YULAN, NY — Catherine Clouse, a lifetime resident of the area, died at home on Saturday, November 11, 2006. She was 87.

The daughter of the late Charles and Emma Maillet Hess, she was born on February 11, 1919 in Shohola, PA.

Clouse worked as a postmaster for the U.S. Post Office in Greeley, PA. She was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid Society, both of Lackawaxen, PA. She was a 55-year member and past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, St. Tammany Chapter # 492, Callicoon. She was a member of the Shohola and Wayne County Historical Society and an honorary member of the Lackawaxen Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of the Yulan Red Hat Society and the AARP. She was past president of the Pike County Council PTA and a member of the Hawley Women’s Bowling League. She was also a member of the quilting group, Piece Makers. They make and distribute quilts domestically and overseas, including Katrina victims.

A family statement read: “Catherine was a wonderful mother and friend to so many. She was an attentive mother and homemaker to her family. She had many hobbies she enjoyed participating in.”

She is survived by her sons, Richard Clouse and his wife Ruth of Lackawaxen, and Robert Clouse of Greeley, PA; Glenn Clouse and his wife Sharon of Shohola Falls, PA, Charles Clouse and his wife Mary Paige of Yulan; one daughter, Sue Ferris and her husband Jeff of Rowland, PA; a sister, Dolores McCollum of Charleston, SC; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her infant son, Timothy Clouse; brothers Floyd and Ralph Hess; a sister, Pauline Ugoline; and her daughter-in-law, Eleanor Clouse.

Services were held Wednesday, November 15, 2006 at Grat-Rasmussen Funeral Home in Barryville, NY with the Reverend Eddie Nilsen officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Ct., Newburgh, NY 12550; Lackawaxen Volunteer Fire Department, Lackawaxen, PA; or American Cancer Society, Orange County Unit, Wisner Prof. Building, 407 E. Main St., Middletown, NY 10940.


HONESDALE, PA — Robert N. Gangel of Narrowsburg, NY died on Sunday, November 12, 2006 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

The son of the late Jay C. and Isabel Coon Gangel, he was born September 10, 1921 in Elizabeth, NJ.

Gangel was a retired engineer for the Sperry Rand Corporation. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Technical Engineer First Class.

A family statement read: “Robert had moved here from Long Island. He loved the small hamlet of Narrowsburg; he felt that the people were the nicest that he ever met. Moving here was a happy ending to his full life. He is surely going to be missed by all.”

He is survived by his son, Geoffrey Gangel and his wife Wanda of Narrowsburg; two daughters, Robin Thomas and her husband Michael of Long Island, NY, and Lorina Dana and her husband Bill of Long Island; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mai Schmidt Gangel; his brother; and his beloved cat, Fanny.

Services were private at the convenience of the family.


LIBERTY, NY — Robert Huggins, a resident of Callicoon, died on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. He was 91.

The son of the late Robert and Martha Doody Huggins, he was born on June 8, 1915 in Syracuse.

Huggins was a retired machinist and a 25-year area resident.

He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Varcadipane; five grandchildren; seven-great grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Elizabeth Lytle; a sister-in-law, Laverne Ives; and many friends in the Callicoon area.

Services were held Friday, November 10, 2006 at the Callicoon Cemetery.

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


SHOHOLA, PA — Heinz Klimm died at home on Saturday, November 11, 2006. He was 76.

The son of the late Oscar and Anna Klimm, he was born on April 18, 1930 in Berlin, Germany.

Klimm was an Army veteran and served in Germany. He was a volunteer with the Pike County Senior Citizens in Bloom Grove and was a member of St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Shohola. He worked at Hometown Cleaners and later at Wilder Mfg., both in Port Jervis, NY.

He is survived by his son, Steven Klimm and his wife Julie of Colorado Springs, CO; a daughter, Heidi Kovacs of Allentown; fiancée Christina Menza of Goshen, NY; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Catherine Dammann Klimm; two brothers, Oscar and Gerhardt; and his sister, Charlotte Banzhof.

Services will be held Sunday, November 19, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Shohola with the Reverend Rolf Buchmann officiating.

Interment will be at Germany Hill Cemetery in Shohola at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Lung Association of Hudson Valley, 35 Orchard St., White Plains, NY 10603.


MORRISTOWN, NJ — James Douglas May of Milford, PA, died on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at Morristown Memorial Hospital. He was 75.

The son of Maurice and Margaret Cortright May, he was born on December 8, 1930 in Port Jervis, NY.

May was past chief and current president of the Milford Volunteer Fire Department and captain of the Milford Fire Police. He was a county coordinator, president of the Pike County Fireman’s Federation for 15 years and a member and past officer of the Pike County Fire Police and a judge at the Port Jervis fireman’s parade. He was also a former Milford councilman and was deputy coroner. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving as Staff Sergeant and a life member of Milford Masonic Lodge # 344 F. and A.M. and a member of the Milford United Methodist Church. He was an avid hunter and a member of the Snake Hill Hunting Club. He worked for Grand Union for 31 years. He loved his children and grandchildren dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, at home; two daughters, Cathleen Recchia and her husband Kenneth of Milford, and Candace May and her companion Charles Meyer of Pond Eddy, NY; one son, David May and his wife Laura of Shohola, PA; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Donald May.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Milford United Methodist Church with the Reverend David Repenning officiating.

Interment will be private in Milford Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Memorial Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance, PO Box 1369, Milford, PA 18337.


MIDLOTHIAN, VA — Fred W. Riemer, a long-time resident of Yulan, NY, died Saturday, November 4, 2006. He was 86.

Born on August 26, 1920 in Pomona, NY, Riemer moved to Yulan with his family in 1965. He worked for Chroma Tube factory in White Mills, PA and for Channel Master in Port Jervis, NY before becoming a janitor and bus driver with Eldred Central School. He was active in the Yulan Volunteer Fire Department and the Pond Eddy, NY United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Rick and his wife Mary of Midlothian; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Riemer.

Interment is at Antioch Baptist Church in Enfield, NC.


BURLINGTON, NC — Alice V. Ruschmeier, of Elton, formerly of Shohola, PA, died on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at Alamance Regional Medical Center. She was 87.

The daughter of Justin and Margaret Burns Duggan, she was born on March 10, 1919 in the Bronx, NY.

Ruschmeier was a member of St. Ann’s Church in Burlington and the Catholic Daughters of America.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Alice Love of Graham and Irene Bennet of Rochester, NY; one son, Stephen Ruschmeier of Annapolis, MD; six grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services were held on Monday, November 13, 2006 at St. Ann’s Church in Shohola.

Interment is at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Shohola.


RHODE ISLAND — Suzanne Worrell died at home on Sunday, November 5, 2006. She was 58.

The daughter of Edward James and Joan A. Fijux Pepper Sr., she was born in Queens, NY on April 12, 1948.

Worrell was known as “The Knick-Knack Queen,” a creative crafty person who had a flare for decorating.

A family statement read: “Susie, you came into this world premature, weighing only two pounds. Now you have left us at such a young age, not yet 58. We hope you meet with your Dad and that he keeps you laughing until we get there too. Miss you Susie.”

She is survived by two sons, Christopher Worrell of Florida, and Kenneth Worrell of Rhode Island; her mother and stepfather, Joan Pepper Cauthers and Herbie Cauthers; one sister and brother-in-law, Jeanne and Gary Kern of Neversink, NY; one stepbrother, Edward Pepper Jr. of Jeffersonville, NY; two grandchildren; one niece, two nephews; and three grandnephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Edward Pepper Sr.; and a stepsister, Carolyn Hanna.

Services were held on Friday, November 10, 2006 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home in Woodbourne, NY.

Interment is at Grahamsville Rural Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, PO Box 1131, Fairfax, VA 22038-1131.