Long time New Paltz resident, Laura Dyer, age 100, died at her home at Woodland Pond on April 27th of natural causes.
Laura was born on September 5th, 1918 in Westtown, NY to Lewis Clark and Anna Martha Bosler. She was raised on the family farm in Sussex, NJ and graduated from Sussex High School. In 1939 she married Walter C. Dyer and in 1943 they moved to New Paltz.
She was a fulltime homemaker until 1960 when she began working at Lane-Sargent’s 5 and 10 cents store. From 1965 to 1979 she was the attendance secretary for the New Paltz Central School District. In addition to her daily attendance work she visited many homes in the New Paltz and Gardiner areas completing the school district’s census. For many families new to the area, she was one of the first people they met.
Laura was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and before moving to Woodland Pond, had a lawn and gardens that were admired by many. She was a member of the New Paltz United Methodist Church, the New Paltz Study Club and the New Paltz-Gardiner Senior Citizens Club. Although often appearing reserved, her kindness, sense of humor and wit endeared her to many.
Her husband, Walter, died in 1986, her parents, her beloved sister, Minnie, and her friend and companion, Nick Gusitsch, preceded her in death. She is survived by her children; Walter (Arlene) Dyer of Marlboro and Linda (Michael) Dyer Smith of Anchorage, AK, 5 grandchildren, David Dyer, Susie Noe, Beth Anne Phillips, Jessica McArt and Sean Smith and 7 (soon to be 8) great-grandchildren.
Friends may call on Saturday, May 11th from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Copeland Funeral Home, 162 South Corners Putt Road, New Paltz. Pastor Jennifer Berry will officiate funeral services beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. This will be followed by interment next to her husband, in the New Paltz Rural Cemetery, Plains Road, New Paltz.
The family would like to thank all those who loved and cared for Laura at Woodland Pond as well as her very special and loving friends, Kristina Savosh and Chris DeLape, as well as the community at Woodcrest Bruderhof in Rifton. Wherever she went she was greeted warmly by friends – a tribute to a life well lived.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Laura’s name be made to the United Methodist Church, 1 Grove Street, New Paltz, New York 12561.
Copeland Funeral Home is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
Online condolences for the family of Laura may be made by visiting www.copelandfhnp.com