MILL RIFT — George W. Compton, age 77 of Orlando, Fl and formerly a long time resident of Mill Rift, PA, died Wednesday, Nov. 26 in Orlando. He was born on July 19, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late George W. and Catherine O’Connor Compton.
George proudly served our country during the Korean War with the US Air Force, stationed in Hawaii as well as other assignments. He was a graduate of Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY. In his early years George worked for JC Penney Co. He retired as a supervisor of the Meter Reading Dept, of Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc., in Middletown, NY.
After retirement he moved to Orlando and worked for the City of Orlando and the Cameron Group. He was a member of the Orlando Baptist Church, a member of the Moose Lodge, the VFW and many civic organizations. He traveled around the world extensively. He was a very caring and loving man who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his special friend, Marge Passmore of Orlando, his son, Mark W. Compton of Mill Rift, PA., his daughter Lori Blumenberg and her husband Thomas of Cave City, Kentucky, his two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife June Aeberli Eason.
Memorial services were held Monday, Dec. 15 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Rev. Vincent Odikanaro officiated. Interment took place at Mill Rift Cemetery, Mill Rift, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to Share The Care, 808 W. Central Blvd., Orlando, Fla. 32805. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note tot he family visit knight-auchmoody.com.
CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Robert J. Durland, age 78 of Cuddebackville, NY died Monday, Dec. 15 at his home. He was born on Oct. 12, 1936 in Middletown, NY, the son of the late John H. and Elsie Skinner Durland.
Robert served our country during the Cuban Crisis from 1955-1959 with the US Navy. He retired from Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc in Port Jervis as a lineman and a hydro mechanic.
He married Linda VanDruff Durland whom he always called “Sweetie” or “Dolly”. He is survived by his wife at home, his two sons, Adam Durland of Palmer, Alaska and Randolph Durland and his wife Linda of Athol, Idaho, his four grandchildren, his sister-in-law Mary Durland of Port Jervis and sister-in-law Terri Annese and her husband Louis of Otisville, one niece, and his pet Australian Shepherds, Daisy and Tag.
He was pre-deceased by his brother Douglas Durland.
Services will be private. Cremation will take place at MacLennan Hall Crematory, Milford, PA.
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.
GREENVILLE, NY — Helen J. Ewanciw a lifetime resident of Greenville Township, NY died Monday, Dec. 8 at Belle Reve Senior Living Community, Milford, PA. She was 84.
She was born Sept. 8, 1930 in Greenville Township, NY the daughter of the late Peter and the late Josephine Kostic Ewanciw.
Helen worked for over 40 years as a Secretary for the New York State Dept. of Health in both Middletown and Monticello.
She was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis, NY and the Greenville Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. She was also a member of CSEA. She was a volunteer for the St. Francis Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Gray Ladies.
A family statement read: Helen was a wonderful Sister and Aunt who loved her family with all her heart. She was such a generous person who would give to anyone in need. She was also known as the family photographer.
Surviving are her brother, John Ewanciw of Greenville; two sister-in-laws: Barbara Ewanicw of Greenville and Jane Ewanicw of Greenville; and several loving nieces and nephews spanning several generations.
She was pre deceased by her brothers Michael and Paul Ewanciw, her sister Tillie Swanerbury, sister-in-law Arlene Ewanciw, and brother-in-law: Donald F. Swanerbury.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home and a Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, 46 Ball Street, Port Jervis, NY. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Alzheimer´s Assoc., Orange/Sullivan Reg. Office, 384 Crystal Run Road, Suite 102, Middletown, NY 10941 or to the American Cancer Society, Memorial Processing, PO Box 7, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
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
GLEN SPEY, NY — Miller M. Fagley age 97 of Glen Spey, where he located after WW II, died Dec. 9 at Frederick, Maryland. He was born in the year 1917 in Tarentum, Pa, the son of the late Oscar A.and Jennie Mae Fagley.
During the war he served in the Merchant Marines, Army Transport Service, beginning his career as Carpenter’s Mate on a three-masted schooner and when discharged, was a licensed Second Officer on a troop transport ship. On D-Day he commanded the landing craft (a ship’s lifeboat) that transported General Robertson of the 2nd Division Rangers, onto Omaha Beach under enemy fire. He was always proud that the general and his staff never got their feet wet.
Over the years Miller was active in the Lumberland Fire Department, where he served in many different roles, including chief; in Boy Scout Troop 102 the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks #645 B.P.O.E., the Deep Hollow Hunting Club and the National Assoc. of Duck’s Unlimited. He was a member of American Legion Post 1363 and the Delaware Valley Chapter of the American Merchant Marine Veterans.
Miller was a master woodcarver, known for his walking sticks with life-like animal heads. He was a cross country ski instructor and an ardent bicyclist. He and his wife took many cycling trips as members of the International Bicycle Touring Society and Miller continued to ride into his 90’s.
Miller was pre-deceased by his wife Dorothy Schneider in 2001. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Kathy and Bob Dollar of Frederick, Maryland, a grandson, sister-in-law Jane Schneider and brother-in-law Howard Thiele, 11 nieces and nephews. He will be missed by many dear friends whose lives he touched.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the funeral home. Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiated. Interment will follow at Glen Spey Cemetery, Glen Spey, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lumberland Fire Dept., 5000 County Route 31, Glen Spey, NY 12737. 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 — Deborah A. Hedden of Port Jervis, NY and a long time resident of the area died Thursday, Dec. 11 at home with her family by her side. She was 84.
She was born Dec. 20, 1929 in Newburgh, NY the daughter of the late Rev. Henry Fox and the late Deborah Buchanan Fox.
Deborah was married to Vincent Astor Hedden prior to his death on March 4, 2005.
She worked as a Seamstress for Barbara Quilting & Andmore Sportswear both in Port Jervis. She was a member of the ILGWU and also served as the Shop Steward. She also worked in quality control for Kolmar Labs in Port Jervis. She was a member of the Wickham Methodist Church in Port Jervis. A family statement read: “Our Mom was truly loved by everyone. She gave her heart to her friends and her family. She always made everyone feel loved and wanted and will be looking down on us from heaven.”
Surviving are her children: Harvey Freeman and his wife, LaTanya of Palmdale, CA, Betty L. Buzon of Port Jervis, Patricia A. Koser of Port Jervis, Deborah Sickles of Port Jervis, Lynn Osborne and her husband, Wayne of Godeffroy, NY; foster children: James Cassermere and Thelma Cassermere, both of Stamford, CT; 17 grandchildren; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her grandson, Alexander Koser and she was the last surviving child of 13.
Funeral services were held at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Wickham Methodist Church, 32 Bruce St., Port Jervis. Burial will be at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Wickham Methodist Church, 32 Bruce Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771. Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 845.856.5191 www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com
HUGUENOT, NY — John D. Henry of Huguenot, NY and a long time resident of the area died Friday, Dec. 12 at Milford Senior Care & Rehabilitation Center, Milford, PA with his Paul by his side. He was 82. He was born March 6, 1932 in New York, NY the son of the late Aaron Henry and the late Maisie Dickenson Henry.
John married Roberta Slaten 52 years ago in New York City, NY.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.
John worked was a Police Officer for NYPD, New York, NY. He walked the beat in the 26th precinct for 34 years never missing a day of work during his entire NYPD career
A family statement read: John, or Pops as he was affectionately known, always had a smile and a great sense of humor. His great passion was classic cars; he would often travel to Atlantic City and Carlisle for shows and swap meets.
Surviving are his loving wife Roberta Henry at home; his loving son Paul H. Henry of Waterford, NY, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his son John Anthony Henry.
There will be no visitation and funeral services will be held at a later date. Cremation will be at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA.
Memorial contributions in memory of John may be made to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771, 845-856-5191 To send a condolence note to the family or read the obituary on line visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com
PORT JERVIS — Helen N. Lovelace age 78 of Port Jervis, NY died Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Milford Senior Care, Milford, PA. She was born on Jan. 7, 1936 in Liberty, NY, the daughter of the late Edmond and Hazel Drennon Huson.
Helen worked as a seamstress for Andmore Sportswear in Port Jervis. She was a faithful member of the Eldred United Methodist Church. She was former Cub Scout den mother, a talented artist and seamstress.
Helen married Rev. Lloyd Lovelace, who pre-deceased her. She is survived by her three daughters Mary Jane Maynard of Port Jervis, Hazel Colon and her husband Raymond of Sparrowbush, Charlotte Sahley and her husband Albert of Charleston, W. VA, her brother Vernon Huson of Calif., her sister Ruth Krumings of Philadelphia, PA, three grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, brothers in-law and sisters-in-law.
She was pre-deceased by her son Richard Lovelace, her brother Harvey Huson and her sister Florence Sennett.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 1p.m. in the Eldred United Methodist Church, Eldred, NY. Rev. Linda Bohs was the officiate. Interment will take place at a later date at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Eldred United Methodist Church, c/o Rev. Linda Bohs,12 Eldred-Yulan Rd., 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.
MATAMORAS — Russell J Sorensen, age 58, of Matamoras and formerly of Honesdale and Hawley died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at home.
Mr. Sorensen was born July 16, 1956 in New York City, NY and was the son of the late Ervin and Mary (Oleksa) Sorensen.
Mr. Sorensen was a hotel concierge and the former owner of Journey’s End Restaurant in Lords Valley, PA.
Russell was former volunteer at the Hawley Library. He enjoyed hiking and fishing and was a great Mets and Islanders fan.
He is survived by two sisters: Susan and her husband Jacob Lawrence of Lackawaxen, PA, Joyce Dusold of St Cloud , FL and several generations of nieces & nephews.
A memorial service was held on Monday, December 15 at Teeters’ East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA.
Cremation took place at Lake Region Crematory in Lake Ariel.