Barbara Reger

Barbara D. Reger (Piehler)

Tuesday, September 30th, 1924 - Monday, August 19th, 2019
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Barbara Reger, long time resident of Putnam Valley, Passed away peacefully on August 19, 2019. She is survived by her daughter Trudy Oeckler and Son-in-law Ted Oeckler
She was born in Germany on September 30,1924 to Michael and Marie Piehler. She was the oldest of 13 children. She is survived by her sister Kathy Zimmermann and Annie Fickert and Brother Joseph Piehler amoung many nieces and nephews.
She loved life and lived it with much enthusiasm.

In Loving Memory of my Mother
This may be an intimate group, but be assured Mom, you were part of many people’s lives, many of whom are no longer here.

I heard a priest say, you have to sometimes think of the ironic side of life/death. I think it’s fitting that you are on the very top of the hill in the cemetery, under the old oak tree and overlooking all your relatives and friends. Perhaps they can gather at midnight and have a “Gaudi” (re-union?!)

When you (we, all five of us) came to this country in 12/1952 to Brooklyn, NY, you learned English by watching TV and Tante Resi, who was a very kind and gentle person, took us in and went way out of her way to accommodate us, God bless her soul. Several years later we moved to Peekskill and Tante Barbara of Orphan Annie’s Diner and Orphan Annie’s Lodge, was a very hard worker and had a giving heart. How lucky we were.

You were an excellent seamstress and cook. You also had many jobs: sewed, cooked, cleaned, loved gardening and growing flowers, an aid in a nursing home, you were a jack of all trades. You were very talented. Nothing was too hard for you. You always said, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” (P.S. – You spoiled us!)

You’ve had a hard life, seldom complained, but you enjoyed life and lived with enthusiasm.

In your later years you were always interested in watching TV segments about the universe and nature, feeding birds and church. You also always wanted to read and educate yourself.
I miss going walking and shopping with you, I’m so glad we took all those trips together and – God Bless You – T E D – for all the things you did for mom and all you put up with!!

You were in the nursing home over six years, which was not what we intended, but as we know, God has his own agenda. Remember, all you wanted, was to make it to the year 2000! (Be careful what you wish for) that goes to show us, “Man thinks, but God decides.” We had many good times and I loved your smiles and last but not least, again – T E D – you were the ‘wind beneath my wings’.

I want to especially thank my friends, who supported me through this difficult time, and those who listened to me, sometimes I vented too much. To (Joan, who literally lifted my spirits!) and all the wonderful new friendships I made at the nursing home.
Thank you Tante Anni for your help and the delicious cookies you baked, Tante Kathy who spent late nights in the hospital with me and mom.
(And the late but not forgotten Tante Traudy who sent my Uncle Franz late in the evenings to the hospital with food for me, for the many times mom was in the hospital), and Uncle Franz, for his never ending hospitality.

Thank you to the Church for arranging a mass and rosary every week, at the nursing home. I know that is comforting to the many residents. Special blessing will come to those who treated mom well in the nursing home, their job is not easy!! Thank you all very much.

Soar with the eagles and birds over the mountains and valleys mom and up to heaven…
As for me, I know the sun will never shine the same!

‘Till we meet again!
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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, August 30th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, August 30th, 2019 10:00am
    North American Martyrs Church
    55 Oscawana Lake Road
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    Church address; 55 Oscawana Lake Road, Putnam Valley, NY In Lieu of flowers Please send all donations to: OPERATION SMILE 3641 Faculty Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23453 Phone#- (888) 288-7139
  • Interment

    Assumption Cemetery
    1055 Oregon Road
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Timothy Blake

Posted at 05:50pm
Barbara, though our time as friends was short we had quite a connection. I will always remember you as a strong woman who let no one and nothing stand in your way. You were so proud of your daughter Trudy and always spoke so highly of your family. Though you are terribly missed I know you are with your family who went before you and you are in your perfect, heavenly body. No more suffering. Until we meet again you will always have a special place in my heart.

Nancy Schordine

Posted at 10:20am
Your mother was a kind, friendly person and I especially remember her warm, welcoming smile. She was talented and hardworking and had a lot of spirit. Her heart was kind and she cared about others with a softness for those in need. And most of all, she was committed to family and loved you and Ted dearly. Let the beautiful memories of her comfort you and stay with you always.

Posted at 10:58am
Barbara were such a beautiful woman and are truly missed. I loved walking into work and saying hello and you would light me up with your smile and kiss. I now consider you my guardian angel as you are to many. Your daughter Trudy is and was a wonderful daughter who loved you so much. You are missed by many but knowing you are at peace and in a beautiful place keep on smiling. Love and miss you so much😇

Virginia Pombo

Posted at 06:43am
Dear Trudy and Ted; I'll dearly miss Barbara. I have so many memories of the good times we shared. My favorite recollection is of the time Barbara and dressed like 'Twins' at Happy Hour. I hope that memories of the good times help you through this difficult time. God Bless. Love Always, Virginia

Marilyn Terman

Posted at 03:07pm
Dear Trudy and Ted - Elliott and I send our sincere condolences. I have fond memories of visiting with you and your mom in the good old days.

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