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Michael Carlos Baptiste Sr. of Beach Lake, PA, died unexpectedly July 31, 2007 at Mercy Hospital in Scranton, PA. He was 55. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, the former Patricia A. Robinson.

The son of Erol Baptiste of Trinidad, West Indies and Ursula Lezama Baptiste of Port Charlotte, FL, he was born January 2, 1952 in Trinidad, West Indies.

Before retiring to Beach Lake in 2003, Michael was a New York City police officer, patrolling the bridges and tunnels. He was a member of the New York State Fraternal Order of Police and a great sports fan who loved to follow all New York teams. Michael will be remembered for his great sense of humor and keeping all things light.

He is survived by a son, Michael Jr. and wife Dameisha of New York City; brothers Gaston and wife Sharon of Richmond, VA, and Ian and wife Denise of Leesburg, VA; a sister, Linda Granderson of Port Charlotte, FL; a granddaughter, Azariya Penelope Baptiste; a brother-in-law, Kenneth Robinson of North Carolina; and an aunt, Girlie Lezama of Trinidad, West Indies.

A Mass of Resurrection was held at Christ Church, Indian Orchard, on Saturday, August 4, 2007 by Father Donald Shearer. Interment followed in Indian Orchard Cemetery.


Thomas H. Batchelor of Narrowsburg, NY, a retired custodian for the Narrowsburg School District and a longtime resident of the area, died Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. He was 90.

The son of the late William and Alice Batchelor Moquin, he was born April 23, 1917 in Utica, NY. He was married for 65 years to Dorothy Buddenhagen Batchelor, who survives.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; a former member of the Narrowsburg Fire Department, where he was a past secretary; and a member of the Civil Conservation Corp in Beaverbrook, NY. A family statement read, “Tom was a loving and dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He took great pride in his family, and was a big part of our lives. He will truly be missed.”

He is survived by his wife, Dotty, at home; a daughter, Sandy Nuttycombe and husband Tom of Narrowsburg; two grandsons, Brett Bodine of North Carolina and Rod Bodine and wife Val of Narrowsburg; four grandchildren, Ashley Board, Austin Bodine, Kayla Bodine and Raeanna Bodine.

Graveside service was held on Monday, August 6, 2007 at Glen Cove Cemetery, Narrowsburg. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tusten Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 34 Narrowsburg, NY 12764.


Beula H. Earley, of Bethany Village, PA passed away Thursday, August 2, 2007 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA with her family present. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Raymond Earley, who died September 11, 2002. The couple married May 7, 1949.

The oldest child of the late E. Lawrence and Mildred Robbins Highhouse, she was born in Girdland, PA on November 3, 1927.

She graduated from Honesdale High School and was employed as a bookkeeper at Katz Bros. Department Store, and later with Wayne Bank in Honesdale. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Honesdale, its altar and rosary society and the Catholic Daughters of America. She dedicated an hour in the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel for many years prior to her illness. Among her greatest joys were her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, Wayne and wife Margaret (Peggy) and Scott Earley, both of Honesdale; daughters Linda Earley of Honesdale and Kathleen Earley of Simpson, PA; brothers James and Larry Highhouse of Honesdale; sisters Doris Cory of Hawley, PA and Jean Ostrander of Milanville, PA; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased in death by two infant sons, John Edward and Gerald Francis Earley; and a brother, Chester Highhouse.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at St. Mary Magdalen Church. Interment followed in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John the Evangelist Parish or the Eucharistic Chapel, both at 414 Church St., Honesdale, PA 18431.


Donna Lee Marie Gohl of Olyphant, PA died July 30, 2007 at the VNA Hospice Unit at CMC in Scranton. She was 48.

The daughter of Chester and Frances Decker Crum of Beach Lake, PA, she was born June 26, 1959 in Callicoon, NY.

She was a sergeant in the U.S. Army and later became a nurse’s aide in Sturges, PA. She loved animals and became an animal activist. A selfless person, she enjoyed being in the company of others and even though she became ill was concerned for others before herself.

She is survived by her son, Max Batzel of Waymart, PA; a daughter, Marlane Gohl of Olyphant; brothers James and wife Rosalie of Beach Lake, Earl and wife Virginia of Milanville, PA and Gerald Crum of Rileyville, PA; a sister, Diana Daub and husband Carl of Honesdale, PA; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Jack Anthony Crum who died July 27, 2007.

As per her request, cremation was held at Maple Hill at Salem Crematory in Archbald, PA. A graveside service was held on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Calkins Union Cemetery with Rev. Val Rommel of the White Mills United Methodist Church officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Rd. Honesdale, PA 18431 or the American Cancer Society, Wayne Unit 100 4th St. Honesdale, PA 18431.


Lois Marie Gordon of Greeley, PA died Monday, July 30, 2007 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. She was 72.

The daughter of the late Louis and Ethel Drake White, she was born September 19, 1934, in Newton, NJ.

She is survived by three daughters, Donna Hahn of Flanders, NJ, Jean Badoud of Greeley and Debbie DeFebo of Greeley; two sons, Rickey of Greeley, and Robert of Jefferson, NJ; a brother, Fred White of Stanhope, NJ; a sister, Fay Eden of Newton, NJ; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Robert William Gordon.

Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.


Boris Horizny of Narrowsburg, NY, a retired salesman after 40 years of service for Gasko Meyer Inc. and a longtime resident of the area, died Saturday, August 4, 2007 at Roscoe Nursing Home, Roscoe, NY. He was 72.

The son of the late Peter and Emily Marik Horizny, he was born December 18, 1934 in New York City, NY.

A family statement read, “Boris was a loving father and grandfather. He was known to many as the beer man throughout Sullivan County. He will be truly missed.”

He is survived by his daughter, Candace Bennis and her husband Tom of Callicoon, NY; four grandchildren, Thomas Bennis, Cariann Rutledge, Craig Rutledge and Carissa Rutledge; one brother, Walter Horizny and his wife Mary of Floral Park, NY; one nephew, James Horizny and his wife Myda; one niece, Linda Horizny; and one great niece, Caroline Horizny.

He is predeceased by his wife, Dorothy Eddy Horizny, who passed away on August 18, 1988.

Visitation was held Wednesday and Thursday, August 8 and 9, 2007 at Rasmussen Funeral Home, Narrowsburg, NY. Funeral services will be held Thursday August 9, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Cremation will follow at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, PA. Burial of the cremains will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Bethel, NY at the convenience.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Callicoon Youth Center, Callicoon, NY 12723.


Kathryn Rose Hulse, a lifelong Pike County, PA and Sullivan County, NY resident, passed away on Friday, August 3, 2007 at the Sullivan County Adult Care Center in Liberty, NY. She was 94.

The daughter of Oscar and Katherine Stoehr Dellert, she was born on June 2, 1913 in Greeley, PA.

Kathryn and Millard L. Hulse celebrated 40 years of marriage when he passed away in 1974. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Barryville, NY. She was a working mother and homemaker, active in church and civic organizations; she served some 20 years on the board of elections in the town of Highland, NY.

A family statement says, “Our mother was the foundation of our family. Hardworking and dedicated to her children and their education, she also thoroughly enjoyed a good time, baking, crocheting, doing her crossword puzzles and a good, dry martini in the evening. She will always live in our hearts.”

She is survived by sons, Millard O. Hulse and wife Linda of Butte, MO and David Hulse of Barryville; a grandson, Tim Hulse of Butte; a brother, Charles J. Dellert of Shohola, PA; and many nieces and nephews and their children.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Oscar Dellert of Minnesota and Edmund “Fritz” Dellert of Greeley; and a sister, Gertrude Hessberger of Port Jervis, NY.

There will be no visitation. Cremation will be private. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery, Lackawaxen, PA at the convenience of the family.

Plans for a memorial gathering will be announced at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Pennsylvania Chapter, 63 North Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701.


Robert C. Litts, a retired aircraft mechanic and 60-year area resident, died Friday, August 3, 2007 after a long illness at Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, PA. He was 92.

The son of the late Edward H. Litts and Elmina J. Westcott Litts, he was born April 8, 1915 in Susquehanna, PA.

Robert was a member of the United Methodist Church of Matamoras, PA. He attended the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics in Newark, NJ and was then hired to teach students the aircraft engine repair trade. He owned and operated Litts Air Service in Matamoras. He also operated the aircraft maintenance repair facility at the Monticello Airport. Several years ago, he received recognition for being the most senior FAAI and an inspector in the Allentown Region. He received the Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award. He was a former partner in Winans Engineering and Manufacturing Co in Branchville, NJ. He was a member of the Matamoras Lodge of Masons (New Milford Lodge #344 F & AM). He was a life-member of the Matamoras Rod & Gun Club and the Slate Stone Hunting Club. He was a member and past president of the Matamoras Borough Council.

He is survived by his wife, Jane A. Murch Litts; a son, Richard A. Litts and wife Jeanette of Downington, PA; daughters, Nancy Farrr of Matamoras, PA and Susan Kozykowski and husband Bernar of Barryville, NY; one brother, Floyd Litts of Susquehanna, PA; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Barbara Litts and son-in-law Joseph Monaco; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, Robert E. Litts; a daughter, Joan Monaco; great-granddaughter, Laura Reitschmied; one brother; and two sisters.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, August 7 at The United Methodist Church of Matamoras, PA. The Rev. Glenn Scheyhing officiated. Burial was in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.


Kristopher R. Long of Port Jervis, NY, a construction worker and lifelong area resident, died Sunday, July 29, 2007 at Cape Coral, FL. He was 27.

The son of Brian and Pamelia Collette Long, he was born May 19, 1980 in Port Jervis.

He is survived by his companion, Briana Walsh of Cape Coral, FL; his daughter, Alexa at home; his parents, Pamelia and Brian Long of Port Jervis; his father, Steven Goble of Forestburgh, NY; two sisters, Nicole Long of Port Jervis and Sarah Goble of Fosterdale, NY; his maternal grandmother, Pamelia Stevens of Matamoras, PA; his maternal grandparents, Bob and Maryellen Stevens of Matamoras; paternal grandmother, Adele LaBarr of Narrowsburg, NY; paternal grandparents, Alice and Robert Long of Matamoras; and his uncle, Kyle Stevens.

Funeral services were held on Friday, August 3, 2007 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis. The Rev. Glenn Scheyhing officiated. Burial was made in Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey, NY.


Kenneth S. Pierce of Cochecton, NY, a truck driver and a lifelong resident of the area, died Saturday, August 4, 2007 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. He was 52.

The son of Edward T. and Katherine Nelson Pierce, he was born April 23, 1955 in Nyack, NY. He was married for 21 years to Ginger Neer Pierce, who survives.

He served in the U.S. Army, and was a graduate of Delhi College, where he received an associates degree. A family statement read, “Ken was a loving, caring father, husband, son, brother and family member. Things won’t be the same without him. He will be greatly missed”

He is survived by his wife, Ginger at home; two daughters Ginger and Roxanne Pierce at home; his parents, Edward T. and Katherine Pierce of Cochecton Center, NY; one brother Edward K. Pierce of Cochecton Center; one sister Kathy J. Pierce of Mechanicsville, VA; many nieces and nephews; and so many friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Friday, August 10, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Rasmussen Funeral Home, 90 Main St., Narrowsburg, NY. Funeral services will be held Friday August 10, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Laurel Cemetery, Cochecton Center. The Rev. Phyllis Haynes will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 95 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY 12401.