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Sunday, October 11, 2015



Patricia A. Elder age 63 of Godeffroy, NY passed away Friday, October 9, 2015 at Orange Regional Medical Ctr., Middletown, NY.  She was born on  January 31, 1952 in Middletown, NY the daughter of the late  Doanld Campbell and Marie Smith Campbell who survives.  Patricia worked as a receptionist at  the office of Dr. Leonora DeCastro in Port Jervis.  She married  James E. Elder who survives at home.  Patricia is also survived by her  mother Marie Campbell of Cuddebackville, her daughter Jean Pulos of Cuddebackville, two sons Wayne Collins and Michael Collins both of Cuddebackville,  her brother Duane Campbell of Crestview, Florida, four grandchildren, Ashley, who Pat considered her second daughter, Cody, Branden and Dylan, one niece and one nephew. Services are private  at the convenience of the family.  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, or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

posted by DMA  # 9:11 PM


Phyllis Rappold Hamilton, 86, went home peacefully to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, ending a long journey to life’s end with Alzheimer’s disease. Phyllis was born May 13, 1929 in Matamoras, PA to Charles J. and Mae Dewitt Rappold.  

Phyllis’ loves included her church, The United Methodist Church of Matamoras, which she joined as a seven year old and faithfully served in any way she was called. It was Phyllis’ quiet faith that sustained her throughout her life.  Spending time with family and friends always brought much joy to Phyllis. Keeping her home on Pearl Street in Port Jervis for more than sixty years was also a source of pride, joy, and comfort.  Phyllis always considered Pearl Street her “home”.

A 1946 graduate of Matamoras High School, Phyllis was actively involved in the MHS Alumni Assoc. as long as she was able. Phyllis retired from Bon Secours Hospital as an out patient clerk in 1996, after 25 years of service. Prior to that she was employed at JC Penney and Paul Mark Pharmacy. 

Phyllis is survived by two daughters, Leslie Mucci and her husband Paul of Georgetown, TX and Debra Scarimbolo and her husband Nicholas of Milton, GA.; five grandchildren- Patrick Mucci, Adrienne Mucci Arnold (Adam), Jonathan Mucci (Naomi), Gretchen Smith Brown (Jeff), and Erica Smith Billups (Daniel) and eight great-grandchildren, Andrew and Elizabeth Mucci, Mason and Campbell Arnold, Ellie and Caleb Brown and Paige and Deacon Billups.  She was pre-deceased by her sister June R. Brush.

The family wishes to thank Mom’s neighbors and friends who kept a watchful eye on her and enabled her to stay safely in her home as long as she did. We would also like to thank Brookdale Memory Care Center in Sandy Springs, GA and The Fountainview Center for Alzheimer’s Disease in Atlanta for their loving care of our mother.

Visitation and Memorial services for Phyllis will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at the United Methodist Church of Matamoras, 209 Ave. H, Matamoras PA.  Pastor Lora J. Villinger will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10 AM-11AM with the Memorial service to follow at 11am. Internment at Pine Grove Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the United Methodist Church of Matamoras, 209 Ave H, Matamoras, PA 18336 or a charity of one’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  # 9:08 PM

Wednesday, October 07, 2015



F. Susan Morgan age 73 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at the Westchester Medical Ctr., Valhalla, NY.  She was born on March 25, 1942 in Port Jervis, NY the daughter of  the late Angelo Graziano and Elizabeth Moulton  Graziano who survives.  Sue worked as an assembler for Kolmar Labs, Inc. in Port Jervis, and later  for Price Chopper Food Store in Matamoras, PA. She was a member of the Drew United Methodist Church.  Sue married Ernest  Morgan who survives at home.  She is also survived by her mother Elizabeth Graziano of Port Jervis, her two daughters,  Vicki Henry and her husband Raymond of Charlotte, NC, her daughter Diann ”Dee” Hocker and her husband Keith of Bluffton, SC,  her three grandchildren,  Kimberli, Lori and Bryan Henry of Charlotte, NC, her two sisters Pauline Schultz and her companion Robert Lehn of Sparrowbush, Teri  Sheard and her husband  Earl of Huguenot, NY her brother Edward Graziano and his wife Mary of Myrtle Beach, several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 10th at 11AM at the Drew United Methodist Church,  49  Sussex St., Port Jervis, NY.  Rev. Robert Cassidy will officiate.  Interment will be private.  Sue had a strong passion for animals, especially dogs. She never met a dog she didn’t like.  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  the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.

posted by DMA  # 2:42 PM

Tuesday, October 06, 2015



Joan Cherry age 81 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 at her home.  She was born  on December 10, 1933 in Port Jervis, the daughter of Nicholas and Agnes Allen Amato,  Joan retired as an auditor for the Rhulen-Frontier Insurance Co., in Montcello. After her retirement Joan worked for many years  at Gillinder Brothers gift shop in Port Jervis.  She is survived by her son Michael Cherry and his wife Moncia of Huguenot,  her three grandchildren Echo, Kalista, Michael and his wife Gina, several nieces and nephews.  Joan was pre-deceased by her brother Nicholas Amato.  Graveside services will be held  at 1:30 PM, Friday, Ocotber 9th at St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Minisink Valley Historical Society, PO Box 659, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or 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 visitknight-auchmody.com.

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posted by DMA  # 12:20 PM

Tuesday, September 29, 2015



Alice G. DeFazio age 98 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Monday, September 28, 2015 at  Milford Senior Care, Milford, Pennsylvania.  She was born on  December 1, 1916 in Hurleyville, NY.  Alice retired from Andmore Sportswear, Inc. in Port Jervis.  She was a member of St. Mary's R.C. Church, Port Jervis.  Alice married  Albert R. DeFazio who pre-deceased her.  She is survived by her daughter, Glendolyn Van Etten and her companion Francis "Woogie" Pomes  of Matamoras, PA, her three gandchildren, Glenda Williams,  Jerilyn DeJernett, Candi Van Etten, five grandchildren, Lisa, Gregory, Alicia, Corby, Brody and four great great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be private at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.  Rev. Vincent Odikanaro will officiate. Interment will  follow at St. Mary's Ceemtery, Port Jervis.  Arrangements are 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  # 10:01 PM


Helen E. Jost age 88 of Glen Spey, NY passed away Friday, September 25, 2015 at the home of her daughter, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 18, 1927 in Stonington Deer Isle, Maine the daughter of Russell and Lelia Judkins Eaton. Adventuress at an early age loving flying in her Uncle Joe Judkins plane off the Island in Maine, Helen set her mind on flying and became a certified helicopter pilot. She owned and operated her company Kennebec Helicopters, Inc. at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY. She was the first woman to operate a commercial power-line helicopter patrol service. Helen was one of the first women pilots to become a member of the Amelia Earhart 99er's, and  member #139 of the Whirly Girls Inc, International Helicopter Association. She worked to support her children and took on many first time women's place in a men's world jobs. Listing of a few of her many job contracts in flying were: sight seeing tours off the Pan Am Building in NY City, traffic reporting in Rockland County NY, Central Hudson Powerline Patrol, Spotting fires for the Hudson Valley Fire Patrol, Sightseeing tours around the Hudson Valley &  Crop dusting out west. Helen was the only woman that begin taking the dangerous job flying the men on and off the oil rigs in the gulf of Mexico. She was the first to fly a little sick child to Boston's Children's Hospital before the medical flights was formed and for fun she enjoyed flying Santa to the mall for the children at Christmas time. 
Helen was invited on the "What's MY Line" TV show were her answers pleasingly stumped the panel. She met with Barbara Walters for an interview and  the journalist Gloria Steinem. 
Ms Magazine recognized her in a full magazine article write up.
Helen  started a Book she wanted to call "Skirts A Flying" A story about her life. Her daughter Aleta will be working on it now using her mothers scrap book and 40 years of diaries as a guide
Helen was a faithful member of the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, member of the Spring Valley Order of the Eastern Star.
She was married first to the late Frederick Beltzer and second to the late Robert Jost. Helen is survived by her daughter Aleta Frost and her husband James of Westtown, her son David Beltzer of Ocala, Florida, four grandchildren, Jason, Brandon, Warren and Sarah, three great grandchildren, Shannon, Julia and Liam, one nephew Russell Bray  She was pre-deceased by her sister Lenora Bray and her niece Betsy Betts. She will be greatly missed as a inspirational person, friend to so many, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her favorite quote was ~ "Nothing Ever Stays The Same"
 Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 11AMat the Pond Eddy United Methodist Church, Berme  Church Rd., Pond Eddy, NY. Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate. Interment Memorial service will take place in Stonington, Deer Isle, Maine.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Pond Eddy United Methodist ChurchArrangements 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  # 9:58 PM

Thursday, September 24, 2015



Mrs. Phyllis F. Cordova of Milford PA, died peacefully at home on  September 23, 2015 after a brief illness.     
Born August 24, 1926 in Orange, NJ to the late Dennis and Mary Garabaldi Maglio, she  was a graduate of Orange High School and worked in the Orange Health Dept. as a Dental Assistant before moving to PA. in 1962.
Phyllis was married to the late Patrick Cordova, who predeceased her in 1986.  She is survived by her two children Patrick Cordova and wife Carol  of Matamoras, PA,  Pamela Jo Grandinali and husband Steven of Warwick, NY.   She was the adored Grandmother to  Dennis Cordova and fiance’ Caitlin Gutman, Vincent Cordova and Patrizio Grandinali. She was  pre-deceased by her granddaughter Nicole Cordova in 1985.
Phyllis, a long time resident of Milford was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  Her most favorite time was spent with her family, particularly with her grandchildren.   
She was well known for her community service.  She volunteered for  more than 50 years at Bon Secour, (formerly St.  Francis Hospital/Mercy Community Hospital), as Advisory Board Member, President of the Women’s Auxiliary, Secretary of the Foundation and as a  volunteer  Patient Representative. Outside the hospital Phyllis found time over her life to be an active member of the Keystone Community Club, Red Cross, Port Jervis Country  Club and, St. Joseph’s alter & Rosary Society.  
Phyllis was an avid golfer and loved to dance.  She was a  renowned tap dancer.    As a  teenager  she danced in “Lincoln Hall” in Orange, NJ to the venues of Atlantic City.  
She loved being surrounded by friends and she was dearly loved  by everyone who knew her .  Charismatic, humble, gentle and sweet, everyone she met was touched by her  genuine sincerity , warmth and care. 
The family wishes to say “thank you” to  Janet Boyce, Kathleen Warne,  Colleen McCarthy and Maryann Burkhard for the amazing personal care provided Phyllis and support to the family.
Visitation hours are from 3-8 PM Thursday, September 24 at the  Knight Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 East Main Street, Port Jervis, NY. The vigil wake prayers will offered at 5 PM at the funeral home.  Rev. Gregory Kelly will officiate.
Prayers will be offered Friday, September 25 at 9:15 AM at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home followed by  a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Josephs’s RC. Church, 307 Avenue F, Matamoras, PA.   Rev.  Gregory Kelly will be the celebrant.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions  may be made to  Bon Secours Hospital, 160 E. Main St., Port Jervis NY 12771, St. Joseph’s RC Church in Matamoras, PA , 18336 or 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  # 7:27 PM

Wednesday, September 23, 2015



Anna M. Thiele age 65 of Sparrowbush, NY passed away Monday, September 21, 2015 at her home.  She was born on April 14, 1950 in Germany the daughter of  Martin and Anna Bomala Hosek.  Anna was a retired assistant manager for Bank of America in Port Jervis.  She married Robert A. Thiele who pre-deceased her.  Anna is survived by her two sons, Ronald Thiele and his wife Christian of Glen Spey and Michael Thiele of Sparrowbush, her four sisters Ruzena Hosek of Forestburgh, Lotka Hosek-Gash of Marlboro, NJ, Kathy Jarmas and her husband  Thomas of Mass., her brother Petro Hosek and his wife Luciele of Seneca, S.C., six grandchildren, Dillon, Ronald, Jr.,  Autumn, Brittany and Mikala Thiele, Anthony Cardona and several nieces and nephews.  She was pre-deceased by her sister Mara Burke.  Visitation will be held  Sunday Sept. 27 from 12:30 -1:30 PM a the Knight-Auchmoody FuneralHome, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY Memorial services will follow at 1:30 PM .  Rev. Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate.  Interment will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., New York Office, 333 Seventh 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  # 2:54 PM


HAMILTON Phyllis R., 86 of Port Jervis died  Sept. 22, at Milton, GA. VISITATION: 10-11am, Thur, Oct 24, United  Methodist Church of Matamoras.  MEMORIAL SERVICES: 11am. Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.






posted by DMA  # 2:51 PM

Monday, September 21, 2015




Rose Ingrassia Ogrodnick

Matthews, NC

Formerly of Port Jervis, NY


Rose Ingrassia Ogrodnick, age 86, was called home to be with her heavenly father on September 20, 2015.  She passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family and in the care of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.

The daughter of the late Carmelo Ingrassia and Catherine Andriac Ingrassia, she was born February 19, 1929 in Port Jervis, NY.

She was predeceased by her husband, Michael Joseph Ogrodnick, of Port Jervis, NY, and one sister, Virginia Ingrassia Rombousek, of Matamoras, PA.

Rose is survived by two brothers, Lawrence Prestimonico of Charlotte, NC and Phillip Ingrassia of Matamoras, PA; four sons: Joseph of Warwick, NY, James of Charlotte, NC, Michael of Waxhaw, NC, Nicholas of Matthews, NC; and one daughter, Linda of Monroe, NC. She leaves behind ten grandchildren; Joshua Ogrodnick, Nicholle O. Burroughs, Kristi O. Teubner, Kyle Ogrodnick, Kevin Ogrodnick, Casey O. Hunt, Jonathon Ogrodnick, Maggie Ogrodnick,  Mia and Nina Gilmore; and six great-grandchildren; Ethan, Lily and Noah Hunt, Brayden Teubner, Riley Burroughs, and Kellan Ogrodnick, as well as many niecces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian  Burial  will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 10:00am at St. Mary’s RC Church, Port Jervis, NY.  Rev. Matthew Newcomb will be the celebrant. Interment will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery in Port Jervis, NY.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in honor of Rose to Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region, 1420 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204.

For directions, information, or to send a condolence note please visit Knight-Auchmoody.com

Arrangements are by Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home,154 E. Main St., Port Jervis,NY.

posted by DMA  # 10:44 PM


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