Obituaries

Issue 42 — Thursday, May 19, 2016

PORT JERVIS — Arlene S. Chory, age 83, of Tafton died Friday, May 13, 2016 at Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Chory, in 1976.
Born February 28, 1933, in New York City, NY, she was the daughter of the late John and Anna (Samaschin) Danko. Formerly of Queens Village, NY, she had been a Tafton resident since 1975. Prior to her retirement, she worked as a prep cook.
She is survived by her children: Stephen Chory of Bayside, NY, Scott Chory and his wife Karen of Marlboro,New Jersey, Kathy Schariest and her husband Dan of Hawley, and Tom Chory of Tafton; her daughter-in-law: Laura of Florida; her sister: Joann Donnelly of Floral Park, NY; six grandchildren: Danny, Steven and wife Kayla, Heather and Noelle Schariest, Allison Chory and Emma and husband Sam Pritchard; a nephew: Dan Murray and his wife Dina; a niece: Tracey Murray; a great niece and nephew: Alexa and Jack; her cousins: Jean and Donna; and her dear friend: Dolores Battiato.
Private cremation was held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel.

PORT JERIVS — Vernon C. Clark, age 89, of Waynesboro, Virginia and formerly of Port Jervis, NY passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Fishersville, VA. He was born on April 12, 1927 in Pond Eddy, NY, the son of Ernest and Eunice Hallock Clark.
Vernon retired as a forestry supervisor for Orange & Rockland Utilities in Port Jervis and was a member of ORRA. He was a former member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church in Pond Eddy, NY. He proudly served our country during WW II with the US Navy and was a member of the Sylvan-Liebla American Legion Post #1363 in Eldred, NY. He was also a member of AARP.
Vernon was first married to the late Reta Kalin Clark and second to Carolyn Hallock Clark who survives at home. He is also survived by his son, granddaughter, several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Vernon was pre-deceased by his daughter, Sharon “Cherie” Clark, his brother, Orville Clark, his sister, Stella Leavenworth, and his cousin-brother, Douglas Hallock.
Services and interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Jervis-Deerpark Humane Society, Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771. 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 — Mr. Walter H. Greening of Port Jervis, NY, died Friday, May 6, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 67.
He was born June 2, 1948 in Port Jervis, NY.
Surviving are his son Shane Greening and his wife Rene of Milford, Pa; daughter Lisa Tamboia and her husband Craig of Wingdale, NY and three grandchildren: Brooke and Jack Greening and Elaine Tamboia.
He was predeceased by his wife Cheryl Greening and his father Walter S. Greening
There will be no visitation.
Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.
Cremation will be at H.G. Smith Crematory, Stroudsburg, PA.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.
For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

MILFORD — Joyce A. Graham, 73, of Milford, PA passed away Friday, May 13, 2016 at home. She was a Behavioral Health Technician for Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. The daughter of the late Floyd Allen and Mildred (Neumann) Stephenson she was born December 28, 1942 in Calicoon, NY.
Survivors include four sons: Phineas Graham and his wife Carolyn of Staten Island, NY, Bruce Graham of Bainbridge, GA, Rodney Graham and his wife Shelley of Wurtsboro, NY, Dustin Graham and his wife Christie of Wurtsboro, NY; brother Jesse Stephenson and his wife Sue of Swan Lake, NY; sister Jane Reside and her husband Jerome of Parksville, NY.
She was also survived by 11 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held at Stroyan Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.
Burial took place at Paige Cemetery Downsville, NY.
Memorial donations may be made to Pike County Humane Society, PO Box 255, Milford, PA 18337 or American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org).

PORT JERVIS — Thomas E. “Rabbit” Gumaer, Jr., 78, of Rio, died Monday, May 2, 2016, after a brief illness.
A native of Rio, he was born September 3, 1937 in Port Jervis, NY the son of the late Thomas E. Gumaer, Sr. and the late Leona M. Durling Gumaer. Thomas is the great-grandson of Pierre Gumaer, Jr. (Guimar or Guymard) who came to America in 1689 and settled in Huguenot, NY and later the family migrated to Rio, NY.
He was a 1955 graduate of Port Jervis High School who served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; while station at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, he worked on the Alaskan Highway Project and played for the Army’s baseball team.
Tom spent 35 years as a general foreman for Arborio, Inc., and was a life member of the Laborers’ Local 17, with 55-plus years of service. He had also been co-owner of Gumaer’s General Store in Rio, NY.
An avid hunter and fisherman, Tom loved the outdoors; he owned the Little Acres Hunting Club in Rio. He was also a member of the Port Jervis Elk’s Lodge #645 and a life member of the fire department’s Sparrowbush Engine Co., and bowled in three leagues: Port Jervis City, Deerpark and the Ron Witkowski Memorial League.
Tom continued to enjoy his family, long-time friends and the wildlife around his home even as he battled cancer.
Tom is survived by his wife of 50 years, Harriet; his children, Tom and Doreen Olver; Thomas and Erika Gumaer III; his beloved grandchildren, Jacob and Genevieve Gumaer; his siblings, Mary Lou Witkowski and Richard Gumaer, all of Rio; and his sister-in-law, Phyllis Seidel of Queensbury, NY.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Saturday, May 7 2016 in St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 46 Ball Street, Port Jervis.
Cremation followed at MacLennan Hall Crematorium with burial in the Quarry Hill Cemetery, Rio, NY at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.
Funeral arrangements by Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771.
For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

HONESDALE — William McNamara, Jr., passed away on May 11, 2016 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale, PA. Bill was a retired Equipment Operator for PA Dept. of Transportation, Pike County, PA.
The son of William and Angelina (Dargenzio) McNamara, Sr., he was born on July 29, 1944 in Paterson, NJ. He married Susan Brown on October 2, 1982.
Survivors include his wife Susan, 9 children, Michelle DeBlock, Sarah, Jessie, Danielle, Robert, Joseph, William III, Zachary and Jordan McNamara; two sisters, Barbara McNamara of Lavine, AZ and Linda Rozansky of Fort Myers, FL.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 314 Chestnut Ave., Hawley, PA on May 19 at 10 a.m..
Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements were made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, PA or visit www.stroyanfuneralhome.com.

Phyllis K. Rankin

PORT JERVIS — Phyllis K. Rankin, age 93, a resident of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center, Honesdale died Saturday, May 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 34 years, Walter Bailey Rankin, in 1981.
Born August 16, 1922, in Charleston, WV, she was the daughter of the late George Russell and Virginia M. (Pohl) Knerr. She was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse for various hospitals, retiring 40 years ago from Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, CT, although she remained active in nursing care well into her 80’s.
Formerly of Hawley and Wormleysburg, PA, and Fairfield, CT, Phyllis was a member of BVM Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, Hawley. She was also a volunteer for WILF (PBS) in Harrisburg, PBS and with drug rehab programs.
She was an avid pianist, and regularly shared her talents with the Hawley Senior Center and the residents of Ellen Memorial Health Care Center.
She is survived by three sons: Dr. Michael B. Rankin of Hidden Valley Lake, CA, Stephen Scott Rankin of Tulsa, OK, Jeffrey K. Rankin of North Hampton, MA; one sister: Virginia Joan Meyers of Philadelphia, PA; one brother: G. Russell Knerr of Naples, FL.
She was also survived by three granddaughters; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, Charles G. Knerr III, and her sister, Ruth Ann Beeken.
There was a Funeral Mass on Thursday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at BVM Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 314 Chestnut Ave, Hawley, celebrated by Rev. Richard W. Beck, Pastor. Private cremation was held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel.
Phyllis will be missed by all who knew her.

Sylvia May Recchia

MILFORD — Sylvia Recchia, 83 of Milford, PA passed away on May 13, 2016 at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ after a short illness. A permanent resident of Pike County since 1967. She was a co-owner of Pear Alley Antiques with her husband Joseph in Milford, PA. She volunteered at the Milford Food Pantry.
The daughter of the late Arthur and Sylvia (Schott) Stivale, she was born on June 27, 1932 in Montclair, NJ.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law Kenneth and Cathleen Recchia of Milford and her daughter Judy Recchia of Milford, one sister Arlene Fortunato of Upper Montclair, NJ, several nieces and nephews. She was an honorary Grandmother to Nick, Aaron, Karley and Lara May.
A Memorial service will be held on May 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Milford Methodist Church, 206 E. Ann St., Milford, PA with the Reverend Luana Cook Scott officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to the Milford Food Pantry, c/o Good Shepherd Church, 321 5th Street, Milford, PA 18337.
Arrangements were made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, PA. Visit www.stroyanfuneralhome.com.

Margaret M. Reck

PORT JERVIS — Mrs. Margaret M. Reck of Port Jervis, NY, passed on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Highland Rehab in Middletown, NY. She was 86.
She was born January 20, 1930 in Hell’s Kitchen, NY the daughter of the late William and Frances Costello Trahan.
She was married to her beloved husband, the late Edward Reck, Sr.
She was the loving mother of Edward Reck Jr and his fiancé Tammy Ross and her two daughters Heather and Holly; Adoring grandmother of Megan Pulos and her husband Chris and Edward Reck III; and great grandmother of Lindsay Pulos; Her loving niece Fran Trahan and her boyfriend Pat.
Peggy had a love for all animals, she had many pets and at the end of her life she had Princess, her cat.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. 100 East Main Street Port Jervis on Thursday, May 19, 2016 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
A Blessing service will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ivan Csete officiating.
Burial will be at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, Inc., 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis.
For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Ellen Syre

MATAMORAS — Nancy E. Syre, 75, of Matamoras, PA passed into the Lord’s hands after a short illness on May 7, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she owned homes, living in Port Jefferson, NY, Johnson, NY, and Rainbow Lake, NY.
A retired RN, Nancy traveled with Cross Country Healthcare Nursing Inc., working at 18 hospitals in 8 states. Her specialties were Orthopedics and Med-Surgery. Her last place of employment was at Bon Secours in Port Jervis, NY.
Nancy enjoyed her grandchildren, especially when they were very little. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, and Friday senior lunches at the Pike County Library. Survivors include her two sons, James Syre and his wife Janet of Lackawaxen, PA, Robert Syre and his wife Michelle of New Jersey; her daughter Kathryn Syre of Matamoras, PA; and her sister Kathryn Kors-Jacobson of Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
She also left three grandchildren: Mariah, Kailey, and Isaac.
A service was held 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 205-233 Rt 590 Greeley, PA. Following a luncheon at the church, Jim and Janet will be opened their home for a visit at 677 Rte. 590. To leave a condolence, please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
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