Obituaries

John Gurnell

John  William Gurnell Sr., age 76 formerly of the Margaretville area, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012
At the Simon Kramer Institute, New Philadelphia, PA.

He was born Feb. 11, 1936 at Brooklyn, NY, the son of George and Florence (Smith) Gurnell.
John married AnnMarie  Ingrassia on April 12 , 1961 at Hauppauge, New York. He moved to Arkville from Bayshore in 1981.While living in this area he drove school bus for the Margaretville Central  School. John attended the Sacred Heart Church in Margaretville .


Martha Mead

Martha Rachel Mead, 65, of Kelly Corners passed away early Sunday morning, October 14, 2012. Martha battled lung cancer valiantly for a year with the aid of her immediate family. She was the backbone of her family and was a moral beacon to her family.

Martha was born June 28, 1947 in Yonkers to Carmen Anthony and Gertrude Rachel Prior (Pilkington). She lived in Yonkers with her brother Vincent Prior, plus an extensive extended family nearby, until around the age of 12 when the family moved to Dry Brook to live permanently in the peaceful, beauty and safety of the Catskill Mountains.


Dawn Melvin

Dawn Marie Melvin, 27, of Andes died October 7, 2012 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
Dawn was born on June 7, 1985 in Walton to Bruce and Tammy (Weaver) Melvin.

She had worked at the Andes Hotel, the Margaretville Motel, and the Regis Hotel in Fleischmanns. Since the birth of her son, she has been a stay-at-home mom, which she truly enjoyed.
She graduated from Andes Central School in 2003.

Dawn enjoyed deer hunting, four-wheeling, snowmobiling and she loved music.


Alonzo Gale

Alonzo “Lonnie” Gale of Waterwork Road, Phoenicia died Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012 at the Benedictine Hospital. 

Lonnie, as he was known to all, was born in Tannersville on January 22, 1927 son of the late Lemuel Chichester Gale and Hazel Wright Gale.  He was a graduate of Hunter-Tannersville High School, and he then joined the Merchant Marines, where he was stationed in Alaska.  In 1945 he was aboard the Sueja III (Q137US), a supply ship in World War II.  Upon returning home, Lonnie married Ruth (Peggy) Every and they raised their family in Phoenicia.


Arlene Tweedie

Arlene Tweedie, 83, a resident of Arkville, died Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012 at her home.
She was born November 7, 1928 in Hobart, the daughter of Gidion and Florence (Cronk) Wickham.
Arlene was married to James W. Tweedie. He died on September 17, 1988.

She was a person who enjoyed bowling and her great-grandchildren.
Arlene is survived by a son, Daniel Reed; brothers, Richard and Larry Hitchcock, and a sister Glenda. Six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren also survive.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Tina and sons, Timothy Tweedie and Charles Reed.


Nedra Modica

Nedra (Peg) Modica, 98, of Sawkill Road, Kingston, passed away Monday evening, October 1, 2012, into the loving arms of her late husband, Angelo Modica.

She was born April 24, 1914 on Dry Brook Road, Arkville to the late Frank and Laney Rosa George.
For many years she worked alongside her husband, farming and selling their vegetables beside the Sawkill Road.

She was predeceased by her husband, Angelo Modica on October 11, 2000, and a sister, Sarah O’Bryon.


John Ford

John M. Ford, a resident of Louisville, Kentucky, and formerly of Roxbury, died Saturday Oct. 6, 2012 at the Baptist East Hospital in Louisville.

John was born on June 28, 1932 at Margaretville, the son of Leonard and Cora (Rosa ) Ford.
He married June H. Smith on May 14, 1955 at Roxbury.

John served in the U.S. Army from 1950 until retirement in 1978 with the rank of Sgt. First Class. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a past member of the Shandaken Masonic Lodge.


Susan Cassella

Susan (Dittell) Cassella passed away on Saturday Sept. 29, 2012.
Susie was born in Brooklyn on April 8, 1954.  She moved to Arkville in 1992, where she met her husband Vito. In 2002 she and Vito moved to Inverness, Florida.

She was an avid gardener and soon became known for her lovely angel garden. Admirers would often stop by for cuttings of her varied plants and some folks would bring her plants to add to her garden.


David Hewitt

David Anthony Hewitt, 56, began his next experience October 3, 2012, passing away gently, with family at his side, in Palliative Care, Erie County Medical Center Hospital, Buffalo, after a courageous, battle with illness. David told us his elements and atoms will join the universe for eternity. Who knows, he would ask, what he becomes part of, or what enduring parts joined him for his brief visit here. He expects to bump into a Carl Sagan bit, eventually.


Lane Rowe

Lane Robert Rowe, 11, died suddenly at his home in Burnt Hills on Monday, October 1, 2012.
He was born September 12, 2001 in Niskayuna and attended O’Rourke Middle School.
Lane’s life would seem too short to many, but those who were touch by him understand that the quality of his life far exceeded the quantity of time for which he lived.


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