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Lee Siegal

Former Town of Rockland Supervisor Lee Siegel, always Involved in the Community, dies at 95

For 10 years, Lee served as town supervisor.  During that time, he was also on the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors, where he promoted business development and projects in the region.

“Lee was a fixture in town. He was at almost every exhibit opening, every performance we had,” said Catskill Art Society Executive Director Bradley Diuguid. 

With so much accomplished, Lee's son says two of them standout the most -- bring a recycling center to Rockland and saving the Livingston Manor Covered Bridge.

Services for Lee Siegel will take place Sunday at Congregation Agudas Achim in Livingston Manor. 


details and video

Posted September 2, 2015


Wayne Anthony Sorce
Posted July 29, 2015

Wayne Anthony Sorce died on June 20, 2015 at his home on Berry Brook Road when he fell to the ground while working on his roof.

Wayne was born in 1946 in Chicago, IL of parents Joseph and Jennie Sorce who predeceased him. He received both his B.F.A and his M.F.A in 1969 and 1971, respectively, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1972 Sorce had a solo show at The Art Institute of Chicago. His photographs have also been exhibited at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, the George Eastman House, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles, the National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Joseph Bellows Gallery in California. Wayne was also an accomplished inventor who had patents for devices related to the photography field. He was an avid and respected fisherman, hunter and also a member of the Anglers Club of New York.

Funeral services will be held at Colonial Bryant Funeral Home at 29 Pearl Street in Livingston Manor on August 5 at 1:00. Please no flowers.


William A. Sharpless
November 16, 1965 ~ August 21, 2014


February 2014

Billy Sharpless, son of Fran and Bill Sharpless and nephew of Sally Shea, died in a head on collision on Thursday, August 21 on Rt. 206.  Billy, who lived in Binghamton, helped Sally for years with Sally's son Tom who suffered from ALS, so Billy was a close member of this extended family.  The Sharpless/Gordon family have lived in the Valley for 4 generations.

The funeral service will be on Sunday, August 31 (This Sunday) at 4 O'Clock at the Beaverkill Community Church.



Augusta Louise Ross

March 1, 1920 ~ July 22, 2014

Contributed by Stephen Ross, July 23, 2014

On Tuesday, July 29, at 11:30 am Augusta Louise Ross was laid to rest in the Beaverkill Cemetery. Born on March 1, 1920, Augusta was 94 when she passed away on July 22, 2014.  She was the daughter of William Banks and Edna Stickle.

The following details were provided by her son, Stephen Ross.

My grandparents, Frank and Julia Ross, and my father, Raymond Ross, are buried behind the Beaverkill Church.  They came from this area, and Dad was born in Little Ireland, Livingston Manor.  I have been told the Ross plot was the first deeded one in the Beaverkill.  They left the Beaverkill in 1926 when Dad was 12, but returned for the final resting place.   The Beaverkill will be our final resting place, too.



MAY 29, 1936 ~ July 13, 2013

Remembrances below from :
Sally Sharpless Shea and Janet Sharpless

posted July 15 and July 18, 2013


The Banks famlily: Janie, Bonnie, Mom (Marguerite) with Margo,
Dad (Fred) with Freddy, Jimmie
Margo and Freddy

  Remembrance from Janet Sharpless

Margo was at the Center of Beaverkill.  Her family ran Trout Valley Farm, a summer resort with golf course and fly frishing on the Beaverkill.  It was a haven for those of comfortability from NY/Nj area as well as notables from around the world.  We were privileged to be  there when Trout Valeley Farm was in its heyday.  Margo connected us to her family and many of the guest who came to the hotel  There were always romantic interests which spiced up our lives.!  Those days in Beaverkill were the happiest in my life.  Most memorable memories ranged from scavanger hunts throughout the valley in pairs of two's, two-ball-foursomes on the golf course, square dances in Turnwood for all ages, hiking up to Slide Mt with Tim L'oizeaus, with overnights in the leannnnnn-to, swimminjg in the Beaverkill and sunning on its banks& baseball with Beaverkill boys at Edgewood Inn
Margo was alway fun loving, a HUGE tease, mischievous, a magnet for attracting attentionof the opposite sex, whom we All loved too.  We had great times riding our horses (hers Nelly)and our three horses around "the block" on dirt roads, thru the campsites and visiting neighbors (the Hardenburg brothers and the Goat Man on Berry Brook Rd). When we played golf with her, she alway won, as she did many tournaments .
Many thanks to Margo for these great times and for the fun she instigated.

Janet Sharpless


   Remembrance from Sally Sharpless Shea

Margo Banks Fisher was a native of Beaverkill, NY, having been born there in her home at Trout Valley Farm on May 29th 1936, and living there, following her graduation from Livingston Manor Central School until her marriage to Francis “Loppy” Fisher (which lasted 57 years until her death). Margo’s parents purchased and operated Trout Valley Farm from 1922-1963, which offered trout fishing in the famous Beaverkill river, scenic views and a wonderful nine-hole golf course; the first in Sullivan County.

Margo loved her life in the beautiful Catskill mountains of NY. Her parents owned horses and she had her own horse, her beloved Nellie, which she enjoyed while riding with us, her neighbors, us (the Sharpless-Gordon clan) who also owned horses. Her love for horses was surpassed by her love for golf, an area in which she excelled. Margo competed in this sport winning the Delaware County Championship three times in 1970, 1971 and 1973. The tradition of passing the cup onto the next year’s winner was broken by Margo, when, after her third win in 1973 she was awarded the actual cup to keep forever.

Margo was a fun-loving person who enjoyed life to the fullest. Her love for her family (husband -Loppy, three children-Dawn, Marty and Julie, six grandchildren and her beloved brother Freddy and other siblings -Jimmy, Bonnie and Jane) was first and foremost in her life.  A close second was her enduring love for the Beaverkill Valley

She will long be remembered as my neighbor and more importantly, my dearest friend.

Sally Sharpless Shea

Gloria Shaver - january 23, 2013

Gloria Shaver who, with her husband, ran the Beaverkill Trout Hatchery for years and lived in Turnwood until Alzheimer's struck and she was moved to the Roscoe Nursing Home died on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.  She managed the Beaverkill Trout Club for years, too.  She was an extraordinarily vital, caring, intelligent, fun, and effective woman, and her loss is a loss to the valley. 

Funeral Monday, January 28 at 1:00pm at the Bryant Funeral Home in Livingston Manor.

Julie Allen - September 14, 2012

After a 23-year battle with cancer--most of which were very good years, Julie Allen died on September 14, 2012. She was a member of the Friends from the beginning and for many years Congressman Maurice Hinchey's liaison to Sullivan County.

Visitation is Friday September 21, 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the Harris Funeral Home in Roscoe, NY. Funeral Services will be Saturday September 22 at 11:11 a.m. at the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Julie Allen Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Roscoe Central School, PO Box 429, Roscoe, NY 12776.

Don Allen, Julie's husband: P.O. Box 201, Roscoe, NY 1277

John Curtis - September 1, 2012

Friends of Beaverkill member John Curtis of Beaverkill Road died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack at home on September 1, 2012. John loved the Beaverkill Valley and the community.Denise, his wife says it was his favorite place on earth.  He is survived by his wife, Denise Leo (1032 Beaverkill Road, LM, 12758), his son Coltrane, daughter-in-law Lisa and grandson Ellington.

Mike Loizeaux - July 1, 2012

The Friends of Beaverkill Community are sad to inform you that longtime community and church member Mike Loizeaux passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

On Thinking That Mike Could Be His Age

Soars he still in his mind's eye
And on the wings of friends as well.
Four score five, Time counts the knell,
Yet there is he, thinking to fly.

Time's toll tarries in Earth's Bordeaux,
A scent, a sip, a mellowing age;
Companionship, a turning page,
Dauntless grin, our Mike Loizeaux.

Ed and Sally Cerny, June 16, 2009

Ellen Loizeaux - May 21, 2012

The Friends of Beaverkill Community are sad to inform you that longtime community and church member Ellen Loizeaux died on Monday night, May 21, 2012  after a short illness.  Donations can be made to the Beaverkill Church  in her memory. 

In addition, flowers are welcome and can be (but not limited to) potted perennials that we can use to create a memorial garden in her honor someplace in the Beaverkill Valley.  In addition to a profound weakness for chocolate, ice cream and superb tenors - Ellen also was terribly fond of yellow roses.

Audrey Foote - April 3, 2012

Audrey Foote, Tim's wife of 63 years, educator, translator and ardent feminist, passed away on April 3, 2012 at 85.  Read about her here in the Washington Post.

In lieu of flowers, you can contribute to the Audrey C. Foote Memorial Gift Fund at the Animal Legal Defense Fund. You can donate online at www.aldf.org

Alice Hodge - March 1, 2012

Alice Hodge dies at 97Former Olympian passed away on March 1, 2012.  Read about her life here and here

Dick Shea - January 29, 2012

The Friends of Beaverkill Community are sad to inform you that Dick Shea passed away on January 29, 2012. 

Elizabeth Hamerstrom - November 30, 2010

Liz at 60 at the Vogels' house

Elizabeth Hamerstrom, 92, died November 30th, 2010, at the Roscoe Community Nursing Home. Liz was born February 16, 1918,  in Kansas City, Missouri to Ruth de Steiguer and Richard Beatty. Majoring in art history, she graduated from Radcliffe College in 1940. She moved to New York City and married Davis Hamerstrom, a young architect, in 1942. They were married for 51 years until Davis’s death in 1993.  They lived in New York and Old Greenwich, Connecticut before they moved with their two young sons to the Beaverkill area in 1954. They formed, with Tom and Dottie Benedict, an architectural partnership, which designed many businesses, school additions, and residences in the area. Liz managed the office for almost 40 years.

She was a founding member of Natural Resources Defense Council, an early supporter of WJFF, and a contributor to many other charities. She served as treasurer for the Beaverkill Community Church.

All her life, she appreciated beauty and art. She was an expert editor, proof reader, and cook, hosting many parties for her friends of all ages, many of whom consider her the matriarch of the community.  Fun-loving, unpretentious and practical, she had a dry, original wit.

Liz will be missed by her many friends; two sons, Ed and Eric Hamerstrom, daughter-in-law Mermer Blakeslee, of the Roscoe area; grandson, Hansen Bergamini, his wife Cecily Martin, and great-grandson Rafe, of Chicago, IL.

There will be a private gathering to remember Liz. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Catskill Mountainkeeper, PO Box 381 Youngsville, NY 12791.

Seth Sternberg - SEPTEMBER 6, 2010

Seth Sternberg died suddenly and unexpectedly on September 6th at his home on Pelnor Hollow Road. Seth was a member of the Friends of Beaverkill Community and it was he who donated the organ to the Beaverkill Church. 

Services will be held at a cemetery in Glendale, NY on Sunday. He requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Roscoe Public Library in Seth's name. A memorial service will be held  Sunday October 10th between 2 and 4 pm at the Agudas Achim Synagogue in Livingston Manor.








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