Julie Veronezi has been a member of the Reformed Dutch Church of Claverack for 56 years, and though retired she serves as the Director of the Philmont Community Center and substitute teaches at Taconic Hills Central School. She also teaches New York State Safe Boating classes.
Julie was baptized at RDCC by Rev. Sibley in 1950 and confirmed in 1962 by Rev. Hicks. Her parents were members and she grew up in the church. Some of her fondest memories were attending Sunday School in the Chapel on Rt. 217. (Today the Sunday School in is the Christian Education Building at 88 NY Highway 9H.)
Her father was the superintendent of the Sunday School and would occasionally take her up the bell tower to help ring the bell. On Easter all the Sunday School children received a Begonia plant donated by Barnard’s Florist, and of course there was Mrs. Gumprecht’s classroom downstairs where she would get out the birthday bank and Mrs. Hageman’s Bible bookmarks if you were able to recite the books of the Bible.
Julie served on Consistory several times and enjoys participating in the annual church bazaar making beet relish and assisting at the Pantry Shelf Booth. She continues to bake her mother’s stolen recipe. She thanks Linda Mackerer for encouraging her to continue making the stollen and for buying one to take home to her family every year. In the 1980’s when the Sunday School met before church there was a very devoted Adult Sunday School class led primarily by Tom Hotalen. It was fortunate if you could find a seat at the table. Many of the attendees had children who were in Sunday School at the same time, so it was very convenient for the parents. Julie has fond memories of members Alida, Ginger, and Virginia.
Julie’s two supportive adult children are Sarah and Joseph. Sarah helps with the bazaar and is employed by the Columbia County Health Department and Joseph currently works for the NY State Thruway. He loves playing the euphonium in the Ghent Band and recently played a role in the anniversary of the church celebration. In additional, she has 3 very dear sisters: Beth, Louise, and Phyllis who were also baptized, confirmed and married in the church. Julie’s hobbies include swimming, camping, boating and gardening.
Julie says, “Worshipping God is the most important part of church life for me at the Reformed Claverack Church as well as the continuous support that the congregation provides to all our members.”