Three Passings Of Special Note
By Laurie Willow
From Issue 24: Fall 2014
Maggie McDowell died on September 16 at the age of 88. She lived in Gardiner for over 25 years and most of us knew her as a real estate agent. Maggie also served on the library fundraising committee leading up to construction of the new library; organized the docents for the Wallkill Valley Land Trust house tours; raised sheep for 4-H and market lambs for Greek Easter
and gave spinning and weaving demos to grade schoolers.
Maggie was a trooper. She took flying lessons, hoping to get into World War II, but it ended before she could enlist. Undaunted, she went skydiving in Gardiner to celebrate her 75th birthday. In her own “auto-obituary” in the Poughkeepsie Journal Maggie said, “My ….dearest family and friends. It has been a wonderful trip, not perfect, but wonderful. My pride in my family is boundless.” Maggie will be sorely missed.
Bill Stamatedes passed away on August at 97. He was an avid community servant. The brother of Irene Majestic, Bill was a
long-time member and former Commissioner of the Gardiner Volunteer Fire Department, a founding member of the Gardiner Parks and Recreation Commission and an active member of the Gardiner Reformed Church. Bill was also a correction officer at the Wallkill Prison, retiring after 33 years, and an active member of the Adonai Masonic Lodge and the New Paltz post of the American Legion. Above all, Bill enjoyed the company of his extensive family and friends, creating many fond memories throughout his long and happy life. Survivors include his wife Lois and many nieces and nephews.
Jay A. LeFevre passed away on August 28th after a brief illness. He was 89. Jay was a life-long and very proud resident of New Paltz/Gardiner. He was a member of the Holland Society and was Trustee Emeritus of the Huguenot Historical Society. Jay was a passionate champion of open space, and to that end, he was a founding member of the Wallkill Valley Land Trust. Born in Kingston, Jay attended the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ and then the University of Pennsylvania before returning to New Paltz to help run the family business, A.P. LeFevre & Son Lumber and Hardware. Jay is survived by his three daughters, Leslie LeFevre-Stratton and her husband, Richard Stratton, Amy LeFevre and her partner Robert Rockerman, Nanette LeFevre-Clark and her husband James Clark. Jay is also survived by his dear friend, Carol B. LeFevre.
Along with being an avid fly fisherman, Jay loved his home in Gardiner, his family, his friends and his beloved pets.