Issue 4 — Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEWBURGH, NY — Caroline V. Belasco age 93 of Newburgh, NY passed away Sunday, Aug. 23 at Newburgh, NY. She was born on Sept. 5, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of the late Louis and Josephine Mazzula Nucci.
Carol was a faithful member of Sacred Heart RC Church, Newburgh, NY and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
She married Daniel “Bibi” Belasco who pre-deceased her. She is survived by her two sons Daniel M. Belasco, Jr of Milton, NY and George L.F. Belasco of Newburgh, her granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brothers Leo and Louis Nucci and her two sisters Victoria Maniscalco and Marie Nucci.
Prayers will be offered Thursday, Aug. 27 at 10:15 a.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. A Mass of Chistian Burial will be held Thursday, Aug. 27 at noon at Sacred Heart RC Church, Newburgh, NY. Rev. Andrew Kurzyna will be the celebrant. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Newburgh, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.
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

GREENTOWN — MaryAnn (Kestler) Blatz passed peacefully at home on Aug. 12 after a short battle with cancer. She was 75.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, MaryAnn was the eldest of nine children of William and Emma Kestler. She married Larry Blatz, the love of her life, whom she met on a blind date. They settled in Merrick, New York where they raised their family until 1978 when they moved to their dream home in Greentown, Pennsylvania.
MaryAnn was a parishioner of the Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Peace and St. Veronica’s Church Parish in Hawley/Paupack, PA. She was a member of the church’s sewing group where they made items for the poor. She prayed her rosary daily.
Her family and her faith were the joys of her life. She enjoyed cooking, vacations, loving her grandchildren, and doing anything for family and friends.
MaryAnn is survived by her husband, Lawrence, of 56 years; her four children: Jean and her husband Bill from Pennsylvania, Christopher from North Carolina, John from Virginia, and David and his wife Amy from New York; as well as her remaining siblings: Dolores and Michael Kestler from New York. she had six grandchildren: Amanda, Brian, Jack, Maddie, Ella and Kate; a large extended family as well as many cherished friends who have been so kind and thoughtful during this most difficult time.
Funeral Mass was Saturday, Aug. 15 at BVM Queen of Peace RC Church, 314 Chestnut Ave., Hawley. Interment followed at BVM Queen of Peace Cemetery, Hawley.
In lieu of flowers, please make any memorial contributions to her church, BVM Queen of Peace RC Church, 314 Chestnut Ave., Hawley, PA 18428 in her memory.

HAWLEY — Irene Boothney, age 74, of Hidden Lake Estates, Hawley died Wednesday, Aug. 12 at home.
Born Jan. 11, 1941, in Bloomfield, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Irving and Lillian (Jagger) Ward. She was a graduate of Honesdale High School, Class of 1958.
Irene was the former broker and co-owner of Coldwell Banker, Hawley Office. She also had a beauty shop when she lived in Greeley.
Irene enjoyed woodworking, gardening, baking and fishing and she was a skilled seamstress.
She is survived by one daughter: Patricia Reilly and her husband Thomas of Hopewell Junction, NY; two sons: Richard Kuhn of Shreveport, LA and Kevin Kuhn and his wife Karin of Clarksville, VA; daughter of her heart: Denise Nowak of Parker, ID; her nine grandchildren; and her four great grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 15 at Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA with Rev. William G. Rushik, Pastor of South Canaan Free Methodist Church, officiating. Private cremation was held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel, followed by inurnment at Indian Orchard Cemetery, Honesdale.
Memorials may be made to Pike County Animal Shelter, PO Box 255, Milford, PA 18337.

MATAMORAS — John H. Galvin age 75 of Matamoras, Pennsylvania passed away Friday, Aug. 21 at his home. He was born on July 7, 1940 in Port Jervis, NY the son of the Late John G. Galvin and Edna Keener Galvin Ricciardi.
John proudly served our country with the US Army during the Viet Nam War. He worked for many years as a weigh master for Kolmar Labs, Inc in Port Jervis. After his retirement John worked for the Pike County Dept. of Veterans Affairs in Milford, PA.
He was an avid chess player and was a member of the United States Chess Federation. John served as a councilman for the Borough of Matamoras. He was a member of the Devore-Quinn American Legion Post #486 in Matamoras.
John married Ann M. Perry who pre-deceased him. He is survived by his two sons, Steven Galvin of Port Jervis, John Galvin and his wife Lisa of Chambersburg, PA, his daughter Mary Snyder and her husband Keith of Lacona, NY, his four grandchildren, his brother-in-law William Perry of Port Jervis, several nieces and nephews.
He was pre-deceased by his brother James Galvin.
Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 28 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with Rev. Vincent Odikanoro will officiate. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis.
Memorial contributions may be made to the D.A.V., PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 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

MATAMORAS — Crane E. VanDermark, Jr, 71 a lifetime resident of Matamoras, PA, passed away peacefully on Aug. 18 at home. He was the owner-operator of Crane’s Car Center for 25 years, an Outdoor Sales Representative for Frank’s NAPA for 17 years prior to his retirement in 2013.
The son of the late Crane E. and Susie (Conklin) VanDermark, Sr., he was born on Sept. 25, 1943 in Matamoras, PA. He was married to Karen Bodnariuk
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Crane E. VanDermark III of Lake Mohawk, NJ, Bruce VanDermark of Marshalls Creek, PA; two stepsons Kim Byron of Matamoras, PA, Everett McKean of Shohola, PA; two brothers Lorne VanDermark of FL, Ronnie VanDermark of Delran, NJ; two sisters Betty Hallock of CA, Linda Henderson of Greeley, PA and ten beautiful grandchildren. Crane is predeceased by one brother Larry VanDermark. He will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Burial took place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m.
Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, PA,


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