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Keeler, Norma  
Norma M. Keeler Pine Plains, NY - Norma M. Keeler, 92, passed away at home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. She was born on November 9, 1923 in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mrs. Keeler worked for the Pine Plains Ford Garage. She also was a school bus driver for Pine Plains Central School and was a longtime parishioner of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church. On June 18, 1945 at Immaculate Conception Church in Bangall, NY. She married George Joseph Keeler Sr. He predeceased her on August 8, 1998. Survivors include her four sons, George Joseph (Ruth) Keeler Jr. of Pine Plains, NY; Gary Richard (JoAnn) Keeler of Pine Plains, NY; Gordon Raymond (Sandy) Keeler of Millerton, NY; Glenn David Keeler of Stanfordville, NY; ten grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren. Calling hours are Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at Peck & Peck Funeral Home, 7749 South Main St. Pine Plains, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 AM on Friday, May 27, 2016 at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, 68 Poplar Ave. Pine Plains, NY. A reception will follow at Lia's Mountain View Restaurant in Pine Plains. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are requested to the American Legion Post 426 PO Box 125 Pine Plains or St. Anthony's Church 68 Poplar Ave. Pine Plains, NY 12567. To sign the online register please access peckandpeck.net
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 26 to May 27, 2016
Keeler, Norma  
Keeler, Norma M.., 92, of Pine Plains, NY died on May 24, 2016. Arrangements under the direction of the Peck & Peck Funeral Homes, Inc. 7749 South Main St. Pine Plains, NY 12567, 518-398-7777.
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from May 26 to May 27, 2016
Krom, Gilbert  
Gilbert A. Krom Port Ewen - Gilbert A. Krom a lifetime Ulster County resident died Thursday, May 19, 2016. He was 85. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1948 and worked at Krom' s Radio and Television until being drafted in the Army. He served on active duty in the US Army from 1952 to 1973, retiring as a Lt. Colonel. He graduated from OCS at Fort Sill, the Associate Field Artillery Career Course, the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor of General Education, and the USA Command and General Staff College. He served in Korea, two tours in Germany and in Vietnam. Colonel Krom was awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, ROK Presidential Unit Citation, VN Cross of Gallantry w/palm (twice) and the VN Civil Actions Medal 1st Class w/oak leaf device (twice). He also has received the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal ( 5 campaign stars), Reserved Forces Service Medal with Hour Glass (20 years service), United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal. In addition, he has received the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross (4 Awards) and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star (2 awards). After he retired from the military, he went to work for The Handel Group, Inc. in Poughkeepsie as Director of Service and Administration. During his work there he picked up State of New York Insurance Department license's as Independent Adjuster for Accident and Health, a Brokers License, and an Agent's license for Life insurance. He obtained a NYS Notary Public Commission. He also received a Associate Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and received a certificate of completion in the abbreviated correspondence course of actuarial calculations for pension plans from the Eastern Pension Association, Inc. He retired from the Handel Group December 1990 and has been busy with volunteer type work since. He is a member of the Reformed Church of Port Ewen where is served as Elder and deacon on the consistory. He taught the adult Sunday School. He has been known to preach on occasions when the pastor is away. He was the financial advisor for the church coordinating the annual church budget. He is a life member of The Holland Society of New York having a direct male line to a Dutch ancestor arriving in New Netherlands in 1662. He is a member of the Columbia-Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter, Empire State Society, of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is a life member of the Klyne Esopus Historical Society and a past vice­ president and trustee. He is a member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and AARP and volunteers as a Tax Counselor for the Elderly. He is past president and member emeritus of the Mid-Hudson Chapter, Institute of Management Accountants (formerly the National Association of Accountants). A life member of the Reserve Officers Association, Past Department Vice President, Region VII Vice President, Ulster County Chapter President, Dutchess County Chapter President and is currently the Ulster County Chapter Secretary-Treasurer. He is a life member of the Military Officers Association of America (formerly The Retired Officers Association), Past President of the Mid-Hudson Chapter and currently the Secretary (second time) and Treasurer. A life member of the American Legion, Past Department Vice Commander, Past Third District Commander, Past Ulster County Commander, Past Town of Esopus Post 1298 Commander and currently Third District Judge Advocate and Post 1298 Finance Officer and Trustee. A life member of the VFW Kingston Post 1386. A life member Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 60 in Kingston. A perpetual member of The Military Order of the World Wars. A life member of the Association of the United States Army. A member of the Loyal Order of Moose, formerly a member of the Kingston Lodge 970. Born Dec. 24, 1930, in Kingston, he was the son of the late Carlton F. and Dorothy Short Krom. Survivors include his sister Shirley M. Handel of Poughkeepsie and two nephews Robert D. Handel of Pittsburgh, PA and Evan B. Handel of Poughkeepsie. Arrangements are under the care of the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park: www.GVVFH.com In following Gil's preplanned directions, there are no calling hours or funeral procession. A graveside service officiated by Pastor Kevin Slusher, followed by full military honors will begin at 10:00 am Monday, May 23rd, at Fairview Cemetery, Fairview Cemetery Lane, Stone Ridge, NY.
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on May 22, 2016
Kupferer, Charles A.  
Charles A. Kupferer 11/21/23-2/17/16. Chuck was born in the Bronx, NY. He enlisted in the US Navy at the age of 18. He served for 3 years and was very proud to be a WWII Veteran. Chuck married Helen Henken in 1948 and resided in Ossining, NY. Chuck worked for River Valley Frozen Foods in Newburgh, NY and for Maue Oil Company in Ossining where he remained until retiring in 1988. Chuck and Helen moved to MA for their retirement where he continued to enjoy fresh and salt water fishing. Chuck was predeceased by Helen in 1999. He is survived by 3 daughters, Carol Sizemore, Mechanicsburg, PA, Charlene Jehle and her husband, Paul, Sagamore Beach, MA and Cindy Colao, Fishkill NY, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Burial is 5/28/16 at Cold Spring Cemetery Cold Spring, NY.
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on May 26, 2016
Kurten, Alice "Allelu"  
Alice "Allelu" Kurten Concord, MA - Alice Beal "Allelu" Kurten, of Concord, MA, left us for another stage on May 21st after a long and meaningful life and a short and inconvenient illness. Known as "Allelu" because her father was 60 with three sons when she was born and loudly proclaimed, "Alleluia, it's a girl." He died when Allelu was two so her name was his gift. At the age of 8, she moved to The Hotchkiss School, in Lakeville, CT, when her mother, Alice Dresel Beal, married George Van Santvoord, Hotchkiss' Headmaster at the time. Allelu attended Emma Willard School then Vassar College, graduating in 1952. In June, 1952, Allelu married John L. Kurten. Their love affair continued until his death in October, 2002. Allelu is survived by George & Dale Kurten; Jamie Kurten; Sue Kurten; Libby Kurten & Viktor Vejins; and her 5 grandchildren on whom she doted: Sage Kurten; Mackenzie & Spencer Kurten; and Alice & Amanda Vejins. Allelu spoke of the three circles that defined her life: puppetry, singing and gardening. She was an internationally renowned puppeteer. Her life in puppetry began more than 50 years ago when she volunteered to do a puppet show for a community church. From there she created tennis ball puppet shows and led the Pied Piper troupe. From 1979-1992, Allelu was the General Secretary of the American chapter of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette (UNIMA-USA), an international organization dedicated to uniting puppetry on an international level, and earned the nickname UNI-MAMA. She loved attending puppet festivals and supporting artists in the creation of new work. She served on the board of the Jim Henson Foundation for over twenty-two years from 1988-2010. She delighted in the creative process, but most important to her were the friendships that were created through puppetry. Allelu's home was a central hub for traveling puppeteers who sometimes stayed for several weeks or even years. Her singing circle included being a Night Owl and a G-Stringer at Vassar College. Both of these singing groups brought out Allelu's creative, exuberant side. The Night Owls were a traditional, highly-regarded a capella singing group, that still exists at Vassar. As folk music began to be popular, Allelu became an early member of the lumber jacket and jeans-clad, guitar-, banjo- and ukulele-playing G-Stringers, Vassar's prize-winning folk music group. She was an enthusiastic participant in that group's annual reunions, and created another circle of friends, who were people from almost thirty years of Vassar classes. Allelu's gardening circle included long time membership in the Garden Club of Orange & Dutchess Counties, being the powerhouse behind the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association supporting the Beatrix Farrand designed garden at Bellefield in Hyde Park, NY, and her own beautiful gardens at her home. She was honored at St. James' Church in Hyde Park in 2012 with the dedication of the first area of the Hyde Park Community Garden as "Allelu's Garden". In all of her "circles", Allelu shared her joy and light, her smile and her enthusiasm. She reached out to people who needed an extra word of encouragement. She believed in giving back, whether volunteering at Dutchess Outreach or more recently, at the Pine Street Inn in Boston. Everywhere she went, she collected friends and created loving connections. Even at Newbury Court in Concord, MA, where she lived for the last four years, she created new and important friendships. Allelu made everyone feel special. Her home in Hyde Park, was always a shelter for those that came, a place where nothing else mattered but the person. In her words, her home "was a nurturing, loving, creative haven for everyone who found us." Those of us who did find her, were exceedingly blessed. Her friend Cate Duggar said it best when writing to Allelu after a recent visit: "I especially hope that you know that you're leaving a blazing rainbow of love and light that will enclose and enrich those you love (and those who love you) long, long after your bodily presence is gone." A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 4525 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY at 1pm on Friday, June 10, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting one of Allelu's passions: The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association (P.O. Box 315, Hyde Park, NY 12538), the University of Connecticut Puppetry Program (802 Bolton Rd., Unit-1127, Storrs, CT 06269), or the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford, CT 06385) where a special scholarship fund is being set up in Allelu's name to be called "The Allelu Kurten Generous Spirit Scholarship". Allelu spread her white light in so many areas. Just think about what Allelu meant to you and do what inspires you to carry forth her light. "Love & Light" is how Allelu signed her many letters; Love & Light is what she gave us all. To share a remembrance or to send a condolence in her online guestbook, please visit www.deefuneral home.com .
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Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on May 29, 2016
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