Obituaries

Lorraine Gorka

Lorraine M. Gorka, 70, a resident of Andes, died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 at Kingston Hospital.
She was born May 5, 1944 at Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of William and Marie (Rothe) Nothstein. Lorraine married Walter A. Gorka on September 22, 1968 at Andes. Walter died on October 28, 2004.
She worked in New Jersey as a school-bus driver. She was also a beautician. She graduated from Morris Hills High School in 1962 and had been a full-time resident of Andes since 1993.


Carolyn Welch

Carolyn (Ferrandino) Welch, a resident of Gilboa, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 at Robinson Terrace Senior Living in Stamford.
Carol was born in Brooklyn on May 28,1930, the daughter of Michael and Donata (Ana­ella) Ferrandino. She attended college at New York University in New York City and Oxford University in England.
Carol worked at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and St. John’s Hospital in Queens. She was a former resident of Maspeth, Gilboa, Grand Gorge, and most recently, Robinson Terrace Senior Living.


Virginia Becker

Virginia (VanVoris) Becker, a resident of North Blenheim, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at Robinson Terrace Senior Living in Stamford.
She was born June 7, 1923 at Middleburgh, the daughter of Edward and Alice (Chapman) VanVoris. Virginia married Paul John Becker on April 30, 1942. He predeceased her in1997.
Virginia was associated with the Becker Feed and Tire business for many years as part owner, bookkeeper, and secretary. She was a 1941 graduate of Middleburgh Central School.  She enjoyed reading, cooking, ceramics, and playing bridge and pinochle.


Perry Cooney

Perry Arthur David Cooney, 65, a resident of Andes, died at his home on Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.
He had been a resident of Andes for the past five years.
Perry was born December 30, 1948 at London, England, the son of Arthur and Mary (McDonald) Cooney. He retired from the restaurant business before moving to Andes.
He is survived by his wife, Alana Hauptmann of Hudson, and a daughter and grandchildren in England.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.


Faye VanBenschoten

Faye Liddle Van Benschoten, loving wife of Roland Van Benschoten, and beloved mother of MaryAnn and Andy, passed away suddenly Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown after suffering a fall on Friday at her home in New Kingston.
The daughter of Walter Coulter Liddle and Jennie Hobbie Liddle, she was born January 15, 1919 on the family farm on the Tremperskill in the Town of Andes.


Linda Peyrat

Linda “Inchliffe” Peyrat, 65, a resident of Halcottsville, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 at Margaretville Hospital.
Linda was born February 11, 1949 at Station Town, County of Durham, England, the daughter of Stanley and Lorna (Greenwood) Inchliffe.
Linda was a long-time dedicated nurse at Margaretville Hospital, having worked there since 1995. She received her nurse training at Royal Infirmary School of Nursing in Edinburgh. In 1978 she came to the United States from Bermuda.


Dorris Gavette

Dorris E. Gavette of Orchard Street, Margaretville died peacefully at Margaretville Hospital on Friday, July 25, 2014 with her family by her side.
She was born February 6, 1925 in Margaretville to Howard and Dorothea “Dot” Gavette.
Dorris was a long-time employee of Margaretville Central School, serving as clerk and treasurer. She retired in 1985 after about 40 years. Dorris also worked for two years as the bookkeeper at the Delaware-Ulster Railride.


Rev. Robert Purcell

Rev. Robert H. Purcell, a former pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Margaretville, who was responsible for fostering an interfaith initiative throughout the Catskill Community, died July 17, 2014. Due to his ecumenical efforts, our region was blessed with good will and mutual respect among various religious factions.
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Carl V. Pickhardt

Carl Vincent Pickhardt, skilled craftsman, carpenter and boat builder, died July 19, 2014 at his home in Halcottsville.

Born in Pokomoke City, MD October 31, 1946, he was a son of the late Charles and Margaret Yost Pickhardt. He grew up in Brewster, NY and served in Vietnam where he was injured in 1968.


Michael W. Lalosh, Jr.

Michael W. Lalosh Jr., 63, a resident of Roxbury, died June 28, 2014.

Mike was born July 16, 1950 in Bayshore, NY to Michael and Delores Lalosh and grew up in Holbrook NY. He joined the United States Marine Corps at 18, serving in Vietnam. Mike met and married Catherine while stationed in California in July of 1971. They moved to Roxbury in 1976.


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