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
Randi and David Petrovits
Stanley and Karen Kardas
Joan M Sergison
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
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
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
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.