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Kenneth Joseph Knops, Sr., 91, of Poughkeepsie entered eternal life on September 26, 2015. He left this life surrounded by his loving wife and family at his side in his home.
Mr. Knops was born in Passaic, New Jersey to parents Anna and Joseph Knops. He was a longtime resident of Poughkeepsie, graduating from Arlington High School in 1942. During World War II Mr. Knops served in the United States Navy for over three years, both in the North Atlantic and South Pacific as a Navy Radioman, with the majority of time spent on the U.S.S. Nantahala.
Upon discharge from the Navy after the War, Mr. Knops graduated from Panzer College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health and Physical Education. He subsequently earned two Masters Degrees from New York University in Counseling and School Administration.
Upon graduation from Panzer College, Mr. Knops began a 30 year career with the Arlington Central School District. Over the duration of his career in district, he served as teacher and coach, guidance counselor, high school assistant principal, and Director of Personnel. He also held the position of President of the Arlington Teachers Association. Mr. Knops retired from the Arlington School District in 1979. After his retirement Mr. Knops was an active member of the Mechanical Bank Collectors of America, serving as the organization’s President and Treasurer.
Among his students, colleagues, and family members, Mr. Knops is fondly remembered as a guiding light, mentor, and role model to those fortunate to have crossed paths with him in this life.
Mr. Knops lived an exemplary life and leaves behind a legacy of love of family. Left to cherish the lasting imprint he left on their hearts are his wife of 67 years, Madeline, whom he married on September 4, 1948 at St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Clifton, New Jersey; his four children Peggy Skaggs and her husband Lee of Columbia, Maryland, Kenneth Knops, Jr. of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Betsy Knops of Lagrangeville, and Carol Simonetty and her husband Jerry of Poughkeepsie, six grandchildren Lisa Harbaugh, Matthew Skaggs, Jennifer Bylsma, Victoria Knops, Peter Simonetty, and Joseph Simonetty, six great-grandchildren, sister Kathy Knops Parkinson and sister- in-laws-Sally Starin and June Ploch.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, September 30th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 231 Church Street, in Poughkeepsie.
PAUL D. LACEY
Paul D. Lacey, 85, of Poughkeepsie died peacefully on October 19, 2014. His children were by his side.
Paul was born on September 4, 1929 to the late Dennis and Elizabeth Lacey in Sherwood, New York. He graduated from Ithaca College and received a masters at New York University. Paul served in the United States Marine Corps for 2 years. He worked as a guidance counselor at Arlington High School for many years until retirement. Paul was a member of St Martin de Porres Church and was a Eucharistic Minister.
Paul was a true family man. In 1958, he married Deanna Fitzgerald Lacey who passed away in 1992. Together they raised five children: Elizabeth (Lindsay), Dennis (Dipti), Charles (Yuka), Matthew (predeceased in 2004) and Michael (Catherine, predeceased in 2009). One of his greatest joys was time spent with his eight grandchildren: Alexander, Gillian, Emmett, Brogan, Fiona, Sumita, Garrett and Deanna.
Paul was predeceased by brothers James (Marge) and Howard (Betty) Lacey, sisters Lolita (Jack) Hagin, Alma (Carl) Bailey and brother-in-law, Charles Fitzgerald. He is survived by in-laws, Lawrence, Francis and Rose Fitzgerald. In addition, Paul is survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, many of whom reside in the Finger Lakes area.
Visitation will be Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 4 to 7 at the Parmele Auchmoody & Schoonmaker Funeral Home, 110 Fulton Ave, Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10am in St. Martin de Porres Church, 118 Cedar Valley Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY. Burial will follow on Friday in the family plot at St Bernards Cemetery, Scipio Center, NY. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of your choice.
GLORIA RAND WINNE
David Hollister Winne, 86, passed away on Jan. 2, 2014 and Gloria Rand Winne, 87, passed away Jan. 5, 2014 peacefully at Masonicare in Wallingford, Conn.
David was born in Watertown, N.Y. and was the son of the late Walter and Blanche Winne. Gloria was born in Yonkers, N.Y. and was the daughter of the late William and Adelaide Rand.
Dave and Gloria were married for 58 years and resided in Windsor, Conn. before retiring to Ocean City, Maryland.
They leave behind a son, Mark Winne, and his wife, Michele, of Suffield, Conn. and their children, Allyson of Cromwell, Conn. and Matthew of San Diego, Ca., a daughter, Lee Kingsbury, and her husband, Jeff, of Windsor Locks, Conn.
Following a short tour in the Coast Guard during World War II, Dave graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. with a U.S.C.G. License and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering. He later earned an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He sailed for five years for Bethlehem Steel, Crown Oil and later as a Warranty Engineer for Babcock & Wilcox. While sailing, he averaged over 100,000 miles a year and made 72 passages through the Panama Canal. He worked at Terry Steam Turbine Company in Windsor and then on to a Manufacturer’s Rep Firm before opening his own company, Winne Associates, in 1978.
Gloria was a graduate of SUNY Albany, N.Y. with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She taught English at Arlington High School, her Alma Mater, as well as in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. before moving to Connecticut to teach at Eastern Junior High School, Riverside, Conn. After starting her family, she returned to the field of education as a high school guidance counselor at Windsor High School and retired in 1988 after 25 years.
In their retirement years, they both became active in their respective volunteer interests. Dave was active in the Shiners’ Club and the Coast Guard Auxiliary as a Commercial Fishing Vessel Examiner.
Gloria enjoyed many interests, specifically the famous St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Chicken and Dumpling dinners, the Clare’s Guild and the Vestry. Much of her time was devoted to Diakonia, a transitional shelter for those in need, where she served on the board for 15 years and continued on as a volunteer at the shelter. One day a week was given to the Ocean City library to help with the distribution and checking of books.
While Gloria tended to their tomato and vegetable gardens, Dave’s passion was his beautiful rose and flower gardens.
Bubbles and Papa David, as they were affectionately known, greatly enjoyed the community of Ocean City and its social activities. They quickly developed close and long-lasting friendships during their 25 years of retirement. They loved the summer vacations with their grandchildren, visiting with snowbirds traveling north and south, and enjoyed taking cruises with family and dear friends.
Their family is grateful for the wonderful care and love they received while they made their home at Ashlar Village and Masonicare the last few years.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
DONALD J. NELSON
Donald J. Nelson, a native of Arlington who returned to make his career as principal of Arlington High School, died at home with his daughter on Friday, June 25, 2010. Don was 92 years old and had waged a stoic and dignified battle with cancer.
Born in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Clarence O. and Josephine Dodd Nelson. A member of the first class to graduate from the Arlington High School on Dutchess Turnpike in 1935, Don earned five varsity letters during his senior year. As a young man, before the Coast Guard sent ice breakers up the Hudson he regularly medaled in speed skating races across the river.
On graduating high school he declined a job offer from a successful uncle, and instead enrolled at Ithaca College, hoping to be the first in his family to earn a degree. When his education was interrupted by the Depression in 1937 he came home to find work alongside his father at the Hart Manufacturing factory in Arlington. However, with the generous assistance of his parish priest, Peter P. Conaty, of Holy Trinity, and several part-time jobs he was able to return to his studies. At Ithaca, Don was a middle distance runner who captained the track team and was twice invited to the Penn Relays with the mile relay team. Although neither tall nor large, Don benefited from speed and strength, and also captained the Ithaca football team, playing as an offensive guard. In addition to classes and sports, he participated in theatrical productions at Ithaca, and developed an interest in ballroom dancing which he and his wife, Judy, enjoyed in to their 80's.
After graduating college in 1939 he taught Chemistry and coached in the North Country, and enlisted in the Army on the invasion of Pearl Harbor. In service he was a physical trainer and later a rehabilitation specialist. On June 30, 1947 he married Julia V. Davis, an Arlington High School teacher, at St. Mary's Church in Poughkeepsie. Judy predeceased Don on November 23, 2009 after 62 years of marriage devoted to their family and the quiet practice of their faith. Don received his Masters in Education from St. Lawrence University, where he and Judy summered in a dormitory apartment while he worked as a graduate assistant and she worked in the Cole-Herring Library. They often described their low-budget graduate school experience as some of the best days of their lives.
After working as an Assistant Principal at Herkimer High School, Don and Judy returned to Poughkeepsie where he became the Principal of Arlington High School in 1953. During his 25 year tenure he pioneered the high school-to-college bridge programs with Dutchess Community College and Marist College, oversaw Arlington High School’s move from the building he graduated from on Dutchess Turnpike to its present location in Freedom Plains, served as Acting Superintendent of the Arlington School District, continued his graduate work at the Columbia Teachers College and was a presence at countless night and weekend dances, board meetings, games and events.
In the early 1970s, when the student body protested the Vietnam War by boycotting classes, Don went out to the parking lot, took off his shoes, climbed onto the hood of a car and convinced the students to come back to their classes to discuss the issues surrounding the war. He also studied the effectiveness of academic methods and was invited to deliver his findings on the decline in SAT performance at the National Conference of Secondary School Administrators in Washington, D.C.
Don served as President of the Poughkeepsie Tennis Club, a member of The St. George’s School Board, the President of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, President of the Dutchess County Scholastic League, an American Cancer Society volunteer and was named an Honorary Meet Director of the Arlington Relays.
Don is survived by his daughter, Rosemary, with whom he made his home, his son D. Peter and wife April of Port Ewen, and his son Jim, wife Margaret and devoted grandchildren, Caroline and James Nelson, Jr., all of Poughkeepsie. Don’s brother, John D. Nelson, survives in LaGrange as do several nieces and a nephew. He was predeceased by his sisters Florence Holleran and Catherine Deissinger and his brother Martin. Calling hours will be on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, 9:45am July 1, 2010 at Holy Trinity Church, 775 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY. Burial at St. Peter's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Leo J. Gregg Scholarship Fund, Holy Trinity Church, 775 Main St., Poughkeepsie, NY.
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. 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.
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.
AGNES F. FLINT
Agnes F. Flint, 92, a Town of Poughkeepsie resident and a retired teacher, died July 31, 1994 at the Baptist Home in Rhinebeck.
A Poughkeepsie resident since 1924, Miss Flint moved to the area from Little Falls, Herkimer County.
She was a math teacher at Arlington High School from 1924 until her retirement in 1969. In 1962, she was made director of the mathematics department and she was also the district coordinator of the mathematics department.
Miss Flint was a member of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Poughkeepsie.
She was a graduate of Little Falls High School and the former New York State College for Teachers at Albany. She received her master’s degree from Columbia University
Born Aug. 30, 1901, in Little Falls, she was the daughter of George D. and Agnes McCarthy Flint.
There are no survivors except for many friends.
JULIA M. PHELAN
Julia M. Phelan, a City of Poughkeepsie resident, died November 9, 1992 at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie
Miss Phelan was a social studies teacher for the Arlington district for 50 years, retiring in 1975.
She was a communicant at St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America, past grand regent of Court Irenita and a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.
Born in Poughkeepsie, the was the daughter of Francis A. and Mary Ellen Cronin Phelan.
Miss Phelan was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School, New Paltz Normal School and obtained a Masters degree in education from New York University.
Survivors include two sisters, Katherine R. Mullarkey of Poughkeepsie and Mary A. Smith of Pompano Beach, Fla; two nieces and grandnieces and grandnephews.
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