Van Alstyne, Beverley Alva (Browne) KINDERHOOK Beverley Alva Van Alstyne passed into eternal peace at home on her surviving husband's birthday, July 13, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. Born in 1931 in Brooklyn, her family moved to Malverne in Long Island, where she attended Malverne High School. Beverley later graduated from SUNY-Farmingdale with a major in graphic arts and was employed as a draftsperson in the aircraft industry. At Farmingdale she met her future husband, Richard Van Alstyne of Stuyvesant. They were married on October 26, 1953 and moved to Kinderhook. The union was blessed with five children, R. Glenn, Jeffrey L., Peter C., Gary P., and Thomas J. The family expanded with grandchildren, Carolyn, Jill, Benjamin, Devon, Adam, Raisa, Abbey, and Jason. Beverley had little trouble filling her time with her five sons and grandchildren, as well as through her active membership in the Kinderhook Reformed Church and its religious education and community outreach. She helped organize and run the Hungry Hedgehog Food Co-op in Columbia County. She often taught art at Loudonville Christian School and Ichabod Crane High School. As an artist residing in Kinderhook, she researched and produced an illustrated, historical map of the village of Kinderhook for the country's bicentennial celebration in 1976. She and her family enjoyed time spent in Maine, Cape Cod, Mass., and along the Atlantic coast, and traveled with Richard around the Pacific Northwest, American Southwest and Europe. Beverley always found time to help others, whether hosting children over the summer through the "fresh air" program of New York City, or hosting numerous students through the Rotary Club
exchange programs from Sweden, Germany, Spain, France, Mexico and Africa. She always shared her broad knowledge with others. Her love for plants led to years of devoted volunteer service in the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia County as a master gardner, which led to many lasting friendships. She later devoted her efforts to the non-profit organization ECHO of Fort Myers, Fla., supporting agricultural science and food supplies in needy areas of the world. Beverley looked forward to the peace and beauty of spending time at her summer home in the Adirondack mountains, which was frequently the subject of her oil painting. In her later years, she relished the warm sands and sun in the company of friends during the winter months in Naples, Fla. Always making new friends, she had a warm affiliation with the fellowship of the Cypress Woods Presbyterian Church in Naples. Beverly is survived by her loving husband Richard of Kinderhook; her children and spouses, Glenn and Cindy of Ghent, Jeffrey of Latham, Peter and Becky of Chatham, Gary and Bonnie of Ashburn, Va. and Thomas and Elizabeth of Averill Park; her brother Charles Browne II of Seattle; niece Christine Browne LaBruno of Woodbridge, N.J., and nephew Charles Browne III of Tokyo, Japan. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service for her will be held at the Kinderhook Reformed Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014.