Issue 11 — Thursday, October 10, 2014

PORT JERVIS — Violet L. Knissel, age 97 of Tucson, Arizona and formerly of Port Jervis, NY passed away, Aug. 26 in Tucson.
She was born on Feb. 15, 1917 at Delaware Water Gap, PA, the daughter of the late John and Emma Ace Maier.
Violet was a retired cook for the Gates Avenue Restaurant in Ridgewood, New York. She married the late Robert Knissel who pre-deceased her. Violet is survived by her daughter, Susanna Dunn of Ridgewood, NY, her two sons, Robert Knissel of Tucson, Arizona, and Karl Knissel of Louisville, Kentucky, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.
She was pre-deceased by her brother, Raymond R. Maier.
Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 23, at 12:30 p.m. at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
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

DINGMANS FERRY — Francis A. Paul, Esq. (Frank), lawyer, teacher, Vietnam-Era veteran, age 68, of Dingmans Ferry, PA passed away on Oct. 11 at Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, NJ. He was born in Passaic, NJ, on June 29, 1946, the son of the late Frank J. and Ann Vas Paul.
Frank graduated from St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ earning his BA in History. He continued his education at Pace University Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree. His law practice was in Vernon, NJ. Frank also retired as a history teacher from Grace Wilday Junior High School in Roselle, NJ, and inspired many of his former students.
Frank was a patriotic man, proudly serving our country during the Viet Nam War with the US Army. He was always proud to share his knowledge about history and politics with everyone he knew. He was quick with a joke and a smile, and brightened the world around him. His wit and passion for life was contagious, and his opinions on hot-button topics were never in question. Frank was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.
He leaves behind many who love him, including his teenage sweetheart and wife of 44 years, Rosemary McCabe Paul, at home, his son, Matthew A. Paul and his companion, Jenna Keener, of Dingmans Ferry; his daughter, Bethann J. Paul, of Kailua, Hawaii. Frank also leaves behind three cherished grandchildren. Frank is survived by four siblings Judith A. Keller and her husband Dr. Frederick Keller of Arizona, Sister Augustine (Pat Paul), Little Sisters of the Poor, of Ohio, Brian Paul of New Jersey, and John Paul and wife Bozena of New Jersey. Frank also leaves behind many treasured nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Oct. 14 at St. Vincent dePaul RC Church, Dingmans Ferry, PA. Rev. Thomas Major was the celebrant. Interment will be private.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the following organizations: Little Sisters of the Poor, Sacred Heart Home, 930 South Wynn Rd., Oregon, Ohio 43616,, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice,99 Sparta Rd. Newton, NJ 07860 or the Delaware Township Vol. Ambulance Corp., 135 Park Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328.
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

MILFORD — Rosanne Petrillo, 61 of Northampton, PA passed away Thursday, Oct. 9 at Lehigh Valley Medical Center, Bethlehem, PA. The daughter of the late Nicholas and Marilyn (Pelletiere) Petrillo, Sr, she was born Jan. 3, 1953 in Bronx, NY.
Survivors include her sister Marilyn Inella of Milford, PA; three brothers Joseph Petrillo of Brooklyn, NY, John Petrillo of Greeley, Pa, Nicholas Petrillo, Jr. of Milford, PA and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Patrick’s Church, Milford, PA on Tuesday, Oct. 14 with Rev. Gregory Kelly officiating.
Cremation will take place at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford Township, PA at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may made to the American Heart Association ( or to the American Diabetes Association (

SHOHOLA — Gayle E. Schuster, 72, of Stockton, NJ, passed away on Oct. 10, after a life filled with love and laughter.
She worked as a librarian in Hunterdon County, NJ for the Kingwood Elementary, High Bridge Middle School & Hunterdon Central High School until her retirement in 1999. Previous to that, she was an English teacher in NYC. She spent a majority of her retirement volunteering in Milford, PA, where she resided for 15 years at Twin Lakes.
She is predeceased by her parents, Percy and Alice Erasmus of Beverly Hills, CA,
Brother, Charles Erasmas and niece, Gwendolyn of Goleta, CA.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Richard, of 47 years, beloved son, Evan Schuster, cherished daughter, Nicolle Schuster and son-in-law, Scott Belsky, two grandchildren, nephew, Thomas Erasmus, as well as many countless loving friends.
Gayle wished that in-lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Pike County Public Library - Gayle Schuster Children’s Theatre, c/o Attn: Kirk Mackey, Pike County Library, 119 East Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337.

AVOCA — James Singer, 89, of Wilkes-Barre, formerly of Avoca, passed away Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born in the “Spike Island” section of Moosic, June 26, 1925, he was the son of the late Milo and Ursula (Johnson) Singer.
James attended Avoca schools; before joining the U.S. Navy he worked for the Erie Railroad Company. He then joined the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served during World War II in the European Theater and Pacific, having sailed on the USS Langley and the Phillip DeNeue.
After World War II, James returned to work for the Erie Railroad, the Erie Lackawanna Railroad and retired after 44 years of service from Conrail.
James was a member of the Elk’s Club, Port Jervis, a life member of the Dupont Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4909, the American Legion; he was a 50-year member of the United Transportation Union, and very proud of his accomplishment as a 10-gallon blood donor for the American Red Cross.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Blumberg; and son, James Singer; his brothers, Charles, John, Robert, and Frank Singer; and sisters, Catherine Langhorne, Ruth Turner, Mary Hurley and Sarah “Sally” Homschek.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years Pauline “Penny” (Tetlak) Singer, his sons, Robert “Bob” Singer, Wilkes-Barre; David Singer, Pittston; Richard Zondlo, Georgia; and Thomas Singer, Avoca; his daughter, Lorraine Dudley, Texas; and his sister, Betty Thomas, Avoca. Also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.
Friends may call from noon until time of service Monday. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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