Issue 51 — Thursday, July 24, 2014

MATAMORAS — Arlene M. Crawford, age 93 of Matamoras, PA., passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Milford Senior Care, Milford, PA. She was born on May 18, 1921 in Port Jervis, NY, the daughter of the late Eugene and Dorothea Clark Baird.
Arlene was a retired Unit Clerk at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. She was a faithful member of St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Matamoras, and a member of the Alter & Rosary Society of St. Joseph’s. She was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross and a member of the Alumni Association of Bon Secours Community Hospital.
Arlene married James C. Crawford, Jr., who pre-deceased her. She is survived by her three sons, David Crawford of Matamoras, Jeffrey Crawford and his wife Maureen of Craig, CO., Andrew Crawford and his wife Bridget of Matamoras, her two daughters, Meg Casimiro and her husband James of Matamoras, and Christine Crawford of Rio Rancho, NM, her former daughter-in-law, Donna Crawford of Matamoras, her sister Patricia Swanson of Milford, PA, her seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Arlene was pre-deceased by her grandson Robbie Kapferer and her sister Jean Knight Cowles.
The vigil wake service was held Friday, July 18 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, with Rev. Vincent Odikanoro officiating. Prayers were offered Saturday, July 19 at at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Matamoras, PA. Rev. George LaGrutta was the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Jervis-Deerpark Humane Society, Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or to St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, 307 Ave F., Matamoras, Penna. 18336. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E.Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit

PORT JERVIS - Mrs. Marion A. Finnerty of Port Jervis, NY and a lifetime resident of the area, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 95.
She was born September 26, 1918 in Sparrowbush, NY the daughter of the late John and the late Elizabeth Conkling Tropeano.
She graduated from Port Jervis High School. She was married in 1937 to the late Joseph Finnerty.
Marion worked as an assembler for Channel Master in Huguenot, NY and later for Spark-O-Matic in Milford, PA where she retired.
She was a member of the Port Jervis Senior Citizens Group.
A family statement read: Mom was always a hardworking woman who raised 5 children while she was working. She was both Mom and Dad. She loved reading, doing cross word puzzles, knitting, board games and TV. She was the best mom, grandmother, sister, aunt and best friends to all. She most of all loved spending time with her cats. She had a good life and will be sorely missed. She will always be in our hearts and memories.
She is survived by three daughters: Elizabeth Finnerty of Hitchock, TX, Joanne Smith and her husband Glenn of Sparrowbush, NY, Judith Finnerty of Houston, TX; two sons: Roger Finnerty and his wife Debra of Pasadena, MD, Terrance Snyder and his wife Katherine of Montague, NJ; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and her loving cat Preciousl
She was predeceased by two grandsons: Bryan and David Smith; one brother, Julius Tropeano and two sisters: Theresa Zimmett and Lucy Teller.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 East Main Street Port Jervis on Thursday, July 24, 2014 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 with a 9:15am prayer at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 46 Ball St., Port Jervis, NY
Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Port Jervis / Deerpark, 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191 For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit

MATAMORAS - Betty Jean Herbert, 82 of Matamoras, PA passed away on Friday July 18, 2014 in East Stroudsburg, PA. The daughter of the late George and Katherine (Quick) Compton, she was born on April 17, 1932 in Hawley, PA. She was a graduate of Hawley High School. Betty Jean was married to Joseph Herbert, Jr. on August 26, 1950 in Hawley, PA.
Betty Jean enjoyed visiting family and friends throughout Florida, New England and Canada with her husband Joseph. She was a kind and generous person who always put others before herself. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, her favorite times were baking, playing games, and spending holidays with family.
She was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by her family: her husband of 64 years, son Thomas and his wife Arleen of Matamoras, PA daughter Jo Ann Deacon, wife of the late Craig Deacon of Chalfont, PA, sister Marion McKean and her husband Edgar of Shohola, PA, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Catherine (Punkie) Chuprevich and her husband Edward of Hawley, PA.
Per Betty Jean’s wishes there will be no services. Cremation was arranged by Stroyan Funeral Home of Milford, PA. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in Branchville Cemetery, Branchville, NJ.
Memorial contributions in Betty Jean’s name may be made to Compassionate care Hospice, 237 East Brown St., East Stroudsburg, PA 18301.

DAPHNE, AL - Rosa Vogt Hupka, formerly of Matamoras, PA and Sparrowbush, NY departed this life on July 14, 2014 following a short illness.
Born on September 23, 1917 in Shohola, PA, she was married for 39 years to Dr. Carlyle C. Hupka who passed away in 1980. Rosa’s life was marked by her dedication to their family, her strong Christian faith and her loyalty to friends.
She was a remarkable woman who considered others’ needs above her own and who brought a sense of joy and vitality to every setting.
Rosa is survived by her sons James Carlyle Hupka and his wife Lynne of Lebanon, TN, and Robert Frederick Hupka of Daphne, AL. She is further survived by four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one nephew.
Her oldest son Richard Raymond Hupka died in 1995.
A memorial service for Rosa will be held on August 16 at Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, AL at 11 a.m.
A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Rosa’s memory to the Music Instrument Fund at Christ United Methodist Church, 6101 Grelot Road, Mobile, AL 36609.
Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, Daphne, AL. For information or to send a condolence note to the family visit

DINGMANS FERRY — Mark Markwis, age 57, of Dingmans Ferry, PA died Monday, June 30 at Newton Memorial Hospital after a short illness. He was born Nov. 14, 1956 in Garfield, NJ to Margaret (Jackson) Herkstroter & the late John Markwis. Mark grew up in Highland Lakes, NJ and lived most of his adult life in Milford, PA. He attended Franklin High School, Franklin, NJ and graduated in 1974. After high school, he served a short time in the US Army. Mark was a jack-of-all-trades and was employed in various jobs throughout his life including taxi driver, pool hall manager, machine operator, auto parts store manager, pool installer and tire salesman, to name a few, but mostly he worked as a self-employed contractor for many years.
The world lost a great man on June 30. Though things didn’t always pan out the way he planned (okay, hardly ever!), Mark was always able to laugh and smile through it. He was giving and generous and made friends wherever he went - from the gas station attendant to the waitress at The Milford Diner to the man standing next to him in line at Joey’s Pizza, Mark knew everyone and everyone knew him. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and never turned down an opportunity to help. Passionate and intelligent, he encouraged his children to always, always be kind and never stop giving to others less fortunate. If there is one thing the world needs, it’s more people that live by those rules. The world will miss Mark Markwis, but none more than those who knew the potential of his kind heart. Look down on us and keep us safe, Dad. We love you.
Mark is survived by his five children, Kelly Markwis Beck & her husband, Joshua of Matthews, North Carolina, Shana Markwis of Pineville, North Carolina, Brittany Markwis of New York, NY, Samantha Markwis of Greeley, PA & Chase Markwis, currently serving in the US Navy stationed at Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is also survived by one granddaughter, Lilah Brooke Beck.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations in honor of Mark can be made to your local VA Hospital by visiting

MILFORD - Carolyn Purdue, 77, of Milford passed away on Saturday July 5, 2014 in Vero Beach, FL.
She was a retired District Magistrate of Pike County.
The daughter of the late Charles and Edna (Daumann) Hommel she was born in Port Jervis, NY on February 12, 1937. She was married to William Mundhenk, who survives her.
Carolyn was predeceased by her husband Elmore “Knute” Purdue in 1994.
Burial will take place at the Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township, PA at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Milford Bible Church, 110 Foxcroft Dr., Milford, PA 18337.

MILFORD — Estella K. Randol, 75 of Milford, PA passed away Monday, July 14 at Belle Reve Senior Living Center, Milford, PA. She was a retired bookkeeper for Putnam County Housing Corporation, Carmel, NY. The daughter of the late Gino and Josephine (Cecada) Kokot she was born April 9, 1939 in Labin, Croatia.
Survivors include her husband, Herbert B. Randol; two daughters Allyson Brennan and her husband Edmond, Christine Stroud and her husband Keith; sister Maria Miletti and her husband Luciano; three grandchildren Allyson Hogan, Isaiah and Alicia Stroud.
A memorial service were held at Lords Valley Community Church, Lords Valley, PA on Saturday July 19 with Rev. Robert Misiak officiating
Burial will take place in Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, NY at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave, Newton, NJ 07860 (
Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA.

PORT JERVIS — Edgar Charles Topel 84, a lifelong resident of Port Jervis, Matamoras and Milford died July 12 at Good Samaritan Hospital, Suffern, NY. The son of Otto and Bessie (Greening) Topel he was born July 28, 1929 in Greeley, PA.
Edgar married Mary Daniels Dunbar who predeceased him in July 1992. He was also predeceased by his two sisters, Maude Hotalen, Carolyn Hulse, two brothers George and John Topel.
Edgar is survived by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews; his “daughter of his heart,” Patricia Horner of Port Jervis, who has been his caregiver for all the years since Mary’s death.
Edgar worked for the Matamoras Water Department, Greenwood Trailer Park in Sparrowbush as well as a self-employed yard man. He was well known in the area for riding his bike. Edgar was so kind, loving and giving to all in need, even though things were tough on him.
So “My Uncle Edgar,” I say good-bye to you for now but have this to say:
Though your smile is gone forever and your hand I cannot touch, I still have so many beautiful memories of the one I loved. Your memory is my keepsake, as well as my two sons, Valance and Michael; riding the ponies, fishing, working with you…with which will never part. God has you in his keeping. I have you in my heart.
Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place in Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township, PA.
Memorial donations may be made to the Children’s Literacy Initiative, 2314 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (
Arrangements entrusted to Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA.

PORT JERVIS — James J. Wohlscheid, age 83 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Thursday, July 17 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He was born on Sept. 5, 1930 in Port Jervis, NY, the son of the late Frank P. and Evelyn Buckley Wohlscheid.
Jim proudly served our country during the Korean War with the US Navy. He retired as a financial advisory planner for IBM at Fishkill, NY. He was a faithful member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis, a life member of the Knights of Columbus, Council #471, Port Jervis since 1948, a life member of the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks, #645 B.P.O.E., and a life member of the Tri-State Naval Post #7241. Jim was an avid fan of NASCAR and stock car racing at Middletown, NY.
He is survived by his sister, Mary Wohlscheid of Port Jervis, his three nephews, Frederick Stinard and his wife Cindy, Mark Stinard and his wife Gwen, Greg Stinard and his wife Kim and several grand nieces, nephews and his special friends, Robert Bloomer, Cathy Jo and John Ewanciw, Carl Hendrick and John Devore.
He was pre-deceased by his brother, John Wohlscheid and his sister Jean Stinard.
Visitation was held Sunday, July 20 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. The vigil wake service was held Sunday afternoon, with Rev. George Hafemann officiating. Elks services and Knights of Columbus services were also held Sunday and prayers were offered Monday, July 21 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was Monday at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis, NY, concelebrated by Rev. George Hafemann and Rev. George LaGrutta. Interment followed with military honors at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis.
Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E.Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit



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