Dear Paul and Staff - Jeff's passing was as much a shock for you, as for our family. Your kind, caring ways; your gentle guidance through those first few days after his death and ultimately through the calling hours and funeral - you never failed to be there when we needed you and continue to do so now. Our community is extremely fortunate to have you here to respond and assist families at such difficult times.
Joanne Fredenberg and Family
Dear Paul and Staff - There are not enough words to thank you all. You are very special to me and I will never forget and will always be grateful to all of you. Very Truly Yours
Dear Paul & Staff - Thank you for your compassion, kindness and professionalism during our time of loss and sorrow. We appreciate everything you did for our family.
Troy & Scott Ashdown and family
Dear Paul and Staff - Thank you!! Thank you!! For the manner in which you handled Tony's funeral. We were very pleased. God bless you!!
Anne Greco & son Tony
Dear Paul and Staff - When you took our choices and put them into action (I am an OCD perfectionist) I could not have orchestrated the whole process better if I had directed it myself. You went above and beyond. It was phenomenal. I mean phenomenal!!!
"Personally, I think you have really answered your true calling in life, to help us deal with the death of a loved one."
Sincerely, Terry Vinning
Dear Paul & Staff - We cannot begin to express our gratitude to you for all you did to make the passing of Mom easier for us to get through. Every aspect was perfect, from making the arrangements, to making mom beautiful, to decorating with mom's things, the funeral and graveside. We will never forget your kindness and compassion during a very difficult time in our lives.
Cindy and John Belsito
Dear Paul and Staff - Kind, gentle, efficient, professional this is what you are. Sincere thanks for all that was done for Ella and our family.
In Sorrow, Paul Panesa
Words cannot express how grateful my sister and I are for all you did for our father, Thomas Turck's, funeral. You and your staff were always professional, courteous and attentive to all of our requests. From the time that Joanne and I sat with you to discuss and finalize the details for the funeral, through the burial, you could not have made it easier for us, and your attention to detail was excellent. Our father would have appreciated all the military detail, including the Army insignia on the hearse and the presenting of the three flags at the cemetery.
Joanne and I both thank you!
Paul and Staff - Your compassion helped us deal with our loss, and your professionalism was unsurpassed in helping us plan his wake and service. It truly was a celebration of David's life.
Dear Paul & Staff - I wanted to thank you for all your help with my father, Howard Fox's funeral. We were so pleased with how everything was handled by you and your staff. Paul, I know that my niece really appreciated your guidance when she did the readings in church.
Paul and Staff - Thank you for all you did to make sure Harold was laid to rest with lots of love and dignity. I appreciate your kind, courteous and professional service.
Love, Dolores Leonard
Dear Paul and Staff - I just would like to thank you for your kindness that you gave to my husband John, during these sad times of losing both of his parents. The professionalism that you showed was outstanding but most of all your compassion and caring meant so much to us all.
Mary Lillian O'Brien, 77, a longtime resident of Lake Katrine, died Friday, April 7, 2017 at her home surrounded by her children.
Born in Boston, MA, she was the daughter of the late Michael and Mary (McViney) Feehly.
It has been said that a life well lived is measured by love, by sacrifice and by joy. Mom dedicated her life to the care of others; husband, children, grandchildren, elderly relatives and ailing friends. She sacrificed her time and her energies for others and did not seek accolades or great riches; she loved unconditionally and brought joy to us all.
Mary is survived by her four children, Mary E. "Babe" O'Brien of Poughkeepsie, Michelle O'Brien Zihal and her husband Michael of Saratoga Springs, NY, Timothy J. O'Brien of Kingston and Sean M. O'Brien of Lake Katrine and his companion Anita Reynolds of Kingston, a sister, Margurite LaFlamme and her husband Paul of Stoughton, MA, a brother Michael W. Feehly and his wife Nancy of Pawleys Island, SC. Five grandchildren, Leah O'Brien, Emily Zihal, Kevin Zihal, Teige O'Brien and Matthew Zihal.
In addition to her parents, Mary was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Joseph T. O'Brien who passed away in 2014; a beloved daughter Patricia M. O'Brien (1980), a brother John Feehly and a nephew David Feehly.
Mary will be reposing at Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave on Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 5 – 8 p.m.
A funeral procession will form from the funeral home on Wednesday, at 9 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Colman's Church in East Kingston.
Interment will follow at St. Anne's Cemetery.
For many, care giving can be a chore but for our family it was a gift of time with Mom. Our family has been fortunate to have good friends during this time. We thank Anita Reynolds for her great kindness to Mom, her love and support. We thank our good friend Kathy Sinatra who joined us in providing the best care possible for Mom during her illness. The loving care she gave Mom made all the difference. We also thank the expert support and compassion from the good people at Hudson Valley Hospice.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ulster County Community College Foundation: The Patricia M. O'Brien Scholarship Fund or St. Jude Childrens Research (501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105)
Simpson - Gaus Funeral Home staff understands that listening to your needs and then offering a variety of options is what you expect. We take pride in offering you personal attention and distinctive service. You can count on us to be a source of caring and comfort during a difficult time.