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December 23, 2014

Joe Marcel Wolff, 85, of Narrowsburg, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014 with his family by his side.

Born in Cologne, Germany, Joe grew up in South Africa and immigrated to the USA in 1948. Joe was married to his wife Joan for forty years until her death in 1995.

Much of Joe’s career in the film industry was spent as a cinematographer. He was a member of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and he was appointed by his peers to membership of the Qualifications Committee of the Motion Picture Cameraman’s Union in New York.

With a solid background in photographic chemistry and engineering, he pioneered a number of innovations both within and outside of the film industry. Among these was the concept and design of the high-speed sound transfer system, for duplicating magnetic tracks on motion picture prints. For film processing, and magnetic striping applications, he designed the definitive constant tension control [US Patent #3,532,282]. For a complete change of pace, he undertook the product development engineering of a hydraulic concrete block machine [US Patent # 3,089,214]. Joe was a contributor to Backstage magazine and a contributing photography editor of the Popular Hobbies magazine.

Joe built his home in Narrowsburg in 1972. In 1978 Joe and Joan opened The Emporium in the old Snug Harbor storefront on Main Street. They sold an eclectic stock of jewelry, wools, gifts and sporting goods. Joe was also a member of the New York State Association of Magistrates and served as Town Justice of Tusten.

Joe was also a certified New York State Records Management Officer for Sullivan County. In this capacity he authored “The Illustrated Local History” textbook for the 4th grade and wrote the play “Joseph Brant-Thayendanegea.”

In later years, when Joe’s interest turned to computers, he authored the “Ten Minute Guide to DOS” and wrote several educational computer programs.

In 1999 Joe started what has turned out to be the definitive technical resource for classic 35mm rangefinder cameras in his website

Yashica Guy significantly contributed to a worldwide resurgent interest in these classic cameras. Joe’s expertise on repairs and his invention of a battery adapter has allowed tens of thousands of people in over sixty-five countries to bring their cameras back in use. Right up to his death, Joe fielded thousands of emails a year offering advice on camera repairs and photography techniques.

Joe is survived by his son Joe, wife Cheri and grandchildren Emma, Ian and Evan as well as his son Eugene, wife Mary and grandchildren Marcel, Natalie and Eugene.

Memorial donations can be made to the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library.

December 23, 2014

Miller M. Fagley, age 97, of Glen Spey, died December 9, 2014, in Frederick, Maryland, where he had been living with his daughter since mid-2013.

Born in Tarentum, Pennsylvania in 1917, he was the son of the late Oscar A. and Jennie Mae Fagley. During WWII he served in the U.S. Merchant Marines, Army Transport Service, beginning his career as Carpenter’s Mate on a three-masted schooner, and, when discharged, he was a licensed Second Officer. On D-Day he commanded the landing craft (a ship’s lifeboat) that transported General Robertson of the 2nd Division Rangers onto Omaha Beach under enemy fire. He was always proud that the general and his staff never got their feet wet.

Miller was a charter member of the Lumberland Fire Department, where he served in many different roles, including Chief. He was active in Boy Scout Troop 102, was a member of American Legion Post 1363, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans, Port Jervis Lodge of Elks #645 B.P.O.E., and the Deep Hollow Hunting Club. Miller was a master woodcarver, known for his walking sticks with life-like animal heads. He was a cross-country ski instructor and an ardent bicyclist. He and his wife took many cycling trips as members of the International Bicycle Touring Society and Miller continued to ride into his 90s.

Miller was predeceased by his wife Dorothy Schneider in 2001. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Bob Dollar of Frederick, Maryland; his grandson, Stephen Dollar of North Carolina; sister-in-law Jane Schneider and brother-in-law Howard Thiele, 11 nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many dear friends whose lives he touched.

Services were held on December 16 at Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home. Interment was at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lumberland Fire Department, 5000 County Route 31, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

November 26, 2014

Leslie Neilson of Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn, New York and longtime weekend and holiday resident of Barryville, New York, died Monday, two days after celebrating his 76th birthday surrounded by family and friends.

His antique store, Barewood, was a fixture on Atlantic Avenue during the ‘70s and ‘80s—a resource for contractors and architects who sought his extensive inventory of salvaged entryways and doors. He went on to specialize in architectural detail, overseeing a staff of skilled craftsmen who created and reproduced intricate designs in woodwork for many notable New York City projects including the highly publicized restoration of the Hoboken Railroad terminal and the Manhattan Custom House. He and his wife, Pamela van den Berg, spent over two decades renovating and landscaping their vacation compound at the foot of a waterfall in Barryville—that became his legacy.

Les was a commanding presence with a deep infectious laugh. He made an impression on the people and places he encountered. He served four years in the United States Air Force, stationed in Japan. He loved good food, a great party, art, sports, music, and travel. He was a world champion pinochle and bridge player.

He is survived by his wife, Pamela; his son, Scott and daughter-in-law Beverly Neilson; his sister, Beverly Fowler; grandsons, Christopher and Leslie Neilson; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Aliyah and Tristan; many nieces and nephews; as well as his devoted Labrador companion, Halle.

November 19, 2014

Well-known artist and teacher Raymond Rocklin of Damascus Township died at home, surrounded by his immediate family on November 19th, 2014. He was 92 years old.

Raymond was an accomplished artist & sculptor in many mediums, and stood at the forefront of the Abstract Expressionist art movement that began in the United States in the late 1940's. He was one of the seminal and important figures that helped create this unique style of art. He is also very well known and respected for his unique and beautiful handcrafted and self designed jewelry.

Raymond was born August 18, 1922 in Moodus, Connecticut to parents Leon "John" & Rose Rocklin. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Carol Rocklin, and a son, John David Rocklin & wife Danielle of Honesdale. He is also survived by a brother Hyman “Rocky” Rocklin of Bronx, New York & sister Rita Rocklin of Manhattan, New York. Raymond was predeceased by a daughter, Alysa, and by 3 siblings, Helen Duboff, Charles Rocklin, and Sophie Bloomfield.

When Raymond was 2 years old in 1924, his mother died and the family relocated from their farm in central Connecticut to New York City. Raymond's Father then placed him in the Hebrew Orphan Asylum of New York. Raymond earned a scholarship to Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan from which he graduated in 1942, a few years late due to childhood illnesses. That same year the United States Army sent Raymond to Temple University in Philadelphia to study Mathematics & Physics as they related to electronics. He was then employed by the United States Army Signal Corps from 1943 -1944.

Raymond's art education began by studying life drawing with Abbo Ostrovsky. He received scholarships to study at the Skowhegan School of Sculpture, where he won 1st place for sculpture (1951), the Brooklyn Museum Art School (1951-1952), and the Cooper Union (1949-52), from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He earned a Fulbright Scholarship in 1952, which enabled him to marry Carol and spend the next year living and studying in Italy with some of the great current masters of Italian art. Raymond also earned a Yaddo Residence Grant in 1956.

Raymond was an original founding member of the Tanager Gallery, part of The 10th Street Galleries which was a collective term for the co-operative galleries that operated mainly in the East Village of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. The galleries were artist run and generally operated on very low budgets, often without any staff. The Tanager Gallery was the first of these 10th Street cooperative galleries.

Raymond's work can found in the permanent collections of several prominent museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as in many private collections including those of Walter Chrysler, Mitch Miller, Ned Pines, William Matson Roth, and Colleen Dewhurst.

Raymond has had numerous one-man exhibitions including: Tanager Gallery, 1956; American University, 1956; Oakland Art Museum, 1959; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1959; University of California at Berkeley, 1959; Pomona College, 1960; Ball State University, 1964; Briarcliff College, 1973; and the Mardin Gallery in 1987. He has also been a part of group sculpture exhibitions at many galleries, including: Stable Gallery; Bertha Schaeffer Gallery; AAA Gallery; Galleria Tibunia in Rome, Italy; Claude Bernard Gallery in Paris, France; Whitney Museum of American Art; University of Illinois; University of Nebraska; Everhart Museum; and Bundy Art Gallery.

Raymond was a Professor of Art at City University in New York for over 25 years, and also taught at many other institutions of learning including the Brooklyn Museum Education Department, American University, University of California at Berkeley, and Ball State Teachers College.

Here is a quote from Raymond: “I believe in Love.... I love making sculpture. I believe that all creation is the crystallization of cosmic forces. The forms we create are the embodiment of those invisible forces. If we are sensitive enough we can integrate into ourselves the power and meaning of those energies. That was what St. John was saying: ‘And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.’”

A memorial service will be held on Sunday November 23rd from 2 – 5 PM at The Cooperage Project, 1030 Main Street, Honesdale, Pa, 18431

In lieu of flowers, donations to any of the following: The Wayne Memorial Hospital Home Health/ Hospice Services, Upper Delaware Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Congregation Beth Israel, Honesdale or The Wayne County Arts Alliance will be greatly appreciated.

More information about Raymond’s life and art may be found at: and

November 10, 2014

Mr. Josef Kucher a beloved resident of Port Jervis, NY since 1967, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. He was 77.

He was born October 10, 1937 in Tainach, Austria the son of the late Franz and the late Maria Kucher.

Josef married Hannelore A. Kucher 51 years ago on September 9, 1963 in Bronx, NY.

He was drafted and served one year in the Austrian Army before coming to the United States in 1959. Two years after immigrating to the United States he was drafted again and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Josef was the proud owner and operator of Kucher’s Shoe Repair & Orthopedic on Front Street in Port Jervis. He was well known in the tri-state area as an expert craftsman. He repaired and created shoe and leather products with amazing skill. He had a deep appreciation for all of his customers and had a personal relationship with many.

He was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church, Port Jervis and the Knights Of Columbus #471, Port Jervis.

A family statement read: “Josef was a man who had a deep love for life and his family. He loved to sit in his porch and read the Sunday paper, walking and gardening. He was a master story teller of his life’s many adventures, some embellished, some not. Among other things, he was always the life of the party and loved to share a beer with his friends and family.”

Surviving are his wife, Hannelore Kucher at home; son, Michael Kucher and his wife Keri of Port Jervis, NY; sister, Barbara Beaumont of Amerillo, CA. The greatest joy in his life was his three beautiful grandchildren, Caroline, Kate and Patrick Kucher. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his loving son, Joseph H. Kucher on April 9, 1995. Josef was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters.

Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 from 3 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis, NY with Rev. George Hafemann officiating.

Burial with military honors will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in honor of his son Joseph through the scholarship in his name, CHOEY Memorial Scholarship Fund, 4 Christopher St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 or donate online at

October 29, 2014

Long-time Narrowsburg resident Frank P. Terrano, age 92, died Monday, October 20, 2014 in his sleep after a short decline, in Gig Harbor, WA. Frank was born on November 8, 1921 in Woodside, NY. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor who proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1948.

Frank now joins his beloved wife of 61 years, Rachel, his sons, Paul, Brian, James and Matthew in the afterlife with our Lord Jesus.

He is survived by his son Keith Terrano, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

October 15, 2014

Gayle E. Schuster, 72, of Stockton, NJ, passed away on October 10, 2014 after a life filled with love and laughter.

She worked as a librarian in Hunterdon County, NJ for the Kingwood Elementary, High Bridge Middle School and Hunterdon Central High School until her retirement in 1999. Previous to that, she was an English teacher in NYC. She spent a majority of her retirement volunteering in Milford, PA, where she resided for 15 years at Twin Lakes.

She is predeceased by her parents, Percy and Alice Erasmus of Beverly Hills, CA; brother, Charles Erasmas; and niece, Gwendolyn of Goleta, CA.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Richard, of 47 years; beloved son, Evan Schuster; cherished daughter, Nicolle Schuster and son-in-law, Scott Belsky; two grandchildren; nephew, Thomas Erasmus; as well as many countless loving friends.

Gayle wished that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Pike County Public Library — Gayle Schuster Children’s Theatre, c/o Attn: Kirk Mackey, Pike County Library, 119 East Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337.

Too soon in the chilly fields of fall,

Winter’s wind blows away the grains of life,

Leaving only a picture of the past,

Drawn by a restless artist in a moment filled by silent ecstasy.

—Gayle Erasmus, 1957

October 15, 2014

Long-standing Eldred community member Janet Rongers Vogt passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

Born April 28, 1921 to Floyd William Boyd Sr. and Helen Kalfus in Shohola, PA, Janet was a well known real estate agent in the area, a purveyor of antiques, and an avid sportswoman who took great pleasure in dog handling and horseback riding.

She is survived by her son John D. Vogt of Eldred, her grandson John T. Vogt and wife, her sister Elizabeth Strenghlein of Bonita Springs Florida, and two nieces, Judith Schmitz of Bonita Springs and Winifred Boyd.

Funeral services and cremation will be a private affair handled by Harrison-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville, NY. The family, at this time, wishes to thank you for your support and understanding in their time of mourning.

October 8, 2014

Robert I. Bosch, of Eldred, NY, retired owner of Bosch Construction and lifelong resident of the area, passed away at home with his family by his side on Friday, October 3, 2014. He was 89 years old.

The son of the late Herman and Mary Horton Bosch, he was born in Eldred, NY on March 27, 1925.

A family statement reads, “Our ‘Pop’ will be forever remembered by everyone who knew and loved him as the kindest husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa and friend to many.

“He loved to tell a ‘great’ story about one of his many adventures, leaving no details out, and laughing the whole way through. Pop was at his best when he was building a house, tinkering in his workshop, or hanging out at the junkyard wheeling and dealing. When he could no longer build he went on to start a lawn mower repair business and worked well into his 80s. His happiest moments were always when he was surrounded by his family and would often say. ‘I love my kids.’ Pop will be forever missed and his legacy will live on in our hearts. Rest in peace, Pop, for you are our Hero.”

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Carolyn E. Rhodes Bosch; son Harold R. Bosch of Herndon, VA; two daughters, Robin Dyson-Velez and her companion Luis Nadal of Eldred, NY, and Mary Scholten of Buffalo, NY; three grandchildren, Eric Bosch, Marlo Schorling and her husband Kevin, Tatiana Williams and her husband Joseph; five great-grandchildren, Seth (Joshua), Sean, Liam, Jake and Noah; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bob is predeceased by his brother Herman Bosch, sister Marjorie Kohler, daughter-in- law Vicki Bosch, son-in-law George Velez and his granddaughter-in-law Mandy Bosch.

Cremation will take place at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA. A memorial service will be at a later date.

Donations can be made in his name to: Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Co. 800 Stony Brook Ct. Newburgh, NY 12550.

October 8, 2014

Michael J. Guidice, 65, of Eldred, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away on Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at home with his family by his side.

The son of the late Jimmy and Florence Jean Guidice, he was born December 14, 1948 in Brooklyn, NY. He was married to Laurie M. Szaroleta Guidice, she survives.

Michael was a retired maintenance supervisor for Monticello Housing Authority. Michael was a former member of the Highland Lion’s Club.

A family statement reads: “Michael was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He had a passion for cars, building them and racing them. He also enjoyed raising Koi fish. He was truly a special person and will truly be missed by all.”

Survivors include his wife Laurie; his three sons, Michael Guidice Jr. and his wife Maria of Brooklyn, NY, Alexander Guidice of Brooklyn, NY, James Guidice of Eldred, NY; one daughter, Lisa Modica of Brooklyn, NY; and four grandchildren, Peter Vasquez, Alexander Guidice Jr., Katlyn Guidice and Gerard Modica.

Cremation will take place at Maple Hill Crematory, Archbald, PA.

Donations may be made to the Leukemia Research Foundation, 3520 Lake Ave., Ste 202, Wilmette, IL 60091.

October 8, 2014

Debra Jennings, 58, of Sebastian, FL, formerly of Honesdale, passed away peacefully at Sebastian River Medical Center on September 26 after a long and very courageous battle with cancer.

Debbie was the daughter of the late Janet Iloff Jennings of FL and Patricia and the late Ralph Jennings of Honesdale.

Debbie is survived by her long-time companion Tony Puya and their beloved dog, a Bichon Frise named Toby.

She is also survived by a sister, Donna Day of Honesdale; two brothers, Ronald Jennings and his wife Heidi of FL and David Jennings of CT; a son, Adam Jennings and his wife Heidi and their children Michael and Avery; daughters, Christine Johnson and her daughters Baylee and Madelyn, Jamie Gager and her son Daniel all of Honesdale; Stacy Grund and her husband John and their children Louie Brahm, Alli Simpson, and Jack and Kate Grund of Beach Lake; and Sara Copley of Texas; also many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Debbie’s children would like to thank her friends and family for the support that she was given throughout her illness. They would especially like to thank her friends from Wayne Memorial Hospital and Sebastian River Medical Center, both of which had previously employed her; and her church family at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Sebastian.

October 8, 2014

Constance M. Van Keuren died peacefully last Friday, October 3, at 91, in Monroe Township, New Jersey, where she lived her last three years, near her daughter and son. Connie died of natural causes free of cancers and sickness, and remained mentally stable up until her last living days. The Barlow and Zimmer Funeral Home, in Hightstown, New Jersey assisted us in her peaceful passing, and there will be no services.

Connie and her late husband Albert Van Keuren originally lived, for the majority of their marriage, in Narrowsburg, New York, in Sullivan County. After retirement, they moved to Port Charlotte, Florida, to live out their dream life of traveling, boating, and socializing with their many friends.

After the passing of her husband, Connie moved to New Jersey, to be close to her daughter. For eight years, she lived a happy life meeting new friends who just adored her and her wonderful sense of humor.

Connie was born in Mount Kisco, New York, and lived in Pleasantville, New York, with her mother, as an only child. She spent part of her childhood with her aunt and uncle, James and Madeline Arena, in Mount Kisco. Constance Mary attended St Frances of Assisi school and Pleasantville High School. She then moved to White Plains where she met her husband, Albert, a navy service Seabee, in 1941. Soon after, they married in California, living a short time there, before building their first home in Narrowsburg.

Connie and Albert are survived by their three children, Alan Van Keuren from Fosterdale, New York, Robert Van Keuren from Roosevelt, New Jersey, and Jo-Ann Trifiro from Millstone Township, New Jersey. She has five grandchildren, Michael Trifiro, Tim Trifiro, Laura Trifiro, Julie Van Keuren and Troy Van Keuren, and two great-grandchildren, Matthew and Mia Trifiro.

Connie’s hobbies were singing and cooking. She was well known for her incredible voice and acting ability, along with her delicious masterpieces in the kitchen. As many would say, “Connie always cooked for an army!” Her love of life and talents as a wonderful wife and homemaker has served as a model for many. She was, and always will be admired and adored by her family.

The family will gather at the Van Keuren Cemetery, at 2 p.m., Saturday, October 11, 2014, so Connie can be put to rest, next to her beloved husband and family. There are no other requests at this time.

September 24, 2014

Evelyn G. Umlauf, 98, of Lititz, PA, and formerly of Beach Lake, PA, died Saturday, September 20, 2014, at Conestoga View in Lancaster, PA. Born in Beach Lake, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Anna Appley Brauser. Evelyn’s husband Warren K. Umlauf died in 2001.

A homemaker, she had worked for Daily Dryer in Silverdale, PA, and along with Warren she owned H & M Luncheonette in Souderton, PA.

Evelyn is survived by her daughters Diane, wife of Raymond Barndt of Potter County, PA, and Darlene “Dee,” wife of Gerald Strathmeyer of Lititz, PA; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Warren, she was preceded in death by four siblings.

A viewing will take place 1:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 26, 2104, at the Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY, followed by a procession to Glen Cove Cemetery for the graveside service and interment. To place a condolence online, visit

September 3, 2014

Mrs. Olga Pirozek of Glen Spey, NY died Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 92.

She was born March 16, 1922 in Fraha, Stanislawiw, Poland the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Katherine Szewczyszen Eudocia.

Olga married Anton Pirozek on September 28, 1946 and they were married for 63 years prior to his death on April 4, 2010.

She was a member of St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Glen Spey, NY.

She worked as a cleaning lady for Local 32 JB NY, NY.

Surviving are her sons, Roman Pirozek and his wife Josephine Marie of Woodhaven, NY, Myron Pirozek of Deposit, NY; four grandchildren, Natalka, Nicholas, Christina and Amy.

She was predeceased by her grandson, Roman Pirozek, Jr.

Visitation was held Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY with a Panachyda Service at the funeral home.

A Liturgy Mass was held Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 447 High Road, Glen Spey, NY.

Burial will be at Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Cemetery, Hamptonburgh, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 447 High Rd, Glen Spey, NY 12737.

September 3, 2014

Mrs. Eleanor Zub of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and formerly of Yulan, NY died peacefully Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Broward Health Medical Center, Ft. Lauderdale, NJ. She was 90.

She was born January 21, 1924 in Roselle, NJ the daughter of the late James P. and the late Margaret Bridget O’Brien Connallon. She has five brothers and two sisters.

Eleanor married her true love, Henry Zub on October 31, 1947 and they were married 44 years prior to his death on July 7, 1991.

She worked as a pre-school teachers’ aide for Peace Lutheran School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She was truly devoted to the care and raising of children.

Eleanor was a past member of the Women of the Moose Chapter #1236 and during WW II Eleanor was a member of the U.S.O., Rahway, NJ Chapter.

Surviving family members are her sons, Michael James Zub, Gerald Henry Zub, John Mark Zub and David Patrick Zub; daughters, Patricia Ellen Cerrachio and Barbara Ann Zub; sister, Jean Harrington.

Eleanor is beloved by 10 grandchildren: Cristi, Michael Jr., Tim, Rebecca, Breanna, Abbey, Nicole, Savanna, Logan, and Delanie; and five great-grandchildren: Avery, Oakley, Zachary, Zaley and ZJ.

Visitation will be held at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. in Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. with father George LaGrutta officiating.

Burial will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Eldred, NY.

July 30, 2014

Robert Corey Phillips, 23, of Shohola, PA passed away Monday July 28, 2014 at home. The son of Robert and Carol (Schouppe) Phillips, III he was born May 17, 1991 in East Stroudsburg, PA.

Survivors include his parents; sister, Maggie Phillips of Fairfax, VA; brother, Andrew Phillips at home; paternal grandmother, Denege Phillips of Sunset Beach, NC; many aunts, uncles and cousins. We will always treasure our Cory for his kind, gentle spirit and loving heart.

Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Milford, Milford, PA on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ben Willis officiating.

Burial will take place at Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township, PA, private at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Milford, 308 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337 or Pibbles and More Animal Rescue, PO Box 1903, Binghamton, NY 13902 (

July 23, 2014

William E. Eldridge, 91, of Homosassa, FL, died July 10, 2014, at Crystal River Health and Rehab. William was born on September 12, 1922, in Forestine, New York to the late William and Harriet (Claessen) Eldridge.

William was raised in Eldred, NY where he resided until moving to Florida in 1985. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during WWII as an ambulance driver for the 93rd Evacuation Hospital after landing on Utah Beach in Normandy. He saw action in the Ardennes, Central Europe, Northern France and the Rhineland and was discharged in December of 1945. He was employed by the Sullivan County (NY) Department of Public Works for 44 years as a crane operator. William enjoyed woodworking and building beautiful pieces of furniture for his home and those of family and friends. He also repaired bicycles to give to children in need during the Christmas season.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Patricia Abt, New York, NY, Deanna (Anthony) Sicuro, Port Jervis, NY, Kathleen (Harlan) Haskins, Bonita Springs, FL and Anne-Marie (John), Vandenende, Riverview; seven grandchildren, Tony, Angela, Connie, Louis, Caroline, Shaye and Frances; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Jane; his grandson, Matthew and son-in-law Lou Abt. One of 14 children, he was preceded in death by all of his siblings.

A funeral service and tribute to William’s life was held on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory. Burial followed at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations in William’s memory to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, Florida 34464 or The Wounded Warrior Project.

July 16, 2014

Reverend Frederick J. Howard, 80, of Honesdale, PA died on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife Sylvia Harned Howard in 2002. The couple married on July 18, 1976.

Born on March 19, 1934 in Austin, TX, he was the son of the late James Aubrey and Mary Almeda Howard. He was a graduate of the University of Texas and later graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.

He served as Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Amarillo, TX from 1971 to 1977 before joining the Episcopal Church’s National headquarters in New York. During that time he assisted with Church of the Ascension, The Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew, both of Brooklyn and St. James Episcopal Church in Callicoon, NY.

Following the death of his wife, he retired to Honesdale where he enjoyed spending time on his porch watching birds and the other wildlife. A sports enthusiast, Fred especially enjoyed rooting for the Texas Longhorns football team and was a Steelers fan. A true Texan, he also enjoyed barbecuing, and spending time with friends and family.

Fred loved Shetland sheepdogs, especially Pal, his most recent companion.

Surviving him is his son, David Howard; his brothers, Robert Howard and wife, Billie of IL and James Howard and wife, Diane of TX; Leanne Weiner, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother Bertram Howard.

Memorial services will be held at St. James, Calicoon, NY on July 20 at 10:30 a.m.

July 9, 2014

Born September 21, 1955 in Ellenville, NY, Ken was the son of the late Gerald Hook, Sr. and Frances Brown Hook-Fritz.

Ken graduated from Ellenville High School and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in teaching in Peoria, Illinois.

At the time of his death he was an honored teacher at Sinclair Community College in Ohio.

His survivors include siblings Darlene Hook Light of Lakewood NJ, Gerald Hook, Jr. of Casenovia NY, and Jeffrey Hook of Saugerties NY; and stepfather, Jack Fritz of Napanoch. He also has several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ken was predeceased by sister, Diane Hook and brother, Paul Hook, Sr.

His friend Paula, stepdaughter Katy, and girlfriend Habeebah Shafeek will be arranging a memorial service in Ohio for friends, co-workers and students.

On August 2, 2014 at 9 a.m. there will be a viewing service for family and friends at Loucks Funeral Home in Ellenville, followed at 10 a.m. by graveside service in a family plot at Fantankill Cemetery, Ellenville, NY.

July 2, 2014

Teresa M Foster, 71, of Greeley, PA, passed away November 29, 2013 in Goshen, NY.

A memorial service will be held at Shohola Falls in the Shohola Falls Recreation Area on July 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Fran Hlavacek of Church of the Good Shepherd & St. John the Evangelist officiating. A committal of ashes will be performed at the memorial service. A luncheon will be held at Peter’s Europa House, Shohola at 12 noon. All friends, family, colleagues and students are encouraged to attend.

Teresa was born in Brooklyn, NY to Sophie and Paul Klco on August 23, 1942. Teresa graduated from Prospect Heights High School and went on to earn a BFA from Parsons School of Design. Teresa devoted her career to the service of others as a classroom assistant at Delaware Valley High School and caregiver at the Milford Convalescent Home.

Teresa is preceded in death by her parents, Sophie and Paul and her brother William (Bill). She is survived by her brother Paul, former spouse Robert (Bob) Birney, sons Robert (Scott) Birney, William (Bill) Birney, Timothy (Tim) Birney, daughter Dawn Martins and their extended families.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. Condolences may be mailed to Timothy Birney, 108 Old Easton Turnpike, Weston CT 06883.