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HELEN OSBURG New Paltz, N.Y. Helen Osburg of New Paltz, a professor of biology working at SUNY New Paltz, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, in Kingston Hospital. She was 85. The daughter of the late George and Agnes Gnotosky Osburg, she was born May 31, 1915, in New York City. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by several cousins. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz. Burial is private. Arrangements were made by Copeland Funeral Home, New Paltz. 
 

WALBURGA DAUT New Paltz, N.Y. Walburga Daut of New Paltz, a homemaker, resident of the area since 1985 and former resident of Danbury, Conn., died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, in the Fairview Nursing Home in Queens. She was 86. The daughter of the late Leopold and Maria Hetzinger Gysler, she was born July 17, 1914, in Kuhbach, Germany. She was the widow of Fred Daut. Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Marth of Hammonton, N.J. and Betty Ann Treglia of New Paltz; one sister, Annie Daut of Nurnberg, Germany; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services and burial were held Friday, Oct. 13. Arrangements were made by Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz. 
 

SVEA M. SUDERLEY Stroudsburg, Pa. Svea M. Suderley of Stroudsburg, a retired assembler for Kolmar Labs, Port Jervis and former lifelong resident of Port Jervis, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in Laurel Manor, Stroudsburg, Pa. She was 92. The daughter of Peter and Elfreda Eklund, she was born May 23, 1908, in Cleveland, Ohio. She was the widow of Frank Suderley. Mrs. Suderley was a member of Drew United Methodist Church, Port Jervis. Survivors include one son-in-law, Joseph Bensley of East Stroudsburg, Pa.; one grandson, two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 East Main St., Port Jervis. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home. The Rev. Robert Cassidy will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush. Arrangements were made by Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis. 
 

ROSEMARY PERRONE Florida, N.Y. Rosemary Perrone of Florida, a homemaker and seven-year resident of the area, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in the Orange County Residential Health Care Facility, Goshen. She was 73. The daughter of Peter and Antoinette Raduazzo Radice, she was born April 17, 1927, in New York City. She was the widow of John Perrone. Survivors include three sons, John P. Perrone and his wife, Denise of Florida and Kenneth M. Perrone and Peter L. Perrone and his wife, Jill, all of Forest Hills; two grandchildren, Nicole and John Perrone of Florida; one brother, Peter Radice and his wife, Penny of Clermont, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Sunday, Oct. 15, at the T.S. Purta Funeral Home, 22 Glenmere Ave., Florida. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in St. Joseph's Church, Florida. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Florida. Memorial contributions may be sent to SS Seward Library Fund or St. Joseph's Church Restoration Fund, Florida, N.Y. 10921. 
 

EDWIN H. DOWD Town of Newburgh, N.Y. Edwin H. Dowd of the Town of Newburgh, a retired painting contractor, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, in the Sylcox Health Care Facility, Newburgh. He was 77. The son of the late Edwin S. and Lea Byrd Dowd, he was born May 22, 1923, in Massachusetts. Survivors include his wife, Anna Cassone Dowd; twin sons, Edwin and William Dowd, both of Plattekill; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Sunday, Oct. 15, at the White & Venuto Funeral Home, 188 North Plank Road, Newburgh. Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. today, Sunday, Oct. 15, at the funeral home. Cremation will take place Monday, Oct. 16, in Cedar Hill Crematory, Newburgh. In lieu of flowers, kindly make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, 419 East Main St., Wisner Professional Building, Suite 307B, Middletown, N.Y. 10940-2552 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, N.Y. 13220-3049. Arrangements under the direction of White & Venuto Funeral Home, Newburgh. 
 

GEORGE BENJAMIN VAN VALKENBURG Monticello, N.Y. George Benjamin Van Valkenburg of Monticello, a retired truck driver, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, in the Castle Point V.A. Medical Center. He was 74. The son of George Benjamin and Ida Bauchmann Van Valkenburg, he was born Sept. 18, 1926, in Branford, Conn. Mr. Van Valkenburg was in the U.S. Naval Reserve until he was called into active duty during WWII where he reached the rank of Seaman First Class. Survivors include two sons, George B. Van Valkenburg III and Anthony Van Valkenburg; one sister, Ruth Zeil and her husband, Harry of Glastonbury, Conn.; his girlfriend, Rachell Teff of Monroe; and two beloved friends, Robert Kachelreiss of Monticello and Tina Morton, who is like an adopted sister, and her husband, John of Woodbourne. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 noon Monday, Oct. 16, at the Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Main Street, Woodbourne. Graveside services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Liberty. The Rev. Jani Rivas will officiate. Arrangements under the direction of Anthony L. Perito, director of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, Woodbourne. 
 

SISTER JOANNA MARIE ERMILIO Ellenville, N.Y. Joanna Marie Ermilio of Ellenville, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, in Horton Medical Center, Middletown. She was 54. The daughter of the late James and Lucille Nisi Ermilio, she was born May 14, 1946, in New York City. Sr. Joanna was formerly of Latrobe Carmel and more recently, developing a contemplative Carmelite Community in Ellenville. She was an experienced spiritual director and had several articles published in Carmelite journals. She was a parishioner of St. Mary's & St. Andrew's in Ellenville and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Middletown. She is survived by one sister, Arlene Ermilio of Brooklyn. Friends are invited to call from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Sunday, Oct. 15, and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct 16, at the Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, 130 Highland Ave., Middletown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in the St. Albert's Chapel, Carmelite Drive, Middletown. Interment will be in St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx. Arrangements under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Middletown. 
 

CATHERINE A. TULLY Bronx, N.Y. Catherine A. Tully of St. James, N.Y., a former resident of the Bronx, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in the St. James Health Care Facility, St. James. She was 93. The daughter of John and Agnes Morgan, she was born Oct. 12, 1907, in County Galway, Ireland. She was the widow of William T. Tully, who died Feb. 17, 1968. She was a member of St. John's R.C. Church in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. She was the devoted loving mother of William J. Tully and his wife, Barbara of Chester and Maureen Gilmartin and her husband, John of Holbrook; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Sunday, Oct. 15, at the Williams Funeral Home, 5628 Broadway in the Bronx. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:45 a.m. Monday, October 16, in St. John's of Kingsbridge R.C. Church. Interment will be in St. Raymond's R.C. Cemetery in the Bronx. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Loretta M. Flynn and Thomas F. Flynn, directors of Flynn-Gannon Funeral Homes, 3 Hudson Street, Chester. 
 

CYRIL FRANCIS MARTINEAU Atlanta, Ga. Cyril Francis Martineau of Atlanta, a retired advertising manager of Shell Oil Company and longtime resident of Tuxedo Park, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at his son's home in Atlanta. He was 92. The son of Cyril Edgar and Muriel Delano Robbins Martineau, he was born March 13, 1908, in London, England. He was the widower of Margery Nan Sample Martineau. Mr. Martineau was a cousin of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was educated at Harrow School and University College in Oxford, England, where he was a Rowing "Blue" and stroke of the Oxford crew in 1930. He served in WWII as Major, Royal Canadian Artillery and Chief Instructor in Gunnery, Canadian Army. He was a member of Tuxedo Club and Leander Club (Oxford); and an avid oarsman, lawn and real tennis player, golfer and skier. Survivors include his sons, Neal Delano Martineau and Warren Douglas Martineau; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one brother, Warren Delano Martineau; and one sister, Ann Jean M. de Cazenove Aschan. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Church, Tuxedo Park. Local arrangements were made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, Monroe. 
 

ROBERT ALLEN BALLENTINE Wawarsing, N.Y. Robert Allen Ballentine of Wawarsing, a superintendent of construction for Rosakranse Masonry and 50-year resident of Ellenville, died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, in Rhinebeck. He was 78. The son of Henry and Catherine McKay Ballentine, he was born Nov. 25, 1921, in Stamford, Conn. He was a life member of the Ellenville First Aid & Rescue Squad; member of the Wawarsing Masonic Lodge #582 F&AM, Ellenville; Carpenters Union Local 19; Cook-Taylor Post #111, American Legion; and a Veteran of WWII, serving from September 1942 through January 1946 in the South Pacific. He is survived at home by his wife, Aline Clavette Ballentine, whom he married June 14, 1952, in St. Mary's Church, Ellenville; two daughters, Annette Colloton of Albany and Beatrice DiBenedetto of Syracuse; three sons, David of North Hero, Vt., Dennis of Wawarsing and Paul of Austin, Texas; three brothers, William of Atlanta, Ga., Hugh of Albuquerque, N.M. and David of Hurleyville; nine grandchildren; and three nieces. Friends may cal from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, at the Loucks Funeral Home, Route 209, Ellenville. A scripture service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Church of St. Mary & St. Andrew, Route 209, Ellenville. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Children's Home, 26 Grove St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401. 
 

VIRGINIA B. MEATH Woodstown, N.J. Virginia B. Meath of Woodstown, died Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, at home. She was 62. The daughter of the late Henry P. and Mary E. Cocks Bull, she was born in Goshen. Mrs. Meath was a graduate of the George School in Pennsylvania and received an associate's degree from Orange County Community College in Middletown. She was director of human resources for the Alameda Newspaper Group in Oakland, Calif. for 13 years until her retirement. From 1974 until 1980, she was the personnel manager at the Times Herald Record. She was a trustee for the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Library; member of the Woman's Club of Woodstown; and the Shawosa Garden Club. Survivors include her husband of 20 years, J. Allan Meath; two daughters, Julie Cole of Hollywood, Fla. and Nancy Boyd of Glide, Ore.; one son, Grant Boyd of Albemarle, N.C.; two sisters, Martha Lounsbury and Mary Jane Sorrell, both of Middletown; and four grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date in the Woodstown Presbyterian Church, 46 Auburn Road, Woodstown, N.J. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Bull Stone House Association, 183 County Route 51, Campbell Hall, N.Y. 10916. Arrangements were made by H.T. Layton & Son Home For Funerals, Woodstown, N.J. 
 

JOHN E. MacENTEE Monticello, N.Y. John E. MacEntee of Monticello, former head of support services at the Raleigh Hotel in South Fallsburg and lifelong resident of the area, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at home. He was 62. The son of the late Abraham C. and Loretta Slattery MacEntee, he was born Nov. 13, 1937, in Wallkill. Mr. MacEntee was a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge in Cody, Wyo. Survivors include his wife, Francine Prager MacEntee, at home; two daughters, Lisa McElwain of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Leann MacEntee of Gillette, Wyo.; two brothers, Richard MacEntee of Parish, Fla. and William MacEntee of Monticello; one sister, Loretta Hallenbeck of Fallsburg; six grandchildren, Chelsea, Kylie, Kevyanne, Jonathan, Brandon and Jordan; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia MacEntee; and one sister, Geraldine MacEntee Young. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, 195 Broadway, Monticello. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Liberty. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 159 Green St., Kingston, N.Y. 12401 or Hospice of Sullivan County, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550. Arrangements were made by VanInwegen-Kenny Funeral Home, Monticello. 
 

LOUIS WICHINSKY Hurleyville, N.Y. Louis (Lebel) Wichinsky of Hurleyville, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, in St. Clare's Hospital, Schenectady, following a brief illness. He was 81. He was the son of the late Jacob and Ida Wichinsky and lifelong resident of Hurleyville. Mr. Wichinsky was recognized internationally as an inventor and environmentalist. Most notable are the patents he held on a bagel making machine used in the baking industry worldwide, bar-coded bullets and locking devices for vending equipment. His work in recent years with vegetable oil as an alternative to fossil fuels generated news coverage and documentaries throughout the U.S. and Europe. He was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran, having served during WWII, stationed in England. In addition, he served as an aircraft mechanic during Israel's fight for statehood in 1948. He was married for 49 years to Claire Kandi Wichinsky, who died in 1997. He is survived by his son, Marc Wichinsky of Las Vegas, Nev.; his daughter, Ceil Mack of Schenectady; his brother, Michael Wichinsky of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters, Frieda Levine of Croton-on-Hudson and Pauline Petrin of West Orange, N.J.; one grandson, Ian Mack of Schenectady; and dozens of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Joseph N. Garlick Funeral Home, 186 Broadway, Monticello. Rabbi Irving Goodman will officiate. Burial will be in Temple Beth-El Cemetery, Bethel. In accordance with Jewish tradition, the family requests that no flowers be sent. Individuals wishing to make contributions are asked to consider St. Clare's Hospital Foundation, Staff Education Fund, 600 McClellan St., Schenectady, N.Y. 12301 or any charity of personal choice which supports disabled veterans or the protection and care of animals. 
 

NORMA J. McCLENNAN Highland Mills, N.Y. Norma J. McClennan of Highland Mills, a retired licensed practical nurse at Cornwall Hospital and 46-year resident of the area, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at home. She was 64. The daughter of Helen E. Richard Dutt and the late John E. Dutt, she was born July 16, 1936, in Topeka, Kan. Mrs. McClennan was a member of Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Highland Mills; former member of Highland Mills Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary; first class of volunteers for Woodbury Community Ambulance Corps; and election worker for Board of Elections. Survivors include her husband, William H. McClennan, at home; her mother, Helen E. Dutt of Holten, Kan.; one son, William McClennan and his wife, Melani of Highland Mills; three daughters, Sandra Ottman and her husband, Ted, and Barbara McClennan, all of Highland Mills and Debra Wagner and her husband, Robert of Newburgh; two brothers, Larry Dutt and his wife, Janet of Highland Falls and Joe Dutt and his wife, Kathy of Mayetta, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, Theodore, Richard, Daniel, Kendra, Ryan, Michael, Taylor, Jessica, William, Joseph and Stefani; and several niece and nephews. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Route 32, Highland Mills. The Rev. James D. Ernest will officiate. Burial will be in the Cemetery of the Highlands, Highland Mills. Memorial contributions may be sent to Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Highland Mills, N.Y. 10930 or Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550. Arrangements were made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, 515 Route 32, Highland Mills. 
 

GEORGE MILO ROOD New York City, N.Y. George Milo Rood of New York City, a New York Times copy editor for 38 years and summer resident of Coates Island, Malletts Bay, Vt., died of cancer Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000, in Calvary Hospital in the Bronx. He was 65. Mr. Rood was born May 5, 1935, in Burlington, Vt., the son of Thomas Drakely Rood Sr., an Essex Junction, Vt. grocer who died in 1951 and Margaret Mary Nourse Rood Sargent, who died in 1990. He grew up in Essex Junction, attending Essex Junction schools until transferring to Burlington High School. He was a trombonist in school bands and began his love affair with jazz as a teenager. Along with his older brother, Tom, George served summers as camp counselor at Camp Abnaki in North Hero. After his graduation from BHS in 1952, he attended the University of Vermont, where he joined and eventually led the popular Catamounts dance band and was a member and president of the Owls fraternity. He received a B.A. in English from UVM in 1956. In 1956, he married Joanna Goddard of Essex Junction. They had two daughters, Amy Susan, born in 1956 and Sabrina Mary, born in 1957. The couple, though divorced in 1960, remained lifelong friends. His journalism career began in 1956 when he joined the Burlington Daily News as a reporter-photographer after a short stint as a feature writer for the Burlington Free Press. During his early reporting days, he held a second job as an English instructor at St. Michael's College, where he was hired to teach English to Hungarian freedom fighters. From 1958 to 1961, he was managing editor of the Burlington Daily News and the Vermont Sunday News. In 1961, he moved to New York City, where his journalism career flourished. After a year at the New York Journal of Commerce, he joined the staff of the New York Times in 1962 as a copy editor in its financial news department. He was named chief of the department's copy desk in 1968. In 1976, he transferred to the Times' metropolitan news desk to specialize in editing stories on New York City's fiscal crisis. During his tenure at the Times, he received five prestigious Publisher's Awards. He continued to work full-time as a metropolitan news desk copy editor until his hospitalization with cancer last month. In addition to his lifework as a journalist, he loved jazz, Vermont and his family and friends. He enjoyed traveling to spend time with family and he treasured his summer vacations at "The Bunny," the family camp on Coates Island, which was named after his late mother. Even after decades lived in the fast-paced city of New York, he was a self-described "Essex Junction boy" at heart and was proud of his Vermont heritage. In 1965, after devoting much time to researching the Rood genealogy, he wrote "A Sturdy Family Line: The Roods of New England (a work in progress)," a book he had hoped to return to in his retirement. In recent years, he became enthusiastic about class reunions, both for BHS and UVM, and he often assisted in the planning of these get-togethers. He was even known to contribute some tasteful trombone licks to the reunion gatherings. He is survived by his two daughters, Amy Rood Brokering and her husband, Mark of Mill Valley, Calif. and Sabrina Rood-Sinker and her husband, Howard of Minneapolis, Minn.; one grandson, Anthony Jacob "A.J." Mervin Sinker of Minneapolis, Minn.; two nieces, Kerry Rood Rourke and her husband, Edward of Goshen and Laurie Rood-Burns and her husband, Thomas of Williamsburg, Va.; three grandnephews, Patrick and Ryan Rourke of Goshen and Patrick Burns of Williamsburg, Va.; his former wife, Joanna Goddard of Robbinsdale, Minn.; and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Margaret; one brother, Thomas, who was stillborn; one brother, Thomas Jr., who died in 1983; and one grandson, Ethan George Sinker, who died in infancy in 1997. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Corbin and Palmer Funeral Home, 9 Pleasant St., Essex Junction, Vt. A graveside service will follow in Fairview Cemetery. A service honoring Mr. Rood's life and long career at the New York Times will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Times building in Manhattan. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Jericho Historical Society, P.O. Box 35, Jericho, Vt. 05465. Arrangements were made by Lippincott Funeral Chapel, 107 Murray Ave., Goshen. 

GEORGE G. GEE Milford, Pa. George G. Gee of Milford, Pa., a self-employed show promoter, antique dealer and artist, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at home. He was 78. The son of Mr. and Mrs. George G. Gee Sr., he was born Jan. 24, 1922, in Canton, China. He was the widower of Florence Gee, who predeceased him on Aug. 9, 2000. He is survived by a god-daughter, Linda Lem of Matamoras, Pa. Friends may call from 1 to 2 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 16, at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 16, at the funeral home. The Rev. Gerald Mullally will officiate. Burial will take place in Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township, Pa. Arrangements are under the direction of Stroyan Funeral Home, Inc., Milford, Pa. 
 

JANET ELIZABETH ROSS Monticello, N.Y. Janet Elizabeth Ross of Monticello, the proprietor of Ja-Co Antiques and Displays, Monticello, and a lifelong Monticello resident, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at her residence. She was 72. The daughter of Kenneth G. and Ruth B. Brunswick Ross, she was born Sept. 11, 1928, in Monticello. A member of St. John's Episcopal Church of Monticello, she was a graduate of Monticello High School and the Pan American Art School. Survivors include several dear friends. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 16, at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 55 St. John St., Monticello. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at St. John's Episcopal Church, St. John Street, Monticello. The Rev. Nina Hutchinson will officiate. Burial will be in Rock Ridge Cemetery, Monticello. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Ramsay's Funeral Homes, Inc., Monticello. 
 

RUTH A. FELDT New Paltz, N.Y. Ruth A. Feldt of New Paltz, a homemaker, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Hallmark Nursing Center, New Paltz. She was 88. The daughter of the late George Scheibel and Florence Johnson, she was born March 23, 1912, in Bridgeport, Conn. She was married to the late William R. Feldt. Survivors include one son, Robert Feldt of Rock Tavern; one daughter, Elizabeth Bradley of Highland; one son-in-law, William McAfee; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by one daughter, Shirley McAfee. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 16, at Sutton Funeral Home, Crescent Avenue, Clintondale. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home. Interment will be in Highland Cemetery, Highland. Arrangements are under the direction of Sutton Funeral Home, Clintondale. 
 

CHRISTIAN CUMMINGS Middletown, N.Y. Christian Cummings, a lifelong resident of Middletown and retired recycling operator and owner of F. Cummings and Sons, Middletown, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Arden Hill Hospital, Goshen. He was 95. The son of Frederick and Christine Delillo Cummings, he was born Aug. 5, 1905, in Middletown. Survivors include two brothers, Frank of Pine Island and Ernest of St. Petersburg, Fla; two nieces; and two nephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Emilio, James and Joseph; and one sister, Mary Cummings. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Morse Funeral Home Inc., 33 Railroad Ave., Middletown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Middletown. Burial will follow in the family plot in St. Joseph Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements are under the direction of Morse Funeral Home Inc., Middletown. www.morsefh.com 
 

ESTHER TYLAWSKY Fort Montgomery, N.Y. Esther Tylawsky of Fort Montgomery, a retired supervisor for Olympic Radio & Television Company, Long Island City, N.Y., and a 44-year resident of the area, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at Cornwall Hospital, Cornwall. She was 77. The daughter of the late John and Mary Rupee Skripnek, she was born Nov. 12, 1922, in Coaldale, Pa. She was married to the late Michael Tylawsky. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara A. Gasek of Brooklyn and Gail Lo Monaco of Staten Island; two sons, Joseph Mulqueen Jr. of Redosa, N.M. and Patrick Mulqueen of Pottsville, Pa; one sister, Susan Cartozollo of Hollywood, Fla; one brother, Daniel Skripnek of New Ringgold, Pa; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 16, at William F. Hogan Funeral Home, 135 Main St., Highland Falls. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home. The Rev. Wilfred S. Royer will officiate. Burial will be in Eagle Valley Cemetery, Town of Highlands. Arrangements are under the direction of William F. Hogan Funeral Home, Highland Falls. 
 

JEAN "JAN" KUPIEC Liberty, N.Y. Jean "Jan" Kupiec of Liberty, a retired plumber for Grossinger's Hotel and 46-year resident of the area, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, in Community General Hospital, Harris. He was 83. The son of Stanislas and Julia Mazur Kupiec, he was born May 12, 1917, in Poland. Mr. Kupiec was a member of Local 269 Plumbers Union in Newburgh. He was a member of St. Peter's Church, Liberty. He served in the French Army as a military policeman during WWII. Survivors include his devoted wife, Wanda Kupiec of Liberty; two daughters, Genevieve Dainack of Forestburgh and Christiane Emery and her husband Kenneth of Liberty; and four grandchildren, Dylan and Dustin Dainack and Travis and Zack Emery. He was predeceased by four brothers. Visitation was held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 South Main St., Liberty. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today, Monday, Oct. 16, at St. Peter's Church, Liberty. The Rev. Robert Bagnato will officiate. Burial will be in St. Peter's Cemetery, Liberty. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Peter's School, 264 North Main St., Liberty, N.Y. 12754 or the Sullivan County SPCA, Rock Hill, N.Y. 12775. Arrangements were made by Ramsay's Funeral Homes, Inc., Liberty. 
 

RICHARD F. SHIPMAN Iselin, N.J. Richard F. Shipman of the Iselin section of Woodbridge Township, N.J., died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at the JFK Medical Center, Edison, N.J. He was 73. Born in Burlington, Vt., he lived in Maybrook, N.Y., Kearny, N.J., East Orange, N.J. and Newark, N.J. before moving to Iselin in 1951. He started working for United Airlines at Newark Airport in 1947 as a ramp supervisor. After 42 years of service, he retired in 1989 as an Airline Coordinator for the east coast. A U.S. Army Veteran having served during WWII, he was one of Jehovah's Witnesses at the Iselin Kingdom Hall. Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former Evelyn R. Worley; one son, Bruce W. Shipman and his wife Beth of Gunison, Co; one daughter, Gail Kostolanci and her husband Ronald of Alpha, N.J; one brother, Raymond Shipman of Montgomery, N.J; and two granddaughters, Jesse Calsetta and Zantha Bearb. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 16, at the Gosselin Funeral Home, 660 New Dover Road, Edison, N.J., with a Memorial at 8 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the funeral home. A committal service will follow in Cloverleaf Memorial Park Mausoleum, Woodbridge, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that contributions in his loving memory be sent to the JFK Haven Hospice, 65 James St., Edison, N.J. 08818. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gosselin Funeral Home, Inc., Edison, N.J. 
 

FLORENCE B. CENTAMORE Bloomingburg, N.Y. Florence B. Centamore of Bloomingburg, a retired confidential secretary for the James Ottaway Newspaper Company, Marx Toy Company and the Central Intelligence Agency, entered into rest Sunday, Oct. 15, 2000, at Horton Medical Center. She was 75. The daughter of Jacob Becker and Marcella Eastwood, she was born Sept. 10, 1925, in Brooklyn. She was a member of the Business & Professional Women's Association and the Geological Society in Warwick; a volunteer for the CASA organization in Orange County; and a retired social worker in Orange County. Survivors include her beloved husband, Joseph, at home; one son, Marcellus Centamore of Waymart, Pa; one daughter, Vincenza Garrison of Ellenville; two sisters, Josephine Webster of Queens and Marcella Beckley of New York; three grandchildren, David Oddo, Darlene Nicknam and Gabrielle Centamore; three great-grandchildren, Kelsey Oddo and Melissa and Stephanie Nicknam; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Monday, Oct. 16, at Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home, 72 West Main St., Middletown. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, at St. Joseph's Church, Cottage Street, Middletown. Interment will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Middletown. Arrangements are under the direction of the Ralston-Lippincott-Hasbrouck-Ingrassia Funeral Home Inc., Middletown. 
 

NORMA J. McCLENNAN Highland Mills, N.Y. Norma J. McClennan of Highland Mills, a retired licensed practical nurse at Cornwall Hospital and 46-year resident of the area, died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at home. She was 64. The daughter of Helen E. Richard Dutt and the late John E. Dutt, she was born July 16, 1936, in Topeka, Kan. Mrs. McClennan was a member of Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Highland Mills; former member of Highland Mills Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary; first class of volunteers for Woodbury Community Ambulance Corps; and election worker for Board of Elections. Survivors include her husband, William H. McClennan, at home; her mother, Helen E. Dutt of Holten, Kan.; one son, William McClennan and his wife, Melani of Highland Mills; three daughters, Sandra Ottman and her husband, Ted, and Barbara McClennan, all of Highland Mills and Debra Wagner and her husband, Robert of Newburgh; two brothers, Larry Dutt and his wife, Janet of Highland Falls and Joe Dutt and his wife, Kathy of Mayetta, Kan.; 11 grandchildren, Theodore, Richard, Daniel, Kendra, Ryan, Michael, Taylor, Jessica, William, Joseph and Stefani; and several niece and nephews. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Route 32, Highland Mills. The Rev. James D. Ernest will officiate. Burial will be in the Cemetery of the Highlands, Highland Mills. Memorial contributions may be sent to Highland Mills United Methodist Church, Highland Mills, N.Y. 10930 or Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550. Arrangements were made by Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush Funeral Home, 515 Route 32, Highland Mills. 
 

JOSEPHINE "JOSIE" GIACCO New Windsor, N.Y. Josephine "Josie" Giacco of New Windsor died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at home, following a four-year fight against pancreatic cancer. She was 60. Born in Sayville, N.Y. to the late Sophia and Stanley Ostrowski, she graduated from Sayville High School in 1958 and earned a BS in Music Education from Fredonia State University in 1962. She also held graduate credits from Ithaca College, SUNY New Paltz and Western Connecticut University. She married John Giacco, a musician with the USMA Band in 1962 at West Point. She began her 29-year teaching career at the West Point and Marlboro Elementary Schools. From 1970 until her retirement in 1997, she taught elementary instrumental music in the Washingtonville Central School District. She was a member of and gave her time freely to many organizations, including the Orange County Music Educators' Association (OCMEA), where she served as its educational director and editor of the newsletter; the New York State Band Directors' Association (NYSBDA) since the group's inception, and for which she served as secretary, second vice president and as a representative on the executive board; and the American Cancer Society, for which she was a longtime volunteer. In addition to being a registered teacher in the Music Educators' National Conference (MENC), she was certified as a Suzuki string teacher and for many years served as a string/woodwind adjudicator for the New York State Student Music Association (NYSSMA). During her career, she had been a guest conductor for band and string All-County Ensembles, as well as an instrumental workshop clinician at NYSSMA and NYSBDA conferences. Her fifth and sixth grade elementary band received the honor of being chosen to perform at one of the NYSBDA symposiums. She earned many awards in recognition of her dedication to her students and music programs, including being nominated by the Washingtonville School District for the New York State Teacher of the Year Award; was honored by OCMEA with a Distinguished Service Award in 1992; and received the NYSBDA Richard H. Snook Outstanding Band Director Award in 1997. An accomplished professional musician, she played viola with the Crawford String Quartet, the Woodstock Symphony and the OCMEA String Ensemble. She also played with and was a founding member of the Newburgh Symphony Orchestra, where, until recently, she served as the personnel director. Josephine is survived by her husband, John, at home; her son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Karen Giacco of New Windsor; her daughter and son-in-law, Kathryn and John Woodruff of Syracuse, and a grandson, Alexander, also of Syracuse; two sisters, Stasia Arcarese of Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Mary Ann Wallace of Naples, Fla; nine nieces; and one nephew. A Memorial Service will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, 481 Gidney Ave., Newburgh. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Josephine's name may be sent to the American Cancer Society or Orange County Hospice. Arrangements are under the direction of DiDonato-Brooks Funeral Home, Newburgh. 


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