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June 16, 2011

William A. Abruzzese, a longtime resident of the area, passed away at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY on Friday, June 10, 2011. He was 89.

He was born in Brooklyn on February 3, 1922 to the late Dominick and Angelina Columbo Abruzzese.

William served in the U.S. Army in WW II. He was a NYC police captain who retired after serving 33 years.

He was a graduate of St. Francis College of Criminal Justice. William was married for 51 years to Stella Santa Maria Abruzzese, who passed away on September 16, 2001.

A family statement reads: “Everyone knew Willie to be a good and honest man, a faithful, loving husband and a wonderful loving father. His family meant everything to him. He will be loved, remembered and missed forever. Always in our hearts, but returned by God to our mother and brother in heaven.”

William is survived by four children, Dominick Abruzzese of Warwick, NY, Angela Daley and husband Steve of Narrowsburg, NY, Susan Muller and husband Ted of Narrowsburg and William Abruzzese and wife Andrea of Slate Hill, NY; 11 grandchildren; sister Helen Angeloro; and many nieces and nephews.

William is predeceased by his wife Stella and their son Robert W. Abruzzese, who had passed way in 1964; sister Ida Angeloro; and brother Fred Abruzzese.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday June 14, 2011 at St. Francis Xavier R.C. Church, Narrowsburg. Rev. William Scully O.F.M. officiated.

Christian burial was in St. Francis Cemetery, Narrowsburg.

Donations may be made to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065; or Alzheimer’s Association, New York City Chapter, 360 Lexington Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10017; or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.

June 9, 2011

Reva A. Slish of Mallard Meadows Residential Healthcare Center in Waymart, PA, formerly of Beach Lake, PA, died Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 96.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Slish, in 1977.

Born on July 20, 1914, in Milanville, PA, she was the daughter of the late Burton and Vesta (Hartman) Scott.

Reva and her husband owned and operated a family dairy farm for many years. Reva was especially fond of working with animals and growing flowers. She was a member of the Beach Lake Free Methodist Church in Beach Lake. Above all, Reva dearly loved her family.

She is survived by a son, Gary Slish and wife Joyce of Honesdale; granddaughters Jennifer Morgan and husband Tim of Beach Lake and Tanya Turner and husband Brian of Muskego, WI; four great-grandchildren; brother Billy Scott of Hawley, PA; sisters Phyllis Williams of Damascus, PA and Sally Schafler of Sidney, NY.

She was also preceded in death by a son Richard Slish; brothers Russell and Chester Scott; and sisters Gladys Jenks and Dorothy Bigelow.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 1 in the Beach Lake Free Methodist Church with Rev. Christopher Freet officiating.

Graveside interment services were held on Thursday, June 2, 2011, in the Indian Orchard Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to the Beach Lake Fire Hall, Beach Lake, PA 10405 or the Beach Lake Free Methodist Scholarship Fund, c/o the Beach Lake Free Methodist Church, Beach Lake, PA 18405. Visit

June 9, 2011

August A. Oetzel Jr., a lifelong area resident, passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2011 in Hospice Care at Bon Secours in Port Jervis, NY. He was 85.

Son of the late August A. Oetzel, Sr. and Florence Stevens Oetzel, he was born on May 28, 1926 in Harriman, NY.

August was a retired mechanic for Ford Motor Company in Mahwah, NJ and a veteran of the US Navy serving during World War II.

He was a member of American Legion Mulligan-Eden Post 1573 in Harriman, Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge 2067, Excelsior Sportsman’s Club of Eldred and was a former member of Harriman Engine Company #1.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Lupardo Oetzel of Eldred; son James A. Oetzel Sr. and wife Francesca of Dingmans Ferry, PA; daughter Anna Marie Coburn of Cincinnati, OH; brother Charles Oetzel of Chester, NY; four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his son, August A. Oetzel III; and brother Emerson Curtis.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 9 in the funeral home with Rev. Alon White officiating. Interment will follow in Seamanville Cemetery in Monroe.

Donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc. 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550. Visit

June 9, 2011

Dorothy Gottschalk, a lifetime resident of Hankins, NY, died Sunday, May 29, 2011 at her home. She was 93.

The daughter of the late Edward and Amanda Engert McGuire, Dorothy was born on March 20, 1918 in Hankins.

A homemaker, she was the widow of Phillip S. Gottschalk.

She was a member of St. Tammany Chapter 492, Order of the Eastern Star, in Callicoon, NY and the Hankins United Methodist Church, Hankins.

Survivors include a son, Phillip E. Gottschalk and wife Andrea of Florida; daughter Lou Ann Kelting of Vermont; grandchildren Christine Gottschalk, Ann Marie Gottschalk, Tammy Hempstead and husband Tracy; Edward Kelting and fiancée Mary Schumacher; Kevin Kelting and Heidi Hulse; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Hankins United Methodist Church on Thursday, June 2.

Burial was made in the Hortonville Cemetery, Hortonville.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550 or to the Hankins United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 44, Hankins, NY 12741.

June 9, 2011

Marie Anne Gleason of Shohola, PA died Friday, June 3, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital. She was 68.

She was born September 26, 1942 in Port Jervis, NY, the daughter of the late Rocco Joseph, Sr. and Marie Mazzaferro Meloi.

Marie was the store manager for Meloi Liquors in Montague, NJ.

A family statement reads: “Marie had the biggest heart of anyone. She loved with her whole soul and was always there to lend an ear or give a hug. You will be greatly missed, mom, daughter, grandma and friend.”

Surviving are her mother of Montague; daughter Kimberly Gleason and husband Patrick Cosgrave of Brooklyn; son Roy Karsten and wife Stormala Spears of Port Jervis, NY; grandsons William and Matthew Karsten; and two nephews.

She is also predeceased by her son Randy Karsten; and brother Rocky Joseph Meloi Jr.

A prayer service was held at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis on Wednesday, June 8 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at the St. James The Greater R.C. Church, Montague. Rev. Wayne Varga officiated.

Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

Contributions may be made to the charity of donor’s choice. Visit

June 9, 2011

Josephine Zukosky Giles died on June 1, 2011 in Hendersonville, NC. She was 90.

She was born on September 16, 1920, in Eynon, PA, the daughter of Mary and Joseph Zukauskus.

She was the wife of Rev. Dwight E. Giles Sr. They were married on June 2, 1945, in Forest City, PA.

She is survived by her husband of Hendersonville; sons Dwight Jr., of North Kingstown, RI, David of Raleigh, NC and Ronald of Hendersonville; and four granddaughters and one grandson.

“Jo” Giles was active in the churches served by her husband in Pennsylvania, New York and North Carolina, including the Beach Lake United Methodist Church in Beach Lake, PA. She taught Sunday school, and fed both the bishops and beggars who came to visit. She was also an accomplished knitter and seamstress, skills learned growing up on a farm in Pleasant Mount, PA.

Her funeral was held on Wednesday, June 8 at the Bryant Funeral Home in Honesdale, PA. Interment immediately followed the funeral at Wheeler Hill Cemetery in Pleasant Mount.

June 9, 2011

Louise Ann Collins of Milanville, PA, a retired seamstress and a lifelong resident of the area, passed away Thursday, June 2, 2011 at NE Hospice, Scranton, PA. She was 84.

The daughter of the late Leonard and Pearl Skinner Koferl, she was born July 10, 1926 in Narrowsburg, NY.

She was the widow of Richard Collins who had passed away on October 10, 2003.

A family statement reads: “Louise was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved Milanville and the countryside. She loved to garden and especially her flowers. She also enjoyed crochet. She will be sadly missed.”

Survivors include daughters Estella Olsen and Susannah. Austin, both of Milanville, PA; grandchildren Richard, John J. and Charles Austin; three great-grandchildren; brothers Raymond, Norman, Leonard and James Koferl; and sisters Elenore Edwards, Augusta and Rose Alfdorf.

She is also predeceased by sisters Mary Koferl and Alice Tyler; brothers John and Harold Koferl; and a great-granddaughter.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in Louise’s name to the Damascus Vol. Ambulance Corp. P.O. Box 63, Damascus, PA 18415.

June 2, 2011

William J. Cooper Jr. of Port Jervis, NY, died Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis after a courageous fight with cancer. He was 64.

He was born October 17, 1946 in Port Jervis, the son of the late William J. and Catherine Hinkley Cooper Sr.

He served our country during the Vietnam War in the Marine Corps.

A family statement reads: “Bill was a wonderful person who loved golfing and going to the casino. He also enjoyed the company of his cat, Phoebe. He will be greatly missed.”

Surviving are brothers Gerald P. Cooper and wife Robin of Glen Spey, NY and Kevin M. Cooper and companion Jackie of Port Jervis; sisters Cathleen Smith of Port Jervis and Rose Tilstra of Cape Coral, FL; and special friend Rose Clune; special friend Chad Clifford; and nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by brother-in-law Kenneth Tilstra.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.

Contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. Visit

June 2, 2011

Philip S. Chlanda of Barryville, NY and New York City died tragically on May 17, 2011. He was 28.

The son of Gisela Shilling Chandla and Edward Chandla, he was born on December 12, 1982.

Philip loved the Delaware River and enjoyed gardening, beekeeping, hunting, kayaking and fishing. He was a recreational and competition shooter at various sportsmen’s clubs in Pennsylvania and NYC, achieving high rankings. He graduated from United Nations International School, NYC in 2001 and then cum laude from Hunter College in 2006. In summers he worked at Indian Head Canoe, Kittatinny Paintball and River Market. He joined the NYPD in 2007 and would have been a team member for the NYPD in the Police World Games this August.

Philip is survived by his parents; his brother Stefan and wife Dasha, of Brooklyn, NY; half-sister Sonya Chlanda Harvey and husband James of Tampa, FL and nephews Bryan, Matthew, and Gregory; and half-brother Michael Chlanda in New Carlise, OH with nephew Keegan.

A “Celebration of His Life” was held on Friday, May 20 at the Community Church of New York, NYC, with Rev. Bruce Southworth officiating.

Burial was at Montoza Cemetery, Barryville, on Saturday, May 21, 2011 with Pastor Mary Owens of St. Jacobi Lutheran Church officiating.

Donations may be made to Ducks Unlimited (, make a gift, memorial giving; or call 800/45-DUCKS.)

May 31, 2011

Carl E. Witherel, a longtime resident of Ferndale, NY, died unexpectedly on Saturday May 28, 2011. He was 65.

The son of Franklin P. and Helen Avery Witherel, he was born on June 20, 1945 in Middletown, NY.

Carl graduated from Wallkill Senior High School in 1963 and taught mathematics at the Monticello Middle School for 33 years before retiring. Carl married Alice Knapp of Mongaup Valley, NY on March 25, 1972 and they would have celebrated their 40th anniversary next year.

He was a third-generation horse dealer in the Northeast and beyond. Carl loved his animals, especially his dogs. Together they traveled many miles, back and forth across the country.

After retirement, Carl enjoyed his paper and breakfast every morning at Tilly’s Diner with friends.

Carl is survived by his wife at home; his mother of Wallkill; sisters Betty Witherel of Saugerties and Nancy Sacon and husband Leonard of Sharon, MA; mother-in-law Ruth Knapp of Mongaup Valley; cousin Robert Witherel of Wallkill; long-time friend Steen Andersen and a group of special long-time friends in the horse business; one aunt; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his father.

Friends may call at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 3534 State Rt. 55, Kauneonga Lake on Wednesday June 1 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 2 at 3 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home. Rev. David Coon will officiate. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel, NY.

May 31, 2011

Mary Clytie (Edwards) Wilkowski of Eldred, NY passed away May 21, 2011. She was 80.

Born in Danville, VA on November 20, 1929, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Cordelia Edwards.

She married Vitold C. Wilkowski on August 24, 1947, who remained her lifelong companion. A family statement reads: “Mary was an avid reader and loved to travel. She was loved immensely and will be greatly missed.”

Survivors are children Vicki Cormier of Guthrie, OK, Mary Huff of Taylors, SC, Pete Wilkowski of Eldred and Hattie Brush of Glen Spey, NY; grandchildren Mike and Jason Hickman, Brian Cormier, Sasha Brush, Billy Huff, Jennifer Huff, Kyra Wilkowski and Bonnie Rene; nine great grandchildren; sisters June Goodman, Ruth Munn and Iona Brown; and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her daughter, Anna Mae Hickman of Guthrie, OK; brothers; Joe, Jack and Alfred; and sister Ruby.

Funeral services were held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Port Jervis.

Burial of cremains will be in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey at a later date. Visit

May 31, 2011

Alan G. Speaker of Glen Spey, NY passed away Tuesday May 24, 2011 at his home. He was 82.

He was born on August 4, 1928 in the Bronx, NY, the son of the late Albert and Anna Fitzgerald Speaker.

Alan was a retired courier for Wells Fargo Armored Car Service in New York City. He was a member and Past Chief of the Lumberland Fire Dept., Glen Spey and a member of the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks #645 B.P.O.E., Port Jervis, NY.

Alan married Betty Holthusen Speaker, who survives. He is also survived by sons Robert Speaker of Barryville, NY and Richard Speaker and wife Melissa of Port Jervis; grandchildren Patricia and Jennifer Speaker and Jason Ward; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Lumberland Fire Dept., P.O. Box 91, Glen Spey, NY 12737. Visit

May 31, 2011

Richard Shust of Chester, NY, a retired school teacher at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, NJ, and a longtime resident of Chester, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011 in Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown. He was 73.

The son of the late Albert and Mae Martinsak Shust, he was born on October 23, 1937 in the Bronx.

He was a member of the St. Columba R.C. Church in Chester; former member of the Chester School District Board of Education; a member of the Goshen Seniors and a patient advocate for nursing homes in the area. Mr. Shust was formerly honored with the Teacher of the Year Award for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ and recently inducted into the St. Joseph Regional High School Hall of Fame.

Survivors include his brothers, Albert Shust and wife Margaret of Shohola, PA and Paul Shust and wife Elizabeth of Warwick, NY; sister-in-law, Marie Shust of Westwood, NJ; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by brother Robert Shust.

A funeral mass was celebrated on Friday, May 27 at St. Columba R.C. Church, Chester. Burial was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY.

Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Joseph Regional High School.

May 31, 2011

Joseph R. Malzahn of Shohola, PA, a lifelong resident of the area, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. He was 18.

The son of Clinton and Regina Wolfe Malzahn Jr., he was born September 23, 1992 in Port Jervis, NY.

Joseph was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School and was on the wrestling, cross country and football teams. An avid skateboarder, his nickname was “Mr. Excitement”. He was a member and altar server for St. Ann’s R.C. Church, Shohola, PA. He won the Scranton Dioceses Bishop’s Youth Award. He attended Marywood University where he won a French award He was a member of Swing Gate Hunting Club.

A family statement reads: “Joseph was a loving son, brother, grandson and nephew. He was always happy about everything. He will always be in ours hearts and will greatly be missed.”

He is also survived by brother Christopher Malzahn of Shohola; sister Patricia Malzahn of Scranton, PA; grandfather Clinton Malzahn Sr. of Sparrowbush, NY; and many uncles, aunts and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, May 28, 2011 at St. Ann’s R.C. Church with Father Thomas Major officiating. Interment followed in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Shohola.

Donations may be made to St. Ann’s R.C. Church, 123 Richardson Ave. PO Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458.

May 31, 2011

Jason James “Klink” Klinkiewicz of Beach Lake, PA, formerly of Lookout, PA, died unexpectedly at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA on May 24, 2011. He was 25.

Born on July 24, 1985, in Carbondale, PA, he was the son of James Klinkiewicz of Equinunk, PA and Laurie Ann Lockwood of Beach Lake, formerly of Lookout.

Jason graduated from Honesdale High School Class of 2003. He attended WYO Technical School and earned a degree in Trim & Upholstery.

Jason enjoyed four-wheeling, snowmobiling and canoeing; playing guitar; and spending time with his dog Rosta and his family and friends.

He is also survived by maternal grandfather Gary Lockwood of Lookout; paternal grandmother Madelyn Klinkiewicz of Honesdale; brothers Justin Jay Klinkiewicz of South Carolina and Joshua Joseph Klinkiewicz of Beach Lake; aunts Sarah Branham of Wind Gap, PA and Cathy LaRocque; uncle David Lockwood of Florida; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.

Graveside funeral services were held on Saturday May 28, 2011 in Lookout Cemetery, Lookout. Visit

May 26, 2011

John Joseph McKenna III of Honesdale, PA died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at his home. He was 35.

He is survived by his wife of seven years, the former Andrea Elizabeth Hazen.

Born August 9, 1975, in Denville, NJ, he is the son of John J. McKenna Jr. and Vickie Merrill McKenna of Gouldsboro, PA. He was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School.

John loved watching sports, especially wrestling every Monday night, and enjoyed playing video games. John loved his two children and spending time with his family and nephews. He looked forward to teaching his daughter how to fish.

Also surviving is his daughter Kathryn and son Shane, both at home; sister Rebecca VanValkenburg and husband Jason of Lakeville, PA; paternal grandfather John J. McKenna of Milanville, PA; mother-in-law Melissa Hazen of North Wales, PA; and three nephews.

A Blessing Service was held at the Hessling Funeral Home, Honesdale on Saturday, May 21. Cremation followed at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald, PA. Condolences can be made online at

Memorial contributions can be made to the family.

May 26, 2011

May “Florence” Lynch entered into rest on April 29, 2011 in Elant at Newburgh, NY with her loving family by her side. She was 84.

She was born November 30, 1926 in Newburgh, the daughter of the late George and Estelle Decker Smith.

She was a retired waitress in the area as well as in the Thruway Hot Shop in Modena. May also was a secretary in the Town of Newburgh Police Department.

Survivors include sons Joseph Lynch and wife Barbara of the Town of Newburgh and James Lynch and wife Joyce of Shohola, PA; daughter Jamie Hambly of Ellenville, NY; grandchildren Lorelei Mann and husband Stephen, Alexandra Hoel and husband Jeffrey and Justin McDonald and wife Kim; four great-grandchildren; brother George Smith of the Town of Newburgh; sister Joyce Amundsen of Plattekill, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

May was predeceased by sisters Virginia Weeks and Blanche Lanford; and brother William Smith.

A Memorial Service was held Wednesday, May 25, at Homewood Suites by Hilton, Newburgh/Stewart Airport, New Windsor, NY, led by Philip Wilcox. Interment was private.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2678 South Rd. #103, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-5254.


May 26, 2011

Frances “Fifi” Grabek of Monticello, NY, a lifelong area resident, died Saturday, May 21, 2011 at Doylestown Hospital, Doylestown, PA after a long illness. She was 59.

Born on February 8, 1952 in Mongaup Valley, NY, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Sophie Kemitch Grabek.

Fifi was a member of St. Peter’s RC Church in Monticello and a volunteer for Sullivan County Office of the Aging.

She is survived by brothers George Grabek of Talahassee, FL, Val Grabek and Stanley Grabek Jr., both of Honesdale, PA; sisters Helen Grabek of Waldoboro, ME, MaryAnn Flavin and husband John of Sun Lakes, AZ, Stella Bonanza and husband Thomas of Lake Huntington, NY and Antoinette Black and husband Gary of Clovis, CA; and several nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, May 26 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Ramsay’s Funeral Home, 55 St. John St. Monticello, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Peter’s Church in Monticello on Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. Fr. John Tran will be the communicant. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Peter’s Cemetery in Monticello, NY.

Donations may be made to St. Peter’s Church, 10 Liberty St. Monticello, NY 12701.

May 26, 2011

Steven C. Banks, formerly of Monroe, NY, passed away Friday, May 13, 2011. He was 45.

Son of Veronica Costa Whitehead, he was born February 28, 1966 in Englewood, NJ. He was a member of Elks Lodge, Brevard, NC.

A family statement reads in part: “Steven was a unique and caring man with a passion for the outdoors—hiking, riding his motorcycle or just enjoying the day. He conquered many careers from his first job with Museum Village of Monroe to his charity work with children and his promotional work, where he once rode the world’s largest motorcycle. He lived life to the fullest. The world has lost a great man. As an organ donor, it was his gift to life.”

Survivors include his parents, Veronica and Robert Whitehead of Monroe and Henry Hudson of Cochecton, NY; children Darby Carroll Banks, Steven R. Banks, Holden Banks and Brittany D’Agastino; sisters Heather Hudson Sigman and husband Scott of Middletown, NY, Stefanie Hudson of Mahwah, NJ, Penny Marcario and Kelly Hudson, both of the state of Florida; nephew Branden Marshall of Middletown; and niece Lauren Brooks of New Windsor, NY; several aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.

Steven was predeceased by Collen Carroll, mother of their daughter Darby.

Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Home, 117 Maple Avenue, Monroe, NY. A Celebration of Life will take place at 8:30 p.m. in the funeral home on Thursday evening.


May 19, 2011

Ernst Jurgen Spengler of Smallwood, NY, died peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at his home while sleeping next to his faithful and loving dog, Patrick. He was 74.

Ernie was born in Berlin, Germany on August 19, 1936. He was a direct descendant of the famous philosopher and mathematician Oswald Spengler. Ernie was a U.S. Army veteran serving his country from 1957 to 1960. Ernie was loved by many and will be missed by all.

Military funeral services were held at Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery on Wednesday, May 18 at 11 a.m.