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Esther E. Yeager

Esther E. Yeager of Accord and a life long area resident, passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at the Golden Hill Health Care Center. She was 102 years old. Esther was born on September 7, 1907 in South Hill, NY; she was the daughter of Herbert and Mabel V. (Brown) Phillips.

Esther graduated Ellenville High School and later attended Spencer’s Business College in Kingston. She worked as a Secretary for the Ulster and Sullivan County Hotel Association for 6 years before taking time off to start a family with her husband Sherman, who died in 1979.  

Esther was a founder of the cafeteria system for the Kerhonkson High School and had worked in the school cafeterias for the Rondout Valley School District for 32 years. She also moonlighted as a chef at the Casino Restaurant. 

Esther was a charter member of the Kerhonkson-Accord First Aid Squad. She was part of the first graduating class of certified EMTs in Ulster County. Esther was a member of the Ulster County EMS Council and the Ulster County Ambulance Association. She was a charter member of the Federated Church of Kerhonkson where she worshiped and taught Sunday school. When Esther wasn’t busy working or volunteering she enjoyed knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Esther is survived by her sons; Walter Yeager of Accord and Robert Yeager of High Falls, ten grandchildren, twenty four great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Esther was predeceased by her daughters Colleen Kaplan and Eileen Grajewski, her brothers Kenneth and Clarence Phillips, Sr., her sister Gladys Hendrickson and two great-great grandchildren.


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Patricia Clarke (Aguirre) - August 23rd, 2010 at 8:39am - Email
I remember Ms Esther in the cafeteria everyday at Kerhonkson Elem in the 1960's. She always had a smile!!! The work she did with the Kerhonkson_Accord First Aid Squad was legendary. She ttok care of my Grandmother on a run to NY where Marge Dix arrived after being diagnosed with Cancer , and brought her back to Ellenville Hosp. Just knowing Ms Esther was with my loved one made me feel secure, as she was in such loving and caring hands. God Bless all the family, she will be truly missed!!!

Fred Nelson (Pine Bush) - August 20th, 2010 at 5:11pm - Email
Walt: Sorry to see the passing of your mother. She really had a long life. Good to see people living that long. Hope you will have only good memories of your time together. Again my condolences to you and your family. Fred

Mary Rockwell - August 20th, 2010 at 8:25am - Email
Walter, I am sorry about your Mom Kerhonson lost a very special lady that did a lot for this little town. I'll miss her up there helping me. I loved when I would tell her story she would leason with her hole heart and sole and then she would laugh at me as she grabbed my hand. She alway made me smile. YOU WILL BE MISSED EATHER!!!

Natalie Buley - August 20th, 2010 at 7:56am - Email
My condolences go to the family. Esther was a sweat, open- hearted kind lady and will be missed. Natalie

kara mia kaplan seeley - August 19th, 2010 at 10:43am - Email
Grams, I will miss your stories and your energetic spirit. You will live on in all of us. Loveyou, Mia

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