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Newsletters are published in the Spring and Fall.

Spring 2017 Newsletter

     Thank you to all of our members for contributing so generously. We received more than $13,000.00 from over 320 members. We have members who have renewed their memberships and we welcomed new members since the Fall, 2016 newsletters were mailed.

Randi and David Petrovits
Karen Oswain
Stanley and Karen Kardas
Joan M Sergison
Stephanie Mauri
The Hochberg Family
Dominic J F Frank
Joseph A Vumbico
George R Haynes
Richard and Susan Mitchell
Joanne M Tarran-McGuire
Gene Snyder in memory of Elizabeth Liebewein Snyder

     Sadly, Mrs. Suzette Mentavlos, Mr. H Quimby Heotzler, Mrs. E Victoria Miller, Mrs. Jane M Bernhard, Mr. Angelo R Sangiovanni and Mr. Roland E Butts have passed away and we send our sympathy to their family and friends.

     Jane Bernhard served as Vice-President of our organization for several years and Roland Butts served as Treasurer for many more years. Jane and Roland were respected in the community and cared deeply about the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. They were always available to offer help and advice. We will honor their memory and be grateful that we had the privilege of knowing and working with them.

     Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery Superintendent Charles H Fells Sr. and Office Manager Vicki Fells retired after 43 years and 40 years of service respectively. During their years of stewardship the mausoleum was built, the lawn crypt garden was developed, the cemetery celebrated its 150th anniversary, record keeping was extended, and cemetery services were expanded. Charlie and Vicki lived in the Superintendent's house and on their "days off" could often be seen walking about the cemetery or tending to the garden behind the house. Many of us met them in times of great personal sorrow and developed a friendship that will continue. We wish them the best.

     Some of our members have already sent their 2017 - 2018 contributions and their names will be included in the membership list in our Fall newsletter.

     Our annual meeting was held on April 11. Thank you to all who returned proxies so that a quorum was reached. The Treasury showed a balance of $30,651.98. Brian C. Berryann was introduced as Superintendent and assured that he would work with us as we continued our support of the cemetery. Some changes will need to be made regarding our by-laws and board membership and these will be reported in the next newsletter, but these changes will not alter our purpose.

     The board meets on the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October at 12:00 noon at the cemetery office. All members are welcome.

     The United States and Military Service Flags will be displayed at the cemetery entrance Memorial Day and Independence Day. We are proud of our country, grateful for our freedom and we pay tribute to all the men and women who have kept us free and we honor those who still serve.

     In each newsletter we include an article about the history of the cemetery and the story of those who rest here. Steven Mann has graciously provided us "The Poughkeepsie Potter".

     We continue as a volunteer group. Anything we purchase is given to the cemetery. We remain grateful to the Staff of the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. The office and the grounds staff assist us with all of our projects in addition to performing all their cemetery duties. We would not be able to pursue our activities without their help.

     If you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the newsletter, projects or possible future activities for the "Friends" please call Mellina Weiss at (845) 473-5540.



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