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Samuel E. Cohen of Lackawaxen, PA passed away at home July 7, 2007. He was 72.

The son of the late Max and Harriet Pearl (Smith) Cohen, he was born July 30, 1934 in Suffern, NY.

Samuel was a retired and self-employed contractor. He was a graduate of Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY and a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. He was a member of the Delaware Lodge #561 F& AM, Callicoon, NY, active member of the local senior center and member and past chief of the Lackawaxen Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

He is survived by two daughters, Christine Cohen of East Stroudsburg, PA and Stephanie Clark and her husband RJ of Stroudsburg, PA; brother-in-law Patrick Waldron of Lavallette, NJ; nephew Peter Tutini; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Interment will take place in Lackawaxen Cemetery, Lackawaxen, PA at the convenience of the family.

Memorial donations may be made to Pike County Humane Society, PO Box 255, Milford, PA 18337.


Ruth Duprey of Beach Lake, PA, a homemaker, mother and longtime resident of the area, died Thursday, July 5, 2007 at Mercy Hospice, Scranton, PA. She was 80.

The daughter of the late George Peter and Bertha Bickert West, she was born June 16, 1927 in Woodhaven, NY.

Ruth was a member of St. Bernard’s R.C. Church, Beach Lake. A family statement reads, “Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, who was full of life and fun. Our loss is our Dad’s gain. She was a dedicated bingoholic and also loved winning board games with her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her three sons, James Duprey and wife Mary of Tenafly, NJ, Daniel Duprey and wife Ann of Riverhead, NY and Dennis Duprey and wife Sara of Raleigh, NC; five daughters, Diane Swierzbinski and husband Michael of Marriotsville, MD, Janet Riecken and husband William of Harrington Park, NJ, Jean Martin and husband Gregory of Norwich, CT, Jacqueline Ploss and husband Brian of Blauvelt, NY and Jerilyn Luber and husband Eric of Honesdale, PA; 18 grandchildren; one great-grandson; one brother, John Beekmag and wife Barbara of Queens, NY; and special friends Mary Kopf, Helen Ranzinger and Betty Lefevre, all of Welcome Lake, PA.

She is predeceased by her dearly beloved husband of 37 years, John Duprey, who passed away in 1985.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, July 9, 2007 at St. Bernard’s R.C. Church, Beach Lake. Rev. Joseph Kutch officiated. Burial followed at Beach Lake Cemetery, Beach Lake.

Donations can be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.


Joan M. Erhardt of Honesdale, PA, died on Friday, June 29, 2007, at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center in Honesdale. She was 73. Her husband of 53 years is Alfred R. Erhardt.

The daughter of the late Joseph A. and Bertha K. White Dickhut, she was born on April 21, 1934 in Galilee, PA.

Joan was a graduate of Damascus High School. A housewife and loving mother, she also worked at Kreitner’s Restaurant as a waitress until she retired. She attended the Free Methodist Church in Beach Lake, PA and was a member of the Calkins Ladies Aid.

She is survived by a son, Eric and wife Nancy of Beach Lake; daughters Cynthia Wilcox and husband Dale of Milanville, PA; Sandra Niesen, RN and husband attorney Thomas Niesen of Mechanicsburg, PA; and Teri Sue Erhardt, Boyds Mills, and fiancé Merv Iloff; a brother, Joseph Dickhut, Dover Plains, NY; sisters Jean Bidwell, Joyce Southerton and Chris Derrick, all of Honesdale; 10 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Sunday at Hessling Funeral Home, Honesdale with the Rev. Dale Wilcox officiating. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Galilee, PA.


Robert K. Felter Sr. of Basking Ridge, NJ, a retired manager for A&P and a resident of the area for many years, died July 2, 2007 at the Mennonite Home in Lancaster, PA. He was 93.

The son of the late Frank Felter and Gertrude Quick, he was born July 20, 1913 in Forestburg, NY. He was a widower of Anna Mortimer Felter.

Robert was a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II. He was a member of the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church and of VFW Post 8745 in Whiting, NJ.

He is survived by two sons, Robert K. Felter of Lancaster and James D. Felter of Basking Ridge; one daughter, Patricia Crawford of Sparrowbush, NY; four brothers, Lester Felter of Port Jervis, NY, Harrison Felter of Sparrowbush, Fred Felter of Port Jervis and Donald Felter of Sparrowbush; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Richard Felter, William Felter and Frank Felter; and two sisters, Effie King and Marie Cuddeback.

Graveside services were held on July 3, 2007 at Pine Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Mayer officiated. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush.


Wesley E. Perry of Venice FL, formerly of Honesdale, PA, died Thursday, June 14, 2007.

He was born in Scranton, PA. Wesley was a decorated army veteran and was a hospital executive in several northeastern Pennsylvania medical centers.

He is survived by his son, Edward, husband of Valerie Bee Stalker; grandchildren Luke, Brooke and Jack, all of Lakewood, PA; three brothers, Carlton of Annville, PA, Bob of Palmerton and George of Fair Bluff, NC; aunts and uncle Patricia Jones, Dorothy Davis and Alan Hazen, of Marshalls Creek, PA; and numerous cousins. He was a favorite uncle to nine of his brothers’ children and the two children of Peg’s sister, Betty and her husband Dennis Mansell of Gatlinburg, TN, Wesley’s mother-in-law, Mary Edsall, and his former wife, Mary Ann Quanchi, of Wayne County.

He is predeceased by his wife, Margaret Nee Edsall.

Prior to his death, Wes established the Peg Perry Scholarship Fund, which annually recognizes a deserving student of Honesdale High School, where Peg taught for many years.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Peg and Wes Perry Scholarship Fund at the Dime Bank 820 Church Street Honesdale, PA 18431. Services are private.


Michael Joseph Scullyof Sparrowbush, NY, passed away peacefully at home on July 3, 2007. He was 56.

The son of Betty Scully and the late Christopher John Scully, he was a beloved husband, intensely proud father, brother, uncle and friend of many.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Luverne; a son, Michael Jr. of Portland, OR; a daughter, Christina Scully of Royal Oak, MI; brothers Christopher J. Scully of Eldred, NY and James Scully of Bakersfield, CA; and sisters Dr. Janice Scully of DeWitt, NY and Barbara Scully of Burbank, CA.

Mike was a lifelong resident of the Port Jervis, NY area. With his wife, he created, owned and operated the Port Jervis Diner and Scully’s Restaurant. After selling Scully’s, he worked as a cook at the Otisville Correctional Facility, a job he enjoyed immensely. Mike loved being outdoors, was a fisherman and wildlife enthusiast. Mike’s courage, sense of humor, smile and spirit will forever inspire all who knew him. He has touched many over his lifetime with his generosity, compassion and dedication to helping others. Mike would have liked to thank his friends and family for helping him over the course of his illness, particularly Ed and Doretta Reiss and Marilyn Sigretto.

In Mike’s name, donations can be sent to The Joan Scarangello Foundation to Conquer Lung Cancer. This foundation commits itself to increasing awareness and funding research for the world’s leading cancer killer, with a focus on non-smoking-related lung cancer. Contributions can be sent to The Joan Scarangello Foundation, 27 Union Square West, Suite 304, New York, NY 10003, phone: 212-627-5500, fax: 212-627-7594.

Alternately, donations can be sent to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771.

Services and interment will be private.


Charlotte Stoll of Suffern, NY and Beach Lake, PA, a housewife and short time resident of the area, died Friday, June 29, 2007 at home. She was 79.

The daughter of the late Carlo A. and Rose Marie Cipriani, she was born June 14, 1928 in Suffern.

Charlotte was a member of Sacred Heart R.C. Church, Suffern. She was a member of the Suffern Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. A family statement reads, “Charlotte was a loving and giving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt. She took great pride in her family. She will greatly be missed by all that knew her. She was special.”

She was survived by two daughters, Rose Marie Giardina and her husband Joseph A. Jr. of Beach Lake, PA and Gail Ann Collins of Bloomingburg, NY; one son, John Stoll III and his wife Susan of Milford, PA; seven great grandchildren, Angela Marie Giardina, Jeanette Lockowitz, Kris Rose, Karyl Townsend, Charlie Collins, Courtney Collins and Stephanie Stoll; six great grandchildren, Adrian, Harold, Mia, Brittany and Joseph; six brothers and sisters, Tony Cipriani of Colorado, Mike Cipriani of California, Nick Dunado of Suffern, Anna Kawapich of Altoona, PA, Josephine Glinsky of Hillbrun, NY and Loris Duvo of Hillbrun; and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband of 29 years, John Stoll, who passed away in 1982; and by several brothers and sisters.

Graveside services were held on Tuesday July 10, 2007 at the St. Anthony’s R.C. Cemetery, Nanuet, NY.

Donations can be made to Wayne Memorial Hospice, 601 Park St., Honesdale, PA 18431.


Grace E. Tallman of Honesdale, PA, died on Sunday July 1, 2007 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She was 80. Her husband of 59 years is John P. Tallman. The couple married on August 12, 1947 in St. John the Evangelist Church.

The daughter of the late Lawrence and Elizabeth Young Ostrander, she was born November 22, 1926 in Boyds Mills, PA. She was a graduate of Damascus High School. A loving housewife and mother, Grace volunteered in medical records at Wayne Memorial Hospital. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Parish and its Altar and Rosary Society. She will be remembered as a devoted and strong mother and wife.

She is also survived by her sons, Paul Tallman and significant other Sharon of Waymart, PA; Michael D. Tallman and wife Lisa and Bernie Tallman, all of Honesdale; a daughter, Linda Monaghan and husband Mike of Monroe, NH; brothers George and wife Betty of Haskell, NJ, Elwin of Honesdale, Walter and wife Jean of Beach Lake, PA and Larry Ostrander and wife Ruth of Gelatt, PA; seven grandchildren; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, July 5, 2007 at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Honesdale. Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wayne Memorial Hospice, 601 Park St. Honesdale, PA 18431.


Robert H. Young of Honesdale, PA, died on Thursday, June 28, 2007, at Wayne Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was 82. His wife is the former Virginia Cottell.

The son of the late Horace and Anna Hocker Young, he was born in Brooklyn, NY.

He was a World War II U.S. Navy pilot, having achieved the rank of Seaman First Class. He worked at Fairview State Hospital, Waymart, PA from which he retired to enjoy his family. During his retirement he volunteered his time with Tusten Volunteer Ambulance, Tusten, NY. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed his life with his family.

He is survived by a son, David Roberts and wife Linda; five daughters, Margo Hocker and husband Dale, Shery Hopkins, Jerda Roe and husband Bill, Tammy Miller and husband Daymon and Bobbi Jo Ford and husband Jerry; 17 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held on Monday, July 2, 2007 in the Arthur A. Bryant Funeral Home, Honesdale.

Memorial donations may be made to Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, 6509 Route 97, Narrowsburg, NY 12764.