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Marilyn J.

May 2, 1935 – June 10, 2018

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Obituary for Marilyn J. Hermance

Marilyn J. Hermance, 83, of West Hurley, formerly of Hermance Lane, Ulster Park, passed away while in the comforting presence of her family early Sunday morning, June 10th of 2018 at HealthAlliance Hospital, Broadway Campus.

Marilyn was born in Middletown, NY on May 2nd, 1935, a daughter of the late Raymond and Reah (Crotty) Goble. In 1957, she married Louis (Bill) W. Hermance at Sacred Heart Church in Esopus. Together they owned Hermance Gardens in Ulster Park.

She was a graduate and valedictorian of Middletown High School, and a graduate of SUNY New Paltz where she earned her degree in teaching in 1957. Marilyn began her career as a teacher for over 35 years, spending most of her long career at the Port Ewen School, now the Robert Graves Elementary School. Her longtime teaching career also included assignments at both Sophie Finn and George Washington Elementary Schools. She loved to teach and tried to bring out the best in everyone.

She was a member of the Town of Esopus United Methodist Church, where she was also a former board member, and a volunteer for the church's annual Apple Festival.

Marilyn truly enjoyed traveling especially on cruises with her special friend and partner Dick Kingston, and visiting Cape Cod with her family, especially her grandchildren who were paramount in her life. She also enjoyed painting and angels, loved fried dough, collecting scarves, and was a founder of The Kid's Garden Club in Ulster Park.

Marilyn always cared for others first, above herself. She enjoyed good conversation with family, friends, and even strangers, making friends anywhere she was. She especially loved reminiscing about her childhood. Marilyn was dedicated to keeping fit by attending the local gym, which she continued until her passing.

She is survived by her son, Thomas W. Hermance, and his wife Jamy, of Ulster Park, her daughter, Judy A. Snyder, and her husband James R., of West Hurley, one sister, Cathy Berger of Ulster Park, four grandchildren, Graham Hermance, Cyndi Snyder, Nate Snyder, and his girlfriend Heather, Loukas Hermance, one brother-in-law, Jack Hermance, nephews Scott and Travis Hermance, and his fiance Claudia, and her beloved cat, Tiger Lily, and many other cousins, nieces and nephews and dear friends, who she considered family.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband Louis, who died in 1986, a brother-in-law Bob Berger, a niece Mary Ann Berger, and her in-laws Henry L. and Mary Hermance.

The family will receive friends at the Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home, 339 Broadway, Ulster Park on Sunday, June 17, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

The memorial service will be held 10:30 am on Monday at the Town of Esopus United Methodist Church, 151 W. Main St, Port Ewen. Inurnment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Marilyn's memory to either: Town of Esopus United Methodist Church, PO Box 699, Port Ewen, NY 12466 or American Cancer Society

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First Visitation

When Sunday, June 17th, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilpatric-VanVliet Funeral Home
339 Broadway
Ulster Park, NY 12487
Additional Information Memorial Visitation

Memorial Service Information

Monday, June 18th, 2018 10:30am
Pastor John Senkewich
Town of Esopus United Methodist Church
151 West Main Street
Port Ewen, NY 12466

Interment Information

Monday, June 18th, 2018
St. Mary's Cemetery
322 Foxhall Ave
Kingston, NY 12401


  • United Methodist Church

Memorial Program

We have provided a digital copy (PDF) of the Memorial Program that we supply at the time of the service. To Download this file please click the filename below. Marilyn J. Hermance - Memorial Program
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