When we compile this information for the Spring Issue of The Manor, we are always saddened to incorporate the obituary notices of several friends who died during the long winter months. These four months are our longest time span between issues so the number of losses is always very painful. We are reminded of these wonderful people, some of whom lived in this region for many decades. We remember their lives and how fortunate we were to have them among us for as long as we did. If anyone is missing from our pages, please contact us so we can include them in our next issue.
Mark Schrama, husband of former Corresponding Secretary, Kathy Schrama, died unexpectedly on Nov. 26, 2014. According to Kathy, Mark was quiet and a little shy, but when you got to know him, he would engage you in conversation on his many interests, which included most sports, woodworking, history, travel, and especially, his family, Kathy, son Michael of Maryland, and his two grandsons. Moving to the Equinunk area from NJ, where he was employed by Compton Press in Cedar Knolls and by Samsung, Mark worked at the Wayne Independent doing sports news and reporting, and for the Job Corps in Callicoon.
Patricia Ferrazzano, wife of Richard Ferrazzano who built the outstanding display for the Native American dugout canoe in the museum, died on February 28 in Honesdale. Pat and Richard moved to Equinunk several years ago after they retired. Pat was well-known for her skill in working custom leather pieces and she carried on that business in their home. They have two sons, Richard and Michael, both of New Jersey.
Dr. Leonard DeDuke
Dr. Leonard DeDuke, known to his many friends as “Len”, passed away on April 6th at his home in Equinunk. Len and his wife Mary were well-known to the Calder Cafe crowd, and very warmly regarded.
Emcee Pat Wilson recalls that Len was the first performer to contact her when First Fridays began, and was usually the first to perform. The opening act belonged to Len. He would play a lively song, and relate a funny story to “warm up the crowd”.
Len was a true Renaissance man with many interests. A dentist for 28 years, he was also a pilot, motorcyclist, a member of Actors’ Equity and the Screen Actors Guild, sang, and played his guitar. He did print work, plays, films, and performed at Alice Tully Hall in New York. While living in North Carolina he assembled a skeleton of a bottle- nosed dolphin that is now on exhibit at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC. His accomplishments were so many and so varied, we don’t have room to list them here.
We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife and children, and with Mary, we will miss him terribly.
Historian Thomas Kennedy of Tafton died on January 4th. A retired elementary school principal, Tom worked in the Wallenpaupack Area School District for 40 years. Active with the Wayne County Historical Society, he took a deep interest in all things history-related, and worked as a local history consultant in his retirement.
From his obituary notice in the Wayne Independent, “Tom enjoyed taking walks, working in his garden, traveling with his wife, all things trains, local history, and Notre Dame, and spending time with his children, grandchildren and all of his friends and family.”
Loretta Frederick, wife of Rich Frederick who has lent his help with the Car Show in the years before Loretta’s long illness, died in March. She and Rich lovingly restored a distinctive old farmhouse on the Hancock Highway in Equinunk. She was formerly a volunteer at the Manchester Library. The staff will miss her cheerful presence.
We were so deeply sorry to hear the news that shocked a whole community. Mark and Sally Hawley of Lookout lost their son Eric late last year. Their pain is shared by all.
Lifelong resident Grace Young of Equinunk died on Dec. 4, 2014. She was the wife of Jesse Young who passed away in 2008. Grace and Jesse had a large family, most of whom live in the area and are very active in the community.
Shirley Cole Lewis
Shirley Cole Lewis of Carbondale, wife of James Lewis, died on December 13th, 2014. Born in Equinunk, she was the devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to a large family.