Obituaries

Ilse Sagan

Ilse Beyermann Kaplan Sagan, 86, of Arkville died March 26, 2012 at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston.

Ilse was born October 10, 1925 in the Harz Mountains of Germany to Frederich Wilhelm and Else (Ohle) Beyermann.

She became the first German war bride when she married American GI Herman R. Kaplan in 1946. She came to the U.S. on March 27, 1947, quickly learned to speak English, passed the citizenship test and very proudly became an American citizen. She was a staunch patriot for 65 years and revered her right to vote.


Richard Driscoll

Richard Driscoll, 60, of Margaretville died at his residence on March 12, 2012.
He was born April 1, 1951 in Binghamton.

Richard lived in the Margaretville area for several years. He worked as a handyman in the area and enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by an aunt, Elizabeth Kittle of New York City and by cousins.
A graveside service will be held on Thursday April 5 at 11 a.m. at the old Margaretville Cemetery with the Rev. L. Lawrence Dunlap officiating.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville


Rev. Dr. S. Hayden Walsh

Rev. Dr. S. Hayden Walsh, 73, died on March 22, 2012 at his home in the Denver Valley near Margaretville, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Hayden was born on November 14, 1938 in Ferguson, NC, the son of Sam and Gladys Walsh. His father died when Hayden was two years old. On Sundays, his Aunt Lou brought him to the Advent Christian Church in Beaver Creek. As a young man Hayden felt the call of God to full-time Christian ministry.


James Ashby

James Enfield Ashby, 80, of Route 42, Shandaken, died Sunday March 25, 2012 at the Golden Hill Health Care Center in Kingston. 

An area resident since 1972, he owned and operated Enfield Electrical Contracting from 1955-2010.  Years ago, he had been employed by Republic Aviation in Bethpage.   

He had been a member of the IBEW Local #25 of Hicksville, the Suffolk County Motorcycle Club since the 1950s, the American Motorcycle Association, and the Harley Owners Group. 


Dr. Robert Lor

Dr. Robert Lor, 87, a resident of Perch Lake, Andes, died at his residence on March 24, 2012.

He was born on June 15, 1924 in New York City, the son of Alexander and Edna (Cadares) Lor.
Robert married Stel-la Thompson on February 7, 1950 in New York City.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in Germany and France. He received the  Purple Heart for services he gave to his country.


David Hitt

David James Hitt, 66, of Margaretville died March 18, 2012 at Lee, MA.

He was born June 21, 1945 in Margaretville, the son of Melchior and Helen (Close) Hitt. He married Sandra Fairbairn on September 19, 1967 in Andes.
David served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for the service he gave to his country.

He was employed atthe Frasier creamery for 20 years and also at the bat factory in Shandaken. He lived on the family farm in Jones Hollow in the Town of Andes where he helped operate the farm.


John Mayes

John Mayes, 86, of Margaretville died March 20, 2012 at Catskill Regional Hospital in   Harris from heart complications.


Virginia Lavender

Virginia Joy Lavender, 86, of Albuquerque, NM, formerly of Andes, died Friday, March 22, 2012. 
Virginia was born April 16, 1925 in Brooklyn, the daughter of Jacob and Gertrude (Sparkes) Davis and raised in Newfoundland, Canada.  She returned to Brooklyn in 1946.

Virginia worked as a telephone operator in the ’40s with the “girls.” She got married in 1948 and raised three boys, Robert, Gary, and Brian.


Audrey Tompkins

Audrey (McNair) Gould Tompkins, 74, of Schoharie Hill Road, Schoharie died Saturday March 17, 2012 at her daughter’s home after a long illness.  She had lived in Schoharie since 1998, having previously resided in Windham/Ashland and Garden City, Long Island.


Bruce Voorhees

Bruce Charles Voorhees, 90, of Roxbury died Saturday March 17, 2012 at Albany Medical Center.
Bruce was born on February 17, 1920 at Ashland, the son of Maurice and Inez (Roe) Voorhees.
He married Velma Irene Lane on May 17, 1942.

He worked for the Town of Roxbury Highway Department for 39 years, retiring at the age of 80. Bruce also had been a substitute bus driver for Roxbury Central School and for many years had driven a bread truck for United Bakery. He also had been a farmer. He enjoyed and was an avid


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