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November 28, 2016

Glenn Swendsen, Sr. of Narrowsburg, NY, a lifetime farmer, entered into rest on November 26, 2016 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center, Liberty, NY. He was 81.

The son of Clarence and Esther Conklin Swendsen he was born June 6, 1935 in Honesdale, PA. He was the widower of Thelma Thompson Swendsen who preceeded him in death in May 1998.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Era and a member of Kelly Ratner Post #198 Disabled American Veterans. He was a director and treasurer of the Sullivan County Farm Bureau for 25 years, a past member of the Town of Cochecton Planning Board as well as the Cochecton Town Board.

He was past president of the Cochecton Preservation Society, which he founded, and treasurer of Birch Ridge Hunting Club, which he co-founded. He was a member of the Sullivan County Soil and Water District, Sullivan County Extension Service, the Cochecton Republican Club, and past vice president of the Upper Delaware Alliance.

Glenn is survived by his dear friend Laverna Krause, and his lifelong friend William Dexter of Narrowsburg. He is survived by his two sons: Glenn ,Jr. and Steven of Narrowsburg, NY; two daughters Debbie of Narrowsburg, and Susan of Beach Lake, PA; 17 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; one step grandchild; and several nieces & nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his daughter, Louise Davis; his son, Thomas Swendsen; one sister, Shirley Bagailuk; and two brothers Harold and Ellis Swendsen.

Friends may call from the hours of 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday November 29th at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main St. Callicoon, NY. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday November 30th at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery Damascus, PA.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the patients care fund at Sullivan County Adult Care Center Sunset lake Road Liberty, NY or the Kelly Ratner Post # 198 Disabled American Veterans.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home 845-887-4900. To send condolences or for directions please visit

November 22, 2016

John E. Marshall, 79, of Honesdale, died unexpectedly on Thursday morning at home. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, the former Marjorie L. Thomas. They were married November 26, 1966.

Born October 30, 1937 in Carbondale, he was the son of the late Earl and Almeda Herrmann Marshall.

John graduated from Honesdale High School in the Class of 1955 and attended Penn State University. In 1959, he founded and prospered in the family business, Marshall Machinery, Inc. Over the years, John was bestowed numerous national sales awards in the history of large equipment. John also proudly served on the National Kubota Tractor Corporation Dealer Advisory Board.

In 1983, John became a member of the Board of Directors of Wayne Bank and currently held the position of Chairman of the Board. He also was an Associate Director of the Wayne County Fair Board, and was a former member of the Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale Committee. John served for many years as a member of the Wayne County Cooperative Extension Board. He was also a member of the PA Farm Bureau. John was a member of both the Honesdale F&AM Lodge #218 and Anthony Wayne Royal Arch Chapter 204, from which he received his 50-year membership pins last week. He also was a member of Savona Commandery No. 89 Knights Templar of Pennsylvania. John was a life member of the Beach Lake Volunteer Fire Company. He was also a member of the Beach Lake United Methodist Church.

He is survived by five children: Barbara Diliberti and her husband Perry of Honesdale, Linda Marshall of Honesdale, Earl Marshall and his wife Alicia of Dunmore, Holly Harwood and her husband Damon of Leicester, New York, and Darryl Marshall of Honesdale; five granddaughters: Emma, Jacqueline, Emily, Mary and Mackenzie; a mother-in-law, Mabel Thomas of Honesdale; brother-in-law Erwin Thomas and his wife Gwen of Greenwood, Mississippi; several cousins; and a niece.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the Beach Lake United Methodist Church, 7 Milanville Road, Beach Lake, PA 18405 with Rev. Barbara Snyder officiating.

Interment was on Tuesday in the Indian Orchard Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in John’s memory to the Nebzydoski-White 4-H Junior Livestock Scholarship Fund, c/o Rosalind Williams, Secretary, 409 Stock Farm Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436.

November 2, 2016

Edward J. Herrmann, Sr. of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident of the area, and retired Deputy Sheriff for Sullivan County, passed away on October 25, 2016, at the age of 85, at his daughter’s home, surrounded by family.

The son of the late Eugene and Amelia Hammer Herrmann, he was born December 31, 1930 in Queens, NY.

Edward was an Air Force Veteran serving in Alaska during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Tusten Highland Post #1363 in Eldred, NY; a member of Sullivan County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association; a member of the Moose Lodge in Surfside Beach, SC; and a founding member of the Tri County Sportsman Club.

He was a man of great faith, being devoutly active in several parish churches in the cities he lived during his life. He was both a member and usher at St. Francis Xavier Church, Narrowsburg, NY; a member and usher at St. Mary’s Church, Waymart, PA; a member, usher and adorer at the Adoration Chapel, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Murrells Inlet, SC; and a member at St. Ann’s Church, Shohola, PA.

A family statement reads: “Edward and his family were first known in the community as proprietors of the Lava House resort, situated in Narrowsburg, NY, in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. For many years he also enjoyed being a seasonal camper at Keen Lake Campgrounds in Waymart, PA. Later in life he had a residence in Surfside Beach, SC where he enjoyed living near the ocean. He will always be remembered for his love and dedication to his family. He loved fishing, boating, canasta, crossword puzzles and organizing events to celebrate with family and friends. He was a wonderful chef and always eager to share recipes and cooking tips. All will remember him as punctual, organized, and regimented in a wonderful way, and always telling stories of his fascinating life adventures. His life of giving and caring for others and his positive outlook on life right up to the day of his passing will be an inspiration to all who knew him. His life was a true testament to his Christian belief. His legacy lives on in all who knew him, as he truly made a difference in those he left behind.”

He is survived by his wife Mary of Honesdale, PA; his son Edward J. Herrmann Jr. and his wife Cyd of Barryville, NY; his daughter Karen DeSantis and her husband Anthony of Honesdale, PA; sister Dorothy Maher of Florida, two brothers, Joseph Herrmann and his wife Josephine of Florida, and George Herrmann and his wife Helene of Georgia; two sisters-in-law, Alice Herrmann and Jean Ann Herrmann; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several adored nieces, nephews and cousins.

Edward is predeceased by his son David Herrmann and two brothers, Vincent Herrmann and Eugene Herrmann.

Funeral services were held at Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY. A mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Francis Xavier Church, Narrowsburg NY, with Father Dennis Dinan officiating. His final resting place is at the St. Francis Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Wayne Memorial Hospital Hospice, 601 Park St., Honesdale, PA 18431.

October 26, 2016

Andrew Friedrich, 72 years old of Highland Lake, NY, a longtime resident, passed away on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY.

The son of the late Andrew and Florence Chelune Friedrich, he was born March 7, 1944 in Queens, NY.

Andy was a retired machinist foreman for Jaco Tool and Manufacturing, Middle Village, NY. He worked for them for 42 years. He was married to Patricia Feighery Friedrich for 52 years; she survives.

A family statement reads: “Andy was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with his children, his granddaughter and their friends; they all hung out at the house. He was referred to as: Rock-in-Andy, Charley’s Poppy and Charley’s game boy. He was an avid sports fan; he had a rivalry with his son Keith, Jets vs. Giants, Mets vs. Yankees. They enjoyed watching sports together. His true love was his family and his wife Pat; they were through a lot together. He will greatly be missed as he was a big part of our family, but will live on in our hearts.”

Survivors include his wife Pat, his son Keith Friedrich, his brother Raymond Friedrich and his wife Annette of Gilford, NY, his son-in-law Sal Bertolino and his companion Michelle of Barryville, NY, his granddaughter Charley Bertolino of Barryville.

Andy is predeceased by his daughter Christine Bertolino, who had passed away in 2009.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at Harrison Rasmussen Funeral Home, 3412 State Route 97, Barryville, NY. Pastor Susan Storms officiated.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the American Legion Ambulance, P.O. Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732.

October 19, 2016

Arnold Friedman, film editor and author, of New York, NY and Callicoon, NY, died September 27, 2016 from complications due to a long battle with throat cancer. He was 85 years old.

Arnold was born in New York, NY in 1931, child of the late Barbara Friedman and the late Martin Friedman, an expressive impressionist painter. Arnold was married to Cecily Fortescue, a notable potter, tennis aficionado, and accomplished violist for 42 years until her death in 2012. Arnold is survived by many close friends and three cousins, Kate Selby of New Haven, VT; Susan Sugg-Nuccio of Lake Carmel, NY; and Elizabeth Sugg of Nyack, NY. Arnie’s stories, his antics, his cigars, and his delight in life will be sorely missed.

October 12, 2016

Samuel C. Fredericks, age 84 of Pond Eddy, NY, passed away Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at Belle Reve, Milford, PA. He was born on April 19, 1932 in Warwick, NY, the son of William T. and Jennie Mabee Fredericks.

Sam proudly served our country during the Korean War with the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, a member of C.S.E.A. and a member of the American Legion Post #1363 in Eldred, NY. He retired from the Eldred Central School as a custodian and bus driver for the district.

Samuel married Virginia C. Worzel Fredericks, who survives at home. He is also survived by his daughter, Jane Fredericks of Pond Eddy; his three sons Jeffrey Fredericks and his wife Lori of Pond Eddy, John Fredericks of Milford, PA, James Fredericks and his wife Sandy of Glen Spey; his nine grandchildren, Billy and Claire Yorke, Jenna, Christopher, Matthew, Samantha, Jason, Alexis and Ariana Fredericks; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services were held on Sunday, October 9 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY at 1 p.m. Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, 122 Berm and Church Rd., Pond Eddy, NY 127710 or to the Lumberland Vol. Ambulance Corps, 1054 Proctor Rd., Glen Spey, NY 12737.

Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information or to send a condolence note to the family visit

October 12, 2016

Lillian M. Neer of Long Eddy, NY, a homemaker and lifetime resident, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at home. Daughter of the late William and Emma Staesser, Lillian was born October 6, 1929 in Long Eddy. Lillian was the widow of Walter Neer Sr.

Lillian was a Long Eddy Fire District Commissioner for 26 years, a life member of Allan Milk Post #7276 Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Long Eddy, a member of the Basket Historical Society, and a member of the Long Eddy Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Lillian is survived by her children Walter Neer Jr. of Tucson, AZ; Diana LaClair and her husband Bruce of Eliot, ME; Patty Neer of Rochester, NY; and Sandra Ross of Long Eddy; her sister Shirley Swendsen; 10 grandchildren, Yvonne Neer, Walter Neer III, Nicholas La Clair and his fiancée Heather, Jessica Kenyon and her husband Andrew, Casey Ross, Emmylou Olson and her husband Bryan, Garrett Ross and his wife Kira; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband Lillian was predeceased by two brothers, William and John Staesser, and by her son-in-law Ernie Ross II.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, 34 Upper Main Street, Callicoon, NY. Burial will be in Rock Valley Cemetery, Long Eddy, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

October 5, 2016

Allen David Quinn, of Abrahamsville, PA, died quietly at home on Wednesday, September 28, 2016. He was 92.

Allen was the son of Melvin and Annabelle (Shepstone) Quinn and was a life-long resident of Abrahamsville. He was well-known in the community as a skillful carpenter, electrician, welder, plumber, mower, nurseryman, mechanic, naturalist, stone mason, hunter and storyteller. He generously volunteered these talents for many community building projects. He could fix anything.

He was an active member of the Equinunk Fire Company and the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church. He was a stalwart helper at the Damascus Township recycling effort.

He is survived by his daughter, Martha Quinn, sons Edward Quinn (Jean), Charles Heyn (Andrea) and Fred Heyn, brother John Quinn, dear friend Florence Wood, numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife Irene Hand Quinn, son Robert Heyn and brothers Alton Quinn and Joseph Quinn.

A celebration of Allen’s life will be held at the Lookout Fire Hall on Saturday, October 15 at noon with a luncheon to follow. Please bring memories and photos to share.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Equinunk Fire Company or the Abrahamsville United Methodist Church.

October 5, 2016

Leslie J. “Les” Vincent of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident, passed away on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA.

Les was the son of the late Vincent and Mary Marrotta Vincent, he was born October 23, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY.

He attended the New York State Police Academy and graduated with honors in 1952 and then moved to Narrowsburg. He rose through the ranks and retired as a Zone Sergeant. After nearly 30 years as a State Trooper, he retired. He was known by his colleagues as a Trooper’s Trooper. After his retirement he continued to serve the community as a Town of Tusten Constable.

He was a member of the Retired State Troopers Association. He was an avid Military Historian, enjoyed model trains, gardening and tinkering with all things mechanical and electronic. He will be truly be missed.

He is survived by two daughters Deborah Vincent and her husband James Maluta of Tucson, AZ and Grace Blunt of West Boylston, MA; his grandson Alan Blunt of West Boylston, MA; his sister in law Barbara Darvin of East Hampton, NY; two nephews Gregory Darvin and Louis Varveris and two nieces Jackie Darvin and Stella Varveris. He is predeceased by his wife of 62 years Marge and his sister Mona Varveris.

Memorial services will be held on October 29, 2016; friends are invited to call from 12 noon to 1 p.m. and a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY.

Donations can be made to Sullivan County SPCA, 104 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, NY 12775 or St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

September 28, 2016

Marlyce Dawn Myers, 74 of Austinville VA, longtime resident of the Eldred, Barryville, NY area passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016 at Twin County Regional Hospital. Ms. Myers was born in Watertown, NY to the late Charles Roe and Bernice Edsel Cafferty. Survivors include her children and their spouses, Stanley Myers of Austinville; Harris and Doreen Myers of Gray Court, SC; Dawn and Gilbert Dauch of Ocala, FL; Rachel and Melvin Thomas of Hillsville; and Stephen Myers of Laurans SC; sister Sandra Halfman of Rochester NY; grandchildren Patrick Clark, Jennifer Myers, Christopher Myers, Deidra Myers, Kenneth Myers, McKeanna Myers, Gilbert Dauch and Carol Dauch; and nine great-grandchildren. A memorial service for the family will be held at a later date.

September 14, 2016

JoAnn Frigoletto, 73 of Beach Lake, PA, passed away on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was the daughter of the late William and Jeanette Benardos Frazee and was born July 16, 1943 in New York, NY.

JoAnn is survived by Anthony (Tony) C. Frigoletto, her husband of 52 years.

She is also survived by one of the true loves of her life, her dog Pekoe. She was a member of St. Bernard RC Church, Beach Lake. According to her beloved sons, JoAnn was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. Growing up in NYC and summering in Milanville, PA provided JoAnn with a lifetime’s worth of love and laughter with her grandparents and parents, aunts and uncles, and especially her sister and cousins.

Those fond memories brought her so much joy. JoAnn and Tony cherished each other, and she was forever his “bride.” They raised four proud sons who always knew they were loved. She was a great mom and grandmother. She cherished the memories of spending summers in the “Little House,” the “Mansion” and the “Country House” until moving to PA fulltime in 1977 to raise her family. She enjoyed gardening; she was a hard working lady and always did what she had to do for her family. She will be truly missed by her family. The hearts of all of her loved ones are truly broken, but she will live on in each and every one of them.

Survivors include her husband Tony; four sons Michael Frigoletto and his wife Michele of Honesdale, PA, Anthony Frigoletto and his wife Jacqueline of Morganville, NJ, Gregory Frigoletto and his wife Heather of Honesdale, PA and Paul Frigoletto and his wife Nancy of Elizabeth, NJ; grandchildren Alexandra Frigoletto Johnson and her husband Caleb of Philadelphia, PA, Evan Frigoletto of Scranton, PA, Braden Frigoletto of Honesdale, PA, Nathaniel Frigoletto of Honesdale, PA, Marisa Frigoletto of Morganville, NJ, Anthony (AJ) Frigoletto Jr. of Morganville, NJ, Olivia Frigoletto of Honesdale, PA, Isabella Frigoletto of Honesdale, PA, Angel Pagan of Elizabeth, NJ and Amanda Santiago of Elizabeth, NJ; sister Geraldine Montesano of Hazlet, NJ, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

JoAnn is predeceased by her maternal grandmother Charlotte Benardos, who was special to her and will forever be remembered as the family matriarch.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 10 a.m. at St. Bernard RC Church, Beach Lake, PA.

Christian burial will follow mass in Calkins Union Cemetery, Milanville, PA.

September 7, 2016

Armand Agresti passed away from natural causes on September 1, 2016 in Honesdale, PA. Armand was a self taught and influential photographer.
Born in Brooklyn in 1941, he grew up in a working class household in Ozone Park with his parents, Frank and Frances Agresti, his maternal grandparents, and his younger brother, Edward. After graduating from John Adams High School in 1959, he worked with his father, and later his brother, setting tile. Photography, however, remained his true passion and occupation throughout his life. At eight years old, he began to read everything he could get his hands on about photography and built his first darkroom in 1949 with the help of his father. Throughout his teenage years, he followed his school friends around taking snapshots that would later become a major collection shown in galleries from New York City to Antwerp.

Armand’s prolific 56-year career included 18 bodies of work and 20 short films, while he continuously mastered new printing processes that included silver prints, c-prints, dye transfers and cibachromes. His photographs have been shown in group and solo shows across numerous galleries, including Janet Borden Gallery, Clampart Gallery, and Museum of Contemporary Photography. Much of his work lives on in private collections and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and many more. Current representation remains at the Clampart Gallery in New York, NY.

In additions to his own work, Armand found joy in teaching others. He taught workshops and artists in residences at Sarah Lawrence College, Keystone College and Scranton High School, and was a supervisor at the Center of Discovery in Harris, NY where he developed methods of teaching disabled residents, with the help of an occupational therapist, to function to the best of their abilities in photography and film. As a beloved husband, father, brother, teacher and friend, his unique perspective of the world inspired many.

Armand is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara Zweig, daughters, Alison Agresti (spouse: Wouter Avondstondt), and Lauren Dahl (spouse: Kristofor Dahl), two granddaughters, Claire and Liv, brother, Edward Agresti, and nephew, Evan Agresti.

August 31, 2016

William T. McBride of Winter Haven, FL, formerly of Eldred, NY, passed away on August 22, 2016 at his home. He was 73 years old.

Bill was born on June 12, 1943 in Yulan, NY to Virginia Weber Donahue and William J. McBride. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

He retired from the Operating Engineers Local 825 before moving to Florida. Bill was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who loved his family and time spent with them. He took great pride in building, restoring and showing his antique cars at numerous car shows. He was a member of the Central Florida Street Rod Association and made many forever car friends.

Bill is survived by his wife Sandra, sons Bill (Doris) and Aaron; grandsons Billy (Teao), Michael (Kim), Tyler and Kyle; great-grandchildren Josh, Justin, Camren, Jaycee, Mason and Ivalyn; brother Richard (Cheryl) and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, a brother, James Barns, and sister, Nancy McBride.

Service will be held with the privacy of the family.

August 24, 2016

Betty Ann Card of Milanville, PA passed away on August 21, 2016 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She was 82 years old.

Betty was born in Newark, NJ on September 24, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Frederick and Agnes (McGarry) Hector. Betty lost both of her parents by the time she was 12 years old while residing in New Jersey, which brought her to Wayne County to be raised by relatives. Not long after arriving in Honesdale, Betty met Della (Brown) Fasceski. Della and Betty have been lifelong friends and she was welcomed as part of the Brown family. Betty married James Card Jr. on November 15, 1952, and they have been lifelong residents of Wayne County.

Betty was a loving Mother, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother, striving her whole life, in her own way, to make sure her children and grandchildren had better opportunities than she had growing up. She was a stay at home Mom, but as her children grew older she worked as a housekeeper and companion for local residents. She was also a loyal employee of the former Narrowsburg Lumber Company for years.

In the 1980s Jim and Betty owned and managed “Cushetunk Campground” in Milanville, PA until its closing in 1991. Betty was also a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Beach Lake, PA.

Betty is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Jim, who has been her caretaker throughout her years of poor physical health and struggle with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. She is also survived by her children: Kathleen Card and her partner, Valerie Cally, Otisville, NY; Deborah Hanson, Milanville, PA; Robert Card and his wife Dolores, Damascus, PA; Daniel Card and his wife Melinda, Milanville, PA; and Michael Card, Hazelton, PA. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren Kelly Kongvold and her husband Freedom and their children Zak, Bryce, Evan and Anika, Dalton, PA; Scott Hanson and his wife Danielle and their children Jessie Rascona, Eli, Brady, Emilio, and Lyla, Honesdale, PA; Janel DePriest and her husband Tim and their children Logan and Lukas Burakiewicz, and Cameron, Exerter, PA; Christine Cowger and her husband Mark and their children Haley and Kendra, Lake Ariel, PA; Cory Hanson, Dalton, PA; Jason Card and his son Dylan, Damascus, PA; Beth Hanson, Rocky River, OH; and Miranda, Ben and Shelby Lynn Card, Milanville, PA. Her brother John Hector, Narrowsburg, NY and his family; and her sister Mary Loretta Goetz, Bethany Village, Honesdale, PA.

Betty had been a resident at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center for almost the past two years. The Family would like to thank ALL the staff for the most complete, compassionate, personal care that she received during her stay. We made many friends. The Family would also like to thank the Wayne Memorial Hospital 4th floor Nurses and Staff and Hospice Staff for their compassion and care of not only Betty but also our entire Family.

Betty also loved all of the dogs that shared her life, especially Scruffy and Winnie. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Dessin Animal Shelter ( 138 Miller Drive, Honesdale, PA (570/253-4037), or The Greater Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Association, Wilkes-Barre Office ( 57 N Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701 (412/2611-5040).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard’s Church, Beach Lake, PA on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 11 a.m. The mass will be followed by interment of her cremains in Beach Lake Cemetery.

August 17, 2016

John Y. Lassley Jr. of Beach Lake, PA a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Saturday, August 13, 2016. He was 85. The son of the late John Lassley Sr. and Minnie Steffens Lassley, he was born February 13, 1931 in Beach Lake, PA. John was a former Highway Superintendent for the Town of Tusten, NY. He also worked for the Monticello Racetrack.

John is survived by his wife Alice Smith Lassley. They were married for 59 years.

He was a former member of Beaver Brook Rod and Gun Club and the Honesdale Senior Citizens Group. A family statement reads, “John was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and tinkering. He could fix anything. He was always there to lend a helping hand. He loved telling stories of his youth to his family and could have everyone laughing for hours. He took a special pride and enjoyment in his great granddaughter Olivia, who he would frequently sing to. She was the sparkle in his eye. He will greatly be missed by his family and all of his friends.”

Survivors include his wife Alice Lassley, his son, Michael Lassley and his wife Nina of Honesdale, PA; his granddaughter Breanne Lassley of Beach Lake, PA; his grandsons Erik Lassley and his wife Kim of Waymart, PA, and Chris Horstman of Vermont; his great granddaughter Olivia Lassley and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

John is predeceased by his son Donald Lassley, sister Mildred Rolston and brothers James Lassley and Frank Lassley.

Graveside services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial of his cremains will be in Glen Cove Cemetery. Pastor Phyllis Haynes will officiate.

August 10, 2016

Jane Callahan of Honesdale, formerly of Narrowsburg, NY, a retired school teacher (Board of Education, NYC), passed away on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 69. The daughter of the late James and Jane Oelze Rawley, she was born April 3, 1947 in Brooklyn, NY. She was predeceased by her sister Judith.

Jane was the widow of John L. Callahan, who had passed away on September 11, 2014. They were married for 27 years. Jane was an avid quilter.

A family statement reads, “Jane was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend to many. She had a great sense of humor but was caring and sincere. She had a true faith and is now with the Lord. She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.”

Survivors include her two children, Joe and Lisa; her brother James Rawley of Wappingers Falls, NY; brothers-in-law James Callahan and his wife Ginny of Brooklyn, NY, Kevin Callahan and his partner Tim Morrow of Queens, NY; niece Jessica Callahan Bennett and her husband Tom; nephew Daniel Callahan; former daughter-in-law Kathy Decz; and many cousins and friends.

Friends are invited to call for a memorial visitation on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY 12764.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Lane Jones will officiate.

Burial of her cremains will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society, 407 E. Main St., Middletown, NY 10940.

August 3, 2016

Susan Abruzzese Muller, a long-time resident of the area, passed away from this earthly life into Heaven surrounded by her loving family at ORMC, Middletown, NY on Monday, July 25. She was 53.

Susan was born in Brooklyn, NY on June 29, 1963 to the late William and Stella Santa Maria Abruzzese. She was a graduate of John Dewey High School in Brooklyn and attended Staten Island College of Nursing. Susan worked as a caregiver during much of her young life. She had a strong work ethic and was a compassionate, dedicated aide to all who needed her; a person who sought not so much to be consoled as to console.

Susan is survived by her children, Thomas and Rebecca Muller; her sister Angela and husband Steve Daley of Narrowsburg; brothers Dominick Abruzzese of Warwick and William Abruzzese and his wife Andrea of Slate Hill, NY; 13 nieces and nephews and many cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and brother Robert Abruzzese.

Susan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Narrowsburg, NY.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, August 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, Bridge Street, Narrowsburg.

A Christian burial will be held in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg, immediately following Mass. A gathering is being planned following burial per Susan’s request for “everyone to get together.”

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made in her name to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004.

June 22, 2016

Thelma “Pat” Patricia Skinner passed away on June 12, 2016 at CRMC, Harris, NY. She was a longtime resident of the Skilled Nursing Unit. She was 80 years old. The daughter of the late Jesse George Beach and Lucy Margaret Beach of Monticello, NY, she was born on November 16, 1935 in Middletown, NY.

She was a homemaker and loved her family and friends. She will be missed dearly. Pat enjoyed the time she spent and home visits she had with her niece and nephew Robin and Jorge Villafane of Liberty, NY. She is survived by her brother Jess George Beach Sr. and his wife Robin Cosh Beach of Liberty; sisters Mary Boyd of Monticello, NY, Edna Travis of Livingston, TX and Shirley Bush of Liberty, NY; daughter-in-law Karla Zagar and grandchildren Tristen and Joanna Croswait of Tampa, FL; and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband William George Skinner, son William George Skinner Jr. and brother Richard Beach.

Graveside services were held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg, NY.

June 15, 2016

Cynthia Theresa Adele Beach, 61, of Honesdale, died on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Brian Ashley Beach. The couple married January 1, 1976.

Born on February 28, 1955 in Brooklyn, NY, she is the daughter of Thomas Grossman and the late Jean Cummings Grossman Whittaker.

The following was written by Cindy, who strongly expressed her final wishes to her family:

I am looking out at the beautiful colors of the fall season, my favorite time of year. I am dying of cancer. So in a way I think this should be my obituary. Who knows better than me. I was born in Brooklyn, but I was always a country girl. So I got to live most of my adult life in Sullivan County, NY and Honesdale, PA. My parents Thomas Grossman and Jean Cummings. I was so blessed by God to be born into the Cummings family. They were not my aunts and uncles, they were my brothers and sisters, and my friends. Some of the greatest time in my life were shared with them. My extra special blessings were my two sons, Jason VanValkenburg and Brian Beach, also known to most as Beaver (I gave him that nickname).

So what did I accomplish in my life besides my sons? I went to nursing school. Some people might not think that was so special, but I did. I sat with people as they took their last breath, and so many families were very grateful for that. I made people laugh. That was very important to me. I had more friends than any one person deserves. Good friends. The kind you can count on, and each and every one of you know who you are. I have loved, but most important, I WAS LOVED.

Convertibles made me feel so good.

Only white uniforms did I wear during my nursing career, I really was passionate about it (and I think my patients loved it also.)

I have been a person you could come to with a problem. You might not like what I said, but you always knew you would get an honest answer.

I loved Bingo.

I loved motorcycle rides with my husband Brian and Johnny, (my uncle and my brother).

I always showed up for work; principles, I lived by them.

I once won a dance contest with my husband.

I received an award from Catskill Regional Hospital many years ago for my personality. I was the first to ever get such an award, and from what I know, I was the only one to ever receive one.

I made many mistakes in my life, but regretted none, as long as I learned from them.

I never allowed my sons to play sick and miss school (something I am proud of).

I have no idea when my time will come, but to everyone in my life, remember this,

IT WAS A WONDERFUL LIFE; with all its ups and downs, it was WONDERFUL!

Please laugh a lot at my funeral, because all of you have funny Cindy stories. Share them with everyone.

I never liked to be called Cynthia. It did not suit me, but my cousin/sister by choice gave my name to her daughter, and she has done my name well.

“Lonesome Dove” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” were my favorite movies.

Some advice I would like to share:

Never loan money you can’t afford not to get back.

Be a person of your word; if you say you are going to do something, DO IT.

Don’t lie. It will ALWAYS come back to bite you.

But here is the really BIG ONE, it is all about life. This took me a long time to learn. But thank God I got it.

Here it is. Life is about two choices. That RIGHT ONE, or the WRONG ONE, and it is up to you to decide which path you want to take. So always take that split second and ask yourself, “is this wrong, or is this right?”

Work hard for what you need. Don’t expect someone else to give you the things you need or want. WORK for them.

Give your job an honest day’s work for your salary.

Don’t ever steal. If you want something, pay for it.

Country music is the best. You will always find a song that you can relate to. If a friend calls you at 3 a.m., get out of bed and go to them. They need you. If your children make you cry, love them anyway; they are a gift from God.

To have a friend, you must know how to be a friend.

So I guess this pretty much sums up my life. I hope anyone who reads this will learn something from it.

To my family and dear friends, I want to thank you for sharing my life journey. It really was a WONDERFUL LIFE. I shall see you in Heaven, because I learned there really is a God, and He really did love me with all of my faults.

Please do not miss me, because I will be having a great time talking to Jesus.

My last thought. Please do not be afraid to die, but make sure while you are here, LIVE!

— Cindy Beach

Also surviving are her sons Jason VanValkenburg of Lakeville and Brian Beach II and wife Jillian of San Diego, CA; her brother Dwayne Grossman and wife Mary Lou; grandchildren Christopher, Seth and Anthony VanValkenburg. “Sisters in life” Bridget Albano and Laura Sverha and her namesake, Cynthia Rose Sverha; beloved uncles, Patrick, John and Thomas Cummings.

A celebration of Cindy’s life will be held on July 9, 2016 at the Beach Lake Fire Hall, beginning at 3 p.m. Arrangements by Hessling Funeral Home, Inc., 428 Main St. Honesdale.

June 15, 2016

Anthony Giorgiano, 71, of Yulan, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. The son of the late Joseph and Maria Cassini Giorgiano, he was born December 8, 1944 in New York, NY.

Tony was raised by his adopted family, the Dillinghans, in Hawaii. He worked for the U.S. Government in Washington, DC. He also was a night club manager.

Tony was predeceased by his wife and children, and granddaughter Amanda Morabito. He was a beloved foster parent to many over the years. He leaves behind many who have loved him, especially James Morabito and wife Rebecca of Yulan, NY. His grandchildren, Ashley, Matthew, Emmah, and Alliannah Morabito, who will miss their “old papa” so very much. Special friends, Kirk Simone of Yulan, Peter Carmeci of Barryville and Jean Riser of Tusten. And many other family and friends.

Cremation took place at Maple Hill Crematory in Archbald, PA. Tony’s cremains will be sent back to Hawaii.