Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries

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PETER GOZZA

LIBERTY — Peter "Pete" Gozza of Liberty, sales manager and co-owner of Gozza Insurance Agency in Liberty, formerly a three-term supervisor for the Town of Liberty, died Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at home. He was 74.

Son of the late Guerrino "William" and Felicia Vanasco Gozza, he was born July 12, 1924, in Newburgh.

He was a World War II US Navy Veteran and a member of the Clarence Hoyt Post No. 9217, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Liberty. He served as a member of the Town of Liberty Planning Board since January 1, 1983 and had previously served as a Village of Liberty board trustee, a Town of Liberty councilman from 1970 to December 31, 1973, and Town of Liberty supervisor from January 1, 1974 to December 31, 1979. He was a member of the Town of Liberty Democratic Club. He was a communicant of St. Peter’s RC Church in Liberty and was a member of the Fr. Cronin Council of Knights of Columbus; a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Liberty Lodge #1545, BPOE, all in Liberty; and a member of the Sioux Hunting Club in Bethel.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Foster Gozza, at home; four sons, Peter of Yorktown, VA, Ronald of Liberty, Timothy of Delray Beach, FL, and Christopher of Liberty; five daughters, Candace Gabel of Youngsville, Gail of River Edge, NJ, Teresa Forster of Liberty, Mary Cohen of Woodstock and Linda of Royal Palm Beach, FL; two sisters, Felicia Foster of Burlington, VT and Brigitta of Brooklyn; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two sons, William and Robert; a brother, John; and a sister, Mary Barry.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Peter’s RC Church in Liberty. The Rev. Edward Straub officiated. Private burial was in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Liberty.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Peter Gozza Kosovo Children’s Fund, c/o Community Bank of Sullivan County, PO Box 26, Liberty; St. Peter’s RC Church Building Fund, 264 N. Main St., Liberty; or Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

ALICE M. MOFFITT

HONESDALE — Alice Murtha Moffitt of Honesdale, PA, a salesclerk at one time for the former Peter’s Five & Ten Store in Honesdale, and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, April 20, 1999, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 95.

Daughter of the late Edward T. and Mary Bracey Murtha, she was born in Honesdale. She was the widow of Leonard P. Moffitt.

She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society in Honesdale.

Survivors include two sons, Gerald and wife, Melanie of Dagsboro, DE, and Thomas and wife, Carmela of North Babylon, Long Island, NY; two daughters, Jane Parrish of Lake Ariel, PA and Kathleen Smith and husband Gaylord of Schenectady, NY; a sister, Agnes Weidner of Honesdale; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Ann; two sons, Edward and William; six brothers, Joseph, Edward, John, William, Raymond, and Austin; and five sisters, Mary and Florence Murtha, Elizabeth Fadden, Adelaide Kiegler and Harriet Portzline.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered in St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale. Burial was in St. John’s Cemetery in Honesdale.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

VIRGINIA R. MOORE

HANKINS — Virginia R. Moore of Hankins, a homemaker and five-year area resident, died Monday, April 12, 1999. She was 85.

Daughter of Thomas B. and Laura R. Roberts, she was born November 10, 1913, in Chicago, IL. She was the widow of Joseph C. Moore.

Survivors include a daughter, Katherine A. Curtis of Damascus, PA; a son, Thomas R. Powers of Hankins; a sister, Jeannie R. Blaine of Glendale, CA; two brothers, Thomas B. Roberts of Whitehall, Minn., and John E. Roberts of Kenilworth, IL; nine grandchildren, Virginia Kim, David Curtis, Donna McKinney, Nancy Powers, Stephen Powers, Elizabeth Feldman, Rebecca Powers, Amy Powers and John Powers; and two great-grandchildren, Mark Kim and Avery McKinney.

A private memorial service was held in the East Ridge Chapel in Hankins.

EDITH ELIZABETH O’KANE

HAWLEY — Edith Elizabeth O’Kane of Hawley, PA, a former housekeeping supervisor at the Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY, died Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at home. She was 82.

Daughter of the late Franklin and Mary McCabe Gibbs, she was born in Bridgeport, CT. She was the widow of Joseph O’Kane.

She was a member of the Queen of Peace RC Church in Hawley, and was a past secretary of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include a daughter, Sheila McCabe of Yonkers, NY.

Services were held. The Rev. William B. Healey officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John.

LORRAINE B. O’TOOLE

COCHECTON CENTER — Lorraine B. O’Toole of Cochecton Center, a five-year area resident and a retired bookkeeper for the Rainbow Dairy, died Friday, April 16, 1999, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 68.

Daughter of the late Charles and Edith Brown Lutz, she was born October 21, 1930, in Queens.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of East Williamsburg.

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen Taylor of Cochecton Center; a son, Dennis of Albany; a sister, Marilyn Atkins of Holtsville, LI; a brother, Charles Lutz of Queens; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the Chapel at the Lutheran Cemetery in Middle Village. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Fund, c/o the CGH Foundation, Inc., PO Box 280, Bushville Rd., Harris, NY 12742-9986.

PATSY M. PARISO

TITUSVILLE, FL and LEW BEACH, NY — Patsy M. Pariso of Titusville, FL and Lew Beach, retired owner of Pan American Motors in Miami, FL, and a longtime area resident, died Friday, April 16, 1999, at the Jess Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, FL. He was 88.

Son of the late Pasquale and Catherine Fara Pariso, he was born September 10, 1910, in Newark, NJ.

Survivors include his wife, Blanche Fudali Pariso, at home; two sons, George of Titusville, FL and Christopher of Cooper City, FL; a daughter, Patricia of Ossining; and three grandchildren.

A Mass was offered at St. Aloysius Church in Livingston Manor. Burial was in the Lew Beach Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beaverkill Fire Department, Lew Beach, NY 12753.

HELEN SHINNERS

HAWLEY — Helen Shinners, a homemaker and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, March 6, 1999, at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Texas Twp., PA. She was 92.

Daughter of John McConnell and Ella Ellen Degroat McConnell, she was born in Blooming Grove, PA. She was the widow of James E. Shinners.

She was a member of St. John Neumann Roman Catholic Church.

Survivors include a son, William J. of Stroudsburg, PA; a daughter, Elaine Shrader of Lighthouse Point, FL; nephews, nieces; grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held at Queen of Peace RC Church. The Rev. William B. Healy officiated. Burial was in the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Hawley, PA.

DANIEL W. SZAROLETA SR.

ELDRED — Daniel W. Szaroleta Sr. of Eldred, a retired draftsman with Con Edison in Queens and former Port Jervis resident, died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 78.

He was born November 21, 1920, in Toledo, Ohio.

He was a Navy Veteran of World War II.

Survivors include three daughters, Judy Clune and Laurie Guidice, both of Eldred, and Barbara Harris of Flushing; a son, Daniel W. Jr. of Queens; a sister, Dorothy of Toledo, Ohio; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services were held at the convenience of the family. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Lung Association, 35 Orchard Street, White Plains, NY.

LEONARD J. TICE

SEBASTIAN, FL and BEACH LAKE, PA — Leonard J. Tice of Sebastian, FL and Beach Lake, PA, a retired head instrument mechanic for National Lead, Titanium Division in Sayreville, NJ, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale, PA. He was 82.

Son of Leonard E. and Mary Thumbhart Tice, he was born June 26, 1916, in South Amboy, NJ.

He was a US Army Veteran of World War II, serving with Company A, 234th, Engineer Construction Battalion, The Big Red One. He participated in the Normandy Invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, the Ramagen Bridge and Luxembourg in the European Theatre. In 1998 he received a medal from the Citizens of France commemorating the 50th anniversary.

He was a member of St. Sebastian’s RC Church in Florida and a life member of VFW Post #10210 in Sebastian, FL. He was a member of the AFLCIO and the Bay Busters Rod & Gun Club. He was a past member of the National Rifle Association and the Middlesex County Federation of Sportsmen.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine A. Hanaway Tice; a son, Leonard and wife, Carolann of South Amboy, NJ; a daughter, Carolee Klein of Beach Lake; two grandsons, Leonard Tice and Matthew Klein; a granddaughter, Shannon Lea Tice Schaaf; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Vernon and Raymond, and two sisters, Maude Grimley and Helen Pastrik.

Services were held at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale, PA. The Rev. Michael Marchetti, pastor of St. Bernard’s RC Church in Beach Lake, officiated. Cremation took place at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Morgan First Aid Squad, PO Box 296, South Amboy, NJ 08879.

ROBERT J. WORDEN

HONESDALE — Robert J. Worden of Honesdale, PA, a former Bethlehem and Hellerstown resident, a retired employee of Bethlehem Steel Co. after 36 years, died Sunday, April 18, 1999, at home. He was 74.

Son of the late Robert J. and Laura Potter Worden, he was born in Johnson City, NY. He was the widower of Rosemary Stout Worden and his first wife, Gloria Walp Worden.

He was recently employed as a greeter at the Honesdale Wal-Mart. He was a life member of Southeastern Volunteer Fire Co. in Hellerstown, PA; life member of Northampton County Special Fire Police, where he had served as captain; he was a delegate for the Northeastern PA Volunteers Fireman Federation Inc.; member of the Wayne County Fire Police and the Honesdale Texas Co. #4.

Survivors include four sons, Joseph Capwell of Wilkes-Barre, PA, Daniel Gruver of Moscow, PA, James Else and Greg Sullivan, both of Honesdale; six daughters, Robin Sullivan and Nancy Simmons, both of Honesdale, Anne Noel of Vermont, Peggy Snyder of Morristown, PA, Sally Trapp of Moscow and Tamora Wood of Honesdale; a brother, Richard of Newark, New Valley, NY; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, James and Leland, and a sister, Dorothy Packard.

Services were held at the James H. Wilson Funeral Home in Lake Ariel, PA. Elder Lenny Ramondi officiated. Burial was in the Woodland Memorial Park in Allentown, PA.

ROBERT G. WULFF

WHITE MILLS — Robert G. Wulff of White Mills, PA, a former carpenter for Dirlam’s Lumber Company, and retired caretaker for the Queen of Peace Parish in Hawley, PA, died Friday, April 16, 1999, at home. He was 81.

Son of the late William Conrad and Elizabeth Rickert Wulff, he was born May 14, 1917, in Hallstead, PA. He was the widower of Dorothy M. Rowe Wulff.

He was a US Army Veteran of World War II, serving with the 190th Infantry, Company H, 28th Division in the European Theatre of Operations. He was a staff sergeant and his campaigns included landing on Normandy Beach on the fourth day of the invasion. He was injured during the Battle of the Heurtgen Forest and also was in the Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a member of the Queen of Peace Parish and a life member of the White Mills Volunteer Fire Company, having served and held various offices through the years.

Survivors include three sons, William and wife Sandy of Vienna, WV, Richard of Honesdale and Andrew and wife Denise of Millis, Mass.; a brother, Charles; nine grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by four brothers, Walter, Edward, John and Frederick.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley, PA. The Rev. William Healey officiated. Burial was in the Queen of Peace Cemetery in Hawley.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Queen of Peace Parish, 314 Chestnut Ave., Hawley, PA 18428.


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