Obituaries

Issue 25 — Thursday, January 22, 2015

SHOHOLA — Ruth E. Christensen, 81 of Shohola, PA passed away Jan. 14 at Karen Ann Quinlan Home for Hospice, Fredon, NJ. The daughter of the late Jacob and Hannah (Simpson) Stumpf she was born April 10, 1933 in Teaneck, NJ. She was married to Robert Christensen.
Survivors include her husband; four children Jean Christensen, Dawn Bertsch, Beth Christopher, James Christensen; her brother Edward Stumpf; eight grandchildren John, Ryan, Paul, Jacyln, AJ, Kyle, Trevor, Hannah and seven great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Dingmans Ferry, PA on Monday, January 19, 2015 at with Rev. Colleen Cox officiating. Burial followed in the George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ.

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Cayetano C. Co, MD of Middletown, NY and a long time resident of the area died Friday, Jan. 16 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown. He was 86.
He was born Aug. 7, 1928 in Tayug, Pangasinan, Republic of the Philippines the son of the late Dalmacio Co and the late Paula Co.
Cayetano married Linda M. Co 50 years ago on Oct. 24, 1964 in Middletown, CT.
He was the First Chief of Rehabilitation Medicine at Horton Hospital, Middletown, NY. He was a member of Port Jervis Country Club, Port Jervis, NY and the High Point Country Club, Montague, NJ. A family statement read: “Gentle, kind, generous and loving, he will always live in our hearts.”
Surviving are: wife Linda Co at home; two daughters: Deborah Co, MD and her husband Walter Weir of Lafayette Hill, PA, and Elizabeth Co and her husband Zachary Mided of Nyack, NY; two sisters: Manolita Co Uy of Manila, Philippines, and Luz Co Uy, MD of Manila, Philippines; and five grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his brothers Macario and Rolando, and sisters Conchita and Lydia.
Funeral services will be held at Chestnut Hill United Church, 8812 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118.
Memorial contributions may be made to ORMC Foundation, in memory of Cayetano C. Co, MD specifically for the Rehabilitation Dept., 707 E. Main St., Middletown, NY 10940
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 www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com

PORT JERVIS — Robert “Bobby” E. Martone of Port Jervis, NY and a long time resident of the area died Monday, Jan. 12 at the Hudson Valley Veterans Administration, Castle Point Campus. He was 73.
He was born January 19, 1941 in Manhattan, NY the son of the late Michael Patrick Martone and the late Margaret Kelly Martone.
He married Abbie A. Vasquez 49 years ago on August 2, 1965 in Brooklyn, NY.
Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and was a member of the Roosa Fleming VFW Post #161, Port Jervis.
He worked as a Warehouseman earlier in life at Chlorochemical in Brooklyn and then for C & D Battery in Huguenot, NY.
A family statement read: “In loving memory of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend whom always gave more than he received. We love you and you will always be missed.”
Surviving are his wife Abbie at home; two sons: Stephen Ruvio and his wife Cindy of Jacksonville, NC, and Robert “Bandit” Martone of Arlington, WA; two daughters: Colleen Conklin and her husband Gilbert of Utica, NY, and Robin Decker and her husband Howard of Port Jervis; brother Michael Martone and his wife Jeanne of Florida; two sisters: Carol Young and her husband Glen of Arizona and Diane Samboy of Long Island, NY; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren, also several Nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by two sisters: Madeline Felicia and Margaret Rose Carponella.
There will be no visitation and funeral services will be held private at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hudson Valley VA Castle Point Campus, Route 9D, Castle Point, NY 12511
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 www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com

ENGLEWOOD, FL — Richard ‘Dick’ H. Siss, 87, of Milford, PA passed away Dec. 29, of natural causes.
Richard was born in Paterson, NJ. to August and Augusta Siss. He grew up in Paterson, and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, his master’s degree from College of the City of New York, and his doctorate of education / child psychology from Rutgers University in NJ. Richard had a private practice at his home in Matawan, NJ and was employed by the Woodbridge Township, Perth Amboy and Long Branch Public Schools during his career. After 30 years of service, he built his retirement home with his own hands in Gold Key Lake in Milford, Pennsylvania, and enjoyed living there since 1990.
Richard served a term as councilman in Matawan, NJ, and was the president of the Matawan Historical Society. He had been active in the Pike County AARP #3455 having served as president, treasurer, and travel chairman. He has also been involved with the Pike County Area Agency for Aging serving as chairman of the advisory council. He has enjoyed participation in the events of both groups and the social activities, such as the travel, picnics, parties, and meeting, lunches, and most of all - the friendships. Richard took part in singing with the Tri-States Community Chorus. He has been an advocate in the Peace Movement deploring the illegal, costly and deadly destructive wars.
He was interested in current affairs and enjoyed writing letters to the editor. He was a member of the Book Discussion Group at Dingmans Branch of the Pike County Public Library and was a member of the Friends of the Library.
Richard loved karaoke and singing, and was known to lead large groups of people singing silly songs. He loved jokes, and always had a positive attitude and a great sense of humor. He enjoyed travelling and had been to many US locations, Italy, Russia, Poland, Germany, and England.
Richard had three beloved children and is survived by two of them: daughter Leslie Sato and her husband Daniel Sato, and son Glenn Siss and his fiancée, Jan Williams, all of whom live in Denville, NJ. He was predeceased his son Jeffrey E. Siss, and is survived by his granddaughter, Marina Oney, and daughter-in-law, Barbara Oney, who live in Ohio. He had been married to Doris Deede, the mother of his children who survives. Richard had two brothers, Dr. Alfred Siss, pediatrician of Wyckoff, NJ who survives, and William Siss of Hawthorne, NJ who predeceased him. He enjoyed the companionship of Gertrude Heath for much of his time in Pike County Pennsylvania, and she survives him.
A private memorial service will be held. Memorial donations to The World Wildlife Fund are appreciated.

PORT JERVIS — Michele “Missy” Tabaka-Lempka age 46 of Port Jervis, NY died Thursday, Jan. 15 at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. She was born on July 24, 1968 in Sussex, NJ, the daughter of Lance R. W. Tabaka and Helen M. Gunderman Hanser.
Michele worked as a certified nursing assistant at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. She is a member of the American Cancer Society Organization.
Michele married Timothy Lempka, her loving husband who survives at home. She is also survived by her parents, Joseph and Helen Hanser of Matamoras, PA, her father, Lance R.W. Tabaka of Harford, PA, her sister Renee Tabaka and brother Lance R. Tabaka both of Matamoras, PA, several aunts, uncles cousins, a host of special friends and her loving pet dog Blu, whom Michele considered her nephew, always maintaining his loyalty and love towards her.
Michele’s family knows their “Angel on Earth is now an Angel in Heaven.”
Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 23, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Memorial services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Leonard Gilpin officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, 14 Penn Plaza, Suite 1710, NY, NY 10122 (O.C.R.F. Org) or to Timothy Lempka, 15 Mary St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.

GLEN SPEY — Rudolph Generoso Testa, age 87 of Glen Spey, NY died Wednesday, Jan. 14 at the Campbell Hall Rehabilitation Center, Campbell Hall, NY. He was born on March 10, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Pellegrino and Giovannina “Jennie” La Magna Testa.
Rudy proudly served our country during WW II with the US Merchant Marines and the US Navy. He worked as an assembler for General Motors Corp., in Tarrytown, NY.
He was a lifetime member of the Tusten-Highland-Lumberland VFW Post #6427.
He was an Honor Flight participant in September 2013 with Veterans from all over the Hudson Valley. He was a former member of the Lumberland Lions Club.
Rudy married Betty Compton Testa who survives at home.
He is also survived by his children, Dr. Mark Testa and his wife Debra of Voorhees, NJ, Lt. Col., USAF, Michael Testa and his wife Lizbeth of Keller, TX, Judy Gumaer Testa and her companion David Gallo of Westbrookville, NY; Donna Testa Lynch and her husband A. James of Tinton Falls, NJ, William Thomas and his wife Diane of Mt. Clemens, MI, Joseph Thomas at home, Donald Thomas and his companion Debbie of Pittsburg, PA, Rudolph Testa, Jr. and his wife Donna of Gibson, PA., Frances Maginley of Dalton, PA, Pamela Testa of Throop, PA and Jodie Pharr and her husband Gary of Tunkhannock, PA., two brothers, Liborio Testa of Seaford, NY, Albert Testa and his wife Joan of Bellmore, NY, his sister Mildred D’Auria of Bellmore, NY, 25 grandchildren 12 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother Cosimo Testa and sisters Louise Cataldo, Lucia Testa & Elli Citrangola.
Visitation was held Monday, Jan. 19 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Funeral services followed at the funeral home with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Spring interment will take place at the Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery, Liberty, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301. 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 knight-auchmoody.com

PORT JERVIS — Merton I. Tidd of Port Jervis, NY and a lifetime resident of the area, died Thursday, Jan. 15 at St. Joseph’s Place in Port Jervis, NY. He was 73.
He was born November 29, 1941 in Port Jervis, NY the son of the late Merton E. Tidd and the late Hazel Bloomer Tidd.
Merton proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a life member of the Tri-States Naval Ship, VFW Post No. 7241, Port Jervis, NY
He worked as a Superintendant for Newburgh Armory, Newburgh, NY.
He was a member of the First Congregational Church of Newburgh, NY where he served as Deacon and Trustee.
A family statement read: “Mert was always full of life and enjoyed raising a glass with his friends.”
Surviving are: two sisters Lavina Joan Tidd of Port Jervis, NY and Hazel Pagano of New Windsor, NY, also several nieces and nephews and his special niece Jeanne Moran and her husband Joseph.
He was predeceased by his brothers Milton and Wilton Tidd, and sisters Eleanor Dietz, Charlotte Bell, Thelma Bartholomew, Viola Meyers and Shirley Pedoski.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.
Burial with military honors will be at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to Memorial St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.

ENGLEWOOD, FL — Mrs. Margaret Wharton of Englewood, FL and formerly of Port Jervis died Monday, January 12, 2015 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. She was 94.
She was born February 21, 1920 in Bronx, NY the daughter of the late Ferdinand Munch and the late Ella Kennedy Munch.
Margaret was married to Leonard J. Wharton who died November 9, 1996
She worked as a Seamstress for Andmore Sportswear, Port Jervis.
A family statement read: “Margaret was an active and vibrant lady all her life and loved to Line Dance.”
She is survived by her two daughters Virginia Ann Flynn of Pine Bush, NY and Margaret “Sissy” Riggio of Bronx, NY; four sons Jean Roux and his wife Barbara of Stormville, NY; Robert E. Wharton and his wife Karen of Englewood, FL; Michael Wharton and his wife Jacqueline of California and Leonard Wharton of New York, NY; her sister Ruth Stewart of Upstate NY; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.
She was pre deceased by her brothers Warren & William Munch; her sister Helen Khare and her daughter Eugenia Sattler.
Funeral services were held on Friday, January 16, 2015 with a prayer at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 46 Ball Street, Port Jervis, NY with Rev. George Hafemann officiating.
Burial will be at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to: American Diabetes Association, NYS - Memorial Processing Ctr., PO Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150-1160
Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.
For additional information directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
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