It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Brother John Juhren. John joined the Schenectady AOH in 1979 and has served as Division President as well as many other offices within the Division. He was NYS AOH District #1 Director and for many years served as the Upstate New York Coordinator for Project Children. John was a member of the Schenectady Major Degree Team, a position in which he took great pride. In addition, John was a National Life Member in the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
A wake will be held at Gleason Funeral Home, 730 State Street, Schenectady, on Thursday, February 22nd, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. A Hibernian Service is scheduled for 6:30 PM. A Mass will be celebrated at St. John the Evangelist Church, 806 Union Street, Schenectady, on Friday, February 23rd, at Noon.
Please keep the Juhren family in your prayers.
Katherine M. ‘Kitty’ Geissler, a longtime resident of Tarrytown died February 18, 2018 at the age of 105. Kitty was born in County Limerick, Ireland on November 4, 1912. She was the daughter of James and Hannah Ring Bagnell. She immigrated to the United State in 1930 and married George R. Geissler on October 7, 1942.
In 1938, Kitty joined the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division #9 in Port Chester. The family moved to Tarrytown in 1951 and she joined the Division #11 which has since been named in her honor. Through the years she has served on every level of office including 10 consecutive terms as President. On the County level she also held many offices including that of President. She is well known throughout Hibernian circles and has been a delegate to most of the New York State and National Conventions. For several years she was a delegate to the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. She was an active member of the Irish American Association of Westchester, The Catholic Daughters, Ladies of Charity, Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Tarrytown Senior Citizens. She was a parishioner of Transfiguration Church and a member of their Women’s Club.
In 1979 Kitty was honored by the American Irish Association of Westchester County for her many charitable works on behalf of senior citizens, the sick and the infirmed, cancer patients, the mentally challenged and the Missions. At that time she was the first A.I.A. Irish Woman of the Year. In 1986, Kitty was Aide to Grand Marshal Patrick Grimes in the Yonkers St. Patrick’s Day parade and in 1988 Aide to Grand Marshal Bill Burke in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In 1997, Kitty was the first Grand Marshal of the Sleepy Hollow St. Patrick’s Parade. Kitty’s dedication and good works were recognized by the L.A.O.H. when she was awarded the first Mother Teresa award by the organization. Kitty was a dedicated Hibernian with numerous contributions, respected community member, proud mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She is truly a model of Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity who was dedicated to live and work with our Motto.
Kitty is survived by her daughters Alice Koraca and Mary Brady both of Tarrytown. She is also survived by her 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband George, her son George, her son-in-law Ralph Brady, her daughter-in-law Mary Geissler and her brother William Bagnell.
Visitation will be at Coffey Funeral Home on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 5PM to 9PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in Transfiguration Church on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:00 AM with interment to follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Valhalla, New York.
Coffee Funeral Home
91 North Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Church of the Transfiguration
268 South Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Each year, the New York State Board of the Ancient Order of Hibernians awards a scholarship for college study. The amount of the award depends on the number of qualified candidates, as well as the availability of the funds. The typical scholarship award is $750 per year for four years—a total of $ 3,000. This scholarship is intended for 2018 high school graduates who will be matriculating freshman in college in September 2018.
THE NEW YORK STATE AOH SCHOLARSHIP IS COMPETITIVE AND THE AWARD IS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
1. The parent or guardian of the recipient must be a Major Degree member in good standing of any AOH or LAOH Division in New York State.
2. The parent or guardian must maintain membership in their respective division of the AOH or LAOH for the term of the scholarship.
3. Each year, the recipient must provide evidence of satisfactory academic performance during the term of the scholarship by submitting to the Scholarship Chairman a transcript of grades received from the previous academic year.
THE SELECTION OF THE WINNING APPLICATION WILL BE BASED UPON THE FOLLOWING:
1. A positive recommendation by your parish priest.
2. Results of the SAT Math and SAT Verbal test scores.
3. AOH Scholarship Test Results. This is a test of the applicant’s knowledge of Irish History. This test will consist of multiple choice questions and an essay whose emphasis will be on Irish History. The test will be supervised by the Division President or a member chosen by the Division President.
4. No member can supervise the giving of the exam if they have a child that is applying for the scholarship.
THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED BY APRIL 2, 2018.