Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries

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ELIZABETH DRUMM BRIGHAM

LIBERTY — Elizabeth Drumm Brigham of Liberty, a retired seamstress, died Tuesday, April 4, 2000, at Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty.

Daughter of the late John and Flora Drumm, Sr., she was born in Galilee, PA. She was the widow of Jasper LaTour Brigham, Sr.

Survivors include three daughters, Donna Nober of Cochecton, Debra Brigham of Brevard, NC, and Trudy Stalker of Galilee; a son, Jasper Jr. of Luzerne; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Graveside services were held at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Galilee. The Rev. Stuart Hunt officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Damascus or the Damascus Ambulance, both of Damascus, PA 18415.

JOHN W. BUCKLEY, DDS

HONESDALE — John W. Buckley of Honesdale, a dentist practicing in Honesdale and at the Delaware Valley Job Corps in Callicoon, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at Mercy Hospital in Scranton. He was 68.

Son of the late Henry and Edna Baker Buckley, he was born in St. Albans, NY.

He graduated from Brooklyn Prep High School, Holy Cross College and the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale and was a former president and board member of Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County.

Survivors include his wife, Arlene L. Slagel Buckley; three sons, Mark of Sea Girt, NJ, Christopher of Forest Hills, and Stephen of Stony Brook; three daughters, Lisa of Erial, NJ, Ann Curran of Malvern, PA and Sara Prescott of East Petersburg, PA; two sisters, Barbara Buckley and Dois McAuliffe; and eight grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale. Cremation took place at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Wayne County, 827 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

CARMELO P. CANZONIERI

COCHECTON — Carmelo P. Canzonieri of Cochecton, a retired maintenance mechanic for Nassau County Community College in Uniondale, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon.

Son of the late Carmelo and Joanne Dimartino Canzonieri, he was born in Ragusa, Italy.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Pedersen Canzonieri, at home; five sons, James of Plainview, Joseph of Commack, John and David DeYoung, both of Lindenhurst, and David, at home; five daughters, Joanne Sumpter of Central Islip, Lorraine Rella of Levittown, Lucy, Brittany and Mary Jane, all at home; his mother-in-law, Edna Andersen of Cochecton; three sisters and a brother in Italy; and 13 grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. The Rev. Ignatius Smith officiated. Cremation took place at Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 716 W. 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, or to the American Diabetes Foundation, c/o NYS Memorial Processing Center, PO Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150-1160.

THELMA V. DECKER

PORT JERVIS — Thelma V. Decker of Port Jervis, formerly of Lackawaxen and a longtime area resident, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Mercy Manor Nursing home in Port Jervis. She was 83.

Daughter of the late Leslie and Theresa Ackley Roberts, she was born April 3, 1916, in Knox, PA. She was the widow of Judson W. Decker.

She was a member of Echert-Haupt VFW Post #5365 Ladies Auxiliary in Lackawaxen and the Lackawaxen PTA.

Survivors include a son, Robert and wife Shannon of Huguenot; a daughter, Lois Cronic and husband Bill of Huguenot; two granddaughters, Lisa Cronic of Port Jervis and Dawn Conklin of Ellenville; two great-granddaughters, Jessica Cronic of Huguenot and Penni Lynn Gould of Port Jervis; a great-grandson, Cole Charles Conklin of Ellenville; nieces and nephews; and her favorite pet and companion, Pee Wee.

Services were held at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis. The Rev. Richard K. Avery officiated. Burial was at Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Manor Nursing Home, 160 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.

DAVID FILES

HAWLEY — David Files of Hawley, a 34-year bus driver and maintenance foreman for the NYC Transit Authority and maintenance man for the Dime Bank in Hawley died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at home. He was 73.

Son of the late David and Lillian Hammer Files, he was born in the Bronx. He was the widower of Margaret Ann Woerner Files.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Ft. Schuyler Presbyterian Church; had been a deacon at Ft. Schuyler Presbyterian Church in the Bronx; and was active in the Tink Wig Property Owners Association.

Survivors include his fiancé, Ida Prizzi of Hawley; a daughter, Doris L. Thompson, Ph.D., of Sparta, NJ; three sons, Richard of Ballston Spa, Robert of Mahopac and David of Northboro, MA; a sister, Doris Natella of Prompton Lakes, NJ; and nine grandchildren; Robert, Briana, Kali, Christina, Colby, Shannon, Matthew, Kevin and Courtney.

Services were held at Teeters’ East Chapel in Hawley. The Rev. William Samford officiated. Cremation took place at the H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mercy Hospice, 746 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA 18501.

FREDA KAHN

MONTICELLO — Freda Kahn of Monticello, a homemaker and a 30-year area resident, died Thursday, April 6, 2000, at the Skilled Nursing Unit of the Sleek Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 81.

She was born April 1, 1919, in Brooklyn.

She was a member of Temple Sholom in Monticello and the Monticello Senior Citizens.

Survivors include two sons, Michael of Chester and Leonard of Laguna, CA; a daughter, Marcella Samuels of Stony Point; and several grandchildren.

She was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.

A memorial service was held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Monticello. Rabbi Irwin A. Tanenbaum officiated.

HOWARD W. KEWLEY

KAUNEONGA LAKE — Howard W. Kewley of Kauneonga Lake, a Union Carpenter and lather for Local 499 in New City and a 60-year area resident, died Friday, April 7, 2000, at Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 73.

Son of the late Howard Kewley and Grace McCary, he was born March 19, 1927, in Sherill.

He was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Monticello; Kauneonga Lake Fire Department for over 50 years; current treasurer and former commissioner of Kauneonga Lake Fire District; member of Bethel Lions Club; NRA firearms instructor; Boy Scout leader; member and current secretary of Sullivan County Dive Team; and a certified scuba diver.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Sardonia Kewley; two sons, William of Havertown, PA and James of Buffalo; two daughters, Susan Homes of Deland, FL and Barbara Putzer of Harris; and three grandchildren, Katie Kewley, Patrick Kewley and Samantha Putzer.

Services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake. Burial was in VanKeuren Cemetery in Swan Lake.

JOSEPH LOVE

MONTICELLO — Joseph Love of Monticello, a kitchen worker at Kutsher’s Hotel in Monticello, died Saturday, April 1, 2000, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 58.

Son of the late J.T. Millan and Agnes Hayes Lee, he was born August 9, 1941, in Jacksonville, FL.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Lucille Dumas Freeman, at home; a son, Michael LeRon Nelson Sr. of Jacksonville; two stepsons, Jamil Freeman and Alvin Dumas, both of Monticello; a daughter, JoAnn Michelle Love of Jacksonville; a brother, Willie James Lee of Jacksonville; two sisters, Reeba Smith and Virginia Catherine Lee, both of Jacksonville; an aunt, Virginia Katherine Cullen of Philadelphia; several grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Monticello. The Rev. Willie Smith officiated. Burial was in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.

RUDOLPH PAUL MILLER

BEACH LAKE — Rudolph Paul Miller of Beach Lake, a retired 13-year area resident, retired owner/operator of Miller’s Deli in Weehawken, NJ, died Monday, April 3, 2000, at home. He was 73.

Son of Paul Kurt Miller and Elsa Marie Friedrich Miller, he was born April 24, 1926, in Leipzig, Germany.

He was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran, a member of the Flying Eagles Radio Control Club of Prompton and the Beach Lake Aeromodelers in Beach Lake.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Feito Esparza, at home; three sons, Steve of Secaucus, NJ, Chris of Beach Lake and John of Glen Rock, NJ; a sister, Johanna Lucia; and four grandchildren.

Services were held at Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiated. Cremation took place at Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak Street, Pittston Twp., PA 18640.

ANDREW FRANKLIN SHELP

HAWLEY — Andrew Franklin Shelp of Hawley, a vending machine mechanic for Sujul in Milford and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, April 3, 2000, in Blooming Grove Township. He was 84.

Son of the late Fred and Electa Tyce Shelp, he was born in Hawley. He was the widower of his first wife, Ann Runyon Shelp, and second wife, Jean Bewick Shelp.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion; Central Fire Co. Fire Police; Masonic Lodge 218 in Honesdale; and the Hawley United Methodist Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Vennie of Blooming Grove; two grandsons, Bob Vennie and wife Peg, and Bill Vennie and wife Megan, all of Blooming Grove; and three great-granddaughters, Angela, Marissa and Brooke.

A memorial service was held at Teeters’ East Chapel in Hawley. The Rev. Martin L. Cox Jr., pastor of the Hawley United Methodist Church, officiated. Cremation took place at the HG Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, 1007 Oak St., Pittston Twp., PA 18640.

STANLEY P. SIEJA

GLEN SPEY — Stanley P. Sieja of Glen Spey, proprietor of Stanley Sieja Construction in Glen Spey and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, April 5, 2000, at Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 55.

Son of Walter S. Sieja and the late Mercedes "Pat" Nolter Sieja, he was born February 15, 1945, in Brooklyn.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Maria H. Muncha Sieja, at home; a daughter, Jeannette of Monticello; a son, Michael P., at U.S. Air Force of McGuire AFB, NJ; his father of Fort Lauderdale, FL; a sister, Kathy Haas of Eldred; two grandchildren, April and Philip; nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Resurrection was offered at St. Ann’s RC Church in Shohola, PA. The Rev. Michael Quinnan officiated. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Eldred.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Town of Lumberland Fire Department, PO Box 91, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

BERNARD R. SLOWIKOWSKI

HAWLEY — Bernard R. Slowikowski of Hawley died Monday, April 3, 2000, at home. He was 66.

Son of the late John M. and Nellie Ryzner Slowikowski, he was born in Scranton.

He was a 20-year U.S. Air Force Veteran and served in the Vietnam War; was a member of the VFW of Harrison, NJ and the Hemlock Farms 50+ Club.

Survivors include his beloved companion, Dorothy A. Kaprosch; a son, John of Seattle, WA; three brothers, John of Bloomingdale, NJ, Edward of Hamilton Square, NJ and Felix of Ballston Lake; and two sisters, Angela Malinowski of Scotch Plains, NJ and Verna Paczkowski of Toms River, NJ.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated at St. John Neumann Church in Lords Valley. The Rev. Paul E. Miller officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society/Pike Unit, 111 W. Harford St., Milford 18337.

MARLENE J. WALKER

GREENSBORO — Marlene June King Walker of Greensboro, NC, formerly of Honesdale, employed by Katz Department Store and the Wayne Independent, both in Honesdale, and retired from the dietary department of Patrick Community Hospital in Stuart, VA, died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, in Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro. She was 62.

Daughter of the late Thomas and Kathryn Olcefski King, she was born May 16, 1937, in Honesdale.

She graduated from Honesdale High School. She was an Air Force wife traveling with her husband to his stations in Turkey, England, Michigan and New York. She was a member of the Bouldin Memorial Presbyterian Church in Stuart.

Survivors include her husband, Harvey Leon Walker; two sons, Steve and James, both of Stuart; a sister, Carolyn Habuda; and a brother, Duane King, both of Honesdale.

The funeral in Virginia was private.


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