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Elizabeth “Betty” (Rice) Sylvester


Obituaries -- 05/28/2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Updated: 10:44 AM

Elizabeth “Betty” (Rice) Sylvester

LONG LAKE -- Elizabeth “Betty” (Rice) Sylvester, 98, was a true Long Laker and at the time of her death the oldest resident of the town. She was born in Long Lake Aug. 29, 1915 in the “Farm House” on the property owned by her grandfather, John Rice, which is now the location of the Long Lake Arts Camp.

Betty graduated from Long Lake Central School and went on to dental hygienist school on Welfare Island in New York City. She met her husband, Guy, at the former Lakeside Restaurant when he was at the Manhattan College engineering program’s Surveying Camp at North Point. They married Oct. 17, 1938 and enjoyed 59 years together.

Throughout her life Betty enjoyed visiting with her many friends, being a homemaker, reading, travel, handwork and volunteering. She was a dedicated life-long member of Saint Henry’s Church, with a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. But her greatest love was being with and caring for her family. Betty’s enthusiasm for life, and especially her caring and generous spirit, will be missed by all of us.

Betty was predeceased  by her husband, Gaetano “Guy” Sylvester, and her sister, Sister Helen Rice, RSM.

Betty is survived by her daughter Helen Kentile and her husband Bob Kentile of Long Lake; her younger daughter Mary Beth Harris and husband Terry Harris of Hinesburg, Vt.; five grandchildren, Mark Kentile, Dan Kentile, Greg Kentile, Blake Harris and Julia Harris; and her five great-grandchildren, Adam Kentile, Evan Kentile, Nathan Kentile, Megan Kentile and Elijah Aguier.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Long Lake Chapter of the Catholic Daughters of America of which Betty was a charter member in 1949 and a life-long member of 65 years.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, at St. Henry's church in Long Lake followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. A luncheon reception will be held in the Parish Hall immediately following the burial.



Randall T. Seabury

May 20, 2014

LAKE PLEASANT -- Randall “Randy” Thomas Seabury, 63, Lake Pleasant, a former resident of Suffern, passed away Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Albany Medical Center in Albany.

Born in Suffern, he was the son of the late Thomas A. and Lois Lidster Seabury.

He was a graduate of Suffern High School and received an Associate Degree from Paul Smith’s College in 1970.

Randy was a member of Ironworkers Local 417 in Wallkill and worked along with his father in the family business until taking over Seabury Well Drilling in 1990. Randy also shared his father’s love of flying and had become a private pilot at the age of 16.

He will be missed by those whose lives he touched, from coaching his sons’ Little League Baseball teams to the 15 years he volunteered as a firefighter / driver for the Suffern Volunteer Fire Dept. Hose Co. 1. He also served as their president from 2002 to 2005.

Randy loved being in the Adirondack Mountains. He completed the Northville-Placid Trail in 2013 and was currently putting the finishing touches on their “retirement” log home in Lake Pleasant.

Survivors include his devoted and loving companion of 18 years, Patricia A. Discini; his previous wife Kathleen (Miele) Sampson; his sons Scott (Courtney) of New Windsor and Ryan of Garnerville; his sisters, Janet Pressley of St. Louis and Joanne Buyce of Wilton; nine grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; two aunts and one uncle and many, many friends.

Calling hours were Saturday, May 24, at Wilton Funeral Home, 395 Ballard Road, Wilton.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Suffern Volunteer Fire Dept. Hose Co. #1, Dept. 19, 35 Washington Ave., Suffern NY 10901 or Speculator Volunteer Ambulance Corps, POB 282, Speculator NY 12164.

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