We celebrate the lives of fellow 46ers who are now climbing the celestial hills, wishing them peace.
Philip L. Holstein #421
My father, Philip L. Holstein, was my hero. My adventure buddy. We did everything together, even in my adult years. Camping, skiing, hiking, father-daughter dates, trips to the Olympics, regular walks to talk about life. We did it all. He was at every sports game, every concert, every graduation, every parent-teacher conference. He was there during breakups and at those tough times growing up. He built every piece of furniture in my apartment, edited all of my essays, taught me how to manage my finances and plan for the future. He showed me how to be an exemplary citizen. A mentor and confidant and leader. He was the most selfless, non-judgmental person I know. He had a thirst for life and appreciation for nature and the world around him that was contagious. Even in the darkest of days, my dad always awoke positive, with hope and a fighter's spirit, grateful for life. Grateful to see the sun rise, hear the loons on our lake, smile at my mom. The little things. He taught me what love is all about.
A few months ago I decided that I needed to do something big in our fight against pancreatic cancer. For a while I'd been trying to figure out how to take my pain and frustration and put it into action. I knew what I had to do and wanted to do. I announced to my dad that I would be hiking all 46 Adirondack High Peaks (which he loved and completed by age 13) to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Just moments before his last breath, I reminded him of my mission. I am very happy to announce today that I will be hiking the "46" in my father's memory and I plan to raise $46,000 in the process. I welcome you to contact me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to join me for a hike or go on a hike of your own in memory of my dad. I also urge you to contribute. Pancreatic Cancer is an extremely underfunded and deadly disease, and your support would be so greatly appreciated. Below you can learn more. Thank you!
In 2016, pancreatic cancer moved from the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. to the third, surpassing breast cancer. It is estimated that in 2016, 53,070 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and 41,780 will die from the disease. Seventy-one percent of patients will die within the first year of diagnosis. The vast majority of pancreatic cancer cases are diagnosed in late stage. More than half of patients are diagnosed once the disease has metastasized. According to the American Cancer Society, for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 7%.
Cordula Dandaraw #8156
Cordula "Corey" Dandaraw passed on to a new adventure on Thursday February 2, 2017, after a courageous battle with cancer. The wonderful world she is now is one of perfect comfort and infinite beauty, where every day has blue-bird skies, the seas are serene and endless, and the mountains jut forth higher than Everest but welcome her to climb them - and climb, she will, without tire!
Corey was born in Germany on April 7, 1969, and came to the United States in 1986, where she came to study and complete her Ph.D. at SUNY Albany in 1999. During her professional career in finance, she became a Standards Manager for New York Life in 2011. During her tenure at New York Life, she managed an office in Burlington, VT, where her office window afforded her a beautiful view of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack High Peaks. Surf and turf - Corey loved the sea and the mountains! Corey always said she was happiest when she was outdoors, whether it was kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing, or swimming. While growing up in Germany, she sailed the seas with her brother and father. She also kayaked incredible bodies of water, such as the Saguenay Fjord, The Bay of Fundy, South Padre Island and Monterey Bay. Although Corey would readily admit that the water was her first love, she enjoyed hiking the rugged Adirondack Mountains. Through sheer perseverance, guts, and a heartfelt fondness for the wilderness, Corey went on to become ADK46er #8156, finishing on Mount Skylight on September 14, 2013. She dove into winter hiking, completing the Winter Saranac 6er on February 8, 2014, and working on her Winter Forty-Six. Although Corey completed all but about twelve High Peaks in the winter, her friends will carry through to climb the remainder in her memory, finishing on her planned final peak, Cascade. The highlights of Corey's hiking "career" were hiking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, and standing on top of Angels Landing in Mount Zion National Park. While battling cancer, Corey completed three triathlons in 2016, an accomplishment which thrilled her beyond words.
Corey's love of the outdoors was always boosted when her daughter and son, Stephanie, and Bryan, were with her. Nothing made her happier, and the children she raised so finely saw their Momma through to her ADK46. They also enjoyed the many road trips together, which left many wonderful memories. Corey is survived by her parents, Roswitha and Walter Kilb, her brother, Christoph Kilb and godson Felix in Germany, her children Stephanie Dandaraw (TJ Chase), and Bryan Dandaraw, her grandchildren Lily and Cullen Chase, her second set of parents, Edward B. and Nusia Dandaraw, as well as her ex-husband, Edward. Furthermore, Corey had a very large network of friends who were most fortunate and blessed to have known her. While Corey's passing left some emptiness inside all those who knew her, she left a most beautiful, indelible impression on everyone who will never forget her. Those who love her will always carry her in their heart.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity in Corey's name, or pay it forward with a random act of kindness.
Bronson Thayer #5647
John B Hagner #1580
Mike Whelsky #4758
Marion E Huxley #1188
Calvin Dupuis #2265
Neal Andrews #1338W
Peter Henner #2606
Peter Henner of Clarksville died at home the evening of September 29, 2016, at the age of 64. He had been diagnosed with metastatic melanoma three and a half months previously, and fought through several nearly fatal episodes before finally succumbing. The doctors and other medical staff at Dana Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston made a valiant effort to save him.
Peter was a well-known environmental and labor lawyer who was particularly interested in taking on corrupt corporate and governmental entities. Most recently, he sued Empire State Development for mismanaging the money designated for rural broadband development. He proudly documented his career which spanned across many years online at peterhenner.com
His soulmate and wife, Nancy Lawson, was with him constantly throughout his illness. Peter and Nancy had spent the past 27 years rock climbing, hiking, and skiing together, including hiking all the mountains over 4000 feet in the entire Northeast, backpacking the Chilkoot trail, hiking the Inca Trail, trekking in Nepal, and hiking every summer in the Canadian Rockies. Peter competed in many chess tournaments, including an international tournament in Reykjavik, Iceland. He had begun organizing local tournaments, including some at Proctors in Schenectady. For years, he wrote a chess column in the Altamont Enterprise.
A memorial service for Peter will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Ave., Albany on Sunday, October 9, at 2 p.m. If you wish to speak briefly at the service, contact Nancy Lawson at email@example.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in Peter's memory can be made to the Adirondack Mountain Club (adk.org) or to Dana Farber Cancer Institute (danafarbergiving.org). reillyandson.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=peter-henner&pid=181695915&fhid=22150#sthash.mv0v5JNt.dpuf
Ernest Carl Friedow Sr. #1564
Ernest Carl "Ernie" Friedow, Sr., 88, entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 24, 2016. Ernest was born on October 28, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Martin and Magdalena Friedow. Ernest worked for General Electric Company and had been retired for 29 years. He was a proud Navy veteran of WWII. Ernest was a member of the American Legion Post 1485 and the Rotterdam Elks Lodge 2157. Ernest was a devoted member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Schenectady. Ernest was an active Scoutmaster for The Boy Scouts Troop #1 and Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop #7. Ernest was an Adirondack Tour Guide and a member of Mohawk Valley Hiking Club, the Sierra Club, and the 46ers. Ernest also enjoyed camping and canoeing.
In retirement, Ernest went to various disaster sites, including the 9/11 disaster, to help the American Red Cross. During his life he donated a total of 9 gallons of blood. As a member of RSVP, he transported seniors to doctor appointments and grocery stores. For many years, Ernest was a Democratic Committeeman in Schenectady. Ernest is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth Friedow; his children, Deborah Salamack (Martin) and Ernest C. Friedow, Jr. (Brenda); grandchildren, Michael Friedow (Dawn), Tiffany Friedow, Hilary Edwards (John), great-grandchildren, Jason Friedow and Grace Edwards; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at New Comer Funeral Home, Colonie. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 153 Nott Terrace, Schenectady. Interment will follow the service at the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
Helen Menz, #42
The 46er family mourns the loss of Helen Menz #42 who died on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the age of 99. Helen was a founding member of the Adirondack Forty-Sixers, attending the inaugural meeting of the newly formed organization on May 30, 1948 at Adirondak Loj. She remained active in the club and attended the annual meetings until last year. Helen’s first high peak climb was Marcy on June 23, 1932. She finished on Allen on September 13, 1946.
PEEKS editor Chuck Schwerin spent an afternoon with Helen recently to talk about her hiking experiences. His article about their visit appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of the magazine. We offer it here as a tribute to Helen, her service to the club, and her spirit of adventure. Helen, may your hikes in the celestial hills be on smooth trails, with good friends, and fair skies.