Mitchell Dykman

Obituary of Mitchell Dykman

Mitchell Dykman passed from this world, at his home in Milton, NY, on Wednesday, May 23rd, surrounded by his loving family. He was 101.

In true form, earlier in the day, Mitchell made sure all of his affairs were in order. He asked if his bills were all paid, his fuel oil tank was full, and if someone would be caring for his beloved cat, Ebony. When he felt assured that everything was taken care of, he said he wanted to "leave" that night. At 8:20pm, he told us he wanted to leave at 9pm. Then, at 8:30pm, he asked if it was okay if he left a little early, as he always liked to arrive for things 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time. When told that he could go whenever he wanted, he decided to take his leave right then. Mitchell closed his eyes and laid his head back on his pillow. It was 8:47pm when he passed.

Mitchell was a pure and simple man, unwavering in his love and dedication to his family. His strength and independence were well-known. He drove his car until he was 100. He hated to ask for favors, but would always do one for you. Through his grandkids, "Papa Mitch" was known to a whole generation of young people in the Marlboro area. Children would often recognize him in public and run to him to be picked up and get a hug. He always obliged.

Mitchell was hard-working, intelligent, and frugal. He grew up during the "Great Depression" and learned never to waste or spend frivolously. He lovingly made beautiful wooden nativity sets from "scrap lumber" for all who asked in his amazing workshop in his basement.

Mitchell loved his NY Giants, having been an original fan from the beginning. He also cheered for the Mets. He was an avid gardener, a giver of great advice, and a man of strong principles.

Mitchell was predeceased by the love of his life, his wife, Genevieve (Polakowski) Dykman, his sister and brother in law, Helen and Louis Elbert, his brother, Henry Dykman, and his parents, Albin & Weronica Dykman.

Those left to celebrate his life and legacy include his daughters, Carole (Ritchie) Hinds, Janet Dykman (Walter S. Kronner) his grandchildren, Laura (Andrew) Roberts, Kenneth Hinds, Walter L. Kronner (Kara), Genevieve Kronner, and his great grandchildren, Odin Mitchell Kronner and Valhalla Skye Kronner, as well as several nieces, a nephew, and a number of very dear extended family members and friends.

Mitchell's family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to his "girls", Rose, Lucy, and Nydia, for their loving care, dedication, and compassion during the last part of his life's journey.

Mitchell will most certainly be sorely missed, but he will also be remembered with deep love and affection, and celebrated and appreciated for all he gave us in his lifetime. His truly was a life well-lived.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 29th from 10am to 1pm at the DiDonato Funeral Home, 1290 Route 9W, Marlboro.

Graveside services will take place Tuesday at 1:30pm at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh.

Flowers are appreciated, but if you would like to make a donation, the family suggests either the Salvation Army, any Animal Support Charity or a Charity that Supports Native American Children. You can contact the family for addresses.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Carl J. DiDonato, Jr. of the DiDonato Funeral Service, Inc. (845) 236-4300, www.didonatofuneralservice.com