Miscellaneous Sullivan County, New York Obituaries


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TAFTON - Margaret Mary McCarthy Ayres of Tafton, a housewife and 11-year area resident, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000 in Mercy Hospice in Scranton. She was 55.

Daughter of the late William J. McCarthy and Mary Ruth Thompson McCarthy she was born in Philadelphia.

She was a member of Queen of Peace R.C. Church in Hawley.

Survivors include her husband, William of Tafton; three sons, Rev. William G., Jr. of Philadelphia, Michael A. of Scranton and Joseph of Tafton; a daughter, Margaret of Tafton; six brothers, William J. of Moscow and Robert A. of Drums, J. Michael of Philadelphia, Thomas of Ladson, SC, Phillip of Upper Darby, PA and James of Bala Cynwyd, PA; a sister, Ruthanne of Stratford, NJ; a grandson, Dominick; nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass was offered at Queen of Peace R.C. Church in Hawley. The Revs. William Ayres, Jr. and Concelebrant Rev. William B. Healey, pastor, officiated. Burial was in the parish cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis De Sales School, 917 S. 47th St., Philadelphia, PA 19143.


STERLING TOWNSHIP - Charles G. Cruse, Sr. of Sterling Township, an 18-year service manager for the Sun Auto Group, formerly the Abington Auto in Clarks Summit, died Saturday, October 14, 2000 in the Mercy Hospice in Scranton. He was 57.

Son of the late G. Charles and Carolyn Cook Cruse, he was born in Peckville.

He received his Associate's Degree in Business from Lackawanna Junior College and completed courses with the Commercial Trade Institute where he received his certification in Auto Mechanics. He was a member of the Hollisterville Baptist Church. He belonged to the Service Managers Club and the Moscow Lodge #504 Free and Accepted Masons and was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

Survivors include his wife, Rosemarie Scalsky; a daughter, Corinne Mosher of Magnolia, DE; a son, Charles G., Jr. of Carbondale; a brother, Kenneth of Kennett Square, PA; three grandsons; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a brother, James and a stepsister, Jean O'Connor.

Services were held in the Brian Arthur Strauch Funeral Home in Spring Book Twp. The Rev. William Henwood officiated. Burial was in Sterling Cemetery.


LIBERTY - Richard B. Downs of Liberty, a retired self-employed collision expert in Queens and a 12-year area resident, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000 in the Walnut Mountain Care Center in Liberty. He was 79.

Son of Samuel and Agnes O'Brien Downs, he was born November 17, 1920 in Trenton, NJ.

He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II from 1939 to 1945.

He was a member of Liberty Elks Lodge #1545 and an assistant scoutmaster for Troops 95 and 96 in Liberty.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Mitchell Downs at home; two sons, Richard B., Jr. and wife Marilyn of Equinunk, PA and Thomas M. and wife Rose of Grahamsville; a daughter, Patricia at home; a sister, Marion Hearn of New York City; and two grandsons, Mitchell Downs and Gregory Allen U.S.A.F.

He was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters.

Services were held at Ramsay's Funeral Home. The Rev. Francis Waite officiated. Burial was in the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery in Liberty.


HONESDALE - Elda Eppley of Honesdale, a former school teacher at the East Cherry Ridge School, died Sunday, September 17, 2000 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale. She was 98.

Daughter of the late Charles and Rosella Drumm Monington, she was born in Damascus. She was the widow of Lester Eppley.

She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Honesdale. She graduated from Damascus High School, Class of 1919 and the East Stroudsburg Normal School.

Survivors include a son, Melvin H. of Honesdale; nieces and nephews; a close friend, Rachel James and her pet Cocker Spaniel, "Ebby."

A graveside service was held in the Lutheran Cemetery. The Rev. Jon Buxton officiated. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, RR 5, Box 115, Honesdale, PA 18431.


CALLICOON - Antonio Esposito of Callicoon, a retired mechanic and a 21-year area resident, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at the Grover M. Hermann Division of Community General Hospital in Callicoon. He was 69.

Son of the late Sebastiano and Margaret Liberti Esposito, he was born June 17, 1921 in Italy.

He was a member of Holy Cross Church and the Delaware Council #4478, Knights of Columbus, both in Callicoon.

Survivors include his wife, Alfonsina "Frances" Bernadino Esposito at home; two daughters, Margaret Porter and Cindy Eposito, both of Callicoon; two sons, Antonio, Jr. of Bear, DE and Samuel of Littleton, CO; a sister, Maria Marrotta of NJ; and eight grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Holy Cross Church in Callicoon. The Rev. Ignatius Smith, OFM, officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Youngsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Frances Esposito, 153 Gael Rd., Callicoon, NY 12723.


SOUTHBOROUGH, MA - Vincent Graziadio of Southborough, MA, a retired 20-year employee of IBM, formerly of Hancock and Honesdale, died Wednesday, September 27, 2000.

He was the son of the late Vincent and Rita Graziadio.

He was a graduate of Hancock Central High School and Hartwick College in New York. He served in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Graziadio; two sons, Vincent of St. Austine, FL and Joseph of New York City; two daughters, Deborah Kutch of Southborough and Christine Hostige of Framingham, MA; eight grandchildren; a sister, Jane Weist of Honesdale; and a brother Mark of White Mills.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at St. Anne's R.C. Church in Southborough.


Honesdale - Flora A. Maori Harendza of Honesdale, a former switchboard operator at the Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, and a lifelong area resident, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at Moses Taylor Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility. She was 70.

Daughter of the late Percy and Flora Lyons Amor, she was born August 11, 1930 in Honesdale.

She was a graduate of Honesdale High School and Lackawanna Junior College. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Honesdale.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin J. Harendza; three daughters, Melodieann Whiteley of Rogers, AR, Margaret Banks of Honesdale and Mai Lei Harendza of Dallas, TX; a sister, Mildred Amor of Honesdale; a brother-in-law, John Borowski of Honesdale; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter and two nieces.

She was predeceased by a sister, Jean Borowski.

Services were held at the Hessling Funeral Home in Honesdale. The Very Rev. Kevin P. Mulhern, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish, officiated. Cremation followed.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Kirby Health Center Annex, 63 N. Franklin Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.


GLEN SPEY - James A. Hoey of Glen Spey, a retired driver for Port Jervis Trucking and Rupp's Southern Tier in Middletown and a lifelong area resident, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. He was 76.

Son of the late Thomas and Margaret McGoey Hoey, he was born June 9, 1924 n Port Jervis.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Church in Yulan; a 50-year member of the Elks Lodge No. 645 in Port Jervis; and Teamsters Local No. 445 in Newburgh.

Survivors include his wife Genevieve "Gene" Hoey at home; a brother, Thomas of Santa Barbara, CA; four nephews, Thomas of Port Jervis, Mark of Cedar Hill, TX, Dr. William McAveney of Leesburg, VA and Robert McAveney of New Fairfield, CT; a niece, Kathleen Garwood of Santa Barbara, CA; three cousins, John McGoey of Matamoras, PA, Thomas McGoey of Port Jervis and Ann Brown of Port Jervis; nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews.

A Mass of Resurrection was held at St. Anthony's Church in Yulan. The Rev. Evan Greco officiated. Burial was in St. Lucy's Cemetery in Cochecton.

Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Anthony's Church in Yulan or to the Lumberland Fire Department, Glen Spey, NY.


BEACH LAKE - Olive Mallinson Kaiser of Beach Lake, formerly of Wayne, died in a car accident on Wednesday, October 11, 2000. She was 71.

She was the widow of Frank Kaiser.

She was retired from the Wayne Township Board of Education from 1965-1992. She was a member of the Eastern Star and Saint Paul's Lutheran Church. She also volunteered with the local PTA and Cub Scout Troop. She was currently employed by Woodloch Pines as a babysitter.

Survivors include Chuck Otten, Patterson, NJ; Janice Ottens, Ringwood, NJ; Laurel Kidd, Ringwood; Phyllis Reeder, Beach Lake, PA; and Kathleen Sadiwnyk, Lake Shawnee, NJ; and eight grandchildren.

Visiting hours were at M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, Newark Prompton Turnpike at Route 23, Prompton Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Hawley - Frank P. Nonnenmacher of Hawley, a former lathe operator for the White Mills Handle Factory which became the Worth Bat Company where he made Louisville Slugger Baseball bats, died Saturday, September 30, 2000 at the Ellen Memorial Health Care Center.

Last surviving son of the Joseph and Katherine Geendlinger Nonnenmacher family, he was born March 11, 1903 at Swamp Brook in Wayne County. He was the widower of Violet Cosgrove.

He was a former member of St. Joseph's Parish in White Mills and the White Mills Fire Company. He was a 50-year member of the Knights of Saint George and a member of the Queen of Peace Parish in Hawley for the past 36 years.

Survivors include a daughter, Joan E. Beilman and husband Edmund of Hawley; five grandchildren, Gary, James and Carl Beilman, Marie Sauter and Tracy Vennie; seven great-grandchildren, Andrew Sauter, Ryan, Corie, Jamie, Scott and Mark Beilman and Hannah Vennie; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Ferdinand and Julius; and a sister, Loretta Aug.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered at Queen of Peace Church in Hawley. Burial was in Indian Orchard Cemetery in Texas Township.


NAPLES, FL and SHOHOLA, PA - John R. Pavy of Naples, FL and Shohola, PA, former owner of the Penguin Inn in Clifton, NJ and later owner with his wife of Vinton's Country House Restaurant, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. He was 75.

Son of John and Veronica Pavy, he was born October 29, 1924 in Garfield, NJ.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended Georgetown University upon his return. He was a member of American Legion Post #135, Collier County Association of the Blind and Sunshine Investors. He was a member of the Southwest Florida Chef's Association.

Survivors include his wife, Trisha Pavy; three daughters, Lisa Leamon and husband Scott; Allyson D'Urgolo and husband Alfred, Kimberley Koptak and husband Gary; two granddaughters, Haley Koptak and Autumn Choka; and a grandson, Alfred D'Urgolo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


MONTICELLO - Arthur Rodgers, Sr. of Monticello, a member and ordained deacon of the Little Grove Holiness Church in Woodridge, died Sunday, October 8, 2000. He was 53.

Son of the late Boley and Nancy Rodgers, he was born August 11, 1947 in Beaufort County, NC.

He attended Williamston High School and was employed by the Monticello School District for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Godley Rodgers at home; three brothers and two sisters-in-law; his twin brother, Robert; two sisters and brothers-in-law; five sons; three daughters; five granddaughters; a grandson; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Services were held at King's Chapel in Monticello. Bishop T.E. Ward officiated. Burial was in Rock Ridge Cemetery in Monticello. 


HONESDALE - Eugene L. Stinnard of Honesdale, a retired employee of Katz Underwear Company, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 70.

Son of Irene G. Davis Stinnard and the late Albert J. Stinnard, he was born December 19, 1929 in Honesdale.

He attended the Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae Meyers Stinnard; his mother of Honesdale; a daughter, Judy DeRoss of Honesdale; three brothers, Edward and Garold, both of Boyertown and Lester of Honesdale; a sister Charlotte Jonahs; 11 grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret I. Lawrence and two brothers, Flayed and Donald.

Burial was in the Indian Orchard Cemetery at the family's convenience.

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