Let Us Remember

The Reverend Robert G. Barnes

11/12/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. Robert G. Barnes, 83, who died Saturday, November 12th at his home in Kingfield, Maine with his wife and dear friends at his side.   Rev. Barnes was born on May 7, 1933 to Albert J. and Irene Barnes in Philadelphia, PA. Robert graduated from Central High School in Philadelphia.  He attended Temple University and graduated with a bachelor of arts in English in 1957. Robert continued his studies for a year as a seminary student, ...

Mrs. Doris Robbins

11/10/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Doris Robbins, 92, who died on November 10, 2016 at Oak Hill Assisted Living in Grand Rapids, MN. Mrs. Robbins was the widow of Rev. William Robbins, who served the Vail's Gate, Woodycrest, and Yorktown Heights churches in the New York Conference in the 1940s and 1950s. He retired in 1985 and died on October 17, 2008. Dori was born in the Åland Islands, Finland. She was the daughter of Leonard and Mildred Gronlund. When she was six the ...

The Reverend David B. Rogers

11/1/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. David B. Rogers of North Egremont, MA, who died at home on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 after battling pancreatic cancer. David was born in Springfield, MA on February 10, 1945. He was the son of Derwood B. and Anna E. (DeShane) Rogers. David graduated from Springfield’s Technical High School in 1963, then joined the Navy that fall. He was based in Long Beach, CA and served in Vietnam as a radar technician aboard the aircraft carrier ...

Mrs. Jayne Carpenter

10/4/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Jayne Ellen Carpenter, 77, who died on October 4, 2016 at West Shore Hospital, Mechanicsburg, PA. Jayne was born October 21, 1938 in Baldwin, Long Island and was the daughter of the late Clifford W. and Anna A. (Jacobs) Low. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Rev. Dr. George H. Carpenter. Rev. Carpenter retired from the New York Conference in 2001. He served Marlboro UMC in NY; Middle Hope UMC in Newburgh, NY; First UMC ...

Mrs. Mildred Versteeg

9/15/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Mildred Versteeg, 94, who died on September 15, 2016. Mildred was the wife of retired associate member Rev. Joseph E. Versteeg. He served the following churches in the New York Annual Conference: Hillsdale, North Hillsdale, West Taghkanic and Glenco Mills UMCs in NY; Canaan, CT and Millerton, NY UMCs; and St Andrews UMC in New Haven, CT. Rev. Versteeg retired in 1984.  At this time we have no other information. Blessings to the Versteeg ...

Ms. Susan Woodworth

9/3/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Susan Woodworth, who died on Saturday, September 3, 2016. Susan was the wife of Rev. Robert Kersten, who retired from the New York Conference in 2015. Susan was born in Montreal, Canada. She graduated in 1978 with a BA in English from Middlebury College. Throughout her life she was engaged in ministry through a wide variety of meaningful work: Henderson Settlement, Frakes, KY; United Ministry's Play School in Delhi, NY; director of ...

The Reverend Sydney L. Parker

8/10/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Sydney L. Parker, 93, who died at Benchmark Senior Living in Hamden, CT on August 10, 2016.   Rev. Parker was born on June 16, 1923 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Joseph and Zedonia (Zeda) Lasky. He was a graduate of the City College of New York and the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army as a medic. He was a long-time member of the Wallingford Senior ...

The Reverend Frederick M. Moore

8/3/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life of Rev. Frederick M. Moore, 84, a resident of Moriches, NY who died Aug. 3, 2016 at Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead, NY.   Rev. Moore was born Nov. 22, 1931 in Port Jefferson to Karl F. and Mildred (McClure) Moore. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former member of the Riverhead Fire Department, Washington Engine Company.   After serving in the Peninsula Conference from 1963 to 1966, Rev. Moore became a member of the New York Conference. He ...

Mrs. Sandra Piccirillo

7/31/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Mrs. Sandra Piccirillo who died on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Sandy was born on January 3, 1953. She was the wife of Rev. Joseph Piccirillo who currently serves the Avon Memorial United Methodist Church in Avon, CT. Rev. Piccirillo served at Nichols United Methodist Church from 2002 to 2014. A memorial service for Sandy will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Road, Trumbull, CT...

The Reverend Joseph N. Ary

7/10/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Joseph N. Ary, 88, a resident of Copake, NY who died at the Greer Nursing and Rehabilitation Residence in Canaan, CT on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Joseph was born at home on the family farm in Greene County, OH on May 19, 1928. Rev. Ary attended a one room schoolhouse through eighth grade and was a graduate of Xenia Central School, class of 1946. He graduated from Ohio State University in 1950. After his graduation he taught ...

The Reverend Robert Emmett Kanthak

7/9/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Robert Emmett Kanthak, 91 a resident of Pawling, NY who died at The Grand at Pawling on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Robert was born in Chicago, IL on May 9, 1925. He grew up in Chicago and worked part-time at his father's bakery, helping make the bread early in the morning before he went to school. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as a radar-man while on the USS Barton, the USS Vincennes and the USS Vicksburg.  While in ...

Mrs. Josephine Wildcat Bigler

6/4/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Josephine Wildcat Bigler, 95 a resident of Sapula, OK who died on June 4, 2016. Josephine was the widow of the Reverend Clarence Bigler who died in 2008.   Clarence served multiple churches in four conferences: North Indiana, Illinois Great River, Wisconsin, and New York totaling 42 years. After his retirement in 1990, he and Josephine moved back to Oklahoma where he served churches as he was needed.   Josephine Wildcat Bigler was born ...

The Reverend Donald O. Rackliffe

6/1/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Donald O. Rackliffe, 88, of Feeding Hills, CT who died on June 1, 2016.   Rev. Rackliffe was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran who served during World War II. He was predeceased by his wife, Lucille, in 2009.   As a full elder, Rev. Rackliffe served 40 years in churches in the New York Conference. These churches included West Side Hill UMC in Waterbury, CT; Mary Taylor Memorial UMC in Milford, CT; Cutchogue UMC in NY; Asbury UMC in ...

The Reverend Charles F. Brown

5/18/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Charles F. Brown of Kingfield, ME, who died on May 18, 2016 at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, ME. Charles graduated from Medford High School in Massachusetts in 1940 and worked for two years at Liberty Mutual Insurance Company in Boston, followed by one year at Northeastern University studying to be a chemical engineer. In September 1942 he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. In April 1943 he was called to active duty, serving as a staff ...

Mrs. Patricia Rockwell Stacey

5/13/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Patricia Rockwell Stacey, 78 a resident of Riberas Del Pilar, Mexico who died on May 13, 2016 after a three-year battle with cancer.   Patricia had been married to the Rev. Donald Stacey who served in the New York Conference. Rev. Stacey served churches in Garrsion NS Highland, Fishkill, Copake, Harpersfield, Elizaville, Red Hook, Poughkeepsie, LI Greenpoint Orient, Andrews, Fairfield and East Hampton. He also served as a chaplain at ...

The Reverend Richard A. Simmons

5/13/2016
  Let us remember with memories the life and ministry of Rev. Richard A. Simmons who died peacefully, surrounded by his family, Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Masonicare Hospice in Wallingford, CT.   Richard was born in Downingtown, PA on April 16, 1931, the son of the late Howard Simmons and Edith Norris Simmons. He was a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA and Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ.   He began his parish ministry in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference ...

The Reverend Arnold C. Miller III

5/2/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Arnold C. Miller III who died on May 2, 2016 in North Fort Myers, FL.   Arnold was born in Baldwin, NY on May 20, 1928 to the late Arnold C. Miller, II and Emily Miller. He graduated from Baldwin, NY schools. Arnold received a BS from New York University in 1949; MDiv from Drew University in 1954; MA from New York University in 1956, and DMin from Drew University in 1977.   Rev. Miller pastored churches in East Moriches, East Meadow, Westport, Valley...

The Reverend Russell Sargent

4/25/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Russell Sargent who died on April 25, 2016 at his home in Cairo, NY. He was born June 3, 1919 in Joplin, MT. He was raised on a dairy farm in Red Wing, MN and graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. His son John wrote, "My dad went to the Church Triumphant around noon today. My brother Paul and I were with him when he passed. His desire to live and his work for the Lord kept him going for a long time."   Rev. Sargent began his public ...

The Reverend Edward A. Underwood

4/16/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Edward Anthony Underwood, Jr. who died on April 16, 2016 in Foley, AL.   Edward was born in Camden, NJ on April 25, 1930. He attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, Asbury University in Willmore, KY and Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.   Rev. Underwood pastored United Methodist churches in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. While in the New York Conference he served Christ UMC in Hartford, CT; Community UMC in North Yonkers, NY, and ...

The Reverend David L. Parker

4/6/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. David Lecour Parker of Wesley Village, Shelton, CT who died on April 6, 2016. David and his twin brother were born on December 20, 1923.   David went to Middlebury College for his freshman year, before transferring to Hamilton to attend his father’s alma mater where his brother was also studying. David served in the Army, and his battalion was destined for the Battle of the Bulge. The night before the troops were set to ship out to Europe, nine men—...

The Reverend Robert Dudley Woodcock

3/5/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Robert Dudley Woodcock III of Rocky Hill, CT who died on March 5, 2016. Bert was born in 1946. He had a varied and interesting career. After graduating from Brown University with a master of science degree in 1968 he worked briefly as a physicist for the U.S. Navy. Bert became a probationary member of the New York Conference in 1971, received his master of divinity degree from Hartford Seminary in 1972, and was appointed to East Berlin UMC. He was ...

The Reverend Lloyd E. Dees

2/4/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Lloyd Eugene Dees of Rincon, GA who died on February 4, 2016 at the age of 85. Lloyd was born December 12, 1930 in Camden, AL to Martin W. Dees and Maggie McCants Dees.   After serving the African Methodist Episcopal church from 1961 to 1972, Rev. Dees was admitted to the Western North Carolina Conference of the UMC. He transferred to the West Virginia Conference in 1973, where he became a full member, and to the New York Conference in 1974. In New ...

Mrs. Freda Moon

2/2/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Mrs. Freda Moon, who died on February 2, 2016. She was born on February 24, 1928. Freda was the widow of Rev. Alan Deryck Moon. They were married for 47 years and had two children. Rev. Moon served 26 years in the New York Annual Conference, at Peekskill NY UMC; Glendale UMC and Ridgewood UMC in Queens, NY; Bayport NY UMC; Baldwin NY UMC and St. James NY UMC. He retired in 1992 and died in 2002. Funeral arrangements are to be private. ...

Ms. Eleanor C. Snow

2/2/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Eleanor C. Snow of Brewster, MA who died on February 2, 2016. She was born on April 3, 1934 in Bronxville, NY. Eleanor was a graduate of Darien High School, Central Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education and SUNY New Paltz with a master's degree in elementary education. For over 25 years Ellie was a dedicated teacher at school systems in Greenwich and Simsbury, CT. Most recently she taught at the ...

Mrs. Patricia Fuessle

2/1/2016
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Mrs. Patricia Fuessle, who died on February 1, 2016 at Heritage Commons Residential Health Care in Ticonderoga, NY. Patricia was born in Plattsburgh, NY on June 27, 1933. She was the widow of Rev. Robert Fuessle who became a probationary member of the New York Conference in 1981. He served Thomaston, CT and Roxbury and Halcottsville in the Upper Catskills Larger Parish. Rev Fuessle died in 1988. A graveside service will be held at a ...

The Reverend Richard Y. Yerrington

1/15/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Richard York Yerrington of Beacon Falls, CT, who died at Bridgeport Hospital on January 15, 2016.   Richard (Dick) was born in Hartford, CT on October 30, 1930, the only child of Charles B. and Lillian Y. Yerrington. He was raised in Rocky Hill and graduated from Weathersfield High School. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves. Following his time in the Reserves, Dick attended and graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he received a ...

The Reverend Benjamin Bing Kong Chiu

1/2/2016
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Benjamin Bing Kong Chiu who died while on vacation in Singapore on January 2, 2016. His most recent residence was in Oakwood, Georgia.   Rev. Chiu was born in 1928 in Jiangmen, China. In 1957 he graduated from Singapore Trinity Theological College. His active ministry spanned 35 years and continued in his retirement. Rev. Chiu’s service included Singapore Cantonese Methodist Church, Kampar Methodist Church in Perak, Kuala Lumpur Cantonese Methodist ...

The Reverend James Charles Watson

12/28/2015
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. James Charles Watson of Chatham, MA who died on December 28, 2015 at the age of 96.   Jim Watson grew up on Long Island NY, where he met and married his lifetime partner, Marion Doré in 1943. He trained as a machinist/tool-maker and supervised building artillery gun-sights during WWII. When the war ended Jim and Marion, with their two-year old son Dennis, attended Houghton College. He earned a master of divinity degree from New York Theological ...

The Reverend Joseph A. Gillespie

12/12/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Joseph A. Gillespie, 88, of Huntington Station, NY who died on December 12, 2015.   Rev. Gillespie was ordained a deacon in the New York Conference in 1982 and an elder in 1984. In 1982 he served the Islip United Methodist Church, and from 1983 to 1992 he served the West Hills United Methodist Church in Huntington Station. Rev. Gillespie retired in 1992. In his retirement he served two Vermont churches in the Troy Conference.   Rev....

Ms. Jane Dubuque

11/30/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Jane Elizabeth Brennen Finucane Dubuque, who died on November 30, 2015 at 85 years of age. She was the wife of the Reverend Raymond Dubuque who retired from the New York Conference in 1986. He served in our conference at Waterbury, East Pearl in New Haven, Port Ewen and Esopus, Rhinebeck and Hillside, and Highland Falls and Fort Montgomery.   Jane was born in West Haven, CT on April 10, 1930 to the late Harold and Lillian O’Brien ...

Mrs. Ella Griffin

11/24/2015
Greetings in this Season of Advent. Let us remember with thanksgiving the life of Mrs. Ella Griffin who died on November 24, 2015 at the age of 88 at her home in Tyron, NC. Ella was the widow of Rev. Reese Griffin who served our conference for over 40 years. Ella was born in Chester County, SC and was the daughter of the late James and Nancy Goudelock. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years Reese Griffin in 2008, and a son, Reese Griffin Jr. in 2002. Rev. Griffin began ...

Mrs. Helen C. Hoyt

11/19/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Helen C. Hoyt, who died on November 19, 2015 at the age of 95.  Helen was the wife of the Reverend Paul Hoyt who was in ministry from 1943 until 1963 in the New England, Troy and Iowa conferences, and from 1963 until his retirement in 1984 in the New York Conference. Rev. Hoyt died in 2001. Helen was born in Sanford, Florida in 1920. She graduated from Southern College in Lakeland, Florida as a math major. She met her husband while at ...

Mr. Jerry Gafio Watts

11/17/2015
Let us offer prayers of condolence and comfort to Rev. Dr. Traci C. West. Traci’s husband, Professor Jerry Gafio Watts, died on November 17, 2015. Watts was a professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate Center and a leading scholar of African-American literature, culture and political thought. Jerry G. Watts, 62, was born May 17, 1953 and raised in Washington, DC. He was the son of the late Maria and James S. Watts Sr. Mr. Watts graduated from DeMatha Catholic High School ...

Ms. Jean Bainbridge

11/17/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Jean Bainbridge, who died on November 17, 2015 at 90 years of age. She was the wife of the Reverend Ralph Bainbridge who served in the New York Conference from 1962 until 1986. Rev. Bainbridge died in 2006. Mrs. Bainbridge was born March 27, 1925. She married Ralph Bainbridge in 1947 and they had one daughter, Wendy Jean. Jean and Ralph lived on Long Island during his time as dean at Camp Quinipet on Shelter Island, NY. While Ralph ...

The Reverend Willett R. Porter

11/4/2015
Let us remember the life and ministry of Rev. Willett (Will) R. Porter who died at his home in Mahopac, NY on November 4, 2015 after a brief illness. Will was born August 28, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to W. Ralph and Gertrude Harris Porter. He attended Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, NY. He received a bachelor of science in agriculture (animal husbandry) from Cornell University in 1949, where he was a member of the Alpha Zeta fraternity and a coronet player in the Big Red Band. He received a ...

Pastor Arlene Penney

9/21/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Pastor Arlene Penney, 91, of St. Augustine, FL and formerly of Summitville, NY who died on September 21, 2015, just a few days from her 92nd birthday.   A lifelong member of The United Methodist Church, Arlene returned to college at 62 to pursue her dream of becoming a UM pastor. She attended Wesleyan Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Arlene was a full-time local pastor who served churches in the New York Annual Conference: ...

Ms. Amy Beveridge

9/9/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Amy Margaret Anderson Beveridge, who died at home on September 9, 2015 at 72 years of age. She was the wife of the late Rev. Dr. Thomas F. Beveridge. Rev. Beveridge retired from the New York Annual Conference in 2002 and died in October 2014. Amy received a bachelor of arts degree from Drew University and a master of arts degree from Vermont College of Norwich University. She worked for 23 years at the Connecticut Conference of the ...

Ms. Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile

8/21/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Elder Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile, a respected elder of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, who died Friday afternoon, August 21, 2015. Elizabeth Thunderbird Haile provided the welcome from the Shinnecock Nation and blessing at the Act of Repentance Service on Friday, June 12, 2015 at the New York Annual Conference. Born in Southampton to Shinnecock parents, Ms. Haile received her bachelor’s degree in education from the State University of New...

Ms. Shirley F. Truran

8/21/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Shirley F. Truran, 86, who died peacefully on August 21, 2015 with family at her side. She was the widow of the Reverend Kenneth Truran. Rev. Truran served congregations in Peekskill, Hobart and Margaretville. He retired in 1976 and died in 2003. Shirley was born in Dry Brook, New York on May 28, 1929. She grew up on a farm in the Catskill Mountains and moved from Arkville, NY to St. Augustine, FL in 1982 with her late husband. A ...

The Reverend Clyde A. Anderson

8/13/2015
Let us remember Rev. Dr. Clyde A. Anderson who died on August 13, 2015.  Rev. Anderson was the former executive director of the United Methodist City Society. Rev. Anderson was born July 26, 1955 in Sumter, South Carolina and grew up in the village of Mayesville, South Carolina. He graduated from Claflin University, Orangeburg, South Carolina. He later received a master of divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Gammon Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia, a doctor of ...

The Reverend Matthew H. Gates

8/10/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Matthew Harding Gates, 94, most recently of Zionsville, IN, who died on Tuesday August 10 at the Witham Hospital in Lebanon, IN. A graduate of Meriden High School, Ohio Wesleyan University and Yale University Divinity School, Rev. Gates retired from the New York Annual Conference in 1985. He served parishes in Derby and Naugatuck, CT, as well as New Rochelle, NY. He was district superintendent of the then Connecticut West District ...

Ms. Carol Hope Davison

6/30/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Carol Hope Davison, who died on June 30, 2015 at 83 years of age. She was the wife of the Reverend E. Burton Davison who served over 40 years in ministry in the New York Conference. Rev. Davison retired in 1997. After graduating from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, NY Carol worked as a music teacher. As a clergy spouse she was active in the music programs of the many United Methodist churches her husband pastored. Carol also ...

The Reverend Eli S. Rivera

6/11/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Eli Samuel Rivera, who died on June 11, 2015. Rev. Rivera spent his ministry career in the Greater New Jersey and New York Annual Conferences working in Hispanic ministries. He served as associate program director for mission and social witness, Hispanic ministries for NYAC in 1993-94, and as coordinator of Hispanic ministries (cross-conference) for the New York, Southern New Jersey, and Northern New Jersey Conferences from 1994 to ...

Ms. Lucidia Arus

6/7/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Mrs. Lucidia Arus, who died on June 7, 2015 at 73 years of age. She was the widow of the Reverend Angel Arus who served in Puerto Rico from 1951 to 1980. In 1980 Rev. Arus became a full member elder of the New York Annual Conference. His last appointment, prior to his retirement in 1997, was at First Spanish in Manhattan. Rev. Arus died in 2007. Surviving are their children Samuel Arus and Jamie Arus. 

The Reverend Milca C. Plaud

6/4/2015
Let us remember Rev. Dr. Milca Celeste Plaud, pastor of Co-op City UMC (Iglesia Evangelica de Co-op City), Bronx, N.Y., who died on June 4, one day before her 62nd birthday. Rev. Plaud was born in Puerto Rico, where she became a teacher, offering instruction in different subjects at a variety of grade levels. Her passion for teaching led to her ministry calling. She moved to Lancaster, Penn., to pursue a master’s in divinity degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary, and served as pastor of El ...

Ms. Frances Templin Olson

5/30/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Frances Templin Olson, who died on May 30, 2015 at 88 years-of-age.  She was the widow of the Reverend Bernhard E. Olson who died in 1975. They are the parents of three daughters Sandra, Judith and Terese all residents of Baldwin, New York. Frances worked at various jobs including her aunt’s bakery, a greeting card factory, and a clothing factory, all in her native Indiana. Other jobs included working as a manager of Kent’s Dry Cleaners...

The Reverend Edward F. Dobihal, Jr.

5/30/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Reverend Edward F. Dobihal, Jr. who died on May 30, 2015. His pastoral service record began in the Baltimore Conference with ordination as a deacon and probationary member in 1951 when he was appointed to attend school. The following year he was appointed to Jersey City, NJ: Lafayette Church. Elders orders and full membership were granted by the Baltimore Conference in 1953. His first ministry as a chaplain began with an appointment ...

Ms. Margaret (Peg) Bloom

5/3/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Margaret (Peg) Bloom, who died on May 3, 2015 at 82 years of age. She was the wife of the Reverend Arthur Bloom who served 40 years in ministry in the Susquehanna and New York Conferences. Rev. Bloom retired in 1992. Peg met Arthur Bloom when he was an assistant minister for her father. Together they served in five United Methodist churches. After their retirement, Art continued to preach with Peg by his side. Peg was a gifted educator ...

Ms. Katherine M. Dunlap

4/19/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Katherine M. Dunlap, age 61, who died on April 19, 2015 in Margaretville. Katherine was married to the Reverend L. Lawrence Dunlap in 1981. Rev. Dunlap is a clergy member of the New York Annual Conference serving as pastor of the Upper Catskill Larger Parish (Andes, Fleischmanns, Halcott Center, Margaretville and Roxbury). Kathy was born on February 24, 1954 to the late Chester and Louise Shultis Wolven. She graduated from Saugerties ...

The Reverend L. Lester McGonagle

4/18/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Reverend L. Lester McGonagle. Les was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on November 12, 1930 and died in Lakeland, Florida on April 18, 2015 at age 84.   “Les” as he was known, received an undergraduate degree from Penn State University prior to his seminary education at Drew University School of Theology. In 1955 he received a Local Preacher’s License in the Erie Conference with an appointment to attend school. Deacon’s Orders and ...

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