Red Hook - Constance "Connie" Thayer, a life-long resident of Red Hook, NY, died peacefully at home on March 12, 2021.
Connie was born on October 31, 1947 in Yonkers, NY to the late Patricia and Gerald Cohen. After graduating from Red Hook High School in 1966, Connie spent a brief period at Harcum College in Pennsylvania before returning to Red Hook to marry her high school sweetheart, Timothy Thayer, in 1969. Timothy predeceased her in 2007.
Connie worked for years at Red Hook High School as a library aide. She was a gentle and caring support person for many students who passed through. She also took great pride in constructing beautiful wreaths at Battenfeld's Tree Farm each holiday season for decades.
Connie was happiest with the wind in her face and the sand in her toes. Her favorite, most calming moments involved combing the beaches of Cape Cod and Vieques- collecting sea glass and shells. She was most comfortable in a pair of old Crocs sporting the best sun tan around. Connie was incredibly proud and supportive of her sons and was present at every sporting event and memorable moment in their lives. She was a nurturing caregiver, a dedicated friend, and a lover of horses, cats and Cocker Spaniels. She was a proud Grandmother to Holden, and they both looked forward to visits at her house after school to share some Oreos.
As a true testament to her character, Connie fought her battle with Parkinson's disease to the very end with resilience and courage. Connie is survived by her children; Ryan (Jessica) Thayer of South Westerlo, NY, and Cody (Tessa) Thayer of Germantown, NY; her grandson Holden Thayer; her siblings David (Laura) Cohen of Vieques, PR and Nancy Hart Servin of Oakland,CA and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her stepfather; F.P. Hart Jr. and her stepbrother; Thomas P. Hart.
The family would like to thank Shenae Biggs; a dedicated caregiver and a true blessing to Connie and the entire Thayer family.
Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Home on Friday March 19, 2021 from 11 AM to 1 pm. Interment will be private.
Due to Covid-19/ NYS Guidelines- masks, social distancing, & capacity limitations will be adhered to during all services. During visitation, please be respectful to those who may be waiting to visit by keeping your stay brief if possible. Your patience is appreciated. Thank you.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Connie's honor to Hudson Valley Hospice.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.
For directions, or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com
Published by Poughkeepsie Journal from Mar. 15 to Mar. 16, 2021.