Obituaries

Lynn Vermilyea

On Friday, May 24, 2013, Lynn Donald Vermilyea began reaping the rewards of his faith as he met Jesus Christ, his Savior, face to face in heaven. 

Lynn was born in Margaretville in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York to Ray and Lillian Vermilyea. He married Nancy Rosa after high school and they enjoyed 51 years together before Nancy went to heaven in 2002.


Neil Maizner

Neil Leonard Maizner, 73, devoted, husband, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away in Aventura, FL on March 24, 2013, while hospitalized for pneumonia. His two sons were at his bedside.


Marie Colliton

Marie Pindar Colliton, 89, a resident of Grand Gorge, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Robinson Terrace, Stamford.

Marie was born July 31, 1923, in Grand Gorge, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Carman) Pindar. She graduated from Grand Gorge Central and from New York State College at Delhi.
Marie was employed as a dietician at schools in Hamburg, Schenectady and Gilboa. She also had worked at the Allen Center at South Kortright.

Marie enjoyed bowling and traveling with friends. She attended the Grand Gorge Methodist Church.


Elizabeth Hendricks

Elizabeth (Betty) Jean Hendricks, 80, of Margaretville was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 2, 2013. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born in Orange, NJ on November 28, 1932, the daughter of Delma Clausen and Brutus Bidault. She graduated from Grover Cleveland High School in Caldwell, NJ in 1950.
Betty married the love of her life, George James Hendricks, on July 26, 1952 in Fairfield, NJ and soon after started their family in George’s hometown of Margaretville.


Loretta Johannsen

Loretta Jean Johannsen, 79, a resident of Roxbury, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Stamford.
She was born Oct. 4, 1933, in Cobleskill. Jean graduated from Grand Gorge Central School. She has been a lifelong area resident.

She married Joseph Johannsen on October 25, 1978, at Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church, Roxbury.

Loretta is by her husband, Joseph Johannsen; two daughters and their spouses, Barbara and Wade Spanhake, and Beth and Richard Cleveland; grandson, Seth Spanhake; granddaughter, Tranquility Cleveland; sister, Leona Knox and brother, William Mattice.


Foster Borfitz

Foster P. Borfitz, a resident of Roxbury, died Thursday May 2, 2013 at Margaretville Hospital following a long illness.

He was born November 26, 1942, the son of Charles and Katherine (Sprague) Borfitz at Inwood.
Foster married Adrian Lombardo in December of 1964 and they raised five children before moving to Roxbury in 1999.


Cheryl Stetler

Cheryl R. Stelter of New Kingston passed away on April 30, 2013 after a lengthy illness and battle with cancer.

As Cheryl’s husband for 35 years, I struggled with how to summarize one’s life in a brief obituary and still do her justice.


Joan Naramore

Joan Naramore, veteran fashion industry sales professional, died in her apartment at 60 Riverside Drive in Manhattan on April 17, 2013.
She had enjoyed her home on Deer Run Road in Denver for nearly 33 years. 

She was born Joan Neuhaus in New York City on June 7, 1928.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Addy; her husband, Jim; her son, Michael Birmingham and his wife Katie; her grandchildren, Samantha Addy, Colin Addy, and Max Birmingham, and Roman Makarenko, her partner of almost 30 years. 


Sydney Smith Jr.

Sydney D. Smith Jr., 80, of Pine Hill, left this world behind on May 3, 2013 to join his beloved wife Alice in “Paradise.” Sydney was a deeply religious man who dedicated his life to God and church.
Sydney grew up in Ridgefield, NJ. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Sydney met and married Alice Heym, the love of his life, in 1954. They moved to Hillsdale, NJ where they raised their four children; Alyson Lundy, Susan Skowronski, Stacey Pender, and Mark Smith.


Richard VanValkenburgh

Richard E. VanValkenburgh, 67, of Halcott Center, and a longtime resident of Southington, CT, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 after a brief illness at HCC at Bradley Memorial.

Dick was born on February 6, 1945 in a farmhouse in Halcott Center, the son of the late Franklin and Araminta VanValkenburgh. He served in the merchant marines for many years and traveled extensively throughout the east coast of the U.S.

Dick was a resident of Southington for over 40 years. He owned and operated All-Seasons Power Equipment in Milldale for 22 years until his retirement in 2003.


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