Issue 24 — Thursday, January 12, 2017

WESTBROOKVILLE, NY — It is with saddened hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Vivian A. Benjamin, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was 96 years old and lived in Westbrookville, NY.
Vivian was born on January 21, 1920 in the Town of Greenville, NY, the daughter of Charles and Alberta Rowe Hoffman. Vivian was a retired seamstress. She married Harry L. Benjamin on October 6, 1944, who pre-deceased her in 1969. Vivian is survived by her son, her lifelong best friend, David C. Benjamin of Westbrookville; her four grandchildren: Melissa Benjamin, Christopher Benjamin, Brian Benjamin and his wife Lacey, and Matthew Benjamin Sr.; her special friend Krysta Lazlo of Otisville, NY who called her "grandma", three great-grandchildren: Matthew Benjamin Jr., Milani Benjamin, and Brooke Benjamin; as well as several nieces and nephews. Vivian was pre-deceased by her brothers: Walter and Ralph Hoffman; her step-daughters: Marjorie Krotky, Helen Benjamin, Florence Viserta; and her step-son Harry Benjamin.
The simple things in life brought Vivian pleasure. Spending quality time with her family topped the list of her favorite things to do. She loved shopping around at yard sales, collecting special treasures, enjoying a delicious box of chocolates, and she had fun attending penny socials. As she is no longer limited by the physical constraints here with us, she is no doubt having a lot of fun in Heaven going to tons of penny socials.
Visitation was held from 2-4 and from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 10 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Private interment took place Wednesday, January 11. Rev. Charles Ryu and Rev. Kevin Mulqueen officiated. Having finally been reunited with her husband in Heaven, Vivian with comfortingly be laid to rest next to him in the Unionville Cemetery in Unionville, 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

PORT JERVIS — Mrs. Margaret H. DeGraw of Port Jervis, NY, died Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 83.
She was born January 29, 1933 in Plattsburgh, NY the daughter of the late Louis U. and the late Rosella Emma Stone Reil.
Marge was married to her loving husband Theodore L. DeGraw until his passing on July 26, 2002.
Marge was a hard worker, employed in retail at Woolworth's in Port Jervis and Kmart in Port Jervis.
A family statement read: "She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed walking, reading and loved to be around people. She will be greatly missed."
Surviving are her son Robert K. DeGraw and his wife Barbara of Glen Spey, NY; granddaughter: Michelle Flood and her husband Brad of Highland Lake, NY and 7 great-grandchildren. Also many nieces and nephews
She was predeceased by her grandson, Robert K. DeGraw II in 2008; also by her brothers, Robert F., Jack, Ronald, Arnold and Louis Reil and her sister Donna Mead.
Friends may call at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 11am – 1pm.
Cremation will be held at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis. For additional information or to send a condolence note to the family please visit

PORT JERVIS — Albert H. Eccleston, Sr age 85 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Sunday, January 8, 2017 at Port Jervis, NY. He was born on April 1, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY the son of Albert H. Eccleston Sr., and Emma Mildred Rutledge Eccleston. Albert retired as a Senior System Analyst for Telephonics in Huntington, NY. He married Marlene Hons Eccleston on November 5, 1949 and celebrated 56 of marriage until her death in March 2007.
He is survived by his children, Carol-Lynn Simmons and her husband David of Port Jervis, Alan S. Eccleston and his wife Colleen of Port Jervis, Diane J. Dawson of Holbrook, NY, Craig A. Eccleston of Port Jervis and Richard W. Eccleston and his companion Debbie Fischer of Holbrook, NY, his beloved grandchildren: Tracy-Lynn Drew and her husband J.R., Katie VanTuyl and her husband Jason, Kelly Gonzalez and her husband Chris, Samantha A. Dawson, Adam Eccleston and his companion Kaitlyn Striefler, Jaclyn McElroy, and her husband Nick, Kerry Lynn Eccleston, Alec, Aaron and Paige Eccleston, his great-grandchildren: Jordan and Justin Drew, Lilyan, Olivia, Emma, and Riley Gonzalez, Sean and Sydney Furler, Ava Eccleston. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Lillian Mathieson, Carole and Peter Jackowski, William Hons, Cheryl and James Brennan, his dear friend and companion Angela Sauerzopf, several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother Raymond R. Eccleston.
A family statement read "Our Dad was a hard working, loving and devoted Dad. We always knew we could count on him to guide us through all our adventurers and endeavors growing up on Long Island. We had the best childhood and the most wonderful memories with Dad and Mom of weekends at the Barryville House which he loved so much. He fought a courageous 21 year battle with Parkinsons Disease that he took in stride some days and cursed other days. The disease finally stripped him of his life and he will be missed and loved everyday. We love you Dad."
Visitation will be held 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, January 11 at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Funeral services will follow at 4 p.m. with Rev. Steven Jackowski officiating.
Interment will take place at Montoza Cemetery, Barryville, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Disease Foundation, 1359 B'way, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018. Arrangements ar bey the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family please visit

Carmen "Betty" VonMach

MILFORD — Carmen "Betty" VonMach, 68, of Milford, PA, died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at home in Milford, PA.
Carmen was born December 3, 1948 in Lima, Peru, South America, the daughter of the late Luciano and the late Carlora (Steinbach) Ampuero.
She retired from Progressive Health Care as a Healthcare Worker with brain injured patients.
Cremation was private.
Arrangements by Donovan Funeral Home, Inc., Goshen. NY.

Mona Marie Hamm Wilson

SPARROWBUSH, NY — Mona Marie Hamm Wilson of Sparrowbush, NY died unexpectedly on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at home with her family by her side. She was 86 and enjoying her retirement.
Born February 18, 1930 in New York, NY, the daughter of Alexander Hamm and Lulu Joudrey, she married her high school sweetheart, Edmund Burke Wilson III in 1952. They were married for 62 years prior to his passing on January 3, 2014. They had three children, Edmund IV, Cheryl and Derek who were raised in Randolph, NJ.
Mona was a proud graduate of the elite Katherine Gibbs School in New York City.
Mona worked as a Legal Secretary for Riker, Danzig, Scherer, Hyland & Perretti LLP, one of New Jersey's oldest and largest law firms. She paused her career to take care of her young family and resumed her legal work later on until she retired and moved to Sparrowbush, NY.
Mona was active in her community, most recently as a volunteer at the D&H Canal. She had previously been a member of the League of Women's Voters.
A Family Statement Read: "Mona was a loving daughter, sister, wife, and mother. She loved traveling, gardening, cooking, hiking, canoeing and skiing into her 70's. She was a voracious reader, devouring books that told stories, especially historical. She enjoyed retiring to the farm with her children nearby, and the menagerie including various beloved family dogs, the ducks and geese, abundant fruit trees, and everything good that came with a country life. Late afternoon was her favorite time to grab her book, a glass of wine and go sit outside in her hot tub reading and watching the sun set. She kept a very positive attitude about life and never complained about anything, even the aches & pains that came along with getting older. When you were around her you couldn't help but laugh as she found humor & enjoyment in the littlest things that life tossed at her. She was always ready to get out and about. She especially enjoyed meeting new people and seeing old acquaintances. She loved craft fairs, outdoor concerts, visiting friends and family get togethers. Just shy of her 87th Birthday she was always young at heart. She will be missed by all that knew her and will be forever in our hearts.
Surviving are son: Edmund "Skip" Wilson IV and his wife, Penny Giles of Morristown, NJ; daughter: Cheryl Wilson of Sparrowbush, NY; son: Derek Wilson of Sparrowbush, NY; brother-in-law: Donald Toenshoff of Delaware; nephews: Donald Toenshoff Jr. and his wife Victoria, Keith Jones and his wife Fran, Russell Jones and his wife Lorraine; nieces: Tamarh Adie and her husband Bob, Cathy Hoffer and her husband Dave; grand-nephews: Alexander and Nicholas Toenshoff and grand-nieces: Karen Carducci and her husband Anthony and Lindsay Bryant and her husband Jeremy.
She was predeceased by her husband Edmund Wilson and sister, Joann Jones. There will be a private memorial service at the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. in Port Jervis.
Internment of the ashes will be held in the spring in the Rio Cemetery, Rio, NY.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Mona's memory to the Port Jervis Free Library, 138 Pike Street, Port Jervis, NY 12771
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, please visit


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