Obituaries

Issue 16 — Thursday, November 20, 2014

MILFORD — Gloria L. Grzesik, 84 of Milford, PA passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014 at home with her family by her side. The daughter of the late Jack and Henrietta (Funke) Boecherer she was born July 4, 1930 in Bergenfield, NJ. She was married to the late Paul Grzesik on July 21, 1951.
Survivors include two daughters Pam Presti of Middletown, NY, Cindy Totten and her husband Jack of Anaheim Hills, CA; two grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Services were held Stroyan Funeral Home on November 18, 2014 with the Pastor Rolf Buchmann officiating.
Burial will take place at the George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus, NJ at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave, Newton, NJ 07860.

MATAMORAS — Elizabeth A. Hawkins, age 67 of Matamoras, and formerly of Port Jervis, died Tuesday, Nov. 11 at Belle Reve Health Care Facility, Milford. She was born on Sept. 26, 1947 in Port Jervis, the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Daly Hawkins.
Elizabeth worked as a pharmacist technician for Wal-Mart at Westfall Township, PA. She was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis. Elizabeth is survived by her brother Edward C. Hawkins of Matamoras, her sister Margaret Andersen and her husband Frank of Burlingham, NY, her nephew Kevin Andersen and his wife Courtney, her aunt Charlotte Daly, her uncle John Daly and family, her cousins Maureen Sotor and family, James Daly and family, Mary Goodman and family, Eileen Wilkinson and family, Cathleen Higgs and family, Gerry Lerner and family, Shirley and John Shannon of Port Jervis.
Visitation was held Thursday, Nov. 13, from 3-6 p.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. The vigil wake service was held Thursday afternoon with Deacon Richard Marino officiating. Prayers were offered Friday, Nov. 14 at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, Port Jervis. Rev. George Hafemann was the celebrant. Interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 121 Executive Dr., New Windsor, NY 12553. 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 — Katie Kiley, 36, of Hershey, PA, formerly of Milford, PA, passed away Thursday at Hershey Medical Center with her family by her side after a long walk in the “storm of cancer.”
Katie was born on September 6, 1978 to Thomas J. Kiley and Patricia L. (Howard) Kiley in Syracuse, New York. She was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School, Milford, Pennsylvania and Penn State University, with a degree in Public Relations. She was a member of honor fraternity Phi Sigma Pi. Prior to her illness she worked as an account executive with Thomas J. Paul, Inc. of Philadelphia.
She is survived by the love of her life, Dr. Jacob Gardner, MD, PhD. She is also survived by her loving family, parents Thomas and Patricia Kiley of Milford; her sister, Jennifer Kiley Kolvenbach and nephew Connor Kolvenbach; Grandmother Beatrice (Blount) Howard; in-laws David and Louise Gardner, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dan and Lisa Gardner and nephew, Evan Gardner. She is also survived by uncles and aunts as follows: Robert Kiley (Eleanor), Nancy Kiley Berg, Shirley (Howard) Pincus (Steven) and Stephen Howard. Her many cousins which were like brothers and sisters also survive their loving cousin, Katie. She was predeceased by her grandparents Thomas and Jesse Kiley and Frank Howard and Aunt Jeanette (Howard) Koelbl and Uncle Richard Howard.
Katie was truly a kind, compassionate, loving person beautiful inside and out. Her radiant, contagious smile could light up any room she was in. She enjoyed the outdoors, fashion, writing and travel. Most of all she loved every friend and family member always interacting and truly believing they were the most special person in the world. Most of all she loved her husband and soul mate, Jake with all her heart. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”—Winnie the Pooh
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, 111 E High Street, Milford, PA at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
Burial will follow at the Milford Cemetery, Dingman Twp., PA.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hope For Healing Fund, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, 90 Hope Drive, Hershey, PA 17033. Checks should be payable to PSU in memory of Kathleen Kiley.

PORT JERVIS — Mary Latini, age 98, loving mother and grandmother died Wednesday, Nov. 12 at her home. She was born on Jan. 3, 1916 in Port Jervis, NY, the daughter of the late Ralph and Frances Ruggeiri Morgi.
Mary retired from Kolmar Labs, Inc. in Port Jervis. She was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Port Jervis and a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Society. She married Lawrence J. Latini who pre-deceased her.
Mary is survived by her two sons, Lawrence R. Latini and his wife Susan of Lodi, NY and Joseph Latini and his wife Sherry of Saugerties, NY, her two daughters Georgianna Black of Port Jervis and Frances Buchanan of Port Jervis, her five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and one cousin.
Mary was pre-deceased by her sister Lena Morgi.
Prayers were offered Monday, Nov. 17 at 9:15 a.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s RC Church, Port Jervis, NY. Rev. George Hafemann was the celebrant. Interment took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Tribute Program, PO Box 1000 Dept 12, Memphis,TN 38101-9908 or to the Huguenot Fire Dept., 431, Route 209, Huguenot, NY 12746.
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 — Sabino (Curly) Picarello, aged 96, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Picarello who was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY was a Milford resident for over 34 years.
Curly, as he was known, was a long time usher at St. Vincent De Paul’s RC Church and was active in the community. He was also a member of the Gold Key Lake Volunteer Fire Department for many years. Picarello was a retired lithographer and a U.S. Army WWII veteran who was decorated with many medals including the Bronze Star.
He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Stephanie. Curly is survived by his four sons, Salvatore, John, Richard and Stephen. He is also survived by six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was reposed at the Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford Street, Milford, PA on Sunday Nov. 16. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church, Milford, PA on Monday, Nov. 17, with the Rev. Paul Mullen officiating. Burial followed at the Delaware Cemetery, Dingmans Ferry, PA.

LORDS VALLEY — Margaret Prout, 85 late of Coxsackie, NY and formerly of Hemlock Farms, Lord’s Valley, PA died at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY on Saturday, November 15, 2014. Mrs. Prout was a retired Assistant Vice-President of Dollar Dry Dock Savings Bank, NYC, NY.
Margaret was born to the late John Feeney and Mary (Jackson) Mitchell on September 7, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY. She was the widow of Robert Prout who predeceased her July 23, 2008.
Mrs. Prout was a member of Saint John Neumann R.C. Church, Lords Valley, Pa where she served as a Eucharistic Minister. She was also Honorary President of The Autism Connection of Greene County New York.
Survivors include her daughter Carla Kelly of Coxsackie, NY; one sister Mary Swanson of Kingston, NY; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Prout was also predeceased by her grandson Craig Scott Wallace and her son-in-law Thomas McManus.
Friends may call at the Stroyan Funeral Home, Inc., 405 West Harford Street, Milford, PA on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Saint John Neumann RC Church, Lords Valley with Rev. Thomas Major officiating
Burial will be in the Milford Cemetery, Dingman Township, Pike County, PA.
The family requests memorials to: The Autism Connection of Greene County New York, 10 Rock Hill Road, Earlton, NY 12058.

MONTAGUE, NJ — Charles Richter age 92 of Montague, NJ died Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Milford Senior Care Health & Rehabilitation Facility, Milford, PA. He was born on Dec. 19, 1921 in Germany the son of the late Richard and Clara Wesener Richter.
Charles proudly served our country during WW II with the US Army. He was a member of the Drew United Methodist Church in Port Jervis and a member of the Roosa-Fleming VFW Post #161, Port Jervis. Charles worked as a design draftsman for Kolmar Labs, Inc. in Port Jervis.
He married Lorraine Sutton Richter who survives. He is survived by his niece Linda Richter Stroh and his nephew William Richter. He was pre-deceased by his brother Joseph Richter.
Interment will take place at a later time at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

MILFORD — Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and raised on a nearby dairy farm, Richard L. Snyder graduated Big Spring high school in 1957 after attending a one-room schoolhouse from kindergarten through eighth grade. He received his Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Penn State in 1961. A certified public accountant, he served in various executive management positions until 1991 when he retired from Philip Morris International where he was executive vice president, Europe-Middle East-Africa.
He was universally regarded as a man of gentleness, integrity, tremendous appreciation for and love of natural beauty, generosity and an exceptional commitment to community. After his retirement, he maintained his Sutton Place apartment in New York, but lived primarily in Milford, Pennsylvania, where in 1985 he had purchased Foster Hill Farm, initially as a weekend retreat.
Dick wanted to keep the property as a working farm but wasn’t interested in the usual farm livestock, noting that he had his fill of milking cows when he was a child. Instead, he became a well-known llama breeder, active in the Pennsylvania Llama & Alpaca Association, serving as its president, and a nationally prominent leader in the llama breeding industry. Many of his herd, which at one time numbered more than 100, are prizewinners; an entire wall of the llama barn at his farm is covered with scores of ribbons and awards from llama competitions. Each July, Dick sponsored an Open Barn Day when visitors can visit the farm and walk among the llamas as well as enjoy the horticulture on the 70-acre organic farm, which also supplies Milford’s Hotel Fauchère, which Dick co-owns, with superior organic produce and eggs from free-roaming chickens.
Dick was active in a number of conservation, cultural, historic preservation and civic organizations. He served on the boards of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation (1998-2004), Pike County Conservation District, Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County (since 2003) and American Readers Theatre.
One of his most visible community endeavors began in 1997 when he founded, and since chaired, the Milford Enhancement Committee (MEC), whose goal is to make Milford a better place in which to live, visit and do business. Over the course of 17 years, the MEC has raised and invested more than $6 million in improving Milford’s streetscapes and public spaces to make them safer, more attractive and more pedestrian friendly.
In the several years prior to his death, he was active in helping to launch the Greater Pike Community Foundation.
It was through the Milford Enhancement Committee work that Dick met Sean Strub and formed a partnership to acquire and improve strategic properties in Milford and to publish Milford Magazine, a monthly periodical highlighting the region. In 2001, they acquired the Hotel Fauchère, the area’s most famous hostelry, which had been closed for 25 years after having been operated for 124 by Fauchère family. After five years and a meticulous historic restoration, the landmark building reopened to wide critical acclaim, including being named by Conde Nast as one of the top five new hotels in the U.S. in 2007. Now a member of Relais & Chateaux, the hotel complex includes two restaurants, a patisserie, day spa and soon-to-open corporate meeting facility.
In addition to the Hotel Fauchère, Dick co-owns the Historic Milford Schoolhouse and owns Milford Professional Park and Sawkill Business Center, all in Pike County, Pennsylvania. He has served on numerous corporate boards, including the Norwood Financial Corp. (Wayne Bank) from 2000 to 2012, Gutenberg, Inc. since 2001 and Universal Publishing.
One of Dick’s long-term philanthropic commitments was to the fight against Multiple Sclerosis, inspired by his sister Carol’s struggle with the disease.
He became active in MS work in 1977, served on the board of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) from 1981 to 2002 and then, until his death, served as an Honorary Life Director.
At various times he served as treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee, secretary, chairman of the Research and Medical Programs Committee and as board chair from 1994 to 1998. From 1997 to 2002 he served on the Board of the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, London, England.
While a New York resident, Snyder served on the board of the Sutton Area Community Association, as board member and President of the Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce (1986-1987) and as a board member and Vice Chair of the New York Urban League. He was the former President of the Sutton Area Community Fund.
Most of Dick’s professional career was with Philip Morris Companies, Inc., where he served in several capacities, including as VP Administration & Finance (1975), VP and Controller (1979), Sr. VP Administration, International (1981), Executive VP Asia/Australia, International (1984), Sr. VP Human Resources & Administration (1987) and as Executive VP, Europe/Middle East/Africa (1991).
Prior to joining Philip Morris, he was the Corporate Treasurer, then CFO of Wheelabrator-Frye (1970-1975), Comptroller, then Treasurer of Bell Equipment/Alcorn Combustion (1964-1970) and with Price Waterhouse Coopers (1961-1964). He was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the N.Y. State Society of CPAs.
He was the recipient of many honors and awards, including the Penn State University Alumni Achievement Award, 1980, and just recently, the Big Spring Bulldog Foundation Award.
He is survived by a large family of loving friends, including several cousins and a brother. No funeral is planned, but a memorial service at Dick’s beloved Foster Hill Farm will be held in the spring.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Greater Pike Community Foundation (POB 992, Milford, PA 18337) or the Milford Enhancement Committee (POB 927, Milford, PA 18337).

 

 

 
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