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“Dear Mrs. Crist and Jeanne. Far to many years have passed since I have last visited with you. I often think of Harry Jr., your family, and the two...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Jim Farrell

“I was saddened to hear about the death of your beloved Harry, who I was very happy to call a friend at IBM. He, Ron Comstock, Walt Guenther, and I...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Victor Vitek

“Corny, so sorry for your difficult loss of Harry, and warmest wishes to hold you now. The extended family of WFJH will always be a support. Ann...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Ann Marie Mullen

“Dear Aunt Corny, Jeanne & Family, My husband and I live in Tafton, Pennsylvania. We've been here now 3 years. I didn't find out about Uncle Harry's...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Your Neice, Jo-Ann (McCue) Paige

“Dear Corny, Jeanne, Dale, Jason & Ryan : My deepest sympathies go out to you all. I have nothing but great memories of Harry. He has always been a...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Kimberly Puletz

“Dear Corny,Jeanne & Family, We were out of town and returned to hear about Harry's passing and wanted you to know our prayers and thoughts are with...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mary & Art Mulhall

“Dear Corny and family, So sorry to read about the passing of your husband. My deepest sympathies. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: rich nadeau

“Dear Mrs. Crist, Jeanne and Family, I think of you often and always remember Harry. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers....Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Colleen Burke Willisch

“Corny, You might not remember me but I sure remember you and your family. I worked with you at Wappingers Jr, High back in the 80's before moving...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Colean Gore

“Dear Corny, Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. Sincerely, Barbara & Chuck Deppe ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Chuck Deppe

“Corny and Family. I was so sorry to hear about Harry. He was sick a long time and I know how hard it has been having been there myself. My...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Pamela Turner

“Corny...I miss you dearly. Harry was such a nice and gentle man. I think of all the wonderful visits to my office over my 30+ years of practice.....Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Leonard Goldstein

“Dear Corny and Family, Peggy and I were saddened to hear of Harry's passing. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this time.If it would be...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Peg and Jack Mc Closkey

“Dear Corny, My prayers and thoughts are with you. Your friend Peggy Graham Eagan. ”
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Harry J. Crist


Harry J. Crist of Wappingers Falls formerly of Cornwall entered into rest Sunday February 22, 2009 at Wingate at Beacon. He was 80.

Son of the late Leroy and Mae Kenney Crist he was born in Newburgh, NY on November 25, 1928. After graduation from Cornwall High School he served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1950-52. Harry returned from the war and married his devoted wife Cornelia (Corny) O'Rourke on November 29, 1952. They were married for 56 years. Corny was a devoted caregiver and especially attentive to his needs in the last nine years.

Harry was an engineering technician with IBM in East Fishkill and retired in 1989 after 36 years of service. He was a member of the IBM Quarter Century Club.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and he will be remembered as a strong and devoted family man who always made time for his family and friends. He was a good and happy friend to many people and will surely be missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his wife, Corny survivors include his loving and devoted daughter Jeanne and her husband Dale Bradshaw and his two loving and devoted grandsons Jason and Ryan and their beagle Murphy who was Poppy's pride and joy. Harry always looked forward to spending time at Jeanne, Dale, Jason and Ryan's house in Gardiner, NY. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Charlotte Visentin of Wappingers Falls, his cousin James Todd and his wife Mary Ann and their family of Central Valley, NY and several nieces and nephews.

Harry was predeceased by his son Harry Crist, Jr. on December 2, 1987 and his brother Robert Crist in 2004.

Family will receive their friends on Tuesday February 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home, 55 East Main Street, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Burial of cremains in the family plot at St. Mary's Cemetery will be private

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Harry's name to St. Francis Hospital, 241 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 or Wingate at Beacon, 10 Hastings Drive, Beacon, NY 12508.

For directions to the funeral home or to send the family a personal condolence, please visit our website at www.StraubCatalanoHalvey.com.

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