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Jean (Wenzel) Bell
B: 1950-12-23
D: 2015-02-24
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(Wenzel) Bell, Jean
Elsa Reissler
B: 1918-09-19
D: 2015-02-22
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Reissler, Elsa
Josephine Gallagher
B: 1941-04-14
D: 2015-02-20
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Gallagher, Josephine
Philip Sullivan
B: 1928-12-30
D: 2015-02-18
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Sullivan, Philip
Thomas McPherson
B: 1956-10-06
D: 2015-02-18
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McPherson, Thomas
Gerald Tierney
B: 1936-05-01
D: 2015-01-27
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Tierney, Gerald
Patricia Turco
B: 1933-02-10
D: 2014-12-13
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Turco, Patricia
Michael Knowles
B: 1968-04-16
D: 2014-12-07
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Knowles, Michael
Fred Schiskie
B: 1944-03-30
D: 2014-12-04
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Schiskie, Fred
William Carson
B: 1947-02-07
D: 2014-11-27
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Carson, William
Issa Almasalmeh
B: 1946-04-06
D: 2014-11-21
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Almasalmeh, Issa
Stephen Brooks
B: 1951-05-02
D: 2014-11-11
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Brooks, Stephen
Margaret Wolter
B: 1920-03-09
D: 2014-10-29
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Wolter, Margaret
Bonita Bryant
B: 1946-06-28
D: 2014-10-19
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Bryant, Bonita
Andrew Hamilton
B: 1952-05-17
D: 2014-10-17
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Hamilton, Andrew
Timothy Ruzzo
B: 1957-11-28
D: 2014-10-07
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Ruzzo, Timothy
Pauline Timbrouck
B: 1920-07-09
D: 2014-10-02
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Timbrouck, Pauline
Steven Eggleston
B: 1961-05-25
D: 2014-08-16
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Eggleston, Steven
Gerard Dempsey
B: 1947-05-01
D: 2014-08-09
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Dempsey, Gerard
Ismael Velazquez
B: 1922-06-17
D: 2014-08-02
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Velazquez, Ismael
Harold Lemister
B: 1951-03-05
D: 2014-07-30
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Lemister, Harold

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Welcome

The Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home is an independent, family-owned and operated funeral and cremation service for all faiths, denominations and cultures. As a trusted funeral home in the Port Ewen and Kingston area for over 140 years, we are proud of the many testimonials which reflect our commitment to providing professional, dignified service to families who entrust their loved one to our compassionate care.

Our meticulously maintained funeral home features on-site parking leading to one floor for easy access into an interior designed to provide a comforting, home-like ambiance. We utilize advanced technology to produce online video tributes and obituaries, and offer an on staff Certified Funeral Celebrant for those who prefer a non-religious, personalized tribute designed to reflect the personality and life-style of their loved one.

Prearrangements held by another funeral home are easily transferrable to our funeral home, simply contact us to facilitate the transfer.

When the need arises to contact a trusted funeral home, call us day or night: 845 338-1200

"We are here for you...and your family"

Harry VanVliet IV, CFSP, Funeral Director, Certified Funeral Celebrant

News & Events
2014-09-26
During the annual Esopus Fall Festival this Saturday, September 27, 2014, there will be numerous activities in town including at the Esopus United Methodist Church, Port Ewen Library, and Giant Yard Sale at the Esopus Town Hall, Broadway, Port Ewen, NY. As a festival supporter and Esopus community funeral home, we will again invite festival-attendees to stop by and tour our funeral home, learn about our 140+ year history, or just stop by to say Hello. ~ Harry VanVliet IV, Funeral Director
2014-06-13
The Tugboat Trail, Broadway, Port Ewen &amp; Ulster Park, Esopus, NY is officially open! The 2014 tugs have been &quot;moored&quot; along the east and west sides of Rt 9W in Port Ewen for their summer display! The 2014 Tugfest Auction will have a new "Port of Call" for 2014! The Tugfest and Tugboat Auction will be held at The Headless Horseman Hayride and Haunted House 778 Broadway, Rt 9W, Ulster Park, NY
2014-05-25
150 Services a Funeral Director Provides: 1. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. 2. No extra charges for holidays, weekends or after normal business hours. 3. Provide and maintain facilities necessary for all services. 4. Provide for security of deceased. 5. Keep all information confidential. 6. Receive death calls. 7. Provide details of steps to be taken after death notification. 8. Obtain release of remains. 9. Transfer deceased from place of death to funeral home. 10. Take custody and inventory personal effects of deceased. 11. Embalm remains when requested. 12. Perform restorative art procedures when necessary. 13. Perform alternative preparation when no embalming. 14. Hold body without any preparation when required. 15. Coordinate with organ/tissue bank for donation. 16. Meet with physician or hospital to obtain signed death certificate. 17. File death certificate with proper government agency. 18. Obtain burial, cremation or transit permit. 19. Provide family with transportation to funeral home to make arrangements. 20. Meet with family at home to make arrangements, if requested. 21. Return deceased’s personal effects to family. 22. Provide family with government forms required for arrangement conference. 23. Obtain vital statistics needed for legal documents. 24. Advise family on any legal decision that must be considered. 25. Maintain funeral records as required by law. 26. Explain and provide final disposition options. 27. Explain religious and cultural options and requirements. 28. Explain and provide service and funeral options. 29. Assist family in planning meaningful funeral. 30. Assist family in planning meaningful memorial service. 31. Assist family in planning alternative service. 32. Contact and coordinate with clergy. 33. Explain military options. 34. Contact and coordinate with military. 35. Explain service options for fraternal/special group. 36. Contact and coordinate with fraternal/special group. 37. Obtain information for death notice. 38. Write death notice and submit to newspaper. 39. Obtain information and photograph for obituary. 40. Write and submit obituary to newspaper. 41. Advance or guarantee cost of death notice/obituary 42. Assist family with flower selection. 43. Order flowers for family, if requested. 44. Provide guidance for writing eulogy. 45. Provide photo boards/easels. 46. Assist family in arranging photo board. 47. Offer video tribute option. 48. Receive photos and music requests for tribute video. 49. Produce tribute video/DVD with music. 50. Provide equipment to play tribute video. 51. Ensure video is played at proper time. 52. Provide casket display. 53. Assist family in casket selection. 54. Provide vault display. 55. Assist family in vault selection. 56. Provide and display urn selection. 57. Assist family in urn selection. 58. Provide register book and memorial card selections. 59. Assist family in selection of register books/memorial cards. 60. Print memorial card and register book information pages. 61. Restock memorial cards and register book pages during services. 62. Provide memorial donation envelopes for charities. 63. Provide Mass cards. 64. Provide Mass card and donation cardholders. 65. Assist guests in filling out donation and Mass cards. 66. Print extra memorial cards, if necessary. 67. Provide religious symbols. 68. Explain cemetery options and rules. 69. Assist family with cemetery selection. 70. Contact and coordinate with cemetery. 71. Order last-minute items, such as a tent. 72. Explain crematory options and rules. 73. Contact and coordinate with crematory. 74. Explain veterans’ benefits. 75. Complete veterans’ forms for death benefits. 76. Obtain flag for veterans. 77. Complete and send forms for Social Security benefits. 78. Complete insurance forms, when required. 79. Provide clothing for deceased. 80. Clean and press clothing provided by family. 81. Dress deceased. 82. Cosmetize deceased. 83. Provide dressing of hair for deceased. 84. Provide nail care for deceased. 85. Place deceased in casket and make presentable for visitation. 86. Place casket in visitation room in proper manner. 87. Arrange visitation room for wake, calling hours. 88. Meet with families for first visitation. 89. Make adjustments after first visitation. 90. Greet and direct guests to visitation room. 91. Assist guests with questions and special requests. 92. Provide guests with documentation of funeral attendance as needed for work time off. 93. Answer telephone inquiries about visitation and/or funeral. 94. Receive and arrange flowers. 95. Photograph flowers, if requested. Give family flower cards. 96. Provide music system. 97. Provide selection of music. 98. Play music selected by family during visitation and funeral. 99. Complete automobile list for funeral procession. 100. Provide assistance to special groups holding service. 101. Make arrangements for funeral brunch, if requested. 102. Prepare visitation room for funeral or move deceased to chapel. 103. Arrange for police or private funeral procession escort. 104. Implement funeral service according to family wishes. 105. Recosmetize deceased on day of funeral, if necessary. 106. Meet with family before funeral to finalize details. 107. Arrange cars for funeral procession. 108. Coordinate with and assist clergy before funeral. 109. Coordinate with and assist special group(s) before funeral. 110. Coordinate with escort on day of funeral. 111. Supervise pallbearers. 112. Coordinate music for funeral service. 113. Provide transportation for pallbearers, if necessary. 114. Provide transportation for clergy, if necessary. 115. Close casket, ensuring family request for items left in, or remove from casket. 116. Provide transportation for family to church and cemetery. 117. Provide transportation for deceased. 118. Lead procession to church. 119. Ensure proper parking at church. 120. Coordinate church service. 121. Ensure correct grave or crypt is opened. 122. Ensure vault is delivered and installed at cemetery. 123. Transport and arrange flowers at cemetery/crematory. 124. Lead procession to cemetery/crematory. 125. Fulfill special family requests for procession, such as passing by home or workplace. 126. Supervise cemetery/crematory service. 127. Present flag if military detail is not present. 128. Act in place of clergy, if necessary. 129. Ensure that vault cover is sealed correctly. 130. Provide cemetery with burial/cremation permit. 131. Deliver cash advances to church/cemetery. 132. Provide transportation to funeral breakfast, if necessary. 133. Deliver flowers not used in service to location designated by family. 134. Provide thank-you cards to family. 135. Assist family with monument purchase or inscription. 136. Secure initial certified copies of death certificate. 137. Secure additional certified copies of death certificate, as requested. 138. Retrieve cremated remains from crematory. 139. Retain cremated remains until family picks up. 140. Deliver cremated remains to family, when requested. 141. Assist family in final disposition of cremated remains. 142. Provide preneed planning 143. Provide options for preneed funding. 144. Ensure security of preneed funds. 145. Provide long-term security for preneed records. 146. Assist with Medicaid spend-down details. 147. Facilitate return of deceased from out of town. 148. Facilitate transportation of deceased to out-of-town location. 149. Provide aftercare support. 150. Provide payment options. Distributed with permission: Ralph L. Klicker, Ph.D., licensed funeral director and founder/president of Thanos Institute.
2013-12-14
For several decades, our funeral home was located on lower Broadway, next to St. Mary&#039;s Church, in Kingston, as the Gilpatric-Murphy Funeral Home, where hundreds of families were compassionately served. With our move in 2012 to 339 Broadway, Port Ewen (next to BOCES), we transferred with us hundreds of files bearing the names of families previously served by funeral director emeritus and former owner Jim Gilpatric. For those families previously served, we offer to compose a a digital &quot;Book of Memories&quot; for their loved one(s) on our innovative, interactive website using information in our files. This memorial page will be a place for many to visit, leave or view condolences, and upload and view photos. We offer this as a sign that we continue to be there for you and your family. If interested, or you have questions about this offer, or not sure that we may have previously served your family, contact us at Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home: (845) 338-1200 or email: harry@gvvfh.com Who remembers our former location, operated for decades as the Gilpatric-Murphy Funeral Home, 176 Broadway, Kingston (next to St. Mary&#039;s Church)? Literally hundreds of Kingston area families were served from this landmark building by the Murphy and Gilpatric family of funeral directors. — at 176 Broadway, Kingston, NY.
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Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home

339 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY 12487
Phone: (845) 338-1200
Fax: (845) 338-2979
Email: info@gvvfh.com
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