Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries - 1998

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GEORGE CHEVERIE
PORT JERVIS – George Cheverie of Port Jervis, a retired employee of Wilder Manufacturing in Port Jervis, died Friday, September 25 in Ramapo Nursing Home in Airmont. He was 70.
Son of George and Mildred Horn Cheverie, he was born February 25, 1928, in Port Jervis.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Survivors include a son, Thomas of Boulder, CO; an aunt; an uncle; and seven cousins.
Services were held at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home in Port Jervis. The Rev. David DeSimone officiated. Burial was in Laurel Grove Cemetery in Port Jervis.

MILLICENT C. FLYNN
ROSCOE – Millicent C. Flynn of Roscoe, the Sullivan County clerk from 1958 to 1973 and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, September 28 at home. She was 86.
Daughter of the late Frederick and Anna Royce Schadt, she was born August 7, 1912, in Jeffersonville. She was the widow of Robert J. Flynn.
Survivors include two sons, Robert J. of White Sulphur Springs and Paul F. of Naperville, IL; a daughter, Susan K. of Milford, PA; a sister, Katherine Schadt of Jeffersonville; a brother, Jack Schadt of Jeffersonville; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe. Burial was in Beaverkill Cemetery in Beaverkill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Roscoe Free Library or to Orange-Sullivan Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550.

ROBERT HUBERT
TOWER CITY – Robert Hubert of Tower City died Tuesday, September 15 at work. 
He was born in Scranton and was the widower of Shirley Hubert.
Spending his youth in Wayne County, Hubert was a veteran of the U.S. Army in the Korean War and served as a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, DC.
Survivors include a daughter, Bobbye Kay Schawnn of Tower City; four sons, Thomas of Massachusetts, Robert Jr. and Peter, both of Tower City, and Ernest of Duryea; two sisters, Marguerite Hinaman of Tyler Hill and Patricia Ward of Potsdam, NY; a brother, Edward of Beach Lake; and 11 grandchildren.
Services were held in Tower City. Burial was in Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Anneville.

PAUL NAKONECZNY
GLEN SPEY – Paul Nakoneczny of Glen Spey, retired from the Horn & Hardart Co. in New York City and a 28-year area resident, died Friday, October 2 at home. He was 91.
Son of John and Anna Klembicka Nakoneczny, he was born October 30, 1906, in the Ukraine. He was the widower of Maria Nakoneczny.
He was a member of St. Volocymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey.
Survivors include two sons, Peter of Glen Spey and Taras of the Ukraine; five grandchildren; six great-grandchldren; and nieces and nephews.
A Liturgy Mass was held at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Glen Spey. The Rev. Oleska Kostyk officiated. Burial was in the Glen Spey Cemetery.

KENNETH J. PALMER, SR.
PORT JERVIS – Kenneth J. Palmer, Sr. of Port Jervis, a retired communications maintainer for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad and former operator of Palmer’s Antiques in Callicoon and Port Jervis, a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, September 29 at Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 88.
Son of Richard J. and Teressa Weaver Palmer, he was born July 3, 1910 in Matamoras, PA. He was the widower of Mary Margaret Alexander Palmer.
He was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Port Jervis and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union No. 544.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Richard J. of Fayetteville, AR, and Kenneth J. Jr. of Callicoon; a daughter, Gloria M. McLean of Sebring, FL; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Sylvia Ann Taylor.
A funeral Mass was held in St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Port Jervis. The Rev. Dennis Dinan officiated. Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Jervis.

HELEN PARKS
SPARROWBUSH – Helen B. Parks of Sparrowbush, a retired registered nurse for Franklin Hospital in Franklin, NJ and former Franklin resident, died Tuesday, September 29 at her daughter’s home in Sparrowbush. She was 84.
Daughter of Joseph and Mary Teserchak Blahut, she was born October 10, 1913, in Franklin, NJ. She was the widow of John Parks.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Franklin and the Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of America of the church. She was a member of the Sussex County District of Catholic Women.
She was a graduate of St. James School of Nursing in Newark, NJ and volunteered at the Baby Clinic and the Girls Scouts of America in Franklin. She was co-owner of Jack’s Restaurant in Franklin and was employed at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ and then by Franklin Hospital for over 40 years.
Survivors include her daughter, Mary South of Sparrowbush; four sisters, Ann Blahut of Ogdensburg, NJ, Margaret Christo of Taft, CA, Teresa Webb of North Highland, CA, and Rosemary Pakoszdi of New Bern, NC; two grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Kesco, and three brothers, Joseph, William and Michael Blahut.
Memorial services were held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Franklin. Father Martin officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice or to the Immaculate Conception Church, 75 Church Street, Franklin, NJ 07416.

LOUISE H. SIMPSON
MADISON, IN – Louise H. Simpson of Madison, IN, formerly of Livingston Manor, NY, a retired secretary at the Livingston Manor Central School, died Sunday, September 27 at home. She was 79.
Daughter of the late Lester and Louise Esselmann Hust, she was born October 6, 1918, in Jeffersonville. She was the widow of Norman H. Simpson.
She was a member and former deacon of the Livingston Manor Presbyterian Church and a member of Sullivan Chapter #298, Order of the Eastern Star in Livingston Manor. She was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving with the WAVES during World War II, and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary to Emmett Turner American Legion Post 276 in Jeffersonville.
Survivors include a son, Kent of Madison, IN; a daughter, Kim of Anderson, IN; a brother, Lester Hunt of Youngsville; a sister, Doris Turshen of Brooklyn; a grandson; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held at Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor. The Rev. Dr. John Forrest officiated. Burial was in the Orchard Street Cemetery in Livingston Manor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Livingston Manor United Presbyterian Church, Livingston Manor, NY 12758; or to Hospice of Jennings County, 63 East Walnut St., North Vernon, IN 47265.

NORMAN J. STEPHENS
WHITE MILLS – Norman J. ("Pete") Stephens of White Mills, a retired foreman for the Worth Bat Company in White Mills and later employed in the pro shop of the Honesdale Golf Club, died Friday, September 25 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 87.
Son of the late Joseph and Ellen Pollard Stephens, he was born in White Mills. He was the widower of Cora Cosgrove Stephens.
He graduated in 1927 from White Mills High School and was the oldest living member of the White Mills United Methodist Church. He was a 72-year member of the White Mills Fire Department and served as its past president and past board member. He was a 50-year member and past master of the Hawley Lodge F&AM 305 and a member of the Honesdale Lodge F&AM 218. He was also a member of the Anthony Wayne Royal Arch Chapter; served as past president of the White Mills school board; was a member of the Wallenpaupack Area school board; and was a former coach of the White Mills Little League Team.
Survivors include a son, Wayne of Honesdale; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by four sisters, Mabel Hector, Mildred Harrison, Josephine Dreyer and Lillian Pepper; and a brother, Wilfred, who was killed in action in World War II.
Services were held at the White Mills United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jon Buxton officiated. Burial was in the Indian Orchard Cemetery in Texas Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the White Mills Firehouse Preservation Fund, c/o Honesdale National Bank, 733 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431; or the White Mills United Methodist Church Parking Fund, 825 Maple Avenue, Honesdale, PA 18431.

EMMA A. WILBERT
HONESDALE – Emma A. Wilbert of Honesdale, formerly of Beach Lake, died Sunday, September 27 at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale. She was 102.
Daughter of the late Ludwig and Katherine Rottmuller Ehwald, she was born in Pirmasens, Germany and was the last surviving member of the Ludwig and Katherine Rottmuller Ehwald family. She was the widow of Pierre Wilbert.
She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Honesdale. She and her husband ran a boarding house in White Mills during the 20’s and 30’s. Later she was a resident at the Beach Lake Methodist Home.
Survivors include a niece, Katheryn Ehwald of Manchester, CT; and a nephew, Rudy Ehwald of Hawley.
She was predeceased by a brother, Otto Ehwald, and two sisters, Charlotte and Augusta.
Services were held at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale. The Rev. John Warren, pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery in Honesdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7th and Church Streets, Honesdale, PA 18431.

TRACY LEE AYRE
RILEYVILLE — Tracy Lee Ayre of Rileyville, an oncology radiation therapist at Horton Medical Center in Middletown, died Thursday, October 15 in Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was 34.
Daughter of John C. Ayres and the late Carole Ruth Adams Ayres, she was born November 11, 1963, in Buffalo.
She was a graduate of Erie University.
Survivors include her father of Sarasota, FL; her fiance`, James Arbuco of Rileyville; a brother, John II of Johnstown; and a step-grandmother, Mrs. Thomas Ayre of Bethlehem.
A memorial service following cremation was held at Rileyville Presbyterian Church in Rileyville. The Rev. Albert Chaffee, pastor, officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 627 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 49, 923 Main Street, Honesdale, PA 18431.

ELZIE W. INMAN
LIVINGSTON MANOR — Elzie W. Inman of Livingston Manor, a retired laborer for Falls Poultry and a 40-year area resident, died Saturday, October 10 at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. He was 92.
Son of James E. and Cora Bell Shoemaker Inman, he was born May 3, 1906, in Ludlowville.
Survivors include five sons, Elzie Inman Jr. and Everett Kleingardner, both of Kauneonga Lake, Albert Inman of Ellenville, Joseph Inman of Mission, TX, and James Bower of Lansing; three daughters, Elaine Vandermark of White Lake, Cathy Kimble of Maryland and Gloria Hurne of Ithaca; a brother, John A. Inman of Ithaca; two sisters, Ethel Parker of Ithaca and Martha Holden of Lansing; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Herbert C. Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor. Burial was in the Beaverkill Cemetery in Beaverkill.

BERNARD SCARDINO
NARROWSBURG — Bernard R. Scardino of Narrowsburg, a retired maintenance worker for the Nassau Co. Department of Public Works and a 15-year area resident, died Wednesday, October 14 in Valhalla. He was 80.
Son of Peter and Josephine LoMonaco, he was born July 1, 1918, in Brooklyn.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, at home; a daughter, Josephine Rubino of Patchogue; four sons, Peter of East Rockaway, Ronald of Fishkill, Thomas of Hankins, and Michael of Narrowsburg; two sisters, Catherine Alaio and Laura DelGaudio, both of Brooklyn; and 11 grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Narrowsburg. Rev. Charles Hayes officiated. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Fund, The CGH Foundation Inc., PO Box 280, Bushville Road, Harris, NY 12742.

DR. REGINALD J. SORACCO
LIBERTY — Dr. Reginald J. Soracco, Ph.D., of Liberty, director of Limnology at Rensselaer Institute in Troy and professor for many years at Sullivan County Community College, a lifelong area resident, died Friday, October 9 in Troy. He was 52.
Son of Anne Rutledge Soracco and the late Louis Soracco, he was born March 27, 1946, in Liberty.
He was former owner of Mail Boxes in Liberty, was a member of St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Liberty and Lodge #521 F&AM in Liberty. He was a six-year Navy veteran.
Survivors include his mother; a brother, Louis of Littleton, MA; aunts and uncles; and nieces and a nephew.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Liberty. The Rev. John Maher officiated. Burial was in Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Church Building Fund, 264 No. Main Street, Liberty, NY.

LENA A. BICCUM
MONTAGUE, NJ — Lena A. Biccum of Montague, NJ, a retired machine operator for Little Tots in Port Jervis and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, October 24 at the home of her daughter in Port Jervis. She was 78.
Daughter of Sylvester and Anna Osterhoudt McBride, she was born March 8, 1920, in Sparrowbush. She was the widow of James W. Biccum.
Survivors include a son, Keith of Eldred; three daughters, Janet Finch of Montague, Anna Polanis of Hemlock Farms, PA, and Mary Pantis of Port Jervis; a brother, Harold McBride of Monticello; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Emma Price, and three brothers, Babe, Ralph and Bucky McBride.
Services were held at Gray-Parker Funeral Home in Port Jervis. The Rev. Robert D. Cassidy officiated. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Orange, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.

MARJORIE BISHOP
WYOMING, NY — Marjorie Evelyn Bishop of Wyoming, NY, a former Tyler Hill resident, died Sunday, September 27 at St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia, NY. She was 76.
Daughter of Charles and Nina Smith White, she was born October 17, 1921, in Cleveland, OH. She was the widow of Harland F. Bishop.
She was a graduate of Damascus High School.
Survivors include a son, Harland R. of Phoenix, AZ; five daughters, Nancy Krembs of Savannah, GA, Lucinda Gilmartin of Batavia, NY, Kathy Frens of Wyoming, NY, Lori Marchese of East Pembroke, NY, and Terry Tedrow of Penfield, NY; a sister, Virginia Dudley of Youngsville; nine grandchildren; an aunt, Mrs. Bernie Kellam of Tyler Hill; and three nieces.
Services and funeral were held in Batavia, NY. Burial was in Damascus.

ALFRED DUNN
INDIAN ORCHARD — Alfred L. Dunn of Indian Orchard, a retired welder, died Friday, October 23 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 78.
Son of the late Lewis Henry and Laura Hoey Dunn, he was born April 23, 1920, in Seelyville.
He was a graduate of Honesdale High School, a member of the boilermakers union, and a member and senior warden of Christ Episcopal Church in Indian Orchard.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Mae Schwartz Dunn; four sons, James A. of Hartland, ME, William J. of Beach Lake, John R and Richard H. both of Honesdale; four daughters, Elizabeth L. Dunsinger of Honesdale, Jean A. Boyer of Elmira, NY, Amy R. of Honesdale and Susan J. Maddock of Newport News, VA; two brothers, Russell of Bethany and Carl of Milanville; 22 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Robert.
Memorial services were held at Christ Episcopal Church in Indian Orchard. The Rev. Graham Cliff officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church in Indian Orchard.

MARY ERRICO
HAWLEY — Mary Errico of Hawley, a housewife, died Thursday, October 22 at Allied Skilled Nursing Facility in Scranton. She was 77.
Daughter of the late Peter and Katheryn Orr Console, she was born in Milanville. She was the widow of Joseph Errico.
She was a member of the Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Hawley.
Survivors include a daughter, Josette of Brooklyn, NY; a niece, Deborah Arzburger of Brooklyn, NY; nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Hawley. The Rev. William B. Healey officiated. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery in Damascus.

LEWIS KEMP
DAMASCUS — Lewis "Neal" Kemp of Damascus, a retired truck driver for Narrowsburg Lumber Company and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, October 21 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. He was 69.
Son of Clarence and Almedia Lewis Kemp, he was born January 24, 1929, in Honesdale.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Kemp; a daughter, Rose Marie Spart of New Windsor, NY; and three grandchildren.
Services were held at Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg, NY. The Rev. Stuart Hunt officiated. Burial was in Conklin Hill Cemetery in Conklin Hill.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus First Baptist Church in Damascus.

KENNETH DOUGLAS "DOUG" KNAPP
ELLENBORO, NC — Kenneth Douglas "Doug" Knapp of Ellenboro, North Carolina, a native of Narrowsburg, NY, died October 8 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina. He was 54.
He was the son of Adelaide Suhr Vonderhorst and Kenneth C. Knapp, deceased.
He was a graduate of Goshen High School in Goshen, NY, and served 23 years in the U.S. Navy, including in the Vietnam War. He worked as a Veteran's Employment Representative with the U.S. Employment Security Commission of North Carolina in Forest City, NC.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Cathy Weeks Knapp of Ellenboro, NC; a son, David W. Knapp of New Bern, NC; two aunts, Mary Murphy of Narrowsburg, and Barbara Sullivan of Gouverneur, NY; one uncle, Charles E. Knapp of Narrowsburg; four half-sisters, Mary Ellen Sanok, Kathy Bertholf, Lenora Malinowski and Patty Lamonda; one half-brother, John Knapp; cousins, Steven Sullivan, Susan Knapp, Charles Knapp, Lenora Welliver, Harold Fisk, Terry Fisk, Marvin Fisk, Gail Zeisloft, Diane Teischel, Kenneth Fisk, Karen Renner, Steven Fisk and Mary Lou Bratchork; and one step-daughter and two step-sons.
He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Rutherford County Moose Lodge in Forest City, NC.
He was buried at Mt. Vernon Cemetery in North Carolina.
Donations may be made to an organization of one's choice.

MATTHEW ADAM LAVEZZOLA
HAWLEY — Matthew Adam Lavezzola of Wilson Hill, Hawley, a custodian at the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School and a 10-year area resident, died Saturday, October 24 on Rt. 6 in Texas Twp. He was 22.
Son of Raymond Lavezzola and Sandra Francesconi Alters, he was born in Teaneck, NJ.
He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper.
Survivors include his father of Lodi, NJ and mother of Hawley; stepfather, Gene Alters of Hawley; two brothers, Michael and Luke, both of Hawley; a sister, Lisa Martin of Fawn Lake, Hawley; a grandfather, Alex Lavezzola of Lodi, NJ; a niece and nephew.
He was predeceased by a brother, William.
Services were private at the convenience of the family. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Rarich, pastor of the Paupack United Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was in Green Gates Cemetery in Hawley.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wallenpaupack Middle School, Lavezzola Fund.

HELEN NEWMAN
HONESDALE — Helen Fass Newman of Honesdale, former founder with her husband of Newman's Clothing Stores on Main Street in Honesdale, died Monday, October 19 at home. She was 92.
Daughter of the late Hyman and Celia Herbst Fass, she was born March 29, 1906, in New York City. She was the widow of Irving Newman.
She was an active participant and leader in the Honesdale-Hawley Chapter of Hadassah, the Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood and the Wayne County Memorial Hospital Women's Auxiliary, and was a life member of the Honesdale Golf Club.
Survivors include a sister, Dorothy Breading; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Newman Horne; a son-in-law, Jack Silberlicht; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, Martin; a daughter, Judith Newman Silberlicht; and a sister, Jay Kudin.
The funeral was held in Temple Beth Israel in Honesdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Israel, Helen Newman Memorial Fund, c/o Dr. Leonard Weiss, 928 Church Street, Honesdale, or Hadassah Helen Newman Memorial Fund, c/o Sally Weiss, PO Box 507, Honesdale.

MARIE STEMMLER
WHITE MILLS — Marie Stemmler of White Mills, a retired secretary, died Friday, October 16 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 81.
Daughter of the late Kurt and Louise Bochme Zeppel, she was born in New York.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Honesdale.
Survivors include a sister, Louise Ross of Yonkers, NY, a niece and a great-nephew.
Services were held at the Bryant Funeral Home in Honesdale. The Rev. Graham Cliff, pastor of the Grace Episcopal Church, officiated.

FREDERICK LOUIS VAN DE MARK
RUSKIN, FL — Frederick Louis Van De Mark of Ruskin, a contractor and native of Middletown, died Friday, October 23 at home. He was 66.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine; a daughter, Mary Ann Schoonmaker of Eldred; three brothers, Leonard of New Port Richie, FL, John of Eldred and Thomas of Greenville; a sister, Edith Ashworth of Westbrookville; and two grandchildren.


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