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Walter Friedlander

Dr. Walter Friedlander, a life long resident of Kerhonkson, NY died February 15, 2011 at Kingston City Hospital. He was 63 years old. Walter was born of September 4, 1947 in Monticello, NY; he was the son of Remedios (Castro) Friedlander and the late Abraham Friedlander. 

Walter was a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and worked for the United States Department of Agriculture. He had a passion for tennis and was a member of the United States Tennis Association. Walter was an animal lover and was in his glory when he was watching, feeding and studying birds. He will be missed by his many companion animals that shared his life including Molly, Stella, Sam and Buddy. Walter was a history buff; he enjoyed learning about the history of Kerhonkson and learning about his heritage. Walter served in the 156th FA, New York State National Guard from 1969 through 1972.

In addition to his wife, Valerie at home and his mother, Remedios of Kerhonkson, Walter is survived by his son David of Kerhonkson, his brothers, Lester Friedlander of Pennsylvania, Barry Friedlander and his wife, Merle of Parksville, and Glenn Friedlander and his wife, Zairen of Kerhonkson. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews. Dr. Walter Friedlander, a life long resident of Kerhonkson, NY died February 15, 2011 at Kingston City Hospital. He was 63 years old. Walter was born of September 4, 1947 in Monticello, NY; he was the son of Remedios (Castro) Friedlander and the late Abraham Friedlander.


 Walter was predeceased by his brother, Richard.


Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, February 19 at H. B. Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson. A Funeral Service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday the 20th at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Kerhonkson synagogue Cemetery, Kerhonkson.


In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in  Walter’s name to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 424 East 92nd St., New York, NY 10128 or the National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10014.

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Louis Stuhl - February 23rd, 2011 at 5:15pm - Email
Dear Friedlander family, The word just reached me a day or two ago. My deepest condolences to all of you. While we didn't see each other often, I always enjoyed seeing Walter, Aunt Ramy, and all of you. I will miss Walter as much as I miss Richie, which is a lot. Love, cousin Louis Stuhl

Jill and Estelle Konviser - February 22nd, 2011 at 10:43am - Email
Valerie, David, Remy, Glenn, Lester, Barry, We were so so very sorry to hear about Walter. We have not stopped talking or thinking about him and you since we heard and we extend our heartfelt condolences. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Remy, we tried calling you a few times in Kerhonkson and will try again. All our love, Jill and Stell, Bill, Sonya and Clare.

George Johnson & family - February 20th, 2011 at 12:35pm - Email
We are sorry to hear of Walter's passing. Lester, Barry and Glenn please accept our deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you today. I will never forget the good times we all shared when growing up in Kerhonkson.

Doug Lenard - February 20th, 2011 at 5:55am - Email
Dear Valerie, David, Marlene and Friedlander Family, Sending my heartfelt sympathies to all of you. My clearest memory of Walter is from the summers of '67-'69 when he would offer mature and sensible advice to the neighborhood kids while we were engaged in our childhood antics. For me, he was a big brother just looking out for us and our safety. I am sure that is the man he continued to be. May you find, have and hold the needed peace in missing him. Love, Doug

Arthur Gatto - February 19th, 2011 at 10:30pm - Email
Dear Valerie and David, The shock of doc"s passing will forever be with me.Make no mistake his passing has saddened even the worst critics.He was my supervisor for many years during some hard times.He always made a bad day become good.I could tell you a lot about all the good times we shared but there is not enough room in this text.I can hardly write anything more thru the tears.You have a lot to be proud of and he will always be in my prayers.I am a better person for knowing him and i enjoy seeing him again some day. Be well and remember the good times.

Joanne Trowbridge Andrews - February 19th, 2011 at 3:54pm - Email
To the Friedlander Family, It has been quite a few years since I had a chance to talk with Walt at a high school reunion. He was instrumental in putting that one together and it was great to see him again. So sorry for the loss to your family.

John Nielsen - February 19th, 2011 at 3:20pm - Email
I was very sorry to learn of Walter's passing. I was a high school and college friend and will remember all of our times together as college roommates and friends. Sincerely, John Nielsen

Doug Mackenzie - February 19th, 2011 at 2:25pm - Email
Valerie, David and Family, I want to wish you my sincerest condolences for your loss. I have many fond memories of Walter. He was a very kind man and I very much enjoyed his company when I would hang out at your house growing up. He will be truly missed by the many who knew him. I trust you hold on to the many great memories, and that these memories will provide you with a source of comfort in this time of loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers and I wish you all the best during this difficult time. Doug Mackenzie

Mel and Elaine Tapper - February 19th, 2011 at 1:25pm - Email
We were shocked and saddend to hear about Walter. Walter and I have known each other over 55 years. We grew up together. We played in band together, we went to each other's Bar Mitzvahs,we went to each other's weddings. Our parents were friends. He was a great guy, full of life. Even though we weren't that close in recent years, he will be sorely missed and never forgotten. Mel & Elaine Tapper

Suzanne (Johnson) Ankrom - February 19th, 2011 at 1:12pm - Email
Lester, Barry, and Glenn, Sorry to hear about Walter. I remember all our baseball games and sledding on the hill when we were kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please tell your mom, that my mom, Helen is thinking of her at this difficult time.

Dot Hansen Jonescu - February 19th, 2011 at 10:41am - Email
Dear Valerie and Family, My deepest sympathies are with you at this time. Walter was a wonderful person and will be missed by all. Sincerely, Dot

Natalysse Stein-Heil - February 19th, 2011 at 9:57am - Email
Valerie and David I am so sorry for your loss. Walter was a great man. He will be missed. I can imagine the loss you both are feeling but always remember he will always be with you in your hearts and with us in our prayers. I love you both.

Rick Lisano - February 18th, 2011 at 9:15pm - Email
When one thinks of Dr. Friedlander many thoughts, come to mind, most of all how he was a happy, kind and gentle man, always with a smile and a joke to tell. I will always remember the dinners we shared and the lively conversation. He never let anything get the best of him and enjoyed life. May Gods love and peace comfort his family and friends.

Skip Leighton - February 18th, 2011 at 8:55pm - Email
Dear Valerie, David, and the entire Friedlander family. I have some of my dearest memories coming through vet school with Walter and our various trips together. He was a gentle man with a big heart and we always talked of getting back together to relive the old days. I can't tell you how upsetting it was to learn of his passing and I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you all.

Cathy Gwinn - February 18th, 2011 at 7:51pm - Email
To the Friedlander family: I was saddened to hear of Dr. Friedlander's passing. May shared memories bring you comfort now and a smile in time. My deepest sympathy, Cathy from the District Office

Cindy Hunt - February 18th, 2011 at 7:05pm - Email
To Mrs. Friedlander, and family: Please accept my sincere condolences,and prayers. May you find comfort in GODS love. Dr. Friedlander will be missed by so many of us that worked at the USDA. I worked in the District Office, so I didnt often get to see him, but he was always very nice to me, and kind.

Jacqueline Brodsky - February 18th, 2011 at 6:59pm - Email
Dr. Friedlander has been my supervisor for many years.I have many fond memories of him finding humor in so many FSIS issues we worked on. I will forever miss those days.He will certainly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Len Brodsky - February 18th, 2011 at 6:17pm - Email
My most sincere condolences.As my immediate supervisor Doc has given me invaluable guidence and always jovial and pleasent to be with.

Brian and Maureen Macdonald - February 18th, 2011 at 5:34pm - Email
Our deepest sympathies to the family. Dr Friedlander was a kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor who will be missed by all.

Linda Fite - February 18th, 2011 at 3:40pm - Email
To all who loved him, and there were so many -- especially Valerie and David -- my most sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. The world has lost one of the truly "good ones," and we are all the poorer for it. Love, Linda

Keri Lupo, DVM - February 18th, 2011 at 2:58pm - Email
If I were to write down all of the things I learned from you Doc, the list would certainly encircle the globe. Whether it be interesting information about the Philippines or trivial tidbits about bluebirds, there wasn't anything that you didn't know something about. It was fascinating to hear how much knowledge you actually possessed, and I frequently asked myself, "How could one man remember all that!?" Always smiling, always in a good mood, you were a pleasure to be around. I am sure that wherever you are right now you are telling a story or cracking a joke. You will be missed my dear friend!!! To Valerie and David and Family-my heart goes out to you for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Claude & Holly Osterhoudt - February 18th, 2011 at 1:47pm - Email
Dear Valerie & Family, So sorry about Walter, He did alot for us, we will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bill Smith - February 18th, 2011 at 1:44pm - Email
My deepest condolences go out to Walter's entire family. I had the pleasure of playing on Walter's tennis team about 20 years ago and always enjoyed playing with him and the group of terrific guys he assembled. Although I had not seen him in quite a while I often think back on those days and the conversations we used to have and smile. Surely the world was a better place with Walter in it.

David & Cathy Ruzbasan & family - February 18th, 2011 at 1:00pm - Email
Dear Valerie, David & family, Our deepest condolences on your loss. Doc was a dedicated integral member of our FSIS Team. He shared with us his spontaneous sense of humor, great knowledge, high standards and loyalty to his profession and co-workers. Doc will be profoundly missed.

Fern Stein - February 18th, 2011 at 8:48am - Email
Dear Valerie, David and family. I am so sorry to hear of Walters passing. He was always such a kind and entertaining man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Jonathan Wong - February 17th, 2011 at 11:59pm - Email
Dear David, Valerie & Family: I am very sorry for your loss. Walter was one of the nicest men ever. I will truly miss him. My thoughts are with you. Jonathan

Dr Henry Schlesinger DVM - February 17th, 2011 at 8:31pm - Email
I have known Walter and Lester for many years and have enjoyed knowing both in a Proefessional Capacity. He will be missed

Meiller Slaughterhouse Inc. - February 17th, 2011 at 6:46pm - Email
With deepest sympathy; Michael, Wayne, and Phyllis Meiller

Leo Hohmann - February 17th, 2011 at 2:42pm - Email
Sorry for the lose of Walt. Him and I played basketball together for many years and also a few rounds of golf. Always had a great time co/playing with and against Walt. My prayers are with you and your family. Leo Hohmann

Kathleen Conklin - February 17th, 2011 at 2:42pm - Email
Dear Valerie, I am so sorry for you loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Kate Kjome - February 17th, 2011 at 1:53pm - Email
Doc had the type of personality that made me think he'd live forever, and he certainly will in my memories of my time in his circuit in NY. He cared so much about the people he worked with. He told wonderful stories about those he cared about, including his son and wife, and Molly. He had so much passion for his family and tennis and animals, and he shared this with us so we couldn't help but be carried along with his enthusiasm. He told stories so you felt you were right there with him. I feel as though I know Valerie and David from these stories, even though I've never met them. You have my sincerest condolences. He impacted so many , and he will be missed tremendously by those who had the privilege to learn from and work with him. I like to think he's somewhere watching us reminiscing about him, and he's laughing that wonderful laugh. Can you hear him?

Charles and Janet Black - February 17th, 2011 at 1:44pm - Email
Valerie and David, We are so sorry for your loss. We will think of him often. Walt was a good friend. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

Gail Alecca - February 17th, 2011 at 1:31pm - Email
Dear Valerie and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are for you~~

Karen Groff - February 17th, 2011 at 1:13pm - Email
I met Dr. Friedlander only once, but that was all it took to realize what a special and gifted veterinarian he was. He will be sorely missed by all of us!

William Krapf - February 17th, 2011 at 10:39am - Email
Sorry to hear of Wally's passing. I spent many memorable times with him while working with him. He always spoke so well of his family. Bill Krapf USDA Retired

Carole M Smith - February 17th, 2011 at 9:50am - Email
Pleas accept my since sympathy in the passing o f Walter. A truly good person with love of others and fellow tennis players. He and my late Husband, Dick Smith, loved to banter-and talk tennis. Too soon to lose one so young. My prayers are with the Family.

Paul Cole - February 17th, 2011 at 8:37am - Email
To the Friedlander Family, I offer you my deepest condolences. I have known Walter for several years and has always been such a pleasant man and hilariously opinionated. We worked together in the USDA and I also had the pleasure of being trained by Lester when I joined 20 years ago.So Lester I am sorry for your loss and to the entire family he will be missed

Charlie & Terri Barbuti and Family - February 17th, 2011 at 8:11am - Email
Dear Barry, Merle and girls. So sorry to hear about you brother's death. Our thoughts are with you.

John Black & Family - February 17th, 2011 at 7:15am - Email
Dear Valerie and Family I use to work with Walter and felt that he was a very good and caring man. He was also very entertaining to be around. I'm so very sorry for your lose and Walter will be dearly missed by many many people. From the Black family we would like to offer our deepest condolences and we will keep your family in our prayers and I sure Walter will be watching over your family.

JULIE BARTLE - February 17th, 2011 at 6:20am - Email
Valerie and family- I am so sorry for your loss, I wish I could have done more that morning. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Julie

Beverly Schoonmaker Alfeld - February 16th, 2011 at 9:26pm - Email
So sorry to hear about Walter. We went to school together at Rondout. About a y ear ago, Walter and I talked about a book he wanted to write, as I have written two. We talked for several hours. What a shame he has left us so early. He will be missed. What a great guy! He and his family will be in my prayers. With affection, Bev

Scott Taylor - February 16th, 2011 at 8:18pm - Email
Valerie, David, and Family, How sorry to hear that Walter has passed away. Being on his Volvo USTA 4.5 team tennis in the mid 80s was how I got to know him, and what a blast it was!! I don't know if we liked the tennis the most or the rides to and from the tennis venues the best. We laughed and joked more than I can ever say or repeat. Amazingly, we won practically all our matches. Walter was such a person of history bringing up insane facts of history which more often than not, I knew were true. I often thought to myself, how did he know that? And, why did he bring that up right now? I think his last history question to me a couple months ago was, who were three presidents who got to that position who were not elected? Walter was a master story teller and a joy to be around. I will miss him. My prayers and thoughts are with you. With love and sympathy, Scott Taylor

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