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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
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Agnes Pontez

Agnes "Mikki" Pontez

Friday, July 16th, 1937 - Friday, November 29th, 2019
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The world is a little less interesting today …

Agnes Pontez of Millbrook, NY and Sarasota, FL, passed away peacefully last Friday evening, the 29th of November 2019. Born in New York City to James Doherty and Sarah Cotter Doherty on July 16th, 1937, she graced us all with unparalleled beauty, grace and wit for 82 glorious years.

Affectionately known as Mikki, she married her best friend Harold Pontez in 1950. Harold preceded her in death in April of 2002.

Agnes was fiercely independent and threw herself in to her family and work- in that order! The undisputed matriarch of her clan, she tirelessly raised her son Harold and daughters Cathy and LynnAnn. Tragically, Lynn was called away to the Lord last August. Never allowing for idle time, Agnes found her carefully honed skills to be of high value as she became indispensable in helping raise her grandchildren. The strength of her generous bond then further evolved in to caring for her latest charges: her great grandchildren!

Agnes would never be considered a shrinking violet and used her considerable energies to impart deep Irish roots to family and friends. An accomplished Irish Step Dancer, she blessed all of us with reels and jigs late into many hearty and hellish nights! Her sister Sarah Hitchen would frequently be seen at her side and this heavenly image remains burned into all of our minds to this day.

She had a professional side that should be the envy of our new #metoo generation. Agnes launched a thirty-seven-year career at IBM beginning in the 60s, working primarily at their East Fishkill facilities. Starting as an administrator, her career flourished quickly. Agnes’ tall, elegant frame, crippling charm and enviable street sense, quickly drew the attention of senior management. She became highly sought after, as most department heads wanted Mikki on their Team. Her retirement as a senior executive produced throngs of current and past associates, all eager to wish her well on her new journey.

It wasn’t long after that Agnes directed her energies to establishing her dream home in Sarasota, Florida. A spring visit became a much sought after invitation, as she developed her ‘home away from home’. Looking out at her picture perfect backyard, through swaying palms, she often regaled us with stories of furry and cold blooded friends that frequented her lake. She was indeed on a first name basis with most of them …!

Agnes is survived by her sister Sarah (Pat) Hitchen, her son Harold Pontez & wife Anne Owen, and daughter Cathy & husband Robert Stickle, sister-in-law Georgianna (Joni) Horboychuk and brother-in-law Thomas Pontez. Agnes is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Kristin Jackson, Ashley Parsley, Trevor Ellis, Holly Ellis, Abigail Owen-Pontez and Taylor Handke. Six great grandchildren were also the pride and joy of her life, while her many nieces and nephews touched her deeply as well.

Please join us in a celebration of her life and Christian burial. A gathering of the family will begin at McHoul Funeral Home in Hopewell Junction, this Wednesday, December 4th, from 3 to 7:00PM. A Catholic Mass will be held the following day, Thursday the 5th, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Millbrook, at 10:00AM. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
    895 Route 82
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    Please join the family for a reception following the calling hours at Blue Fountain Restaurant, 826 Route 376, Hopewell Junction, New York.
  • Service

    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, December 5th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Joseph's Church
    15 North Avenue
    MILLBROOK, NY 12545
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    Please join the family for a reception following the interment at Charlotte's Restaurant, 4258 Route 44, Millbrook, New York.
  • Interment

    St. Joseph Cemetery (Millbrook)
    MILLBROOK, NY 12545
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John & Amanda Filla

Posted at 03:38am
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Donna Lynn McDowell

Posted at 04:20pm
I so remember your Mother as a kind, generous, loving person. Who open her arms and home to me in my time of finding it hard growing up. Your family grew up next to my Uncle Ron and his family, and I got to know you all on a personal level. I am sooo sorry and heart broken for your families lose of your mom Cathy & Harold. GOD had his arms open and Mikki earned her wings to fly home. Lynn & Harold Sr are Aesthetic to see her once again. Again my heart felt sorrow to all.

Deborah Loftus

Posted at 09:38pm
I remember when, for several years, Aunt Patsy would drive Aunt Mikki up and down to her winter home in Sarasota because there was not way in heaven that Aunt Mikki would drive herself over any bridge. It terrified her. They would stop on the way up and down and spend the night. One night I cooked my mother's pork and rice and beans recipe. Aunt Mikki sat done declaring that she really wasn't hungry and didn't to eat much. Well! She loved the dish and darn near finished the whole pan on her own as we sat in amazement and watched as she enjoyed that wonderful meal.

Alice Hunter

Posted at 03:15pm
We are greatly saddened by Mikki's passing. She was a dear friend and Florida will not be the same without her. We enjoyed many lunches and small talk. She will be deeply missed. Our condolences are extended to her family that she so greatly cherished.

Alice Hunter & George Beane

Kelly Shields-Rhodes

Posted at 03:41pm
Aunt Mikki was a very special person and I am blessed to have known her for so long. She always made me laugh and always had a smile on her face. I will keep her and all of her family in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Love Kelly

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