved friend, Cheryl Starace and children, Giovanna and John Starace. A funeral liturgy will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Our Lady of the Lake Church, Sparta, N.J. Interment will follow in Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Paterson, N.J. Arrangements were made by Goble Funeral Home, Sparta, N.J. 
 

META M. ROTHACKER Sebring, Fla. Meta M. Rothacker of Sebring, a homemaker and former resident of Bloomingburg, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000. She was 92. The daughter of the late August and Maria Raushning Boettcher, she was born March 28, 1908, in Sebring, Fla. In addition to being a farmer in Bloomingburg, she was a longtime volunteer in the Kitchen Band of the Salvation Army; member of the Salvation Army Church and the Ladies Home League; and member of the Sebring Tourist Club. Survivors include two sons, Gustav Rothacker of Bloomingburg and Eugen Rothacker of Afton, Va.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 111 Sullivan St., Wurtsboro. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bloomingburg Rural Cemetery, Bloomingburg. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Salvation Army. Arrangements were made by VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, Wurtsboro. 
 

VIRGINIA D. BURNS Monticello, N.Y. Virginia D. Burns, a retired operator for New York Telephone, Monticello and lifetime resident of the area, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in Community General Hospital, Harris. She was 85. The daughter of Allen and Florence Reed Parish, she was born May 3, 1915, in Monticello. She was the widow of Leslie J. Burns, who died March 31, 1999. She was a member of Monticello United Methodist Church; and the Telephone Pioneers. Survivors include one son, John Burns and his wife, Christine of Monticello; one daughter, Marcia Burns of Monticello; daughter-in-law, Bette Burns of Fremont Center; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one son, Ronald "Buddy" Burns; one brother, Walter Parish; and one sister, Myra Gustafson. Visitation was held Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the funeral home. The Rev. Rosemary Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Rock Ridge Cemetery, Monticello. Arrangements are under the direction of Ramsay's Funeral Homes Inc., Monticello. 
 

ANGELINA SANCHO-BONET New Paltz, N.Y. Angelina Sancho-Bonet of New Paltz, a homemaker, resident of the area since 1973 and former resident of the Bronx, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in the Putnam Nursing and Rehab Center, Holmes. She was 89. The daughter of the late Juan and Cenobia Riosado Trevino, she was born Aug. 17, 1911, in Puerto Rico. Mrs. Sancho-Bonet was a member of St. Joseph's Church, New Paltz. Survivors include her husband, Edward Sancho-Bonet; one son, Richard Sancho of Carmel; two sisters, Aida Renta of California and Isolena Trevino of New York City; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one son, Edward Sancho-Bonet. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in St. Joseph's Church, New Paltz. Burial will be in New Paltz Rural Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Copeland Funeral Home, New Paltz. 
 

THERESA J. PINGOTTI Middletown, N.Y. Theresa J. Pingotti of Middletown, a retired seamstress for Miss Swank Dress Factory and Calvert Coat Company, entered into rest, Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at home. She was 80. The daughter of Peter and Antonia Jansson Veenboer, she was born Dec. 10, 1919, in Holland. She was the widow of Anthony A. Pingotti. Mrs. Pingotti was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church; and Wallkill Seniors of Middletown. Survivors include one son, Phillip A. Pingotti, his wife, Denise, granddaughter, Elizabeth Pingotti and grandson, Andrew Pingotti, all of Middletown; three sisters, Marie Dzierzek, Anna Conley and Cornelia Amore of Monroe; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Morse Funeral Home, 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown. Prayer services will be held at 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, 149 Cottage St., Middletown. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Joseph Cemetery, Middletown. Memorial contributions in Theresa's name may be sent to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements under the direction of Morse Funeral Home, Middletown. www.morsefh.com 
 

HENRY KORSON Warwick, N.Y. Henry Korson of Warwick, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in St. Anthony Community Hospital, Warwick. He was 74. The son of the late Samuel and Grace Eve Korson, he was born Dec. 30, 1925, in New York City. He was the widower of Shirley Hastings Korson. Mr. Korson retired from Union Carbide in Sterling Forest. He was a U.S. Navy Seabee Veteran, having served in WWII. He was a member of the Nicholas P. Leasando Jr. American Legion Post 214 and a true Yankee fan. Survivors include three sons, Steven Korson, Dean Korson and his wife, Brenda and Jody Korson and his wife, Debra, all of Warwick; two daughters, April Warren and her husband, Dwight of Slate Hill and Randy Andre of Warwick; two sisters, Lena Sansalone of Schenectady and Teresa Eldridge of West Haverstraw; and his grandchildren, Richard Arnott, Lynn Arnott, Kevin Andre, Erin Andre, Kelly Andre, Jessica Korson, Cassidy Korson, Ryan Korson, Crystal Wise and Sabrina Korson. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Thomas Andre; one sister, Henrietta Daley; and one brother, Sidney Korson. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in Warwick Cemetery, Warwick. The Rev. Mark Cyr will officiate. Arrangements under the direction of Lazear-Smith & Vander Plaat Memorial Home, 17 Oakland Ave., Warwick. 
 

JOSHUA A. HUNDLEY Willowemoc, N.Y. Joshua A. Hundley of Willowemoc, a graduate of Livingston Manor High School and lifetime resident of the area, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 18. The son of John Hundley Jr. and Nancy Lavelle, he was born July 21, 1982, in Harris. Survivors include his father, John Hundley Jr. of Dixon, Calif.; his mother, Nancy Lavelle of Willowemoc; his maternal grandmother, Nancy C. Lavelle of Willowemoc; his paternal grandfather, John Hundley Sr. of Long Beach, Calif.; one sister, Cecilia Hundley of Willowemoc; a special nephew, Jacob Hundley; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by one brother, John Hundley III. Friends may pay their respects from 12 noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Lavelle residence, 73 Browns Road, Willowemoc. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, in St. Peter's Church, 264 North Main St., Liberty. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery, Grahamsville. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Joshua A. Hundley Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Livingston Manor Central School, Livingston Manor, N.Y. 12758. Arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Homes, 275 South Main St., LIberty. 
 

EARLE F. FLORANCE Rock Tavern, N.Y. Earle F. Florance of Rock Tavern, a retired supervisor for the Highland Telephone Company in Monroe and lifetime resident of the area, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall. He was 93. The son of the late Harry and Nettie Post Florance, he was born Sept. 2, 1907, in Highland Mills. Mr. Florance was a member of the Highland Mills Fire Company, Highland Mills; Highland Mills United Methodist Church; and Telephone Pioneers of America. Survivors include his wife, Pauline T. Trevett Florance, at home; two daughters, Nancy Gustafson of Glendale, Ariz. and Annette Florance of Van Nuys, Calif.; one stepson, Richard Ossentjuk of Craigsville; one stepdaughter, Joyce Ossentjuk of New Windsor; and four grandchildren. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at the Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, 117 Maple Ave., Monroe. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the funeral home. The Rev. Dr. Dwayne H. Mau will officiate. Burial will be in Cemetery of the Highlands, Highland Mills. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 419 East Main St., Middletown, N.Y. 10940 or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Still Road, Monroe, N.Y. 10950. Arrangements were made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, Monroe. 
 

LOUIS M. GRABOWSKI Middletown, N.Y. Louis M. Grabowski of Middletown, a 40-year resident of the area, died suddenly Monday, Sept. 18, 2000. He was 77. The son of the late Kazimir and Lucy Grabowski, he was born May 12, 1923, in Boswell, Pa. He was the widower of Lena Civitano Grabowski, who died in 1994. Mr. Grabowski was a U.S. Navy Veteran, having served during WWII. He was a retired Port Authority police officer; a masonry contractor; member of the Middletown VFW; and a Eucharistic Minister, Guardian of the Hour and Cursillista at St. Joseph's Church in Middletown. A family statement read: "He was a loving and prayerful man who touched all who knew him, a wonderful husband, father and Poppy." Survivors include his sons, Louis Grabowski and his wife, Laura and Joseph Grabowski; daughters, Lucy Klaus and her husband, Gregory, Nancy Nelson and Stephanie Grabowski; and grandchildren, Melissa, Alena, Maria, Martin and Elaine; and great-grandchildren, Killian and Dresden. The youngest of 10 children, he was predeceased by three sisters and six brothers. Friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Cottage Street, Middletown. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements under the direction of the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Middletown. 
 

ELIZABETH "BETTY" DEVINE Kingston, N.Y. Elizabeth "Betty" Devine of Kingston, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Kingston Hospital. She was 85. The daughter of the late Daniel and Theresa Collins Meehan, she was born Jan. 31, 1915, in Archbald, Pa. Mrs. Devine was a communicant of St. Joseph's R.C. Church; and had been a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Joseph's. She had been secretary of the Catholic Daughters of America in Penn Yan. She was the wife of George H. Devine, whom she married Jan. 11, 1941. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in January 2001. Besides her husband, she is survived by three sons, George Devine of New Paltz and Daniel J. Devine and Michael G. Devine, both of Kingston; one daughter-in-law, Dianne Devine of Kingston; one sister, Helene Tiballi of Penn Yan; two grandchildren, Danielle E. and Drew J.; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Marie Anzelmo and Anne T. Butler; and five brothers, Leo, Daniel, John, Richard and Joseph Meehan. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Keyser Funeral Service, Kingston Chapel, Albany and Manor Avenue. The funeral procession will form at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the funeral home and proceed to St. Joseph's R.C. Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to the Kingston Hospital Kidney Dialysis Unit, 396 Broadway, Kingston, N.Y. 12401 in her memory. 
 

FRANK SMITH JR. Newburgh, N.Y. Frank Smith Jr. of Newburgh, a retired employee for the New York City Housing Authority and longtime resident of the area, entered into rest, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, in St. Luke's Hospital, Newburgh. He was 73. The son of Frank and Sarah Carrington Smith Sr., he was born June 14, 1927, in New York City. From June 14, 1927 until Sept. 17, 2000, Frank Smith Jr. lived and shared his life with beloved family and friends. Raised in New York City, he developed friendships and associations that were to last a lifetime. Mr. Smith served his country honorably during WWII and for 33 years built a successful career with the New York City Housing Authority. Upon retiring from service from the Housing Authority, he took up residence in the City of Newburgh, where he continued his lifelong commitment to public service, joining the security staff at Mt. St. Mary College. Mr. Smith was an avid sportsman; member of the Lions Club; and the Fraternal Order of Free and Accepted Masons. He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara J. Smith, at home; one son, John D. Smith of Boston; one grandchild, Regina H. Smith; one nephew, Eric Angeletti of Orlando, Fla.; as well as hosts of loving family and friends. Family and friends are invited to celebrate the life of Frank Smith Jr. on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 12 to 3 and 5 to 7 p.m. at the DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. Funeral services, with full military honors, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the funeral home. Cremation will take place in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh. Arrangements under the direction of DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh. 
 

BRUNO BONFIGLIO Bronxville, N.Y. Bruno Bonfiglio of Bronxville, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, after a lengthy illness, surrounded by his wife and family. He was 80. The son of the late Alfred and Amelia D'Incecco Bonfiglio, he was born Dec. 2, 1919. He was raised in East Harlem and attended P.S. 85. Shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Initially stationed in the U.S., he eventually served with honor on the U.S.S. Langley in the Pacific Theatre. Prior to his military career, he married his loving wife, the former Gloria Bamonte. She survives. During his lifetime, Bruno was a self-appointed entrepreneur. Along with two of his brothers, Frank Mario and Elio, he established the Arrow Linen Company of Brooklyn. Later, he opened what would become three different locations for the "Stardust Ballroom." They were located at West Farms Road and Tremont Avenue, 180th Street and Jerome Avenue and on the Boston Post Road. These venues were instrumental in the production of the movies "Marty" starring Ernest Borgnine and "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" starring Jean Stapleton, as well as hosting such performers as Louie Prima, Frankie Avalon and Jay and the Americans and Latin stars such as Tito Puente and Joe Cuba. Finally, he founded the Astra Taxi Corporation of White Plains, the Astra Transportation Company of Yonkers, the Post Arrow Bingo in the Bronx and the Ark Vending Company of Westchester. Bruno also entered the restaurant business by opening the Casa Vostra Restaurant on 170th Street and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx. Bruno will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Besides his wife, they include five devoted children. They are Eugene, Richard, Dennis and Gary Bonfiglio and Angela Dadabo. His cherished grandchildren are Lisa, Michael, Regina, Anthony, Dennis Jr., Gary, Danielle and Angela Marie Bonfiglio, Vanessa and Gloria Branda and the late Stephen Branda and his greatgrandchildren are Nicholas, Jacqueline and Lacey Dibble and Cody Bonfiglio. Five brothers, Frank Mario, Elio, Nello, Ugo and Vito Bonfiglio died earlier. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Sinatra Memorial Home, 601 Yonkers Ave., Yonkers. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in St. Ann R.C. Church in Yonkers. Entombment will follow in Ferncliff Mausoleum, Hartsdale. 


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