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RIGNEY J. KEARNEY
Rigney J. Kearney, 79, died, March 29, 2008 in New Bern, NC after a long illness. Throughout his 35-year career as a hard-working, dedicated teacher and principal in the Arlington Central School District, Mr. Kearney was committed to academic excellence. He was passionate about setting high expectations and creating opportunities for students to achieve their full academic potential. As principal of LaGrange Junior High School from 1967 through 1979 and Titusville Middle School from 1979 until his retirement in 1987, he was very proud to lead a talented, dedicated faculty and staff who shared this commitment to excellence. Born in Poughkeepsie on January 29, 1929, Mr. Kearney was the seventh of nine children of the late Francis and Regina (Ward) Kearney. On November 9, 1957, Mr. Kearney married his cherished and beloved wife of 50 years, the former Barbara Moran, also a Poughkeepsie native, at Holy Trinity Church. Mrs. Kearney now resides in New Bern, NC. Mr. Kearney is survived by his sons Thomas R. Kearney, a CPA and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco, CA and Rev. Daniel S. Kearney, pastor of St. Elizabeth's Church, New York, NY. He is also survived by his daughter, US Army Lieutenant Colonel Mary Katharine (Kate) Crusan based at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, his three grandchildren Daniel, Katharine, and Joseph Crusan, as well as son-in-law Richard Crusan, a retired US Army major. Mr. Kearney is also survived by his brother Thomas of New York, many nieces, nephews and other relatives, most of whom continue to live in the Hudson Valley. Mr. Kearney is an alumnus of Poughkeepsie High School, SUNY New Paltz, and New York University (NYU). He also served in the US Army. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in New Bern on April 8, 2008. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 AM on Thursday, April 17, 2008 at St. Mary's Church, 269 Church Street in Poughkeepsie, after which his sons will host a luncheon reception. Details regarding the luncheon will be provided at the Mass. A private family burial will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York.
LELA M. TRAVER
Lela M. Traver died Tuesday, July 12, 2005 at her residence. Mrs. Traver was a schoolteacher and began her career teaching in Delaware County and then for 23 years taught English at the former Arlington Junior High School retiring in 1969. Born in Lookout, Pa. on August 2, 1907, she was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Lake Mawdsley. Lela married Carlton Traver in Poughkeepsie in 1952. Mr. Traver predeceased her in 1990. She loved poetry and was an accomplished poet having several of her works published. Mrs. Traver was a member of the First Congregational Church in Poughkeepsie. Lela was a graduate of Albany State University in 1928. Survivors include her son, Donald Traver of Poughkeepsie and her daughter, Elizabeth Konkolics also of Poughkeepsie; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandson. She was predeceased by a son George Whitman. Funeral services will be held on Saturday 10am from Parmele Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave., Poughkeepsie, with Rev. Alfred Twyman Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Lookout Methodist Cemetery, Lookout, Pa.
WALT NEIDHARDT
Walter Robert Neidhardt, 93, of Freehold, N.J., formerly of Poughkeepsie, died Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, of complications from A.L.S. Born in Brooklyn to the late Gottfried F. and Williamine Wood Neidhardt, he lived in Poughkeepsie prior to moving to Freehold Township in 1989. In 1937, he joined the Arlington School System, where he taught math and science and was an assistant coach for the football, track and cross country teams. He also organized the first Adult Education Program in the Arlington School System, out of which grew “Club 60”, the first senior citizen organization in the area. While living in the Poughkeepsie area, he was an active member of the First Congregational Church; and involved in many civic affairs, serving on the board of several local organizations. He was instrumental in the formation of the Arlington Rotary Club, where he was a charter member and the club's fifth president. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. He served as a Rotary District Governor (District No. 721) from 1978 to 1979. He also founded the Rotary Youth Leadership Conference and conducted it for four years. When Mr. Neidhardt moved to Freehold, N.J., he continued to be active in various local and civic organizations. He was a member of the Freehold Rotary Club; and the First Presbyterian Church of Freehold. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as an airplane recognition instructor in Little Creek, Va. He was predeceased by his wives, Theodora Dritsas Neidhardt in 1950 and Hazel Whitehead Neidhardt in 1998. Surviving are his wife, Florence Griffin Neidhardt of Freehold, N.J.; and her children, Nan of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, James of Poughkeepsie; a daughter and son-in-law, Tedi and David Jansky of Sunbury, Pa.; two grandsons and their wives, Gregory and Dulce Jansky of Little Silver, N.J.; and Christopher and Julie Jansky of Monument, Colo.; three great-grandchildren, Charlotte Grace, Samuel Burdick and Garrett Owen Jansky; and many nieces and nephews. Family, friends and all who knew him are invited to a celebration of his life at a memorial service at 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, at First Congregational Church/UCC on Mill St., Poughkeepsie. Burial will be in LaGrange Rural Cemetery, LaGrangeville, at the convenience of the family.
VIVIAN M. REYNOLDS
Vivian M. Reynolds, 94, a lifelong area resident, died Friday, Oct. 31, 2003 at the Lutheran Care Center, Poughkeepsie. Mrs. Reynolds began her 42-year teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Hopewell Junction in 1928, and taught at Poughquag and Arthursburg before going to the Arlington Central District in 1946. In 1957, she was the first principal of both the Beekman and Overlook Grade Schools, where she guided the organization of their PTAs. When she retired from the Overlook School, the faculty of the Arlington School District wanted to do something to honor her to encourage the continuation of the high standards which she had set for the students. They initiated the Vivian M. Reynolds Citizenship Award. This award is presented annually to students in recognition of human achievements - kindness, consideration, responsibility, thoughtfulness, and a gracious giving and sharing spirit. She was a member of the Overlook PTA, Arlington Teachers Association (past president), Arlington PTA Council, New York State Elementary Principals, New York State Retired Teachers Association (life member), National Teachers Association, A.A.U.W., New York State Principals Association, National Education Association of Elementary Principals, New York State Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, Arlington Administrative Association, Dutchess County Elementary Principals, American Association of University Women, and Dutchess County Retired Teachers Association (life member and past president, 1975-1976). She was a member of the Hopewell Reformed Church for more than 60 years and the First Presbyterian Church of Poughkeepsie. She traveled extensively throughout the world visiting every continent and country, including the United Staes, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, several Caribbean Islands, Europe, Asia, South America, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, North and South Africa, Chile, and Spain. Born on Jan. 19, 1909 in Hopewell Junction, she was the daughter of Charles J. and Lora Perrine McKeown. She attended Hopewell Elementary School, Poughkeepsie High School, Syracuse University, and the State Teachers College at New Paltz, where she received her bachelor and masters degrees in education. She married Samuel Tompkins Reynolds, who died in 1964. Survivors include a brother, Kenneth P. McKeown of Hopewell Junction; nieces, Carolyn Nestler of Hopewell Junction, Judith Hillery of Osprey, Fla., and Dorothea Barrier of Anchorage, AK; a nephew, Richard Carnes of Poughkeepsie; grandnieces, Mary Jo Kraus and Hillery Barrier; grandnephews, Michael Nestler, Andy Barrier, and Thad Barrier. She was predeceased by her sisters, Dorothea P. Hillery in 1991 and Beatrice V. Carnes in 1988; her brother, Carl McKeown in 1957; and her nephews, Patrick G. Nestler in 1998. Calling hours are 2-4 p.m., Monday, at the McHoul Funeral Home Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. Funeral services will be 4 p.m., Monday, at the funeral home, with Rev. Taylor Holbrook officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mount Kisco, on Tuesday, at 11 a.m.

MARGARET MARY WALSH
Margaret Mary Walsh, retired assistant superintendent of Arlington Central School District and former trustee of the New York Teachers Retirement System, died Wednesday, January 30, 2002. Born Aug. 20, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. Walsh and Nora Ryan Walsh and sister of the late John T. Walsh, who died Feb. 19, 1992. She is survived by two nieces, Mary Margaret Sterling of Pepperal, Mass. and Judith Debes of Fishkill; two nephews, John P. Walsh of Milan and Kevin M. Walsh of Plano, Texas; and a grand niece, Natalie Walsh of Plano, Texas. Ms. Walsh was a life communicant of St. Peters Church and a graduate of the old St. Peters School, Class of 1942; graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, Class of 1946; champion high school speech and debate student of the late Lucile Stephens of National Forensic Coaching Fame. She received an A.B. Degree from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Riverdale and received her M.S. Degrees from Fordham University and Columbus University. She had 34 years in education including being a teacher, coordinator, and administrator of Arlington School District, retiring Sept. 1, 1984;; instructor of English and Education and coordinator of student teaching at the College of Mount Saint Vincent; instructor of Public Speaking at Dutchess Community College; teacher in elementary and secondary schools in New York City at the beginning of her career; summer consultant at the New York State Education Department in Albany from 1954 to 1964; served as a trustee of the New York State Teachers Retirement System for six years; active on the commissioners task force for equal opportunities for women for five years; regent (two terms) of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the College of Mount Saint Vincent Alumnae; active in the higher education commission of the AAUW; leader in local and state speech and debated activities and coach of the National Award students at Arlington High School; volunteer judge for speech and writing contests throughout the state; former member of the board of directors of the Mid-Hudson Workshop for the Disabled; lifemember of the Dutchess County and New York State Retired Teachers Associations; and a member of the St. Francis Hospital Auxiliary, the Cardinal Cooke Guild, and the Mid-Hudson Retired School Administrators Association. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, Hudsonview Drive, Poughkeepsie. Visiting time will take place prior to the Mass from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., at William G. Miller and Son Funeral Home Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie. Burial will be in the family plot at St. Peters Cemetery following the Mass.

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