Obituaries: Halterman, Fingar, Lorenz, Van De Water

Constance Halterman (1935 – 2013)

POUGHKEEPSIE—Constance Halterman, 78, of Clermont died Monday June 3, 2013 at Vassar Brothers Hospital.

Born March 11, 1935 in Newark, NJ, she was the daughter of the late James and Jean (Rafferty) Patterson.


Prior to her retirement, she and her husband, John D. Halterman, Jr., owned and operated the K&H Fuel Oil Company of Clermont.

She is survived by: her husband, John of Clermont; son, John Halterman, IV, and daughter, Doreen Kaiser, both of Clermont; two sisters, Shirley Hutchinson of DE, and Carol Wetmore of Toms River, NJ; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by six brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were Friday, June 7 at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

Burial followed in the Viewmonte Rural Cemetery of Clermont.

Martha A. Fingar (1924 – 2013)

HUDSON—Martha A. Fingar, 89, of Germantown died Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Born March 21, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Anthony and Helen (Jankowski) Shultz.

After graduating from high school, Mrs. Fingar joined the Coast Guard, where she trained as a radio communications specialist.

She had a zest for life and made many beloved friends along the way. Her passion was volunteering at her church, St. Paul’s/Trinity Parish of Tivoli, where she worked for many years at a clothing boutique called, The Carousel. She volunteered as a “Pink Lady” at Columbia Memorial Hospital, and was a Girl Scout leader. Mrs. Fingar enjoyed playing bridge and Gin Rummy with her friends, was very active in the Young Republican Club, and served as first mate on their boat, The Lorinda III.

She and her husband, Peter, enjoyed traveling and dining out.  She was a member of the Drama Workshop, starring in many plays at the Germantown Central School, a member of the Germantown Garden Club, enjoyed working at the State Capital under Nelson Rockefeller and had owned and operated the Country Cone Drive-In in Germantown.

Surviving are: her loving and devoted husband, Peter F. Fingar; her loving natural children, Jacqueline Caragine of Germantown, Martin Schultheis of St. Petersburg, FL, and Albine Wilhelmina Stoddard of West Taghkanic. She had been blessed to include in her life, Peter’s children, David, Gregory and Mark Fingar and Lorinda Rausch, as well as, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, June 8 at St. Paul’s/Trinity Parish of Tivoli.

Burial with full military honors was in the Reformed Church Cemetery of Germantown.

The family has requested memorial donations in Mres. Fingar’s memory to Community Hospice of Columbia-Greene, 47 Liberty Street, Catskill 12414

Arrangements were with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home of Germantown.

Wesley F. Lorenz, Jr. (1917 – 2013)

HUDSON—Wesley F. Lorenz, Jr., 95, of Greenport entered into eternal rest Friday, June 7, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.  He was born in Jersey City, NJ, August 15, 1917 to the late Wesley Lorenz and Eleanore Valkenberg Lorenz.

At a young age, he moved to Columbia County, where he lived for the rest of his life.

Mr. Lorenz served in the U.S. Army Air Corps with the 80th Airdrome Squadron in the Philippines and New Guinea during World War II. Upon his discharge from the Army, he was employed as a heating technician for Merle Oil Company, which was founded by his stepfather, James Merle.

Mr. Lorenz was a member of the Reformed Church of Germantown and American Legion Jennings-Willets Post 346, Germantown. He was also a life member of the Roe Jan Creek Boat Club and a member and past president of the Catskill Glee Club.

Mr. Lorenz is survived by: his wife of 56 years, Mary Elizabeth Potts Lorenz of Greenport; his sister-in-law, Dolores Potts DuMond of Greenport; his son, Wes (Carol) Lorenz of Germantown; his grandsons, Ian Buchner of San Diego, CA, and Paul Himberger of New York City; his great grandsons, Timothy Van Allen, Jr., of Valatie and Deus Buchner of San Diego, CA; his nephews, James (Linda) Kline of Cooperstown and Daniel (Elaine) Kline of Niverville; several cousins and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his stepfather, James Merle; his first wife, Sophie Verney Lorenz; his daughter, Allyson Lorenz Buchner; his granddaughter, Martha Lorenz Van Allen; his sister, Eleanore “Dede” Kline; and his nephew, Thomas Kline.

Calling hours will be Friday, June 14, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, Germantown.

Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15 at the funeral home.

Burial will follow in the Reformed Church Cemetery, Germantown with military honors provided by the Jennings-Willets American Legion Post, Germantown.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Reformed Church of Germantown or the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, which was founded by Mr. Lorenz’s mother, Eleanore “Ella” Merle and sister, Eleanore “Dede” Kline.

John E. Van De Water (1951 – 2013)

HUDSON—John Earl Van De Water, 62, a resident of Craryville and a former resident of Pleasant Valley passed away April 30, 2013 at Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Born January 1, 1951 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Earl and Nancy (Beatty) Van De Water. He married Rose Ann (Lamendola) Van De Water October 11, 1986 in Poughkeepsie.

In addition to his loving wife, Rose Ann, he is survived by: his daughter, Jennifer Van De Water of Fishkill; his son, Dylan Van De Water of Craryville; his lifelong friend, Mike Granger and his wife, Laurie of New Fane, VT; and great friends, the Wayne Stickles’ family of Copake. He was predeceased by a brother, Albert T. Van De Water.

Mr. Van De Water’s wish was to be cremated and a memorial service will be held June 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. John of the Wilderness, 261 State Route 344, Copake Falls.

All attending should wear bright colors as this was Mr. Van De Water’s wish. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at

Arrangements are with Peck and Peck Funeral Homes, Inc., Copake.

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