Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries - 1998

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PAULA ALEXY
BETHEL — Paula Alexy of Bethel, a nine-year resident and a summer resident of the Port Jervis and Narrowsburg area since the 1930's, died Saturday, December 5 at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale. She was 92.
Daughter of the late Josef and Theresia Decker Wirth, she was born February 9, 1906, in Hungary. She was the widow of Bela C. Alexy.
She was orphaned at the age of four and at age 16 studied and apprenticed in cooking and pastry baking in Vienna. She came to the United States in 1930 and became a citizen in 1939.
She worked as a cook, pastry chef, dressmaker and later as a hotel linen supervisor.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Cornelius and Sharon Alexy; four grandchildren, James, Jeremiah, Joseph and Eizabeth Alexy, all of Bethel; nieces and nephews in Europe and William Fischl of Norwalk, CT.
Services were held at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Jeffersonville. The Rev. Jody Swart officiated. Burial was in Laurel Hill Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.

ETHEL BLEWETT
HAWLEY — Ethel H. Blewett of Hawley, PA, a former teacher at the Hawley Elementary School and a lifelong area resident, died Sunday, December 6 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale. She was 92.
Daughter of the late Alfred H. and Carrie Downs Howell, she was born in White Mills. She was the widow of William J. Blewett, Sr.
She was a member of the Hawley United Methodist Church; a member of the Pennsylvania and Wallenpaupack Retired Teachers Association; a member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star; a Hawley Library Board member; and a former member of the Hawley Women's Club.
Survivors include two sons, William J., Jr. of Millersville, MD and Dr. Charles H. of Milford, PA; her twin sister, Edith Firmstone of Honesdale, PA; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
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 the Indian Orchard Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hawley Public Library or the Hawley United Methodist Church.

JOSEPHINE CALBERT
DAMASCUS — Josephine Calbert of Damascus, PA, a homemaker and a 44-year area resident, died Wednesday, December 9 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 73.
Daughter of the late Gino and Josefina Mulinelli, she was born January 14, 1925, in New York City. She was the widow of Joseph Calbert.
She was a member of the Jeffersonville Senior Citizens; the Delaware Valley Senior Citizens in Callicoon; and the Damascus Senior Citizens.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Canfield of Damascus; a sister, Adria Barreiro of Oakland, NJ; nieces and nephews, including Jeffrey Milinelli of Damascus.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Holy Cross Church. The Rev. Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiated. Burial was in the Hillside Cemetery in Damascus.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

GEORGE C. HENKE
MONTOUR FALLS — George C. Henke of Montour Falls, a resident of the Schuyler Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Montour Falls, and a retired partner of the Henke-Warren Insurance Agency in Coxsackie, died Friday, December 4. He was 84.
Son of the late Bernard and Veronica Wiegard Henke, he was born November 7, 1910, in New York City.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II as a Lieutenant Commander. He held several official positions in Coxsackie.
Survivors include four brothers, Francis (Fran), and James, both of Callicoon, Carl of New York City, and Conrad of Charlotte, NC; nieces and nephews; grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be held in Callicoon at a later date.

LLOYD KINNE
BEACH LAKE — Lloyd Kinne of Beach Lake, PA, a former District Superintendent for the NY State Department of Transportation living in Fosterdale, died Thursday, December 10 at home. He was 93.
Son of the late William and Rose Kinne, he was born July 2, 1905. He was the widower of his first wife, Oakley Liddle.
He was descended from a pioneering family who came to this country from England in the mid-1600's and settled in Sullivan County. He was the last surviving member of his family. He grew up in Roscoe and Cooks Falls, NY, and was employed at the Treyz Company in Cooks Falls. After moving to Hancock, he started a grocery and meat delivery business and later worked for a number of local businesses, including Bolles Grocery, Iverson Motors, Robinson Feed Mill and the Crock Brothers Feed Mill. He served several terms as Superintendent of Highways for the town of Hancock; was an elder in the Hancock Presbyterian Church; a member of the IOOF Lodge, and a volunteer fireman.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Welz Kinne at home; two sons, Ivan of Beaufort, SC, and David of Greensboro, NC; a daughter, Joan Schulman of Queens, NY; five stepdaughters, Betty Oppelt of Canadensis, PA, Rita Welz of New York City, Penny Rose of Beach Lake, Eleanor Myers of Hamlin, PA, and Mulle Welz of Texas; a stepson, Carl Bonitz of Middletown, NY; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg, NY. The Rev. Richard Jagger officiated. Burial was in the United Methodist Church Cemetery in Fosterdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice St. John, Lackawanna Executive Park Suite 101, 237 Main Street, Dickson City, PA 18519, or the United Methodist Church of Beach Lake, Beach lake, PA 18405.

JOSEPHINE ZELLMAN
GRAY EAGLE, MN — Josephine Herbert Seesselberg Zellman of Gray Eagle, MN, a private duty licensed practical nurse and formerly of Highland Lake, NY, died Friday, December 4 in Long Prairie Hospital. She was 71.
Daughter of the late Calvin and Julia Henry Penrod, she was born July 22, 1927, in Granite City, IL.
She was a member of St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Shohola, PA.
Survivors include her husband, John L. Zellman of Grey Eagle, MN; four daughters, Victoria Kanson of Wayne, NJ, Josephine Dowell of Highland Lake, NY, Sharon Yusavage of Milford, PA, and Robin Johnson of Lord's Valley, PA; three sons, Earl Herbert of Dingman's Ferry, PA, Bruce Herbert of Argyle, ME and Paul Herbert of Riverdale, NJ; two sisters, Verita Penrod of Branson, MO and Mary Van Houten of Griffith, ID; two brothers, Calvin Penrod of New Douglas, IL and Daniel Penrod of IL; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Shohola, PA. Burial was in Milford Cemetery in Dingman Twp., PA.

Albert E. Black
Albert Elmer Black of Little Rock, Ark., a former Fosterdale resident and the owner and operator of Black’s Sawmill and Lumber Company, died Tuesday, December 15, 1998, at his home. He was 75.
Son of the late Bert and Madalyn Hunt Black, he was born April 6, 1923, in Archbald, PA.
Survivors include his wife, Lena Black, at home; two daughters, Trudy Trask of Walton, Doris Royce of Cochecton and a stepdaughter, Diane Feduik; four sons, Fred, Albert Jr., and Jerry of Little Rock, Ark., Gary of Clovis, Calif., and a stepson, David Redner of Middletown; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Margaret Rutkowski of Lake Como, pA and Arlene Brown of Walton. He was predeceased by two brothers, Gerald and John "Bud" Black, a sister, Romaine Black and two grandsons, David and Ricky Trask.
Services were held at the Huson Funeral Home in Little Rock, Ark. Burial was made in the Salem Cemetery in Little Rock. Ark.

ROBERT FIFE
MAYFIELD — Robert Fife of Mayfield, PA, a retired employee of the Army Signal Corps Depot in Tobyhanna, died Monday, December 14 in Robert Packer Medical Center in Sayre, PA.
Son of the late William and Julia Matichak Fife, he was born in Childs, PA.
He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War; a member of St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield; a member of America Legion Post 610 in Archbald, PA; and Aurora Lodge 523 Free and Accepted Masons in Jermyn, PA.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Borick Fife; a daughter, Sandra Pidgeon of Gouldsboro, PA; two sons, Robert Jr. of Callicoon, NY, and David of Old Forge, PA; two sisters, Ann Rogish of Carbondale, PA and Maria Damski of Dickson City, PA; a brother, Paul of Childs; seven grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a sister, Sarah Cibula, and three brothers, William, John and James.
Services were held at St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Mayfield. The Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest John Sorochka officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery in Mayfield.

LEO FOGLER
TYLER HILL — Leo Ogden Fogler of Tyler Hill, PA, a retired financial consultant and a 13-year area resident, formerly of Stony Brook, Long Island, died Monday, December 14 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. He was 82.
Son of the late Leo and Lillian Ogden Fogler, he was born September 26, 1916, in Brooklyn, NY.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Case Fogler; two sons, Ogden Jr. of Newton, NJ, and William of Princeton, NJ; a daughter, Barbara Fogler of Tyler Hill; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg, NY. Cremation took place at the Twin Tier Crematory in Endicott, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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 Garde, at home; seven daughters, Teresa Fuchs of Matthews, NC, Doreen Dial of El Cajon, CA, Donna of Highland, Jeanmarie Tannies of Hawley, PA, Michelle Rembish of Cochecton, Christine of San Diego, CA, and Pauline Klusmeyer of Matthews, NC; three sons, Robert of Narrowsburg, Peter Grieco of Alden and Tommy Mattimore of Sebring, FL; 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 Corps in Narrowsburg.

LORRAINE JUNE MANNATO
HAWLEY — Lorraine June Mannato of Woodloch Springs in Hawley, PA, a former teacher in the New York City Schools and a six-year area resident, died Saturday, December 19 in Mercy Hospital in Port Jervis, NY. She was 69.
Daughter of the late Fredrick Frank and Pauline Voelker Frank, she was born in Brooklyn, NY.
She was a member of the New York Retired Teachers Association and the American Federation of Teachers.
Survivors include her husband, Edward Mannato at home; a daughter, Anne Edwards of Corrales, New Mexico; a son, James of Colidge, AR; and two grandchildren.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in White Mills, PA, on Monday, December 28 at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Michael Marchetti will officiate. Cremation took place at H.G. Smith Crematory in Stroudsburg, PA.

IRENE QUINN
DAMASCUS — Irene Quinn of Damascus, PA, a member of the Weavers and Spinners Guild, died Tuesday, December 15 at home. She was 82.
Daughter of the late James and Opal Elliott Hand, she was born July 5, 1916, in Mapleton, Maine.
She was a member of the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church in Abrahamsville, PA; and served as recording secretary for the United Methodist Women of the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Allen D. Quinn; four sons, Fred Heyn of Fords, NJ, Robert Heyn of Dickson City, PA, Chuck Heyn of Abrahamsville and Edward Quinn of Beach Lake, PA; a daughter, Martha Quinn of Damascus; a brother, Elwood Hand of Ashland, Maine; 12 grandchildren, Stephanie, Rebecca, Dana, Dale, Tammy, Robert Jr., David, Melanie, Emma, Shane, Edward Jr. and Joseph; two great-grandsons; and a great-granddaughter.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Alton Heyn, and two brothers, Charles Hand and Vernon Hand.
Memorial services were held at the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church. The Rev. Tony Hipes officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Damascus Volunteer Ambulance corps, Tyler Hill, PA 18469, or the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church.

DOROTHY BIVINS
LIBERTY — Dorothy Bivins of Liberty, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, December 20 at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. She was 70.
Daughter of the late Henry and Waneeda Dobell Doughty, she was born April 1, 1928, in Hazel.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Sr. of Monticello and James Doughty of Youngsville; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by three brothers.
Graveside services were held at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty. The Rev. Bridgette LeConey officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 159 Green Street, Kingston, NY 12401.

CARL W. CALKINS
MONROETON — Carl W. Calkins of Monroeton, formerly of Shohola Falls, died Friday, December 18 at home. He was 85.
Son of the late Harry Grant and Marion Wirth Calkins, he was born April 24, 1913, in Cohoes, NY. He was the widower of his first wife, Frances George Bradt.
He was director of purchasing with Cohoes Envelope Company; later was vice president of Farley-Dix Corp. in Albany; and after that assisted in the operation of the Ryman Dog Kennel in Shohola.
He was an Army Air Force WWII veteran; a member of the Church of Good Shepherd in Milford; and belonged to the Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 90 F&AM, Ballston Spa, NY.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Ryman Calkins at home; a sister, Otto Matkeke; a brother, Grant; nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at the Beech Flats Cemetery in Canton Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bradford Humane Society, Rt. 220, Ulster, PA 18850.

ROBERT D. COCHRANE
LAKE HUNTINGTON — Robert D. Cochrane of Lake Huntington, a retired heavy equipment operator for the former Sullivan Highway Products in Bridgeville and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, December 25 in Community General Hospital, Grover Herman Division in Callicoon. He was 74.
Son of the late John Cochrane and Jennie Stephenson Cochrane, he was born November 1, 1924, in Cochecton.
He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War. He attended Jeffersonville High School; was a former member of Stoney Brook Hunting Club; a 33-year member of the Lake Huntington Fire Co., Inc.; a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanette Milligan Jirinec Cochrane at home; two sons, Gary R. of Lake Huntington, and Darryl F. Jirinec of Auburn, NY; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother, Irving and two sisters, Evelyn Reilly and Marge Coots.
Memorial services took place at Rasmussen Sons Inc. Funeral Home in Narrowsburg. The Rev. Richard Hewitt officiated. Cremation took place at the Twin Tier Crematory in Endicott.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Church on the Rock in Jeffersonville; the Lake Huntington Fire Co. in Lake Huntington; the Grover Hermann Auxiliary in Callicoon or the Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps Inc. in Lake Huntington.

CLIFFORD COLLINS
MIDDLETOWN — Clifford Collins of Middletown, a retired laborer for the Town of Goshen and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday December 29 in Middletown Park Manor. He was 65.
Son of the late Sylvester and Dorothy Shiffer Collins, he was born April 2, 1933, in Hackensack, NJ.
Survivors include a brother, Nile S. of Middletown; and a sister, Irene of Jeffersonville.
Graveside services were held in Hillside Cemetery in Middletown.

ALLAN D’ARCANGELO
KENOZA LAKE — Allan D’Arcangelo of Kenoza Lake, an artist, died Thursday, December 17 in Beth Israel North Hospital in New York City following a battle with leukemia. He was 68.
He was born in Buffalo in 1930.
He was educated in the University of Buffalo and had his first professional art exhibition in Mexico City in 1958. He was later affiliated with Fischbach and Marlborough Galleries in New York and showed his work in one-man exhibitions throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
He was the recipient of a 1987-88 Guggenheim Fellowship and his works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC and in private collections throughout the world. He was a professor of art at Brooklyn College and had taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Survivors include a son, Gideon of Brooklyn; a daughter, Gabrielle Walters of Chico, CA; two grandchildren; a brother, Mark of Fairfield, CT; and a sister, Bernadette Gorski of Cheshire, CT.
Services were held at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home in Callicoon.
Memorial contributions may be made to P.S. 1 Contemporary Arts Center, National Studio Program, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101.

RUSSELL "THOMAS" DONALDSON
ELDRED — Russell "Thomas" Donaldson of Eldred, a retired transportation specialist and 38-year area resident, died Saturday, January 2 [1999] at home. He was 78.
Son of Russell and Nettie Nuthall Donaldson, he was born December 23, 1920, in Capital Heights, MD.
He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran serving from 1942 to 1946. He was a member of the Golf Roamers and the Eastern Car Forman’s Association. He was a pioneer for the Metro Liner, a high-speed train throughout the northeast corridor.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen Donaldson, at home; a daughter, Barbara Patricia Vallely of Washington, CT; five grandchildren, Kerry Ann, Peter, Sean Patrick, Heather Jeanne and Mary Elizabeth; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at St. Anthony’s Church in Yulan. The Rev. Evan Greco officiated. Burial was in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Eldred.

LEON GROSSMAN
BETHEL — Leon Grossman of Bethel, retired owner of the former 52 Club in Loch Sheldrake and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, December 26 in the Samuel Stratton Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albany. He was 79.
Son of the late Samuel and Rebecca Gerschenfong Gossman, he was born April 5, 1919, in Parksville.
He was an U.S. Army Air Force World War II Veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Hathaway Grossman, at home; three sons, Robert of Bethel, Richard of Jeffersonville, and George N. Hathaway of Damascus, PA; two grandchildren; a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held at the Parksville Synagogue Cemetery in Parksville. Rabbi Irwin Tanenbaum officiated.

SADIE HEMPSTEAD
STARLIGHT — Sadie Hempstead of Starlight, a retired franchisee for Northern Log Homes, died Saturday, December 26 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 71.
Daughter of the late Joseph and Madeline Hacker Brown, she was born August 27, 1927, in East Branch.
She graduated from Hancock Central School as Salutatorian. She was a member of the Northern Wayne Fire Auxiliary, the Shehawken United Methodist Church, and the UMW.
Survivors include her husband, Earl Hempstead; a daughter, Joanne Hickam of Richland, WA; two sons, Gary of Starlight and Lenny of Lake Montezuma, AZ; two sisters, Josephine Novak of Starlight and Lovina Hess of Pluckemin, NJ; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Brown.
Services were held at the Shehawken United Methodist Church. The Rev. Yvonne Perri officiated. Burial was in Lake Como Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Northern Wayne Fire Department or the American Cancer Society.

ROSE JANOSIK
HAWLEY — Rose Janosik of Hawley, a retired housekeeper for Woodloch Pines and Forest Lake Club and a 40-year area resident, died Sunday, January 3 [1999] at Julia Ribaudo Nursing Home in Lake Township. She was 76.
Daughter of the late Emil Sadilek and Anna Sadilek, she was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She was the widow of John Janosik.
She was a member of the Central Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Survivors include two sons, Milan of Hawley and John of Greeley; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son, Daniel.
Services were private at the convenience of the family. Cremation was private at Maple Hill Crematory in Archbald.

ERNIS C. KEESLER
WHITE LAKE — Ernis C. Keesler of White Lake, a retired Union Carpenter for Local 255 in Fair Oaks and a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, December 19 at the Monroe County Regional Medical Center in Ocala, FL. He was 71.
Son of the late Claude and Katherine White Keesler, he was born September 9, 1927, in Galilee, PA.
He was a driver for the Sullivan County Office of the Aging; a 51 year member of the White Lake Fire Department and was a past president and secretary of the department; served as fire commissioner for the White Lake Fire District; and was a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Survivors include his wife, Joan L. Dauch Keesler, at home; three sons, Robert and Russell, both of White Lake and William of Ft. Pierce, FL; a daughter, Ellen Keesler Barsky of Mongaup Valley; a sister, Lilly Morgan of Middletown; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Abe, Harold and Everett.
Services were held at the Ramsay’s Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake. The Rev. David Coon officiated. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Model T Fund, c/o White Lake Fire Department, White Lake, NY 12786.

KATHRYN KENNEDY
JEFFERSONVILLE — Kathryn Kennedy of Jeffersonville, a retired cook at Symbol Technologies in Bohemia, died Tuesday, December 29 at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon. She was 72.
Daughter of the late Joseph and Annie Sinnott Sanchez, she was born June 22, 1926, in Brooklyn.
Survivors include her husband, Walter F. Kennedy, at home; a daughter, Kathleen Reynolds of Rome, NY; two sons, Edmund Redmond of Centereach and Kevin Redmond of Jeffersonville; a sister, Dorothy McGuigan of Queens; nine grandchildren; a great-grandchild; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Cremation took place at the Twin Tiers Crematory in Endicott.

EDWARD KENNEDY SR.
SMALLWOOD — Edward Kennedy Sr. of Smallwood, a Monticello coach and a lifelong area resident, died Friday, December 25 at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. He was 67.
Son of the late Frank and Mildred Eronimous Kennedy, he was born March 26, 1931, in Monticello.
He was a graduate of Monticello High School, a 1953 graduate of Notre Dame with a BS in Physical Education and earned his masters degree from Pennsylvania State University. He taught physical education in Monticello Central School and coached varsity soccer from 1956 to 1986. He also coached other sports at various times and was the Youth Recreation Program director and swimming teacher for the recreation program sponsored by the Monticello Central Schools, the Village of Monticello and Town of Thompson.
He was a member of St. Peter’s R.C. Church in Monticello and a member of the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association and Section Nine Athletic Directors.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret "Peggy" Kennedy at home; four sons, Edward R. Jr. of Eldred, Patrick J. Sr. of Middletown, Kevin C. of Hammondsport and Michael J. of San Diego, CA; a sister, Mildred Rodels of Albany; and four grandchildren, Kathleen of Eldred and Sean, Annie and Bridget of Hammondsport.
He was predeceased by a brother, Frank and a grandson, Patrick Jr.
A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church in Mongaup Valley. The Rev. Father Robert Ginel officiated. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ronald McDonald House of Albany, 139 South Lake St., Albany, NY 12208; or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, c/o Dr. Speck Special Fund, 99 Westchester County Medical Center, Valhalla, NY 10595.

NORMAN MacARTHUR
BLOOMING GROVE — Norman MacArthur of Blooming Grove, most recently of Birmingham, Michigan, employed as a gardener in Blooming Grove for over 60 years, died Tuesday, December 22. He was 90.
He was born January 7, 1908, in the village of Achmore, Isle of Lewis, Scotland.
He came to the United States in 1927. He served in the British Naval Reserve and the U.S. Army, 9th Air Force during World War II. He was past master of Hawley Lodge #305, F&AM; a past post commander of Ecker-Haupt Post #5635, Veterans of Foreign Wars; and an Elder in the First Presbyterian Church of Hawley.
Survivors include his wife, Marybelle MacArthur; a daughter, Mary Jo Bennett of Western Springs, Illinois; a son, Donald of Birmingham, Michigan; a sister, Mary of Glasgow, Scotland; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church in Hawley. The Rev. Albert A. Chaffee, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Honesdale, officiated. Burial was in Green Gates Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Hawley or the Ecker-Haupt Post #5635, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Lackawaxen.

MARY SORENSON
LORDS VALLEY — Mary Sorenson of Lords Valley, a retired telephone operator for the New York City Telephone, died Friday, December 18 at home. She was 80.
Daughter of the late Harry and Anna Baklay Oleksa, she was born on March 19, 1918, in Hartford, CT. She was the widow of Erven Sorensen.
Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Gatham of Queens, NY, Joyce Dusold of St. Cloud, FL, Carol Sorensen of Lords Valley, and Susan Lawrence of Lackawaxen; a son, Russel of Lords Valley; a sister, Sophie Moore of Port Jefferson, NY; two brothers, John Oleksa of Sarasota, FL and William Oleksa of Garden City, NY; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Services were held at the Stroyan Funeral Home. The Rev. William Ward officiated. Burial was at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hemlock Farms Fire and Rescue, Hawley, PA 18428.

HAZEL SAVARESE
LIBERTY — Hazel Savarese of Liberty, a homemaker and lifelong area resident, died Saturday, January 2 [1999] in Community General Hospital in Harris. She was 84.
Daughter of the late Ai and Rachel O’Dell VanLoan, she was born September 18, 1904, in Hazel. She was the widow of Giacomo Savarese.
Survivors include a son, Jay Stewart and his wife Nora of Beach Lake, PA; a sister, Vilda Lindsley of White Sulphur springs; a grandson, Frederick Jay Stewart of Stratham, NH; a granddaughter, Lorraine and her husband, Thomas Davis of Beach Lake, PA; two great-grandsons, Timothy J. and Christopher A. Adase of Highland; and seven nephews.
She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Linda A. Stewart Adase; two brothers, William and Victor VanLoan; and three sisters, Mildred Edwards, Catherine VanLoan and Althea Sander.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cremation took place at Cedar Hill Crematory in Newburgh.

CHRISTIAN E. STAATS
HONESDALE — Christian E. Staats of Berlin Township in Honesdale, PA, a counselor at the Delaware Valley Job Corps Center, died Monday, December 28 at home. He was 51.
Son of the late William Edward Staats and Edna Kast Staats, he was born December 30, 1946, in Nyack.
He was a graduate of Nyack High School, class of 1964; and graduated from Ramapo College with a BA degree in Literature. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran stationed in the Philippines and Taiwan during the Vietnam War. He worked as a guard at Fishkill State Prison for a time.
Survivors include his mother, with whom he resided; three sons, Hans, Aaron and Leland, all of Warwick; a brother Peter; a sister, Susan Petriello of Mansfield, PA; nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale. The Rev. Albert Chaffee, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Honesdale, officiated. Cremation was at the Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald.

MABEL WIEK
WAYMART — Mabel Wiek of Waymart, PA, formerly of Hawley, PA, a retired examiner for the former Katz Company in Honesdale, died Saturday December 19 at Wayne Woodlands Manor in Waymart. She was 85.
Daughter and last surviving member of the George and Mary Schilling Kellerman family, she was born January 16, 1913, in Hawley. She was the widow of Gustav Wiek.
She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hawley. She had worked at various sweater mills in the area.
Survivors include a son, George of Honesdale, PA; a daughter, Janet Olver and her husband Craig of Beach Lake, PA; three grandchildren, Jamie Wiek, Amanda Wiek and Tara Olver; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Chris, John and William Kellerman; and three sisters, Mildred Mougnous, Verna Kellerman and Lottie Aug.
Services were held at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale. The Rev. Klaus Molzahn, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hawley, officiated. Burial was in Indian Orchard Cemetery in Texas Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Church Street, Hawley, PA 18428.


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