George T. Himberg
Ret. NYC fireman, 62
George T. Himberg lived in Long Eddy, NY, for the past 10 years. He died Sunday, May 17, 2009 after a very long illness connected to his service as a professional fireman.
He was proud to have attended Valley Forge Military Academy in Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam from 1964 to 1967 in Naval Support Activity. In 1969 he joined the New York City fire department until his retirement. He received two unit citations, one of which named him personally for his initiative in saving the life of a baby.
He was one of the first members of Ch. 32 Queens Viet Nam Veterans of America of which he was a life member. He testified at Congressional Hearings on Agent Orange to secure funds for affected vets. He was also part of a delegation representing the American vets in Australia and New Zealand. His list of achievements is too long to print. He was a life member of the VFW.
He will be remembered for his generosity and willingness (even when very sick) to help strangers in life-threatening situations. He saved many lives. His sense of humor was well-known.
He was preceded in death by his father, George T. Himberg Sr. in 1976, his wife Ann Marie in 1983, and a nephew, Michael, in 1994.
He is survived by his mother, Mary; his beloved friend, Therese Boucher; her children, Nathalie and Karen; her six grandchildren and especially Ricky and Kristiana Pena, with whom he had a special relationship. He is also survived by two sisters and brothers-in-law: Debra and Steve Nachman, Janice and Thomas Hildebrand, and two nieces: Hillary Nachman and Kelsey Hildebrand.
A Memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 10:30 at Sacred Heart R.C. Church in Queens. Private Burial in Pinelawn National Cemetery on July 21, 2009. Another Memorial Mass is planned for Long Eddy in the fall, date to be announced.
Florence Berberich Boxberger, 92
Florence Berberich Boxberger, 92, of Youngsville, NY, a retired secretary at Yaun Company in Liberty, NY, and a lifetime resident of the area, died Thursday, July 2, 2009 at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY.
The daughter of Carl and Edna Van Schoik Zieres, she was born February 6, 1917 in North Branch, NY. She was the widow of Albert C. Berberich and Irwin Boxberger.
She was a 69-year member of the Youngsville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the United Reformed Church of Youngsville.
Survivors include her children, Bruce Berberich and his wife Barbara of Crocus, Kty.; Aileen Berberich of Clifton Park, NY; step-children John Boxberger of Seattle, Wash.; Tom Boxberger and his wife Mary Ann of Watertown, NY; Carl Boxberger and his wife Adella of Durham, NC; and Carla Dworetsky of Youngsville; three grandchildren, Wayne Berberich, Melissa Trask, and Susan Skinner; eight step-grandchildren: John Boxberger, Anne Flaherty, Mark Boxberger, Adam Boxberger, Christina Boxberger, Robert Boxberger, Kathy Brown and Sherrie Barnicle; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Fred Zieres of Hopewell Junction, NY; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Edward Zieres; and by two step-children, Robert Boxberger and Ruth Ann Boxberger.
On Sunday, July 5, 2009, the Youngsville Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary held a memorial service following visitation at the Stewart-Murphy Funeral Home, Jeffersonville.
Funeral Services were held Monday, July 6, at the funeral home. Burial was made in Greenhill Cemetery, Youngsville, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to United Reformed Church of Youngsville, Youngsville, NY 12791 or to the charity of one’s choice.