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Medwin A. Benton Sr., of Cody, WY and formerly of Liberty, NY died in Wyoming on July 27, 2007. He was 97.

The son of Warren and Mamie Smith Benton, he was born July 20, 1910 on the family homestead in White Sulphur Springs, NY.

In 1925, Medwin became head of the house after the passing of his father and helped his mother run the farm and care for his siblings. In 1935, he married Carolyn Low and they had four children. Carolyn died in 1972 and he later married Anna Mae Shields. They moved to Cody in 1983. He, along with his three brothers, owned and operated the Benton Brothers Gas Service business in Liberty, and he served three terms as the mayor of Liberty from 1957 through 1963. He was active in the Gideons of Sullivan County and the Liberty Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Mae Benton at home; sister Mildred of New Mexico; children, Medwin Jr. and wife Carol of Cody, Curtis and wife Barbara of White Lake, NY, Shelia of Liberty and Barth (Kathy) of Gladewater, TX; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Medwin was predeceased by his brothers, Paul, Harold and Warren Jr.; sisters Marjorie Gorton, Marion Edwards, Martha Wilbur and Myrtle Benton; and his first wife, Carolyn.

Funeral services were held on August 1, 2007 at the Grace Baptist Church in Cody. Interment was in the Cody Riverside Cemetery.


Mary Cade, retired owner of Cades Store in Callicoon, NY and a lifetime area resident, died Monday, August 6, 2007 in Callicoon. She was 81.

The daughter of the late Osmer and Barbara Herbert Graby, she was born January 10, 1926 in Callicoon.

She was the widow of Tillson G. Cade. She was a member of Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, Grover Hermann Hospital Auxiliary and the Delaware Senior Citizens.

She is survived by a niece, Joan Yepson; nephews Raymond Rutledge, Gary Rutledge and Connie Lawrence; 16 great-nieces and nephews; 24 great-great nieces and nephews; and a special daughter she never had, Cheryl Foland Lavicska; and her son, Mickey Lavicska.

Services were held on Friday, August 10, 2007 at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Galilee, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Upper Delaware Ambulance Corps, PO Box 238, Hankins, NY.


Flora B. Cook of Hunter’s Ridge, Rowland, PA died Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. She was 95.

The daughter of the late Thomas and Maria (Peterson) Wynn, she was born August 22, 1911 in Alberta, VA.

Flora was a homemaker.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Arlene and Dewey Adkins of Greeley, PA; grandchildren Anthony Green, Kimberly Ortiz, Chan-Lee William and Sharon Cook; and a host of great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Cook.

A private gathering will be held at the convenience of the family.


Funeral services were held for Randell Lloyd DeForge of Lakeville, PA who died Saturday, August 4, 2007 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Honesdale, PA. He is survived by his wife of six years, Christine E. (Becerra) DeForge.

The son of Russell Denney and Sandra (DeForge) Denney, he was born November 11, 1965 in Lincoln, ME.

He was the owner of a home improvement business.

He is survived by three daughters, Brianna DeForge, Alyson DeForge and Caitlin DeForge, all at home; two sons, Brandon DeForge of Greeley, PA and Jeremy DeForge of Barryville, NY; three sisters, Kesha Denney, Chyenne Denney and Hope Jenkins, all of Greeley; four brothers, Jesse Denney, Donald Denney, Dakota Denney and Aaron Denney, all of Greeley; maternal grandfather Lloyd Rollins Sr. of Hawley, PA; an uncle, Lloyd Rollins Jr. of Liberty, NY; and a cousin, Lloyd Rollins III of Rock Hill, SC.

The funeral was held on Wednesday, August 8, 2007 at Blooming Grove Baptist Church, Hawley. The Rev Douglas Rhine, Pastor officiated.


Frank V. Dellatore of Yulan, NY died Sunday, August 12, 2007 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. He was 65.

The son of the late Joseph and the late Catherine Volpi Reilly, he was born October 18, 1941 in Haverstraw, NY.

Frank was a bowling alley supervisor at Letchworth Village in Rockland County. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by his one son, Frank Dellatore and his fiancée Virginia of Glen Spey, NY; one daughter, Veronica Abato and her husband Mike of Glen Spey; one sister, Adele Wood of Garnerville, NY; three grandchildren, Michael Abato, Anthony Abato and Gideon Dellatore; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation and funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.


Carmen Fluhr died after a seven-year illness. She is survived by George J. Fluhr, her husband of 46 years.

She was a member of St. Ann’s Church, the Catholic Daughters of America and the Shohola Railroad and Historical Society. In earlier years, she was very active in the Shohola community as a member and officer of the Shohola Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, the Shohola PTA and the Shohola 4-H Club.

She is also survived by three sons, George C., Joseph and Thomas; two daughters, Mary Bajda and Anne Cherico; and six grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, John, in 1983.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at St. Ann’s Church, Richardson Ave., Shohola. The Rev. Thomas Major officiated. Burial took place in St. Ann’s Cemetery, Shohola.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Ann’s Church, PO Box 86, Shohola, PA 18458 or to an organization of the donor’s choice.


James S. Luis of Kauneonga Lake, NY, a longtime resident of the area, passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 7, 2007. He was 81.

The son of the late Salvadore and Sarah Madurh Luis, he was born in New York City, NY on January 26, 1926.

James was the widower of Eleanor Anderson, who passed away in February of 2006 after 35 years of marriage. He was a retired union carpenter and Navy veteran of World War II. He was a longstanding member of the Sullivan County Conservation Club.

He is survived by four daughters; three sons; three sisters; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A family statement said, “Our sincere thanks to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan for the services they provided. It allowed us to get through a very difficult time by allowing our father to have grace and dignity during his illness. Your efforts will not be forgotten.”

Services will be conducted on Friday, August 10, at Ramsay’s Funeral Homes, Inc., 3534 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake. The Rev. Roy Shaffer officiated. Interment was in Rose Hill Cemetery, Putnam Valley, NY.


Lawrence J. Rahl of Tafton, PA, formerly of New York City, NY, died August 11, 2007 at home. He was 87.

The son of the late Mary Walsh and Matthew Rahl, he was born in New York City.

Lawrence was a commercial builder. He was an Army MP during World War II and served in the European campaign.

He is survived by his wife, Ada E. Rahl of Tafton; a daughter, Paula Heiser of Tafton; two grandchildren; a sister, Mary Birkhofer of Toms River, NJ; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Matthew, Edwin and Owen.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Cremation will take place at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hawley Public Library, 103 Main Ave., Hawley, PA 18428 or Tafton Fire & Rescue, Tafton, PA 18464.


Walter Rich of Cooperstown, NY, died early Thursday, August 9, 2007 at his home in Cooperstown. He was 61.

Walter was chairman, president and chief executive officer of the Delaware Otsego Corporation since 1971, and since 1980 of its owned subsidiary, the New York Susquehanna & Western Railroad. He was chairman, president and chief executive officer of the New York Central Railroad since 2006.

He is survived by his wife, Karine M. Rich; and his children, Stephanie and Derik Rich, all of Cooperstown.

The Office of the Burial of the Dead and a Requiem Eucharist was offered on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at Christ Church, Cooperstown, with the Right Rev. David Standish, retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Albany, as celebrant. Private interment will take place in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery in Franklin, NY.


Marguerite “Rite” L. DeCandido Schmitt of Blooming Grove, PA died Tuesday, August 7, 2007 at the home of her dedicated caregivers, son and daughter-in-law Chris and Janet DeCandido. She was 77.

The daughter of the late Edward and Marguerite (Woodworth) Eggenberger, she was born May 2, 1930 in Lackawaxen Township, PA.

“Rite,” as she was affectionately called by her many nieces and nephews, was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother and grandmother. She was a retired cafeteria worker at Wallenpaupack Area School District. She was a former member of the Blooming Grove PTA, St. Luke’s Church Ladies Aide, St. Luke’s Council and was a caregiver to her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by three sons, Allan DeCandido of Greeley, PA, Chris and Janet DeCandido of Hawley, PA and Anthony DeCandido and Janet Bunce of Hawley; two sisters, Anne Schmalzle of Lords Valley, PA and Katherine Bea of Park City, UT; one brother, Edward Eggenberger of Greeley; one grandson, Corrado C. DeCandido; one great-grandson, Corrado C. DeCandido III; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Corrado DeCandido in 1964; her second husband, Paul Schmitt in 1971; and a son, David DeCandido.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 6 p.m. at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Greeley.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, Greeley, PA 18425.