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Colonial-Bryant Funeral Homes and Cremation Services: A Legacy of Compassionate Care

Located in the heart of Woodbourne, New York, Colonial-Bryant Funeral Homes and Cremation Services has been a pillar of support for families in their time of need. With a rich history and a commitment to excellence, this esteemed funeral home has earned a reputation for providing compassionate care and personalized service to those who have lost a loved one.

A History of Trust and Tradition

Colonial-Bryant Funeral Homes and Cremation Services has a long-standing presence in the community, with roots dating back to the early 20th century. Over the years, the funeral home has remained family-owned and operated, with a deep understanding of the importance of preserving tradition while embracing innovation. This unique blend of heritage and modernity enables the funeral home to provide a distinctive and meaningful experience for families.

Colonial-Bryant Funeral Homes and Cremation Services

Address: 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY, 12788
Phone Number: (845) 434-7363
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Joseph Flynn - June 18, 1936 - November 21, 2019

Departed: 11/21/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Joseph A. "Joe" Flynn, II, 83, formerly of Neversink, NY, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2019 in Liberty, NY.
Joseph was born in Hackensack, NJ to Mary and Joseph Flynn on June 18, 1936.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, as nothing made him happier than to be with family. In his younger years Joe enjoyed camping with his family as well as visiting family and friends. He also had a love for animals especially his dogs.
Joseph has joined the love of his life, Gail, in Heaven. He is survived by his son, Joseph "Joey" III (Leah) Flynn of Mobile, AL; daughter Keri Ann (Michael) Cooper of Mongaup Valley, NY; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
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Stephanie Lehmann - December 16, 1988 - November 10, 2019

Departed: 11/10/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Stephanie Ann Lehmann, of Woodridge, passed away on Sunday, November 10, 2019. She was 30 years old.
She was the daughter of Anthony J. Lehmann and Cindy M. Burger, born on December 16, 1988 in Harris, NY.
Stephanie is survived by her parents Anthony J. Lehmann and his significant other Janelle Deppa and Cindy M. Burger; her children Taylor Lehmann, Harmony Hand, Richard Hand, Jr., Trevor Alonzo Hand and Savannah Marie Parra Gonzales; her sister Christina Younger and her husband Phillip; her grandmother Dorothy Lehmann; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Memorial contributions in Stephanie's name can be made to the Fallsburg PBA, P.O. Box 568, S. Fallsburg, NY 12779.
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Eric Borko - September 26, 1963 - November 08, 2019

Departed: 11/08/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Eric S. Borko, 56, of Ellenville New York, passed away on November 8, 2019.
Eric is survived by his wife of 30 years Barbara Borko; daughter Brittany Borko (Thomas Elliott); Siblings Lewis Borko (Joyce Borko), Philip Borko (Colleen Borko), Kathleen Leo (Jerry Leo), James Dalton (Deborah Dalton) and Robert Dalton; In-laws James and Carol Dalton; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his long-time best friend and brother from another mother Larry Pugliese (Pam).
He was born September 26, 1963 in Monticello New York to the late Paul and Frances Borko. He graduated from Fallsburg High School in 1982.
Eric was a life-long Sullivan County resident, a devoted family man and overall an amazing person. He enjoyed spending time with his girls, being in his garage (or Larry's), camping, boating, and anything Mopar.
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Annette Elbling - August 26, 1953 - November 03, 2019

Departed: 11/03/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Annette Elbling, of Rock Tavern, passed away on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 66.
She was the daughter of the late Stanley Elbling and Ruth Greenblatt, born on August 26, 1953 in Pontiac, Michigan.
A visitation will be held from 11am to 12pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY 12788. A funeral service will follow at 12pm at the funeral home. Cantor Devorah Gartner will officiate. Burial will take place at Adat Shalom Memorial Park in Livonia, Michigan at a later time.
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Kristin Nielsen - April 10, 1970 - October 28, 2019

Departed: 10/28/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Kristin Alette Nielsen of, Liberty, NY, passed away October 28, 2019 at Orange Regional Medical Center.
She was the daughter of John and Darlene Nielsen of Hurleyville, born on April 10, 1970.
She was a graduate of Tri-Valley Central School and Sullivan County Community College. She earned her wings after complications from surgery and suffering with MS for 25 years.
Survivors include her significant other Tim Dole; her Brother Erik Nielsen his wife Shelley; nephew Ian; and niece Jillian; her sister Tracy Bagley, her Husband Joseph; nephews Devon and Brett.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Neversink Fire Department EMS, 7486 State RT 55, Neversink, NY 12765.
Services were held privately at the convenience of the family.
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Albert Conklin - November 13, 1948 - October 25, 2019

Departed: 10/25/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: An obituary is not available at this time for Albert Conklin.
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Mark Leopold - July 03, 1953 - October 22, 2019

Departed: 10/22/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Mark Leopold, of Minisink, NY, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at home. He was 66.
He was the son of Friedel (Leiser) Leopold and the late Kurt Leopold, born on July 3, 1953 in New York, NY.
Mark is survived by his mother, several cousins and his friends and extended family at Crystal Run Village.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 2pm at Cedar Park Cemetery, New Jersey.
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Josephine Evans - August 10, 1937 - October 18, 2019

Departed: 10/18/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Josephine Sawyers Evans, 82 , of Woodridge was called to her heavenly home on October 16, 2019 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was born August 10, 1937 in Patrick County, Virginia to the late William Walker Sawyers and Susan Delia Smith.
She loved the Lord. She always loved to sing and pray. Her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, brother and others will truly miss her. She will always be in their hearts.
She was married to the late James Monroe Evans for many years. Following his death, she later married Ike Larry who is also deceased.
She was blessed with six children. She is survived by four daughters: Brenda Miller (Sam) of Woodridge, NY. Glenda Ivory of Mount Airy, NC., Hazel Evans of Landover, MD, Mary Evans (Jerry) of Falls River MA, one son: Andrew Evans of Binghamton, NY., 16 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great-grandchildren, two brothers Johnny Sawyers (Treva) of Galax, VA., and Walter Sawyers (Doris) of Mount Airy NC, 3 sisters: Louise Jones (Ron) of Pinnacle, NC., Genva Reyes (Friend) Galax, VA., Lealur Reddick, Count Airy, NC., and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, one daughter, five brothers, and two sisters.
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Alexandria Krawec - January 26, 1941 - October 17, 2019

Departed: 10/17/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: With profound sadness we announce the passing of Alexandra Krawec, our loving and devoted, mother, wife, grandmother and friend to many.
She left us peacefully surrounded by family at her Mountaindale residence after a long illness on October 17 , 2019. She was 79.
Born in Lutsk, Volyn province Ukraine on January 25, 1940 to Ananij and Nadia Falatiuk, she arrived into the world during a time of conflict, and despair in Europe during WWII. Surviving the end of the war, and spending time in a displaced persons camp in Germany, she and her family immigrated to the United States in 1951, settling in Brooklyn New York, where she was active in the Ukrainian youth organizations and sports community.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years Eugene J. Krawec, sons Eugene S. Krawec of Edmonton Canada, his daughter Nina of Irvine California , Victor Krawec, his wife Romana, their children Olena and Toma of New Jersey, Sister Luba Eubanks, her husband Norman of South Carolina and faithful in-laws Dr. George and Nadia Kihiczak of New Jersey.
Alexandra lived a full life as a loving mother, grandmother, an amazing cook, who also exhibited a passion for plants, flowers and animals. Most of all, she loved spending quality time with her family and many close family friends. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Visitation will be on Friday, October 25, 2019 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52 Woodbourne, NY 12788 from 10:00am-12:00pm. A funeral service will begin at the funeral home at 12:00pm. Interment will follow at Luna Organization Cemetery.
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Eloise Lacey - February 05, 1930 - October 17, 2019

Departed: 10/17/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Eloise "Knot" Jones Lacey died peacefully at Catskill Regional Medical Center on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Harris, NY at the age of 89 with her granddaughter by her side.
Eloise was born on February 5, 1930 in Uniontown, Alabama to Rebecca Baylor and Henry Jones. Eloise confessed her life to Christ at an early age. She married her teenage sweetheart Jimmie Lacey, Sr., in 1947. The couple soon after welcomed their son Jimmy Lacey Jr. Eloise was hard-working individual who worked in several fields until the untimely death of her son. She retired to take care if her great grandson up until he was able to attend pre-school.
Eloise faithfully attended the First Baptist Church in South Fallsburg, NY from the time she moved to New York until recently. Eloise's favorite activities include listening to music, watching her soap operas, Family Feud, and Wheel of Fortune, keeping up to date with the news, reading the Bible and spending quality time with her grandchildren, daughter-in-law, and great grandchildren. Eloise was active in her local senior citizens group and was always willing to go on a day trip or for an extended stay whenever she could. She was always fond of reminiscing about old times with her friends and family.
Her grandchildren Tonya and Jermetria remember her as a kind, gentle, patient grandmother who encourages them to pursue their goals.
Eloise is survived by her granddaughters Tonya (Johnathan) Watley of Port Jervis, NY; Jermetria T. Lacey of South Fallsburg, NY; her daughter in law Mary Lacey of South Fallsburg, NY; Her great grandchildren Jelani and Tasiya Watley of Port Jervis, NY; Zaire Foreman of Monticello, NY; her "adoptive" grandchildren Jackie Owens, Lakiesha Owens, Korey Owens, Darnell Owens, Adrienne Bickham, Melissa Bickham, Tyiesha Brickham, and Marcell Brickham. She is also survived by her Godson Lamar Jackson, her grand pups Riley (PooPoo) and Jaxon (TutTut) Lacey and host of cousins and longtime friends. She was preceded in death by her son Jimmy Lacey Jr.; her husband Jimmie Lacey Sr., her father Henry Jones, Rebecca Rhone and he stepfather James Rhone.
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Mildred Irace - February 02, 1936 - October 16, 2019

Departed: 10/16/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Mildred Irace peacefully left us on Wednesday, October 16th to reunite with her beloved husband of 60 years, Charlie. She was 83 years old. She leaves behind their three sons: Charles (fiancé Jackie), Joseph, and Dominic (Autumn), and three daughters: Pat Mills (loving ex son-in-law Tim), Maria Raymond (Scott), and Angela Mills (Tom).
Millie was affectionately called Granny by her sixteen grandchildren: Anna Jean and Lawrence Irace (mother Ruth), Amanda, Alec, Ava, and Adam Irace (mother Elayne), Timmy (Carlee) and Michael Mills, Mary Rielly (Kevin), Andrew and Katie Raymond, Faith, Farrah, Fern, and Tommy Mills, and Orion Irace, plus her eight great grandchildren: Mason, Jocelyn, Cora, Alice, and Daisy Mills, Brooke Hessinger, McKinley and Sadie Rielly.
She is also survived by her loving cousin Alfred "Sonny" Zarrella, sisters-in-law Anne DeMartino and Camille Irace (Diana), and nieces Laura Foley (Dennis), Angela Pica, and Gerry Anne Dalton (Jim), and nephew Joseph DeMartino. Mildred is predeceased by her devoted husband, Charlie, who passed on August 13, 2018. Also her mother, Mildred, sister Adrienne, aunt Mary, uncles Jimmy and Bobby, in-laws Pasquale and Angelina, sister-in-law Florence, brothers-in-law Dominic and Jerry, and son-in-law Mark.
Mildred was born in the Bronx on January 2, 1936. At age 20, she met the love of her life, Charlie, while both were working for a construction company in Whitestone. She was soft spoken and tender and he was boisterous and rough. Together they made the perfect couple. They married on May 11, 1958. After enjoying weekends and summers in Livingston Manor, they moved their family there in 1975. One of their favorite pastimes was taking drives along the backroads together.
Millie's entire world was her family and being a homemaker. All she wanted was to live a modest life full of love; not frills, and she was thankful every day for it. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, baking, ceramics, and collecting Kewpie dolls. We will never forget the countless Sunday spaghetti dinners that she cooked for us, which over the years turned into Pizza Night Thursdays for the grandkids. Once you became a part of her life, she was a lifelong friend. She kept in touch through the passing years and always made you feel special. She never forgot to send a birthday, anniversary, or thank you card.
Millie was a nonjudgmental woman of faith that was extremely giving. She was truly one of God's angels on Earth. We were so blessed to have her as our matriarch. No family gathering or holiday will ever be the same without our granny and gramps, but we know they will be holding hands and smiling down at us.
We'd like to express our sincere gratitude for Millie's caregivers, Ashley, Becky, Bonnie, Colleen, Elizabeth, Kathy, and Velma. Thank you for your dedication, kindness, and all the shared laughs over her quick wit that she maintained through it all.
In Lieu of flowers, donations in Mildred's name can be made to St. Aloysius Church, 22 Church St., Livingston Manor, NY 12758.
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Paul Irwin - September 26, 1932 - October 14, 2019

Departed: 10/14/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Paul Arthur Irwin, Jr., of Neversink, NY and New Smyrna Beach, FL, passed away peacefully on October 14, 2019 surrounded by family. He was 87.
He was the son of the late Paul Irwin, Sr. and Clara Bell Brown McGovern, born on September 26, 1932 in Middletown, NY.
Paul worked a multitude of jobs throughout his life including tunnel work during the construction of the Neversink Resevoir. He spent most of his career working as a telephone engineer where he dedicated 30 years. In his retirement, he worked for DJM Dealers as a truck driver. Paul had a strong love for the outdoors and enjoyed a passion for hunting throughout his entire life. He was tough as nails on the outside, but had a soft heart towards the ones he loved, and he was a genuine friend to all. Paul had a John Wayne spirit in his quiet nature but when he spoke, everyone listened. He had an endless sense of humor and could make anyone smile. Family was the most important part of his life and he touched the hearts of many.
He is survived by his wife JoAnne Irwin of 67 years; his siblings Beverly Purpura, Elizabeth Bard, Richard Irwin, and Ken Irwin; his children Wayne Irwin (Joy), Carolee Larsen (Warren), Debbie Glinski (John), Tom Irwin, and John Irwin; his grandchildren Jason Turman, Steven Burton, Kristen Clauser, Kyle Carson, Ryan Irwin, Michael Glinski, Tim Glinski, Adam Larsen, Andrew Larsen, Bill Irwin, Priscilla Heildingsfield, Paul Irwin, Jonah Irwin and Nicole Fogle; his adopted grandson Josh Borozny; his close friend Anthony Crozolli; and 19 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his grandchildren David Irwin and Justin Burton.
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Edwin Hill - January 20, 1954 - October 14, 2019

Departed: 10/14/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Edwin Hill of Loch Sheldrake, NY passed away on October 14, 2019 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. He was 65 years old. He was surrounded by those close with him.
Ed is the son of the late Joseph and Irene Hill; he was born in Goshen, New York on January 20, 1954. Ed's sister in law, Marlene Hill and his extended family at New Hope Community survive him. He is predeceased by his parents and his brother Joseph Hill.
Ed had a very serious but unique personality. Trust was of the upmost importance to him. He is best remembered for giving people three chances to maintain their relationship with him. Any slight transgression would cost you a strike in his book and he had an impeccable memory. If you got to three strikes, his trust in you was gone and it would be very difficult, if not impossible to rebuild that relationship. Ed may possibly have been one of the few remaining people to continue to listen to cassette tapes; his favorite being old Country music. He also enjoyed watching sports such as baseball and basketball and conversing with people about the games.
Ed's presence, spirit, and the lesson he taught of not making the same mistake twice will be missed dearly. He touched many people who will forever have good memories to cherish for a lifetime.
A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY 12788.
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Frank Amore - September 16, 1944 - October 14, 2019

Departed: 10/14/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Frank J. Amore, Jr. of Hurleyville, passed away on Monday, October 14, 2019. He was 75.
He was the son of the late Frank J. Amore, Sr. and Marie Grecco, and raised by his Aunt Anna and Uncle John "Uncle Mike" Kieron, born on September 16, 1944 in Brooklyn, NY.
Prior to working as an electrician who owned and operated Sullivan County Electric, Frank worked for the Town of Fallsburg Sewer Department as well as the Town of Fallsburg Parks Department. In his free time he enjoyed collecting stamps, bowling on Monday nights with the Men's League and Friday nights with the Mixed League. He loved most things mechanical especially trains and trolly cars. He was also a grand master of martial arts of Bahl Soo Shim Jang. He was an incredibly generous man; he often played Santa, giving out gifts to under-privileged children, all of which he purchased himself.
Frank leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife of 31 years, Tina; son Michael Amore; daughter Frankie Amore; nieces Karen Gaffney, Doreen McLarney, and Cheryl Aiola; nephews Gene Gaffney and Guy Amore; his mother-in-law and father-in-law as well as his many great-nieces, nephews and many friends. He is predeceased by his sister Phyllis Gaffney.
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Amanda Mead - September 23, 1978 - October 13, 2019

Departed: 10/13/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Amanda Mead, of Livingston Manor, passed away on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at a private residence. She was 41.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory is her loving sons Paxton Wood, Preston Wood, and Paton Wood; Sister, Erica Mead; brothers, Richard Mead, Frank Mead, Robert Mead, Brent Hutchison. Amanda was predeceased by her husband Mike Wood.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Monday, October 21, 2019, at Colonial Bryant Funeral Home, 29 Pearl St, Livingston Manor, NY 12758.
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Albert Brown - November 12, 1937 - October 08, 2019

Departed: 10/08/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Albert LeRoy Brown Sr., of Woodbourne, NY, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, at his private residence. He was 81.
He was the son of Winfred and Mildred (Briggs) Brown, born on November 12, 1937, in Ellenville, NY.
Albert was a simple and humble person, who enjoyed the smaller things out of life. He started his career working in the army, which later received the "Good Conduct Medal". After leaving the army, he entered the job force as a skilled carpenter working for a construction company. Albert spent most of the free time working because he enjoyed working. When Albert had no more to work to be done, he would enjoy sitting down watching the weather channel to pass the time.
Albert survived by his late wife Eunice Briggs- Brown, children, Eunice Brown, Terry Wood, Albert Brown Jr., Christina Brown; grandchildren, Joseph, Grieg , Albert III, Ricky, Tiffany, Kimberly, Jessica, Heather, Scott, and his special grandson Albert II; sister, Gertrude Yerkes, and six great-grandchildren . He also survived with his late sibling Harold, Robert, and Winnie.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 pm to 2 pm on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 596 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY. Interment will be held at later date at Sullivan County Veterans Cemetery.
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Hampton Elwood - January 31, 1940 - October 07, 2019

Departed: 10/07/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Hampton Richard Elwood, Jr., passed away on Monday, October 07, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was the son of the late Hampton Richard Elwood Sr. and Edith Sarah Newell, born on January 31, 1940, in Cornwall, NY. He was predeceased by three sisters Dolores, Jean, and Helen.
Hampton was raised by his Aunt Mildred, whom he adored, and Uncle Russell Newell and his eight cousins (siblings) in New City, NY before moving to Mountaindale, NY in the late 1970s. He was a career landscaper who also owned and trained harness racehorses at Monticello Raceway. He was a lifelong farmer who was happiest taking care of and spending time with his animals. He will be fondly remembered for his love of vanilla ice cream.
He is survived by numerous cousins including Emma Hamilton (Donald) of Grahamsville, NY; along with their children whom he treated as his own: Donald (Cherie) Hamilton of Grahamsville, NY, Theresa (Terence) Grafmuller of Woodbourne, NY, Tina (Joe) Hamilton of Napanoch, NY, Bonnie (Sam) Hamilton of Liberty, NY and predeceased by Timothy Hamilton.
Memorial Service will be held at 1 pm, on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at Sheep Hill Rod & Gun Club Mount Cliff Rd Hurleyville, NY.
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Joseph LaRuffa - March 19, 1922 - October 06, 2019

Departed: 10/06/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Longtime Fallsburg Band Director Joseph F. LaRuffa passed away at the age of 97 on Sunday, October 6, 2019.
Joe was born on March 19th, 1922 in Oyster Bay, New York to Frank and Angelina LaRuffa. Joe was the fourth oldest of eleven children. Through the years he spoke lovingly of his brother Anthony and his nine sisters. Joe is survived by five younger sisters; Marian, Louise, Angelina, Catherine and Frances.
After graduating Oyster Bay High School, Joe attended the University of Miami on a music scholarship. His undergraduate education was interrupted by his service during World War II. From 1943 to 1945 he served with the United States Army participating in campaigns throughout Europe. Joe was awarded the American Service Medal, the European, African and Middle Eastern Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.
After the war Joe completed his education earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from New York University in 1950 and a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1954.
In 1950 Joe's first job as a music teacher and band director was at Altona Central School in Clinton County New York. In 1954 Joe moved to Sullivan County to accept a position as the music and band director at Fallsburg Central School where he stayed until his retirement in 1984.
In 1957 Joe married Jeannette Andresky, a local Hurleyville resident, and for nearly 62 years the two were inseparable. They raised their three children in the home that Jenny was born in and still resides, and each child later became a musician in their father's concert band; Mary Ann played flute, Angela played oboe and Frank played clarinet like his dad.
During Joe's tenure at Fallsburg his concert bands had a proud tradition. In addition to competing for many years at the highest level earning A and A+ ratings, the school concerts became a much anticipated event in the community. Some memorable performances of the Fallsburg concert band were at the 1964 World's Fair, the 1965 commencement ceremony of the now State University of New York at Sullivan and in 1966 the band had the honor of playing for President Lyndon B. Johnson at the opening ceremony for the now Ellenville Regional Hospital.
In recognition of his dedication as a teacher at Fallsburg, Joe received the Outstanding Secondary Educator Award in 1975 and in 2014 Joe was inducted into the Fallsburg Central School District Hall of Fame.
During Joe's teaching career at Fallsburg he served as the Chairman for the Hertz Scholarship. This fund, later named the Hertz-LaRuffa Scholarship, has provided financial assistance for graduating Fallsburg students for over 40 years.
In addition to teaching, Joe was a delegate to the New York State School Music Association representing the Clinton County Schools and later the Sullivan County Schools. Joe served as president of the Clinton County and the Sullivan County Music Education Association as well as organized and adjudicated many of the music programs in those counties during his 34 years of teaching.
As a committed educator Joe taught beyond the boundaries of his community and helped create the Empire State Music Camp in Hurleyville, New York in the 1960's. This summer camp provided young people the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and love of music in a beautiful mountain setting.
Joe served his community in many ways; a Town of Fallsburg Councilman for 16 years, a member of the Hurleyville Volunteer Fire Department for over 55 years, serving as their past secretary and treasurer; a Town of Fallsburg Lions Club member and a two-time president of the Hurleyville Chamber of Commerce.
Joe stayed active in retirement. In the summer months he gave private lessons at his home in Hurleyville. But once the snow came Joe called St. Petersburg, Florida his home. In St. Petersburg Joe taught for over 20 years in the Pinellas County Middle Schools and was very active in his Florida retirement community. He was instrumental in the community becoming resident owned and served as its first and acting president for four years.
Joe leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife and best friend, Jenny, his daughters Mary Ann and Angela, his son Frank and his wife Jennifer and his two grandchildren Olivia and Joe.
The LaRuffa family would like to express their deepest gratitude for the compassionate, professional and supportive care Joe received from the following agencies: Valerian Home Health Care Agency, The US Department of Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Health Care System at Castle Point, and his hospice care team in Sullivan County. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan County.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm on Friday, October 11, 2019. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday, October 12th at Immaculate Conception Church, State Route 42, Woodbourne, NY 12788. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, Monticello, NY with full military honors.
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William Barrett - May 17, 1947 - October 04, 2019

Departed: 10/04/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: William Barrett, of Montgomery, passed away on Friday, October 4, 2019. He was 72.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, October 23, 2019 at Woodbourne Cemetery, Parsonage Road, Woodbourne, NY 12788.
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Myrtle Kortright - December 24, 1930 - October 03, 2019

Departed: 10/03/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Myrtle Vera Hunter Kortright, of Woodbourne, passed away on Thursday, October 03, 2019 at Orange Regional Medical Center. She was 88.
She was the daughter of the late Howard and Vera Dice Hunter, born on December 24, 1930 in Ellenville, NY.
Myrtle worked as a counselor for ARC, but her favorite job was babysitting her grandchildren. She was a member of the Claryville Reformed Church, long-time member of the NRA and was an avid NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt fan. In her free time she enjoyed reading and square dancing. She loved the simple beauty of the outdoors, especially flowers and plants. But her greatest love was her family, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren being her biggest joy in life.
She is survived by her children Sharon Kelly of Neversink, Russell Kortright (Arlene) of Hendersonville, TN and Tim Kortright of Grahamsville; her grandchildren Preston Kelly and April Kackos (Robert) her great-grandchildren Courtney Kelly-Ansbro (Scott), Michael and Kimberly Kelly, Christina Kackos-Brunelle (Zachary), Bridget Kackos; and her granddog "Taz"; as well as a multitude of nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her husband Preston Kortright who passed away in 2008; her brother Glen Hunter; and her two sisters Grace Hunter Loomis and Arlene Hunter De La Marter.
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Charles Cohen - October 12, 1927 - October 02, 2019

Departed: 10/02/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Charles "Charlie" Cohen, 91, husband of Cecilia Cohen, passed away on October 2, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. Charlie was born in Hurleyville, NY on October 12, 1927 and grew up on a small farm there.
He graduated from Hurleyville High School in 1944. His family ran one of the hotels, The Butler Lodge, in Hurleyville during the hey days of Sullivan County. After marrying Ceil, they moved to Woodbourne, NY. Charlie began his long years of service to Sullivan County in 1965 when he joined the Woodbourne Fire Department. He became a member of the First Aid Squad in 1967 and served as Captain of the squad from 1979 to 1993. He was once honored for covering more than 900 career calls and held the record at that time for the total number of calls. He continued to help people needing ambulance service for many years after that until age limited his ability to continue. He was elected to the Board of Commissioners for the Fire Department in 1980 and served as Chairman of the Board for over 30 years. According to Ceil, he took better care of the firehouse than of his own house and in 2000 the Social Hall was renamed in his honor. Charlie was also very active with the Fallsburg Democratic Party and served as a Delegate and then Committeeman from Woodbourne. For many years he also served as the Chairman for the Board of Assessment Review for the Town of Fallsburg.
In 2009, Charlie received Congressional Recognition for outstanding and invaluable service to his community. In 2015, the Firemen's Association of the State of New York issued a proclamation honoring Charlie for 50 years of service to the Volunteer Fire Service.
During his younger years, Charlie coached and managed a Fallsburg Little League Team, the Indians to championships 4 years in a row. He always attended all of his son's events and one year was recognized as Fan of the Year for Fallsburg Central High School. He was a member of the Loch Sheldrake/Hurleyville Rod and Gun Club where he served as secretary/treasurer for over 25 years. Charlie was an active member of Congregation B'Nai Israel of Woodbourne where he served as President for several years. He was a member of the Hurleyville Synagogue and was also an active member of the Fallsburg Lions Club. He worked at Channel Masters in Ellenville, NY and at the Monticello Racetrack prior to his retirement. Charlie is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ceil Cohen; son, Morris Cohen and his wife Lisa, of Augusta, GA; his son David Cohen and his wife Caron, of Frisco, TX. Charlie has one surviving sister, Rita Mandel. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pincus and Pauline Cohen, as well as a brother Harold Cohen and a sister, Minnie Billig. He was the proud grandfather of four grandchildren, Melissa White (Thomas), Jessica Cohen, Lee Cohen (Vanessa) and Abbey Cohen. Charlie was an adoring great—grandfather to Ethan White, who he claimed to have the strongest grip of any baby he'd ever seen!
Charlie took care in feeding the birds and loved to see the chipmunks and deer in his back yard. He loved dogs and always delighted in seeing his grand pups. He loved the New York Yankees, the New York Giants and chocolate ice cream but more than anything else, he took great pride in his family and loved them without limits. Charlie never let distance keep him from missing an important event in his grandchildren's lives and on occasion, he was known to transport snow balls in a cooler to Georgia so that his southern granddaughters could experience the joy of snowball fights. Charlie made a point to tell his family several times, including not long before he passed that "he had a beautiful wife, two wonderful sons and daughters-in –law, a grandson, three granddaughters, and one great-grandson. I'm the luckiest man alive". He will surely be missed by his family who will keep his memory alive through his stories and his jokes that he loved to tell. The family will receive friends at the Charles Cohen Social Hall in the Woodbourne Firehouse on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 12:00pm-1:00pm. A Firematic Service will begin at 1:00pm, followed by the funeral service. Interment will follow at Anschei Hurleyville Cemetery
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Anna Bishko - March 07, 1939 - September 29, 2019

Departed: 09/29/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Anna J. Bishko of Cochecton passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at Catskill Regional Medical Center. She was 80.
She was the daughter of the late Nicholas and Stephanie Bishko, born on March 7, 1939 in Poland.
Anna was an avid reader; her favorite books were romance novels. She was always a fun person to be around and she especially loved to spend time with her family. She will be deeply missed by everyone that knew and loved her.
She is survived by her siblings: Larissa Pond and her husband Joe, Alicia Stern and her husband Richard, and George Bishko and his wife Judy, nine nieces and nephews, Gregory, Linda, Peter, James, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Steffan, Elizabeth, and Eric, 18 grand nieces and nephews: Nicole, Timothy, Peter, Angelica, Michael, Andrew Christopher, Matthew, Stephanie, Robert, Joseph, James, Olivia, Will, Lyyli, Wynn, Thomas and Megan, one great grandniece Adeline, and her extended family at Crystal Run Village.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52 Woodbourne, NY 12788 from 10-11:00am. A funeral service will begin at the funeral home at 11:00am.
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Richard Korcak - December 30, 1937 - September 28, 2019

Departed: 09/28/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: On September 28, 2019, Richard S. Korcak, age 81, devoted husband and loving father passed at his home in Napanoch, NY. Born December 30, 1937, in the Bronx, NY, Richard was the only child of the late Matthew and Rose Korcak.
After a rewarding career with Procter & Gamble, Richard enjoyed playing tennis and driving scenic country roads in his convertible with his wife. Happiest at home, he took pleasure cultivating the landscape of his backyard sanctuary and nurturing his Koi pond.
Richard is remembered by Annette Korcak, his wife of 35 years who he affectionately referred to as the love-of-his-life, his three loving daughters Linda and her husband John Miller of Knotts Island, NC, Anita and her husband Michael Hayes of Westport, CT, and Nora and her husband Donald Dorste of Napanoch, NY, as well as three step-sons Gil, Richard, and Dean Avery of Tucson, AZ, and four grandchildren Tyler and Shawn McNamara, Cody Dorste and Maeson Hayes.
A private memorial service will be held overlooking his beloved Koi Pond.
The family would like to thank the emergency responders for their extraordinary efforts and heartfelt compassion.
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Vasili Bendersky - March 27, 1937 - September 26, 2019

Departed: 09/26/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Vasili Bendersky, of Livingston Manor, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Columbia Presbyterian. He was 82.
He was the son of the late Nachum and Nina Bendersky, born on March 27, 1937 in Tiraspol, Russia.
Vasili was known to be a very strong man who was full of life force, even at an early age, surviving nazi occupation of his home. When he was only 5 he lost his mother and was raised by his grandmother. After the war he was reunited with his father Nachman. Despite a hard begining he had a very positive outlook on life. Vasili served in the Russian Navy until he immigrated to Israel in 1976 where he then served in the Israeli Army. He met and married Ida Bendersky with whom he had two children. He learned his trade, sign painting, which he would practice for over 50 years, both in Russia and here in the United States. He immigrated to the United States in 1986. He was an honorable and truthful man, who loved and adored his family. He would spend countless hours with his children outdoors, he was an avid fisherman and passed on his passion to all who was around him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a smile was always found on his face. He loved the Catskills and loved to roam the hills, woods, streams and lakes over the past 30 years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be terribly missed.
He is survived by his wife Galina; children Eli and Lili Bendersky; his grandchildren Leib, Zev, Naomi, Ahuva and Yosi; and great-grandchildren Dov and Beri.
A graveside service will be held Friday, September 27, 2019 at 3:00pm at Agudas Achim Cemetery, Livingston Manor, NY.
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Ruth Shursky - October 12, 1929 - September 23, 2019

Departed: 09/23/2019 (Woodbourne)
Obituary Preview: Ruth M. Shursky, of Hurleyville, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Sullivan County Adult Care Center. She was 89.
She was the daughter of the late Ralph Huschke and Mabel Arfmann, born on October 12, 1929 in Liberty, NY.
Ruth worked as a Teacher's Aide for Fallsburg Central School. She was also a lifelong member and past Treasurer for the Hurleyville United Methodist Church, as well as a member of the Audubon Society.
She is survived by her children Stanley Shursky (Joanne) of North Andover, MA, Vincent Shursky (Susanne) of Fremont Center, NY, Susan Shursky (George) of Alabama and Stepen Shursky (Mary) of Hurleyville, NY; her grandchildren Nicholas (Amy) and Andrew Shursky; great-grandchildren Grace, Leon, Max and Charley Shursky; as well as several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband Andrew "Andy" Shursky and her brother Donald Huschke.
Memorial contributions in Ruth's name can be made to the Hurleyville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 64, Hurleyville, NY 12747 or to the Sullivan County Audubon Society, P.O. Box 30, Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759.
Family will accept friends and family on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11am to 12pm at the Hurleyville United Methodist Church. A funeral service will begin at 12pm. Interment will follow at Hurleyville Cemetery.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also include information about their family, accomplishments, and funeral or memorial service arrangements.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to inform friends, family, and community members of a person's passing, allowing them to pay their respects and offer condolences. They also provide a permanent record of a person's life and legacy.

Who typically writes an obituary?

The task of writing an obituary usually falls to the deceased person's family members or close friends. In some cases, a funeral home or mortuary may assist with writing the obituary.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, hobbies, and surviving family members. It may also include information about their military service, awards or achievements, and charitable organizations they supported.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or online platform. Generally, it should be concise and to the point, ranging from 100 to 500 words.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications and online platforms allow you to include one or more photos with the obituary. These can be recent photos or ones from throughout the person's life.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper or online platform?

Check with the publication or platform for their submission guidelines and deadlines. Some may accept submissions online, while others may require email or phone submissions.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies widely depending on the publication or platform. Some may charge by the word or line, while others may offer package deals or discounts for longer notices.

Can I write my own obituary?

Yes, it is becoming increasingly common for people to write their own obituaries before they pass away. This can be a therapeutic exercise and ensure that your life is remembered as you want it to be.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of a person's passing, typically including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary provides more detailed information about the person's life and legacy.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Absolutely! Humor can be a wonderful way to celebrate a person's life and personality. Just be sure to keep it respectful and tasteful.

How do I handle sensitive information in an obituary?

If there are sensitive issues or controversies surrounding the person's life or death, it's best to err on the side of caution and avoid including them in the obituary. Focus on celebrating their life and accomplishments instead.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes, quotes or lyrics that were meaningful to the person can add depth and personality to the obituary. Just be sure to properly attribute them if necessary.

How long after the funeral should I wait before publishing an obituary?

It's generally recommended to publish an obituary within a few days of the person's passing, while the news is still fresh. However, this can vary depending on cultural or religious traditions.

Can I publish an obituary online only?

Yes, many people choose to publish obituaries online only, either due to cost considerations or because they prefer a more modern approach. Online platforms often offer additional features such as guestbooks and photo galleries.

How do I notify social media platforms of a death?

Most social media platforms have procedures for reporting deaths and memorializing accounts. Check their help sections for specific instructions.

Can I include charitable donations in lieu of flowers in an obituary?

Yes, this is a thoughtful way to honor the person's memory while also supporting a good cause. Be sure to specify the charity and any relevant details.

How do I handle multiple marriages or complicated family relationships in an obituary?

Tactfully acknowledge all spouses and children in the obituary, even if they were not currently married at the time of death. Be respectful of all relationships involved.

Can I include pets in an obituary?

Absolutely! Many people consider their pets to be beloved family members. Including them in the obituary can provide comfort to those grieving.

How do I proofread an obituary for errors?

Carefully review the obituary for spelling mistakes, incorrect dates, and other errors before submitting it for publication. Have multiple people review it if possible.

Can I update an obituary after it has been published?

This may be possible depending on the publication or platform. Check with them for their policies on making changes or corrections after publication.

How long will an online obituary remain available?

This varies depending on the platform or website hosting the obituary. Some may keep them available indefinitely, while others may remove them after a certain period of time.

Can I create a digital archive of loved ones' obituaries?

Yes! Consider creating a digital archive or scrapbook where you can store copies of loved ones' obituaries for future reference or sharing with family members.

Are there any specific guidelines for writing an obituary for someone who was young or died suddenly?

In these cases, it's especially important to be sensitive and compassionate when writing the obituary. Focus on celebrating their life and accomplishments, rather than dwelling on the circumstances of their death.

Can I use humor or irony in an obituary headline?

A well-crafted headline can make an obituary stand out. Just be sure to keep it respectful and tasteful – remember that this is ultimately a tribute to the person who has passed away.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.