Vincent G. Voerg
1949 - 2019
BORN
1949
DIED
2019
FUNERAL HOME
Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. - Kingston
27 Smith Avenue
Kingston, NY
Vincent Voerg
WILTON, N.Y.- Vincent Voerg, 69, of Wilton and formerly of Saugerties, N.Y., died peacefully at his home, surrounded by and in the loving care of his family on Friday, April 26, 2019. He was born in Kingston, N.Y., on Sept. 1, 1949; a son of the late William A. Voerg and his wife Katherine (Bradley). Most recently, Vince was a Parishioner of Saint Clement's Roman Catholic Church in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Vince was a graduate of Saugerties High School in 1967, and then went on to Belknap College in New Hampshire where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He studied at the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he received a Master of Arts degree. Vince then dedicated his professional life to educating others, becoming a passionate and gifted English teacher who worked tirelessly to impact the minds and lives of his students. Over a 36 year career, Vince instructed and influenced thousands of students in the Kingston area. Vince taught High School and AP English along with College Writing at Kingston High School and initially John A. Coleman High School. He taught night classes as an Adjunct Professor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie. Vince also taught alternative programs including night school and summer school, GED programs, and at the Ulster County Jail. An active member of The Kingston Teachers Federation, Vince served as Vice President for 12 years. As a gifted writer and public speaker, Vince had the honor of giving many commencement speeches over the course of four decades.
Vince's accolades as an educator pale in comparison to those he earned as a husband, father, grandfather, sibling, uncle, friend, mentor, and hero. A selfless and giving man by nature, Vince never missed a blood drive, a ballet recital or varsity baseball game, or the opportunity to give a hug. His greatest joy was seeing those around him happy, and would do whatever small part he could to make it so. After retiring to the good life, he and his wife spent most of their time visiting family and friends both old and new, relished in their new roles as grandparents, and enjoyed the outdoors, reading, the theatre, golf, and trips to Maine. Vince served as a member of Division One Ancient Order of Hibernians of Ulster County. He proudly led The Kingston Saint Patrick's Day Parade as Grand Marshall in 2011.
Vince leaves behind his beloved wife of 48 years, Diana (Francello) Voerg who will miss her best friend and soulmate; a daughter, Rachel L. Flammer and her husband Greg, of Orchard Park, N.Y.; and a son, Ryan B. Voerg, and his wife Tracy, of Colts Neck, N.J., who will miss their role model and biggest fan. He leaves a granddaughter, Ava C. Flammer, and two grandsons, Chase B. Flammer and Cooper S. Voerg who will miss giving Poppa hugs. He is survived by his siblings, William P. Voerg (Dolores) of Saugerties, N.Y., Arlene ""Sugar"" Jackson (Robert) of Cheshire, Mass., Donald J. Voerg (Barbara) of Glasco, N.Y.; as well as his brother-in-law, Robert Francello (Sherry) of West Camp, N.Y., who will miss their regular get-togethers and countless happy hours. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins also survive, who will miss countless things.
A brother-in-law, Anthony Francello predeceased him in 2006. Vince leaves behind a legacy of how to love, how to live, and how to care for others, that is responsible for thousands of memories and lessons for those of us lucky enough to have known him.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. (27 Smith Avenue, Kingston N.Y., www.jvleahyfh.com).
Family and friends will be received at the funeral home Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The Division One Ulster County AOH will conduct a service at 7:30 p.m. A funeral procession will form Thursday at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Mary's Church Kingston, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Saint Mary of the Snow Cemetery in Barclay Heights, Saugerties N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to a charity of your choice…unless you don't want to do that, then please do whatever makes you happy. That's what would have made Vince happy.
Published by Daily Freeman from Apr. 27 to Apr. 28, 2019.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
May
1
Visitation
2:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.
Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. - Kingston
27 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY
May
1
Visitation
7:00p.m. - 9:00p.m.
Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. - Kingston
27 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY
May
2
Funeral
10:00a.m.
Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home, Inc. - Kingston
27 Smith Avenue, Kingston, NY
May
2
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00a.m.
Saint Mary’s Church
Kingston, NY
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25 Entries
Ross and I were playground friends with Vinny at
St Marys of the Snow. Wonderful to read of his life.
Jai Amrod
Columbia, Missouri
June 4, 2019
I loved and still love this man. He challenged me in ways no other school teacher did. I'm in total shock of his passing, especially after thinking about him a lot recently and finding this out...he will always be the best teacher, mentor and friend I ever had in high school. My condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.
Phil
May 3, 2019
Safe Passage

For Vinny

I've known death twice so can attest
to what it feels like when you die
and what you'll see with spectral eyes.

The light is gray and soft, not bright.
And some force has bid a breeze to stop,
while souls queue up like children
behind a crossing guard at noon.
The light, still soft,
becomes prismatic and infused.
All hues take turns to honor you
no matter what you've done in life;
just being born and dying is enough
for this expenditure of grace.

There is no sound. But the breeze
that was told to stop starts up
and your soul becomes two soft cheeks
it pats with love as it guides you on.

And if you've treated them well in your life
the animal spirits come and bow
to show respect before you pass
from this phase to the next.

Ross Neher
Ross Neher
May 3, 2019
I can't begin to list the things that Vinny and Diana taught me. Thank you both for your friendship, guidance, and love. Rest in Peace, Vince. And God bless you, Diana. Love, Kyle
May 2, 2019
Michael Tronolone
May 2, 2019
Vince was a wonderful teacher and colleague. I had the pleasure of working with him in my early years at KHS and he was an invaluable teacher and resource for my daughter, Nicole, when she was making college decisions. He inspired all of us to be passionate about whatever we did, but most of all to show kindness and attention to others.
Prayers for your comfort and may God bless you all.
Barbara Wood
May 2, 2019
To say I'm eternally grateful to him doesn't quite cover the tab. He lived a seemingly wonderful life with an amazing and loving family, but shared himself with students like myself, who at the time was lacking an academic compass. Always there for guidance and advice, he never made you feel insignificant. Only once in your lifetime do you meet someone who fully understands your attributes and foibles but always stands by you, especially when you flub your first line in your very first play (Ten Little Indians) and when you're the Jewish kid who was selected by the student government homeroom to acquire their Christmas tree (we all enjoyed some laughter with that one). Vince Voerg was so much more than a teacher, director, mentor and friend. He was a compassionate giant of a man, selfless to the core, a tireless soul who dedicated his life to help us lost kids find our path out of high school and move forward on our own power. His legacy will forever burn brightly in my heart.
daniel meisner
May 2, 2019
Diana and family...my deepest condolences on the loss of Vinny, a truly humble, caring person. I'm so glad I was able to know him.
Gene Knapp
May 1, 2019
Mr. Voerg,

You will always be remembered, not only as my teacher but as my friend. You where the one who was there when I needed a person to listen to me and help me out with my college work. You where an amazing man and friend, and I know you are in the gates of heaven watching down on all of us. Until we meet again Mr. Voerg.
Love ya,
Pete
May 1, 2019
100% total gentleman at ALL times.
Clinton Plaza
May 1, 2019
a loved one
May 1, 2019
Marita McComiskey
April 30, 2019
a loved one
April 30, 2019
What a wonderful life! Mr. Voerg was a terrific mentor and gave his all to his students. I was one of his drama club students, the newly formed 403 Broadway Players. (Class of 1979.) He had an all inclusive attitude and made us feel welcome and invested and valued. "Ten Little Indians", "Up the Down Staircase" and talent shows will always be a big part of my fond memories of Kingston High School. The countless lives he touched is a beautiful legacy. My deepest sympathies to his family. In response to his family's request, in lieu of flowers, I will make a donation to our local High School Drama Club in Mr. Voerg's memory. That will make me happy. God bless you Mr. Voerg.
Elizabeth Worth (Kaman)
April 29, 2019
Dear Diana and Family,

My deepest sympathies and condolences on your loss. I am glad to have known Vince, and I know no words can ease the pain. He will be sorely missed.
Jonathan Delson
April 29, 2019
Dear Diana,

We are so sorry for the loss of your wonderful husband & friend.

Heaven has gained an angel! We were blessed to know Vinnie, and I was fortunate to know him from high school.. he was always a special friend to everyone.

He inspired many students to appreciate learning and our daughter Jaime is one of those students. Lip Sync brought everyone together under his leadership. He is one of those teachers that decades after graduating, a student still remembers.

His memory will be our blessing.

Love,
Barbara & Joe Cohen
Barbara Cohen
April 28, 2019
To the Voerg Family: Our deepest sympathy to all at this very sad time. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sincerely, Elaine & Dennis Ferraro
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April 28, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Vince Voerg. He was a incredible English Teacher, Mentor and Friend. I shall never forgot all the hard work he put in with Productions at KHS. In the early 80's we were known as the 403 Broadway Players. He was a beautiful and kind spirited man who always had a smile that would light up the room. My deepest condolences to the Voerg Family. Vince is now up in heaven looking over us all and hopefully, directing all of his past performers in this crazy play of life. God Bless You Vince and Rest In Eternal Peace.
EJC
April 28, 2019
Please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing
of Mr. Voerg. He was a favorite (and certainly most handsome) teacher at John A Coleman and the director of our senior play.
So sorry for your loss.
Christine (Nadspal) Sone'
Class of 1974
April 28, 2019
Christine Sone
April 28, 2019
My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to Vince (Vinny) Voerg beautiful family. It was my honor and privlidge to know him as a parent and a dear friend. Certain people Grace this life and Vince Voerg was BORN to TEACH and he made a difference in so many students lives over the years including my children. But more importantly he was gifted with the ability to inspire others and dedicated himself to his life's mission as an educator. Rest In Peace dear friend and your forever memory will live on and continue to grace the Halls of KHS and your spirit will live on forever. With warm regards, Jean Jacobs and family
Jean Jacobs
April 28, 2019
Heartfelt condolences, Diana and family. He was a wonderful man and teacher! So sorry you have to say "good-bye" to him now.
Jeanne O'Connor McDonald
April 28, 2019
My heart goes out to you all. I have a lot of fun memories from the Voerg house as a kid hanging with Rachel. Mr. Voerg was always so warm and welcoming. Sending all of you hugs, prayers and support.
Kellie Fuller
April 28, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Mr. Voerg. He taught my daughter at the High School in Kingston. He was her very favorite! God's blessings and healing comfort during this time of sorrow.

Ms. Zuill (McGhee)
Deborah Zuill
April 27, 2019
My condolences to Diana, Ryan, Rachel and the entire family. It's been good to know Vinny. He will be missed.
Blake Avallone
April 27, 2019
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