Obituaries

Issue 38 — Thursday, April 23, 2015

BRANCHVILLE, NJ — Frances Irene Grasso, 94 of Branchville, NJ, passed away on Monday, April 13 at Bentley Assisted Living Facility, Branchville, NJ. She was a retired bank manager for Heritage Bank, Spotswood, NJ.
The daughter of the late Victor and Irene (Hudgins) Almgren Frances was born on June 13, 1920. She was married to the late Frank Grasso.
Survivors include her daughter Judith Bobiak of Wantage, NJ; son Michael Hansen of Las Vegas, NV; two step daughters Barbara Gothie and Judy Nemeth of Denville, NJ; three step sons William Grasso of Dayton, OH, Frank R. Grasso of Wall Twp., NJ and Gary R. Grasso of Brick, NJ; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Family will receive friends at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, PA on Tuesday, April 28 from noon to 1 p.m. followed by a memorial service with Chaplain Mario Spadaro officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860.

MILFORD — Charles D. Lau Jr., 72 of Milford, PA, was called home to the Lord on Thursday, March 19. He passed away at his home in Milford, PA. “Charlie” the son of the late Charles D. Sr., and Anna (VanderMuelen) Lau, he was born on Jan. 20, 1943.
Charlie graduated from Patterson High School and attended Orange County Community College, NY and Volusia County Community College, FL. He served in the Navy from 1960-1966 on the ship Kenneth D. Bailey and was a police officer with the Ormond Beach and Port Orange, FL Police Force. Later, he became a detective sergeant with the Orange City Police Department.
His last job as a security officer was his favorite job. Charles was in charge of all radio communication at Daytona Beach Speedway. He worked with many of the NASCAR drivers and escorted several U.S. Presidents through the gates. His love for NASCAR continued throughout his life.
Charlie was an avid musician. He loved singing, playing the guitar, and writing songs. He played in several bands and loved to jam with his cousin Garry and anyone who was interested. Charlie was able to use his musical gift to serve the Lord. He was a church worship music leader, played in the church Praise Team, as well as, sang solos. He sang for many nursing home patients, where he was able to bring forth the gospel and extend joy to others.
Charlie was a lifetime member of the VFW, the NRA, and the Tin Can Sailors Association. He was a charter member of the Martin Guitar Owners Club. He won many state awards for excellence in marksmanship. He also loved to fish, read, and watch television.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Sylvia; leaves behind a daughter, Michelle Cox and her husband Doyle of Cocoa, FL; two stepsons Timothy M. Greening and wife Carlee of Scotrun, PA and Sean Greening of Milford, PA; two brothers Leonard Lau and wife Agnes of Palm Beach, FL and Robert Lau and wife Lilah of Greer, SC; a brother-in-law, Stanley Dembeck and fiancée Donna Macedonio of Port Jervis, NY; two grandchildren, and many beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated with military honors at the First Baptist Church, Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave. Newton NJ 07860 or First Baptist Church, 34 W Main St, Port Jervis, NY 12771
Funeral Arrangements were made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St, Milford, PA 18337.

BARRYVILLE, NY — Augustave “Gus” Metzinger age 80 of Barryville, NY died Sunday, April 19 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He was born on Feb. 24, 1935 in Middletown, NY the son of Augustave S. Metzinger, Sr. and Katherine Russell Metzinger.
Gus owned and operated Pine Bush Motors in Pine Bush, NY for many years. He was an avid car collector, especially older model Fords, he enjoyed country music, playing his guitar and reminiscing about days gone by. He married Blanche Ellison on Nov. 14, 1958 and celebrated 56 years of marriage.
He is survived by his wife Blanche Ellison Metzinger at home, his son August S. Metzinger and his wife Faith of Kenoza Lake, NY, his daughter Katherine Metzinger-Miller of Wallkill, NY, his four grandchildren, his special brother-in-law and sister-in law, Jim and Cindy Ellison of Matamoars, PA, several nieces and nephews and his large extended family.
Visitation was held Wednesday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Graveside services followed at 1 p.m. at the Wallkill Cemetery, Middletown, NY.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred American Legion Vol. Ambulance Corps, Box 63, Eldred, NY 12732. 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 — Laura Jane Schneider age 94 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Monday, April 13 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis. She was born on Oct. 3, 1920 in Port Jervis,NY the daughter of Fredrick Eckert, Sr. and Lydia Laura Allen Eckert.
She was a member of the Port Jervis graduating class of 1939. Jane was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Port Jervis. She was a member of the City of Port Jervis Common Council and served on many different committees as a council member. Jane actively served for over 50 years with the Port Jervis and Orange County Republican Committee.
She was a charter member and Past President of the Port Jervis Country Club Ladies Golf Assoc. She was an active Girl Scout and Brownie Troop Leader. Jane was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels Nutrition Program and the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Gray Ladies of Doctor’s Sunnyside Hospital in Port Jervis.
She served on several committees with the Office of the Aging in Goshen. She was a former member of the Port Jervis Community Club, and a member of the River Valley Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #33, Port Jervis.
Jane married Frank R. Schneider who pre-deceased her.
She is survived by her two daughters Susanne Case and her husband Douglas of Sula, Montana, and Pamela Unich and her husband Howard of Lewisville, Texas; her three grandchildren, her three great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; and her sister-in-law Peggy Eckert of Port Jervis.
She was pre-deceased by her brother Frederick C. Eckert, Jr., her sisters, Shirley Cataneo, and Marjorie Woerner.
Services will be private at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY. Rev. Robert Walingberger will officiate. A celebration of Jane’s life was held Friday, April 17 at the Tri-State Naval Ship VFW Post #7241, 46 Barcelow St., Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cancer Research Center, 1275 York Ave., NY, NY 10065 or to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Rd., Suite 200, Bethesda, Md 20184.
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 — Barbara “Bobbie” Schock age 78 of Port Jervis, passed away at the home of her daughter, Carla on Wednesday, April 15. She was born on Oct. 28, 1936 in Port Jervis, the daughter of George and Eva MacKechnie Startup.
Bobbie worked as a bookkeeper for the family business, Peenpack Sand & Gravel, Huguenot, NY. She also retired as a bus driver for the Port Jervis School District. She was an active member of the Calvary Bible Church in Port Jervis and a volunteer for Jewish Family Services.
She married Alden “Bub” Schock who pre-deceased her in 1987. Mom supported a large family for many, many years with gardening and food preservation. As the family left the nest her passion for flower gardening grew. She has left us with hundreds of pictures of family, friends, and life events. As Mom lived she quietly, gently, and peacefully entered into her Saviour’s presence. Her steady, kind, and practical way of living is a precious memory for all of us.
Bobbie is survived by her four sons, Alan Schock and his wife Lori of Huguenot, George Schock and his wife Theresa of Port Jervis, Luke Schock and his wife Crissy of Port Jervis, Kevin Schock of Swanzey, New Hampshire, her three daughters, Leslie Vocci and her husband John, Carla Hossann and her husband Red, and Eva Schock all of Port Jervis. She is also survived by her two brothers, Russell Startup, Keith Startup and his wife Pat all of Port Jervis, two sisters, Jean Jones and Diane Hartwell both of Matamoras, PA, her several grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 21 at the Calvary Bible Church, Route 209, Port Jervis, NY. Rev. William Gillespie officiated. Interment will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Port Jervis Salvation Army Corps., 99 Ball St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 or to the Wounded Warrior Project. PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. 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.

MILFORD — Ruth Tyszka age 93, a resident of Milford, and formerly a resident of Port Jervis, New York passed away on Thursday, April 9 at Belle Reve Health Care Facility, Milford, Pennsylvania. She was born on Feb. 4, 1922 in Germany, the daughter of Richard and Martha Kruschke Langer.
After World War II, Ruth emigrated to the United States with her husband Stephan. Ruth earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1983 from Touro College in New York City, NY. She continued her education at Touro Law School graduating with her Juris Doctor Degree.
She worked for the United States Government in Munich, Germany as an interpreter. Ruth also worked as an insurance executive and held several other positions in business throughout her lifetime.
She married Stefan Tyszka, who pre-deceased her. Ruth is survived by her special niece Wieslawa Lesycznski of Sheldon, Connecticut and her extended family in Poland and Germany.
Her cremains will be interred in Piski Poland.
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.

MATAMORAS — Antoinette J. Walsh, 88, of Matamoras passed away April 17 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. She was a retired secretary for Croland & Company, Queens, NY and a member of the Golden Age Club, Milford, PA.
The daughter of the late Chester and Marian (Radjewski) Nadrowski she was born August 17, 1927 in Bayside, NY. She was married to the late Robert P. Walsh.
Survivors include her daughter Pat Hendershot and her husband Paul of Milford, PA; brother Chester Nadrowski and his wife June; two grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Milford, PA on April 21 with Rev. Gregory Kelly officiating. Burial followed in Milford Cemetery, Dingman Twp., PA.

 

 

 
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