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
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
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 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 - 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
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 - 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
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!
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 & 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.
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.
Virginia Alice Whitaker Beesmer, 81, West Hurley, New York, passed to her eternal reward on Sunday, August 6, 2017, in the home of her oldest son and daughter-in-Law, Rev. Donald and Linda Snedeker, after a yearlong battle with auto-immune non-alcoholic liver disease.
She was born in Mt. Marion N.Y., the daughter of the late Theodore (Ted) Whitaker and Elizabeth Law Snedeker. She was educated in Kingston and Sandy Creek, New York, area schools. In around 1951, she moved from the Kingston area to the Snedeker Family Farm in Lacona, New York, where she resided in the upstate New York area, before returning in 1974, back to the Kingston, New York area where she has resided for the last 43 years.
In the early part of her life she was closely associated with the Free Methodist Church and was baptized in the Old Tremper Avenue Free Methodist Church of Kingston, New York in 1939, by then Pastor, the late Rev. Lewis Smith. It is believed that she became a junior member of that church sometime later. She had many treasured memories of attending with her mother the summer annual Free Methodist Camp Meetings at Hancock N.Y., often traveling there by train from Kingston. During the last 40 years of her life, she was closely associated with and supported the Evangelical Wesleyan Church, and was a faithful supporter of the Fox Hill Camp Meeting, near Northville, N.Y., and attended the Lake Idlewild and Great Bend, Pa churches, when she was in the area. She also attended the Stone Ridge N.Y., Pilgrim Holiness Church for several years.
For most of her life she was a stay at home mom and housewife, but she did work for a time at a needle manufacturing supply company, in Syracuse, N.Y. She was the bookkeeper and secretary for the Beesmer’s Construction Co. Inc., until it closed in 2011.
Her lifelong dedication for over 50 years was for the love, care, health, and happiness of her youngest disabled son, Thomas Bagalonis Jr. Her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren were the light of her life.
She is survived by her four sons, Rev. Donald D. Snedeker and wife Linda, Randy Snedeker and wife Kathy of Gloversville N.Y., Brian Bagalonis and wife Joan of West Hurley, N.Y., and Thomas Bagalonis Jr., of Woodstock N.Y., Two step daughters, 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and many dear friends.
She is pre-deceased by her three husbands; Robert C. Snedeker, Thomas Bagalonis Sr., and Donald G. Beesmer, along with her step-father Rev. Clarence A. Snedeker, a sister Marjorie Whitaker Gagne, and a nephew, Timothy A. Fracassee.
Virginia will be reposing at the Simpson-Gaus, 411 Albany Ave. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 12-2 PM.
The Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM, at the funeral home, with Bishop W.L. Sarber, Rev. Donald D. Snedeker Jr. and Rev. Donald D. Snedeker Sr., officiating.
Interment will follow in the family plot at the Mt. Marion Cemetery.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the one of the following; The Parking Lot Building Fund of the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church of 26710 State Route 11, Great Bend, PA. 18821 or The Fox Hill Camp Improvement Fund 225 Fox Hill Road, Northville, N.Y., 12134.
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