Issue 38 — Thursday, April 20, 2017

MILFORD — Mr. Kevin Patrick Bennett of Milford, PA died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest with his family by his side. He was 69.
He was born December 5, 1947 in Staten Island, NY the son of the late Kevin Alowishus Bennett and the late Elizabeth Mary Ann Lee Bennett.
Kevin married his wife, Pamela Johnson, on July 2, 1999 in Mt. Pocono, PA.
He proudly served his country in the US Coast Guard from 1966 – 1970.
He later worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for Time Plex in Mahwah, NJ.
Surviving are: Wife, Pamela Bennett; three daughters: Jennifer Bennett, Alyssa Bennett and Danielle Reynolds and her husband, Michael; son, Alex Kevin Bennett; sister, Kathleen Tuscano and grandchildren: Andrew, Jayden, and Jessica.
A Closing Word: "Kevin will be remembered and loved by close friends and his family. He has touched many of our lives through the years. We will all build upon our happiest memories of him, keep his great words of wisdom in our minds and the care he had for us in our hearts. With Kevin's Christian belief in Jesus Christ, as well as his family's, our comfort is in knowing that he is with the Lord. May God Bless Family and Loved Ones, and Kevin, may the Lord have you in His Loving Arms, until we meet again – Love You, Pam"
The funeral services were held privately with his family.
Cremation was performed at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA
Please send Memorial Contributions to Kevin's favorite causes: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial & Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, T.N. 38105-1942 and your local Salvation Army. Funeral arrangements are by the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191 For additional information, or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit

PORT JERVIS — Micheline M. Bidault age 88 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Monday, April 10, 2017 at Port Jervis, NY. She was born on June 20, 1928 in Paris, France the daughter of Andre and Germaine Courbet Bidault. Micheline retired as a secretary for Smith-Barney, Inc. at the World Trade Center in NY and later from the European-American Bank in New York City.
She was faithful member of St.Mary's R.C. Church, Port Jervis.
Micheline is survived by her son Ron Barbier and his wife Kathi of Kingston, PA, her daughter Christine Quagliano and her husband Gerard of Piscataway, NJ, , her six grandchildren, Michael, Nicholas, Timothy, Suzanne, Richard and Valerie, her beloved great-grandchildren, Natalie, Marissa, Jake, Cody, Nicholas, Briana, Bronson, Arilynne, one great-great-granddaughter.
She was pre-deceased by her devoted life time partner Jack Lennon.
Visitation was held Monday, April 17 prior to prayers at 10:15 a.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's R.C. Church, Port Jervis, NY. Rev. Matthew Newcomb was the celebrant.
Entombment will take place at Madonna Cemetery, Fort Lee, NJ. 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 — Georgia L. Cohen, formerly of Milford, PA died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, in York, SC, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. She was 83. She was born in New York City on August 26, 1933, the daughter of the late George and Agnes Harpum.
Georgia married her "dear love", SGM Morton B. Cohen, Retired Army, who survives her. She is also survived by her son, Ronald Cohen and his wife, Michelle Young, of Manchester, TN, son Russell Cohen and his wife Terese of Shohola, PA, and her daughter, Elizabeth Blazejewski and her husband Frank of York, SC, her 9 beloved grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Georgia was predeceased by her son, Robert Cohen and her grandson, George Cohen. A memorial celebrating Georgia's life will be held on Saturday, May 13 at the Lackawaxen Fire House at 2 p.m., open to friends and family. Donations to Alzheimer's in lieu of flowers.

MONTAGUE, NJ — Emil L. Merusi, 92 of Montague, NJ passed away at home on Sunday, April 9, 2017.
Born on April 5, 1925 in Manhattan, NY to parents Dominick and Anna Merusi, Emil grew up in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. He served his country with the U.S. Navy Seabees from 1943 to 1946.
During his time in the service, Emil met his wife Mary Jane Wiegert in Florida. The two settled in Woodcliff Lake, NJ where they raised their two sons, Emil ("Butch") and Fred Merusi. A lifelong sportsman, Emil moved the whole family up north to Montague, NJ where he could hunt, fish and trap with his two sons.
Emil and Jane ran the Village Service Station, Montague, NJ from 1957-1967. He then went to welding school and later worked as a fitter-welder on nuclear power plants as a member of the Local 24 Union, Newark NJ. Emil chose to work the night shift so he could go goose hunting in the morning.
Emil was a member of the Shohola Rod & Gun Club, 206 Hunting Club and the Montague Hunting Club for many years.
After retirement, Emil was famous for growing and selling Shitaake mushrooms. His house with Jane on River Rd. was always a place where family and friends gathered for holidays and celebrations. Summertime parties by the pool were a highlight of their household. He will be truly missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include his two sons; Butch and Fred, three granddaughters; Rachel, Rebecca and Sarah Merusi. Emil was predeceased by his wife Mary Jane in 2013 and his grandson Dominick Emil Merusi in 2000.
Visitation will be held on April 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337. Arrangements made by the Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W Harford Street, Milford, PA (

Barbara J. Paschell

MILFORD — Barbara J. Paschell, 79 of Milford, PA passed away Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at home. She was a retired Site Manager for the Blooming Grove Senior Center, Pike County, PA. Barbara spent many years in Philadelphia, PA and in Oakland, CA. While in Oakland she worked as a CNA and a Phlebotomist. In Sherman Oaks, Ca., she worked as a Nanny for Matthew Diamond and Ray Krause who were Television and Film Directors. Barbara resided in Milford for the past 16 years and was a member of the First Bible Church of Pike County, Lords Valley, PA.
The daughter of the late Joseph and Essie (Curry) Barnes she was born July 28, 1937 in Winston Salem, NC. She was married to the late Harry Paschall.
Survivors include two daughters Cheryl Alexander and her husband James, Harriet Bullen and her husband Learie, two grandchildren Alexis Conley, Stephen Alexander; two great grandchildren Adara Nicole Alexander, Gavin Conley; sister Patricia Garnett and two brothers Maurice and Harold Barnes.
Memorial services will be held at Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W Harford Street, Milford, PA 18337 on Saturday, May 6 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Bible Church of Pike County, 658 Route 739, Suite 4, Lords Valley, PA 18428. Arrangements made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W Harford Street, Milford, PA (

Virginia "Ginger" Ann Spangenberg

SPARROWBUSH, NY — Ms. Virginia "Ginger" Ann Spangenberg of Sparrowbush, NY died at Bon Secours Community Hospital on Saturday, April 15, 2017. She was 61.
She was born March 28, 1956 in Port Jervis, NY the daughter of the late Robert Lee Belcher and the late Caroline VanTassel Belcher.
A Family Statement Read: "With great sadness and our deepest condolences to our mother (our best friend) and sister to three, family and friends. "Mama Dukes" known as Ginger has gone to be with the Father our Lord Jesus Christ.
Since the age of 5 she had struggles with Diabetes and as the years went on the diabetes became worse and worse and eventually leading her to the throne room in Heaven. Mama Dukes is now in a place where there is no more suffering and there is no struggle. (Revelation 21:3-5)
Mama Dukes leaves behind many precious memories, far too many to list. Those of us who remember and know her will remember her love for music, particularly bluegrass and old country music. Mama Dukes had a great gift for playing the guitar. She played her Gibson Guitar during family gatherings with her cousins, uncle, her mother (Caroline) who would yodel, and her brother (Bob) who would play the banjo. These were some good old times.
Mama Dukes will be forever missed by family and friends, her 4 boys that meant the world to her, her 2 sisters and brother who grew up with her.
Our family would like to thank the Sparrowbush Fire Department and all the Doctors, nurses and paramedics that helped our mother during her darkest moments with her diabetes.
In conclusion, our family leaves this final thought, Mama Dukes and the rest of the band we know your guys are playing music while the Angels are singing.
Surviving are four sons: Brian Belcher and his wife, Marlene Thomseth-Belcher of Minneapolis, MN; Richard Spangenberg and his girlfriend, Maria Soto of Barryville, AR; Justin Spangenberg of Sparrowbush, NY; Jason Spangenberg of Montague, NJ; siblings: Linda Vail and her husband, Daniel of Huguenot, NY; Bob Belcher and his wife, Felice of Lake Hawthorne, NY; Patti Henn of Montague, NJ; grandchildren:Treyton Bailey-Thomseth, Nixon and Keaton Thomseth-Belcher and also several nieces and nephews.
Virginia was predeceased by her brother-in-law Michael Henn and her parents.
Friends called at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY on Tuesday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. 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, NY 12771. 845-856-5191. For additional information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family, please visit

Howard A. Sweet

NEWTON, NJ — Howard A. Sweet age 74 of Newton, New Jersey passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Milford Senior Care, Milford, Pa.
He was born on October 22, 1942 in New Jersey the son of Howard and Asnith Sweet. He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War serving with the US Army. He worked as a bank teller in Newton, New Jersey. He is survived by his long time friends Stephen and Eileen Westward of Atkin, Minnesota and Fred and Arlene Schneider.
Services will be private. Interment will take place at Mettler Cemetery in Sandyston, New Jersey. Arrangementsare 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

Anthony James Viola

MILFORD — Anthony James Viola, 81 of Milford, PA passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. He was a retired Plant Manager for the Town of Babylon, NY. Anthony was a member of St. Vincent DePaul Church, Milford, PA and served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.
The son of the late Joseph and Lena (Drago) Viola, he was born March 26, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY. He was married to Concetta (Sirignano) Viola.
Survivors include his wife, three children; Annmarie Ward and her husband Walter of Brooksville, FL, Joseph Viola of Deerpark, NY, Anthony Viola, Jr. of Huntington, WV, three grandchildren; Ryan, Joseph and fiancé Brittany, Kaeleigh, Tyler and Katelyn and two great grandchildren; Ascher and Brecken.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Vincent DePaul Church, Milford, PA on Saturday, April 22 at 12 p.m. with Rev. Richard Cirba officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Vincent Sharing Fund, 101 St. Vincent Dr., Milford, PA 18337. Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA (


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