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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Raymond Van Vlack

Raymond "Buz" Van Vlack

February 13, 1938 - January 15, 2021
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Obituary

Raymond Van Vlack, Jr., a lifelong local area resident, died on Friday, January 15, 2021 at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. He was 82.
Raymond was born in Poughkeepsie, New York on February 13, 1938 to the late Raymond and Helen (Hohlowski) Van Vlack. He was a graduate of Poughkeepsie High School. In 1958, Van Vlack’s Cleaners was founded by his father and mother and himself. His wife, Mary also helped run the business. His son, Raymond III later became a partner. He and his family ran Van Vlack’s Cleaners which was a successful business with several locations throughout the local area. He retired in 2016.
Raymond enjoyed using his woodworking skills to craft bird houses using recycled barnwood. His passion became a small business called “Antiques for the Birds”.
On November 19, 1955, Raymond married the love of his life, Mary Madonia, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Poughkeepsie. Mary survives at home in Highland.
Additional survivors include his son, Raymond Van Vlack, III & his wife Carol of Wappingers Falls; his daughter, Wendy Van Vlack & her wife Rhonda of Hopewell Junction; his grandsons, Jason and Zachary Van Vlack; his great granddaughters, Aaliyah and Gianna; his sister, Betty Rae Poppo; and many other family members & close friends.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 25, 2021 from 4pm - 6pm at the McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc., 1089 Main Street Fishkill. A prayer service will be conducted at 6pm immediately following the visitation. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with NYS guidelines related to COVID-19, face masks and social distancing are required and capacity may be limited.
Entombment at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery will be private.
Memorial donations in Raymond’s name can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org).
For online tributes, you can visit Raymond’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 25, 2021 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 25, 2021 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc.
    Address
    1089 Main Street
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
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  • Service

    Monday, January 25, 2021 | 6:00pm
    When
    Monday, January 25, 2021 6:00pm
    Location
    McHoul Funeral Home of Fishkill, Inc.
    Address
    1089 Main Street
    FISHKILL, NY 12524
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  • Interment

    Location
    Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery
    Address
    342 South Ave.
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12601
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Tina Hawkinson

Posted at 08:24pm
To Mary and Family,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family.

You are in our thoughts and prayers,
Pierrette Ruhland and family
Red Cap Cleaners.
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Stanley Lynn

Posted at 07:10pm
Stanley Lynn
My Family and I were Truly Blessed to have Buzzy in Our lives. The Compassion and Love He and His Wonderful Wife of 65 years Mary gave to My Family following the Death of My Father Kenneth Lynn cannot be measured. I know deep in My heart that the two of them are together watching over Us. I will miss His laughter, creativity, and friendship. I consider Myself fortunate to have known such a Man.
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Diane Sedore

Posted at 01:29pm
Mary
Jim and i are so very sorry for your loss. We have Fond Memories seeing you & Buss at the Diner, if you need anything do not hesitate to call
Diane Sedore
MD

Michael & Mary Anne Dalleo

Posted at 09:20am
With heartfelt condolences,
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Joe Tinkelman

Posted at 01:41pm
I've been been out of town for 45 years, but I still remember well how much my whole family loved Buzzy. He was among my parents', Norm and Helen Tinkelman's, best friends. He was among the kindest, funniest guys we knew when I was a kid. I still remember his van that carried stickers-- "Here Comes Buzz" on the front, and "There Goes Buzz" on the back. He could tell really cool stories about his football days. Rest in Peace, Buzzy. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, Ray III and loved ones.
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