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Saturday, October 18, 2014

 

LAWRENCE O. "LARRY" BENSLEY, PORT JERVIS, NEW YORK

Lawrence O. "Larry" Bensley, Jr., age 67 of Port Jervis, NY passed away  Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Port Jervis.  He was born on  September 7, 1947 in Wantage, NJ, the son of the late Lawrence O. Bensley, Sr. and Esther McKeeby Bensley. Larry proudly served our country during the Viet Nam War with the US Navy.  He worked as a shipping and receiving clerk for Skydyne Inc, in Port Jervis.  He was a life member of the Tri-State Naval Ship, Post 7241 in Port Jervis, a member of the Port Jervis Fire Dept, and the Black Rock Hunting Club.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting the great outdoors and was an avid golfer.  Larry married Diana Mae Conklin Bensley who survives at home.  He is also survived by his three daughters, Trina M. Bensley of Ft. Myers, Florida, Tosha L. Bensley and her companion Alexander Kemmlein of Naples, Florida and Bobbi Jo  Bensley of Port Jervis, three grandchildren, Chloe, Haley,and Axel, three brothers, Gary Bensley and his wife Diane of El Jo Bean, Florida, Charles Bensley and his wife Cheryl of Sparrowbush, Neal Bensley and his wife  Michele of Matamoras, PA., four sisters, Mary Tippens and her companion Lester Taylor of Sparrowbush, Latricia Halstead and her companion Donald  of Lakeland, Florida, Sandra Olver and her husband Robert of Sparrowbush, and Sheila Delgado and her husband Ray of Fruitland, Florda, several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his brother Randy and his sister Valerie.  Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 22 for 10 AM-12 noon at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 12 noon at the funeral home with Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst officiating. Interment will follow at Clove Cemetery, Sussex, NJ. The Bensley family would like to send our heartfelt  appreciation to the the Fourth Floor, ICU, Doctors, Nurses and Staff of Bon Secours Community Hospital for their professional and compassionate care  shown to Larry during his illness.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., NY, NY Office, 333 7th Ave., 17th Floor, NY, NY 10001.  Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

posted by DMA  # 7:36 PM
 

MELANIE (ALLEN) BENJAMIN, WURTSBORO, NEW YORK

Melanie (Allen)  Benjamin, loving Mother and the world's best Grandma, age 68 of Wurtsboro, NY peacefully entered  into eternal rest on  Thursday, October 16, 2014 at her home with her children by her side. Melanie was born on  November 14, 1945 in East Meadow, NY, the daughter of the late Ronald and Alma Devereaux Allen and was raised in Mill Rift, PA.  She was a graduate of Delaware Valley High School, Orange County Community College and the New School of Social Research.  Melanie spent her career as a maternity nurse at New York Hospital in NYC, St. Luke's Hospital in Newburgh, St. Anthony's Community Hospital in Warwick, and more than 25 years at Horton Memorial Hospital in Middletown.  During her career, she was blessed to have the opportunity to witness many births, to work with amazing colleagues, and to make lasting friendships. Melanie was pre-deceased by her loving husband Frank Mastrianni, and her brother Bruce Wayne Allen. She is a  member of the Westbrookville United Methodist Church in Westbrookville.  Melanie is survived by her daughter, Melissa Benjamin and three sons,  Christopher Benjamin, Brian Benjamin and his wife  Lacey, all of Wurtsboro and Matthew Benjamin of Westbrookville.  Throughout her life, her children were her greatest joy and pride.  She is also survived by her two grandchildren, Milani and Matthew Benjamin, Jr. who were the light of her life.  Additionally, she is survived by her  dear friend  William Hentschel of Wurtsboro.  Visitation will be held Monday, October 20, from 6-9 PM at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Services will be held Monday evening at 7:30 PM at the funeral home, Pastor Fred Loving will officiate.  Cremation will take place at MacLennan Hall Crematory, Milford, PA.  Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor's choice.  Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com
 


posted by DMA  # 1:59 AM

Monday, October 13, 2014

 

VIOLET L. KNISSEL, TUCSON, ARIZONA

Violet  L. Knissel, age 97 of Tucson, Arizona and formerly of Port Jervis, NY passed away, August 26, 2014 in Tucson.  She was born on February 15, 1917 at Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late John and Emma Ace Maier.  Violet was a retired cook for the Gates Avenue Restaurant in Ridgewood, New York.  She married the late Robert  Knissel who pre-deceased her. Violet is survived by her daughter, Susanna Dunn of Ridgewood, NY, her two sons,  Robert Knissel  of Tucson, Arizona, and Karl Knissel of  Louisville, Kentucky, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren,  and two great great grandchildren.  She was pre-deceased by her brother, Raymond R. Maier.  Graveside services will be held Thursday, October 23, at 12:30 PM at Laurel Grove Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.  Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

posted by DMA  # 11:55 PM

Sunday, October 12, 2014

 

FRANCIS A. PAUL, DINGMANS FERRY, PA.

Francis A. Paul, Esq. (Frank), lawyer, teacher, Vietnam-Era veteran, age 68, of Dingmans Ferry, PA passed away on October 11, 2014, at Newton Memorial Hospital in Newton, NJ. He was born in Passaic, NJ, on June 29, 1946, the son of the late Frank J. and Ann Vas Paul. Frank graduated from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ earning his BA in History. He continued his education at  Pace University Law School, where he earned his Juris Doctor Degree. His law practice was in Vernon, NJ.  Frank also retired as a history teacher from Grace Wilday Junior High School in Roselle, NJ, and inspired many of his former students.  Frank was a patriotic man, proudly serving our country during the Viet Nam War  with the US Army. He was always proud to share his knowledge about history and politics with everyone he knew.  He was quick with a joke and a smile, and brightened the world around him. His wit and passion for life was contagious, and his opinions on hot-button topics were never in question. Frank was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.  He leaves behind many who love him, including his teenage sweetheart and wife of 44 years, Rosemary  McCabe Paul, at home, his son, Matthew A. Paul and his companion, Jenna Keener, of Dingmans Ferry; his daughter, Bethann J. Paul, of Kailua, Hawaii. Frank also leaves behind three cherished grandchildren, Jessa Rose, Sophia, and Jackson. Frank is survived by four siblings Judith A. Keller and her husband Dr. Frederick Keller of Arizona, Sister Augustine (Pat Paul), Little Sisters of the Poor, of Ohio, Brian Paul of New Jersey, and John Paul and wife Bozena of New Jersey. Frank also leaves behind many treasured nieces and nephews. Friends may call  Monday, October 13, from 2-4 and 6-8 Pm at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be heldTuesday, October 14 at 11AM at St. Vincent dePaul RC Church, Dingmans Ferry, PA.  Rev. Thomas major will be the celebrant.  Interment will be private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made  to the following organizations: Little Sisters of the Poor, Sacred Heart Home, 930 South Wynn Road, Oregon, Ohio, 43616-3530, Karen Ann Quinlan Hospice,99 Sparta Rd. Newton, NJ 07860 or the Delaware Township Vol. Ambulance Corp., 135 Park Rd., Dingmans Ferry, PA  18328. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

 


posted by DMA  # 10:00 PM

Monday, October 06, 2014

 

JUDY TAGGART VERTUCCI, GLEN SPEY, NEW YORK

Judy Taggart Vertucci age 72 of Glen Spey,NY passed away Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. She was born on October 4, 1941 in Passaic, NJ, the daughter of the late Royal and Lillian Manwaring Taggart. Judy worked as legal secretary for the Law Firm of Bonacic, Krahulic & Associates in Warwick, NY. She was a member of The Christ Eliscopal Church in Warwick. She was an avid animal lover, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. Judy married Kenneth Vertucci, who survives at home. She is also survived by her daughter Wendy Wheaton and her husband Rick of Marshfield, Mass., her son Kent Vertucci of Charlton, Mass., her sister Marilyn Persico of Deerfield Beach, Fla., five grandchildren Carly, Ryan, and Brooke Wheaton, Matt and Megan Vertucci, her niece Sherri Snyder, 2 gt. nieces, Brittani and Madison. Services will be private. Cremation will take place at MacLennan Hall Crematory, Milford, Pennsylvania. Memorial contributions may be made to the Port Jervis-Deerpark Humane Society, Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

posted by DMA  # 7:22 PM

Saturday, October 04, 2014

 

JOSEPH L. VISERTA, PORT JERVIS, NEW YORK

Joseph L. Viserta age 93 of Port Jervis, NY entered into rest on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Port Jervis, NY. He was born on January 5, 1921 on King St., "The Acre" section in Port Jervis, NY. He was the son of the late John and Antoinette Lorenzo Viserta. Joe proudly served our country during WW II with the 551st Airborne, (The Lost Battalion), at the Battle of the Bulge. He then served with the 504th of the 82nd Airborne, US Army. He was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church in Port Jervis. Joe was the retired owner of Joe V's Trucking Co. in Mahwah, New Jersey. He then worked with his son Joe, at the County Metal Yard, New Hampton, NY for 29 years. Joseph celebrated 59 years of marriage to Rose Salvati Viserta, who pre-deceased him in 2005. He is survived by his daughter JoAnne Viserta Galinis and her husband Edward of Huntington Beach, California, his son Joseph R. Viserta and his wife Jean of Middletown, his grandchildren Joanna Ward, Jenna and Joseph W. Viserta, four great grandchildren, Vincent, Susan, Sara Viserta and Samantha Ward, several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was pre-deceased by his four brothers and one sister. Graveside services will be private at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Middletown, NY. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

posted by DMA  # 3:11 PM

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

 

ROBERT H. KEENER, SPARROWBUSH, NEW YORK

Robert H. Keener age 82 of Sparrowbush, NY passed away Friday, September 26, 2014 at St. Joseph's Place, Port Jervis, NY.  He was born on  November 8, 1931 in Midvale, New Jersey, the son of the late  Stanley and Florence Carrigan Keener.  Robert proudly served our country during the Korean War with the United States  Navy.  He worked as meter repairman for Agway Corp, in Middletown, NY.  Bob was a faithful member of the Deerpark Reformed Church in Port Jervis and  served as a consistory member of the church.  He married Leah  B. Swingle Keener, who pre-deceased him.  He is survived by his son, Robert Keener of the Town of Greenville, two daughters,  Robin Rudiger and her husband Paul of Alta Loma, California, and Cindy Clark and her husband Ken of Sparrowbush, five grandchildren, Jenna, Caity, Scott, Kimberly and Daniel, 8 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was pre-deceased by his brother, Floyd Keener.  Private services were held Thursday, October 2, at Quarry Hill Cemetery, Rio, NY.  Rev. Leonard Gilpin  officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to the Deerpark Reformed Church, 30 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  Arrangements were by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

posted by DMA  # 8:18 PM

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

 

Robert Walter Ott, Port Jervis, New York

Robert Walter Ott, son of the late Walter J. and Clara (Claire) L. Krause Ott, was reunited with his beloved family in heaven on Tuesday morning, September 23, 2014.    Born on August 19, 1938 in Port Jervis, NY, he was a 1956 graduate of Port Jervis High School.  He married the love of his life, Maryann R. Conklin, on November 28, 1959 who sadly predeceased him on September 22, 2002.  Robert was also predeceased by his step-sister, Joyce A. Ott Krause in February 1998 and by both his sons, Kenneth Carl Ott on August 15, 2001 and Kurt Robert Ott on January 21, 2011. Robert was a mechanical designer at Channel Master in Ellenville, NY for sixteen years (1958-1974). He worked closely with the electronic lab before establishing Robert Ott Electronics in 1974 which is still operating today.  His antenna, tower and satellite crews were kept busy to Kingston, Newburgh, Narrowsburg, and all over the heavily-developing Poconos.  For over 40 years, everyone in the area knew where to get the best antennas and scanners in town, along with crystals, service, and if you were lucky, a beer, too. Robert was a life-long member of St. Peters Lutheran Church, Port Jervis.  He was proud of helping to build the current East Main Street structure and to provide on-going support for it throughout the years. He was also a 34-year member of Port Jervis Elks Lodge #645, playing Santa Claus for several years during their Christmas Day Children’s Parties.  Yes, they made a Santa suit that big, and he loved seeing the kid’ smilesDad proudly served as Past Treasurer of Port Jervis Pop Warner Football League for 10 years, was a 34- year past member of the Port Jervis Fire Department, and a past member of the Pike County Builders Association.  A stoic member of the National Rifle Association, past member of the Tri-State Road & Gun Club, and the Penn-NY Handgunners, he firmly believed in the right to bear arms for the hunting sportsman.  He was also a member of AARP but never claimed to be more than 50 years old in heart! Robert was also a member of the Civil Air Patrol during the 1950’s, operating out of the Huguenot Airport in Huguenot, NY.  It is here where he learned to become a pilot under the tutoring of the late Robert Pohlman. Robert was a long, long time NY Yankees fan.  Need we say more? Robert is terribly missed by his daughter, Kathleen Ott Weiss, and son-in-law, Barry, of Syracuse, NY;  his ‘little’ sister, Lyn Ott Michaels, and brother-in-law, William of Lubbock, TX; brother-in-law, Henry Conklin, Jr. of Port Jervis; his aunt and uncle, Carlyle and Kathy Krause of Matamoras, PA; nephews Joseph (Maggie) Seddio of St. Petersburg, FL and Frank Seddio, Jr. (Pam) of Dallas, TX, numerous cousins as well as his life-long friends John and Jean Wehinger, Bill and Judy Kellerman, Lefty Barth, and Jim Knight, who were of great comfort and devoted friendship. Robert’s caretakers, Margo Griger and Connie Pandish, next door neighbor Mike Swingle, and all his Francis Street neighbors are remembered and thanked for their kindness, concern, and care for Robert, demonstrating what a community is all about. The family would also like to extend their great appreciation for the kind, professional care Dad received from the physicians, nurses, and staff at Newton Memorial Hospital, Newton, NJ. Calling Hours will be held this Thursday, September 25 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 East Main Street, Port Jervis, NY.  The Port Jervis Elks Lodge #645 will conduct a memorial service at 7:30 pm that evening.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 26 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Patt Kauffman will officiate. Interment will take place in the family plot at Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras, PA. In lieu of flowers, one may contribute to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 31 West Main St., Port Jervis, N.Y. 12771 and/or the Port Jervis Police Department, 20 Hammond St., Port Jervis, N.Y., who we thank for their unwavering service to Robert. Arrangements are by Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis, N.Y.. For information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com

posted by DMA  # 11:15 AM

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