Obituaries

Issue 43 — Thursday, May 25, 2017

LAKE ARIEL — Gerard J. "Rod" Adams, Jr., 83, of Lake Ariel, formerly of Hawley, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Regional Hospital of Scranton after an illness. He was the loving husband of the late Margaret R. Gogard Adams for 54 years.
Born in Hawley, son of the late Gerard J. and Mabel Hattons Adams, he was a former member of the BVM Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church in Hawley, where he was active in the Knights of Columbus Society. Rod graduated from Hawley High School and received his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting and Education from the University of Scranton and Masters in Education and Counseling from Penn State University. Before retirement, he was a 38-year professional at the Wallenpaupack Area School District as a guidance counselor, librarian, English teacher and athletic director. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Rod was an active community leader, serving on Boro Council and as Mayor of Hawley, and as a member of the Wayne County Housing, Redevelopment and Planning Commissions. As Mayor of Hawley, he was instrumental in building the Bingham Park lower basin fields and tennis courts as well as the Barker Street Apartments for Senior Citizens and the Hawley Central Sewage System and Authority.
Rod is remembered as an incredible, loving, caring and giving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and community servant. He had a lifelong passion for tirelessly working for the betterment of kids and community, while never thinking about himself. Rod thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing and coaching/watching sports with his friends and family. He will be dearly missed by all.
Surviving are his children: James and Sharon Adams of Honesdale, Joseph and Kathryn Adams of Lake Ariel, and Sarah Adams Cory of Fishers, IN; a brother-in-law: George W. (Pete) Murphy of Washington, DC; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
He was also preceded in death by his sisters: Judy Adams Murphy and Mary Elizabeth Adams Cartwright; his brothers-in-law: James Cartwright and John Gogard; and his sister-in-law: Jean Gogard Fell.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at BVM Queen of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 314 Chestnut Ave., Hawley, his close family friend, the Rev. William Blake, officiated. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Dr., Honesdale, PA 18431.

PORT JERVIS — Mrs. Minnie L. Conklin of Port Jervis, NY, passed away Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 81 years young.
She was born June 22, 1935 in Godeffroy, NY the daughter of the late George and the late Rita Phillips Brighton.
Minnie was married to her late husband Marcus E. Conklin, Sr. on September 25, 1954 until his passing in 1993.
She worked at H&M Clothing for 20 years and Andmore Sportswear for 23 years.
A family statement read: "She was one of the most kind hearted women you'd ever meet, and was said to be "The Sweetest Little Thing" by all who came in contact with her. She was very appreciative of everyone who helped guide her through the rough times during her rehabilitation period. She was loved dearly by all her family and friends. Her family was her life. She loved to attend every event and birthday party without ever leaving anyone out. She will be dearly missed by many."
She is survived by her son: Marcus Conklin Jr. and his wife Laura of North Carolina; one daughter Alicia Wichmann and her companion Richard Savannah of Port Jervis, NY; one sister Dorothy Rothschild of Port Jervis, NY; one brother Raymond Brighton and his wife Judith of Middletown, NY; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and also many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her beloved daughter Sheila Howlett; sisters, Rita Ostrom and Laura Clune; brothers, Dennis, George, Bob, Carl and Edward Brighton.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis with Harold Butler officiating.
Burial took place at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY.
Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis. For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

MATAMORAS — Elizabeth B. Dickinson age 90 of Matamoras, PA passed away Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Port Jervis, NY.
She was born on March 23, 1927 in Port Jervis, the daughter of James W. and Dorothy M. Strausser Brown. Elizabeth married Robert Dickinson who pre-deceased her.
She is survived by her daughter Shelley L. Dickinson, Esq. of Enfield, Connecticut, her former son-in-law Lawrence Frechette and his children Jordan and Lea, and his granddaughter Mikayla. Liz is also survived by a host of special close friends. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Port Jervis.
Funeral services were held Monday, May 22, at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Rev. Aaron Baughman officiated. Interment followed at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pike County Humane Society, Port Jervis Box 255, Milford, PA 18337.
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 knightauchmoody.com.

Charles Daniel "Dan" Gelderman

HAWLEY — Charles Daniel "Dan" Gelderman, age 57, a lifelong resident of Hawley died following an illness Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale. He was preceded in death by his wife of 22 years, Sandra L. Gibbs Gelderman, in 2016.
Born February 13, 1960, in Philadelphia, he was the son of the late Charles William and Patricia Milzie (DeGroat) Gelderman. He attended Wallenpaupack Area High School. Prior to his retirement, he was a truck driver for Waste Management for 27 years.
Dan was a member of Waymart Church, Waymart. He and his late wife Sandra had volunteered with the Eagle Institute in Narrowsburg. He enjoyed hunting with his brother Richard as well as fishing and gun collecting. He also liked to ride his Harley and in his Corvette, as well as attending concerts.
A talented cook, won the 2009 Hawley-Lake Wallenpaupack Chamber of Commerce Chili-Wing Cook-Off with "Dan's Smokehouse Wings" and was also awarded First Place for Wings in the 2012 Cast Iron Chef Cook-Off sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary in Gouldsboro.
A kind and generous soul, he most loved his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He often said, "There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't met."
He is survived by his stepdaughter: LuAnn VanOrden and her fiancé Ed Mowery of Shillington, PA; six grandchildren; two brothers: David Gelderman and his wife Tammy of Boone, NC, and Richard Gelderman and his wife Laura of Hawley; two sisters: Nancy Armstrong and her husband Joel of Butler, TN, and Martha Birtel and her husband Shawn of Hawley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Jennifer VanOrden Gray.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 26, from 6-8 p.m. at Teeters' Funeral Chapel, 505 Church St., Hawley. The funeral will be Saturday, May 27 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Sal Maiorana of the Waymart Church officiating. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, Lake Ariel.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Wayne Unit, 712 S. Keyser Ave., Taylor, PA 18517.

Lottie L. Kurtick

SPARROWBUSH, NY — Lottie L. Kurtick age 89 of Sparrowbush, NY passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at home. She was born on August 10, 1927 in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Frank and Josephine Witkowski Konieczny.
Lottie married John Kurtick who survives at home, celebrating 55 years of marriage. She is also survived by her two daughters, Theresa Loughney and her husband, Joseph of Milford, PA, and Kathryn Helms and her husband, Albert of Matamoras, PA; her beloved grandchildren: Scott Gillette, Joseph Loughney III, Leland Helms, Lucas Helms; several nieces and nephews. Lottie was pre-deceased by her siblings: Celia, Frances, Blanche, Rev. Anthony and Edward.
In years past, during her young adulthood, Lottie participated as a member of the choir of Holy Child R.C. Church in Nanticoke, PA. Lottie was a faithful member of St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Matamoras, PA. Her love of children was evident as a babysitter for her grandchildren and many of the children in her neighborhood while living in Nanticoke and Sparrowbush. She will be remembered by many families as the "local babysitter".
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, May 5 at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Matamoras, PA. Rev. Alfred Vito was the celebrant. Interment will take place at Nanticoke, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's RC Church, 307 Ave F, Matamoras, PA 18336.
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 knightauchmoody.com.

John Christopher Ryan

HAWLEY — John Christopher Ryan, age 65, of Hawley died unexpectedly Friday, May 19, 2017 at home. He is survived by his daughter Colleen Bisig, son John Ryan, partner Kathleen McKean, grandchildren Ryan, Erin and Madeline.
Born October 19, 1951 in the Bronx, NY, he was the son of the late John Joseph and Crystal Johst Ryan. After his parents died in his early teens, John was raised by his aunt and uncle, Mary and Dominick Scudera, and his cousins, Maureen, Gene, Karen, Andrew, Gloria, and Steven, who became his brothers and sisters.
After serving with the NYPD for 42 years, he retired as a Detective First Grade in 2012. Formerly of Staten Island, he moved to the Poconos full-time and fulfilled his life long dream of living on a dirt road by the river.
John was a member of the Detective Endowment Association of the City of New York, the Staten Island Ski Club, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Honesdale. One of his proudest accomplishments was becoming an Adirondack 46er, summiting all 46 High Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains. He took tremendous pride in his family and community, coaching sports teams, volunteering, and instilling his values of hard work and responsibility.
John loved life, loved his friends, loved his family and without question loved a good cold German beer.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, May 24, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Teeters' East Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA. The funeral will be Thursday, May 25, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in German Hill Cemetery, Shohola.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Pike Unit, 110 W. Harford St., Milford, PA 18337 or Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org.

 

 
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