Obituaries

Issue 51 — Thursday, July 20, 2017

MILFORD — Robert E. Decker, 77, of Milford, died Sunday, June 18, 2017 surrounded by his family. Lifelong resident of Pine Bush, NY moved to Milford, PA in 2005 with wife Jeanette. Born to the late Burnett and Martha Decker.
He was a devoted family man loved to cook and was an avid collector of trains and clocks. He was Head Deacon at Long Meadow Chapel, previous Stephen's Minister, founding member of Tres Dias International and he was a member of Bernt Balchen Lodge (Sons of Norway) Lackawaxen, Pa. He was in the Army prior to his career at IBM in Fishkill where he retired after 29 years of service.
Survivors include his wife Jeanette; children: Christian (Gina) Decker, Cortland, NY, Lynn (Michael Carey) Decker, Utica, NY, Laurel Benjamin, Sherrill, NY; stepchildren: Todd (Marie) Rose, Milford, PA, and Dean Rose, Hawley, PA; 12 grandchildren: Matthew, Erik, Adam, Heather and Elizabeth Decker, Ethan and Brianna Rose, Meghan, Zachary & Brooke Rose, Corrine and Camryn Benjamin. Two nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Burnett "Buddy" and his first wife Corrine. Memorial Service will be held at Long Meadow Chapel, Milford, PA on Saturday, July 29 at 2 p.m.

SPARROWBUSH, NY — Mr. Robert L. Emerson, 74, of Sparrowbush, NY, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Monday, July 10, 2017 at his home with his devoted wife, Beth and youngest daughter, Kristen by his side.
He was born September 25, 1942 in Potsdam, NY the son of the late Robert H. and the late Alice Gowell Emerson. He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Russell Otto of Rio, NY as well as a handful of his nearest and dearest friends. He was predeceased by his loyal companion, Abbey, his Scottish terrier. He proudly served our country in the United States Navy, stationed in Port Hueneme, CA, where he received an honorable discharge on January 22, 1962. In 1972, while in Binghamton, NY, Bob met the love of his life, Beth, a nursing student and him, a Scuba Diving Instructor. Bob was the Building Inspector for the Town of Deerpark for 17 years; the longest amount of time held by one person in this position as of yet. He was very fond of his coworkers, and them of him. He was also a member of the NYS Builders Association. Bob was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing, as well as spending time on the lake near his hometown with his brother, David. He was truly Bob the Builder, as he was often seen on his property riding his backhoe and other various heavy machinery. He had a large collection of vintage snow mobiles, having 28 at one time. He enjoyed attending car shows and swap meets with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a car enthusiast, with focus on hot rods, antique and classic cars, having acquired numerous throughout his lifetime. The family urges and encourages ANYONE who will be attending the funeral, as in true enthusiast style, to bring your classic cars as a tribute to Bob.
Surviving are: His loving wife of 40 years Beth Koenig Emerson at home. Children: Jason Emerson and his wife of Sparrowbush, NY, Alicia Bennett and her husband James of Queensland, Australia, Kristen Emerson and her fiancé Joseph Boucher of Port Jervis, NY, Jeffrey Emerson and his wife Linda of Milford, PA, Gina Emerson of Seguin, TX, Wendy Emerson of Austin, TX; brother: David Emerson and his wife Carolyn of Harrisville, NY; Sister: Catherine Emerson-Erwin and her husband James of Boston, MA; two sisters-in-law: Loretta Buchanan of Matamoras, PA, Linda Otto of Rio, NY; brother-in-law: Lawrence Koenig of Destin, FL; daughter-in-law: Maria Emerson of Goshen, NY; grandchildren: Jeffrey, Anthony, Shiloh, Savannah, Victoria, Sara, William and Alexa. He had an especially close bond with his three youngest grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler Emerson and Leila Bennett, who lovingly called him "Poppy". He also had one great-grandchild. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
Also his beloved dog Tiggy, his Cairn terrier.
Family and friends visited the Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc., 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 on Saturday, July 15 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, July 15 at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiated. Burial followed in Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made in Bob's name to BeTheMatch.org, American Red Cross for blood and platelet donations. The family asks for consideration in joining the "Be the Match Registry", as well as any donation to that cause. Also, for your support of the Compassionate Care Act Legislation and the Death with Dignity Statute. 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.

SHOHOLA — Ellen M. Fountain age 87 of Shohola, PA passed away July 6, 2017 at home. She was born on December 25, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY the daughter of Fred and Wilhelmina Rosenwinkel Gosch. Ellen married Eugene W. Fountain who pre-deceased her.
She is survived by her daughters, Joan McBride and her husband Ray of Port Jervis and Carol Gillen and her husband Jerry of Middletown. She is also survived by three of her sons, Paul Fountain and his wife Bettie of Shohola, PA, Bill Fountain and his wife Pat of Forest City, PA, and Michael Fountain of Portland, OR; eight grandchildren: Ray Jr., Brian, Meghan, Jerry Jr., Adam, Dawn, Rebecca, and Bridget; eight great-grandchildren: Joey, Nicholas, Aiden, Kylie, Blake, Chase, Mia, and Kayla, several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her son, Gary Fountain, and her brother, Paul Gosch.
Ellen and Gene were life-partners, committed through thick and thin in their 63 years of marriage and beyond. Ellen was a dedicated homemaker and stay-at-home mom for many years, followed by employment at Chronar and later retiring from the Pike County Recorder of Deeds Office. Ellen enjoyed needlework, ceramics, stained glass, gardening, friends, and family gatherings, but few things gave her more pleasure than the home she and Gene built together and the sunsets from her porch.
Funeral services were held at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home. Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiated. Private interment will take place at Milford Cemetery, Milford, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Joseph's Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509. 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.

PORT JERVIS — George H. Fuller age 93 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Port Jervis. He was born in Port Jervis, NY on December 21, 1923 the son of Stanley and Edna Gilson Fuller. George proudly served our country with the US Navy as a submarine chaser aboard the USS Core during WW II in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. He retired as a conductor for Conrail RR, Port Jervis and was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainman. George married Edna Jane Irwin Fuller who pre-deceased him in 1985.
George was a member and Past Captain of the Tri-State Naval Ship #7241, Port Jervis, a member of the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks, #645, B.P.O.E., and a member of the Port Jervis Fire Dept, Hose Co. # 5. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Port Jervis Country Club for many years. He was an avid fisherman and often led the Fuller Clan during various ice fishing outings.
He is survived by his daughter Virginia Hendry and her husband James of Port Jervis, his son, George E. Fuller USAF and his wife Barbara of Newnan, Georgia, his longtime companion Nicole Campbell and family of Port Jervis, his brothers: Frank and Kenneth Fuller both of Port Jervis, his sister Mary Longwell and her husband Barry of Port Jervis, his beloved grandchildren; Hon. James M. Hendry, III and his wife Sarah, Mark Hendry, P.E. and his wife Carly, Anthony Fuller USAF and his wife Katie, Erik Fuller and his wife Michelle, Alex Fuller, Sherry Kirkpatrick and family, 12 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. He was known as "Pop Pop" to his grandchildren.
He was pre-deceased by his brothers Stanley, Russell and Robert Fuller and his sister Thelma Utter.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at noon, Friday, July 21 at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-State Naval Ship, #7241 (for veterans in need), 46 Barcelow St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 The Fuller family would like to send a sincere thank you to his special care giver, Patricia Horner during his illness. "You are a blessing to our family". George touched many lives in his years and was loved by all that knew him.
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.

SHOHOLA — George Galuschak, age 80, of Shohola, PA passed away at home on Sunday, July 9, 2017. The son of the late George and Rose (Telep) Galuschak, he was born in Yonkers NY on July 24, 1936.
After his high school graduation, George joined the Air Force and served from 1954 to 1958. He graduated from New York University and became an Aerospace Engineer, working for Honeywell Corporation and Singer Kearfott during a long career which involved being sent all over the world. George was a member of St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Shohola, PA. He enjoyed golf, needlepoint, and Sudoku, but the most important part of his life was his family.
George is survived by his wife Elfriede (Jahn) Galuschak; son George Galuschak; brother Joseph Galuschak; niece Susan Maicovski and family; nephew Edward Kirchner and family. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anna Kirchner.
A Memorial Service will be held at St. Jacobi Lutheran Church in Shohola, PA on July 22 at 11 a.m. Burial will take place at German Hill Cemetery, Shohola, PA. Memorial donations may be made to St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 37, Shohola, PA 18458. Arrangements made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 W Harford Street, Milford, PA (www.stroyanfuneralhome.com).

 

Mae Merdes Lloyd

MILFORD — Mae Merdes Lloyd, age 91, passed away peacefully at home on July 15, 2017. The daughter of the late Frederick and Mae Doyle Merdes, Mae was born on December 30, 1925 in Brooklyn, NY. She was married for sixty-eight years to Edward Lloyd who predeceased her on January 25, 2015. Mae graduated from South Side High School in 1945 and worked as store fashion model for Arnold Constable in Hempstead Long Island. She was voted Miss Fifth Avenue Junior.
Mae was best known for her love of all animals, but especially boxers, raising nearly 100 cats and dogs during her lifetime. She obedience trained her dogs to be therapy dogs taking them to schools and nursing homes for everyone to enjoy. She was an evaluator for Therapy Dogs International for many years. Mae served as President of the Pike County Humane Society from 1973 to 1997 and President of the Pike Animal Shelter Society from 1977 to 1979. She also served as President of the Tri-State Dog Obedience Club in 1974 and 1975 and was a member of the club for fifty years. Mae was a very involved member of the community serving as Worthy Matron of the Milford Chapter #494 of Eastern Star in 1968 and 1969 and was Grand Page to the Grand Chapter O.E.S. She was the President of the Women's Society of Christian Service of the Milford Methodist Church from 1957 through 1960 and served as President of the Shohola School PTA in 1978 and 1979. Mae was a certified home health aide caring for many elderly people and she also cared for her friends' cats and dogs when they went on vacation. Mae loved Twin Lakes and the ocean, liked to cook and bake cakes, loved all the wild animals and feeding deer, enjoyed long walks with her dogs, but most of all she enjoyed being with her children, husband, grandchildren and friends. She will be missed by many.
Mae is survived by her three children; Raymond Edward, Ellen Mae Orben and Karen Ann Lloyd and husband George Savastides, all of Milford. She also raised a granddaughter, Janel Ericka Lloyd. She had five other grandchildren; Raymond Lloyd, Kimberly Orben, Janine Howard, Jessica Lloyd and Ryan Lloyd; and five great-grandchildren Deitrick, Addison, Liam, Braden and Cameron.
A memorial service will be held at Milford United Methodist Church, Milford, PA on Saturday, July 29 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Don Coy officiating. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Humane Society or to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Harford St., Milford, PA, please visit www.stroyanfuneralhome.com.

George Noroian

PORT JERVIS — Mr. George Noroian of Port Jervis, NY died Monday, July 10, 2017 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. He was 77. He was born September 11, 1939 in Brooklyn, NY the son of the late Avedis Noroian and the late Rose Amadooni Noroian. George married Louise C. Ferraro on August 18, 1963 in Manhattan, NY. He was a retired Lithographer, businessman, and owner of the former New Bauer Inn. He was a long time resident of the Port Jervis area.
A Family Statement Read: "George was devoted to his family and a beloved husband, father, uncle and "Pop Pop" to his granddaughters. He was a strong provider and always put his family first. George enjoyed time spent camping and hunting with his two brothers, Jack & Harry, when they were younger. He also enjoyed spending time in his home in Florida and was an avid football fan. He will be greatly missed."
Surviving are: His loving wife, Louise Noroian; daughter: Lisa Noroian and her husband, Gus; son: Robert Noroian and his wife, Joanne; granddaughters: Karly, Lia & Sara; cousin: Richard; sisters-in-law: Merilyn and Barbara and brother-in-law: Otto. Also his nieces and nephews
He was predeceased by his sister, Virginia McInerny, brothers, Harry & Jack Noroian, and brother-in-law, Jack Ferraro.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 14 at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc.Cremation was held at MacLennan Hall Crematorium, Milford, PA.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in George's memory to the American Heart Association, 419 East Main St., Suite 305, Middletown, NY 10940 or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. 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 www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

Mary F. Roussos

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — Mrs. Mary F. Roussos, a long time resident of Cuddebackville, NY passed away on Saturday, July 8 2017 at home surrounded by family. She was 79. Mary was born November 7, 1937 in Port Jervis, NY, the daughter of the late Vernon Wright, Sr. and the late Grace E. Roche Wright.
She was predeceased by her sister Shirley Zeller (her husband Robert Zeller Sr.) and brother Vernon Wright Jr. (and his wife Lucy Wright).
Mary was a well-respected nurse at Arden Hill Hospital for many years before retiring and using her free time to be with friends and family and by doing hard physical labor that most people her age wouldn't even try. She was such a hard worker, she enjoyed doing her own yard-work, home repairs and renovations; from re-tiling her roof to a mishap with a chainsaw that resulted in her cutting off a chunk of her finger and needing it reattached. Her slightly morbid sense of humor is shown in the fact that she then framed and hung the blade on the wall.
Mary will be missed by all that knew and respected her. She touched the lives of countless people and she was always there to help physically or just by giving words of wisdom. She loved hosting dinners with her family, especially Holidays. She'd have a family dinner on Christmas Eve along with Santa Clause appearing. Mary also had an extended family of pets through the years that she loved to spoil. Which included Andrea, a blue and gold Macaw that wouldn't go to anyone but her, but she could put the bird onto its back and have it stay there. Even the bird respected her. She had multiple dogs that she spoiled and fattened up and a cat, Molly that was with her til the end.
Forever feeling a loss without her, Mary is survived by her sister Eunice Stillwell; daughters Vicky and Pauline Roussos; granddaughter Jameylee Taylor; great-granddaughter, Camdyn; son, Anthony Roussos (his wife Christine); grandsons, Corey Taylor, Travis Taylor, Eric Roussos, Justin Roussos and many cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family that will feel a sense of loss without her. During the later years, if you did something she didn't like, she would let you know with two words: "Little Bastard."
The family would like to give special thanks to Bobby Zeller and Donnie Mickley and everybody that was there during the later days of her life. As per Mary's wishes, there will be no viewing and a burial will be held privately at the convenience of the family. A special thank you also to the Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties Nurses and staff who gave such wonderful and loving care to Mary. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society Of Port Jervis/Deerpark, Inc., 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY12771 or Hospice Of Orange And Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550. 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 www.grayparkerfuneralhome.com.

Gerard R. "Jerry" Steedman

NASSAU, NY — Gerard "Jerry" Steedman, 69, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Born June 17, 1948 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late Edith Mineau and Jeremiah Steedman.
He was predeceased by his brother Robert Steedman. Jerry is survived by his wife of 38 years Viki Steedman; step-son, Jeffrey Straight; brother, Thomas (Margie) Steedman; sister-in-law Pam Dundon as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Jerry moved from Pennsylvania to New York to attend Albany Business School. He went on to work for the New York State Higher Education Services Corp. retiring after 30 years. Jerry oversaw mail, supply and printing. The Mail connection led him to become president of the Postal Customer Council which included public speaking that he loved dearly. Jerry enjoyed golfing and deep sea fishing.
He will be greatly missed by all the friends he made through the years with school, work, golf and other outside activities. A memorial service was held at the Thomas P. Mooney Funeral Home, 11 Elm St. Nassau on Saturday July 15 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends were invited to call prior to the service from 9-11 a.m. Jerry's wishes were for everyone to celebrate his life following the service at Samson's Bar and Restaurant 1736 U.S. Rt. 9, Castleton. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Jerry may be made to the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital or to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Online condolences may be offered at Mooneyfuneralhome.com.

Donald Shay Van Wort

MILFORD — Donald Shay Van Wort, 86 of Milford, PA passed away at home on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was born on April 23, 1931, the son of the late Frederick R and Mary Emma (Shay) Van Wort.
After High School graduation in Haverstraw, he enlisted in the US Navy and became a Petty Officer 2nd Class and Radar Operator during the Korean conflict. Employed by Rockland Light and Power for 42 years, he retired as an Electric Meter Department Supervisor in Monroe, NY for what became Orange and Rockland Utilities. He married Nancy Joan Van Houten in 1956 and was a life member of the Nyack Ambulance Corps, having lived in Nyack until 2005, then moved to Milford, PA. Donald is survived by his wife, a son Peter and wife Eileen, a grandson Peter J II, granddaughter Emma and great-granddaughter Paisley. He was predeceased by his parents, a brother Frederick Jr. and a 2 yr. old sister Harriet.
Cremation will take place at the convenience of the family. Final internment will be at the Brick Church Cemetery, New Hempstead, NY. Memorial donations may be made to Karen Ann Quinlan, Center Of Hope Hospice, 99 Sparta Ave, Newton, NJ 07860 or the Pike County Humane Society, PO Box 255, Milford, PA 18337. Arrangements made by Stroyan Funeral Home, 405 West Hartford Street, Milford, PA 18337 (stroyanfuneralhome.com).

Wallace R. Werner

PORT JERVIS — Mr. Wallace R. Werner of Port Jervis, NY, passed away Friday, July 14, 2017 at Orange Regional Medical Center. He was 85.
He was born September 13, 1931 in Brooklyn, NY the son of the late William C. and the late Mildred Miller Werner. He married the love of his life, Mary on May 16, 1953. He was the owner of the Jersey Avenue Handy Stop in Port Jervis for many years until he retired.
Wallace was a beloved husband and father. He doted on his wife Mary, always helping her around the house. He enjoyed playing cards, shooting pool and playing computer games with his friends and when he visited his sisters. Wallace was a prankster, always making you smile. He was a die-hard Democrat. Surviving are: His loving wife of 64 years Mary Werner at home; two sons: Allen Werner and his companion Harriet Stewart of Port Jervis and William R. Werner of Port Jervis; a grandson James Werner and his grand dog Gracie; two sisters: Beverly Launius of West Plains, MO and Maureen Werner of West Plains, MO. He was predeceased by his sister Elaine Launius.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 19, at Gray-Parker Funeral Home, Inc. Burial took place at Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark, Inc., 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or to Hospice Of Orange And Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y. 12550. 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.

 

 
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