Michael Carlton of Port Jervis, NY, a lifelong resident of the area, died March 29, 2007 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was 53.

The son of Shirley Merkenschlager and the late Robert Carlton of Port Jervis, he was born on April 13, 1953.

Michael was employed as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant at Orange Ulster BOCES. He loved working with children and was a kind, generous and compassionate teacher.

He was a member of the Air Force National Guard for 20 years, stationed at Stewart Air Base in Newburgh. He served during both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and retired as an E-6 Technical Sergeant. While in the military he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Award, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mary Grace Lynch Carlton; his children, Autumn, Seth and Marissa and his golden retriever Fletcher, all at home; his mother, Shirley Carlton-Warnshuis and husband Patrick of Port Jervis; brothers, Robert and wife Marge of Daytona Beach, FL, Gerald and wife Blanche of Westbrookville, NY and Steven and wife Connie of Kingston, NC; a sister, Elaine Mills and husband Randy of Port Jervis; father and mother-in-law, Brud and Elizabeth Lynch of Port Jervis; sisters-in-law, Susan Scully and husband Jack of Eldred, NY, Patricia Hess and husband Brendan of Port Jervis and Melissa McCann and her husband Michael of Port Jervis; brother-in-law, William Lynch and wife Sandy of Salinas, CA; nieces and nephews; aunts Marie Perkowski and Joan Donahue; and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made for the benefit of his children’s education c/o Michael McCann, Esq., 25 Main St., Goshen, NY 10924.

Funeral services were held April 2, 2007 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Matamoras, PA. The Rev. August Ricciardi and the Rev. Richard Carton officiated.

Burial was made in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis.


Berit Sundin Devine of Milanville, PA, died Thursday morning, March 29, in Norfolk, UK. She was 71.

Born Berit Sundin on January 25, 1936 in Sweden, she came to the United States in 1955 and worked as an au pair, caring for the three daughters of Cornell faculty members in Ithaca, NY before settling in New York City, where she met and married John Devine, who predeceased her. She worked as a proofreader for many years before retiring in the late 1990s. She was an artist, a gardener, an avid historian, a brilliant reader and an excellent seamstress.

She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Anne and Steve Bisby of Lake Worth, FL and Susie and David Honsinger of Norfolk, UK; and four grandchildren, Clarke and Harriss Bisby and David and Lily Honsinger.

A memorial service will take place in Milanville at the convenience of the family.


Klelah May Kirby of Narrowsburg, NY died at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale, PA on March 31, 2007. She was 94.

The daughter of the late Charles and Caroline Van Gorder Kirby, she was born in Scranton, PA.

Klelah was a retired postal worker.

She is survived by a brother, Kaska Kirby of Chenango, NY; and two nephews, Klendin Kirby of Yulan, NY and Kirmit Kirby of Chenango.

Funeral services were held at Montoza Cemetery on Wednesday, April 4, 2007. Interment was at Montoza Cemetery, Eldred, NY.


Iwanna Nychka of Astoria, NY and a former resident of Glen Spey, NY died Thursday, March 15, 2007 at the New York Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Astoria. She was 93.

The daughter of the late Ilyas and Stasyshyn Skoczylas Hornecka, she was born September 11, 1913 in Ukraine.

Iwanna was the widow of the late Alexander Nychka, who died September 8, 1993. She was a member of St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, Glen Spey.

She is survived by a son, Dr. Bohdan Nychka of Astoria; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Christina Bohoslawec.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 24 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 East Main St., Port Jervis with a Liturgy Mass at St. Volodymyr’s Ukrainian Catholic Church with the Rev. Yaroslav Kostyk officiating. The Panachyda service was at 2:00 p.m. Burial was made in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey.


Evelyn M. Patton, a lifelong Middletown, NY resident, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2007 in Park Manor, Middletown. She was 96.

The daughter of Albert J. Austin and Lillian Peck Austin, she was born March 7, 1911 in Middletown. She was the widow of Harold L. Patton.

Evelyn was a homemaker and seamstress and also taught sewing for Singer Sewing in Middletown. She was a member of the First Congregational Church, Middletown, as well as a member of Queen Esther Chapter No. 163 Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by her son, George H. Patton and his wife Michele M. Patton of Shohola, PA; two grandsons, Todd E. Patton, DDS and Sean H. Patton; one granddaughter, Lisa M. Ferrier; three great-grandsons; two nieces, Marilyn L. Brannan and husband Thomas F. Brannan,PE, LS of Middletown and Anne H. Cross and husband L. Wallace Cross of Poughkeepsie, NY; one nephew, Roy B. Hopkins and wife Linda Hopkins of Summitville, NY; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold L. Patton; a sister, Anna K. Stewart; a brother, Albert J. Austin Jr., and a niece, Eleanor H. Perna.

Friends may call from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, at the Cornelius, Dodd & Connell Funeral Home, 26 Grove St., Middletown.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, in the funeral home. Eastern Star Services will also be conducted at 2:00 p.m. just prior to funeral services. Interment will be in Wallkill Cemetery, Phillipsburg, with the Reverend Daniel J. Hogan officiating.