Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries - 1998

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BRUCE W. ALLEN
MILL RIFT — Bruce W. Allen of Mill Rift, a sales manager for WSUL Radio in Monticello and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, July 27, at Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 45.
Son of the late Ronald V. and Alma Devereaux Allen, he was born January 28, 1953, in Port Jervis.
He was program director for WDLC/WTSX in Port Jervis, WZAD in Wurtsboro, and WALL in Middletown. He was an U.S. Air Force veteran, a member of the New York Air National Guard in Newburgh, a past president of the Pike County Fire Police Association, and a past vice-president of the Mill Rift Fire Department.
Survivors include two daughters, Tawny Allen and Laureen Allen, both of Port Jervis; a sister, Melanie Benjamin of Middletown; a niece and three nephews.
Services and burial were private.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, Box 459, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163.

DONALD ALBERT GAYLICK
HAWLEY — Donald "Doc" Albert Gaylick of Hawley, a watchmaker for D&L Kristin Jewelers, a three-year area resident, died Friday, August 7, at home. He was 53.
Son of Frank Gaylick and the late H. Louise Freer Gaylick, he was born in Middletown.
He was a member of the Hawley and Middletown Lions clubs, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, the Professional Jewelers Guild, and the American Watchmakers Institute.
Survivors include a daughter, Kristin Tarantino of Poughkeepsie; a son, Peter of Wappingers Falls; three sisters, Shelly Childs of Virginia; Regina of Middletown, and Barbara Ruthberg of Florida.
Private cremation took place at the family's convenience.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lions Eye Institute, Albany Medical Center, 43 New Scotland Ave., Suite A-19, Albany, NY 12208 or Hospice St. John, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton, PA 18505.

THOMAS J. HIGGINS
BALDWIN, NY — Thomas J. Higgins of Baldwin, NY, a frequent visitor to Highland Lake since he was 14 and a longtime summer visitor, died Tuesday, August 4. He was 77.
He was a member of the VFW and American Legion Post 246 in Baldwin.
He was the widower of Patricia Higgins.
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Russo; two sons, Thomas J. and James K.; three sisters, Loretta Eric, Mildred Gilmore, and Rosemary Flynn; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael J.
A mass of Christian burial was celebrated at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church in Baldwin. Burial was at Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton.

MARJORIE E. 'DOLLY' POMES
PORT JERVIS — Marjorie E. "Dolly" Pomes of Port Jervis, a retired library aide and secretary at the Port Jervis Middle School and High School and a lifelong area resident, died Thursday, July 30, in Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. She was 70.
Daughter of George and Marjorie Dolan Ferguson, she was born March 3, 1928, in Port Jervis.
She was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Port Jervis and the Catholic Daughters of America, was director in the Port Jervis Progress Development Corp, was a member of AARP, and was active in the Tri-State Cancer Support Group.
Survivors include her husband, George J. Pomes, at home; two sons, Gary J. of Milford and Richard G. of Cochecton Center; a brother, Gerald Hill of Port Jervis; a sister, Marion Neenan of Port Jervis; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial was offered in St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Port Jervis. The Rev. Clifford Aniefuna officiated. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Port Jervis.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, or Mercy Community Hospital, both in Port Jervis.

MARY E. STRONG
CLARKS SUMMIT — Mary E. Strong of Clarks Summit, a former longtime resident of Hawley and a retired secretary of the Hawley Bank, died Wednesday, August 5, at Allied Services in Scranton. She was 87.
She was born in Hawley. She was the widow of Robert C. Strong.
She was a member of Queen of Peace Church in Hawley and its Altar Society.
Survivors include four sons, Robert Jr. of Tempe, AZ, William of Hawthorne, CA, Michael of Clarks Summit, and John of Lake George, NY; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A mass of Christian burial was offered at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley. The Rev. William B. Healey officiated. Burial was in Queen of Peace Cemetery in Hawley.

PAULETTE F. BEEBE
HAWLEY — Paulette "Paula" F. Beebe of Woodloch Springs in Hawley, a housewife and eight-year area resident, died Friday, August 14, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 76.
Daughter of the late James Provenzale and Helen Kelly Provenzale, she was born in Brooklyn, NY. She was the widow of Francis A. Beebe.
She was a member of Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Hawley, the Woodloch Springs Pioneers, the Columbiaettes in Plainview, NY, and the Altar and Rosary Society in Plainview.
Survivors include two sons, Kevin F. of Huntsville, AL, and Brian of Highland Lakes, NJ; three daughters, Paulette Noll of Middle Island, NY, Joanne McGuire of St. James, NY, and Allison Manning of Deer Park, NY; a sister, Joan Manning of Mt. Sinai, NY; 10 grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A mass of resurrection was celebrated at Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Hawley. The Rev. William B. Healey, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Queen of Peace Cemetery in Hawley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Brave Hearts of St. Francis Hospital, Port Washington Blvd., Roslyn, NY 11576 or the American Heart Association.

REGINA L. BURNETT
HAWLEY — Regina L. Burnett of Hawley, a housewife and 32-year area resident, died Tuesday, August 11, at Hospice of Cincinnati. She was 79.
Daughter of the late Raymond Hoffman and Lena Harvey Hoffman, she was born in Coaldale. She was the widow of John Russell Burnett.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, founder and past president of the Hawley Fire Department Auxiliary, past Worthy Matron of Hope for the Willing Workers Order of the Eastern Star in Hawley, a former judge of election in Hawley, and a volunteer at the Hawley Public Library.
Survivors include two sons, Russell of Hawley and Raymond of Cincinnati; two sisters, Jacqueline Dreisbach of Catasauqua and Mary West of Bethlehem, PA; 2 grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Holmes-Griffiths Funeral Home in Lansford. Burial was in Sky View Memorial Park in Hometown.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or Hospice of Cincinnati.

VIOLA B. DECKER
MATAMORAS — Viola B. Decker of Matamoras, a retired beautician at Decker’s Beauty Parlor in Matamoras, died Tuesday, August 11, at Golden Acres in Matamoras. She was 87.
Daughter of the late Bert and Margaret Cothers Norton, she was born December 13, 1910, in Port Jervis. She was the widow of Donald P. Decker.
She was a member of the Matamoras United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth of Mill Rift; two daughters, Arlene Wagner of Barryville and Carol Pinckney of Glen Spey; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Phillips.
Graveside services and burial were held at Pine Grove Cemetery in Matamoras. The Rev. Chris Arveson officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Matamoras United Methodist Church, Matamoras, PA 18336.

CHRISTINA DILLMUTH
MILFORD — Christina Dillmuth of Milford, a student at Delaware Valley High School and an employee at Tom Quick Inn in Milford, died Sunday, August 9. She was 16.
Daughter of Douglas H. and Stephanie A. Kropf Dillmuth, she was born August 27, 1981, in Port Jervis.
She was a member of the student council at school, was class secretary, and was on the yearbook committee.
Survivors include her parents; a brother, Douglas Stephen of Milford; a sister, Sarah Anne of Milford; paternal grandmother, Bernice Dillmuth of Beach Lake; maternal grandparents, Helen M. and Fred Kropf Jr. of Hawley; aunts and uncles; cousins.
A mass of resurrection was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church in Matamoras. The Rev. John Turi officiated. Burial was in Milford Cemetery in Dingman Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Church, 307 Ave. F, Matamoras, PA 18336.

J. RUSSELL HARRISON
SCRANTON — J. Russell Harrison of Scranton, a former auditor of Lackawaxen Township and a retired cashier at the Hawley Bank, died Monday, August 11, at Holy Family Residence in Scranton.
Son of the late James and Lana Kelly Harrison, he was born in Kimbles. He was the widower of Alice Fadden Clauss Harrison.
He was a U.S. World War II veteran, former chair of the Pike-Wayne County School Authority, and former treasurer of the Forest Volunteer Fire Company. He was a member of St. Clare’s Roman Catholic Church in Scranton.
Survivors include four stepsons, Harvey Clauss of Carbondale, Thomas Clauss of Justus, James J. Clauss of Dunmore, and Peter Clauss of Lake Ariel; 39 step-grandchildren; 120 step-great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Gretchen Evans.
A mass of Christian burial was held at the Holy Residence Chapel. Burial was in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Olyphant.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.

NILES F. NYGARD
HUDSON, FL — Niles Nygard of Hudson, FL, a carpenter and former resident of Smallwood, died Thursday, August 6, in Hudson. He was 77.
He was born in New York City.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Sgt. Andrew Brucher Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in White Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Nygard; three sons, John of Deltona, FL, Randy of Kauneonga Lake, and Danny of Neversink; two daughters, Susan Newham of Jeffersonville and Lori Jeffrey of Richmond, VA; and eight grandchildren.

DENNIS P. REISEN
GREELEY — Dennis P. Reisen of Greeley, a self-employed building contractor and 30-year area resident, died Monday, August 10, at Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 47.
Son of Albert F. Reisen and Sophie A. Tscherne Reisen, he was born August 1, 1951, in New York City.
Survivors include a son, Matthew of Eldred; a brother, Albert J. of Greeley; twin sisters, Eleanor Rizzi of Greeley and Doris Reisen of Westbury, NY; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Gray Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville. Burial was in the German Hill Cemetery in Shohola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

GLADYS COGGIN
SHOHOLA — Gladys Coggin of Shohola died Monday, August 3, at Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 91.
Daughter of Frank and Lucy Clifford Edwards, she was born March 17, 1907, in Wales. She was the widow of George Coggin.
Survivors include a brother, Charles Oswald; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Stroyan Funeral home in Milford. Burial was in German Hill Cemetery in Shohola.

ROSALIE ANN DUFFY
GREELEY — Rosalie Ann Duffy of Greeley, a manager for Met Life Insurance and a 10-year area resident, died Sunday, August 23, at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 68.
Daughter of the late William Fischer and Rose Hansen Fisher, she was born in Brooklyn, NY.
She was a member of St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Greeley.
Survivors include her husband, Nicholas J. Duffy of Greeley; a sister, Gloria Fisher of Brooklyn, NY; nieces and nephews.
A mass of resurrection was offered at St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Shohola. The Rev. Michael Quinnan officiated. Burial was in St. Ann’s Cemetery in Shohola.

WILLIAM A. EGAN
LAKE HUNTINGTON — William A. Egan of Lake Huntington, a retired insurance analyst for ITT in Manhattan and a longtime area resident, died Friday, August 14, at Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon. He was 81.
Son of the late Thomas John and Patricia Mary Brown Egan, he was born August 12, 1917, in New York City. He was the widower of Catherine B. Caldwell Egan.
Survivors include a son, Richard of New Jersey; two brothers, James of West Palm Beach, FL, and Robert of Brooklyn, NY; and two grandchildren.
Cremation took place at Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.

WILLIAM MOOTZ
JEFFERSONVILLE — William Mootz of Jeffersonville, a retired carpenter and lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 15, at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon. He was 72.
Son of the late Peter and Florence Cromie Mootz, he was born August 12, 1926, in Roscoe.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. navy and a member of the Callicoon Center Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Reum Mootz, at home; a daughter, Bonnie Gaebel of Youngsville; three sons, Douglas of Hurleyville, David of Jeffersonville, and Donald of Manassa, VA; two brothers, Russell Mootz and Lavern Cromie, both of Roscoe; a sister, Winifred Rode of Ferndale; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville. The Rev. Dianna Smith officiated. Burial was in Jeffersonville Presbyterian Cemetery in Jeffersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Sullivan County Unit, 10 St. John St., Monticello, NY 12701.

FRANK REITH
NARROWSBURG — Frank Reith of Narrowsburg, a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, August 18, at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale. He was 96.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Reith Sr., he was born September 30, 1901, in New York City. He was the widower of Dorothy Williams Reith.
He was a member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department since 1927, Tusten Senior Citizens, and St. Francis Roman Catholic Church.
Survivors include a son, Allan Sr. of Tucson, AZ, and Narrowsburg; and a sister, Mildred Schmidt of Rochester.
A funeral mass was offered at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Thomas Jones officiated. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Narrowsburg Fire Department.


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