Issue 42 — Thursday, May 19, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.