Richard Kersten

Richard H. Kersten

Tuesday, May 9th, 1939 - Friday, April 26th, 2019
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Obituary

Richard H. Kersten, former longtime Pleasantville Village trustee, died peacefully in his home on Friday, April 26, after years of living with cancer. He was 79.
Born on May 9, 1939, in Summit, NJ, “Dick” graduated from Chatham High School, attended Princeton University, and received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Newark College of Engineering.
Dick married his high-school sweetheart, Doris, in 1964 and they were loving partners for 55 years. They settled in Pleasantville, NY, in 1969 when he started a job in Field Engineering with IBM. He enjoyed 29 years with IBM, connecting people with machines and systems. He was known for his problem-solving skills and excellent customer service.
Dick placed a high value on community, immersing himself in his role on the Village Board in Pleasantville for 19 years. In addition, he actively served as a Presbyterian Elder and as a member of Pleasantville Rotary Club. People speak of his kindness, energy, generosity, and interest in mentoring others.
Throughout his life, Dick has had a passion for kites, photography, skiing, hiking, and numerous construction projects (some unfinished). His zest for life encouraged him to take on one project after another, always with a “can do” attitude. In his later years, he led a more quiet lifestyle —consuming a mystery novel every day or two, perhaps adding a game of dominoes, and always enjoying his favorite butter-pecan ice cream, even up until his next-to-last day.
Dick leaves behind his loving wife, Doris; daughter Karen, son-in-law Doug Hellikson, and grandchildren Vera and Roy of Oakland, CA; son Ted and daughter-in-law Clare of Brooklyn, NY; sister Katherine Wallman of McLean, VA; sister-in-law Janet Huston of Scotia, NY; and many dear nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam. They also extend warm and loving appreciation to aides Vaughn and Richmond, whose steady, calm presence was a blessing.

Friends are invited to greet the family at Beecher Flooks Funeral Home, 418 Bedford Road, Pleasantville on Friday, May 17, 2:30-4:30pm and 6-8pm. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 18, 4pm, at Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Road, Pleasantville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dick’s name may be made to Pleasantville Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or to the Pleasantville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, PO Box 201, Pleasantville NY 10570. For online condolences and to view Dick’s Book of Memories, please visit beecherflooksfh.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 17th, 2019 | 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    When
    Friday, May 17th, 2019 2:30pm - 4:30pm
    Location
    Beecher Flooks Funeral Home
    Address
    418 Bedford Road
    PLEASANTVILLE, NY 10570
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, May 17th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, May 17th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Beecher Flooks Funeral Home
    Address
    418 Bedford Road
    PLEASANTVILLE, NY 10570
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 | 4:00pm
    When
    Saturday, May 18th, 2019 4:00pm
    Location
    Pleasantville Presbyterian Church
    Address
    400 Bedford Road
    PLEASANTVILLE, NY 10570
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Albert Singerman

Posted at 04:44pm
Dick was a dear friend of forty years and a neighbor in Pleasantville. He was energetic, always conjuring up his next project, and a kind man. He had a wry sense of humor which sometimes required knowing him well to appreciate. One day he was repairing the property next to my house and asked to rebuild our shared retaining wall. Sensing something I asked what my end of the bargain was. Just a small quid pro quo. Next day a dumpster was parked in my driveway - for two months. I will miss our lunches where we would ponder the world's problems and joke about Pleasantville. Dick left many people who love and admire him. Rest in Peace.
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Albert Singerman

Posted at 04:44pm
Dick was a dear friend of forty years and a neighbor in Pleasantville. He was energetic, always conjuring up his next project, and a kind man. He had a wry sense of humor which sometimes required knowing him well to appreciate. One day he was repairing the property next to my house and asked to rebuild our shared retaining wall. Sensing something I asked what my end of the bargain was. Just a small quid pro quo. Next day a dumpster was parked in my driveway - for two months. I will miss our lunches where we would ponder the world's problems and joke about Pleasantville. Dick left many people who love and admire him. Rest in Peace.
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Shirley Thornton

Posted at 09:38pm
I am very sorry that Dick has passed away. I had the pleasure of working for Dick in his company almost 2 decades ago. Dick was a cheerful, fair, kind, and generous employer and boss. He provided employment opportunities for quite a number of people in their time of need. He will be missed and will be remembered warmly. Dick was very blessed having Doris as his better half and a strong pillar of support. May his soul rest in peace, and may God bless Doris and the whole family at this time of grief.
R

rrbradley@comcast.net

Posted at 08:54pm
Doris:
Sorry to hear about Dick. We’ll remember him at The Great Reunion, safe journey Dick.
Rich and Linda Bradley
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Douglas S. Phillips

Posted at 10:55am
I was so sorry to hear of Dick's death. But I am grateful to Doris for the manner in which she loved him and always brought out the highest and best in him. For Dick, may all mysteries be known, all sorrows forgotten and pain be a fading memory. Blessings to Doris, their children and grandchildren in these times.
 
KK

Karen Kersten Posted at 10:30am

what a beautiful excto-spection (as opposed to introspection). Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Warmly, Karen
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