Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries

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CHARLES W. AVERY, JR.

BEACH LAKE — Charles W. Avery, Jr of Beach Lake, a part-time short-order cook at the Halfway House Restaurant in Honesdale, and a lifelong area resident, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 27, 2000 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was 19.

Son of Charles W., Sr. and Karen Dalesky Avery of Beach Lake, he was born May 6, 1981 in Honesdale.

He attended Wayne Highlands High School, was on the wrestling and football teams and played baseball when he was younger on the Printery Pirates of the Wayne County Teeners League and was a member of the Boyds Mills Hunting Club. He attended the Beach Lake United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his parents; a sister, Melissa of Beach Lake, a student at Cedar Crest College; his paternal grandparents, Millar and Jean Avery of Beach Lake; maternal grandmother, Rosa Dalesky of Honesdale; aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by an infant brother, Edward and maternal grandfather, Joseph Dalesky.

Services were held at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dr. Gordon E. Weightman, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the Beach Lake Cemetery in Berlin Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Beach Lake United Methodist Church.

HELEN BRINKERHOFF

LIBERTY — Helen Brinkerhoff of Liberty, a school aide at Liberty High School and area resident since 1939, died Monday, December 25, 2000 in Millbrook. She was 87.

Daughter of Clifford and Anna E. Parnell Moule, she was born March 27, 1913 in Riga. She was the widow of Walter C. Brinkerhoff.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Liberty, Presbyterian Women, Order of the Eastern Star and Cornell Extension.

Survivors include two sons, A. James and wife Carol of Charlottesville, VA and David and wife Barbara of Millbrook; a sister-in-law, Mae Stone of Canandaigua; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Liberty. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Liberty, NY 12754 or Order of Eastern Star, c/o Mae Nidds, PO Box 415, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759.

RUTH MARY COURSEN

SHOHOLA — Ruth Mary Coursen of Shohola died Saturday, December 23, 2000 at Milford Valley Convalescent Home in Milford. She was 92.

Daughter of Norman and Barbara Bridge Sutherland, she was born November 5, 1908 in Shohola Township. She was the widow of Walter A. Coursen.

She was a member of St. Jacobi’s Lutheran Church in Shohola; Town of Highland Sullivan County, NY AARP; and was previously active with the Shohola Volunteer Fire Company.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathleen Allen and husband Daniel of Shohola; two granddaughters, Tauni Butterfield of Stratford, CT and Nicole Allen-Hickey of Churchville, NY; a great-grandson, Conner Butterfield; nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held at St. Jacobi’s Lutheran Church. Burial will be held in the spring in German Hill Cemetery in Shohola.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jacobi’s Lutheran Church, PO Box 37, Shohola, PA 18458.

ANTHONY W. DULAY

HONESDALE — Anthony W. Dulay of Honesdale, a former carpenter at the Yuba Plant in Honesdale, died Monday, December 25, 2000 at home. He was 84.

Son of the late John and Catherine Timko Dulay, he was born January 2, 1916 in Dupont, PA. 

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Honesdale.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Guinther Dulay; four sons, Thomas and wife Marian of Prompton, Gerald and wife Kay, Richard and wife Kathie, David and wife Jill, all of Honesdale; nine grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; a brother, Andrew of Honesdale; a sister, Ann Wyatt of Tulsa, OK.

He was predeceased by four brothers, Edward, John, Joseph and Charles; and two sisters, Mary Bendzel and Kate Kleback.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. John the Evangelist Church in Honesdale. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

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

SUSAN CLARA MARTIN GUMBLE

PAUPACK — Susan Clara Martin Gumble of Paupack, owner and operator of the former Gumble’s Greenhouse, Floral, Gumbletown Rd., and a longtime area resident, died Saturday, December 23, 2000. She was 82.

Daughter of Michael Martin and Elizabeth Mamal Martin, she was born in Slatington, PA.

She was a member of Queen of Peace R.C. Church in Hawley.

Survivors include her husband, Robert L. Gumble of Paupack; two sons, Dennis of Paupack and Jeff of Kaneohe, HI; two sisters, Sophie Gerkovick and Helen Martin, both of Slatington; a grandson, Eric of Paupack, and a granddaughter, Brenda of Paupack; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by a son, Jason; four brothers, Paul, Mike,William and John; and three sisters, Ann Mezyk, Mary Myster and Betty McDonald.

 A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Queen of Peace R.C. Church in Hawley. The Rev. William B. Healey, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Paupack.

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

REV. HARRY S. HENRICH

CALLICOON — The Rev. Harry S. Henrich of Callicoon, a retired Episcopal minister and social worker for Sullivan County and a longtime area resident, died Wednesday, December 20, 2000 in Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla. He was 72.

Son of the late Harold Martin and Edythe Sherman Nickerson Henrich, he was born June 20, 1928 in Jersey City, NJ.

He was ordained an Episcopal priest on June 16, 1965. He was a graduate of Philadelphia Divinity School, University of Virginia School of Law and University of Colorado. He was a Marine Corps veteran and a member of Holy Cross Church in Callicoon.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Hicks Henrich at home; and a son, Major Theodore Henrich USAF, Fort Meade, MD.

He was predeceased by a son, Robert.

A funeral mass was celebrated in Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. The Rev. Ignatius Smith O.F.M. officiated. Cremation took place in Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Church, PO Box 246, Callicoon, NY 12723.

LOUISE EMMA FLECK HILLIER

LAKE ARIEL — Louise Emma Fleck Hillier of Wallenpaupack Lake Estates, Lake Ariel, a 15-year area resident, died unexpectedly December 27, 2000 at home. She was 76.

Daughter of Frederick Fleck and Norma Fritz Fleck, she was born in Philadelphia.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hawley. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Lafayette Chapter, Selinsgrove, as well as a member of the Women’s Luncheon Club, Wallenpaupack Lake Estates.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert Earl Hillier of Lake Ariel; a daughter, Vicki Collins of Advance, NC; two sons, George of Mahwah, NJ and Eddie of Manahawkin, NJ; a sister, Norma Dorshaw of Oleland, PA; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Teeters’ East Chapel in Hawley. The Rev. David Heckler, pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was in White Marsh Memorial Park in Ambler. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, 627 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

ALLEN LEONARD MASKER

GREENTOWN — Allen Leonard Masker of Mountain Breezes, Greentown, PA, retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of service, and a 35-year area resident, died Sunday, December 24, 2000 at Mercy Hospital in Scranton. He was 79.

Son of Benjamin Masker and Lotti Mae Pegrey Masker, he was born in Paupack.

He served in the Army in both the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II and in Korea with the Army Corps of Engineers. Prior to WW II he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp 139 Promised Land. He was then employed as a carpenter by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Parks Division at Promised Land State Park.

He lived with and was raised by his cousin, Henry and wife Margaret at Mountain Breezes, Shiney Mountain in Greentown. He is survived by nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three sisters, Edna, Loretta and Florence; and a brother, Delbert.

Services were held at Teeters’ East Chapel. The Rev. Robert B. Kolvik-Campbell, pastor of Paupack United Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery in Paupack.

DORIS J. MESSINA

NARROWSBURG — Doris J. Messina of Narrowsburg, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at home. She was 67.

Daughter of the late Curtis and Anna Steffens Davis, she was born August 4, 1933 in Milanville. She was the widow of Frank Messina.

Survivors include a son, Michael and wife Monique of Narrowsburg; two sisters, Rose Sheppard of Lake Huntington and Shirley Utegg and husband Harold of Narrowsburg; a brother, Elwin “Bucky” Davis and wife, Claudia of Milanville; nieces and nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by a brother, Harry Davis and two sisters, Marie Reeves and Marjorie Davis.

Graveside services and burial were held in Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiated. Cremation took place at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to the Lake Huntington-Cochecton Fire Department, Lake Huntington, NY 12752.

MARGARET R. MITCHELL

BARRYVILLE — Margaret R. “Marge” Mitchell of Barryville, owner and operator of Baker’s Tap Room in Barryville and a 36-year area resident, died Tuesday, December 19, 2000 in Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart, PA. She was 77.

Daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Heinz Baker she was born September 25, 1923 in Yonkers.

She was a member of the Yulan Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

Survivors include her husband, Benton at home; a daughter, Debra Nugent of Stamford, CT; a son, Kenneth of Longview, TX; and six grandchildren.

Services were held at Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville. The Rev. Evan Greco officiated. Burial was in Montoza Cemetery in Barryville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Ulster County Unit, 159 Green Street, Kingston, NY 12401.

MARY H. FOX MONAGHAN

HONESDALE — Mary H. Fox Monaghan of Honesdale, a retired executive secretary for Wyoming Sand and Stone in Scranton, died Wednesday, December 20, 2000 at the Forest City Nursing Center. She was 98.

Daughter of the late Thomas and Clara Doyle Fox, she was born in Carbondale. She was the widow of Frank J. Monaghan.

She attended business school in Scranton and worked as a secretary in Washington. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist parish in Honesdale.

Survivors include her caregiver, Alicia Cornell of Beach Lake; three stepsons, F.J. and Robert, both of Honesdale and Michael of Killingworth, CT; three stepdaughters, Mollie of Stockton, CA and Margie Lilje and Therese Dux, both of Honesdale; two brothers, Thomas Fox of Allentown and Robert Fox of Honesdale; two sisters, Lourdes Hatton of Honesdale and Helen Sweezy of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by a stepson, Martin; two brothers, Joseph and James Fox; and four sisters, Kathryn, Elizabeth Surdovel, Clare Madden and Alice Crawford.

A mass was offered at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

RANDY M. NOLAN

HONESDALE — Randy M. Nolan of Honesdale, a sawyer at LaBar’s Lumber Mill in Lookout and an employee of RJS Wood Products, died Sunday, December 17, 2000 in Galilee. He was 32.

Son of Louis Nolan and Doris Ann Keesler Enslin, he was born in Honesdale.

He graduated from Western Wayne High School in 1986 and attended the Methodist Church.

Survivors include his parents; his maternal grandparents, Russell and Margaret Branning Keesler of Galilee; paternal grandmother, Inez Gregg Nolan of Seelyville; a brother, Edward of VA; two half-brothers, Roger Shaeffer of Lake Ariel and Jason Shaeffer of Catawissa; aunts, uncles and a nephew.

A memorial service will be held in the spring at a time to be announced.

JOHN J. WILLIAMS

BARRYVILLE — John J. Williams, a retired New York police sergeant with the Port Jervis Police Department, former Justice of the Peace in the Town of Highland and a lifetime area resident, died Monday, January 1, 2001 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 57.

Son of the late John D. and Viola Hazen Williams, he was born September 26, 1943 in Callicoon. 

He joined the Port Jervis Police Department November 18, 1967 and retired April 23, 1990. He was a graduate of the FBI National Police Academy in Quantico, VA and attended numerous other specialized police training seminars. He was currently Supervisor of Security at the Kittatinny Campgrounds and was a member of the Beaver Brook Rod & Gun Club.

Survivors include a son, Tony and wife Amy of Honesdale; a daughter, Jennifer Freiermuth and husband Jason of Beach Lake; a brother, Francis and wife Jeanette of Hawley; a sister, Betty Purroy of Port Jervis; a companion, Branda Sullivan and her sons, Bill and Patrick of Barryville; six grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home. The Reverend Nancy Vonderhost will officiate. Burial will be at Montoza Cemetary in Barryville.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Legion Ambulance Service, PO Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732.

MICHAEL A. YURCHUK

HIGHLAND — Michael A. Yurchuk of Highland, a part-time employee of McDonald’s and the Wingate Nursing Home, died Sunday, December 17, 2000 at St. Francis Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 17.

Son of Anthony and Christina Canino Yurchuk of Highland, he was born in Rhinebeck.

He was a member of the Highland High School varsity football team and the track team and played Little League and Senior League baseball. He was a member of St. Augustine R.C. Church in Highland.

Survivors include his parents; three sisters, Michele Lundberg of Lackawaxen, Melissa of Kingston and Jennifer of Seattle, WA; a niece, Jaylee Lyn Lundberg of Lackawaxen; paternal grandmother, Dorothy Yurchuk of Newburgh; aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, June and Louis Canino; a paternal grandfather, Michael Yurchuk.

A funeral Mass was offered at St. Augustine Church in Highland.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Yurchuk Scholarship Fund, “Find Your Dream,” c/o the Highland High School Superintendent’s Office, 320 Pancake Hollow Rd., NY 12528.


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