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
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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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
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 - 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 & 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 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 - 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.
Esther R. ("Toots") Peters, 91, of Maple Arch Homestead, Old Route 209, Hurley, passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2017 at Golden Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.
After the Long Good-Bye, Tootsie's daughters and grandchildren were finally able to say farewell. Toots spent her last years at Golden Hill Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center where she received the finest of care from the Staff. During her time there she digressed from being the most popular girl on her floor to become a lost and quiet shell of herself staring back blankly at family and staff. And although she lived to 91, sadly her affliction with Alzheimer's left her forgetting her friends while outliving most of them. That's not the classy lady her family remembers …
"Toots" was born in Camden, NJ, the only child of the late Charles & Esther Schild. She was a wartime bride, marrying the love of her life, US Navy Seabees Ensign Wilbur R. "Pete" Peters Jr. before he shipped out to the Pacific Theatre during WW II. Wilbur passed away in 2007 after 62 years of married life.
Following the war, Toots and Pete lived in Boston while he completed his degree at MIT. They then moved to Poughkeepsie, NY before finally settling in Hurley in 1958. They also enjoyed their winter residence in Hollywood, FL.
Toots' world revolved around her family, golf and bridge. She especially enjoyed doting on her grandchildren but was never able to appreciate the love and unique personalities of her seven beautiful great-grandchildren.She was a long time member of the Hurley Reformed Church, Wiltwyck Gold Club and a Kingston Hospital Auxiliary Volunteer. She also volunteered for numerous local charitable events.
Esther is survived by her three daughters Donna Lynn Colao of Hurley, Kate Fiore and her husband Tony of the Town of Ulster, and Ellen Marie Peters and her companion Bruce Elliott of Kerhonkson; six grandchildren Stacey Colao Gardner and her husband Ron, Mary Kay Lindhorst and her husband Brian, Charles Colao, Christine E. Fiore-Butler and her husband Kevin, Peter Davis, Stephanie Davis-Quick and her husband Wayne; seven great grandchildren Garrett, Paige, Matthew, Aidan, Ava, Kiera and Mackenzie and several nieces.
Esther will be reposing at the Simpson-Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
A Funeral Service will held at 12:00 noon at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in Hurley Cemetery.
Contributions in the memory of Esther Peters may be made to Alzheimer's Association via check to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or phone 1-800-272-3900.
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