PORT JERVIS — Joan Arlene Decker of Port Jervis, NY and a lifetime resident of the area died Tuesday, May 12 at Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. She was 70.
She was born Feb. 12, 1945 in Middletown, NY the daughter of the late Walter Arlington Hendershot, Sr. and the late Leona “Ruth” Wormuth Hendershot.
Joan married Ronald P. Decker, Sr. on Sept. 17, 1963 and they were married for 24 years prior to his death on Aug. 24, 1987.
She worked as an Information Systems Specialist for Catholic Charities in Goshen, NY. She was also the secretary working with her husband and son in the family plumbing business Ron Decker Plumbing and Heating.
Joan was a member of Mulberry House Senior Center, Middletown, NY where she enjoyed socializing with her many friends. She was a member of the Over The Hill Motorcycle Club and the Co-President and Secretary of the Wormuth-Hulse Family Reunion. She was a past Brownie and Girl Scout Den Mother and a Little League girls softball coach.
She enjoyed her Book Club and Crocheting Club.
A family statement read: Heaven gained the most beautiful angel when God called mom home. Mom was the strongest and most courageous woman we knew. She overcame many obstacles with grace while keeping a positive outlook and by always remaining hopeful. She loved her family unconditionally and was very proud of all their accomplishments; especially those of her children and grandchildren. She was very pleased and excited to welcome her first great grandchild Liam to her family. She cherished her work at Catholic Charities and the relationships she formed while there. She enjoyed her family, line dancing, playing cards, playing games, puzzles, shopping on QVC and watching her favorite shows. She touched the lives of many with her laughter and wit and was loved by those lucky enough to know her. She will be dearly missed. We love you to pieces. Nighty Night.
Surviving are her son Ronald P. Decker, Jr. of Port Jervis, daughter Melissa Decker of Port Jervis, two brothers, Bill Hendershot and his wife Kathy of Concord, NC and Eric Hendershot of Middletown, NY, two sisters, Elaine Foster of Huguenot, NY and Shirley Brown of Huguenot, NY, her fraternal twin sister June Lee and her husband Ken of Middletown, NY, and Linda Yonts of Port Jervis, two grandchildren, a great grandson, also several nieces and nephews.
She was pre deceased by her brother Walter Arlington Hendershot, Jr.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 16 at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. Burial was at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.
Memorial contributions to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
Funeral arrangements 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
BRANCHVILLE. NJ — Leona M. Little age 83 of Branchville, New Jersey, formerly of Port Jervis, died Sunday May 17 at her home. She was born on May 30, 1931 in Hamburg, NJ the daughter of William and Freida Hanger Aumick.
Leona was pre-deceased by her first husband Mahlon R. Casterlin and her second husband Herbert Little. She is survived by her four sons, Herbert Little, Jr. of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Albert Casterlin and his wife Joy of Bossier City, Louisiana, Thomas Casterlin an his wife Lisa of Lafayette, NJ, Alan Casterlin and his wife Joan of Sussex, NJ, her daughter Janice Karstetter and her husband Gary of Branchville,NJ, her sister Freida Banks of South Carolina, her beloved daughter-in-law Marlene Casterlin, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
Leona was pre-deceased by her grandsons Herbert Little III and Joshua Casterlin, her great-granddaughter Elizabeth.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 350 Sparta Avenue, Building B, Suite 2, Sparta, NJ 07871.
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 — Kenneth F. Petzinger (Frank) of Milford, PA, formerly of NJ, passed away on May 15. He was the beloved husband of Mary Alice (Smith) Petzinger.
Loving father of Stephen (Tiffany), Frank, John, Judy (Ray) Cook, Andrea Hammond (Cy), and Ronnie Petzinger (Angela).
He was the stepfather of Heather Taylor and son in law of Margaret Smith. Ken is also survived by his brother Ronald, his sister Joan Graczyk and his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter Susan Caffrey and his grandsons Christian and Michael Petzinger.
A memorial service will be held at a later time in New Jersey at the convenience of the family. Arrangements made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W. Harford St., Milford, PA.