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 & 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 - 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.
Blessings & Prayers, Nancy & John Napoleon
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 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 & 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 - 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.
Steven Holzman, 70, of Hurley, died, March 10, 2018 at HealthAlliance Hospital Broadway Campus, surrounded by his loving family.
Steven was born in Sharon, CT, to the late Solomon & Hazel Lopinsky Holzman. He was well known for his quirky sense of humor, love of family, Chinese food and finding the perfect yard sale. Steve had a huge and generous heart and was a gentle friend and modest mentor to all he met.
Formerly a resident of Amenia, NY, his family moved to Kingston, NY when he was 12. A graduate of Kingston High School, he attended Ulster & Schnectady Community Colleges. He served in the United States Army Reserves & was known throughout Ulster County as an accomplished chef, working at the Joyous Lake Restaurant, the Rhinebeck County Village & Moveable Feasts Catering. Steve was the Director of Operations at Rhinebeck’s Astor Services for Children & Families for 37 years & his time there was succinctly summarized by one family’s affectionate tribute: “You gave your heart and soul to the kids of Astor.”
Steve is known to his friends and family as a trusted confidant, an attentive and compassionate listener, and someone who helped many people without an expectation or desire for recognition. He will be greatly missed by his friends, family, and his community.
He leaves behind his wife and best friend of 44 years, Margaret Barrett Holzman, his son, David Holzman and his daughter, Sarah Polanski (Michal), brothers Larry (Dottie) and Gerry (Arlene), two grandchildren, Malina and Samuel Polanksi, and many loving nieces and nephews.
Steven will be reposing at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 4-7 PM.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at the funeral home, at 10:00 AM, with Cantor Robert Cohen from Congregation Emanuel, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his name should be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
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.