Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitation and Service Policies

For 95 years, the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home has remained deeply committed to responsibly responding to the needs of the communities we are privileged to serve, as well as to the health and well-being of our fellow citizens, the families we serve and our associates.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, we are continuing to stay up to date with any changes to state and federal requirements related to funeral service and we will incorporate those changes into our operations. We will also continue to take certain precautionary measures in all we do in line with those recommended to us by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Bureau of Funeral Directing and the New York State Funeral Directors Association. 

As we enter Phase 4 of the re-opening process for our region, public visitations are allowed. However, indoor gatherings, including visitations and funeral and memorial services are limited to 50% of the maximum capacity of a particular area at a time.  Social distancing measures are still in effect, so a distance of 6 feet must be maintained amongst all individuals at all times, unless safety or the core activity requires a shorter distance (e.g. pallbearing) or the individuals are members of the same household. We are also mandated to prohibit holding or shaking hands of members in different households during services, and it is required that all those who enter the funeral home wear a face covering at all times. Whilst the ability to hold services in a church will depend on each church’s opening status, graveside services can be arranged but are limited to no more than 50 people in attendance.

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Please take care of yourselves and each other, and know that we are here to serve you in your time of need.  

Peter A. Deysenroth 
Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Owner and Licensed Manager

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John W. Wirchansky

1942 - 2021

COOPERSTOWN - It is with great sadness that the family of John W. Wirchansky announces that he peacefully went home to be with the Lord on April 1, 2021. His final days were spent surrounded by family.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Mary; children, David and April (Jon); grandchildren, Michael, Jaesyn, Josiah, Jasper, Kiana; sister, Eileen Cunningham; niece, Leslie; nephew, Cameron; cousin, Eleanor Johnson; and nu- merous other family and friends.

John, 78, was born in Yonkers, to John and Anna Wirchansky.

He graduated from A.B. Davis High School, SUNY New Paltz and Columbia University.

He was a high school social studies teacher at John Jay High School in Katonah for more than 30 years where he was very active in student activities. He also taught at the Chapel Field Christian School in Pine Bush. After retirement John worked as a substitute teacher at Laurens Central School for several years.

Teaching and mentoring students brought John great joy and satisfaction. He was a dedicated member and deacon at the First Christian Church of South Valley. He loved to sing, garden and spend time with his grandchildren.

John was a strong, honest, proud and good man. He was loved and will be missed by many.

A private service will be held at the family's request.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in John's name to the John Jay Retirees Scholarship Fund, c/o Ernesta DelNegro, 159A Heritage Hills, Somers, NY 10589, or Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28201.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.