A Celebration of Life for Robert & Dorothy Day, formerly life-long residents of Port Jervis, will be held Friday, April 8th at 1 PM at the Tri-State Naval Ship, 46 Barcelow St, Port Jervis, NY. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY.knight-auchmoody.com.
Mary M. Pavlich, age 94 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Baptist Home at Brookmeade, Rhinebeck, NY.
She was born on January 6, 1922 in Port Jervis, NY the daughter of the late Emmett A. and Beatrice May Buchanan McDowell. Mary retired from Little Tots in Port Jervis as a seamstress. She was a member of the Drew United Methodist Church in Port Jervis, the Daughters of America, Jr. Delight Council #29, Port Jervis and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Clara Bradley Lodge of Railroad Trainman.
Mary was predeceased by her loving husband, Fred Pavlich, in 1996. She is survived by her two sons: Fred Pavlich and his wife, Deborah of Red Hook, NY and Robert W. Pavlich and his wife, Jean of St. George, SC; her brother, Charles H. McDowell of Oklahoma; her four grandchildren: Tabatha, Jeanne, Jason and Melissa; one great-grandson, Jarad Carter, and several nieces and nephews. Mary was predeceased by her brother, Lester W. McDowell.
Private services for the immediate family will be held at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Reverend Nancy Vonderhorst will officiate. Interment will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery in Sparrowbush, NY.
Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home; for information or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com
Anna Siegel of Port Jervis, NY died on March 18, 2016, peacefully in her sleep, eight days after her 94th birthday. The daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Iglicki and Rose Pakentreger Iglicki, Anna was born in Zdunska Wola, Poland on March 10, 1922.
The youngest of six children, Anna was forced to flee her homeland as a teen, as Nazi soldiers invaded her town. When her father told her to run to save her life she had to leave her family behind, at her parents direction. Taking no clothing or food with her, she survived the most grueling of experiences in dark woods, cattle trains, a bitter cold Siberian work camp, illness, malnutrition and physical exhaustion, even after liberation.
While still recovering from these extremely severe years, Anna married Israel Rzezak (name changed to Siegel in the U.S.) on November 23, 1942. Their first born daughter, named Rose, died soon after her birth, and nearly all their family members perished during the war.
After a long and difficult journey through Asia and Europe, Anna and Israel arrived in the United States on May 13, 1946 as refugees on the Marine Perch. The ship, while crowded with many ill passengers and little food, made a one-month journey from Bremen, Germany to New York City. There they were welcomed with open arms by Eleanor Roosevelt who greeted them at Ellis Island and handed them $20 each to start their lives in America.
Anna enjoyed her early childhood in Poland and her many years as an American citizen. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends, neighbors, and family.
Anna was an examiner/inspection clerk at H&M Knitting Mills and mother to three sons. She was married to Israel for 47 years before his death on January 30, 1990. She is survived by her son Stanley and his wife Sharon of Port Jervis, her daughter-in-law Rachel of Beverly Hills her grandsons Brian and his wife Melissa of Barryville, Kevin and his wife Karen of Garnet Valley, PA, Elliott of Los Angeles, Joshua of Los Angeles, and Avi and his wife Keren of Hoboken, NJ. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Emma, Braden, Johnny, Grace and Kate.
She was predeceased by her sons Marvin, in 1990, and Benjamin, in 2005.
Anna’s family extends their most sincere gratitude to her many friends and neighbors who visited her often and helped to make her final years peaceful.
Services will be private.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Knight Auchmoody Funeral Home, Port Jervis, NY. Burial will be in Temple Beth El Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth El, 88 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771
For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com
Marion E. Hamilton age 92 of Port Jervis, NY passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at her home. She was born on January 24, 1924 in Jeffersonville, NY the daughter of Leo and Catherine Griebel Hemmer. Marion retired as a secretary for GLF in Liberty, NY. She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Port Jervis and a member of the D & H Square Dancers in Port Jervis. Marion married George W. Hamilton on August 7, 1949 and he predeceased her on November 22, 2012. Together they had traveled extensively throughout every state in the United States. They also traveled to every Province in Canada. Marion journaled each and every day of their travels, leaving a legacy for her family to read and share. She is survived by her two daughters; Catherine Hamilton of Middletown, NY, Nancy Hamilton of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, her son William Hamilton and this wife Christine of Londonderry, New Hampshire, two grandchildren; Elizabeth and Timothy Hamilton, three sisters-in-law; Charlene, Gloria and Julia Hemmer; her nieces, Sandy, Donna, Maureen, her nephews Andrew, Paul, John and James She was pre-deceased by her son George E. Hamilton. Visitation will be held Friday, March 18 from 11 AM - 12 Noon at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Interment will follow at 1PM at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY. Deacon Richard Marino will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550 or to the CLUMBER SPANIEL RESCUE CHARITABLE TRUST(CRST), C/0 Sue Carr, 246 Western Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930. 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
Barbara J. Niles age 77 of Dingmans Ferry, PA and formerly a long time resident of Port Jervis, NY passed away Sunday, March 13, at the Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown, NY. She was born on July 22, 1938 in Glen Head, New York the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances Cusano Tenke. Barbara retired as a secretary for Northrop Grumman, Inc. in Long Island, NY. She is survived by her daughter Nicole Guadalupe and her husband Lisandro of Dingmans Ferry, her two sons Timothy Clair and his wife Darlene of Northport, Long Island, Steven Clair and his companion Tiffany Russell of Clayton, NC, her brother Julius Tenke and his wife Regina of Godeffroy, her sister Patricia Tenke of Oneonta, NY, three grandchildren Alex Clair, Sonja and Natalia Guadalupe, several nieces and nephews. Services will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Assoc. 237 Mamaroneck Ave., Ste 205, White Plains, NY10605-1318 . 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.
Harriet Nina (Gregory) Wheaton passed away on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at the age of 90. She was born on May 14, 1925 in Honesdale, PA the daughter of Harry E. and Helen DeGroat Gregory.
She moved with her family to Port Jervis during the Great Depression. During World War II she became what is now described as a bomb girl, working at Picatinny Arsenal as a draftsman. After the war, she worked as a bookkeeper at the Markowitz Grocery in the triangle building on Fowler Street; where she met her Arthur.
As an active member of the First Assembly of God, Harriet led the women’s group, organizing clothing drives for orphanages and sewing bandages for leper colonies in Africa. She donated her quilts to missionaries around the world and sewed layettes for Walter Hoving Home in Garrison, NY. She also taught adult and teen Sunday School. In late years, she organized a quilting group in service of the VA, the homeless and local nursing homes.
In addition to pansies, avid reading and all things lavender, Harriet taught her family to love each other well and to trust wholeheartedly in God’s provision. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee” (Isaiah 26:3). Harriet is survived by her loving husband of 66 years Arthur Wheaton. She will be lovingly remembered by her two children Valerie Mehl and her husband Jeffrey of Esopus, NY, Gregory Wheaton and his wife Lynn of Taunton, Mass.; her brother Rodney Gregory of Port Jervis; her five grandchildren, Kristen Ruiz and her husband Sam, Philip Mehl and his wife Janine, Jared Mehl, Taylor Wheaton, Brandon Wheaton and his wife Brittany; seven great grandchildren, Alyssa, Ethan, Cammie, Joseph, Gia, Aaron, Landon, several nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her brother Allan Gregory.
Memorial services will be held at First Assembly of God (13 Route 6, Port Jervis) on Saturday, March 12th at 11:00 AM. Rev. Thomas Zahradnik will officiate. Interment will take place at a later date at Indian Orchard Cemetery, Indian Orchard, PA. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Bible Society, PO Box 96812, Washington, D.C. 20090-6812. 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
Lydia Owens, age 86, of Eldred NY passed away Saturday, March 5, 2016 at her home. She was born on April 23, 1929 in Yonkers, NY the daughter of the late Manuel and Maria Rosa Rodrigues. Lydia worked as a secretary to the President of a Banking Institution in White Plains, NY. She is survived by her two sons, Edmund Denison of Sun City Center, Florida, and Steven Odin of Honolulu, Hawaii. Interment will take place privately at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, NY 12550.Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771. For information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.knight-auchmoody.com
Robert Joseph Rombousek of
went home to Jesus on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at home surrounded by his loving family. The son of the late Frank W. Rombousek and Mary (Strasser) Rombousek , he was born October 8, 1937 at Matamoras, PA in Port Jervis, NY. He was 78 years old. St. Francis Hospital
Robert was raised in Port Jervis until his mother’s death when he was 8 years old. He then went to live with his late maternal Aunt Elizabeth Strasser Hannel and her husband Joseph Hannel, and his cousin/sister the late Roseline (Hannel) Mongeluzzi. He returned to Port Jervis in the 1960’s where he married his late wife Virginia (Ingrassia) Rombousek. They were married for 9 years prior to her death in 1973.
A family statement reads: “Dad was very community minded and was a hard worker. He worked as a teacher at
for 30 years until he retired in 1992. While there he spent many years as Senior Class Advisor, Yearbook advisor Youth and Government Advisor and Union Rep. During the summers, Dad would work as a carpenter, plumber and jack of all trades to support his family. Dad was a parishioner of Minisink Valley High School ’s Church for the last 45 years, and was one of the first Eucharistic Ministers. He was a proud volunteer fireman, Past President and Secretary with Fowler Rescue and Salvage Company #3 in Port Jervis for 52 years where he spent many years as secretary. He was a member of the BPOE Elks of Port Jervis since 1992, and was a Past Exalted Ruler and served as Chaplain. Dad spent many years teaching CPR and EMT with his good friend, Nelson Quick. He is a past Zoning Officer of Matamoras, and had served on the Borough Council. In his younger years he loved to fish, hunt, carve, hunt for fossils and “putter in his workshop” until the Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s slowly stole him away. He loved classical music and operas. He loved his grandchildren, who always made him smile. Dad had his own special language that always made his children and grandchildren laugh.” St. Joseph
Robert is survived by his second wife of 41 years, Candace (Cooper) Rombousek, his son retired Senior Chief, Gerald and his wife Elaine (Roberts) of
, daughter Donna Davey and her husband Frank of Port Jervis, daughter Jessica Rombousek, his daughter Sarah Pflanz and her husband Michael of Matamoras. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren Erin Cloud and her husband Joel, Shawn Rombousek, Corrine Rombousek and her companion Fred Jacobs, Tayah, David, Jordan , Karah, Olivia Rombousek, Daniel and Rachel Pflanz, Chelsea Segarra and his 5 great grand-children Aaliyah, Ethan, Carmella and Julian Ford, and Jayce Jacobs. Robert is also survived by his “adopted children”, Scott Yeager and his wife Paige, the Helms family: Mary Renee Simonsson, Albert and John Helms, Dawn Dorcas, and the Fedorka family: Lisa Brocky, Trisha Keeling, John and Kelly Lynn. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Mary Rombousek. He has several nieces and nephews and many who called him “Papa”. Virginia Beach
Waiting for him at Heaven’s gate along with previously mentioned family are his daughter Elizabeth, his grandson Charles Pflanz, and his brothers, Frank, Eugene and sister-in-law Doris Rombousek.Visitation will be held Friday, March 4 from 2-4 and 6-9 PM at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Port Jervis Lodge of Elks will conduct memorial services at 7:30 PM and Firematic services at 8 PM. Prayers will be offered 9 AM Saturday, March 5 th at the funeral home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church, Matamoras, PA. Rev. Gregory Kelly will be the celebrant. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Port Jervis.
A special thanks to the Karen Ann Quinlan staff who made Robert’s last days comfortable
The family is asking for friends to wear bright colors to celebrate Bob’s life and any former Minisink students to wear something green if coming to the viewing. It would be appreciated that they write a little something about their memories of “Mr. Rombo”, to be shared with his grandchildren. Please make any memorial donations to the “Robert Rombousek Scholarship Fund”. Checks should be made payable to Minisink Valley High School, (Robert Romousek on the memo), Minisink Valley HS Administration Office, PO Box 217, Slate Hill, NY 10973 or the Port Jervis Lodge of Elks, 35 US Route 6, Port Jervis, NY 12771 or to Karen Ann Quinlan Memorial Foundation, 99 Sparta Ave., Newton, NJ 07860. Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, 154 E. Main St., Por Jervis, NY. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com.
JEFFREY C. WHITE IIDecember 1, 1989 - February 12, 2016Milford, PA - Formerly of Middletown, NYJeffrey C. White, II age 26 of Milford, PA passed away Friday, February 12, 2016, at his home.He was born on December 1, 1989 in Middletown, NY the son of Jeffrey C. and Kimberly M. Clayton White.Jeffrey worked as a budget analyst for Keller Hospital at West Point Military Academy.He is survived by his wife Brittany Marie Cooper of Middletown, NY; his parents: Jeffrey and Kimberly White; his sister, Alison White of Milford, PA; his brother, Matthew White and wife Bridget of Rochelle Park, NJ; his uncle, James White of Long Island; his grandmother, Agnes White of Long Island, NY, and his beloved dog Roxy.Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. 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 12771. For information, directions, or to send a condolence note to the family please visit www.knight-auchmoody.com.
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