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Ada Van Keuren, d. 13 Mar, 1864, age 6m, Newburgh. Whig Press, 30 Mar, 1864
ALBERT E. VANKEUREN
BETHEL, NY — Please join the VanKeuren family as they celebrate Albert’s life at a special goodbye on June 28, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cherokee Hunting Preserve clubhouse in Bethel, NY.
Bring your favorite memory of Al to share, and stay for refreshments afterward.
ALBERT E. VAN KEUREN Port Charlotte, Fla. Albert E. Van Keuren, of Port
Charlotte, formerly of Narrowsburg, N.Y., died peacefully on Friday,
February 28, 2003 at the H.Q.M. of Port Charlotte, after an illness. He was
81. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Constance Arena Van Keuren. He
was born in Jeffersonville on July 13, 1921, the son of Dr. and Mrs. H.C.
Van Keuren. He was a graduate of Narrowsburg Central School and Delhi
Technical Institute, Delhi. After joining the U.S. Navy in 1941, he was
assigned to the Sea bees and was stationed in the Philippine Islands. Upon
discharge in 1945, Albert returned to Narrowsburg and after working as a
carpenter for a few years, established the contracting firm of Van Keuren
Construction Corporation, which was well known throughout Sullivan County
and surrounding areas. Al, as he was familiarly known, was a great friend of
young people and will be remembered for his custom of giving young lads of
working age a chance to learn the construction business with his company. He
was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a longtime member and past
president of the Cherokee Preserve Hunting Club in Bethel. His greatest joy
in life was spending time at his camp at "Puckyhuddle," the name given to
the group of camps located near Mallory Pond on the club grounds. Many
beautiful trophy heads and fish adorn the interior walls of his A-Frame,
mementos of the numerous times he went big game hunting in various parts of
the world. Other organizations that he belonged to include the V.F.W. of
Yulan, Elks Lodge #2153 Charlotte County, Punta Gorda, and the American
Legion. He was past president of the Van Keuren Cemetery association, Swan
Lake. In addition to his wife, also surviving are two sons, Alan Van Keuren
of Cochecton, Robert Van Keuren of Rhinebeck; one daughter and son-in-law,
Jo-Ann and Robert Trifiro, of Perrineville, N.J.; three grandchildren,
Michael, Timothy and Laura Trifiro of Perrineville; one sister, Arlene
Hawker of Honesdale, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by
one brother, Dr. Howard C. Van Keuren Jr. of South Weymouth, Mass. There
will be a memorial service at the Cheroke Preserve Hunting Club, Bethel at a
later date and at the convenience of the family.
WASHINGTON (AP)--Rear Adm. Alexander H. van Keuren (ret), 85, who as director of the Naval Research Laboratory helped develop the atomic bomb, died Sunday. Van Keuren received the Legion of Merit for his part in development of the bomb. He served 43 years in the Navy before retiring in 1946. The Gettysburg Times, July 8, 1966
Ann Eliza Van Keuren, d. 28 Aug, 1860, age 11m, dau. of John, Montgomery, Whig Press, 19 Sep, 1860
AMOS VAN KEUREN
Goshen, April 13--Amos VanKeuren, aged 82 years, died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Daniel Owen, today after a ten-day illness from pneumonia.
He was born in Pine Bush, a osn of Abram and Catherine Judson* Van Keuren and for the past five years had resided in Goshen where he had a wide circle of friends who mourn his loss to the community. He is survived by one sister, Miss Rachel VanKeuren.
The funeral services will be held on Monday at 1 o'clock p.m. at his late home, and the ceremony will be conducted by Rev. F.S. Haines. Interment in New Prospect Cemetery, Pine Bush. Middletown Times Press, April 13, 1918
Van Kuren - On Sunday, Oct. 11, 1896, At 11 O'clock A. M., At Jackson., Annie Hanly, Wife Of
Andrew Van Kuren, Aged 36 Years, A Native Of New Orleans. The Friends And Acquaintances Of The Van
Kuren And Hanly Families Are Invited To Attend The Funeral, Which Will Take Place This (Tuesday)
Morning, Oct. 13, At 10 O'clock, From The Late Residence Of The Deceased, No. 1516 Saratoga Street.
Mrs. Antoinette VanKeuren.
Pine Bush, March 28--Mrs. Antoinette VanKeuren, widow of Levi VanKeuren, died at her home, near Pine Bush, Tuesday morning, March 19, after an illness of but a few days.
Mrs. VanKeuren was born in Port Jervis, August 7, 1841, and was a daughter of Samuel Godfrey and Abbie Carpenter.
The following children survive her: John VanKeuren, of New York city; and Elmer and Ella G, at home. She is also survived by one brother and three sisters, Elmer Godfrey, of Brooklyn; Mrs. Elder and Mrs. Carpenter, of Middletown; and Mrs. Abram Woodward, of Pine Bush.
Mrs. Van Keuren was a faithful and consistent member of New Prospect Church for many years and while in failing health for several years it did not prevent her meeting with the church. Her presence in the home and neighborhood will be greatly missed, as those who knew her best will long remember her smile and cheery word of greeting.
The funeral services were conducted at her late home Friday by the Rev. J.J. Van Strien, pastor of the New Prospect Church, assisted by Rev. J.A.R. Dickson, of Pine Bush. Middletown Times Press, March 28, 1918
Mrs. Augusta E. Van Keuren
Pine Bush, Jan. 17--Augusta E. Shafer, widow of Oliver Van Keuren, died at her home in Pine Bush Jan. 14 after an illness of six weeks of paralysis. Mrs. Van Keuren was born in the town of Crawford Dec. 6, 1847, a dughter of George D. Shafer and Eleanor Randall. She is survived by one son, Orville, of Pine Bush, and three daughters, S. Eleanor, at home; Ida May, wife of Chauncey Decker; Anna R., wife of John D. Easman. Middletown Times Press, January 17, 1919
VAN KEUREN.--On Sunday, the 13th, BELLA M., daughter of Benjamin and Mary E. Van Keuren, aged 18 years.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her fuenral on Wednesday, at 2:30 P.M., from 14 Gardner av. Jersey City Heights. The New York Times, April 15, 1884
Mrs. Carrie M. Van Keuren
The funeral of Mrs. Van Keuren, 65, will be held at No. 200 Helen street Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with interment in Morningside cemetery. Mrs. Van Keuren was the wife of John B. Van Keuren. Besides her husband, she leaves three daughters, two sons and two sisters. Syracuse Herald, Syracuse, NY, July 6, 1915
Mrs. J.B. VanKeuren
Walden, July 10--Mrs. Carrie M. VanDemark, wife of John B. VanKeuren, died at her home, 200 Helen street, Syracuse, Monday, after a long illness from cancer of the breast. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius VanDemark, of Montela, Ulster county. She was married in Walden thirty years ago by the Rev. Mr. Schoonmaker, at that time the pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church, of which she was a member.
Besides her husband, she is survived by five chlidren: Frank, of Waterloo, N.Y.; Mrs. R.W. Willis, of Springfield, Mass.; May, Helen and John, at home. Middletown Daily Times, July 10, 1915
Cecil VanKeuren, July 3, 1910 to Jan. 27, 2007
Cecil C. VanKeuren, 96, of Kingston died of natural causes Saturday at home.
He was born in Kingston to Charles F. and Mabel O. (Garl) VanKeuren. On March 30, 1946, he married Betty Jo Homer. They lived in Silverdale until 1953 when they moved to Kingston. Mr. VanKeuren worked in production dispatch at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard before retiring in 1970. He also worked at the VanKeuren Dairy farm and at Bob Laris Automotive as a mechanic in 1926.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 1982; his brothers, Donald, Harold, Wayne, Rolland, Lyle, Lynn and Stan; and his sisters, Vivian, Clare, Marie and Bonita. Survivors include his son, Charles (Linda) VanKeuren; his daughters, Nancy (Jimmy) Crabbe, and Crystal VanKeuren Bell; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kingston Christian Church. Cemetery: Kingston Cemetery. Donations: Services for the Visually Impaired, 8720 Georgia Ave., Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Kit Sun, January 31, 2007
Charles H Van Keuren of 8 Clifford Street, a foreman of the Ulster Knife Co, for many years, died Saturday at his home after a long illness. Born Sep 25, 1866, at Honk Hill, Mr Van Keuren was son of Levi and Mursena Freer Van Keuren. He was married Edith Freer, who died October 31, 1944. Mr Van Keuren was a resident of the village for 49 years. He was a member of the St John’s Episcopal Church. Survivors include three sons; Floyd, Richard, and Matthew, all of Ellenville; one daughter, Mrs Herbert Rogally of Ellenville; two sisters, Mrs Winfield Morse of Monticello, Mrs Susan Newkirk of New Paltz; six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Pulling Funeral Home, with the Rev George R Hiatt officiating. Internment was in the Fantinekill Cemetery. The bearers were Claude Empt, Adam Steadner, Walter Little, and John C Braun. Ellenville Journal, Jul 23, 1954.
Chester H. Van Keuren, 76
Chester H. Van Keuren of Kingston died Monday, Jan. 22,
1996 at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 76.
He was born May 22, 1919, in Liberty, to Richard and
Edith Armstrong Van Keuren.
He lived in Kingston for 30 years.
Mr. Van Keuren studied at the Art Students Leage and
operated a sign painting business in Liberty and Kingston.
He was an artisan who specialized in gold leaf design,
and he retired in 1985.
Family genealogy was his special interest, and he spent
40 years in the investigation of his family history after
which he published The History of the Van Keuren Family
He was a member of the Holland Society, the Ulster
County Genealogical Society, a lifetime member of the
Huguenot Historical Society, and Sons of the American
He is survived by his sister, Regina Redding of Suffern;
two brothers, Isham Van Keuren of Wallkill, and Richard
Van Keuren of Beach Lake, Pa.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m. Thursday
at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 125 Lafayette Ave.,
Suffern. Burial follows in springtime in Hurley Cemetary,
Calling hours are 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., Thursday, at
Scarr Funeral Home, Route 202, Suffern.
Memorial donations may be made to Margarette Hendrickse
Van Keuren Scholarship Fund at Ulster County Community
College, Stone Ridge, NY 12484.
Mrs. Christina Van Keuren, 56 years old, widow of Jasper Van Keuren, died to-day at the home of her daughter, Mrs. William Townsend No. 717 McBride street. Prayer will be said at the house to-morrow afternoon and the body will be sent to Walden, where funeral services will be held. Burial will be made at Howells Station. Syracuse Herald, Syracuse, NY, Dec. 21, 1907
Local News) Funeral services for Claude E. VanKeuren, one time of Troy, were held at the residence on South Avenue in Elmira on Monday evening. The remains were taken to Muncy, Pa. for burial.
Volume LV, #47, Thursday, November 21, 1918
Daniel VanKeuren, father of D. M. VanKeuren, of this village, died, Saturday, in his seventy-fourth year, at his son's residence. The funeral services were conducted by the members of Orange Lodge, this afternoon. The interment will be at Grahamsvile, Sullivan county, Tuesday afternoon. Deceased was a member of Grahamsville Lodge, I.O.O.F. Middletown Daily Argus, July 9, 1894
Dr. David van Keuren, of the 1300 block of Q Street NW, died suddenly in a hit-and-run bicycle accident on Friday, March 26, 2004, in southwest Washington.
Van Keuren, 53, was an avid bicyclist, riding most days of the year between his home in Logan Circle and his office at the Naval Research Laboratory, at the District’s southernmost tip. He was riding to work at the time of the accident.
A Wisconsin native, van Keuren has lived in the District for many years. He joined the staff of the Naval Research Laboratory in 1986 as its Historian, documenting the agency’s significant research and development achievements past and present, and contributing to national awareness of the broad impact of military scientific research on civil society.
He moved to the Logan Circle area in 2002, prior to which he lived on Capitol Hill since coming to Washington in the mid-1980s.
Van Keuren earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982, following a Master’s from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1975) and a Bachelor’s from UW-Eau Claire (1972). His graduate studies were concentrated on scientific thought in Europe and America from the middle ages to the present.
Van Keuren participated actively in a wide range of intellectual, cultural and physical activities. Combining his passion for cycling with a keen sense of compassion, van Keuren participated for many years in charity rides in support of local and national AIDS causes, including several of the DC AIDS rides, which benefited local AIDS charities; and the Montreal to Portland AIDS vaccine ride, which supported vaccine research.
He participated in a cycling group named “the Cycling Fools,” the roots of which can be traced to a group of friends who worked together at the World Bank, but which grew to include members from various extended circles of friends. Its purpose, in part, was to channel its members’ passion for both cycling and social justice into various fundraising rides.
Beyond riding to raise funds, though, van Keuren volunteered his time at Food and Friends and spent countless hours supporting other charitable causes and encouraging others to do so.
Van Keuren was an avid supporter of the visual and performing arts, and collected art and artifacts from the Southwest, including native crafts and paintings from well-known New Mexico artists. Locally, he was often known to be the first person to show up at the opening receptions for shows in Washington featuring work by painters, sculptors and photographers whose work he admired; he once dropped by an opening before anyone else and handed a single red rose to the artist, inquired as to her favorite piece in the show, and purchased it on the spot.
Van Keuren was also a member of a writers’ group, in which he contributed both original writing and critique to other writers. His recent efforts in this group were focused on concerns about the deterioration in the writing skills of young Americans brought about by technology and media fragmentation.
He was a fixture at hushed classical music performances and theatrical productions across the city, but also had many friends in the bars and restaurants along 14th Street in Logan Circle and 17th Street in Dupont Circle. Among other additional interests were domestic and international travel (friends say he was always “just coming back from somewhere”), and sailing.
David leaves behind a wide circle of friends and family, including parents Mr. And Mrs. James van Keuren of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; a sister, Marina Nelessen and brother-in-law Roger Nelessen; a brother Michael van Keuren and sister-in-law Char; a niece, Erin, and grand-niece Madeleine; and a nephew, Ryan. The family plans a small memorial service in Oshkosh, while friends and colleagues gathered to celebrate his life on Wednesday, March 31st, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill.
Friends are organizing a charitable event, most likely a charity bike ride, in his memory for the spring, with proceeds to go to Food and Friends in van Keuren’s name. For more information on how to participate or to make a donation to the charity in van Keuren’s memory, contact his cycling group at firstname.lastname@example.org. Voice of the Hill, Mar 31, 2004
Darwin Van Keuren passed away recently, after 62 years of marriage to his wife, Arlene. He had a distinguished military career as a U. S. Air Force Colonel, and later purchasing director for Gleason Works in Rochester, New York. The Carlton Class News, January, 2005
Delia Van Keuren, d. Oct 27, 1859, age 32, wife of Benjamin W, Newburgh. Whig Press, 9 Nov, 1859
E(lisha) Decker Van Keuren, a member of Co. H, 124th N.Y.V., died yesterday morning at his home in Walden, aged about sixty-five years. Mr. VanKeuren was a wagon maker by trade, but for a number of years had been engaged in the baggage and express business in Walden. He leaves a son and a daughter. His wife died a few years ago. He was a member of Fairchild Post. Middletown Daily Argus, May 18, 1897
Edward Van Keuren, d. 2 Dec, 1861, child, son of Benjamin, Newburgh. Whig Press, 18 Dec, 1861
Van Keuren, Edward M - 810 S Ballenger, age 66, died Apr 12, 1980 at St Joseph Hospital. Funeral services will be held 11AM Tuesday at Brown Funeral home, 1616 Davison Rd, Rev Grant H Wessel officiating. Interment in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Memorial services by DAV will be conducted at 4:30PM today. Mr Van Keuren was born in St Catherines, Ontario, Mar 25, 1914 and had lived in Flint most of his life. He was a Veteran of World War II and a lifetime member of the DAV, chapter 122. He owned and operated Van Keuren Landscaping Co. Surviving are 2 sons, Terry and Debby of Schwartz Creek and Edward Jr and Lois of Flushing; 3 daughters, Sherry L and Danny Davis of Lapeer, Doraine and Don Fyfe of Flint, and Mary Madison of Mt Morris; 15 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 5 brothers, Lloyd of Canada, Don of Garden City, Sid of Illinois, Bob of California, and Ronnie of Flint; 2 sisters, Elsie May of Flint, and Jean Byers of Davison.
Delia Van Keuren, d. Oct 27, 1859, age 32, wife of Benjamin W, Newburgh. Whig Press, 9 Nov, 1859
Elanora VanKeuren of Mongaup Valley, a homemaker and a lifelong Sullivan County resident, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at the Andover Subacute and Rehab Center in Andover, N.J. She was 90 years of age.
The daughter of the late Frank and Nora Gabriel, she was born July 18, 1910, in Monticello.
Mrs. VanKeuren was a member of the Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church and the Bethel Senior Citizens.
She is survived by a son, Douglas VanKeuren of Kauneonga Lake; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Franklin VanKeuren.
There will be no visitation.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Mongaup Valley United Methodist Church, Route 17B, Mongaup Valley with the Rev. Kenneth Rodgers officiating.
Burial will be made in the Mongaup Valley Union Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements were made by the Ramsay's Funeral Home in Kauneonga Lake.
Mr Eli Van Keuren, a well known and prominent resident of the town of Shawangunk, whose illness was noted last week, died on Monday, at the age of 74 years. Mr Van Keuren was a trustee of the Ellenville Savings Bank, had been supervisor of his town, and held other responsible positions. He was held in high esteem. Ellenville Journal, Jul 8, 1887
Eliza Jane, wife of William Van Keuren, passed away quietly at her home in Ellenville early Wednesday Morning, May 20, 1914. She was a daughter of James Keogan and Elizabeth Bunting, his wife, and was born at Eureka, NY in 1834. She is survived by her husband and seven children; Willard B Van Keuren of Kerhonken, Mary V Pike of New Hampshire; Carrie B, wife of William Grossman(deceased), of Wawarsing; Charles B Van Keuren of Tuxedo; Madge W, wife of Burton G Saunders, of Chicago, Ill; Elizabeth, wife of Samuel Morey(deceased), of New Paltz; Blanche, wife of W H Austin, of Norwood, NJ. Also by 3 sisters; Mrs Sarah Glassbrenner, of Ellenville; Abbie Keogan and Mrs Lucy Vernoy, of Wawarsing. The brothers are Sylvenus Keogan of Mombaccus and Sylvester Keogan of Kingston. Deceased was a worthy member of the M E Church. Funeral service was held at the house on Saturday p.m., conducted by the Rev Geo M Cranston, of Kingston NY. Internment was at Fantinekill Cemetery. Ellenville Journal, May 28, 1909.
Elizabeth Van Keuren, d. 2 Mar, 1857, age 28 y, 3m, wife of Moses. Also Melissa, sister of Elizabeth, daus. Of C H Gridley of Montgomery. Both died of Scarlet Fever; Melissa was 15 at the time of her death. Both are buried in one grave in Montgomery. Whig Press, 11 Mar, 1857.
Mrs Elizabeth Van Keuren, age 60, a suicide, leaves 2 daughters. Whig Press, 30 Apr, 1862.
Elizabeth Ann Van Keuren, d. 15 May, 1856, age 18y, dau of Milton, Woodbourne. Whig Press, 28 May, 1856
Mrs. Ella J. Van Keuren died at her home at Van Keuren's Corners, in the town
of Bethel, Saturday, Nov. 30th, 1901, aged 33 years, 5 months and 20 days.
The cause of death was Addison's bronze, an acute disease of the kidneys.
Deceased was a daughter of James and Mary Margison, and was born at the
Margison homestead at Mongaup Valley, where her girlhood days were passed.
She was married to Franklin P. Van Keuren Feb. 20th, 1889. She had been in
poor health for some years, but was up and about her household duties until
about two weeks before her death. She had been a consistent member of the
Methodist church since her girlhood days, first at her native place and more
recently at White Lake. Although the sufferings which terminated her life
were intense she was sustained even to the end by a firm and unshaken trust in
God. Her husband survives her; also a daughter, Lela M., aged nine years; her
aged parents, residing at Mongaup Valley, and three brothers and four sister,
residing as follows: George M., at Mongaup Valley; William and Cyrus, at
home; Sarah, wife of Richard HALL, at the toll-gate west of Monticello; Fannie
E., at Sugar Loaf, N.Y.; Martha and Alice, at home. Funeral services were
held at her late residence Tuesday afternoon. Interment in the family
cemetery near the homestead.
Ellen I. VanKeuren
Ellen Isabelle VanKeuren, 81, of 101 Mountain Lake Lane, Paris, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2000, in Winchester Medical Center.
Mrs. VanKeuren was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Edward and Isabelle Brodie MacFarlane. He was owner and operator of Mountain Lake Campground.
Surviving are a son, Edward VanKeuren of Paris; and two grandchildren.
A private service is planned.
Memorials may be made to Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Rescue Squad, 6363 Howellsville Road, Front Royal 22630.
Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville, is handling arrangements.
Mrs Elsie Van Keuren. There passed away in Dunnville on Thursday, March 14th, Mrs Elsie (Bessey) Van Keuren, Widow of James Melvin Van Keuren, aged 83 years. Deceased was born in Homer, Ontario, in 1857, and resided in Merritton until her marriage in 1878, then living several years in Dunn Township. Except for a few years in Brantford, the balance of her life was spent in Dunnville. Her husband pre-deceased her twenty one years this month. The kind, friendly disposition of the deceased won her a host of friends. Surviving are three daughters, (Annie) Mrs James Jamieson of Wellandport; (Ida) Mrs George H Smith; and (Nellie) Mrs Frank Dashwood; also three sons, James, George, and William of Brantford, and one sister, Mrs Kate Murphy, who resided with her. One daughter, Pearl, died in infancy. Besides her family she leaves eighteen grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.
The funeral was held from the residence of Mrs Frank Dashwood on Sunday, March 17th, with internment at Riverside Cemetery. Rev S H Lamb of First Baptist Church officiated. The Pall Bearers were Frank Montague, Chester Van Keuren, Bert Ludgate, John Westerby, William McPherson, and Frank Vasbinder. The floral tributes included: Pillow from the family; baskets, Mr and Mrs H L Gapes and Mr an Mrs L H Burrows; Mrs Art Hannigan and Mrs Dodge, First Baptist Church; sprays, granddaughters Mildred, Helen, and Edna; grandson James Van Keuren Jr, Windsor, Ontario;Mr and Mrs Frank Smith; Women’s Association of Grace United Church; Past Noble Grands Club of June Rebekah Lodge; the Girls of the Finishing Department, Monarch Knitting Company; Mrs Margaret Dashwood and Beatrice; the Backus Family; the Employees of the Park and Cemetery Board, Brantford; Mr and Mrs Richard Jacob; Mary and Frances Riddell; Mrs Alice Stephens, the Werners, and the McKees; Mrs Williamson and Reta; Mr and Mrs Frank Vasbinder, Colbourne. Mar 18, 1940.
Ernest Van Keuren. Mr and Mrs William S Van Keuren attended the funeral of Mr Van Keuren’s brother, Ernest, at Livonia. Ernest formerly resided in Savona. The Steuben Courier, June 9, 1944.
VANKEUREN - Jan. 19, at Goshen, Ethel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel VanKeuren, aged 5 months. Middletown Daily Times, January 24, 1893
Family Sadly Afflicted.
The infant child (Evelyn Mae) of Mrs. and the late George Van Keuren died at the home on Monday evening, of spinal meningitis, aged about six months.
The father died less than two weeks ago, of tuberculosis, and the child who was in poor health at that time, soon followed. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon, and the interment in the family plot at Fantinekill. Middletown Times Press, October 19, 1916
Floyd Van Keuren of 14 Nevins Street died suddenly Monday at Veterans Memorial Hospital from a heart attack. Mr Van Keuren, who had been employed as a cutler for the Ulster Knife Company for about 40 years, was born September 7, 1892, at Greenfield, a son of Charles and Edith Freer Van Keuren. He was married here November, 1915 to Elizabeth Hoar. Mr Van Keuren attended the Ellenville Public Schools and was a member of the St John’s Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs Edith Zupp of Walden, and Mrs Alice McCombs of Cragsmoor; two sons, Frederick R of Ellenville and Herbert E of Paterson, NJ; two brothers, Mathew and Richard of Ellenville; one sister, Mrs Alice Rogally of Ellenville; nine grandchildren, one great grandchild, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at St John’s Episcopal Church at 2 o’clock, with the Rev Robert Ward officiating. Internment will be at the Fantinekill Cemetery. The bearers will be Thomas Ingham, Walter Little, Robert Goldsmith, and Joseph Goldsmith. Ellenville Journal, Oct 19, 1954.
Frank E. Van Keuren, for many years one of the publishers of the Mansfield Advertiser, died suddenly at his home in Troy, Tuesday morning. Although he had been in failing health for some time, yet he had seemed as well lately as for some time. He was in Mansfield for a little while Sunday and seemed quite well. The funeral will be held from his home in Troy Thursday afternoon at two o’clock. Frank E. VanKeuren was born in Hammondsport, N.Y., Oct. 26, 1861, the son of Dr. Eber and Sarah VanKeuren. He was educated in the public schools of Hammondsport and Bath, N.Y., and then started to learn the printer’s trade on the Steuben Courier in Bath. After four and a half years there he went to Elmira where he became foreman of the job department of the Advertiser. Later he went back to Bath and to Wellsboro, where he was foreman of the Advocate. He came to Mansfield in the spring of 1885 and purchased the Advertiser of W. A. Rowland. In July he sold a half interest to Sheridan E. Coles, and the firm of VanKeuren & Coles conducted the paper for nearly a quarter of a century. They bought the Troy Gazette in 1901 and afterward the Troy Register. Later they divided their holdings with Mr. VanKeuren taking the Troy papers and Mr. Coles the Advertiser. In 1896 Mr. VanKeuren spent several months in New York, where he was an instructor in a school of printing. On September 6, 1888, Mr. VanKeuren married Katherine E. VanNess, daughter of Peter V. And Celia Reynolds VanNess. To them were born two children, Ralph H. and helen. During his life in Mansfield Mr. VanKeuren was active in all worethy affairs and held several positions of trust. He was a member of Friendship Lodge, F. & A. M. in which he acted as secretary and treasurer at different times, as well as passing the chairs to W. M. He was a communicant of the Episcopal church and held the office of vestryman and treasurer. He was also burgess of Mansfield for one term. He was a man who was held in high esteem by all who knew him and he had his part in the building of Mansfield and the Mansfield Advertiser.
The Rev. Frank H. Van Keuren, 84, who organized the Society which founded a later built Grace Methodist Church, died at 5:25 Savona .m. today after a heart attack at 41 East William Street. His home was in Sovona but he and Mrs. Van Keuren were spending the winter here. Mr. Van Keuren organize the Grace Church Society which held its service in what was known as King’s Hall, corner of Bridge and West Pultney Street, on Oct. 25, 1896. Later the well-known minister headed the list of subscribers towards a new church edifice with a contribution of $25.
The society purchased for lots on Bridge Street Nov. 9, 1897 in the corner stone of the new church was late April 14, 1898. The Rev. Mr. Van Keuren preached the first service in the new building on Aug. 28, 1898 and dedicated it on September 18, 1898. He also preached the last service in the old church, corner Bridge and West Pultney streets, about five years ago. His first organist, Mrs. and Hannah M. Harrington, played the last hymn in that church.
To Mr. Van Keuren run officiated at the dedication of the present church, which he and his family have attended this is taking up residence in Corning.
Born in South Bradford, in December 16, 1860, the son of Moses T. and Hannah Canfield Van Keuren , he was educated at Genesee Wesleyan Seminary and Garrett Biblical Institute in Evanston, Illinois. Completing his education there, the Rev. Mr. Van Keuren entered the ministry in 1884, joining the Genesee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Among the pastorates which he has served are: Covington Lambs Creek, Pennsylvania, Rathbunsville, Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania, East Avenue, Hornell Painted Post, Linnwood Avenue, Buffalo, Coudersport, Pennsylvania, Wellsville and Honeoye Falls. He retired in 1913 but has supplied at Bradford and Sanora since that time.
He was married to Kitty. L. Barber of Covington, Pennsylvania, on June 22nd, 1887, by his uncle, the Rev. John T. Canfield. They had two children, Mrs. Florence Oliver of Corning, teacher in Big Flat School and Dr. Ernest C. Van Keuren, head of the English Department of Evansville college, Evansville, Indiana. Three grandchildren, private Joseph A. Olliver in England, Nancy and Bruce Van Keuren of Evansville, Indiana, one nephew, William G. Connelly former prominent Corningite, now of Chicago, Illinois.
The body was removed to the Philips funeral home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete
Mrs Frank J Van Keuren died Dec 27th at her home near Savona, from blood poisoning, age 42 years. She is survived by her husband and 6 children and brothers and sisters. The Bath Plaindealer, Jan 1, 1910.
Monticello NY Republican Watchman 1926
DEATH OF FRANKLIN VAN KEUREN
Brief notice of the death of Franklin Van Keuren appeared in the last issue of the Watchman. As promised then, Miss Lela Van Keuren has given the writer facts for a more extended obituary notice. Mr. Van Keuren died in the Memorial Hospital in Norwich, N.Y. on Sunday, Oct. 3rd, at the age of 75 years, five months and 10 days. Cause of death was kidney and bladder trouble, from which he had suffered some time. He only entered the hospital the latter part of September and was there a week. He was born in the own of Bethel, near Stevensville, on the farm afterwards owned and occupied by his eldest brother, William Van Keuren, April 24, 1851. His father, Thomas Van Keuren. Sr., lived there at the time of Franklin's birth. After the death of William Van Keuren, Sr., grandfather of the deceased, the family of Thomas Van Keuren came to the old homestead at Van Keuren's Corner, where Franklin passed most of his life. His mother was Gertrude Deering. He was the youngest of six sons, William, Walter, Peter, Thomas, Jr., and Winfield, all of whom preceded him to the grave. The only near relatives surviving are his daughter, Miss Lela Van Keuren, now a teacher in the school at Little Falls, Herkimer County, N.Y., and Olivia, widow of William W. Mclntyre, formerly of the town of Bethel, but now at Guilford, N.Y. Numerous relatives reside in Sullivan County, but we would only mention the names of the six chosen as bearers: Winfield Mc Intyre, of Woodbourne, and his three younger brothers, Harold, Chester and Walter; William Margison, of Mongaup Valley and Lyons, his brother, of Bethel, brother-in-law of the deceased. Franklin spent his early days on the old farm at Van Keuren's Corner. After his father's death he continued to work the farm, his only sister keeping house for him until she married Mr. Mclntyre.
At the age of 38 years he married Miss Ella J. Margison, a daughter of James Margison, of Mongaup Valley, on February 20, 1889, Rev. Thomas R. Sweetman, then pastor of the Methodist Church at Mongaup Valley, performing the ceremony.
Their married life was only twelve years duration. She died at the Van Keuren homestead in 1901. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Mongaup Valley and held the office of trustee for some years. In politics he was a life long Democrat. Three years ago he sold his farm at Van Keuren's which had been occupied by his ancestors for more than 100 years, and removed to Guilford, Chenango County, N.Y., his sister keping house for him at that place. When he removed to Guilford he joined the church there, of which Rev. J. W. Bump is pastor. Funeral services were held by Mr. Bump at his late residence in Guilford at 2.30 Tuesday afternoon and prayer service, conducted by Rev. E. Sloat, his former pastor, assisted by Rev. M. M. Watson, pastor of the Methodist Churches at Mongaup Valley and White Lake. Rev. F. G. Baker, of Stevensville, also was present at services at the grave. The little cemetery at Van Keuren's Corner, was filled with friends and neighbors who had known the deceased for many years. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful.
Rev. J. Bump delivered an impressive funeral discourse from the words, "And I saw a new Heaven and a new earth."—Rev. xx1 : l . Prof. Barrow, principal of the Little Falls school, rendered two solos at the service. First entitled "Somewhere," and 2nd, "The Christian's Good
Frank P Van Keuren Summoned by Death
Frank P Van Keuren, aged 47 years, for nearly 30 years a resident of Colorado and recently one of the Deputy Assessors of Denver, died at St Luke’s Hospital at Noon Yesterday, after a weeks illness with appendicitis. Funeral Services will be held at the family home at 1617 Franklin, at 4 o’clock this afternoon.
Mr Van Keuren was for years connected with the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company at Pueblo and later with the Colorado and Southern and the State Insurance Department in Denver. In Pueblo he was one of the founders of the Knights of Pythias and was always active in that order, being one of the leaders of the movement that abolished liquor from the lodgerooms, and barred dealers in liquors from membership. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He is survived by his wife and two children, residing in Denver, and by two sisters, whose home is in Pueblo. Denver Times, 27 Jul, 1908
FRANK P VAN KEUREN DIES AT HOSPITAL
PROMINENT REPUBLICAN POLITICIAN SUCCUMBS TO APPENDICITIS AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
WAS WELL KNOWN PYTHIAN AND MAN OF AFFAIRS
Frank P Van Keuren, a well known citizen of Denver, died at noon yesterday at St Luke’s Hospital of appendicitis. He was taken ill a week ago and an operation failed to provide relief, as the nature of his affliction was such as to place his case beyond hope almost from the first
Mr Van Keuren, who was one of the Deputy Assessors of this county, came to Colorado in 1880 and has been since that time identified with the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, the Colorado and Southern Railway, and the State Insurance Department. He has been prominent in Republican politics and was a man of strong patriotic impulses. He came from a famous old Revolutionary family and was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. The Hon Alton B Parker of New York spent much of his time while attending the recent Democratic National Convention with Mr Van Keuren, the two having been school boys together in New York. Mr Van Keuren was a prominent member of the Knights of Pythias and the funeral will be conducted by that order.
He was born March 23, 1861 and leaves a wife and grown son and daughter, Harry and Mamie. The funeral will be held today at the late residence, 1617 Franklin Street at 4PM today. Denver Daily Republican, 27 Jul, 1908
Frank P. VanKeuren Jr.
Frank P. VanKeuren Jr., age 40 of Millville, N.J., died Saturday, November 8, 2003. Born and raised in Elmer, NJ. He lived in Millville for the past six months.
He was an Independent Truck Driver. He previously worked for Salem Machine in Salem, N.J. and Airwork in Milllville, N.J. He graduated in 1982 from Schalick High School. He loved all outdoor sports including riding motorcycles.
He was predeceased by his father the late Frank P. VanKeuren Sr. Surviving are his children Jason Daniel VanKeuren and Melissa Lee VanKeuren both of Centerton, N.J.; mother Shirley P. VanKeuren of Millville, N.J.; sister JoAnne Sunder of Galloway Township, N.J.; his uncle Joe Zirillo and aunt Barbara Sacco both of Hammonton, N.J., uncle John VanKeuren of Woodstown, NJ and great aunt Eleanor VanKeuren of Vineland, N.J.
Viewing Monday after 10:00 a.m. at the MARINELLA FUNERAL HOME, Inc. 102 N. 3rd St. Hammonton, N.J. Funeral Services 11:00 a.m. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.
Frederick R Van Keuren. Funeral Services will be held at 10 AM today for Frederick R Van Keuren, formerly of 11 Pershing Avenue, who died Monday at Peekskill. He was born in Ellenville on May 10, 1897 to the late Charles and Edith Freer Van Keuren. He was married to the late Freeda Howe on Jan 14, 1920 in Ellenville. He was a communicant of St John’s Episcopal Church and formerly was a church vestryman and warden. He was a 50 year member of the Pioneer Engine Co of the Ellenville Fire Department, and a 50 year member of the Wawarsing Masonic Lodge. He was also an active member of the Republican Party. He was a retired Postmaster. Surviving are his daughter, Mrs Robert Haring of Peekskill; a son, Richard John, of Webster Groves, MO; a brother Matthew, of Ellenville; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The Rev John Armfield will officiate at the Office for the Burial of the Dead at St John’s Memorial Church in Ellenville. Burial will be in the Fantinekill Cemetery in Ellenville. Arrangements were by the Donald H Bury Funeral Home, Ellenville. Contributions may be made to the St John’s Memorial Episcopal Church. Ellenville Journal, Aug 1, 1974.
Frederick R Van Keuren, 60, of Scottsdale and formerly of Ellenville, died Friday at the Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, Scottsdale. A retired district manager for Prudential Insurance, he spent most of his life in Ellenville. He was born in Ellenville May 13, 1918, to Floyd and Elizabeth Hoar Van Keuren. Mr Van Keuren was a former Republican committeeman from the town of Wawarsing; a former board member of the Ellenville School; the past president of the Shawangunk Country Club in Ellenville; and a member and past commander of the American Legion Cook-Taylor Post 111 in Ellenville. Survivors include his wife, the former Margaret Hoerner, at home; one son, Peter C of Chicago; one brother, Herbert, of New Jersey; two sisters, Edith, of New Jersey, and Alice of Cragsmoor. A burial office was offered at 10 a.m. Tues in St John’s Memorial Episcopal Church, Ellenville. Burial was in Fantinekill Cemetery. Ellenville Press, Feb 21, 1979.
Mrs Freeda H Van Keuren of 11 Pershing Ave, Ellenville, died Friday at Ellenville Community Hospital. Born in Ellenville on September 14th, 1895, she was the daughter of John A and Margaret Stedner Howe. She was married to Fred R Van Keuren in St John’s Church on Jan 14, 1920, and was a life long resident here. She was a member of the St John’s Memorial Episcopal Church, the Parish Aid Society of Church, the Episcopal Women, and Wawarsing Chapter #253 Order of Eastern Star.
Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs Robert E Haring of Peekskill; a son, Richard J of St Louis, MO; five grandchildren; one sister, Mrs Etta Parliaman of LaGrangeville; three brothers, Floyd Howe of Ellenville, and John A Howe and Jacob Howe of Poughkeepsie. Order of the Eastern Star services and prayers for the dead were held Monday Evening. A Requiem Eucharist was held Tuesday morning at St John’s Church, with the Rev John S Armfield officiatingInternment was in Fantinekill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were made by Louck’s Funeral Home. Ellenville Journal, Feb 12, 1974.
Evening Gazette, Port Jervis, NY, September 11, 1869:
Railroad Accident at Newburgh--A Boy Killed.
We learn from the Telegraph that on Wednesday evening a dreadful accident happened at the Penn. Coal Dock at Newburgh. An extra coal train on the Erie Branch, Engine 248, Frank Geraghter, conductor, arrived there, having a passenger coach attached filled with visitors from the Orange County Temperance Convention at Craigville. On arriving at the Coal Dock they detached the engine from the train, as is the custom, to allow the train of cars to run in the switches alone, it being down grade. Before the train was stopped, the heartrending shrieks and wailing of some unknown injured person were heard, which turned out to be a young boy, unknown to them then. The following are the particulars as near as can be described from the facts as we get them:
As is the habit and continual practice of a lot of young lads, living in the southern portion of the city, near the railroad and coal dock--they meet these coal trains at the upper switches, and when the trains are stopped to cut off the engine they mount the cars (out of the sight of the train hands) and throw off coal until the train is quite a distance down, when they get off, go back and take the coal home or sell it. Last evening this dodge was being practiced by several boys, among whom was George VanKeuren, a lad fifteen years of age, son of Albert Van Keuren, residing in East Parmenter street. In getting on the train it appears he missed his foothold and fell under, nearly all of the train passing over him. Both feeter were entirely severed at the ankles, and his legs horribly mangled. His right arm was broken in several places, and his right side was mangled and torn beyond description. It was a horrible sight. The little fellow was picked up and put in Conductor Geraghty's caboose and brought down to the depot. Dr. Ely said as soon as he saw the unfortunate lad, it was impossible to save his life, all that could be done would be to administer stimulants to relieve his agony. He died about ten o'clock in the evening.
Ellenville. Oct. 9--George VanKeuren son of Mr.and Mrs.Charles VanKeuren, died at his home in this village, on Saturday afternoon, october 7, at 4 o'clock, from tuberculosis, at the age of 24 years.
Mr. VanKeuren had spent his life in Ellenville, where he was welll known and popular among his young associates. As long as health permitted, he was a valued employee of the Ellenville Knife Works.
He is survived by a wife and an infant child six months old, his parents, Mr.and Mr. Charles VanKeuren, and a number of brothers and sisters.
The funeral will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from St. John's Episcopal Church, the pastor, Rev. H.P. Hobson, D.D, conducting the services. The interment will be made in the Fantinekill cemetery. Middletown Times Press, October 9, 1916
Steuben Advocate, June 10, 1903
Mrs Hannah Van Keuren, relict of the late Moses T Van Keuren, died at the home of the daughter, Mrs George Conley, of Sonora, aged 76 years. She was a daughter of the late John Canfield of Oak Hill and is survived by a brother, Rev John T Canfield of Dundee, formerly presiding Elder of this district, and a son, Rev Frank H Van Keuren of Coudersport, PA, besides Mrs Conley.
Hannah E Van Keuren, died 12 Apr, 1856, wife of H.A., Burlingham, Sullivan County. Whig Press, 14 May, 1856
Helen Van Keuren - Sudden Death of a Married Lady.
We learn from the Montgomery Republican that on the morning of the 11th,
Mrs. Helen Van Keuren died very suddenly at her residence in Crawford. She
was the only child of the late John Hill, jr., and was a year or so ago
married to Mr. Newton Van Keuren of Pine Bush. She awoke, said she was
feeling very singularly, and wished her husband called, who was sleeping up
stairs. He was promptly called, and came down immediately, when he found
his wife speechless, and in a few moments she was dead. Her disease was
probably some affection of the heart. She leaves a husband, and a child
about three weeks old.
Services for Helen L. VanKeuren, 80, Pittsburg, will be 11 a.m. Monday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, Lawrence. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Baldwin.
Mrs. VanKeuren died Thursday, June 28, 2001, at Mt. Carmel Medical Center, Pittsburg.
She was born July 28, 1920, in DeQueen, Ark., the daughter of Joel Walter and Ruth Gertrude (Peasley) Spence. She attended schools in Arkansas and Lawrence. She moved from Lawrence to Pittsburg, where she lived the past 10 years. She worked for KPL, then Hallmark Cards, Lawrence, from 1958 to 1978.
She married Donald E. VanKeuren June 27, 1940. He died in 1966.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Harrison, Pittsburg; four sisters, Margaret Penny and Veta Forbes, both of Oskaloosa, Alta Slack, Springfield, Ohio, and Bernice Nehrbass, Perry; a brother, Bernard Spence, Bay City, Tex.; two granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary, where the family will receive friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The family suggests memorials to an organization of the donor's choice, sent in care of the mortuary. Lawrence Journal World, June 30, 2001
Henry Van Keuren, a worthy veteran of the Civil War, who served three years, and who from rheumatic and other ailments incurred in the service of his country had suffered much, having for seven years been confined at home unable to stand upon his feet, died Saturday Morning, the 12th, at his residence on Honk Hill, at the age of 74 years. Funeral services were at the home on Tuesday afternoon, with internment at Fantinekill Cemetery. The deceased was the son of Phillip Van Keuren, was born at Lackawack, and spent nearly all his life in that vicinity, save when he was in the Army. He is survived by 2 sons, Charles, who is living in Poughkeepsie, and James, who with a daughter Jennie, resided at the home. A squad from Ward Post attended the funeral, and laid their comrade to rest. Ellenville Journal, Nov 17, 1910.
Death of Henry R Van Keuren. Monday Evening on Railway Train, While enroute to Ellenville. On Monday Morning Last, Mr Matthew Van Keuren went to New York to accompany his brother, Henry R Van Keuren, to Ellenville for a visit. Henry Van Keuren had been an invalid and was suffering greatly from dropsy; but he was in cheerful spirits and anxious to come to Ellenville. They came by the early evening train, which involves a change of cars at Summitville. Mr Van Keuren, aided by others, assisted the invalid aboard as carefully as possible, and when placed in a seat, said he was tired, and almost instantly he died, with his brother’s arms about him. By Advice the deceased man was removed and Coroner Helms of Wurtsburo was summoned, and came accompanied by Dr J F Wiklow of Wurtsburo. There was found no occasion for an inquest, and Undertaker Irving Ostrander of this village brought the remains to Ellenville.
Henry R Van Keuren – to whom among his friends there clung all his life the familiar cognomen “Honey”, attached somehow in childhood – was born in Kingston fifty four years ago, son of DeWitt Van Keuren and Eliza Van Vliet, his wife. As a young man he learned the printing business in the office of the People’s Press, the proprietor of which was Daniel Bradbury, Henry’s Uncle. But printing was slow for the mettlesome young man, and with a friend he drifted to the big city; when the Brooklyn Bridge was finished he was employed upon it as a collector, and received and handled the first penny paid for passage across the big structure; afterwards he became an assistant superintendent; was also an agent for the Rockaway line of iron steamboats; personally conducted a number of big steamboat excursions; in short, “Honey” led a busy life. In recent years he ran a popular café in Broadway, New York and was the successful proprietor of the Brandon House, Greenwood Lake – of which he had secured the lease for the coming season. Mr Van Keuren was a high degree Mason, member of lodge, chapter, commandery, and shrine; also a member of the Elks and Royal Arcanum. Mr Van Keuren’s first wife was Sarah Benjamin, of Andes, NY, who died without children; he leaves a second wife and two stepsons. He is survived also by a brother, Matthew, of Ellenville; a sister Mrs Charles Howe, of Orange Connecticut; stepsisters, Mrs Catherine Metz of Waterbury, Conn; Mrs George Nestell of Kingston, and a stepbrother, Charles Clearwater, of Kingston. The funeral services were at the house of Mr Matthew Van Keuren, Wednesday afternoon, at 1 o’clock, conducted by the Rev H C Berg, DD, with Masonic ceremonies in charge of the Wawarsing Lodge. Internment at Fantinekill Cemetery. Ellenville Journal, Apr 14, 1905.
Newspaper clipping, with handwritten note Jan 12, 1927:
Deaths and Funerals
Henry S. Van Keuren
Henry Smith Van Keuren, formerly of Middletown, died Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. Howard Stitt in Monroe, after one week's illness.
Mr. Van Keuren was born August 7, 1852 in Pine Bush, the son of Nelson and Harriet Smith Van Keuren. He married Miss Kittie Palmer at Thompson Ridge. Mrs. Van Keuren died in Middletown, March 14, 1917. A son, Nelson, died 30 years ago.
Mr. Van Keruen in early life united with the church and has all his life been an earnest church worker. He had for several years been an active member and Elder of the Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church.
For the past three years, he had made his home with his children in Monroe.
He leaves his daughter, Leota, wife of J. Howard Stitt, and three grandchildren, Henrietta, Charles and Edna Stitt; also a sister in Pontiac, Ill.
Mr. Van Keuren will be greatly missed in the church by all who were fortunate to know him but the loss to the family where he has been such a devoted father and grandfather cannot be measured.
The funeral will be held in the Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church in Middletown Saturday at 1:30 o'clock. Interment will be in the family plot, New Prospect cemetery, Pine Bush.
VAN KEUREN--At rest, in Monroe, N.Y. January 12, 1927, Henry S. VanKeuren, aged 74 years. Funeral services iwll be held in the chapel of the Webb Horton Memorial Church, Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. Interment in family plot, Pine Bush cemetery.
Herbert G. VANKEUREN, 70, died Sunday night, March 22, 1931, in the home of
his daughter Mrs. James W. DONALDSON, 117 Center avenue, McDonald. He had
been ill for several months.
Mr. VANKEUREN was born in Riceville, Crawford county and had resided in
McDonald the past 35 years, working in the oil fields most of the time. A
member of the Knights of Maccabees he was a district organizer of the order,
and at his death he was a commander of the McDonald tent. He was also a
member of the First United Presbyterian church of McDonald. Mrs. VANKEUREN
died in 1923.
He leaves the following children: T. H. VANKEUREN of Charleston, W. Va.,
C. R. VANKeUREN of Tuttleman City, Calif., Mrs. C. E. MCDOWELL of
Monongahela, Mrs. James W. DONALDSON and Everett VANKEUREN of McDonald.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Donaldson home in
charge of the Rev. S. A. MCCOLLAM who was assisted by the Rev. A. R.
ARMSTRONG. Burial was in the Robinson's Run cemetery.
(Source: March 27, 1931, Obits. McDonald Record-Outlook)
A POISONER AND SUICIDE
HE GIVE STRYCHNINE TO HIS WIFE AND THEN TAKES SOME HIMSELF
HYLAND, N.Y., Nov. 2--Jacob Winfred Van Keuren, of Utica, N.Y., poisoned himself and his wife at the residence of his father-in-law here, where they had been guests for five days. Late last night Van Keuren made deliberate preparations for the poisoning. He purchased strychnine at a drug store, saying he wanted it for rats. Before retiring he chatted pleasantly, and before putting out the light in the bedroom he handed his wife a glass, stating that it contained some medicine he had prepared for her. She drank half the mixture and he drank the remainder. After they had retired he told his wife what she had drank. She raised an outcry, which speedily brought her father and the other members of the family. She was given an emetic and physicians were summoned and her life was saved, though she is still in a critical condition. Van Keuren refused to take an emetic, and he died in great agony shortly after the arrival of the doctors. He left a letter, a copy of which is !
To the friends who have been so kind to my suffering wife I desire hereby to tender my last tribute of gratitude, and especially to Pa and Ma Haight for their untold efforts to cheer and comfort my darlings. To all those who look for the cause of this unexpected event I would say that no one but myself is in any way responsible for it; it is done in the cool deliberation of a sound mind, because I believe death to be the only means of rescuing her from the fate of those who have been the prey of insanity. I ask only one favor from the world. I know my friends will grant it. When you have consigned our bodies to the grave be charitable enough to say, "They loved each other." No purer soul was ever given to woman than that so soon to take its flight. With an affectionate farewell to all I go.
JACOB WINFRED VAN KEUREN
The suicide had studied for the ministry several years ago, and for a time taught school at West Park, Ulster County. He was well known in various parts of the State. From his letter it might be inferred that the wife was predisposed to be insane. Nothing could be further from the truth, and to all appearances Van Keuren was perfectly rational. This afternoon the Coroner held an inquest, and this evening the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts as above stated. The New York Times, November 3, 1887
James Van Keuren Inquest
The jury in the coroner's investigation of the death of James Van Keuren met
Saturday night, at the home of Emory Van Keuren, on Monhagen avenue. After
hearing the testimony of John McBride and Miss Mary J. Van Keuren, a verdict
of suicide, while suffering from temporary aberration of mind, was rendered. Middletown Daily Argus, Middletown, NY, June 21, 1897.
NEARLY CUT HIS HEAD OFF.
James Van Keuren Slashed His Throat With a Razor at Pilgrim's Corners--Body Found by His Father in an Orchard--Temporary Insanity Due to Ill Health the Probable Cause.
Coroner Decker was called to Pilgrim's Corners, about 6 o'clock, Friday night, where the body of James Van Keuren had been found lying in an orchard, the throat slashed with a razon until the head was nearly severed from the spine.
The discovery was made by the father of the victim, Isaac Van Keuren, who lives on Monhagen avenue, near the Summit. His son, who was thirty-six years of age, had not acted entirely right of late and when James started for John McBride's farm, near Pilgrim's Coroners (sic--a Freudian slip?), to look for work and did not return the father became alarmed and followed. He found that hte son had not been at Mr. McBride's and on returning, accompanied by Mr. McBride, he made the horrible discovery of his son's self-inflicted death.
On the arrival of Coroner Decker the body was removed to his late home by Undertaker Rockafellow and a jury viewed it and took an adjournment until to-night, when an inquest will be held at the Van Keuren house.
The victim was without coat and vest when found. He laid on his back in the field adjoining the lane and the instrument of death was still in his hand. The family state that he was nervous during the morning and spoke of having a new suit of clothes Monday. He sharpened his razor on finishing shaving and when asked by his mother if he was sick he replied, "No," and she asked: "If you are not sick why do you act so strangely?" "Because," said he, "sometimes I don't know where I am or what I am doing."
The deceased was born near Haven, Sullivan county, Dec. 11, 1860. His parents, Isaac Van Keuren and Elizabeth Jansen Van Keuren, and one sister, Mary J., at home, survive him. The family lived in the town of Wallkill for twenty years and much of James' life was spent helping his father. He was employed in the Wallkill hat works for a time and also worked for the Middletown Glass Company as a packer. He has worked on the McBride farm a little of late.
He suffered from fits for many years, but was cured of them about five years ago, though his mother continued to administer the medicine. He was delicate as a child and has never enjoyed really good health. He was well liked by all who knew him.
The funeral will be held Monday at 1 o'clock at his late home. From the Middletown Daily Argus, June 19, 1897
James H. VanKeuren
The funeral of James H. VanKeuren was held from his late home at Rock Tavern on Saturday morning last. He was 62 years of age and was a lifelong resident of Rock Tavern with the exception of a few years spent in Vineland. He was a trustee of the Little Britain Presbyterian Church for a number of years, also a member of the Washingtonville Grange. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him and will be greatly missed as a friend and neighbor.
He is survived by his wife, who was Elizabeth Thorne. Middletown Times Press, January 19, 1918
James Jones Van Keuren, who died on Saturday last, Aug 28th, 1915, at the home of his son, Melvin, in Dunnville, was born in Grantham Township, Lincoln County, on Jan 17th, 1829. On Oct 24th, 1850, he married Mary Closen, daughter of daughter of Charlotte and Abraham Secord, who died in Byng on May 10th, 1905. He moved to Haldimand County 51 years ago. He is survived by one brother, John Van Keuren, Youngstown, New York; three sisters, Charity Van Keuren of Lockport, New York; Mrs John McLaren and Mrs John Parnell of St Catherines; two sons, James Melvin Van Keuren, Dunnville and John Milo Van Keuren, Welland; three daughters, Mrs Jacob Stellrecht of Lancaster, New York, Mrs Gilbert Vasbinder of Welland, and Mrs Thomas Spedding of Dunnville; besides 18 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. The Funeral took place on Monday afternoon to Dunn Methodist Cemetery. Dunnville and Byng Orangemen attended. The Pall Bearers were William Hamilton, James Bowden, Harry Hamilton, John Webber Sr, Roland Secord, and John Thrush, all of Byng Lodge, of which deceased was an honorary member. Those from a distance were Mr James McMullin of St Catharines; Milo Van Keuren, Welland; Mr and Mrs Stellbrecht, Lancaster, NY; Mr and Mrs G A Van Keuren, St Catharines; Frank Vasbinder, Port Colbourne, William Van Keuren, Brantford; Charles McLaren and James Van Keuren, St Catharines.The following were floral offerings:: Wreath, L.O.L., Byng; spray, Mrs and Mrs John Spellrecht; spray, Mr and Mrs G H Smith; spray, Mr and Mrs Jas. Jamieson; spray, Mr and Mrs F J Dashwood; spray, Mr and Mrs William Van Keuren; spray, Mr and Mrs G A Van Keuren; spray, Mr and Mrs H L Spedding; spray, John Green and family; spray, Mr and Mrs J M Phillips and Mrs James Phillips, and Miss Josie Dodge. Dunnville Press, Sep 1, 1915.
Jeptha Van Keuren, d. 1865, age 8, died in Railroad accident. Whig Pres, 25 Jan, 1865
Lansingburgh “Y” Died at Residence
John Freeman Van Keuren, General Secretary of the Lansingburgh Y. M. C. A., and one of the most active Christian workers in the city, died early this morning at the residence, 743 Third Avenue, Lansingburgh. Since assuming the Secretaryship of the Y in April, 1925, Mr Van Keuren built up the membership and conducted the first summer camp, in which boys were able to enjoy a short vacation for a nominal sum. He was Superintendent of the Trinity Episcopal Sunday School for eight years, until poor health forced his retirement from this work about two years ago. Mr Van Keuren was beloved by the members of the Y. M. C. A., in whom they found a benefactor and an untiring worker in their behalf.
Mr Van Keuren was born in Cohoes, August 29, 1872, and had lived in Troy most of his life. He was graduated from public schools in Lansingburgh and the Troy Business College. For a number of years he was Divisional Superintendent of the United Traction Company and later was Superintendent of Maintenance for the United Shirt and Collar Company. Mr Van Keuren was a Director of the Lansingburgh and Troy Associations, and was Treasurer for the Lansingburgh Association for a number of years. He continued in the capacity when he became Secretary. He was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church and a member of the Jerusalem Lodge, F. and A. M.
Mr Van Keuren, although in poor health for the last two years, was not confined to his home, until last Wednesday. Surviving are his wife, formerly Marion M James; one daughter, Katherine E Van Keuren, a student at Russell Sage College; one son, Donald J Van Keuren, a student at Union College, and one brother, William R Van Keuren, of Northside. Lansingburgh Press, Dec 13, 1927.
Died From Being Thrown From His Wagon
John N. Van Keuren, who sustained concussion of the brain by being thrown from his wagon last Sunday, died of the effects of his injuries, Tuesday morning, in the 52nd year of his age. His native place was New Hurley, and he was at one time engaged in the mills at Wallkill. He belonged years ago to the New YOrk police force, and came from that city here to work in the mills of Thomas W. Stratton. He belonged to the union army, and also was a member of some secret society. Mrs. Terwilliger of Walden and Wiliam on the O. & W., are the surviving children. Middletown Daily Press, April 26, 1893
A VETERANS GOOD RECORD
The late John T Van Keuren's Career in the War of the Rebellion
(From Sioux City, Iowa Journal)
The funeral of John T Van Keuren was held at Elk Point yesterday afternoon. The body was brought to Sioux City on the 5 o'clock Milwaukee train, and the interment was at Flood Cemetery.
John T Van Keuren made quite a record during the Civil War. He enlisted June 12, 1861, at Iona Michigan, in the First Regiment, Michigan Engineers and Mechanics. He served under Gen George H Thomas in Kentucky, and was at Lebanon and Mill SpringsAfter the death of Gen Felix Zollicoffer, he assited in splicing two rifle boxes, in which the rebel General was buried. He marched to Nashville, Tenn, arriving there March 7, 1862, at which time the rebels had evacuated the city. He was appointed hospital steward of the college hospital at Nashville, in which position he served for four months. Jul 10, 1862, he was commissioned second lieutenant of Company H, fifth Tennessee Cavalry, by Governor Andrew Johnson. He was at the battle of Stone River, on Dec 26, 1862. He participated in one or two engagements each day for eleven consecutive days. He was at Shelbyville Jun 26, 1863. At Guy's Gap, his regiment charged and captured the position and held it against greatly superior numbers. He was with Gordon Granger at Tullahoma, Hollowville, McMinnville, Elk River Bridge, Tray City (Tracy), and Stevenson, Alabama. He was at Battle Creek, September 4th, and at Chickamonga September 19th. He went to Knoxville under Burnside. He was engaged in fights at Varwells (Varnells) Station and Dalton, Ga. He went back to Nashville with prisoners Nov 26, 1864. Feb 8, 1865, he was commissioned Captain in the Tenth Michigan Cavalry. In March he was detailed to the pay department under Col. Howard. In April 1862 (1865) he was detailed as a mustering out officer, and served until June 25, 1865. He was in active service over four years and one month. He was wounded at Guy's gap and McMinnville, and saw much hard service. The deceased was a brother of R S Van Keuren of East Aurora (New York).
J F Van Keuren died at his home on McCoy St, Wednesday, August 8th, aged 81 years. The funeral was held from the M E Church on Saturday Afternoon, August 11th, Rev C H Nash officiating. Burial in Seaman’s Cemetery. Joshua Van Keuren was born April 1, 1842, son of Seth and Kathryn Van Keuren. He was one of twelve children, of whom five are still living, two brothers and three sisters. February 17, 1876 he was married to Mary E Parker, and to them five children were born; Elmer, deceased; Carrie(Mrs Albert Gilmore), Frank, Ernest, and William, all of Savona. He served in the War of the Rebellion for over three years. He was in a number of big battles, among them the Battle of Gettysburg, where he and three others were the only survivors of his company. He was wounded in the Battle of Spottsylvania, after which he served as guard to the hospital. Mr Van Keuren was a member of the Knox Post at Savona, also a member of the Savona Grange. His death followed quickly that of his wife’s, only a month later. Mr Van Keuren was a kind and loving husband and father. He always had a kind word for everyone, looking always on the bright side of life. He will long be missed in the community where he has lived so long. Those from out of town to attend the funeral were: Miss Lena Elwood, Bert Elwood, Mrs Mary Carlton of Corning, Mr and Mrs L Robinson of Coopers, Mr and Mrs William Long, Miss Flossie Seager, Mrs Ellen Van Keuren, William Carrigan and two daughters of Bath, Moses Van Keuren, Ned Van Keuren, Mrs Mac Steager, Mr and Mrs Ansel Barkley of Bradford, Mr and Mrs George Trip of Genesee, Mr and Mrs F J Van Keuren, Sylvane Van Keuren, Mr and Mrs John Conley, Rev F H Van Keuren and daughter Florence. 16 Aug, 1923, Steuben Review
Mrs J F Van Keuren died at her home on McCoy St, Monday morning, July 9th, after an extended illness. The funeral was held from the M E Church Thursday afternoon, Rev C H Nash officiated. Burial in Seaman’s Cemetery. Mary Parker was the only daughter and youngest child of Otis and Maria Parker, was born Aug 31, 1845 on a farm near Sonora, where she lived most of her life. She was the last of her father’s family. Two brothers, George and Sherman, died some years ago. February 17, 1866 she was married to J F Van Keuren. To them, 5 children were born: Elmer, who died when about 2 years old, Carrie, wife of Albert Gilmore; Ernest, and William S, all of Savonna; Frank J Van Keuren, who lives on the home farm, who with her husband, survive her. Also 12 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Mrs Van Keuren was a good neighbor, a faithful mother, and a loving wife. For many years she was a faithful member of the Sonora M E Church. Those from out of town to attend the funeral were: Mrs Ella Van Keuren, Mr and Mrs William Long, Mr and Mrs John Bancroft of Bath, Mrs Hattie Elwood and daughter Lena and son Bert, Mrs Mary Carlton of Corning, Moses Van Keuren and daughter Jessie Stedger, Mr and Mrs Ned Van Keuren, Mrs Clara Hyatt and Mr and Mrs Ansel Barkley of Bradford, V Van Keuren, Mr and Mrs John Conley, Mr and Mrs George Evans, Mr and Mrs Abel Houck of Sonora. Mr and Mrs Anthony Van Keuren of Elmira, and Arthur Van Keuren of Horseheads. July 18, 1923, Steuben Review
STAMFORD — Julian "Jim" VanKeuren, 57, of Stamford died Dec. 19, 2003, at the Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.
He was born on Aug. 3, 1946, in Roxbury, the son of Hattie LaPort.
He married Rose Ingram on March 13, 1976, in Margaretville.
In prior years Jim had worked for Catskill Craftmen, the Eklund Farms in Stamford, and for Ballard Lumber in Fleischmanns.
He was a lifelong area resident. He had enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Jim is survived by his wife, Rose VanKeuren, Stamford; children, Sandra VanKeuren, Melissa VanKeuren, Jamie VanKeuren, Brian VanKeuren and Christopher Ingram; sister, Beatrice Hartwell; and five grandchildren, Caitlin Socci, Tyler Clark, Eric Mead, Larry VanKeuren and Kimberly Sites.
He was predeceased by one daughter, Jennifer VanKeuren, Jan. 29, 1988.
Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at the Miller Funeral Home in Roxbury. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2003, with the Rev. Richard A. Dykstra officiating at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Sanford Cemetery in Margaretville at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are by the Miller Funeral Home in Roxbury.
Katherine VanNess, wife of the late Frank E. VanKeuren, died suddenly at her home in Troy last Friday morning. She had been ill for a considerable time, having suffered a stroke several months ago, but lately had been so much better she was able to be out-of-doors. Thursday she walked up town in the forenoon and again in the afternoon. Katherine VanNess VanKeuren was born in Roseville, December 25, 1862, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter VanNess. She attended Mansfield Normal and graduated in 1881 after which whe taught in the rural schools of this vicinity until her marriage to Frank E. VanKeuren, one of the editors of the Mansfield Advertiser. With her parents and sister Minnie they lived in the VanNess homestead on South Main Street, now occupied by Thu VanNess. Mr. and Mrs. VanKeuren built their home on East Main Street, the house now occupied by Mrs. Elias Horton, and later moved to the present home of Lewis Palmer. They moved to Troy in 1904, where Mr. VanKeuren was editor and publisher of the Troy Gazette and Troy Register, which he combined. On his death a few years ago, his son Ralph, purchased the paper and lived in Troy with his mother, lately in the Community Apartments, where Mrs. VanKeuren passed away. Their daughter, helen, married Paul White, and at his death a few years ago, she became hostess of one of the clubs at Yale University. Besides her son and daughter, she is survived by three brothers, Thu and henry, of Mansfield, and John of Troy. Kate VanKeuren was always popular with the people with whom she came in contact and this popularity usually developed into a sincere friendship that lasted through the years. She had a sparkling wit and keen sense of humor, and with it a sympathy and friendliness that won her many friends. She was a member of various clubs during her residence in Mansfield, and in Troy was a member of the Progress Club and Os-co-hu D.A.R. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of Troy, where her funeral was held Monday morning at ten o’clock, the Reverend Frederick W. Trumbore officiating. The church looked attractive with the Christmas greens still in place and the colored flowers in front. Burial was in Glenwood Cemetery.
VanKeuren--At rest, March 14, 1917, Kitty May VanKeuren, in her 64th year.
Funeral Services will be held from the chapel of the Webb Horton Memorial Church, Saturday afternoon, at 1 p.m. Interment in the New Prospect cemetery, near Pine Bush, N.Y.
MRS. VAN KEUREN CLAIMED BY DEATH
Kittie May Van Keuren, beloved wife of Henry S. VanKeuren, died Wednesday night, at her home, 8 Houston avenue, after a lingering illness.
Mrs. Van Keuren was born near Ossining July 28, 1853, a daughter of Hunter E. Palmer and Catherine Jennings Palmer. She was married Oct. 16, 1878, to Henry S. Van Keuren and since 1911 had been a resident of this city.
The husband, a daughter, Bela Leota, at home, a brother and sister, Frederick Palmer and Mrs. John W. Kerr, of Thompson Ridge, survive. A son, Nelson Palmer Van Keuren, died in 1898.
Mrs. Van Keuren was a member of the Webb Horton Memorial Presbyterian Church, formerly a member of the Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Thompson Ridge. She was an exemplary Christian woman in all her acts of life, ever striving to do the right thing, guided and supported by the spirit and grace of her Master. Throughout her long illness and during the suffering she was compelled to endure, despite all that medical science and loving care of dear ones could accomplish, she was patient, being completely resigned to the will of her Heavenly Father, whom she had endeavored conscientiously to serve.
As a wife, mother, sister, neighbor and friend, Mrs. Van Keuren was beloved, and the sympathies of all are extended to the members of the bereaved household. From the Middletown Times Press, March 15, 1917
Miss Lauren VanKeuren
MONTICELLO--Miss Lauren VanKeuren, a teacher here for thirty-one years, died Sunday at Vassar Hospital, Poughkeepsie.
Miss VanKeuren was born at Mongaup Valley September sixth, 1882*, a daughter of John and Nellie Crocker VanKeuren.
Funeral services will be conducted here tomorrow, with burial at Swan Lake. Middletown Times Herald, April 18, 1945
New Paltz – Levi Van Keuren, who survived the battle of the Civil War and then live to see a son and daughter-in-law celebrate their golden wedding anniversary last September, died last evening at the home of a daughter here, Mrs C E Newkirk. His death left Sullivan County – which Mr Van Keuren regarded as his home – with only surviving veteran of the Civil War, Charles Kniffen of Wurtsburo. Mr Van Keuren’s death came unexpectedly for, until his ninety-second birthday, which he observed February 7th, he had escaped serious illness throughout his life and had been remarkably active for a man of his age. Although his memory of Civil War experiences had become dim with the passing of nearly three quarters of a century, Mr Van Keuren when interviewed on his birthdays and other occasions in recent years, had given ample evidence of his fondness for activity- fishing, walking, automobile rides. And in 1936 he took his first airplane ride, in a barnstorming plane at Monticello. He liked the experience so well that he went up twice more the same day. Last September he was guest of honor when Mr and Mrs Charles Van Keuren of Ellenville, his son and daughter-in-law, celebrated their golden wedding. His son is seventy-one. Three other children survive: Mrs Newkirk, Mrs Winfield Morris of Maplewood, NJ, and another son, Tjerick of Monticello; Mr Van Keuren had more than fifty direct descendants in the third, fourth, and fifth generations. Born in Naponoch, February seventh, 1846 (note: Family bible says “1848”, plus Orren was born in 1846), Mr Van Keuren spent most of his life – with the exception of the Civil War Years – in Sullivan County at Glenn Wild, Monticello, and Klamesha. The remainder were spent in Ulster. As soon as he reached the age of eighteen, Mr Van Keuren enlisted in Company D, Fifty-Sixth New York Infantry and served during the remaining years of the war. Tentative funeral arrangements were for rites at the Monticello Funeral Home at two PM Friday, with a military service to be conducted by the Monticello American Legion Post. Burial will be in Rock Ridge Cemetery. A prayer service will be conducted at the home of Mrs Newkirk in New Paltz tomorrow night. New Paltz, Apr 6, 1938
WHITEWATER— Lillian "Lil" H. Van Keuren, 81, of Whitewater, died on Friday, Jan. 21, 2005, at home. Born on March 11, 1923, in Amasau, MI, to Gustave and Bertha (Kamine) Glaser, she married Charles Van Keuren on Nov. 8, 1941, in Waukegan, IL; he preceded her in death on Feb. 1, 1991. She was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ in Whitewater. She is survived by 4 daughters: Shirley Bailey of Madison, Patsy (Victor) Young and Gail (Everett) Longmore, both of Elkhorn, and Mabel Van Keuren of Lake Geneva; 4 sons: Charles Van Keuren and Carl (Julie) Van Keuren, both of Elkhorn, and Dale Van Keuren and Larry (Wendy) Van Keuren, both of Janesville; 11 granddaughters; 13 grandsons; 6 great-granddaughters; 11 great-grandsons; sister and best friend, Esther Traxler of Rice Lake; 3 brothers: Albert (Eunice) Glaser and Wally (Norma) Glaser, both of Kingsford, MI, and Elmer (Lois) Glaser of New Berg, OR; special friends, Ray and Harriet Stritzel of Whitewater; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, Allan Van Keuren; a grandson, Michael Willman; a granddaughter, Amber Van Keuren; and 3 sisters: Alice White, Florence Gushe and Evelyn Glaser. Funeral services will be at the CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST in Whitewater at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, with the Rev. Christine Stack officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater. Friends may call at the Olsen Funeral Home in Whitewater on Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association. Janesville Gazette, Jan 25, 2005.
Child Burned to Death.
WHEELING, July 31.--Lizzie Vankeuren, the 10-year-old daughter of Charles E. Vankeuren, proprietor of the Hotel Vankeuren, was burned to death. She and her little brother were visiting near Bridgeport and with two other children started a fire among some day grass and leaves. The fire began to spread, and in an effort to put it out the child's clothing took fire and she burned to death before anyone heard her cries for help. One of her little playmates was badly, though not fatally, burned in trying to extinguish the flames. Lima Times Democrat, Lima, OH, July 31, 1893
Van Keuren - At Bridgesport, Connecticut, Sep, 22, 1914, Louis Nelson Van Keuren, aged 64. Friends are invited to attend funeral at Christ Church, Cortland St, Brdigeport, on Thursday, 24th, instant, twelve oclock noon. NY Times, Sep 23, 1914
VAN KEUREN--On Thursday, Jan. 16, Mrs. LOVINA wife of Robert Van Keuren, aged 61 years, 4 months and 3 days.
Funeral on Friday, 17th, at 4 o'clock, from the residence of her son, Wm. Van Keuren, Lafayette, N.J. New York Times, January 17, 1868
New Paltz, Nov. 29--The funeral of Luman Elting Van Keuren, 59, of Walden, who died in St. Luke's Hospital, Newburgh, Friday, November 25, was held from his home Sunday. Mr. Van Keuren, son of the late Edgar and Sarah Elizabeth Waring Van Keuren, was born in New Paltz January 8, 1879. He is survived by his widow, Rachel Post Van Keuren, whom he married in 1904 in Walden; a daughter, Mrs. Isaac Halwick, Jr., of Newburgh, a son, Raymond Van Keuren of Wallkill; two brothers, Levi Van Keuren of Walden and Edgar Van Keuren, of Bridgeport; a sister, Pearl Karney, of Catskill; a step-mother, Mrs. Annie Van Keuren, of Walden, and an aunt, Mrs. Harvey McCourt, of Walden. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. W.B. Reed and burial was in Wallkill Valley Cemetery. Kingston Daily Freeman, November 29, 1938
Van Keuren, Marion N, 2201 Starkweather, age 60, died Tuesday, Aug 5, 1975 at her residence. Funeral Services will be held at 11AM Friday at the Brown Funeral Home. Burial in Sunset Hills Cemetery. Mrs Van Keuren will lie in state at the Brown Funeral Home, 1616 Davison Rd. Visitation 8 AM to 10 PM. Mrs Van Keuren was born in Summerville, Massachussetts, Aug 31, 1914, and had been a Flint resident since 1926. She married Edward M Van Keuren, Feb 18, 1932, in Flint. She was a life member of the auxiliary of the DAV. Surviving are: Husband Edward M, 2 sons and daughters-in-law Edward M Jr and Lois Van Keuren of Flushing, and Terry L and Deborah Van Keuren of Schwartz Creek; 3 daughters and sons-in-laws, Donald D and Doraine Fyfe of Davison, Robert and Mary Jean Madison, Danny and Sherry Davis, all of Flint; 14 grandchildren; 1 great granddaughter, brother Merrick Dimock of Flint; nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann Van Keuren, d. Nov, 1857, age 2y, dau of Cornelius. Whig Press, Dec 16, 1857.
Mary E Van Keuren, d. 22 Nov, 1862, age 10y, dau of Benjamin, Newburgh. Whig Press, 8 Jan, 1862
Mary E Parker Van Keuren died at her home on McCoy St, July 9, age 78. She was a daughter of Otis and Maria Parker and wife of Joshua F Van Keuren. She is survived by her husband and 4 children, Mrs A D Gilmore, Ernest Van Keuren and William Van Keuren of Savona, and Frank Van Keuren of Sonora. The Steuben Advocate, July 18, 1923.
Mrs. Mary J. Van Keuren, wife of the late William Van Keuren, passed away
at her late home Tuesday evening, October 23, in this village of diabetes.
The disease had been making inroads upon her health for a year, but she had
been confined to her bed but a few days prior to her death. Mrs. Van Keuren
was born, November 20, 1848, in Ulster County, her parents were, Mr. and
Mrs. James H. Johnston. She was united in marriage to William Van Keuren on
November 11, 1891, by Rev. E.O. Moffett. She is survived by one brother,
W.H. Johnson of Peoria, Ill. Mrs. Van Keuren lived in Pine Bush for a
number of years where she was a member and constant attendant of the
Reformed Church. The funeral was held from the late home Friday at 2
o'clock. Burial was in the family plot at New Prospect cemetery. Middletown Daily Herald (Middletown, NY), October 30, 1923
VAN KEUREN -- Mary Jane, after a short illness, at the home of her son in this city, at rest at home of George Van Keuren, Hurleyville, N.Y. Funeral service Hurleyville M.E. church, Thursday, April 28th, at 3 p.m., Daylight Saving Time. Interment in family plot, Hurleyville cemetery. Middletown Times Herald, April 27, 1932
Matthew Van Keuren, d. 25 June, 1858, age 60y, Walden. Whig Press, 4 Aug, 1858.
Matthew Van Keuren, Jr, a native of this village, died suddenly at his home in Putnam, Conn, where he had resided since 1940, Thursday evening. Born in Ellenville, the son of Mrs Nellie G Van Keuren of Kingston and Matthew Van Keuren of Hudson, he had spent most of his life in Kingston. He was employed by the Powdrell and Alexander Company of Attawaugan, Conn, as a shop steward. He was a member of the Textile Workers Union, no 529, of America, and also a member of the Thompson Rod and Gun Club of Putnam. Surviving are his wife, Ann Swartwout Van Keuren; a son Walter, and a daughter, Jane, of Putnam, and a brother, Reynolds Van Keuren, of Kingston. Funeral Services were held from the W N Conner Funeral Home at Kingston, Monday. Burial was in Wiltwyck Cemetery there. Ellenville Journal, Sep 30, 1948.
Matthew C Van Keuren of Maiden Lane, Ellenville, a life long area resident, died Tuesday, June 2, Ellenville Community Hospital, after a long illness. He was 79. The son of the late Charles and Edith Freer Van Keuren, he was born Aug 2, 1902 in Oak Ridge. Mr Van Keuren was the owner of the Matthew Van Keuren Electrical Contracting Co, Ellenville. A member of the Ellenville Reformed Church, Ellenville, he also belonged to the Dutton Masonic Lodge # 1017, Woodhaven. Survivors include his wife, Virginia LaForge Van Keuren at home, and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements were by the Loucks Funeral Home, 79 N Main Street, Ellenville. Services were held at 2PM Friday at the funeral home. The Rev Martin L Weitz officiated. Burial in the Fantinekill Cemetery, Ellenville. Ellenville Press, June 10, 1981.
Mrs. W.G. VanKeuren to Be Buried Here
Mrs. May Ogden VanKeuren, wife of W.G. VanKeuren, and daughter of the late Purdy Ogden, of this city, died at her home in Stamford, Conn, Wednesday afternoon. The funeral will be held there on Friday, and the family will reach this city with the body Saturday on the Erie Mountain Express.
Mrs. VanKeuren was born in this city 65 years ago, but has resided in Stamford for many years. Five years ago she sustained a stroke of paraysis and since that time had been in failing health.
Miss Mary K. VanKeuren, librarian of Thrall Library, who is a sister of the husband of the deceased, went to Stamford on Tuesday, having been informed of hte critical condition of her sister-in-law.
Besides her husband and one son, Philip, who resides in Dakota, Mrs. VanKeuren is survived by one brother, Harry C. Ogden, of this city. Middletown Times Press, Middletown, Thursday, February 21, 1918
"Mrs. Minnie B. VanKeuren, 79, of Penn Yan RD 1, a Corning native, died at her home Saturday. She was the widow of Frank VanKeuren. She was born Feb. 19, 1888, the daughter of Hiram and Elizabeth Bennett Lewis, and had lived in Yates County for the past 42 years. Surviving are four sons, Anthony of Elmira, Harold of Orland, Fla., Frank of Penn Yan, and Howard of Penn Yan RD 1; five daughters, Mrs. Harry Morgan, and Mrs. Harold Lewis both of Orlando, and Mrs. Charles Beaman, Mrs. Ruth Shoopinsky and Mrs. Ervin Towriss, all of Rochester; one brother, Walter Reed of St. Petersburg, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Ross and Mrs. Martha Quill both of Corning, 15 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends may call at the Weldon Funeral Home, Penn Yan, today and Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will be held there Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Rev. Earl Noyes officiating. Burial will be in Seamans Cemetery, Savona. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association."
Steuben Advocate and Corning Evening Leader, Feb 5, 1902
Steuben Pioneer Moses T Van Keuren died at his home in Sonora. Mr Van Keuren went to work driving an ox team for the Tolbert brothers when about 10 and later worked for the Munson brothers. 50 years ago this coming august he married Hannah Canfield. He was a member of the Prohibition Party and the Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife and 2 children, Rev Frank H Van Keuren and Mrs George R Conley
Nelson VanKeuren, an aged and respected citizen of Pine Bush, died at his home, Monday evening, October 7.
Mr. VanKeuren was born September 12, 1826 in the house formerly owned by Robert L. Brown, near the site of the old Graham's Church.
In 1837, he with his parents, Abram VanKeuren and Catherine Jordan VanKeuren, moved to Pine Bush. He learned the wagonmaker's trade with the late Millard Bodine, and, in 1850, bought the undertaking business and land owned by him, which is now in possession of Mrs. William Crawford and her son, Madison Crawford. He continued in the undertaking business seventeen years.
In 1859 he bought the land on which he subsequently build the house which he occupied at the time of his death. In 1865 he purchased the farm adjoining his residence known as the Heronius (sic) Weller farm.
At the age of 24 he united with the New Prospect Church and was a worthy member of the consistory for years. At the time of the Condon trouble he withdrew his membership and united with the Hopewell Church. When the United Presbyterian Church was built, finding it more convenient to worship in a church nearer home, he united with it and continued a faithful member of it till his death.
February 20, 1851, he married Harriet Smith, daughter of the late Matthew Smith and Eliza Mould, of Pine Bush, who died in May, 1882. Two children were born to this union, Henry S. VanKeuren, of Thompson Ridge, and Catherine Smith, of Pontiac, Ill. January, 1884, he was married to Miss Ida May See, of Yonkers, daughter of the late Benjamin See and Lavina (sic) Jennings, of Ossining, N.Y. To this union, one child, Ethel Augusta, was born.
The deceased is survived by his widow, the above mentioned children, one brother, Amos of Burlingham, and three sisters: Mrs. Melissa Sears of Middletown; Mrs. Jonathan Westbrook, Ulsterville; and Miss Rachael VanKeuren, Burlingham.
Politically he was a staunch Republican. He was in sympathy with the temperance cause and, in 1905, voted for no-license in the town of Crawford. He has been a citizen of the town for 70 years, and has watched the changes that have come with interest.
Mr. VanKeuren was a man of sterling character, always having the cause of right at heart. "The memory of the just is blessed."
The funeral services were held in Graham's Church, at 2 o'clock, Thursday afternoon, and the body interred in the New Prospect Cemetery.
WELLS BRIDGE — Nelson VanKeuren, 84, recently of Wells Bridge, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2005.
He was born May 30, 1921, in Neversink, son of Frank and Adella VanKeuren. Nelson spent his childhood and most of his adult life in Neversink. He was a graduate of Liberty High School. He lived in Palm Bay, Fla., from 1986 to 2003, when he moved to Wells Bridge.
Nelson served in the United States 7th Army Air Force, Radio Squadron during W.W.II, from November 1942 until February 1946. He retired from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Supply, Roundout-Neversink Section, in Grahamsville. He was a member of the Neversink Fire Department and the National Rifle Association of America.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; daughter Sharon Corey of Wells Bridge; and three grandchildren, Cheryl and Scott Evans of Smithfield, N.C., Karen and Michael Scott of Cary, N.C. and Kevin Klumpp of Wells Bridge. He is also survived by one brother, Milton and Eileen VanKeuren of Neversink; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his son, Keith VanKeuren; an infant daughter; sister, Fanny Knight; and brothers, Robert and Don VanKeuren.
A graveside service will be held at a future date in Grahamsville.
The family thanks Catskill Area Hospice for its care during his illness. Those wishing to may make donations may do so to Catskill Area Hospice, 542 Main St., Oneonta, NY 13820.
Olga M Van Keuren of Greenfield Road, Ellenville, a 25 year resident, died Wednesday, Feb 26, at Arden Hill Hospital, Goshen, after a long illness, she was 94. The daughter of the late Henry J and Josephine Amstiden Gianella, she was born May 1, 1891, in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the widow of James Van Keuren. She was a member of St Mary’s St Andrews RC Church, and it’s Altar and Rosary Societies. She was also a member of the Napanoch Senior Citizens and the Wawarsing Social Club. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. Graveside Services were held Friday, at the Kensico. Ellenville Press, Mar 5, 1986.
Oliver Van Keuren
Pine Bush, Aug. 19--Oliver Van Keuren, a life long resident of the town of Crawford, died at his home in this village, Monday, August 12, after a long illness of heart trouble. He was born January 17, 1849, and was united in marriage to Augusta E. Shafer, who survives with four children: Sarah Eleanor, at home; Ida M., wife of Chauncy H. Decker; Orvil VanKeuren, of this village; Anna R., wife of John H. Easman, of Goshen; also three grand children. Middletown Times Press, August 19, 1918
Phebe Van Keuren, d. 12 Oct, 1858, age 66y, 10m, wife of Capt J H, Crawford. Whig Press, 3 Nov, 1858
Philip Van Keuren, a native of Andes and a former resident of West Davenport, died Thurday, Dec 9, 1954, in the county sanitarium, at Delhi. He was 94 years old. Mr Van Keuren was born Jan 14, 1860 in Andes, son of Philip and Elizabeth Palmitier Van Keuren. He married Catherine Alexander at Andes, May 30, 1883. She died in 1923.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs Mary A Gerken of Bloomville and Mrs Nettie Close of Dunraven, and a son, Robert Van Keuren. Services were held Saturday at St James Episcopal Church at Lake Delaware, with Rev Victor Dowdell officiating. Burial was in Andes Cemetery. 1954
Decedent: Mrs. P.R. VANKEUREN
Headline: Mrs. Phillip R. Van Keuren, Former Resident of Houghton, Succumbs
Mrs. P. R. Van Keuren, aged 72, mother of Walter D. Van Keuren, treasurer
of the Michigan College of Mines, passed away at her home in Whitehall, Mich.,
yesterday morning following a lengthy illness. She was a former resident of
the Copper Country, having lived both in Houghton and Calumet.
The late Mrs. Van Keuren lived in Calumet from 1907 to 1917, after which she
moved to Houghton where she made her home until 1921 when she moved to
Whitehall. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Walter D. Van Keuren,
Houghton, and William W. Van Keruen, Chicago. She and Mr. Van Keuren celebrated
their golden wedding anniversary on May 21, 1926. The Daily Mining Gazette, January 15, 1927
Mrs R A Van Keuren, for a good many years a resident of Pueblo, mother of H S and F P Van Keuren, Miss Lizzie Van Keuren, and Mrs C E Saxton, all of this city, died at Kingston, Ulster County, New York, after a short illness, at the age of 62 years and 9 days. Miss Van Keuren was with her mother at the time of her death. H S Van Keuren and Mrs Saxton left last night for Kingston, Mrs Van Keuren’s old home, where the interment will take place. Pueblo Daily Chieftain, Oct 24, 1893.
The funeral of Ralph Van Keuren, well known Savannah jeweler, who died early yesterday morning, will be this afternoon at 5:30 o'clock from the residences, 401 East 45th Street. The services will be conducted by the Rev. John B. Wilder, pastor of Calvary Baptist Temple. Internment will be in Bonaventure Cemetery.
Mr. Van Keuren died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harry Y. Righton, at Savannah Beach. Also surviving him are a niece, Miss Ethel Fritz of New York, a nephew, Harold Tresize of Jacksonville, and two grandchildren, Ralph and Audrey Righton.
Mr. Van Keuren came to Savannah forty-two years ago. For a time he had a position with Theus Brothers Jewelry Company, and subsequently became a member of the firm of Hunter, Van Keuren, & Co. After Mr. Hunter retired the concern was known as R. Van Keuren & Co.
Various other interests in addition to his business occupied Mr. Van Keuren. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club, and was a member of Landrum Lodge No.48 F. and A.M. Alee Temple of the Mystic Shrine, and Palestine Commandery, Knights Templar. He was for many years interested in Bethesda (Orphanage) and was on the board of the Union Society at the time of his death.
Mr. Van Keuren was born in Waldon, Orange County, New York on April 14, 1861.
(Bio Article, page six, same paper as the obit)
Now and then it happens that a man and his character somehow match his business and its characteristics. Ralph Van Keuren, for years prominent business man of Savannah, whose death occurred yesterday was such a type. He was active and valuable as a citizen, interested in civic, fraternal, social, and charitable organizations, but he seemed to have been peculiarly adapted to the fine, high type of business he pursued, Use and beauty, service and artistic ornamental qualities, are associated with a jewelry establishment; fine things are kept and enduring gifts are handled; gold and silver and diamonds are a part of the stock; elegance and refinement make the atmosphere of the established place of that sort. And "sterling" and "18 carat" are stamps of honesty and honor and tested value. One who knew him for years cannot help associating these distinctive characteristic features of his business with the manner, the integrity, the character of Ralph Van Keuren. Savannah Morning News, Aug 22, 1931
Ralph H Van Keuren, born 1932 in Troy, Pennsylvania and died 8 Dec, 1998, of Englewood, FL, formerly of Binghampton, son of Ralph and Mary Jane Van Keuren. Survivors include wife, Eugenia Floros Van Keuren; Daughters Heather A Van Keuren, Germantown, MD and Karen, wife of Brian Russell, Lawrenceville, PA; grandson Gavin Russell. Binghampton Press, Dec, 1998.
Mrs Rebekah Van Keuren died at the home of her daughter in Newburgh, Nov 28th, in her 81st year, after a lingering illness of more than two months. She is survived by two brothers, J E Bennett of Bloomingburg, and Alonzo Barnes, a half brother of Sodus, NY. Three children also survive her, Charles B Van Keuren and Mrs W H Burton of Newburgh, and Mrs C E Bennett of Bloomingburg. Mrs Van Keuren was born in the state of Massachusetts, Feb 17, 1814. When she was about eighteen years of age she came to Middletown, where she married Cyrenius Van Keuren, who for more than twenty five years was engaged in the wagon making business in the shop now occupied by D S Tuthill. Mr and Mrs Van Keuren lived very happy together for more than a quarter century in Bloominburg. When he was called to depart this world, she then moved to Newburgh, and after living there for a number of years, she was again married to Jonathon Miller and moved to Bloomingburg. After his death, she continued to live there till about five years ago, when she returned to Newburgh, where she lived till her death, living by herself until her last illness, when she was taken to her daughters. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, where she was always a faithful attendant, until leaving stricken with old age. She was well known and had many friends. Newburgh News, Dec 19, 1894
Richard Van Keuren
Ret. Administrator, 80
Richard W. Van Keuren of Beach Lake, Pa., a school administrator in East Meadow School District in Long Island at the time of his retirement, died Thursday, February 8, 2001, at his home. He was 80 years of age.
The son of the late Edith and Richard Van Keuren Sr., he was born November 18, 1920, in Youngsville.
He spent his early life in Liberty. A World War II veteran of the Army, he entered college after serving his country and earned a Bachelor's, Master's and professional degree in Education. He retired in 1980 and moved to Beach Lake.
Mr. Van Keuren was an active member of St. John the Evangelist Parish Community, a library volunteer, an avid stone wall builder and a devoted "BeeBop" to his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Therese Browne Van Keuren, at home; five children and their families, Mary Van Keuren of Rochester, Edward, Noriko, Seika and Kanon Van Keuren of Herndon, Va., Janet, Tony, Janine, Kristen, Anthony and Nicholas Casapulla of Morristown, N.J., Karen, Brian, Elizabeth and Daniel Guza of Royersford, Pa., and Linda Van Keuren of Pittsburgh, Pa; a sister, Regina Redding of Suffern; and a brother, Isham Van Keuren of Wallkill.
There will be no visitation.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen's Church in Honesdale.
Interment will be made in St. Mary Magdalen's Cemetery in Honesdale.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice & Palliative Care Center of Lackawanna County, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant, Pa. 18447.
Robert C Van Keuren, 76, of New Kingston, died Monday, November 7, 1966, at Margaretville Hospital, where he had been admitted three weeks earlier. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 in Jester Funeral Home, Andes, Rev Kenneth Truran, Pastor of the Margaretville Methodist Church,, officiating. Burial will be in Andes Cemetery. Mr Van Keuren was born July 27, 1890 at Bovina, son of Philip and Catherine (Alexander) Van Keuren. He married Anna Ryer Feb 24, 1915 at Arkville. He was director of the Catskill Artificial Breeders Association. He was a trustee of New Kingston Methodist Church, director of the Stamford Cemetery Association. Surviving are his wife; two sons, Willis of New Kingston and Carl of Middleburg; two sisters, Mrs Nettie Close of Margaretville and Mrs Mary Gerken of Delhi. 1966
Prof. Van Keuren Rites Tomorrow
Services for Prof Robert S Van Keuren, 58, of 2669 E Genesee St, who died Sunday at Crosse-Irving Memorial Hospital, will be held at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow at Goddard and Crandall Funeral Home, and at 9 a.m. in Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church. Burial will be in St Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt. Calling hours will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, 3111 James St. Contributions may be made to the Pioneer Activity Center, Inc., 2228 S Salina St.
Prof Van Keuren was a professor of technologies at Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, and had been active in architectural planning since 1937. He was engaged in individual practice and was member of the firm Witt and Van Keuren of Syracuse and Gouverneur since 1961.
Prof Van Keuren was a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture and did graduate work, studying at Indiana University, the University of Wisconsin, and Nela Park in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from the Civil Air Patrol Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Ala.
Prof Van Keuren developed the master plan and programming work for the facilities for the 1980 Winter Olympics, to be conducted at Lake Placid. He prepared displays and renderings for meetings and congressional hearings for the Olympics.
Prof Van Keuren was a member of the American Institute of Architects; the New York State Association of Architects; Associated Collegiate Schools of Architecture; the Air Force Association, and the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Activities Center of Syracuse. He was a consultant for the Air Force Rescue Co-ordinations Control Center of Scott Air Force Base, Ill. He was a lieutenant colonel and commander of the Syracuse Group, New York Wing, Civil Air Patrol.
Prof Van Keuren was born in St Paul, Minn, and lived in Syracuse 24 years. Surviving are his wife, the former Jean Bochenek; two sons, Robert S Jr and Thomas K; a daughter, Martha Sullivan; a brother, Gordon H of Springfield, Va.; and two sisters, Mrs Maxine Becker and Miss Lois Van Keuren of Arlington, Va. Herald Journal, June 8, 1976
VANKEUREN-- Graveside service for Ruby Joye VanKeuren, 94, were held Wednesday, October 14, 1998, in Greenlawn Memorial Park, conducted by Rev. Dr. Timothy Hoyt Duncan. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, was in charge. Mrs. VanKeuren, widow of Frank C. VanKeuren, died Monday, October 12, 1998, at Life Care Center in Columbia. She was born in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Thomas Benjamin and Susan Frierson Joye. She graduated from Kingstree High School and attended Winthrop College. She was a member of Shandon Presbyterian Church and the Eleanor McGregor Sunday school class. She was a former Columbia Garden Club member. Survivors are: four daughters, Margaret VanKeuren Benthall, Joye VanKeuren Floyd of Columbia; Becky VanKeuren Miller of Orangeburg; and Norma VanKeuren Adams of Charlotte; one son, Dr. Thomas F. VanKeuren of Petersburg, Va.; and one brother, Maurice Joye of Kingstree.
On August 19th 2003, we lost a true agility pioneer and friend when Ruth Van Keuren passed away after a valiant 38-month battle with Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 64.
Her friends and students describe Ruth as supportive, focused, giving, thoughtful, gutsy, loyal, determined, “silently” competitive and as a role model. This latter description – that of role model, is Ruth’s true legacy.
Ruth was indeed loyal, being married to the same wonderful man for 44 years – Dick Van Keuren. They raised their three children: Mike, Steve and Deb in River Falls, Wisconsin.
In the 1980's, Ruth began teaching obedience classes in western WI. Her thirst for knowledge on dog behavior led her to several behavior seminars. The clicker seminars offered by Susan Garrett offered the greatest influence on her training and greatly enhanced her understanding of dog behavior. In the late 80's she also attended an agility training seminar put on by Ken Tatsch with guest instructor, Peter Lewis that proved to be influential as well.
She immersed herself in learning the rules of agility and attended seminars to learn to properly train it. Her “always involved” husband Dick built agility equipment for her. For Ruth, it was a smooth transition from teaching obedience at her school and the youth in 4-H, to teaching and putting on Agility shows and bringing in top handlers to do agility seminars.
In the late 1980’s, Ruth became one of the first supporters of the “new” organization called USDAA, which was introducing the sport of dog agility to the United States. She became especially active in promoting the sport in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She was also one of the founding members of MAC (Minnesota Agility Club), which presently has over 130 members and holds annual AKC, NADAC and USDAA shows.
4-H was very important to Ruth. She had worked for many years with the 4-H youth in Pierce County, teaching obedience. She was struck by the number of youth who left the program after a year or two, especially the boys and decided to put together a pilot agility program. It was a success! She presented her program to Ken Tatsch at USDAA. Ken agreed it was possible, so Ruth and two others worked with Ken to design and promote the UJHP, USDAA’s Junior Handler Program. In Ken’s words, “Ruth was instrumental to the development of the Junior Handler Program and was the coordinator for the Junior Handler National Showcase up to the Nationals in 2000 held in Del Mar, CA”.
One good friend reminisces about Ruth’s dedication to the 4-H agility program in Minnesota and how instrumental Ruth was as both a mentor and friend. She appreciates that Ruth always included the 4-H kids and leaders at a reduced rate and even free when possible in the Agility seminars she hosted. She also adds that Ruth was an inspiration for her in her own goal to become a Judge.
In June of 1993 the first Junior classes in the country were offered in conjunction with MAC’s agility show in Lake Elmo. Of course it was Ruth’s baby! To understand how good this program is, there are several State 4-H programs around the country that have adopted it including Minnesota.
Also in 1993, Ruth realized there was a need for training manuals for trainers who had no agility experience and limited dog training experience. She wrote a 71-page manual that was revised in 2002 with the help of agility friend, Bud Houston. It remains available and is still used across the country.
In those early years, Ruth also became a USDAA judge; later adding certification as an AKC judge. She loved all aspects of judging and wanted to give something back to the sport. She loved the challenge of designing courses; watching dogs compete on them; and as always, learning from watching the different handlers negotiate their way through her courses.
In 1997 Ruth and Dick built their present school Canine Sports and Training, in River Falls, WI. Her friend Jan supported, encouraged and helped her a lot – even teaching many of the Obedience classes; allowing Ruth to concentrate on Agility.
Some of Ruth’s other accomplishments in Agility include, being the first in Wisconsin to complete the prestigious ADCh with her Miniature Schnauzer, “Sara”. She learned much from this and was such a great instructor that shortly after her achievement, one of her students, Bonnie Griep followed suit by being the first in Minnesota to attain the same title. Along with a number of her students, Ruth and her Mini-Schnauzer “Kelly” whizzed through their ADCh’s! And in a very proud moment, laced with tears and cheers, Ruth and Kelly completed their MACh title on March 3, 2002. Much to everyone’s pleasure, Dick continues to show Kelly very successfully today and they are well on their way to a MACh 2.
In an interview with Jonathon Kurlander, he asked what is most important to remember about handling a dog and Ruth responded: “Be light and be happy, have a positive attitude. Good basic foundation of the sport. Very important to watch people – learn from their mistakes. Know when it’s your mistake or the dog's. People tend to blame it on the dog. Some dogs are bothered by their mistakes, but many are not. People need to be connected with their dog. Off leash the dog has to want to do it.”
Ruth’s greatest passions were her family, (especially her grandsons), her dogs, traveling all over the country with her “dog friends”, setting and achieving goals, learning, lending encouragement and making sure that all kids had a chance to compete at a level they could succeed at and grow from! She formed close bonds with many of the local youth, but was especially close to the Ridley family.
At the time of this story, it has been less than a year since Ruth passed away. The summer agility season is starting and people are seeing those friendly faces they have not seen since last fall. Sadly, one very important face is missing. It is sometimes difficult to hold back the tears when we see Dick out in the agility ring running his dogs -- they are tears of sadness for Ruth, tears of joy that Dick is still enjoying this crazy sport, but mostly tears of pride because we know that both Ruth and Dick Van Keuren have a special place in all of our hearts and that we are all better people for having known them.
For those who called her friend, I can think of no greater legacy for Ruth than when you see something needs doing; step in and see that it’s done and encourage those we know; especially the youth! Go out and make Ruth proud!
Contributing writers: Martha Healy, Leona Hellesvig, Jonathon L. Kurlander (see his complete interview with Ruth at www.twincitiesagility.com) and Kelly McFaul-Solem.
Photos: used with permission from Dick Van Keuren and Jonathon L. Kurlander.
Sarah Van Keuren, d. 18 Nov, 1855, age 2m, dau. Of Benjamin, Newburgh. Whig Press, Dec, 1855
Goshen, Oct.15--Seelah VanKeuren died in the town of Goshen, on Monday, in the 69th year of his age. He was born in Ulster county November 18, 1849, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin B. VanKeuren.
For about 40 years he had resided in the town of Goshen, following the occupation of a farmer. One sister, Mrs. Ella Taylor, of Orange Lake, and one brother, Hiram VanKeuren, of Goshen, survive.
The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, in the chapel of the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. F.S. Haines. Interment in Slate Hill cemetery, Goshen. Middletown Times Press, October 15, 1918
NEGRO VICTIMS BURIED
HURLEYVILLE--Services were held Monday at the Laidlaw funeral parlors for Sidney Grant Van Keuren, Negro, who was killed New Year's eve by a hit and run driver. Van Keuren had no relatives. Burial was at the expense of the town. Middletown Times Herald, January 5, 1932
Stanley Van Keuren, 83, of Poulsbo died Feb. 1 at Harrison Hospital.
He was born March 24, 1920 in Kingston to Charles and Mabel (Garl) Van Keuren. He attended North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo.
He worked as a logger for Arness Logging, retiring after 25 years.
He enjoyed playing baseball over the years, playing horseshoes and playing cards.
Survivors include two brothers, Cecil Van Keuren of Kingston and Lynn Van Keuren of Lacey; and a sister, Marie Day of Bainbridge Island.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Claire Rasmussen, and a brother, Lyle Van Keuren.
A memorial service was held Feb. 6 at the Stone Chapel in Poulsbo. Inurnment will be at Kingston Cemetery. An online memorial can be seen at www.lewischapel.com.
Memorial donations may be made to American Heart Association, 4414 Woodland Park Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103-7499. Bainbridge Island Review, 1 Feb, 2004
Sylvenous Austin Van Keuren died at the home of his grandson, Robert Van Keuren, at Konona, age 82. He had been a resident of Sonora practically all his life, in the mercantile business there for many years. Early in life he married Miss Jane Trovinger. He is survived by a son, Harry, of Sonora, a brother, Moses, of Bradford, and 3 sisters. The Steuben Courier, Nov 4, 1925
VAN CUREN--At Edgewter, Colo., a suburb of Denver, of cerebral hemhorrage, Wednesday, May 18, 1904, T. A. Van Curen, over 70 years of age.
Mr.Van Curen was a Colorado pioneer, having come to this place with the Chicago Colony. He was once owner of the Joe Lee farm and also other farm property. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. Wm. King.
The remains arrived at the undertaking rooms of F. R. Shaw & Co. last evening. The funeral services will probably be held at the same place about 2 o'clock this afternoon. Longmont Ledger (Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado)
May 20, 1904
Vera Esther Van Keuren died Jan 29 in Geneva. She was the daughter of Frank J and Hattie Conley Van Keuren, and was raised by Mr and Mrs Bert Bartholomew. The Corning Evening Leader, Jan 30, 1923.
Publication: Mining Gazette
Date: April 8, 1927
Descedant's Name: MRS. W. D. VAN KEUREN
Obituary Headline: MRS. W. D. VAN KEUREN, ESTEEMED HOUGHTON RESIDENT,
SUCCUMBS--Remains Will Be Shipped to Indiana for Burial.
Mrs. Walter D. Van Keuren, aged 39 years, well known and highly respected
Houghton matron, passed away at noon yesterday at St. Joseph's hospital,
following an illness of several months. Although she had been in poor health
since Christmas, her death was unexpected and was a severe shock to the family
and a host of admiring friends.
The deceased, who was the wife of Walter D. Van Keuren, treasurer of Michigan
Tech, had been a resident of Houghton for the past 11 years. She was
extremely popular among her friends and active in the social and civic life of
the community. Mrs. Van Keuren was born on a farm in Indiana, where she spent
her early life. She was educated in the schools of Indiana, coming to
Michigan with her husband in 1916.
She is survived by her husband, one small daughter, Martha Lee, three sisters,
Mrs. Stanley Thomas, Jasonville, Indiana, Mrs. O. E. Travis, Bloomington,
Ind., and Miss Helen Brinton, Clay City, Ind., two brothers, E. A. Brinton,
Clay City, and Lee V. Brinton, Houston, Texas, and her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Theodore Brinton, Clay City. Her mother has been with her in Houghton for the
The remains were removed to the Krellwitz funeral parlors and will be shipped
to Clay City, Ind., at 4:45 o'clock this afternoon. Mr. Van Keuren and Mrs.
Brinton, the deceased's mother will accompany the body. Funeral services,
arrangements for which are incomplete, will be held in Clay City.
William Van Keuren
Ellenville, June 27--William Van Keuren, one of the oldest and most highly esteemed residents of this village, died at his home on Yankee Place, Tuesday morning, June 25, at the age of 90 years.
Mr. Van Keuren had resided in Ellenville for the past 15 years, coming here from Napanoch, and formerly lived at New Paltz. He has been an estimable and loyal citizen, a member of the M.E. Church, the I.O.O.F. and a veteran of the Civil War belonging to Ward Post, G.A.R.
His wife died a few years ago and surviving members of the family are one son and two daughters: (?)lard B. VanKeuren, formerly of Kerhonkson now of Philiadelphia, Pa, a daughter married in New Jersey, and Mrs. Elizabeth Morey, who resided at home with her parents.
The funeral will be held from the late home on Friday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. (?) Appley of the M.E. Church, an (?) also be in charge of Ward Post, G.A.R. from which organization the pall bearers will be selected. The interment will be in the family plot in the cemetery at Fantinekill. Middletown Times Press, June 27, 1918
William S Van Keuren, Lifelong and respected resident of this community, died at his home Monday evening, June 24, following a lingering illness, which had confined him to his home for a year. Death came to the Savona man just three hours after the unexpected passing of a lifelong friend, Jesse A Seybolt, who resided at Lake Salubria. William Sherman Van Keuren was born Oct 9, 1877 in Sonora, the son of Joshua and Mary Parker Van Keuren. He was united in marriage April 3, 1902 to Edith Terault of Cohocton. A member of the Savona Baptist Church, he retired from his position with the Ingersoll Rand Company at Painted Post two years ago, because of failing health. He was employed by the Painted Post concern for 25 years in a responsible position.
Until the decline of his health, Mr Van Keuren was very active in community affairs and took special pride in the appearance of his home on Lamoka Ave. He was an active charter member of the Savona Engine and Hose Company, having held several offices in that organization. He was also a member of the Savona Masonic Lodge.
Survivors besides his wife include one daughter, Mrs Gertrude Docksteader of Hamburg, a son William who is serving with the Merchant Marines as an officer; a grandson, Lawrence Vosburg of Hamburg; a brother Frank of Pen Yan; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Thursday at 1PM, with the Rev Thomas W Carter officiating. Interment was at the family plot at Seaman Cemetery. A Masonic service was held at the late home Wednesday evening. Directors of the Ingersoll Rand Service Association, of which the deceased was a member, called in a group at the home on Wednesday evening. Steuben Courier, June 28, 1946
Alford A Van Kuren, 86, of RD#3, Binghamton, died Tuesday evening at Lourdes Hospice. He is survived by a sister, Mrs George(Luella) Frear, Binghamton; also several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was a member of St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge. Funeral Services will be held at 1PM Friday at the Hopler Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St, Binghamton, with the Rev Jeffrey W Meadowcroft, Rector of St Mark’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be in Kattleville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 7 to 9 PM Thursday. Friends may make memorial contributions to the Hospice unit, Lourdes Hospital, or to the Chenango Emergency Squad. May 29, 1984, Binghamton Press
Annie Hanley Van Kuren
On Sunday, Oct. 11, 1896, at 11 o'clock a. m., at Jackson., ANNIE HANLY, wife of Andrew Van Kuren, aged 36 years, a native of
The friends and acquaintances of the Van Kuren and Hanly families are
invited to attend the funeral, which will take place This (Tuesday)
Morning, Oct. 13, at 10 o'clock, from the late residence of the deceased,
No. 1516 Saratoga street.
Van Kuren, Barbara M of Flint, age 52, died Thursday, March 31, 1994 at St Joseph's Hospital. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Matthew Catholic Church, 706 Beach St, Father Francis P Sullivan officiating. Burial in Flint Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hurley Dialysis Unit or American Diabetes Association. Visitation 2-4 and 6 -9 Saturday and 2-9 PM Sunday at the Swartz Funeral home, 1225 West Hill Road. A scripture service will be held at 5PM Sunday at the Funeral Home. Mrs Van Kuren was born in Edri, Pennsylvania on September 15, 1941 and was a resident of Flint since 1953, having come from Pennsylvania. She married Robert Van Kuren on April 26, 1969 in Flint. She graduated from St Matthew Catholic High School in 1959 and was a member of the St Matthew Catholic Church. She was the Secretary of the Sundowners Bowling League 330 for 15 years. Mrs Van Kuren was employed as office manager and bookkeeper for over 22 years for Harry Cull Insurance. Surviving are her husband Robert; mother, Ann Gordish of Flint; sister, Michele Asbury of Flint; special nephew, Danny Asbury of Flint; many other aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Gordish in 1984; her brother, Albert P Sr, her nephew, Albert P Jr in 1981.
Mrs Beulah C Van Kuren, widow of the late J C Van Kuren, died yesterday afternoon at her home in Kattleville. She was 72 years old and spent her entire life in this county. Six children survive to mourn her death; L A and S M Van Kuren of this city, John C and Mrs William Bunzey of Kattleville, Mrs Mary Reed of Chenango Forks, and Mrs L E Burton of Hooper. She was a devout lady and her friendly disposition was well known to many who will grieve her death. The Funeral will be held at the ME Church in Kattleville, Friday at 1 o’clock and the burial will be in the cemetery at the same place. Undertaker Cornell will conduct the obsequies.
C Stanley Van Kuren, born 1911, died 2 Oct, 1986. Survivors are wife Hilda, daughter Gretchen, wife of Dr Goldstein; Alaska Ezra, grandson; A brother Stuart and wife Joan of Endwell. Lived at 241 Court St, Binghampton. Binghampton Press, 4 Oct, 1986.
Charles G "Jerry" Van Kuren, 61, formerly of Johnston City, died Tuesday Morning, Feb 8, 2005, at the NYS Veterens Home at Oxford. He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Dorothy Van Kuren. He is survived by his children, SSG Chad Van Kuren, Marie and AJ Brunetti, of Binghampton, Andrew Van Kuren, Kathryn Van Kuren, both of Albany, Emily Van Kuren, Binghampton, Bridget Van Kuren, Conn; a grandson, Aidan Brunetti; mother of his children, Kathryn McMahon Forno, Conn; sisters Gail and Stanley Harlec, Conklin, Sharon Van Kuren, Illion; his brother Corey S Van Kuren, Pastor of St Paul's Church, Binghampton; uncles Richard Hancock and Henry Zelesnikar ; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was a member of St James Church, Johnston City, member of the Knights of Columbus, FrAmbrose Dwyer Council 2953, and the 4th degree assembly. Jerry was a graduate of Johnson City High School, class of 1962, served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War, member of the Teamsters local 693, former supervisor for Stroehman Bread and Milbrook Bakeries. The family wishes to thank the staff at the NYS Veterans Home for the care given to Jerry for many years. A funeral mass will be offered by his brother at St James Church, Johnston City, Friday at 11AM. Burial will be in Cavalry Cemetery, Johnston City. The family will receive friends at the J A McCormack sons Funeral Home at 141 Main St, Binghampton, thursday from 4 to 8 PM. The family requests that flowers be omitted and expressions of sympathy in memory of Jerry be made to the NYS Veterans Home, 54211 State Hiway 220, Oxford, NY 13830. Feb 9, 2005, Binghampton Press.
Van Kuren, Charles M, 7280 W Silver Lake Rd, age 68, died Wednesday, Apr 20, 1983, at McLaren General Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 11AM Saturday at the Bowles and sons Funeral Home Linden, Rev Donald Neuville officiating. Burial in the Crestwood Memorial Gardens. Mr Van Kuren may be seen at the funeral home. Those desiring may make contributions Linden Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund and American Cancer fund. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Mr Van Kuren was born in Evert, Michigan, Aug 5, 1914, the son of Andrew Van Kuren and Martha Coppens. He spent his lifetime in the Holly area. He married Mary Jane Borst, Apr 26, 1941 in Flint. He retired from Chevrolet Metal Fab in 1872. Veteran of the World War II, U S Army. Life member of the DAV. Surviving are wife Mary Jane of Linden; 2 sons, Robert (Barbara) Van Kuren of Flint, William (Beverly) Van Kuren of Lennon; 1 daughter, Mrs Martha (Bud) Eckhart of California; 7 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Mrs Eunice Collins of Evert, Beatrice Huffmyer of Evert, Mrs Alma Fry of Pennsylvania; 2 brothers, Jim Van Kuren of Evert, Harry Van Kuren of Palm City, Florida; many nieces and nephews. Arrangements by the Bowles Funeral Home, Inc of Linden.
Van Kuren, Dennis Patrick, 4484 S Belsay Rd, age 16, died Monday, March 2, 1981, at Hurley Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held at 10AM Thursday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Rev Fr. John Bush officiating. Burial in Crestwood Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Holy Family Athletic Fund. Rosary will be recited at 8PM Wednesday at the Hill Funeral Home, Grand Blanc. Dennis was born in Flint, Aug 31, 1964. He was a sophomore at Grand Blanc High School. He was active in baseball through the school. Surviving are parents, Jack and Sue Van Kuren; sisters Debbie and Diane; grandparents Mr and Mrs James Van Kuren of Evart, Mr and Mrs J Henry Moran of Flint; aunts and uncles, Jerry and Judy Van Kuren, Lester and Sharon Van Kuren, Gordon Van Kuren; 7 cousins.
Mrs Esther Alice Van Kuren, 85, of 810 Star Route, number 11, Castle Creek, New York, died at 12:53PM Saturday at Ideal Wilson Medical Center, Johnson City. She is survived by one son, H Warren Van Kuren, of Castle Creek; 2 granddaughters, Linda Van Kuren, Binghampton and Karen Van Kuren, Castle Creek; one grandson, Craig Van Kuren, Castle Creek; several nieces. She attended Castle Creek United Methodist Church and was a member of the DAR Binghampton Chapter. Funeral Services will be held at 1PM Monday at the Nichols Funeral Home, Whitney Point. Rev Norman Tiffany of the Morris Untied Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Chenango Valley Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:30-4 and 7-9 at the Nichols funeral home, Whitney Point. Nov 15, 1981, Binghampton Press
Flossy B Van Kuren – Flossy B, the 4 year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Stephen Van Kuren of 45 Second Street, died this morning at 2 o’clock. Her death is a sad blow to her parents, and they have the sympathy of a host of friends in their bereavement. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 10 o’clock under the direction of undertaker Cornell. The ceremonies will be conducted by Rev Chas Mayfield.
George VanKuren passed away at his late residence, Robinson Road, on Sunday, Dec. 5th, in the 68th year of his age. He always enjoyed robust health, until a few weeks ago, when his health failed him.
Deceased was born in Grantham Township, Lincoln County, the son of Paul and Caroline VanKuren. His mother died when he was quite young and he accompanied his father when the family moved to this district about 47 years ago, settling on the farm where Jacob Sundy now resides at Attercliffe Station. Mr. VanKuren has lived on the Robinson Road for many years. He married Miss Annie Harris on Sept. 8th, 1862. She died many years ago. He leaves none children, namely Mrs. Robert Waines of Gainsboro, Mrs. P. Librock of Old Niagara, Mrs. C. Sundy of Dunnville, Mrs. S. King of Hamilton, Chester at home, Karl of Moulton, Earle of Stratford, and Winnie VanKuren at home. He also leaves the following seven brothers and sisters: James of Dunnville, John of Lewiston, Mrs. John Barwell of St. Catharines, Mrs. James Collins of Ingersoll, Mrs. John McLaren of St. Catharines, Mrs. Joseph Teeft of the Robinson Road and Miss Charity VanKuren of Lockport, N.Y.
Those who predeceased him are one brother William, and three sisters, Mrs. Israel Griffin of Lockport, Mrs. John Seburn of Thorold and Mrs. J. Anderson of Grantham Township.
Deceased was one of the prominent men in this district. In municipal affairs particularly he was well versed, and had a wide experience, being reeve of Moulton Township for eight years, and served in the County Council for eight years, during which term he was for two years elected to the wardenship by that body. He was a member of the County Parliament when the question of a site for the House of Refuge first came up, and made a strong fight to have it built at Dunnville. He was a man of unusual ability and combined with this many personal qualities that drew to him a circle of warm friends. In politics he was a Conservative.
The funeral took place on Tuesday at 1:30 o'clock. After service at the home conducted by Rev. W. M. Fee, the remains were interred in the Kirk Cemetery. - Dunnville Chronicle Source: Haldimand Advocate, December 16, 1909
George I Van Kuren, highly regarded Rummerfield resident, passed away Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at his home following a short illness. He was 74 years of age. Mr Van Kuren had spent the greater part of his life in the Rummerfield community and had scores of friends throughout that area to whom his death will mean a personal loss. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Roy of Philadelphia, Mrs Robert Caswell of Wyalusing, Mrs Charles Lehman of Sayre, Mrs Ronald Proof of Wyalusing, and Lawrence of Vestal, N.Y. Fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild survive. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon, with prayer at the home at 2 o’clock and further services at 2:30 at the Standing Stone Methodist church. Rev. G. L. Sweet will officiate and interment will be in the Standing Stone Cemetery. Oct 14, 1944
Gilbert VanKUREN was born in the town of Virgil, Courtland county, New
York, on April 2nd, 1817. He was married to Miss Phoebe J. MORSE about
1839. They continued to live in Courtland county, New York until about
1850, when they moved to what was then considered to be the far west,
Belvidere, Illinois. From here they moved to Westfield, Marquette county,
and then to Strongs Prairie, where they made their home. Here they have
resided for nearly forty years. Their home will long be remembered for its
hospitality. He survived his wife about three years. He leaves three
daughters: Mrs. O. W. SAUNDERS, Duluth, Minnesota, Mrs. J. W. SHANKS,
Strongs Prairie, Wisconsin, and Lucy BABCOCK, Holum, Louisiana.
Adams County Press, Saturday Dec 1, 1894, Page 5
James "JIM" Van Kuren
January 19, 1918 - August 01, 2003
Van Kuren, James "JIM"
Veteran, self styled Journeyman, Radio and TV Broadcaster who worked 40 years in Windsor (1939-1979) at both CKLW radio and TV, and CBC TV, passed away peacefully on Aug. 1, 2003 at Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital at the age of 85. Beloved husband of the late Wanda (nee Wok). He is survived by his children Mona Duffy & husband Ken (Hanover, ON); Brother Kurt Van Kuren (Saskatchewan); Alice Ann Van Kuren (Vancouver); Susan Courtney & husband Ken, and predeceased by Jamie Jo Van Kuren (2000). Grandfather ("Bim") of Matthew, Paul, Kipp & wife Lisa, Reid, Nathan, and Christopher, and brother of Helen Bowden (Kitchener). Jim was a longtime patron of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and a contributor to many charitable organizations.
Visiting on Tuesday from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Service to celebrate Jim's life on Wednesday, August 6, 2003 at 1 p.m. Rev. Paul Almond officiating. Cremation to follow. Jim's ashes will be buried at the McColl Cemetery in Eagle, ON at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to the Windsor Public Library or to the Parkinson's Society of Canada would be greatly appreciated.
A tree will be planted in memory of Jim Van Kuren in the Janisse Bros-Marcotte Heritage Forest. A dedication service will be held on September 28, 2003. All are welcome. The family invites you to sign the Book of Condolence and share your memories at www.obituariestoday.com.
John Roy Van Kuren - See "Roy Van Kuren"
Katherine M Van Kuren, 80, of RD3 Binghamton, died at 6:18PM Fridayat Wilson Memorial Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Alfred A Van Kuren, Chenango Bridge, one nephew, three nieces, and several cousins. She was a member of the St Mark’s Episcopal Church, Chenango Bridge. Funeral and committal services will be held at 11AM at the Hopler Funeral Home, 483 Chenango St, with the Rev George Entwisle, interim pastor of the St Mark’s Episcopal Church, officiating. Burial will be in Kattleville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday 2 to 4 PM. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the St Mark’s Episcopal Church or to the Broome Volunteer Emergency Squad. Binghamton Press, December 16, 1983
Laura Potts Van Kuren (Oct 12, 1997)
Laura Van Kuren, age 35, of Linden, died Friday, Oct 10, 1997 at Hurley Medical Center. Funeral Service will be held 1PM, Monday, October 13, 1997 at the Fenton Road Baptist Church, G4386 Fenton Rd, Pastor Stephen Hardy officiating. Burial will be at the Flint Memorial Park. Family will receive friends at the Sharp Funeral Homes, Linden Chapel, 209 E Broad St, Saturday from 5-9PM, and from 2-5 and 7-9PM on Sunday. Those desiring may make contributions to the American Lung Association, or the Fenton Road Baptist Church. Laura was born in Flint on May 30, 1962, the daughter of Larry and Patricia Potts. She had lived in the Linden area for the past two years coming from Mt Morris. She married Mike Van Kuren in Flint Township December 23, 1995. She formerly worked in the U.S. Post Office in Flint with 13 years of employment. She was a member of the Fenton Road Baptist Church. Surviving are: Husband Mike, Children Sarah, Marcus, Michele and Kevin Riendeau, and stepson Ryan Van Kuren; 2 sisters, Lisa and husband Scott Haggadone, Cynthia and husband Raymond Blair; brother Jeff and wife Velda Potts; parents Larry and Pat Potts; Maternal Grandfather Arvid; Step Grandmother Etheleen Lustig; several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her Maternal Grandmother, Helen Ermantraut in 1994, and Paternal Grandfather, Charles, in 1976.
Lawrence A Van Kuren, 8499 E M71, Durand, age 56, died Tuesday, June 20, 1978 at Flint Osteopathic Hospital. Funeral Services will be held at 11AM Friday at Bellows Funeral Home, Durand. Burial in Byron Cemetery, Byron, Rev Gary Sanderson officiating. Family requests memorials be made to the Shiawassee Retarded Citizens, envelopes available at the funeral home. Mr Van Kuren was born in Flint, August 3, 1921, the son of Aaron and Pauline Van Kuren. He Lived in Bancroft for 18 years, the last 4 years in Durand. He was married to Violet Quipp in Adams, Wisconsin, Dec 25, 1944. Mr Van Kuren was a member of the Corunna VFW, a World War II veteran of the Marine Corps, and had been employed by Buick Motor Division for 8 years and Plant Security Chevrolet Manufacturing the last 25 years. Surviving are: wife Violet; 4 sons, Lawrence Jr of Sarasota, florida, Benjamin and Timothy of Durand, and Dan of Corunna; 3 daughters, Sherry Wallace of Durand, Carol Jeanne Van Kuren of Lapeer, and Karen Olsey of Owosso; 4 grandchildren; stepsister, Mrs Evelyn Minarczyk, Endicott, New York. Arrangements by the Bellows Funeral Home of Durand.
Marty E. VanKuren, 74, a retired gate keeper at Letchworth State Park, died March 3, 2005 at the Vincent House in Wayland. Mrs. VanKuren resided on Harpers Ferry Road in Springwater and was previously from Groveland. She is survived by her husband Ralph VanKuren; children, Kathleen (Bruce) Radley of Henrietta, James (Doreen Freeman) Frediani of Groveland, Karen (Forrest) Rosell of Conesus; several grandchildren including Jason and Brian Bannon; brother Rolf (Mary) Sieper of Greece; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Quait and Harold Frediani. She was born Oct. 19, 1930 in Rochester the daughter of Ernest and Elizabeth Zimmerman Sieper. She was a graduate of Monroe High School in Rochester. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Saturday where Funeral Services were held March 6 with Rev. Sally Glassbrook of the Groveland Federate Parish officiating. Burial, Greenmount Cemetery in Dansville. Memorials may be made to the Vincent House, P.O. Box 566, Wayland NY 14572 or the Springwater Fire Department, P.O. Box 16, Springwater NY 14560. Clarion Call, March 10, 2005.
Mary Jane Borst Van Kuren (25 May, 1990)
Van Kuren, Mary Jane, age 71, died May 24, 1990 at Hurley Medical Center. Funeral Services will be held 2PM Saturday, May 26, 1990, at the Linden Presbyterian Church, Rev Donald Neuville officiating Burial in Crestwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will begin today 2-9PM at the Bowles-Sharp Funeral Home, Linden. Mrs Van Kuren will lie in state at the Linden Presbyterian Church from 1PM until time of Service on Saturday. She was born in Everett MI, Apr 18, 1919, the daughter of William and Edna Borst. She married Charles M Van Kuren in Flint Apr 26, 1942. He preceded her in death in 1983. Mrs Van Kuren was a faithful member, a deacon, and belonged to the women’s association of Linden Presbyterian Church. Surviving are: daughter Martha and husband Bud Eckhart; 2 sons, Robert and wife Barbara Van Kuren, William and wife Beverly Van Kuren; 3 brothers, Robert and wife Florence Borst, William and wife Jean Borst, Frank and wife Ted Borst; 2 sisters, Ruth and husband Westley West, Marge and husband Milton Bobier; 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, many nieces and nephews.
Melvina Conroy Van Kuren (clipping with date 3-27-1939 )
Mrs. Melvina Van Kuren, 88, a resident of Port Angeles for 47 years, passed away Sunday at 2:25pm at the nursing home of Mrs. C B Harrison after a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:30pm in the McDonald Funeral Home chapel, conducted by the Rev. Rev. C E Fulmer, old-time friend of Mrs. Van Kuren. Burial will be in the GAR plot at Ocean View Cemetery, the Women's Relief Corps holding graveside rites.
Mrs. Van Kuren, whose maiden name was Melvina Conroy, was born at German Flats, NY on Jan 21, 1851. She was married at the close of the Civil War to James Madison Van Kuren, who served in the war with the First Michigan Volunteers. Until 1890 the couple lived in Michigan, farming in Oakland County. In that year they moved to Washington spent 2 years at Shelton, then came to Port Angeles.
Mr. Van Kuren died here in April, 1922. His widow remained in Port Angeles until her own passing Sunday.
The Van Kurens lived principally here in the home at 7th and B Sts. which they built about 37 years ago. They took up a homestead in the Blue Mountain district, in addition, and the voting precinct of that neighborhood still bears their name.
Mrs. Van Kuren was a member of the Women's Relief Corps 48 years, joining shortly after the organization was formed. She was the oldest member of the corps in Clallam County, in point of number of years actual membership, at the time of her death. She also was a charter member of the Women's Literary Club and was much interested in church work, first in connection with the Methodist Episcopal church and later, the Presbyterian. Old time friends recall she was largely instrumental in promoting construction of the Methodist church building at 7th and D streets, still used as a church by another denomination.
Mrs. Van Kuren was interested in the Clallam County Indians and was well-known and respected by them.
No blood relatives of Mrs. Van Kuren are known to be living. Other relatives include a nephew, A J Van Kuren of Gaines, MI and 3 great-nephews, Dr. Earl B Miller of Port Angeles and Earl and Oliver J Van Kuren of Michigan
Michael "Mike" VAN KUREN
Daily Review, Michael "Mike" VanKuren, 36, deputy Bradford County sheriff, of RR 1, Little Meadows, Pa., died Wednesday, March 31, 2004. Born March 15, 1968, in Endicott, N.Y., he was the son of Gerald W. VanKuren and Lorna J. Gower VanKuren. "Mike," as he was known by his family and many friends, was a graduate of Northeast Bradford High School, Class of 1987, where he was active in basketball and baseball. In 1990 Mike graduated from the Allentown Police Academy, Allentown, Pa. Mike formerly served as a police officer for the boroughs of Towanda, Sayre, Rome and LeRaysville and for Rome Township. In March of 1995, Mike became associated with the Bradford County Sheriff's Office as a deputy sheriff, a position he maintained until the time of his death. He was also a member of the Bradford County Drug Task Force along with his canine partner, Montana. On Sept. 4, 1998, he married the former Elane Freeman in the Warren Center United Methodist Church. Mike was working toward his associate's degree in Criminal Justice through Lackawanna College in Towanda. His family will receive his degree in his honor in May of 2004. Mike was a member of the Warren Center United Methodist Church, Pennsylvania Deputy Sheriff's Association, National Rifle Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, National Police Working Dogs Association and National Wild Turkey Association. Mike coached Little League baseball for NEBALL for several years and also formerly served as NEBALL president. Mike also served as a PSS instructor at Penn State University for several years. Mike loved the outdoors, hunting, archery and fishing. He was the grand champion of the 2003 Muzzy Invitational Tournament in Monticello, N.Y. Surviving are: his wife, Elane VanKuren, his son, Andrew Todd VanKuren, and his daughter, Tifani Elizabeth VanKuren, all at home; his parents, Gerald W. VanKuren and Lorna J. Gower VanKuren of Warren Center; his sister and brother-in-law, Michele A. and Thomas Keefe of Warren Center; his half-sister, Nancy Browning of Biloxi, Miss.; two nieces, Erin and Taylor Keefe, and a nephew, Joseph Keefe, all of Warren Center; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. The funeral service will be held Sunday, April 4, at 2:30 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with the Rev. Brad Marple, pastor of the Warren Center United Methodist Church, and Rev. Larry Jennings, pastor of the Warren Center Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in the Warren Center Cemetery, Warren Center. The family will receive friends on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests that memorial contributions may be directed to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, P.O. Box 8249, Missoula, Mont. 59807, in Michael Allen VanKuren's memory.
Van Kuren, Oliver J – 12244 Fagan Rd, Holly, age 76, died Saturday, February 15, 1975, at McLaren General Hospital, Flint. Funeral services will be held at 2PM Wednesday, at Dryer Funeral Home, Holly, Rev LaVere Webster officiating. Burial in Crestmont(Crestwood?) Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Surviving are: 2 daughters, Mrs Ila Plumb of Flint and Mrs Marie Widing of Holly; 6 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; 5 brothers, Earl of Brooksfield, Florida, Delos (Stud) of Attica, Michigan, James of Sears, Michigan, Harry of Stuart, Florida and Marvin of Mio, Michigan; 3 sisters, Mrs Eunice Collins of Evart, Michigan, Mrs Beatrice Hoffmeyer of Evart, Michigan, and Mrs Alma Fry of Drayton Plaines; wife Daisy preceded him in death Nov 16, 1974.
Roy Van Kuren Dies In Virginia; Was Rummerfield Native
J. Roy Van Kuren of 120 Oakwood Circle, Charlottesville, Va., a retired accountant, died at University Hospital, Charlottesville, on April 27. He had been a patient at the hospital for about two weeks, having suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. Funeral Services were held at the Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville on April 29. Committal services will be held at the Standing Stone Cemetery at a later date.
Mr. Van Kuren was born in Rummerfield, this county, Oct 27, 1893, a son of the late George and Mary Swackhammer Van Kuren. He received his formal education in the schools of his home community, and was a graduate of Cronk’s Business College, Towanda. He was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church at Charlottesville; Towanda Lodge # 108, F. and A.M., the Camden, N. J. consistory, and the S. A. R. Mr. Van Auken(as spelled in article) often came north to visit relatives in this area, especially before the death of his mother not too long ago, and had made it a point to look up Towanda friends, of whom he had many. Surviving are his wife, Pauline; a daughter, Mrs. Douglas G Tolley, Sr., of Swarthmore, Pa.; three grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Robert Caswell and Mrs. Roland Proof of Wyalusing, and Mrs. Charles Lehman of Athens; a brother, Lawrence, of Vestal, N. Y. May 1, 1962
Bradford Star, Nov 19, 1908:
Mrs Louise Van Kurin died November 11th at her home in Terrytown after a short illness, aged 92 years and 9 months. Until a short time preceeding her death she had been remarkedly bright and active.
Walter H. Van Kurin of Riverhead died on Jan. 26 at his residence. He was 83.
He was born on August 4, 1921, in Corning, N.Y., to Howard and Charlotte (Covert) Van Kurin and attended school there, graduating from Northside High School in 1937 at age 16. Mr. Van Kurin then was employed by Corning Glass Works, where he continued his studies in science. The company later appointed him to work in its laboratory as a scientist.
His career was interrupted by World War II, when he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and sent to Iceland for three years as a staff sergeant. As the war neared its end, he was transferred to Westhampton Air Base, where he met his future wife, Stafka Doroski of Cutchogue. They were married on June 30, 1946, at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Cutchogue, and then moved to Riverhead.
After working as a photographer for Dormand's Studios, Mr. Van Kurin was employed by the U.S. Post Office in 1953. He remained with the post office and its successor, the U.S. Postal Service, for 31 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1984.
Mr. Van Kurin was an active member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years, at one time serving as grand knight and secretary-treasurer. For many years he was an usher at St. John the Evangelist R.C. Church, Riverhead.
A statement written by his family notes that Mr. Van Kurin enjoyed photography, collecting stamps and antiques, playing the piano and gardening. The statement concludes: "Walter was a kind, caring man with a peaceful demeanor, spending his life doing everything he could for his family and friends. He was devoted to his faith and lived the Christian way of life in every way. Walter will be greatly missed by everyone who was privileged to know him."
In addition to his wife, Mr. Van Kurin is survived by four children, Charlene Crump, Schuyler and Stephanie, all of Riverhead, and Monica Lessard of Mattituck; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandhildren. A brother, George, predeceased him.
Visitation took place at McLaughlin Heppner Funeral Home in Riverhead on Jan. 30. Funeral services were held the next day at St. John the Evangelist, Father Thomas Coby officiating. Interment followed at the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to East End Hospice, P.O. Box 1048, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978, or the American Cancer Society.
February 3, 2005, Riverhead News Review
Columbia City Post and Mail, Aug 10, 1981
Mrs Elizabeth Ann Waller, 83, of 2890 Shady Lake Drive, Vermillion, Ohio, died at 2:50PM at Lorain Community Hospital, Lorain, Ohio. She had been confined to a nursing home and was taken to a nursing home Saturday afternoon. A daughter of Henry and Rebecca Isabelle Perry Shoda, she was born 1 November, 1897 in Jefferson Township. On July 14, 1918 she married she married Forrest Daniel Van Curen in Trinity Methodist Church, Columbia City by Reverend M.O. Lester. Mr Van Curen died Nov 16, 1944. She married Lee Ernest Waller, Oct 31 1953 in St Lukes Church, Ft Wayne. He Preceded her in death on May 8, 1976. She moved to Columbia City in 1934. She lived in Ft Wayne from 1955 to 1964 and returned to Columbia City and lived there from 1964 to 1977, then moved to Vermillion, Ohio. Her first husband was a veteran of World War I, serving with the U.S. Army. A homemaker, she was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary, Post 98 of Columbia City. Survivors include one son, Robert D Van Curen of 2890 Shady Lake Drive, Vermillion, Ohio; 2 stepdaughters, Mrs Miriam Strasser of Ft Wayne; Mrs Elizabeth Stroegen, Monroeville; and one step son, Luther E Waller, of Ft Wayne; ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; A daughter, Marjorie Davis, preceded her in death. Calling will be at Demoney-Grimes Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9PM today. Funeral services will be at 1:30PM Tuesday at the funeral home, with Rev Graham Kleepsie, Pastor Emeritus of Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. The Columbia City American Legion Auxiliary will hold a memorial service at 8PM today at the funeral home. Burial will be at Eberhard’s Cemetery, 265 West Keiser Road, Columbia Township.
Wood, Violet Ellen - December 28 issue
Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 8th & Grand Church of Christ for Violet Ellen Wood of 922 S. Roselawn.
Wood, 77, died on Dec. 25 in Artesia.
W.A. Wheat will officiate. Interment will follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Darren Wood, Billy Joe Van Curen, Rusty Jim Van Curen, Joe Bert Wood, William Briscoe, Troy Briscoe, Michael Wood, Danny Wood, Cody Martin, Tommy Briscoe, Christopher Clark, Charlton Clark and John Trujillo.
Visitation started at 10 a.m. today at Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Wood was born on June 10, 1922, in Hope, N.M., to Walter C. Stone and Josie Ellen (McCabe) Stone.
She was married to Joe T. Wood on March 30, 1940, in Carlsbad.
She was a lifelong area resident and a housewife. She was a member of 8th & Grand Church of Christ and a member of TOPS.
She is survived by her husband, Joe T. Wood of the family home; sons Tommy Wood, wife Delores, of Prescott, Iowa, Billy Joe Wood of Artesia and Kenneth Wayne Wood, wife Kathy, of Artesia; daughters Sheryl Clark, husband Charles, and Josie Ellen Van Curen, husband Rusty, all of Artesia; sisters Jean McIntosh of California and Opal Jackson, husband Carroll, of Hagerman; 18 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Carolyn Sue Trujillo; six brothers; and two sisters.
pg. 411, (Broome Republic, Sept. 01, 1875):
Died at the home of her father, Jonathan Van Kuren, Chenango, August 29:
Jennie Wright, wife of Morton C. Wright. Age 22 yrs. (note: the same source
indicated that Jennie and Morton were married on Oct. 20, 1874 at Chemung).
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