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Obituaries: Pfundstein, Boyles


John Pfundstein, 72, priest, Elks member

ALBANY—John Adam Pfundstein, 72, of Valatie passed away Friday, April 29, 2011 at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn.

Born January 7, 1939 in Brooklyn, he was the son of the late George and Helen M. (Connolly) Pfundstein and the husband of Mary Ann (Hagan) Pfundstein of Valatie.

In 1961, he earned a BA at St. Mary’s Seminary University in Baltimore, MD and an MA in theology at St. Bernard’s Institute, Rochester in 1992. On June 1, 1965, Mr. Pfundstein became an ordained priest from the Diocese of Brooklyn. He resigned from active ministry in 1979.

Before his retirement, he was a contract manager and a certified employee assistance professional at the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse from 1977 to 2004. He was a member of BPOE in Kinderhook for 27 years.

The family thanks Doctors Carol Burgess and Steven Hillinger for the love and care they gave Mr. Pfundstein over the past 20 years. They express deepest gratitude to Columbia/Greene County Hospice and St. Peter’s Hospital Hospice for all their service and to all the family and friends who have supported Mr. Pfundstein and his family over the years.

Friends and relatives are invited to celebrate his life Tuesday, May 3, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Valatie. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated Wednesday, May 4, 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie. Burial will follow in the church’s cemetery.

Contributions may be made to St. John the Baptist Church, Route 9, Valatie 12184.


Violet Boyles, 80, seamstress, church member

POUGHKEEPSIE—Violet I. Boyles, 80, of Ancramdale passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

She was born in Ancram, August 12, 1930, the daughter of the late Milton and Bertha (Kepler) Miller.

Mrs. Boyles was a seamstress at the Dress Factory in Pine Plains.

She was a member of the Ancramdale First Presbyterian Church.

On May 15, 1949 in Pine Plains, she married Clifford “Red” Boyles, Sr. He survives her at home.

In addition to her loving husband, survivors include: a son, Clifford and his wife Helen Boyles, Jr. of North East; a daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” and her husband Lawrence “Larry” Hoage of Lakeville, CT; two grandchildren, Russell Hoage and Samantha Boyles; and a great granddaughter, Kirstyn Hoage.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Marion Boyles, Margaret “Jimmie” Sherman and a brother, Melvin Miller.

Gravesides services were held Sunday, May 1 at the Evergreen Cemetery in Pine Plains, with Rev. Leif Erickson, officiating.

A reception followed at the Ancram Fire Company.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ancram Fire Company, P.O. Box 8, Ancram 12502

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