Issue 52 — Thursday, July 30, 2015

MILFORD — Edgar Almquist of Milford, PA passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at home. He was born on November 24, 1921 in Zim, Minnesota, the son of the late Vivian and Edgar Almquist. He was married to Marion Black Almquist who previously predeceased him.
He served in the US Maritime Service from 1943 – 1947 and a veteran of World War II. In 1947, he moved to Milford, PA creating Almquist Engineering, Sparkomatic Corporation and Offy Products through 1965, inventing over 100 products for the automotive industry, earning seven US granted patents and four foreign patents.
Following the sale of Almquist Engineering and Sparkomatic Corporation, he continued automotive consultation, product development, manufacturing, and authored a book entitled Hot Rod Pioneers, a history of the innovators of the automotive industry.
He was a member of the Milford United Methodist Church, the Milford Community House Board of Directors, Milford/Matamoras Rotary, Maritime Veterans, and the Historical Committee of Society of Automotive Engineers.
Surviving family include sons Richard and Jon Almquist, daughter Gretchen Copeland, daughter-in-law Stephanie Almquist, son-in-law Lowell Copeland and four grandchildren.
Private interment will take place at the Milford Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 315 Harford St, Milford, or the Milford United Methodist Church, 206 E. Ann St. Milford, PA.

MILFORD — Marilyn C. McLaughlin Conklin, 69 of Milford, PA peacefully laid to rest January 20, 2015 at Milford Senior Care, Westfall Township, PA. The daughter of the late Gordon and Mary (Schuchman) McLaughlin she was born September 4, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY.
Marilyn was a long time resident of Milford, PA. After the birth of her third child, she moved with her former husband, Charles Albanese, from Brooklyn NY to Milford to raise their family in the country.
Marilyn was a strong woman who loved her family, music, dancing, cooking, hunting, fishing, and cookies. She possessed a smile that was welcoming and comforting to all who were in her presence.
She was a woman of many talents; cosmetologist/Instructor Beauty School of Middletown, a caring and loving Nursing Assistant at Belle Reeve and Milford Valley Nursing Homes, and a top shelf waitress at the Hawks Nest Restaurant.
Marilyn resided for the last seven years at the Milford Senior Care Nursing Home. The family would like to express heartfelt thanks to the staff for the love, compassion and support that was provided by each and every one of them during her stay there!
Marilyn is predeceased in death by both of her parents; her brother, William McLaughlin and sister, Patricia Zielinski.
Survivors include her five children and partners: Denise and Ron Davis, Charlie Albanese, Joseph Albanese and Dawn Shamah, Marilyn Albanese and Chris Cohen, Anthony and Crystal Albanese; eight grandchildren three great grandchildren.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, January 24 at Stroyan Funeral Home with Rev. James Walsh officiating.
Burial took place in Milford Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Milford Senior Care, Activity Fund, 264 Route 6 & 209, Milford, PA 18337.

HAWLEY — Michael J. Helt, Sr., age 64 of Hawley, PA formerly of Port Jervis and Sparrowbush,NY passed away Wednesday, July 22 at the Geisinger Community Medical Ctr., in Scranton, PA. He was born on Nov. 25, 1950 in Port Jervis, NY the son of Charles A. and Marion Elaine Skinner Helt.
Michael worked as a communications service technician for General Telephone and later for Lackawaxen Tele Communications in Lackawaxen, PA. He was a former member of the Sparrowbush United Methodist Church. Michael married Terry Ann Knight Helt who survives at home. He is also survived by his two sons, Michael J. Helt, Jr. and his wife Jennifer of Matamoras, PA, Andrew Helt and his wife Corrine of Forest City, PA, his daughter Rebecca Helt of Hawley, PA, and seven grandchildren.
Services will be private. Interment will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made in Michael’s name to the American Cancer Society, 121 Executive Drive, New Windsor, NY 12553.
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

MATAMORAS — Joseph E. Herbert, Jr., 85 of Matamoras, PA passed away on Monday, July 20 at Belle Reve Senior Living Center, Milford, PA. The son of the late Joseph and Flora Mae(Hunt) Herbert he was born on Dec. 6, 1929.
He was a graduate of Port Jervis High School. He was married to late Betty Jean (Compton) Herbert on Aug. 26, 1950 in Hawley, PA.
Joe lived in the area all his life. He was a stock car racer as a young man, and partnered with his father in running a lawn mower shop. He was a truck driver for many years with Miller Oil Company in Milford, and later worked for Luhrs Hardware.
His favorite times were camping and traveling to Vermont, Florida and Canada. Joe was a talented woodworker and craftsman. He was a hard-working and supportive husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his family: son, Thomas and his wife Arleen of Matamoras, PA; daughter, Jo Ann Deacon, wife of the late Craig Deacon of Chalfont, PA; sister-in-law, Marion McKean and her husband Edgar of Shohola, PA; grandchildren David, Jessica, Danielle, Wendy and Lindsey and great grandchildren Anderson and Justin. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Herbert.
Per Joe’s wishes, there will be no services. Cremation took place at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family in the Branchville Cemetery, Branchville, NJ.
Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to: Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860.
Arrangements made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, PA,

HARTLY, DE — Jeffrey Eugene Hunsucker of Hartly, DE passed away on Monday, July 20, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, DE. He was 59 years old.
Jeff was born, April 23,1956, in Mooresville, North Carolina to Billie Hunsucker, and the late, Mary (Fisher) Hunsucker Morgan.
He was employed with Proctor & Gamble for 39 years in Dover, DE.
In his free time Jeff was involved with several activities. He was most well known for playing Santa Claus, along with Mrs. Claus (his wife, Jan) at various holiday parties over the years including Scott Paper, Charlton School, William Henry Handicapped, Exceptional Care for Children, and The Little School.
On Christmas Eve he and Mrs. Claus drove to many friends and family homes to delight many star-eyed children. It was a role that he played and cherished since he was 18 years old at Nichols Dept Store in Dover when it all began.
Jeff also played softball as catcher for Scott Paper, Condor Chemical, Comcast Cellular One, and a few others through Kent County Parks & Recreation.
Jeff was also an avid Philadelphia Eagles Fan, holding season tickets for 16 years. He and his wife owned an Eagles tailgating bus, affectionately known as “The Bird Bus.”
He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family at barbecues in his home. Jeff could could fix and build anything, and was always willing to help anyone in need.
Jeff is survived by his wife of 31 years Jan (Klug) Hunsucker; his father Billie Hunsucker of Rantoul, ILL; a step-son, Army Capt. Tony Lopez stationed in Fort Polk, LA.; daughter, Daphne Ravencraft, and a son, Daniel Hunsucker, both of Sulphur, LA.; a sister, Teresa Bell, of Wyoming, DE; a brother, Billie Keith Hunsucker, of Camden, DE; 3 step-brothers, Bill Morgan of Georgetown, Russell “Jr.” Morgan of Seaford, DE and Chris Morgan, of Federalsburg, MD; SIX grandchildren, and several nieces & nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am, Saturday, August 1, 2015, at Faith Community Church, 2240 South DuPont Highway, Camden, DE .
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963. Condolences may be sent via:

MILFORD — Thomas Marks, Jr., age 70 of Milford, died Sunday, July 26 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Tom was born on March 17, 1945 in Brooklyn, NY the son of Thomas and Mary Marks.
He was a retired police officer for the New York City Police Dept. Tom attended the Hope Evangelical Free Church in Matamoras, PA. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed spending time at his Koi Pond filled with Koi fish at his home.
Tom married Dianne Montemarano Marks who survives at home. He is also survived by his son Joseph Marks and his wife Dina of Staten Island, NY, his two daughters, Maryann Johnson and her husband Robert of Matamoras, Sharon Marks and Rob of Milford, PA, two sisters Frances Daly of the State of Florida and Doris Paciello of Tenn., 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 30 from 2-4 and 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 31 at 11 a.m at the Hope Evangelical Free Church, 300 First St., Matamoras, PA. Rev. Leonard Gilpin will officiate.
Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA.
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

MILFORD — Catherine Maxaner, 75, a lifelong resident of Milford, died Wednesday, July 15.
Born in 1940 in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of the late Charles Middlebury and Dora Huther Maxaner. A business and political consultant, Catherine was active both locally and nationally in politics, historic preservation, and conservation. A long time member of the Women’s National Republican Club, Catherine served on the board of directors, most recently as 1st Vice President. She was the catalyst behind getting the clubhouse on the National Historic Registar as well as laying groundwork for suffragist Henrietta Wells Livermore induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame. A liaison to the National Federation of Republican Women, Catherine was deeply committed to the organizational values of the Pike County and Pennsylvania Republican Women serving as a member, officer, and delegate.
Surviving are her daughter, Madonna Maxaner-Radcliff, and husband, Anthony, and two grandchildren
A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, August 10 at 11 a.m. in St. Patrick’s Church, 111 E. High Street, Milford, PA followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers and to honor military veterans, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.
Arrangements are under the care of the Thomas P. Kearney Funeral Home, Inc., 517 N Main St., Old Forge, PA.
Please visit the funeral home website to leave online condolences.

PORT JERVIS — Laurence D. Murray age 91 of Port Jervis passed away peacefully Thursday, July 23 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on Jan. 24, 1924 in Port Jervis, NY the son of Francis and Susan Murray. Larry retired from Skydyne Aeronautics Inc. in Port Jervis as a draftsman.
He is a faithful member of the Grace Episcopal Church, Port Jervis and a former vestry member of the church.
He was a member of the Port Jervis Fire Dept., Neversink Engine Co. #1 for 61 years. He served as the Grand Marshall of the Annual Firemen’s Parade in 2008.
Larry’s family would like to thank his caregivers, Tracy, Pam, Nickie, JoAnn, Jenn, and Jeanette. He loved his “angels” who took such loving and compassionate care of him during his illness.
A family statement read “ Dad made a lasting impression on everyone he met with his charm and sense of humor, only surpassed by his devoted love for his family.”
Larry married Alice C. Goodspeed Murray, who survives at home. He is also survived by his two daughters, Agnes L. Clark of Port Jervis, Kathy Pope and her husband Dennis of Port Jervis, his son Laurence J. Murray and his wife Diane of Phoenix, Arizona, his brother Robert J. Murray of Port Jervis, his four beloved grandchildren, his five great grandchildren, his four great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Larry was pre-deceased by his two sisters, Marilyn Borkenhagen and Frances Hosking.
Visitation was held Tuesday, July 28 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Firematic services were held at the funeral home.
A Mass of the Resurrection was held Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. at The Grace Episcopal Church, 84 Seward Ave., Port Jervis, NY. Rev. David Lee Carlson was the celebrant. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made in Laurence’s name to the Grace Episcopal Church, 84 Seward Ave., Port Jervis, NY 12771.



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