Van Cortlandtville Historical Society - Where History Comes Alive

                             " In  Remembrance"      
          "In Remembrance," our Society's new memory book, offers members and friends an unusual opportunity to honor special living and deceased people we have known.
         This book features a handsome red cover with gold lettering and high-quality pages upon which names and tributes will be inscribed. It is encased in a glass display shadowbox and is displayed reverently at the Schoolhouse. The stipend is $20 for a single entry or $100 for an entire page. Please contact Arlene Goodenough for more information.

                         SAD NEWS FOR THE SOCIETY
       Edward F. Winser  April 11, 1938 - September 2, 2019 

Edward F. Winser "Ted" a longtime resident of Orange County, passed away at New York Presbyterian Hospital on Monday, September 2 at the age of 81. The son of James E. Winser and Lucienne Hardy, he was born in East Orange, NJ. he was born in East Orange, NJ. From a very early age, he lived with the family of Lorna BeCraft Shultz and Seely Cummings Shultz in Sloatsburg, NY. 
Ted graduated from Suffern High School and attended Cornell University for two years. He enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Korea where he served as a Medic. His primary occupation after his service to our country was that of surveyor, and was part of a survey firm that surveyed I-84, Bronx General Hospital, and the expansion of the campus at the State University of NY at New Paltz. For many years he was employed by the Sparaco Survey Firm, and was also employed by New York Labs and Sterling Forest Gardens.
Ted was an individual of many talents and had a great wealth of knowledge in many fields. At one time he was a bee keeper. He was very interested in the Theater and Music, and appeared in many productions of the Ridgebury Play House including "Damn Yankees", "Guys and Dolls" and "Oliver". He was a member of Warwick Valley Choral Society and had performed at West Point as well as in many local churches.
For more than 40 years he resided in the City of Newburgh with his life mate and husband, Frank Goncalves. After his retirement he was a docent (Volunteer and educator) for a number of organizations: Constitutional Island where he portrayed Yankee Doodle and gave tours to many Redobts (Military lookouts) that were used during the Revolutionary War; Bear Mountain State Park, where he did an interpretation of Walt Whitman and did outdoor cooking over an open fire, as cooking was one of his favorite things to do; and Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, where he did demonstrations and lectures on a wide range of topics.
At his request, he wanted to be cremated immediately with no visitation or service. The cremains will be interred at his husband's family plot at Woodlawn Cemetery in New Windsor. At a later date there will be a celebration of "Ted's life".

    Bob Peterson passed from this life, 7/11/2019. He was a friend, and a devoted member of the VCHS and a decorated WWII combat veteran with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.




           Alba L. Laverde passed from this life on 1/3/19, she will be missed.

                           Sigrid C. Kummer 
            (Wife of Past VCHS President, George Kummer)
           Sigrid Caroline (Moeser) Kummer, 80, found peace on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill.  She was born February 20, 1938 in Frankfurt am Maine, Germany.  After high school graduation, she studied and practiced cosmetology as her career.In early 1960, she met George Kummer in Germany through a mutual friend. George was serving in the United States Air Force. On December 9, 1962, Sigrid and George married while he was based in Spokane, Washington.Sigrid, George and their son, Eric relocated to New York following George’s honorable military discharge, settling down near George’s family and have lived in the Westchester County area for many decades.  Sigrid became a naturalized United States citizen on June 19, 1970 at the Putnam County Supreme Court.

 John (Jack) Lancaster
      
We have received the sad news that longtime and beloved St. Peter's parishioner Jack Lancaster died on Wednesday morning, December 12, after a valiant battle with cancer. 

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.
        
   



 
       In Memoriam: Lenore E. Shanley, 1929-2018
     Lenore E. Shanley, 89, a life member of our Society and widow of a former Society president, died at her Cortlandt home June 1, 2018. Mrs. Shanley, a former director (her most recent term ended in 2005), and her husband, James, who was president from 1989 to 1991, were among the history enthusiasts who in 1972 revived and reorganized the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, which had ceased active operations in the mid-1950s. That same year, the Society made the Little Red Schoolhouse its headquarters after the Lakeland Central School District no longer needed the building for active classrooms. Lenore Eleanora Schetter was born in the Bronx on April 7, 1929. She was the office manager for Yorktown Printing for many years and, for more than two decades, a chaplain at the Cortlandt hospital currently known as NewYorkPresbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. She was an active member of Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church in Putnam Valley and, in addition to our Society, was a member of Nor-Cort Senior Citizens and a member of the hospital’s auxiliary. Her family remembered her as a loving and kind mother and grandmother. She married James Joseph Shanley on September 24, 1949, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Bronx. Mr. Shanley, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 and worked for the NYNEX telephone company before retiring in 1985, died January 13, 2002. His tribute to the rich history of Van Cortlandtville, “What Our Society Means to Me,” was published in December 1993 edition of The Historical Key. (Copies are available at the Schoolhouse and through our Web site.) Lenore’s survivors include son James Shanley, daughters Susan Albano and Loren Sim, eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. 

  "WHAT OUR SOCIETY MEANS TO ME" 

WE HEAR NO SOUNDS OF WAR, NOR SEE SOLDIERS 
STANDING ON THE HILLSIDE BY THE ROAD. 
YET THE MEMORIES IMMORTALIZED IN STONE CALL OUT THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEMSELVES FOR OUR NATION. 
HISTORICALLY, OUR TOWN, OUR AREA ABOUNDS IN THAT WHICH WAS SO MUCH A PART OF OUR NATION'S PAIN AND 
GROWTH. THIS RICH HISTORICAL AREA CALLED VAN CORTLANDTVILLE 
HOLDS ARTIFACTS OF OUR NATIONS BIRTH, 
OUR COMMUNITIES GROWTH LEAVES TRAILS THAT ONE MUST LOOK FOR.
WATCHFUL EYES AND SKILLFUL HANDS PRESERVE AND PROTECT THESE TRAILS. THE VAN CORTLANDTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS TAKEN THAT MOMENT IN TIME TO SHELTER THE MEMORIES OF THE PAST. 
PROGRAMS FOR THE CHILDREN OF OUR COMMUNITY ... TO BE A PART OF, TO USE AND SEE THE ARTIFACTS
THAT THEIR GREAT GRANDPARENTS USED AS WAS THEIR WAY OF LIFE. 
THE PRIDE I HAVE IN BEING A MEMBER OF THIS SOCIETY IS GENUINE. 
OUR MEMBERS STRIVE AND WORK SO THAT OUR COMMUNITY WILL HAVE LIVING ACCESS TO THE PAST. 
WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE "LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE" (CIRCA 1810) RESTORED, AND TO THIS END WE DEDICATE OURSELVES. 
OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS A MATURE FOUNDATION OF TALENTED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE. 
WE INVITE ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN HELPING US TO KEEP
ALIVE THE HISTORICAL WEAL TH IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND TO RESTORE OUR SCHOOLHOUSE, TO JOIN US. 

                                                       BY JIM SHANLEY
 
Let us remember this dedicated couple that gave so much of themselves to this organization.





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