Philipstown Obituaries

John Kreyling

John Kreyling (1933-2017)

John J. Kreyling, 84, of Inverness, Florida, and formerly of Garrison, died Sept. 14, 2017, in Lecanto, Florida. He moved to Inverness from Garrison in 2006.

John was born Feb. 1, 1933, in New York City, the son of Conrad and Josephine Kreyling. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he was self-employed in property maintenance and construction. John loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. His wife, Cynthia, died in 2008.

Survivors include his daughter Laura Gaisser (David) of Gainesville, Florida; son Joseph Kreyling (Carmella) of Hawley, Pennsylvania; sister Patricia Melinsky of Port St. Lucie, Florida; brother Conrad M. Kreyling III of Middle Island, New York; five grandchildren (Michael, Melissa and Richard Gaisser and Joseph and Jack Kreyling); step-granddaughter Jessica Garcia; two great grandchildren (Eveangeline Gaisser and Sophia Kreyling); and three step great grandchildren (Antonio, Alyssa and Isabella Garcia).

A funeral mass will be offered at 10 a.m. on Sept. 26 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness. Interment with military honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Eleanor Krieger (1928-2017)

Eleanor Krieger, 89, of Cavendish, Vermont, died on Sept. 20, 2017, after a long illness. Among her survivors is a daughter, Elizabeth Regele, of Garrison.

She was born Aug. 15, 1928 in Waterbury, Connecticut, the daughter of John and Margaret (Prediger) Day. She received her RN degree at St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, where she met her husband of 61 years, James, in the coffee shop. In retirement the couple split their time between Vermont and Florida until Jim’s death in 2012.

Besides her daughter Elizabeth Regele (Joe), Eleanor is survived by her children John Krieger (Kathy) of Danbury; Robert Krieger of Cobbs Creek, Virginia; Marion Diunizio (Mark) of Chester, Vermont; Paul Krieger (Sue) of Herndon, Virginia; Nancy Black (Gordon) of Cornish, New Hampshire; and Barbara Ronan (George) of Gloucester, Virginia, as well as 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in Proctorsville. Memorial donations may be made to The Alter Society of the Church of the Holy Name of Mary, 7 Depot St., Ludlow, VT 05149 or Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, 366 River St., Springfield, VT 05156.

Jane McMahon

Jane McMahon

Jane Marie McMahon, 91, of Delmar, died Sept. 19, 2017 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s in Albany after a yearlong illness.

Born in the Bronx, she was the daughter of William and Fawn Shine. She was a graduate of Briarcliff High School and received a bachelor’s degree from Good Counsel College in White Plains in 1948. After college she worked at several local radio stations, including in the programming department of WFAS in White Plains.

After a pause to raise her four sons and one daughter, she embarked on a journalism career of more than 20 years. She started in 1969 with the Putnam County Courier. Her first feature was on the filming of the musical Hello, Dolly! in Garrison, for which she interviewed director Gene Kelly.

She joined the Reporter Dispatch as a full-time reporter in 1971, where she served a number of editorial roles, including police reporter, city editor and lifestyles editor.

On Sept. 8, 1951, she married Edmund J. McMahon of White Plains. She lived in Cortlandt before moving in 1966 and then retired in 1990 to the Westville, where she continued to write freelance articles for publications including the quarterly magazine Kaatskill Life and the daily Oneonta Star. She moved in 2002 to Cobleskill and in 2009 to Delmar.

Warned by doctors early in her marriage that she would never be able to have children of her own, she is survived by 39  descendants, including sons Edmund McMahon (Joan) of Delmar, Peter McMahon of Patterson, Robert McMahon (Elizabeth) of Alexandria, Virginia and Christopher McMahon of Delmar; daughter Patricia Houser (Steven) of Carmel; 15 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, William Shine of Great Neck.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 22 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Delmar, with interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Cooperstown. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hurricane Relief Efforts of Catholic Relief Services (

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