Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries - 1998


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MILFORD. Monica V. Amentano of Milford, died Saturday, August 15, at home. She was 72.
Daughter of the late Charles E. and Irma LaLonde Dempsey, she was born September 22, 1925 in Groton, CT. 
Survivors include her longtime companion, Ralph Peduto at home; a daughter, Emily Targen of Shohola; two sisters, Bette Senecal of Sacramento, CA and Norma Jean True of Groton, NY; two brothers, Robert C. Dempsey of Groton, NY and John Mason Dempsey of Buffalo, NY; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Roseanne.
A Mass of the Resurrection was offered at St. Patrick's R.C. Church in Milford. The Rev. Gerald Mullally officiated. Burial was in Milford Cemetery in Dingman Twp.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pike County Humane Society.
ASHLAND, VA Ruth Ann R. Decker of Ashland, VA, a gerontologist, died Friday, August 21. She was 53.
Daughter of Minerva and Herman Reinshagen, she was born January 19, 1945, in Monticello.
She was a graduate of Monticello High School; earned her B.S. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University; a Master's degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Religious Education and a Master's degree in Gerontology from Medical College of Virginia.
Survivors include her parents of Swan Lake; two sisters, Judy Gabriel of Swan lake and Debbie Bennett of Sunderland, Mass; a brother, Raymond Reinshagen of Jeffersonville; nieces and nephews.
Services were held in Virginia.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Gerontology Department of the Medical College of Virginia; to Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center; or a charity of one's choice.
JEFFERSONVILLE Joseph Hilber of Jeffersonville, a retired restauranteur, died Tuesday, August 25 at the Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty. He was 92.
Son of the late Franz Joseph and Therese Hilber, he was born June 9, 1906, in Amstetten, Austria.
He was a member of the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens in Callicoon.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma Samweber Hilber, at home.
Cremation took place at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.
FERNDALE Dorothy Moore of Ferndale, an aide at the Jeffersonville Adult Home and a 20-year area resident, died Monday, August 24, as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 41.
Daughter of Betty Lavigne and the late Ken Lavigne, she was born February 7, 1957, in Philadelphia, PA.
Survivors include four sons, Willie of Florida, and Allan, Johnny and Jesse Hooper, all of Ferndale; her mother, two brothers, Billy Moore and Fred Lavigne; and a sister, Roseann Mercado, all of Nanuet.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Anthony's Church in Nanuet. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Nanuet. 

CALLICOON Louis A. Navetta Sr. of Callicoon, a retired electrician for Xerox Corp. in New York City and a 38-year area resident, died Monday, August 24, at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 82.
Son of the late Vincenzio and Vincenzia Digirolamo Navetta, she was born August 23, 1916, in Brooklyn.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; a member of Father Serintino Council #4629, Knights of Columbus in Brooklyn.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Izzo Navetta, at home; two sons, James of Earlville and Louis A. Jr. of Callicoon; two sisters, Louise Monteleone of Brooklyn and Mamie Casesse of the state of Florida; a brother, Dominick Navetta of New York City; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. The Rev. Ignatius Smith officiated. Burial was in the Holy Cross Section of the Callicoon Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Sullivan County Unit, 10 St. John Street, Monticello, NY 12701. 

LACKAWAXEN Ervin Douglas Worzel of Lackawaxen, a former sales representative for Agway and a retired insurance agent for MetLife, died Friday, August 21, at Chesapeake General Hospital, Chesapeake, VA. He was 72.
Son of the late Ervin Henry and Dorothy Prophet Worzel, he was born in Pond Eddy, NY. He was the widower of Evelyn Janis Worzel.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran and was a merchant marine for nine years; he was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and the Eckert-Haupt VFW Post in Lackawaxen; and served in the Lackawaxen Volunteer Fire Department for 60 years.
Survivors include two daughters, Michele of Lackawaxen and Gwen Cardinale of Chesapeake, VA; two brothers, Arthur of Heflin LA and Bruce of Maryland Height, MO; two sisters, Estelle Griemsman and Dorothy Stocking, both of Heflin, LA; five grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Richard and Mark; and three brothers, Charles, Kenneth and Robert.
Graveside service and burial will held at the Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg, NY, on Saturday, September 5 at 10:00 a.m. The Rev. Donald Coy will officiate.
Friends and family may visit at the residence of Michele and the late Ervin Worzel following the service.

Evelyn Engels Chandler
HAWLEY - Evelyn Engels Chandler of Hawley, a retired waitress at the Tafton Diner and a 35-year area resident, died Tuesday, September 4, in Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 78.
Daughter of the late Albert Dayson and Tilly Siniawa Dayson, she was born in Jermyn. She was the widow of Kenneth Engels and Edward E. Chandler.
She was a Roman Catholic.
Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Olsommer; five granddaughters, three grandsons; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, Glen Engels.
Services were held at Teeters' East Chapel in Hawley. The Rev. Paul H. McCauley, associate pastor of the Central United Methodist Church, officiated, assisted by Rev. William B. Healey, pastor of Queen of Peace R.C. Church in Hawley. Burial was in Green Gates Cemetery in Hawley.

Arlene Galasso
HONESDALE - Arlene Galasso of Honesdale, a 16-year nurse at Community General Hospital in Callicoon, NY, died Tuesday, September 1, at Westchester Medical Center in Pleasantville, NY. She was 52.
Daughter of the late Allen and Josephine Krushnowski Kanarr, she was born November 5, 1945, in Pittston.
She was a graduate of East High School in Duryea and received her degree as a registered nurse from the Pittston Hospital School of Nursing. She also attended Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre.
She was a member of St. Joseph's Church in Rileyville and a member of the New York State Nurses Association.
Survivors include her husband, William N. Galasso Sr., at home; two sons, Matthew and Christopher, both at home; three daughters, Mary and Janelle, both at home, and Lori Krol of Beach Lake; three brothers, Allan Kanarr of West Wyoming, Thomas Kanarr of Palm Springs, CA, and John Kanarr of Shavertown; a sister, Josephine Reabuck of Dallas, PA; three grandchildren; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, William Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Joseph's Church in Rileyville. Burial was in St. Joseph's Cemetery.

Olive E. Hallock
PORT JERVIS - Olive E. Hallock of Port Jervis, a retired labeler for Kolmar Cosmetics in Port Jervis and longtime area resident, died Friday, August 28, in Goshen. She was 73.
Daughter of Scott Myron and Frances Bloom Hallock, she was born January 13, 1925, in Hillside.
She was a member of Drew United Methodist Church in Port Jervis.
Survivors include three cousins.
Graveside services were held at Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush. The Rev. Robert E. Foster officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Deerpark Humane Society, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

Patricia M. Maggio
YONKERS - Patricia M. Maggio of Yonkers died Saturday, August 30.
She was the widow of Vincent Maggio.
Survivors include two sons, James and John; three daughters, Patricia Frey, Virginia Ferraro and Veronica Spinoso; and five grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, Vincent Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Barnabas Church. Burial was in Rose Hills Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jansen memorial Hospice, 69 Main St., Tuckahoe, NY 10707.

Wilbur P. Miska
SHOHOLA - Wilbur P. Miska of Shohola, a retired architect draftsman for the New York State Dormitory Authority; died Saturday, August 22, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA. He was 81.
Son of the late Wilbur and Deborah Vanderhoff Wolf, he was born in New York City.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II; a member of Tilghman-Angle-Smith American Legion Post 851 in Dingmans Ferry, the First Presbyterian Church of Milford; the Milford Lodge 344 F&AM, and the Royal Arch Chapter Knights of Templar in Honesdale.
Survivors include his wife, Constance Guariglia Miska; a son, Frederick P. of Cedar Hill, TX; three daughters, Nancy G. Newman of Fredericksburg, VA, Jean Carole Dellacatto of Kingston, NY, and Deborah M. Beck of North Babylon, NY; a half-brother, William Wolf of Miami, FL; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a nephew, James Guariglia, whom he and his wife raised.
Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church of Milford. The Rev. Benjamin Williams, pastor, officiated, with the Rev. John Jackley assisting. Burial was in the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Robert G. Pando
FERNDALE - Robert G. Pando of Ferndale, a retired self-employed carpenter and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, August 29, at Castle Point Veterans Hospital in Castle Point. He was 63.
Son of the late Joseph L. and Mae Johnson Pando, he was born February 7, 1935, in Liberty, NY.
He was a member of the Woodbourne Hunting Club in Woodbourne, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include four daughters, Nina Verderber of Damascus, PA, Katherine "Kippy" Hemmer of Youngsville, Deana Pando of Poughkeepsie, and Patricia Van Pelt of Central Islip; a son, Joseph E. of Kiamesha Lake; two sisters, Kay Eltz of Woodstock, GA and Rita Inman of Sparta, TN; eight grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at Harris Funeral Home in Liberty. The Rev. Don Kim officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stoney Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

John Rutledge Pollock
LAKE ARIEL - John Rutledge Pollock of the Julia Ribaudo Home in Lake Ariel, a retired clerk in Demordy General Store and post office in Damascus, and a road foreman for Penn-DOT, died Sunday, August 30. He was 95.
Son of the late John M. and Addie E. Rutledge Pollock, he was born March 29, 1903 in Rutledgedale. He was the widower of Marian Peck, Mary Wilcox, and Anna Bodie Doney.
During World War II he was employed by U.S. Steel Shipbuilding Co. at Port Newark in Newark, NJ, and was then employed as a gang foreman with the Philadelphia Gas Co. until retirement.
He served as a chairman of the Wayne County Board of Assistance; was appointed senior employment coordinator for the Wayne/Pike Area on Aging; was involved in Democratic party politics; and wrote a series of newspaper articles entitled "Crackers From the Ole Cracker Barrel," a collection of humorous stories for The Sullivan County Democrat.
Survivors include a son, John of Fisherville, KT; two daughters, Florence Kremer of North Carolina and Patricia Ritz of Binghamton, NY; two stepfamilies, Donald and Dorothy Doney Robbins and William and June Doney, both of Honesdale; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Nettie Pollock Tyler and Laura Pollock Davidson.
Services were held at the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home in Honesdale. The Rev. William Haussler officiated. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clinton Center Baptist Church or the Hillside Cemetery Association.

Angel Grace Rutledge
HONESDALE - Angel Grace Rutledge, infant daughter of Ryan M. and Bonnie Clark Rutledge of Honesdale, died at birth on Friday, August 28, in the Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown.
Survivors include a sister, Chelsea and a brother, Benjamin, both at home; grandparents Nancy Clark of Honesdale and the late Boyd Clark; and Robert and Mary Ellen Rutledge of Tyler Hill.
A graveside service was held at the Hillside Cemetery in Demascus. The Rev. John Buxton of the Bethany United Methodist Church officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Perinatal Loss Program, c/o Lehigh Valley Hospital, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown, PA.

David W. Sherwood
HARTFORD, WI - David W. Sherwood of Hartford, WI, a former regional manager for Johnson Controls of Milwaukee, WI, died Saturday, August 22, at home. He was 70.
Son of Harold and Florence Wilson Sherwood, he was born November 2, 1927, in Canisteo.
He was a graduate of Alfred University; was a private pilot and outdoor conservationist.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy McMullen Sherwood; a son, David F. of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; a daughter, Nadine Lee Rose of Shohola, PA; two granddaughters, a grandson and a great-grandson; a sister, Nancy Bruce of Cincinnati, OH; two step-brothers, James and William Cook of Rochester; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held at the Hedgesville Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Mary Richardson, pastor, officiated. Burial was in Hedgesville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Congregational Church of Hartford, WI, or to the charity of one's choice.

Wesley J. Smith
OCALA, FL - Wesley J. Smith of Ocala, FL, a retired automobile salesman and former longtime area resident, died Wednesday, August 19, in the Ocala Regional Medical Center. He was 74.
Son of the late John and Ida Countryman Smith, he was born April 13, 1924, in Brooklyn.
He was raised in Jeffersonville and was an area cattle dealer. Later he was a manager for the Singer Sewing Machine Co. in Plattsburgh before returning to Sullivan County and then to Florida. He served in the U.S. Army in WWII; and was a third-degree member of the Fr. Cronin Council-Knights of Columbus in Liberty.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Adams Smith, at home; two daughters, Cindy Tricardo and Lisa Coppelletti, both of Brooklyn; three step-daughters, Elaine Gatley of Lakenheath, England, Karen Lightsley of St. Augustine, FL and Patricia Ehrler of Austin, TX; a step-son, Robert Kind of Albany; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Liberty. The Rev. Edward Straub officiated. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Edward C. Sykes
CALLICOON - Edward C. Sykes of Callicoon, a previous owner of the Hankins House in Hankins from 1959 to 1971, and 40 year resident of the area died Friday, September 4 at home. He was 78.
The son of the late Joseph and Mary Giblin Sykes , he was born January 6, 1920 in Staten Island.
He was a former Town of Delaware Councilman; founder and past Commander of Allan Milk Post 7276 Veterans of Foreign Wars, Long Eddy; Chairman of the Upper Delaware Council; member of Callicoon Kiwanis; member of Knights of Columbus Council 4478, Callicoon; past president of the Sullivan County Liquor Dealers Association; former member of the Hankins Fire Department; a journalist for the Sullivan County Democrat having written the Town and Country Column; and a Decorated World War II US Army Veteran.
Survivors include his wife Joan V. Kestler Sykes, at home, two sons Edward T. Sykes of Callicoon and Thomas Sykes of Key Largo Florida; three daughters, Dr. Maureen Whipple DDS of Monticello, Joan Bryson CNM of Brooklyn and Kathleen Bowers of Fremont Center; one sister, Catherine Smith of Bernegat, NJ; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, September 8 in Holy Cross Church, Callicoon, the Rev. Ignatius Smith OFM officiated.
Burial was at Holy Cross Section of Callicoon Cemetery Association, Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, Callicoon.

Rose Marie Ullrich
NEW MILFORD - Rose Marie Ullrich of New Milford and Equinunk, PA and Bonita Springs, Florida, vice president of Oser's Farm and Garden Center in New Milford for many years, died Monday, August 31. She was 60.
She was a member of the Tennanah Lake Golf and Country Club in Roscoe and the Hunters Ridge County Club in Bonita Springs, FL. She was a parishioner of Sacred Heart Church in Callicoon and the Church of the Ascension in New Milford.
Survivors include her husband, Charles F. Ullrich; three daughters, Kathleen Hennion, Anne Marie Dziados of Monroe and Lynn Annese; a sister, Joanne Fontana of Northvale; and six grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was offered at the Church of the Ascension in Milford. Burial was at Brookside Cemetery in Englewood, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 20 Mercer St., Hackensack, NJ.

Theodore R. Wicht III
NARROWSBURG - Theodore R. Wicht III of Narrowsburg, a retired Security guard for the Bank of New York in Harrison, NY, and a six-month area resident, died Friday, September 4, at home. He was 68.
Son of Theodore R. Wicht, Jr. and Emma Metz Wicht, he was born February 11, 1930, in Yonkers, NY.
He served in the US Air Force from 1947 to 1951 and the Army until 1960. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of Yonkers, and the American Legion of New Rochelle.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn, at home; two daughters, Rosemary Patrick and Lynn Wicht, both of Narrowsburg; a sister, Virginia Drillich of Otsego, MI.; three grandchildren; and two nieces.
Services were held at Rasmussen Sons Funeral Home in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiated. Cremation took place at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.

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