Obituaries

Richard Merwin

Richard “Dick” Merwin, 72, of Station Road, Shandaken died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 at Mountainside Care in Margaretville. He was a native and life-long area resident.
He was born in Chichester on April 8, 1936, son of the late Richard and Vera (Eckert) Merwin. He was active in construction work most all of his life, both self-employed, and with the Teamsters Local #445. He was a past chief of the M. F. Whitney Hose Co. in Phoenicia, and past Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Shandaken.


Beatrice Buel

Beatrice M. Buel, 81, formerly of Gilboa, passed away peacefully with her family around her. She had recently moved in with family in Winsted, CT and spent her last months very happily surrounded by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Bea was born May 17, 1932 at Roxbury, the daughter of Ward and Mamie (Conrad) Brand.
She married Ross A. Buel on October 7, 1950 at Windham. Ross died on October 29, 2007.
Bea attended Roxbury Central School and was a former member of the Conesville Fire Department Auxiliary.


Helen Lehtonen

Helen M. Lehtonen, 97, formerly of Hurley, passed away Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at Golden Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kingston where she received compassionate care from the nursing and support staff in her final days. She was an only child, born in Kelly’s Corner, to the late Eber and Neva McEwan Kelly. Her family moved to the Fleischmanns area where she spent her youth.


Jimmy Barth

Jimmy G. Barth, 77, a resident of Andes, died Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Margaretville Hospital.
Jimmy was born on October 1, 1936 in Germany. He was a self-employed tile setter in New Jersey and New York.
He is survived by his wife, Brigitte Barth; two daughters, Caroline Keller and Nicole Whitehead; three grand children; two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.
A prayer service will be  conducted at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014 at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville following calling hours that will be held from 4 p.m. until service time at 6 p.m.


Peter Hill

Peter George Hill of Bennington, OK was born October 9, 1929 in Margaretville to Aurthur and Mabel (Becker) Hill and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 24, 2014 in Bonham, TX at the age of 84.
Peter proudly served his country in the United States Air Force and was a mechanic on different types of aircraft for most of his life. He enjoyed deer hunting and was an avid fisherman. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Peter is preceded in death by his parents, Aurthur and Mabel Hill; brother, Robert Hill; sisters, Mary Hill, and Pauline Hill.


Audrey Case

Audrey Ann Case, 81, a life-long resident of Gilboa, died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014 surrounded by her loving family at the home of Dick and Terri Oakley.
She was born September 4, 1932 at Grand Gorge, the daughter of Erwin and Mary (Yanson) Snyder. Audrey married Clifford Case in 1953. He died in 1991.
She retired in 1991 from Gilboa Central School to take care of her husband, who died later that year.


Robert Bouton

Robert A. Bouton, 77, formerly of Highmount, died Friday Jan. 31, 2014 at Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville.
He was born December 20, 1936 in Margaretville, son of the late Robert and Margaret Greene Bouton.  A native and lifelong area resident, he worked in the lumber industry most all of his life.  He had been employed at Mayes Veneer factory in Fleischmanns many years ago, and logged for Fairbairn’s in Margaretville. 


Thomas Burke

Thomas W. Burke, 75, of county Route 11, Prattsville died Thursday morning, January 30, 2014 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Hudson following a recent procedure.
He was a native and lifelong Catskill Mountain area resident. He was born February 26, 1938, son of the late Thomas and Dorothy Smith Burke Sr.


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Gerd Dignes

Gerd S. Dignes, 93, passed away in New Jersey.
Gerd was born in Gothenburg, Sweden and came to the United States in the late 1940s. She was a long-time resident of Mountain Lakes, NJ and Big Indian. Until her last years, she enjoyed many years of repeated walks at Birchwood Lake and many sports including skiing, golf, and paddle tennis.
She was twice widowed and was the mother of four children.
Gerd is survived by a son, Roy Dignes and his wife Annella; a daughter, Karen Sundqvist, and five grandchildren, Kelsey, Kenzi, and Blake Dignes, Britt Dignes, and Alfie Sundqvist.


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