Obituary: Edna M. Jungkurth, 89, of Gardiner, N.Y., formerly of Fairfield

Edna M. Jungkurth, age 89, of Gardiner, NY, previously of Fairfield, CT, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY, with her niece by her side.

Born on July 4, 1924, in New York, NY, she was the daughter of Roy and Anna (Coleman) Jungkurth. In recent years, she lived with her sister, Florence.

Surviving are one sister, Florence R. Santiago of Gardiner, NY, and many nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews. Edna was generous to a fault with three generations of nieces and nephews that she watched mature.

Edna was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Sister Vera Tuller, T.C.G.; her sister, Grace Stiers; and her three brothers: R. Gilmore, Henry, and Edward Jungkurth.

Edna was a dedicated preschool teacher. She thoroughly enjoyed all the children who passed through Tuller School in Fairfield, CT, for the 56 years she worked there.

Edna love dining out. She had a large collection of cookbooks and delighted in experimenting with different flavors. She also enjoyed cake decorating and many crafts.

She was an avid reader, reading everything from mysteries to Forbes magazine. In addition, she loved old movies, especially the old pre-color movies.

Edna loved the company of her family. Family gatherings were always filled with a variety of board games and jigsaw puzzles. Her wonderful sense of humor filled the room as she related personal anecdotes or laughed at the humor of others. Her keen mind made her a worthy opponent in games and made this an enjoyable holiday tradition.

Friends and relatives may call on Friday, August 23, 2013, from 2-4pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY. The funeral service will begin on Friday at 4:00pm at the funeral home with the Rev. Bette Johnson Sohm officiating. Cremation will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Donations may be made to Ulster County SPCA, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, NY 12401.

Funeral arrangements are by Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, N.Y. 12561. (845) 255-1212.

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