James Klingman

James M. Klingman

Thursday, March 24th, 1932 - Sunday, December 30th, 2018
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James Michael Klingman, of Poughkeepsie, beloved as a husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, passed away on Sunday, December 30, as “When the Saints Go Marching In” played on his bedside radio. He is now reunited with Sheila, his cherished bride of 58 years, who passed away in 2016.

Jim was born in Middletown, New York on March 24, 1932 to Charles and Mary (Lynch) Klingman and raised there as the youngest of their eight children. His siblings – Charles, Richard, Margaret, Isabel, Francis, Theresa and Elizabeth – all predeceased him.

Jim graduated in 1952 from Orange County Community College’s first class, and from Rider College (now University) in 1954. After service in the U.S. Army (1954-1956), where he was stationed in Berlin, he returned to New York. Jim and Sheila wed in 1958, and soon after moved to Montgomery, Alabama, as Jim began his work at I.B.M. For most of his career with I.B.M., which spanned close to forty years, he was based in East Fishkill. Upon retirement, Jim and Sheila were able to travel extensively, until spoiling their grandchildren became their primary focus.

Jim leaves behind his devoted sons: Timothy, of Hyde Park, and Patrick, and daughter-in-law, Diane, of West Hartford, Connecticut. His son, Christopher, predeceased him. Jim’s brother-in-law, William Bosch, survives, as does his sister-in-law, Kathleen “Pat” Strong of Goshen, NY, and his brother-in-law, Gene Kangley of Fort Lauderdale, FL, and many nieces and nephews. His greatest treasures were his granddaughter, Jacqueline, and grandson, Nicholas, both of West Hartford – they will miss their Pop-Pop.

Thanks to the staff at The Landing, where Jim lived after Sheila’s passing, and the Pines of Poughkeepsie, where he spent his last few weeks.

Jim and Sheila were committed to ensuring all children had the skills they needed to succeed in life; they were especially sensitive to those challenged from birth. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to Greystone Programs, Inc., 700 South Drive, Suite 203, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (

Calling hours are Friday, January 4, from 4pm to 8pm at William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home, 371 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, January 5, at 10:30 am at St. Mary’s Church, 11 Clinton Street, Wappingers Falls, NY. Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Goshen, NY. with Military Honors. If you wish to send an online condolence please visit our website at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, January 4th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, January 4th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wm. G. Miller & Son F.H. ,Inc.
    371 Hooker Ave.
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 | 10:30am
    Saturday, January 5th, 2019 10:30am
    St. Mary's Church WFNY
    11 Clinton St.
    Wappinger Falls, NY 12590
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  • Interment

    St. John's -Goshen, NY
    6 West Main St.
    GOSHEN, NY 10924
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Posted at 09:56pm
Jim & Sheila were our wonderful neighbors in Stonebridge. We had a springer spaniel named Henry who Jim adored & always came out to see Henry when we walked past his house. Jim was a very caring, friendly gentleman who adored his wife & took such good care of her. Mike & I visited Jim in his new home at The Landings a few years ago. He enjoyed showing us around his new "pad"! Sorry I wasn't able to visit him again. I am unable to pay my respects in person as I am wintering in Florida. My prayers & thoughts go out to the family at this time. May he join Shelia again & Rest In Peace. 🙏 Beth Mostransky

Mary Ranalli

Posted at 04:43pm
To the Klingman Family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Jim was a good friend to my uncle, Tommy Ciarfella, his barber for many years, and continued even after the barber shop had closed. May God grant him eternal happiness he so well deserves. My sincere sympathy, Mary Ranalli

Jane Leary

Posted at 03:34pm
On behalf of President and Head of School, Christian Cashman, I offer my deepest sympathy on the passing of James Klingman. James, along with his grandchildren Jacqueline Klingman ’14 and Nicholas Klingman ’17 is a valued member of the Northwest Catholic community, so we mourn his loss along with all who love him. Please know that we will remember James and his entire family in a special way at our next school-wide Mass. We are very sorry for your loss. ~ Jane Leary, Director of Constituent Relations, Northwest Catholic High School.

Susan & Aldo Strano

Posted at 10:48am
Dear Timothy, Patrick & Diane & family, we were so sorry to learn of your dad's passing. I have many fond memories of your dad during the IBM years. He was a great mentor to me as I began my management career; a great example to all. He was such a wonderful man and so devoted to his family. We know he's now at peace with God in heaven, alongside his beloved Sheila. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With deepest sympathy, Susan & Aldo Strano

Richard Mchugh

Posted at 01:44am
Prayers for the Klingman family.

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