2018 – 2019 Friends of the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery Membership List

Fall 2018

Thank you to all of our members for contributing so generously. Our membership is yearly and our solicitation letter to current members is mailed in late April or early May. Perspective new members receive letters as we receive their names. Our 2018-2019 membership of over 300 donated over $14,000.00. A list of current members as of October 15 is included. If we have misspelled a name or forgotten someone please let us know.

We participate in the IBM Employee Matching Grant Program and the Central Hudson Employee Matching Grant Program. Please consider filling out the forms and thank you to all of you who take the time to do this.

Sadly Mr. John J. Palmer, Mr. Joseph V. Cilone, Mr. William D. Knauss, Mrs. June R. LeSoine, Mr. Frank L. Tempestilli, Mr. James C. Watkins, Mrs Ruth H. Detjen and Mrs. Joyce C. Ghee have passed away and we send our sympathy to their families and friends.

Seth Nadel was a gifted Hudson Valley artist whose brilliant landscape paintings have brightened the lives of many of us. His Poughkeepsie Journal obituary stated “he not only had a passion for the way the light illuminates the land but a way of seeing and living inside the landscape”. He passed away in December of 2014 and his remains were placed in the columbarium. Earlier this year his wife Patti and his family gifted us with two of Seth’s framed paintings depicting views of the cemetery with the Hudson River in the distance. We immediately gave these paintings to the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery where they are displayed on the wall in the cemetery office. Our newsletters are printed in black and white so we could never show you just how beautiful they are. We hope to have them available for viewing on our web site in the future.

We hosted a living history tour on Sunday, September 23 which attracted over 70 individuals. Our thanks to our volunteers: Linda Delamarter narrator for famed local brewers the Frank family, Ray Delamarter who portrayed U. S. Congressman, Editor and Author Edmund P. Platt, Dave McCarthy who portrayed Industrialist Adolph Shatz, Patty Moore who portrayed Beloved Historian Helen Wilkinson Reynolds, Robin Moore who portrayed Celebrated Aviatot Captain John M. Miller, Andrew Willis who portrayed Civil and Indian War Soldier Louis McLane Hamilton and Town of Poughkeepsie Police Honor Guard Officers James Roosa and Richard Sisilli who narrated the history of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Memorial and the bench in honor of Actor James Cagney. We are grateful to our sponsors: Copeland Funeral Home, Hufcut Funeral Home, McHoul Funeral Home, Michael Torsone Memorial Funeral Home, Millspaugh Funeral Directors, Straub, Catalano and Halvey Funeral Home, Sweet’s Funeral Home and William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home. Many thanks to the cemetery office staff and volunteer Dorothy Witherwax for selecting this year’s notables and providing posters and biographies and to the grounds staff for directing tour participants to the area around the pond which is beautifully maintained by them all the time
On Veteran’s Day the American and military service flags will fly proudly at the cemetery entrance as we honor all who served. Because of its circular shape and six flagpole holders the Sundial Monument has become the perfect place to display flags on days of remembrance. Six U. S. flags flew in remembrance of September 11th. Five U. S. flags and the POW/MIA flag flew on POW/MIA Recognition Day which is September 21.
The “Friends” has always used a large portion of our funds to plant trees. Huge storms with excessive wind and rain caused excessive damage to our beautiful trees this year and this money was allotted for tree pruning. Thanks to the generosity of one board member we were able to cover the costs of planting four trees in memory of his wife Mrs. Dorothy R. Young.

We elected board member Linda Delamarter Vice-President and current Secretary Steven Mann was elected Secretary-Treasurer.
Our board meetings are quarterly and are held the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October at 12 noon in the cemetery office. Everyone is welcome. All meetings are open to our membership.

In each newsletter we include an article about the history of the cemetery and those who rest here. Steven Mann has graciously provided us with “tThe Legacy of the Kinkead Family”.

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 or the cemetery office at 845 454-0620.  ​

Denise Ackerman & Family
Shirley A Adams
Aram J Agajanian
Mrs Frank Agamine
Florace D Allen
Carol A & Damian J Amodeo
Christine Arenella
James & Karen Bain
Allgaier & Bohan Family
Robert & Sally Antunovich
The Ayres Family
Catherine G Bala
Pheba & George Banta
Jim & Judy Barba
Kathleen & Scott Baright
Mary Ellen Barlow
The Beckhart Family
Grace A Begosh
Lorraine Susan Benjamin
Ronald Berg Sr
G Gregory Bernhard & Family
The Berryann Family
The Bianchetto Family
Mrs Gladys W Bierce
The Bilski Family
Jill Blitzer
Claude Bodley
Shirley Bodley
Irene Rouf Bordes
Dorothy Botsford
​Emma Greene Bradley
Jimmy Branch & Family
Lori Brands
David & Joy Brideau
Barbara Broas
Cynthia & Robert Brown
Stephanie Brown Daughter of Ethel Porter
Harold & Carole Buchner
Sun Up Enterprises
Edith Burke Burrows Family
Angela Butler
Richard T Butler Jr
Vickie D Byrd
Barbara Capralos
Mary Kay Carlson
Barbara Carpenter
John (Jack) Case
Russell B Cassell Sr
Dr & Mrs Vincent J Catalano
Central Hudson
Joyce A Chatfield
Richard Chazen
Adrienne Chiappa
Susan T Chu
Nick & Rossana Citera
Ann F Clegg in memory of George L Clegg
Thomas Cochran
Barbara J Conklin In memory of Lonnie Conklin
Bruce Conklin
Vinnie H Coonradt
Copeland Funeral Home
Vannette M Coppin In memory of Margaret Corrado
Fred Corrado
The Cosgrove Family
Kevin T Coyne
Maureen Creeden
Kathryn M Croce
David W Cundy
Mrs Erma Dancy
Ms Barrie Davis
Carol W. Dean
Ray & Linda Delamarter
Patricia T DeLease
Lillian DePasquale In honor of Janet & John Deschere
Carol D’Esposito
Mr & Mrs William DeStefano
Ruth H Detjen
Patrick DeTomaso
Dorothy J Diesing
Tom DiGovanni
Joan & Vincent Di Maso
Francine DiPolito
Robert F DiPompei
Nancy James
Dow Donald
C & Rosemary F Durbeck
Edward & Elizabeth Dziedzic
Jane Ellingwood
Shirley Emrich
Joseph W Emsley & Beverly Reynolds
Emsley Robert
J Englehart
Wayne & Mary Farley
Jon Fells Virginia Fenwick
Catherine C Filipowicz
The Fisher / Murphy Family
Harvey & Mary Flad
The Flynn & Wiest Family
Janice Foerschler
Nancy A Fogel
Ken Folster
Joan S Forster in memory of my Husband Clifford Forster and my Sister Valerie Smith
Joan Foster David & Rosanne Frederick
​Mrs Robert J Gabler
Robert J Gabler Jr
Kleo Galanos
Hiro H Garcia
Mrs Patricia Gayz
Krysty Ginader
Dan & Jeff Ginsberg
Dr & Mrs Joseph F Gioia
Janice R Glass in memory of Jean & John Glass
Stephan Jay Gold
Gregory Goth
Barbara & Douglas Gould
Michael & Clare Graham
Joseph E Granda
John F Greene and the family of Frank & Muriel Greene
Valerie Greene Carla & Julius Gude
Linda L Hacksteiner
Paul O Hadden
Marjorie E Haight
Elizabeth F Halstead
Kenneth T Halstead
The Hamel Family Mae M Hamm
Judith Hanks
William & Patricia Harding
Mary B Heller
Richard A Herodes
Timothy R Hochberg
Mr & Mrs Edward Holsopple Sr
Christina M Houghtaling
Family of Elmond & Corine Houghtaling
Antoinette R Howell
Hufcut Funeral Home
​Ronald & Doris Hummel
Edward W Hutchinson
Emily Ingram
Lorraine Leonelli
Ingwall Dolores
Small Inman
Anthony L Ippolito
Barbara Jeter-Jackson
Fran Johnson
Mr Henry D Johnson
Gary Jones
Joseph V Leahy Funeral Home
Bozena Kalocay
Alice Emsley
Kanan Stan & Karen Kardas
David & Mary Kelley
Virginia Heaton
Keller Barry Kesting
Yvonne E Kilpatrick
Joan L Kleinegris
Franciszka Kobajlo
Doris Kraft – Florida
Stephanie W Krom
Evelyn Krueger
​Alfred Kuenzelmann
Dorcie L Kuhns and Mary Carol Kuhns
Jim & Allison Kunkel
Celie Kustas
Siegfried & Irene Lahl

The Lainis Family in memory of John Lainis
Martha E Langton
Barbara W La Pietra
Walter & Beverly Lastig
The Leadbitter Family
Richard & Mary Lou Lindholm
Stephen P Lumb In memory of Isabel K McAdams
Rick & Kathy McCaffrey
Bill & Velvet McCausland In memory of James L McCluskey
Joan B McCluskey
Sharon E McCue
Robert W McDowell
​McHoul Funeral Home
Donald L & Vera B McIntosh
Waltraud I Mack
Rebecca Mackin
Joseph E MacLeod
Marion D Mandra
Ann Marie Mannese In memory of Helen L Marinelli
John & Barbara Marmillo
P Carole Marsh
Joanne Saxon Martin
Roland & Diane Martin
Connie Mastroeni in memory of Suzette Mentavlos
Stephanie Mauri
Gene D Mentzer
Michael Torsone
Memorial Funeral Home
Elizabeth Miller
Patricia Miller
Terry Miller & Elizabeth Bernhard-Miller
William C Miller
Millspaugh Funeral Directors
Michael & Karen Minogue
Yorke Bolin Mizelle
The Moehringer Family
Molloy Family
Barb Montross
John B Montville
​Mr & Mrs Robert C Moran
Carl & Margaret Morgenegg
Marcia & Joseph Mori
Jeanette Morris
Janet M Mraz
Mrs Evelyn Myers
Barbara Mosher
Mrs Gloria D Mulford in memory of William H Mulford
Patti Nickel Nadel
Virginia Nassar & Family
Margaret & Jim Nelson
Edgerton Grant North
Joseph F Nowak Family
Ida M Oliver
John P O’Shea
Karen Oswain
Patricia A Oswald in memory of Gary K Oswald
Karen Page
Mrs Cindy Osika
Pagnotta Sam & Millie Pakrad
Nancy M Palmer In loving memory of Paula Papastrat
Richard & Joann Papesca
Ann & Don Parfet
Dennis & Lorraine Parker
Mrs Wayne Parker
Sandra L Parks
Annette Patterson
Marjorie M Pelton
Mrs Christine Petrone
Randi & David Petrovits
Mr Edward R S Petty
Barbara A Pierce
Fernando Piney
Eulalia Pixley
The Polistena Family
Lorraine M Prisco in memory of Albert J Prisco Bronwen
Parry Pritchard
George E Prokupek
Doris Purchase
Mrs Richard Pyle
Jill Quell
Raffaele Family
Henry L Raiche
Bernard H Ranellone
Frances Rappoccio
Albert & Marion Ratschki
Carol A Reavy
Anita L Reiners
Barbara A Relyea
Rick & Shirley Reuman for Warren Michael Reuman
Mr & Ms Marco Ricco
Mrs Francis U Ritz
Mary H Rivenburgh
Mr & Mrs Kevin C Rivers
Marianne Rizzo
Leslie Anne Roney
Cyril “Skip” Rottkamp
Karen L Runza
Diane Russell
Carol Wood
Ryan Dennis & Denise St Andrew
Lynn A Salvaggio in memory of FPH VanSchoor & AME Norman Van Schoor
Kathy A Schmidt
Robert J Schuelke Family
Joseph G Schulal
Andy Schwager & Rachel Ferre
Fred Schwinger
Ms Joan M Seifts
Sette / North Family
The Shen Family
Linda Silkworth
Dr Samuel & Gail Simon
Richard J & Helen L Skinner
Joanne Spadaro Smith
Gene Snyder in memory of Elizabeth L Snyder
Theresa Spadavecchia
Leonard Spinelli
Ivars Sprogis MD
James J Stella
Ann Stellar
Joanne Niles Stoller
Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home
Jane & Kenneth Stringer
Sweet’s Funeral Home
Barbara DeLease
Tarantino Emma & Jim Tate
The Terlato Family
Michael Terpak In memory of Charlotte A Thomas
Family of Kenneth V Tooker II
Seana Travers
Michael & Sallyann Trabucco
Rodney Vaccaro
Jean M Vandenbrul
Patricia M Van Duser
Clyde R Vaughan Jr
Ray Vaughey
Family of Barbara Corliss Velletri
Louise, Richard & Joanne Velletri
Mrs Helen G Verven
Miss Valere S Voorhees
Joseph A Vumbico
Joyce E Walden-White
Judith L Walker
Frances M Wallace
Stephanie A Walter
Nevart E Wanger
Virginia W Waterman
Alberta Watson
Sandra Weber
Weidner Memorials
Peg Schrauth Weigers
Mrs Helga Weiss
Mellina Weiss
Maria C Whalen
Janet A White
Jean L Willets
William G Miller & Son Funeral Home
Barbara Williams in memory of Carlton Williams Jr
Mrs Dorothy Witherwax
Barbara Post Yanik
Ms Shirley Yereance
Janet M Yorke Charles H Young in memory of Dorothy R Young
Ronald Young
Cora McEnroe Sandra Zeaman
Allan L Zeoli
Dorothy Zieg
​Louis C Zuccarello

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Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
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9:00 A.M. ~ 12 Noon
Sunday Closed

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342 South Avenue
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Poughkeepsie, NY 12602-0977

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Interior Mausoleum Hours:
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