Sandra Freyler (1948-2015)

Sandra M. Freyler, a lifelong Garrison resident, died on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at her residence; she was 66. Born in Cold Spring on Sept. 3, 1948, she was the daughter of the late John and Marie Lena (Bosco) Podgorny.

Sandie, as she was known to all, was a loving mother and devoted grandmother. She had a great love of animals and cherished both her two cats and two dogs. Her beloved cats in particular never left her side. She loved watching the birds from her window and fed them daily. She had a love of baking and baked many cakes and cookies with both her daughters and grandsons through the years, especially during Christmas, and she passed her love of baking on to each of them.

Freyler also enjoyed gardening and each year took pride in her gardens and flowers, and you could often find her outside with her gardening gloves on, happily planting. Later in life her greatest joy came from her two grandsons, Eddie and Will, and they were the light of her life. She was an honorary “grandma” to many children and each Christmas would crochet Christmas stockings for several of both Eddie’s and Will’s school friends over the years.

Freyler is survived by her two daughters, Melissa M. Harris and Michelle E. “Shelly” Kempter, both of Garrison, as well as her two grandchildren, Edward and William, and her son-in-law, Stephen Harris. She was also a beloved cousin and devoted friend, and her memory will be cherished by all of her family and friends both near and far.

Services will take place at the Clinton Funeral Home, at the corner of Parrott and Pine streets (21 Parrott St.) in Cold Spring, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. The Rev. Francis Geer will officiate. Private cremation will take place at the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the Clinton Funeral Home prior to services from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Donations may be made in Freyler’s name to the A.S.P.C.A. at

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