" In Remembrance"

"In Remembrance," our Society's new memory book, offers members and friends an unusual opportunity to honor special living and deceased people we have known.

This book features a handsome red cover with gold lettering and high-quality pages upon which names and tributes will be inscribed. It is encased in a glass display shadowbox and is displayed reverently at the Schoolhouse. The stipend is $20 for a single entry or $100 for an entire page. Please contact Arlene Goodenough for more information. 



          Sad News for the Society

 taken at the holiday party in December 2014. Dan is presenting a certificate of appreciation to George, who was completing a term as co-president with Dan and did not seek another office. 

I am sorry to inform you of the death of Past President George Kummer, a bulwark of the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society for nearly half a century.

A viewing/visitation for George Kummer, a past president of the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, will be held Wednesday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Heritage Funeral Home, 35 Morrissey Drive, Putnam Valley. Because of restrictions linked to the coronavirus pandemic, only 10 people will be allowed in at a time. Face masks must be worn and social distancing will have to be observed. A private burial (immediate family only) will follow.


I am preparing an obituary for the next edition of the newsletter. If you have any special memories or stories you would like to share, please email them to me.

At some point our Society will determine an appropriate memorial for George. Meanwhile, please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Below is the email I received today from his son Peter, which includes an announcement from their church.

George Kummer, beloved husband of Sigrid and a long-time member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Putnam Valley was called home to his Lord last night.

George will be greatly missed by his family and all those whose lives he touched; his warm, welcoming spirit will remain in our hearts forever.

Though he will surely be missed here at St. Luke's, we rejoice in knowing that he is joining his beloved wife Sigrid and is being welcomed into his new life with the words: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord." Matt. 25:21

Information and details regarding any wake or memorial and/or funeral services will be provided when they are available.

Your prayers are greatly appreciated by Peter and Patty and all of George's children and grandchildren as well as his extended family and friends.


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Barbara Schwartz

Wednesday, April 15th, 1936 - Friday, March 20th, 2020

Barbara was on the VCHS Board of Directors


Barbara Irene Schwartz (née Terhune) passed away peacefully on March 20,2020. She was 83 years old. Bobbie, as she was know by family and friends, was predeceased by her husband Charles, her son Kurt. and her Brother Brian Terhune. Surviving are her two daughters Sheree Armstrong in Virginia , Doreen (Robert) Byrnes in New York and her two sisters Dorothy Kelly in Kentucky and June Simonson in Florida and

Daughter in law Aly Schwartz. She was the proud Grandma ( Gima) to Ryan (Megan) Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Daniel (Sara) Woods and Megan Byrnes. Bobbie also had 3 Great- Grandchildren, Madison Joy, Harper Shea and Madison Elizabeth.

Bobbie made friends with nearly everyone she met and most recently that was the community where she lived at River Pointe at Drum Hill in Peekskill, NY. She was always participating in outings with her many friends and game nights in the recreation room.

Bobbie was an outgoing friendly women and she will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to her favorite charity the ASPCA. 



Rudy Grexa, who served as the Society's Vice-President for many years has passed away. 

His wake will be tomorrow from 2-4pm and

6-8pm at Curry-Giordano Funeral Home in Peekskill, NY


Rudolph John Grexa was born on March 1, 1930 to Joseph and Caroline Grexa in the Bronx New York. He passed away in Alpharetta Georgia on February 28, 2020 with his children in attendance. He was the brother of Joseph Jr., Edward, William and George Grexa. He graduated from Manhattan School of Aviation in 1948 and was drafted into the US Army and served in Korea with the 82nd AAA/AW Battalion. During his time with in the 2Nd infantry division he received three Bronze Campaign Stars, during action at Pork Chop Hill and Baldy. He rotated back to the States at the end of March 1953 and was honorably discharged in April of 1953.

On May 30, 1953 Rudy married his childhood sweetheart Jacqueline Furey. Rudy and Jackie moved to Cortlandt Manor to raise their children and be part of the community. They were blessed with four lovely children, Ellen, Carriann, John, Mitchell. Ellen married Christopher Sandoval, Carriann married Paul Allen, John married Donna Dolan and Mitchell married Beth McQuillkin. Rudy also has four wonderful grandchildren Jessica Ritter, Michael Allen, Jaqueline Emerman and Danielle Grexa and one great-grandchild Lucas John Ritter.

After his Military Service, Rudy worked in the banking industry as a Branch Manager and then for the Town of Cortlandt. He worked as the Deputy Comptroller for the Town of Cortlandt before becoming the Purchasing Director. When he retired, he continued to work with the Town of Cortlandt Auxiliary Police and Code Enforcement departments. During his life he was a volunteer member of many organizations where he held a variety of offices. His memberships included the Peekskill/Cortlandt Rotary, Mohegan Fire Department, the Free-Masons, American Legion, Veteran of Foreign Wars and Van Cortlandtville Historical Society. He was an elder and Board of Trustee at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer and later became a member of St Luke’s Lutheran Church in Putman Valley. Rudy also was a citizen Volunteer on the Lakeland School Budget committee. He found time for the Town of Cortlandt Zoning and Planning Boards as well. Rudy was recognized often, as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and received the New York Conspicuous Gallantry Medal and Korean Service Medal. He was inducted into the Veterans Hall of Fame for New York for his work with Senator Ball on the behalf of the Veterans.We meet people in our lives some good, some bad. But that encounter change us in big and small ways. Rudy was one of the good ones who changed or mentored people and was also a gentleman. He was best known for being a loving, kind and proud husband, dad, granddad and great grandad.

 Everyone who met him loved him.

In lieu of flowers please send donations too:

1.Season Hospice in Cummings Georgia

2.Korean War Association

3.St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Putnam Valley.

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Our beloved Bob Peterson passed from this life, 7/11/2019. He was a friend, a devoted member of the VCHS and a decorated WWII combat veteran with a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.


Alba L. Laverde passed from this life on 1/3/19,

she will be missed.

Sigrid C. Kummer

(Wife of Past VCHS President, George Kummer)

Sigrid Caroline (Moeser) Kummer, 80, found peace on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Peekskill. She was born February 20, 1938 in Frankfurt am Maine, Germany. After high school graduation, she studied and practiced cosmetology as her career.In early 1960, she met George Kummer in Germany through a mutual friend. George was serving in the United States Air Force. On December 9, 1962, Sigrid and George married while he was based in Spokane, Washington.Sigrid, George and their son, Eric relocated to New York following George’s honorable military discharge, settling down near George’s family and have lived in the Westchester County area for many decades. Sigrid became a naturalized United States citizen on June 19, 1970 at the Putnam County Supreme Court.

John (Jack) Lancaster

We have received the sad news that longtime and beloved St. Peter's parishioner Jack Lancaster died on Wednesday morning, December 12, after a valiant battle with cancer. 

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon them. Amen.

       In Memoriam: Lenore E. Shanley, 1929-2018

Lenore E. Shanley, 89, a life member of our Society and widow of a former Society president, died at her Cortlandt home June 1, 2018. Mrs. Shanley, a former director (her most recent term ended in 2005), and her husband, James, who was president from 1989 to 1991, were among the history enthusiasts who in 1972 revived and reorganized the Van Cortlandtville Historical Society, which had ceased active operations in the mid-1950s. That same year, the Society made the Little Red Schoolhouse its headquarters after the Lakeland Central School District no longer needed the building for active classrooms. Lenore Eleanora Schetter was born in the Bronx on April 7, 1929. She was the office manager for Yorktown Printing for many years and, for more than two decades, a chaplain at the Cortlandt hospital currently known as NewYorkPresbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital. She was an active member of Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church in Putnam Valley and, in addition to our Society, was a member of Nor-Cort Senior Citizens and a member of the hospital’s auxiliary. Her family remembered her as a loving and kind mother and grandmother. She married James Joseph Shanley on September 24, 1949, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the Bronx. Mr. Shanley, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945 and worked for the NYNEX telephone company before retiring in 1985, died January 13, 2002. His tribute to the rich history of Van Cortlandtville, “What Our Society Means to Me,” was published in December 1993 edition of The Historical Key. (Copies are available at the Schoolhouse and through our Web site.) Lenore’s survivors include son James Shanley, daughters Susan Albano and Loren Sim, eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. 

  "WHAT OUR SOCIETY MEANS TO ME" 

WE HEAR NO SOUNDS OF WAR, NOR SEE SOLDIERS

STANDING ON THE HILLSIDE BY THE ROAD.

YET THE MEMORIES IMMORTALIZED IN STONE CALL OUT THE NAMES OF THOSE WHO GAVE THEMSELVES FOR OUR NATION.

HISTORICALLY, OUR TOWN, OUR AREA ABOUNDS IN THAT WHICH WAS SO MUCH A PART OF OUR NATION'S PAIN AND

GROWTH. THIS RICH HISTORICAL AREA CALLED VAN CORTLANDTVILLE

HOLDS ARTIFACTS OF OUR NATIONS BIRTH,

OUR COMMUNITIES GROWTH LEAVES TRAILS THAT ONE MUST LOOK FOR.

WATCHFUL EYES AND SKILLFUL HANDS PRESERVE AND PROTECT THESE TRAILS. THE VAN CORTLANDTVILLE HISTORICAL SOCIETY HAS TAKEN THAT MOMENT IN TIME TO SHELTER THE MEMORIES OF THE PAST.

PROGRAMS FOR THE CHILDREN OF OUR COMMUNITY ... TO BE A PART OF, TO USE AND SEE THE ARTIFACTS

THAT THEIR GREAT GRANDPARENTS USED AS WAS THEIR WAY OF LIFE.

THE PRIDE I HAVE IN BEING A MEMBER OF THIS SOCIETY IS GENUINE.

OUR MEMBERS STRIVE AND WORK SO THAT OUR COMMUNITY WILL HAVE LIVING ACCESS TO THE PAST.

WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE "LITTLE RED SCHOOLHOUSE" (CIRCA 1810) RESTORED, AND TO THIS END WE DEDICATE OURSELVES.

OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS A MATURE FOUNDATION OF TALENTED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE PEOPLE.

WE INVITE ALL THOSE INTERESTED IN HELPING US TO KEEP

ALIVE THE HISTORICAL WEAL TH IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND TO RESTORE OUR SCHOOLHOUSE, TO JOIN US. 

BY JIM SHANLEY

Let us remember this dedicated couple that gave so much of themselves to this organization.