Let Us Remember

The Reverend L. Lester McGonagle

4/18/2015
A recent “Let Us Remember” announcement notified the New York Conference of the death of the Reverend L. Lester McGonagle on April 18, 2015.   When “Les” as he was known retired he and his wife, Martha relocated to Lakeland, Florida. A gathering of family and friends celebrated his life and ministry on April 22, 2015 at the College Heights UMC in Lakeland. Today, the Secretary received word that a service and committal is planned for this Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11:00 AM at the Methodist Chapel,...

The Reverend Russell D. Goodwin

4/18/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Russell D. Goodwin. Russell began life in this world in Yonkers, New York on February 4, 1933. His earthly journey ended at age 82 on April 18, 2015 when the promise of everlasting life was fulfilled. Russ Goodwin spent his early childhood in Hudson Falls and his teenage years in Staten Island, NY. After graduating from Zion Bible Institute, he followed in the footsteps of his parents when he began his ministry with the Assemblies of ...

The Reverend Louise D. Thomas

4/17/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Louise Dominica Thomas who received the gift of life on October 26, 1944 and entered eternal life by the grace of God on April 17, 2015, at the age of 70. Louise was granted the License to Preach in 1982, received Deacon’s Orders and became an Associate Member of the NY Annual Conference in 1989. She served until 2009 when poor health resulted in entering the retired relationship. The  appointment history of Rev. Thomas began at Harriman...

Ms. Helen J. Gould

4/4/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life of Helen Joslin Gould. Helen was born in Rockville Center, N.Y., to Susan Alice Dunlop and James G. Joslin on December 11, 1915. She died in Pittsfield, MA on April 4, 2015 at 99 years of age. Helen was high school valedictorian, college salutatorian, a graduate of social work school and a certified social worker. Her work life included case work in Chicago, medical social work in Philadelphia and Charleston, WV, case work with the Nassau County (L.I.) ...

Ms. Wilmetta Turkington Abel

3/30/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Wilmetta Turkington Abel. She was born on March 4, 1924 in Princeton, NJ to William and Emily Turkington and grew up in Wilmore, KY. Her father was on the faculty of Asbury College, then Asbury Seminary, and finally was Dean of the Seminary. Wilmetta graduated from Asbury College in 1945 and married Paul Frederick Abel, also an Asbury graduate, that same year. She worked in the college library while Paul attended Asbury Seminary. Paul ...

Ms. Joyce M. Reid

3/23/2015
Let us remember Joyce Reid widow of Jacques (John F.) Reid who entered life eternal on March 23, 2015. Her pastor, the Reverend Dr. Karen Monk, describes Joyce as “a gracious lady and beloved in our community. She was a faithful steward of all God’s gifts to her, and a joy to know.” Joyce was born May 28, 1916 to William B. Martin and Laura E. Bach in Tannersville, NY. She was employed by Paul Fromer and subsequently the Fromer Corporation for many years. Joyce Reid was a member of the ...

Ms. Dorothy Setchel Holman

3/5/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Dorothy Setchel Holman. Dorothy was born in Cuba, N.Y., to Helen Ackerly and Hayden Merritt Setchel on November 28, 1919. She died after a short illness on March 5, 2015 at 95 years of age. With the highest score on the Regent’s Board exams in the state of New York, Dorothy won a scholarship to Barnard College in New York City where she majored in physics. Upon graduation in 1941, she began an illustrious career with Time, Inc., where ...

The Reverend Paul A. Godburn

3/5/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Reverend Paul Allen Godburn. Paul’s earthly existence began in Meriden, CT on August 3, 1940, son of Robert and Mathilda Godburn. His heavenly existence began at Connecticut Hospice on March 5, 2015, following a long illness. Paul completed his undergraduate work at Yale University in New Haven, CT. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, MA, and performed post graduate work ...

Ms. Arline Johnson

2/13/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and service of Ms. Arline Priscilla Johnson, widow of the Reverend Courtney Johnson (d. 1972). She died on February 13, 2015, at 90 years-of-age. Born on May 13, 1924 in Brockton, MA, Arline graduated with a B.S. from the University of Chicago. At age 56 she earned an M.S. from St. Joseph’s College (West Hartford) and taught at Westbrook High School from 1966 to 1989, and in 1987 was named the Connecticut Home Economics Teacher of the Year. In her ...

Mrs. Eleanor R. (Ellie) VerNooy

2/11/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and service of Eleanor R. (Ellie) VerNooy, widow of the Reverend David P. VerNooy (d. 12/22/12). Ellie died at home on February 11, 2015 at 81 years-of-age. Her career spanned many years as a NY State middle school science teacher and a social worker. After retirement, she was active with local charities, and visits with her grandchildren. She and David enjoyed traveling including four mission trips abroad to Haiti, Ireland, Bolivia and Guatemala. She ...

Ms. Ann Livingston Carvalho

2/9/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and service of Ann Livingston Carvalho who died on February 9, 2015. She was born November 7, 1937, in Atlanta, Texas. Ann obtained a BA in Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MA in Science Education from Fairfield University in Connecticut. She was a Research Chemist at American Cyanamid Co.; a Chemistry Department Assistant and Teacher, State University of New York at Stony Brook; then spent many years as an Assistant Dean of the ...

Mrs. Elizabeth Keeney Hill

1/19/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and witness of Elizabeth Keeney Hill. She was the daughter of William Keeney and Kathryn Echard Keeney, parents of one son and five daughters. A longtime peace activist, Betty died on Martin Luther King Day, January 19, 2015, at the age of 94. A coal miner's daughter, she was believed to be one of the first girls from her area in western PA to go to college, at Bluffton University in Ohio. Her family received help from Quaker and Mennonite missionaries ...

The Reverend Rachel C. Ye Kim

1/14/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Reverend Rachel C. Ye Kim, who by the grace of God entered that kingdom which has no end on January 14, 2015. Rachel entered the world in Inchon, South Korea on March 25, 1964; she was the daughter of Dong Sup Ye and Hae Soon Ye.  “As part of an immigrant family, her two younger siblings also witnessed that she was very much a “second parent” while their parents forged a family and livelihood in this new land, America,” stated Rev. ...

The Reverend Keith A. Muhleman

1/8/2015
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Reverend Dr. Keith Allen Muhleman who died at the age of 67 on January 8, 2015. Keith is survived by his mother, Nelda A. Muhleman of Barefoot Bay, FL, wife, Judy A. Muhleman of Newburgh, NY, daughter Heidi M. Mackey and son-in-law Michael J. Mackey of Forest Hills, NY, and daughter Heather E. Jenkins and son-in-law Bret D. Jenkins of Forest Hills, NY, as well as one sister and two brothers. Keith is also survived by three ...

The Reverend Kermit B. Morrison

1/2/2015
Let us remember the Reverend Kermit B. Morrison, who died at the Mary Wade Home in New Haven, CT on January 2, 2015 at the age of 86. Rev. Morrison served The United Methodist Church for more than half a century; the majority of that time was served in the NY Conference. Kermit Blancher Morrison was born on Jan 17, 1928, in St. Johnsbury, VT. He was raised in Springfield, VT in a large and loving family that included three sisters, a brother and grandparents. He was a fine student and a star ...

Ms. Sarah Wilson Ohms

12/21/2014
Let us remember Sarah Wilson Ohms who died on December 21, 2014 at 94 years old. Sarah was born in Paradise, PA on February 26, 1920 to Rev. Charles and Alice Burns Wilson. She spent her early years in MA and RI. Sarah Ohms married the Reverend Frederick John Ohms on September 6, 1943. Rev. Ohms entered the ordained ministry through the Atlantic Conference of The Evangelical Church. This denomination joined the United Brethren in Christ to become the Evangelical United Brethren Church, which ...

The Reverend John Wallace Bardsley, Jr.

11/9/2014
Let us remember the Reverend Dr. John Wallace Bardsley, Jr., who died on November 9, 2014. John was born in Appalachia, Virginia on March 1, 1929, almost 7 months prior to the beginning of “The Great Depression.” John graduated from Appalachia High School, Emory and Henry College, B.A.; Drew University School of Theology, M.Div., Geneva-St. Albans Theological College, D. Rel., followed by additional graduate study at Drew Theological School. John and Sara Jo Greever Bardsley shared 60 years of ...

The Reverend Richard R. Guice

10/17/2014
Let us remember Richard Robert Guice, who entered his earthly existence on August 10, 1932; 82 years later he began his heavenly life on October 17, 2014. Expressions of sympathy and support may be sent to Jean Guice at P.O. Box 136, 5 Kenny Lane, Kiamesha Lake, NY 12750. The son of the late Reverend Robert B. and Dorotha Guice, Dick was born in Brooklyn, NY. Dick’s journey to ordained ministry through the New York Conference includes the following markers: License to Preach (1950); Deacon’s ...

The Reverend Thomas Frank Beveridge

10/12/2014
Let us remember the Reverend Thomas Frank Beveridge, age 75, who passed away unexpectedly at Hartford Hospital on October 12, 2014. The son of the late Clayton and Margaret (Auten), he was born on July 9, 1939, in Middletown, CT and grew up there. He was a graduate of Grinnell College and had a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University Theological School, a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of St. Joseph, and a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies from ...

The Reverend Juanita Valyou Middlebrook

10/11/2014
Let us remember Juanita Valyou Middlebrook, daughter of Ralph Valyou and Florence Milton, who received the gift of life on July 19, 1933. Juanita worked for many years in the pediatric department of Sharon Clinic before opening her own retail business. In 1978, Juanita returned to school to pursue a calling to the ministry. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the College of New Rochelle and received a Master of Divinity from the Drew University Theological School. At the annual conference of ...

The Reverend Jack W. H. Mattair

10/10/2014
Let us remember Jack William Henry Mattair, Retired Elder, who died at his home in East Hampton on October 10, 2014 at 81 years-of-age. Jack Mattair was born on August 14, 1933, in Charleston, South Carolina. He grew up in Port Washington, NY where he was raised by Mabel and Royal Burlison, who had adopted him. A graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Mattair earned a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University. Jack’s clergy record began in the Florida Conference with a License to ...

Mrs. Ismay A. Hoyte-Isaac

10/7/2014
Let us remember Mrs. Ismay A. Hoyte-Isaac, born on January 29, 1926, in Leeds Village - Corentyne, Guyana (South America); daughter of Jessie Kendall and Alfred Joseph. Ismay attended Leeds Anglican School. Later she met, and married Oswald Hoyte (deceased), and celebrated a union of forty-four years; they had seven children. Ismay later emigrated to the United States, where she worked at the Oxford Nursing home for twenty years as a nurses’ aide, until her retirement. Ismay was known as fashion...

The Reverend Michael Inego Nathaniel Dash

9/21/2014
Let us remember the life and ministry of the Reverend Dr. Michael Inego Nathaniel Dash, a retired Elder of the New York Conference. Rev. Dash died in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21, 2014. Michael’s journey toward the ordained ministry began in the British Methodist Church with a License to Preach in 1955. Five years later he was a Provisional Member of the BMC. Elder’s Orders and Full Membership was offered through the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas in 1963. When he arrived...

Mrs. Estelle Miller Jackson

8/28/2014
Let us remember Estelle Miller Jackson of Corinth, who died at the Blue Spruce Home for the Retired in Bradford, Vermont on August 28, 2014 at the age of 103. Born Eleanor Estelle Miller on September 25, 1910, the daughter of Nathaniel Edward Miller and Eleanora Wilhelmina vonPeyn Miller in Plainview, Long Island, NY. Estelle graduated from Huntington High School in 1928. On June 12, 1934 she married the Reverend Edgar Newman Jackson in Centerport, NY. They were the parents of 3 children: Edgar ...

Mrs. Evelyn S. Day

8/24/2014
Let us remember Evelyn S. Day, who died at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, on August 24, 2014, at 84 years-of-age. Evelyn was born in Canaan, CT, to Lois and Ennis Silvernale. She grew up in Millerton and attended elementary and high school in the Webutuck Central School District, where she graduated in 1947. After working for three years, Evelyn attended the St. Francis Nursing Program, graduating in June, 1953. For forty years, caring for others was at the core of Evelyn’s ...

Mrs. Dorothea M. Queen

8/10/2014
Let us remember Dorothea Mitchell Queen, who passed away on August 10 in Groton, NY.  She had lived a century, and she was content to move on.  Dorothea was born on November 1, 1913, and grew up in Jackson, Mississippi. There she attended Millsaps College, a United Methodist related college, and Chicago Musical College where she received Bachelor’s Degrees in Music and Music Education. In 1940, she moved to NYC to attend Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, where she earned a ...

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Stevenson Smyres

8/9/2014
Mary Elizabeth Stevenson Smyres passed away on August 9, 2014. She was born in Gainesville, NY on May 27, 1923, the third child of Charles Roberts Stevenson and Alta Nay Munns Stevenson. The family moved to Illinois when Mary was still a small child. Her father had been working for Cornell University as an expert in potato diseases. He started a truck farm in Illinois as a way of doing more research for his doctoral thesis. The depression got in the way and the family had to abandon the farm. ...

The Reverend Ivan Francis Gossoo

7/22/2014
Let us remember Ivan Francis Gossoo retired elder of the New York Annual Conference died on July 22, 2014 at 94 years-of-age. Ivan and Dorothea Mathena were married in 1944; they are the parents of Burton Gossoo, who lives in Hampton Bays, NY and Lynnea Jones of Wolcott, CT.  Dorothea died nearly 10 years ago on August 4, 1994. Ivan received a Local Preacher’s License in 1940; seven years later he was ordained deacon and began his probationary membership which climaxed with the reception of ...

Mrs. Jean Waters

7/17/2014
Let us remember Mrs. Jean Waters, a disciple of Christ and a loyal member of the household of faith! She was the widow of the late Rev. Barber L. Waters, a member of the New York Conference who died on June 5, 2005; by God’s grace they were reunited on the occasion of her death, July 17, 2014. They are survived by two sons, Brian and Craig Waters. While at school Barb was appointed to Simpson Church, Amityville. Departing Suffolk County, most of their home life and ministry can be described as ...

Mrs. Cherry Grossman

7/16/2014
Let us remember Mrs. Cherry Grossman who was born on December 21, 1921 and died on July 16, 2014 at 92 years of age. Cherry and the Reverend Chester E. Grossman were married in December 1969 during his third year as Superintendent of the Hudson West District (1967-1973). Cherry was born in Cuero, Texas and graduated from high school in San Antonio, and went on to be trained as a bookkeeper. Later she served on the New York State Committee to establish the Girl Scout “God and Community Award.” ...

Mrs. Willavene Sandbek

5/30/2014
Let us remember Ms. Willavene Sandbek, widow of the Reverend Phillip Sandbek.  Willavene died in Bentonville, Arkansas on May 30, 2014 at the age of 92 years. The funeral was held in Arkansas. Rev. Sandbek married Willavene on April 14, 1946. She supported his ministry at the following churches: Treadwell and Ouleout; Roosevelt; Brooklyn: Grace; and Hauppauge until his retirement in 1981; he died on March 12, 2007. Ms. Sandbek is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Sandbek and Arlyce Ann Sandbek;...

The Reverend Robert William Smyres

5/14/2014
Robert William Smyres was born in Ithaca, New York on September 22, 1922, the eldest child of the Reverend Roy Smyres and Esther Montgomery Smyres.   In 1924, Bob moved with his parents to Elizabethville, Belgian Congo where they served as missionaries until 1929, when they returned to the United States.  If we do not know what influence his father’s vocation had on Bob’s future calling to be a missionary, we are confident that God knows.   Bob earned his BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan College ...

The Reverend Ellis R. Hill, Jr.

5/10/2014
Let us remember Ellis R. Hill, Jr., who died three months ago; he was the widower of Rev. Lucile Hill who died January 25, 2013. Notice of his death on May 10, 2014 at the age of 80 was received by the conference secretary several days ago. Information about a funeral service and interment is not available at this time. Ellis was born on April 17, 1934 in Chester, PA to Ellis R. Hill, Sr. and Amanda (Campbell) Hill; the oldest of six siblings. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into his life at a...

The Reverend Jack Larry Sharpe

3/31/2014
Let us remember the Reverend Jack Larry Sharpe, age 74, of Matthews, North Carolina who died on March 31, 2014. He is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Jean Clark Sharpe; their daughter Beth Sharpe of Charlotte, and her daughters; their son, Chris Sharpe and his wife Kristen Sharpe of Indian Trail, and their children. He is also survived by two sisters, as well as several nieces and nephews. Larry was born June 8, 1939, in West Point, Georgia. He graduated from Valley High School in ...

Mrs. Evelyn Cole Viets

3/24/2014
Let us remember Evelyn Cole Viets who died on March 24, 2014 at the Bishop Wicke Health Center in Shelton, CT, in the company of her children. Born July 3, 1921 to Ralph Brooks Cole and Martha Chambers Cole, Evelyn was the youngest of five children and a native of West Haven. She attended Larson Junior College and the New Haven State Teachers College, receiving her BA in 1944. She later earned MA degree in early childhood education from Southern Connecticut State College and CW Post College. ...

Mrs. Lois Anderson

3/21/2014
Let us remember Lois Anderson who passed from this life to eternal life by the grace of Jesus Christ. Ms. Anderson was born in Waterbury on May 29, 1942, the daughter of the late Romeo and Aurelie (Michaud) Desjardins. She attended Prospect schools and graduated from Wilby High School in 1960. She died on March 21, 2014 at St. Rafael’s Hospital. She was married to the Reverend Mark Anderson, former pastor of the United Methodist Church of Branford; he died in 1997. Lois is survived by her ...

The Reverend Lewis C. Johnson

3/7/2014
Let us remember the Reverend Lewis C. Johnson, Episcopal priest, Pastoral Psychotherapist, joyful Christian and husband of the Reverend Thea Crites, Deacon in the New York Annual Conference, died on March 7, 2014 at Calvary Hospital in New York City, after a long illness. Father Johnson was a gifted and beloved parish priest, therapist and consultant on behalf of the Diocese of New York to many parishes on matters of congregational life, development and mission. He was ordained a priest in 1981,...

Mrs. Louise F. Purnell

2/27/2014
Let us remember with joy the life of Mrs. Louise F. Purnell, wife of retired Reverend Richard A. Purnell, Jr. Mrs. Purnell died peacefully on February 27, 2014. Louise was the daughter of William Faupel and Ida Belle Bortz (Groff) of Mann's Choice and Everett, PA. She grew up in Bedford and Lancaster and graduated from Dickinson College in 1944. The following year she married the Rev. Richard A. Purnell, Jr., a United Methodist minister. Over the next 40 years, they served parishes in W. ...

The Reverend William Forest Rogers

12/19/2013
Let us remember the Reverend William Forest Rogers, former member of the New York Conference, who died on December 19, 2013.  He was born on July 12, 1924 and died at the age of 89. On February 22, 1946 he and Ruth Allen were united in Christian marriage.  Ruth resides in Catskill, NY. They are the parents of Forest A. Rogers of Connecticut and William L. Rogers of Hannacroix, New York; there are 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Known as “Bill” to his family and friends, he served in ...

Retired Local Pastor Doris Foltz Arnold

12/15/2013
Doris Foltz Arnold, born on May 2, 1926 in Hagerstown,  Maryland, died at the age of age 87, on December 15, 2013 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Connecticut. Doris earned a B.A. degree at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Virginia and was ordained that year in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). On April 1, 1953 in Beaver Creek, MD, she married Raymond M. Arnold who died on April 26, 1998. After completing a master’s degree in Religious Education at Lexington Theological Seminary in ...

Mr. Ernest Swiggett

12/2/2013
"As in baptism Ernest Swiggett put on Christ, so in Christ may Ernest be clothed with glory.” Ernest entered this world on March 1, 1934 where he matured and served for 79 years entering that life that has no end on December 2, 2013. He drew his final breath at Manhattan’s Mount Sinai Hospital last night. A memorial service will be held later this month, details will be announced when they are received by the Secretary. He is survived by a godson Darrin Glymph. At the time of his death Ernest ...

Mrs. Margaret R. H. J. Monkman

11/27/2013
Let us remember the life and service of a clergy spouse, Margaret Rosalie Howlett Jones Monkman who died at her daughter’s home in Lagrangeville, NY on November 27, 2013. She had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years. Margaret was born in London, England in 1932. She spent six years of her childhood under bombing raids and evacuation assignments during World War II. After her husband, Rev. Richard S. Monkman retired in 1993, they moved to New Canaan, CT where she wrote ...

The Reverend John Edwin Swords

11/22/2013
Let us remember with gratitude to God as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day the life and ministry of the Reverend John Edwin Swords. He was born on October 22, 1920 and joined the heavenly host on November 22, 2013. His final day is described as “peaceful” with visitations from children and grandchildren, while listening to them sing many of his favorite hymns and German folk songs accompanied by viola and violin. The memorial service is planned for this Friday, November 29 at the ...

The Reverend Madeline L. McDonald

11/7/2013
Let us remember the Reverend Madeline L. McDonald a retired Elder of the New York Conference who left this world for the one where the Sun never sets. Madeline was born February 23, 1929 in Long Island City, NY, living past her 84th birthday, dying after a short illness on November 7, 2013. She earned a B.A. degree in psychology and education from Adelphi University and a masters of divinity in practical theology from Union Theological Seminary. Prior to her ordination, Madeline was employed as...

Mrs. Sarah Marion Droppa

11/6/2013
Let us remember Mrs. Sarah Marion Droppa of Gainesville, Virginia who died on November 6, 2013. Born October 29, 1922, Marion was the daughter of the late Robert H. and Cecelia J. Williams. She graduated from Whitesboro High School and furthered her education at Houghton College. Proud of her Welsh heritage, Marion enjoyed singing in the Gymanfa Ganu’s, and was a life member of the St. David’s Society of Utica, NY. Marion, was the wife of the late Rev. Ernest Droppa who died in 2010. They ...

The Reverend Betty R. McKinney

11/1/2013
Let us remember the Reverend Betty R. McKinney who joined the “great cloud of witnesses” on All Saint’s Day, November 1, 2013. Betty began her earthly journey on September 24, 1941 and died in her 72nd year. She was married to John R. McKinney in 2001 and was the mother of Susan Callamari and Steven Toepfer. A Retired Elder of the New York Conference, her last appointment was at Hospice, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY, before retiring in 2007. A memorial service will be held at the Poughkeepsie ...

The Reverend George Czar

10/9/2013
Let us remember with grateful hearts the life and ministry of the Reverend George Czar who died on October 9, 2013 at the age of 85 years. George was born on December 4, 1927 in Plymouth, Pennsylvania. He graduated as valedictorian of Luzerne High School and then served in the Army Air Corps from 1945 until 1948. After the service, he attended Oberlin College, graduating in 1951. In 1955, Rev. Czar graduated from Yale University’s Divinity School. While in Oberlin, George married Marion Shonk ...

The Reverend Alfredo Cotto-Thorner

10/3/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of the Reverend Alfredo Cotto-Thorner who “has passed on to be with our Lord Jesus Christ” as of Thursday night, October 3, 2013. According to Milagros Solorzano, pastor of Brooklyn: New Jerusalem, Rev. Cotto-Thorner died at New York Methodist Hospital. Dorothy Lee, his wife, died in July of 2007. Rev. Cotto-Thorner entered the ordained ministry through the Baptist church in 1944 and was received as an Elder and a Full Member of the New ...

Mrs. Bonnie Jean Ecker Pinto

9/29/2013
Let us remember with gratitude Bonnie Jean Ecker Pinto, spouse of Rev. Robert Pinto, retired Associate Member of the New York Conference. Bonnie Jean died at 65 years of age on Sunday, September 29, 2013 following a long illness. The Pintos were married in 1986 when Pastor Bob was appointed to the Rock Hill, New York church. Bonnie Jean was born July 10, 1948 in Middletown, NY, the oldest of four siblings. She knew from early childhood that she wanted to teach. Following graduation from Pine ...

The Reverend Barent Johnson

9/25/2013
Let us remember with thanksgiving the lives of the Reverend Dr. Barent Johnson and his wife Geraldine Johnson. Rev. Johnson was born on April 16, 1921 and died on September 25, 2013 at the age of 92 years. Rev. Johnson died in his retirement community in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. News of Mrs. Johnson’s death arrived at the conference secretary’s office at the same time as the announcement of her husband’s death. She was born on October 23, 1923 and died on November 4, 2012. Barent was born in ...

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