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Guinevere Ferris, Buchanan's First Female Trustee

Guinevere B. Ferris of Buchanan, N.Y., passed away on April 13, 2014.

Born in Montrose, New York on January 17, 1916 to parents Adrian D. Bogardus and the former Naomi M. Dyckman, her long line of Dutch ancestors include Staats Morris Dyckman, builder of Boscabel.

She attended local schools, graduating from Hendrick Hudson High School in 1933, where she was one of the first cheerleaders and a charter member of the National Honor Society.

On September 28, 1934, she married Edward C. Ferris, son of Peekskill florist Dean Ferris. Guinevere held several jobs, including secretary to local attorney James Dempsey and Town of Cortlandt Supervisor Grant. She became an LPN and was employed by Phelp's Memorial Hospital until her retirement in 1976.

She was Grange Lector & Head of children's Grange, Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader, started the first storybook hour at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library.

A longtime parishioner at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Peekskill, she had been a member of the Altar Guild, Lector, Sunday School teacher, Lay Reader, member of the choir and secretary of the Vestry.

She was a lifetime member of the Buchanan Ladies Auxiliary & past secretary, as well as a life time member of the Buchanan Senior Citizen's Club, serving as President & Secretary, chairing many anniversary dinners, & Sunshine Chairman for many years.

She holds the distinction of being the first elected woman trustee in the Village of Buchanan. She also served as a District Leader in the Town of Cortlandt, as well as working with Gov. George Pataki on Senior Citizen's issues.

In 2003, Guinevere was inducted into the Westchester County Senior Citizens Hall Of Fame for her long work and dedication. In September 2013, she was inducted as a New York State 40th Senate District Women of Distinction.

She is survived by daughters Nancy (Paul) Heineman of Port Orange, Florida, Adrienne (Mark) Pietras of New Windsor, NY, Guinevere "Wendy" (Douglas) McNeil of Wappingers Falls, NY, sons Edward (Judy) of Fredericksburg, VA, Jon (Mary) of Agawam, MA, granddaughters Darcie (Richard) Gallo of Hawthorne, NY, Honoré (Shane) Adams of Hawthorne, NY, Jenifer (Chris) Enke of Centereville, Va., Sabrina (Arthur) Esposito of Newburgh, NY, grandsons Christopher (Betsy) Ferris of Ipswich, MA, Jason (Lena) Ferris of Mt. Airy, NC, Ben (Ana) Ferris of Ludlow, MA, Michael Pietras of New Windsor, NY, Matthew (Kim) Pietras of Middletown, NY, Timothy (Lisa) Pietras of Plattakill NY and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brother, Adrian Duryea Bogardus in 1921 and her husband Edward C. in 1991.

Visitation will be at The Cortlandt Funeral Home in Verplanck on Thursday, 7-9 & Friday, 2-4 and 7-9. A Mass will be held Saturday at 10am at St. Peters Episcopal Church, Peekskill.

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