Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries - 1998

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LAURA ALVAREZ
NARROWSBURG Laura Alvarez of Narrowsburg, a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, October 28 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 72.
Daughter of Arthur and Annie Klein Dexter, she was born July 30, 1926, in Honesdale.
She was a former member of the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Narrowsburg.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph Alvarez; a daughter, Linda Williams of Tampa, FL; two sisters, Emma Menotti and Luella Tenbus, both of Narrowsburg; two granddaughters; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiated. Burial was in Glen Cove Cemetery in Narrowsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

PATRICIA J. B. ARVIN
BINGHAMTON Patricia "Pat" Julia Barvinchak Arvin of Binghamton, a former longtime Callicoon resident, died Thursday, October 22 at home. She was 71.
Daughter of the late Alex and Helen Barvinchak, she was born November 5, 1926, in Binghamton.
She was a former accountant and tax preparer.
Survivors include three brothers, William Arvin of Hollywood, CA, Michael Barvinchak and Paul Barvinchak, both of Binghamton; two sisters, Helen Lee Arvin of St. Petersburg, FL, and Margaret Watson of Jupiter, FL; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by three brothers, Alex, George and her twin, Andrew Barvinchak; and a sister, Anna Barvinchak.
Burial will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice at Lourdes Hospital, 169 Riverside Dr., Binghamton, NY 13905.

MATTIE HIGHHOUSE
DAMASCUS Mattie Highhouse of Damascus, a lifelong area resident, died Friday, October 23 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart. She was 95.
Daughter of the late John and Minnie Sears Eldred, she was born November 5, 1902, in West Damascus. She was the widow of Raymond Highhouse.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Damascus.
Survivors include a daughter, Lila Sprague of Honesdale; a son, William of Damascus; two brothers, Orvis Eldred of Bethany and Lloyd Eldred of West Damascus; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Damascus First Baptist Church. The Rev. Stuart Hunt officiated. Burial was Hillside Cemetery in Damascus.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus First Baptist Church, Damascus, PA 18415.

JOSEPH KACZKA
LAKEWOOD Joseph Kaczka of Lakewood, a lifelong dairy farmer and a truck driver for A & S Trucking in Deposit, NY, died unexpectedly Saturday, October 24 from injuries sustained in a tractor accident while logging in the woods in Mount Pleasant Township. He was 66.
Son of the late Andrew and Sophie Stundnaiz Kaczka, he was born August 13, 1932, in Lakewood.
He was a graduate of the Preston School and served for a few years in the U.S. Army during peacetime in Georgia before returning home to run the family farm. He was a member of St. Juliana's Church in Rock Lake.
Survivors include his wife, Isabelle H. Hedgelon Kaczka; three daughters, Roberta Diehl, Kathleen and Katrina Kaczka, all of Lakewood; a stepdaughter, Dorothy Backlund of Doylestown; two brothers, Tony of Newport News, VA and Eugene of Aurora, CO; three sisters, Helen John of Pensocken, NJ, Viola Keen of Equinunk and Eleanor Halisey of Sherman; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Edward and John; and a sister, Adeline Shoemaker.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Juliana's Church in Rock Lake. Burial was in St. James Cemetery in Pleasant Mount.

MIINA KALLAS
MANHATTAN Miina Kallas of Manhattan, a former kitchen aide for Holy Name Hospital in Hackensack, NJ, died Sunday, October 25 at the Seelig Division of Community Hospital in Harris. She was 85.
She was born September 26, 1913, in Saaremaa, Estonia. She was the widow of Hendrik Kallas.
She was a member of St. Paul's Estonia Lutheran Church in New York City.
Survivors include a son, Leo of Shohola, PA; two daughters, Laine Maasik of Modena and Linda Vaher of Columbus, OH; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home. The Rev. Toomas Vaga officiated. Burial was in German Hill Cemetery in Shohola. PA.

AUDREY I. "MOMA" KIEFER
GREELEY Audrey I. "Moma" Kiefer of Greeley, formerly of Highland Lakes and a 20-year area resident, died Saturday, October 31 at St. John's Hospice in MidValley, Peckville. She was 64.
Daughter of the late Walter Von Putten and Grace Falton Von Putten, she was born in Paterson, NJ.
She was a member of the Hawley United Methodist Church; was an organizer of the Greeley area Holiday Food Pantry and performed on the organ and keyboard at many area organizations.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth C. Kiefer of Hawley; a daughter, Linda Gardeppe of Milford; three sons, Kenneth of White Mills, Stephen of Greeley and James of Troy, NY; eight grandchildren; and beloved friend John Rose.
A memorial service was held at the Hawley United Methodist Church. The Rev. Martin L. Cox, Jr., pastor, and Rev. Peter Kuritz, chaplain of Hospice St. John, officiated. Cremation took place at the HG Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John.

JOSEPH J. MISZLER
WHITE MILLS Joseph J. Miszler of White Mills, a retired 23-year Acme manager and lifelong area resident, died Thursday, October 29, at home. He was 81.
Son of the late Charles and Minnie Weist Miszler, he was born August 13, 1917, in White Mills.
He was a life member of the White Mills Fire Company; a former member of the Cricket Hill Golf Club; an honorary life member of the Dorflinger-Suydam Hunting Club; and the Hilltop Hunting Club.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Foster Miszler; a son Michael; three daughters, Robin Horst of Torrey, Lisa Hancock of White Mills, and Lori Hiller of Bethany; three brothers, Vincent of Beach Lake and Bernard and Albert, both of White Mills; seven grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a grandson, Jeremy Hiller; two sisters, Stella and Mary; and two brothers, Francis and Charles.
Services were held at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale. Cremation followed at the Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.

FREDERICK W. REUTHER
ELDRED Frederick W. Reuther of Eldred, a retired self-employed painter and a lifelong area resident, died Monday, October 26 at Middletown Park Manor in Middletown. He was 83.
He was born October 20, 1915, in Bellford, NJ. He was the widower of Virginia McBride Reuther.
He was a member of St. Anthony's R.C. Church in Yulan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.
Survivors include three sons, Frederick III of North Babylon, James of Columbus, OH and Paul of Springfield, Minn.; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Anthony's R.C. Church in Yulan. The Rev. Evan Greco officiated. Burial was in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Eldred.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred American Legion Ambulance Corps, Eldred, NY 12732.

KERRI JO WHITE
COCHECTON Kerri Jo White of Cochecton, the two-year old daughter of Irene Ward and Andrew White, died Monday, October 26 at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA.
She was born August 23, 1996, in Scranton, PA.
Survivors include her parents and a sister, April Bunny White, all at home; her maternal grandfather, John Ward of Damascus, PA; her paternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Ann White of Cochecton; two aunts, Joan Rake of Tyler Hill, PA and Ann DeVrieze of Milanville, PA; four uncles, Peter Ward of Damascus, PA, John Ward and Joseph Ward, both of California, and Robert White Jr. of Severna Park, MD; great-aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Joan A. Ward, and an uncle, Jeffrey White.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. The Rev. Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiated. Burial was in St. Mary Magdelene Cemetery in Honesdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to Penn State Geisinger Medical Center, Pediatric Unit, 1800 Academy St., Dansville, PA 17822; the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Damascus, PA 18415; or to the Manchester Township Ambulance First Responders.

JOSEPHINE ANZALONE
SPARROWBUSH Josephine Anzalone of Sparrowbush, a retired seamstress in the garment industry, died Tuesday, December 1 in Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She was 89.
Daughter of Orazio and Florence Leone Anzalone, she was born January 23, 1909, in Sicily, Italy. She was the widow of Charles Anzalone.
She was a member of the Amalgamated Garment Workers Union Local No. 280 in New York City.
Survivors include three granddaughters, Joanna Manzella of Sparrowbush, Sandra Manzella of Seattle, WA, and Millie Hutchinson of Pittsburgh, PA; a stepdaughter, Frances Anzalone of Pittsburgh, PA; a son-in-law, Philip Manzella of Jackson Heights; and three great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was offered at the Most Sacred Heart Church in Port Jervis. The Rev. David A. DeSimone officiated. Entombment was in Ferncliff Mausoleum in Hartsdale.

MARION H. BECK
BARRYVILLE Marion H. Beck of Barryville, retired owner of the Blue Ribbon Restaurant in Yulan and longtime area resident, died Tuesday, December 1 at home. She was 92.
Daughter of Alfred Reiter and Rosa Seidel Beck, she was born June 15, 1906, in Germany. She was the widow of Julius E. Beck.
She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Lorelei Chapter of New York City; the German Society of New York; and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Yulan Fire Department.
Survivors include a daughter, Marion B. Finch of Flemington, NJ; a son, Alfred M. of Falls Church, VA; and a brother, Herbert Reiter of Germany; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Gray-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville. The Rev. Arvo Beck officiated. Burial was in Montoza Cemetery in Barryville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred American Legion Ambulance.

VERA MAY ELMORE
SPARROWBUSH Vera May Elmore of Sparrowbush, a retired floor lady at Andmore Sportswear in Port Jervis and a 52-year area resident, died Sunday, December 6 at home. She was 69.
Daughter of Samuel and Rosetta Conklin Batchler, she was born February 6, 1929, in Stroudsburg, PA.
She was a member of the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church; the C. & M. Builders of the church; the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and the Union Retirees Club; Sparrowbush Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary; and Roosa-Fleming VFW Post No. 161 Auxiliary. After her retirement she became an Orange County Health Care Aide.
Survivors include her husband, Charles R. Elmore, at home; a son, Roland T. of Barryville; a brother, Vernon Batchler of White Plains; seven grandchildren, Dawn Amato, Richie-Lynn Steens, Annalissa Mellan and Jenny Mellan, all of Glen Spey, Floyd and Roland, both of Barryville, and Penne Bauder of Panama City, FL; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Ann Stevens and a sister, Margaret Cron.
Services were held in the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dan Kantenwein officiated. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church or the Sparrowbush Fire Department Auxiliary.

THOMAS FRANCIS GARDE
NARROWSBURG Thomas Francis Garde of Narrowsburg, a retired boiler engineer for the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne and a 32-year area resident, died Friday, December 4 at home. He was 75.
Son of John and Katherine Bren Garde, he was born March 21, 1923, in New York City.
He was a member of the Merchant Marines and Coast Guard; a former member of the Tusten Ambulance; the Knights of Columbus of New York City; and a former Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America.
Survivors include his wife, Rita at home; seven daughters, Theresa Fuchs of Matthews, NC, Doreen Dial of El Cajon, CA, Donna of Highland, Jeanmarie Tannies of Hawley, Michelle Rembish of Cochecton, Christine of San Diego, CA, and Pauline Klusmeyer of Matthews, NC; three sisters, Mary Ruelius of Houston, TX, Kathleen Von Ryan of Seal Beach, CA, Margaret of Downey, CA; three brothers, John of Mesa, AZ, Richard of Long Island, and Charles of San Francisco, CA; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was offered at St. Francis 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 Tusten Volunteer Ambulance in Narrowsburg.

ARTHUR H. HESS
SHOHOLA Arthur H. Hess of Shohola, a retired self-employed building contractor and lifelong area resident, died Friday, December 4 in Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 90.
Son of Herman and Agnes Greening Hess, he was born July 26, 1908, in Shohola. He was the widower of Helen C. Durling Hess.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Ellen Soul of Newton, NJ; and a son, Chuck, of Greentown, PA.
Services were held at the Stroyan Funeral Home in Milford. The Rev. Margaret Stiles officiated. Burial was in McKean Valley Cemetery in Shohola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shohola Township Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, 4 Walker Lake, Shohola, PA 18458.

WILLIAM A. KAUFMANN
BEACH LAKE William A. Kaufmann of Beach Lake, formerly of Hawley and Richmond Hills, NY, a retired lithographer, died Tuesday, December 1 at Wayne Woodland Manor in Waymart. He was 82.
Son of the late Albert Kaufmann and Anna Leidich Kaufmann, he was born in Brooklyn, NY.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II; a member of the Hawley Area Senior Citizens'; the National Rifle Association; a 50-year member of the Queensboro Masonic Lodge; and the Wilson Kelch Post 311 of the American Legion. He had attended Hofstra College.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn of Beach Lake; two daughters, Carol Kampf of Brick, NJ and Linda Kaucher of Edison, NJ; a granddaughter, Christina Kampf; a grandson, Billy Kampf; and a sister, Elizabeth Rohrer of Ridge, LI, NY.
Services were private and at the convenience of the family. Cremation took place at the H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, PA.

EUGENE R. NEWMAN
FRENCH WOODS Eugene R. Newman of French Woods, a retired logger and longtime area resident, died Monday, November 30 at the home of a dear friend, Florence Thomas. He was 80.
Son of the late Harlie and Elizabeth Reyen Newman, he was born March 4, 1918.
Survivors include a daughter, Bette Laders of Pittsford; four sons, Roger G. of Deposit, Robert E. of Hancock, Alan H. of Roscoe and Eugene R., Jr. of Dallas, TX; 17 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Arlene Marie Colvard.
Services were held at the Henderson-Biedekapp Funeral Chapel in Hancock. The Rev. Paul Cronin, of the First Congregational Church in Walton, officiated.

ANDREAS L. NISSEN
JEFFERSONVILLE Andreas L. Nissen of Jeffersonville, a retired dairy farmer and longtime area resident, died Wednesday, December 2 at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. He was 69.
Son of the late Lorenz and Marie Catharina Bahnsen Nissen, he was born November 19, 1929, in Germany.
Survivors include his wife, Elfriede Topp Nissen, at home; a son, Lorne of Barneveld; and several cousins in Germany.
Services were held at the First Lutheran Church in Jeffersonville. Pastor Kristen Anderson officiated. Burial was in the Jeffersonville Lutheran Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church of Jeffersonville, Jeffersonville, NY 12748.

EILEEN M. SEMO
LIBERTY Eileen M. Semo, an account representative for the Bank of New York in Monticello, died Saturday, November 28 at the Seelig Division of Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 47.
Daughter of Warren and Shirley Hansen Werlau, she was born September 18, 1951, in Callicoon.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Woodbourne and a member of the Tri-Valley PTA in Grahamsville.
Survivors include her husband, John "Jack" Semo, and a daughter, Patrice, both at home; two sons, Jason P. and Adam T, both of Tempe, AZ; her parents of Liberty; two brothers, Allan Werlau of Swan Lake and Fred Werlau of Jeffersonville; nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Woodbourne. Burial was in St. Peter's Cemetery in Liberty.

JOHN L. STAUDT
MONTAGUE, NJ John L. Staudt of Montague, NJ, a retired farmer and longtime area resident, died Saturday, December 5 in Mercy Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 92.
Son of John and Elizabeth Pantesz Staudt, he was born June 25, 1906, in Clifton, NJ. He was the widower of Mildred Wilkinson and Ethel "Abbie" Petty.
He was a graduate of Upsala College in E. Orange and was a member of St. James the Greater R.C. Church in Montague.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Patricia Walsh of Layton; a son, Lawrence J. of Paul, ID; a brother, Ernest of Montague; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two grandchildren, Christina and John Staudt; and a sister, Anna.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. James the Greater Roman Catholic Church in Montague. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Port Jervis.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. James the Greater Roman Catholic Church, River Road, Montague, NJ 07827.

NORA A. TOWNSEND
LIBERTY Nora A. Townsend of Liberty, a retired housekeeper, died Monday, November 23 at the Geraldine Thompson Medical Home in Allenwood, NJ. She was 98.
Daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Wood, she was born April 22, 1900, in White Sulphur Springs.
She was a member of the Liberty United Methodist Church.
Survivors include a son, Edward E. of Liberty; a daughter, Elizabeth Wilson of Spring Lake, NJ; a sister, Gladys Spettigue of Narrowsburg; six grandchildren, Doreen Heimann of Montague, NJ, David of Liberty, Dina Jester of Bradley, Diane Didden and Randy Wilson, both of New Jersey, Claudia Wilson of the state of Florida; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by four brothers, Chester Wood, Jim Wood, Bill Wood and Floyd Wood, and two sisters, Mabel Sprague and Clara Weber.
Cremation took place at the Monmouth Memorial Park in Wall Township, NJ. Memorial services will be held at a later date at the Liberty United Methodist Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty United Methodist Church, 170 N. Main Street, Liberty, NY 12754.

IRENE L. FRENCH WORRELL
HAWLEY Irene L. French Worrell of Hawley, a retired chief operator at the Hawley switchboard for Bell Telephone and longtime area resident, died Thursday, December 3 at the VNA Hospice at CMC Hospital in Scranton. She was 87.
Daughter of Joseph Afford and Josephine Frey Afford, she was born in Hawley. She was the widow of Paul French and Albert Worrell.
She was a member of Golden Girls of Hawley Diner Club, was an avid reader and enjoyed the Hawley Library.
Survivors include two sons, James French of Hazelton, PA and Joseph C. French of New York, NY; a step-son, Albert Worrell, Jr. of N. Myrtle Beach, SC; a sister, Mary Klees of Milton, PA; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Teeters' East Chapel in Hawley. The Rev. Martin L. Cox, Jr., pastor of the Hawley United Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was in Green Gates Cemetery in Hawley.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hawley Public Library or VNA Hospice, 1800 Mulberry St., Scranton, PA 18510.


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