Memorial Service For Eugene Doleschal Sunday, November 1st, 2009 2:30pm


Update 11/2/2009: A wonderful memorial service was held on a gorgeous Fall afternoon for Harriman Hikers Hike Leader Emeritus, Gene Doleschal on Sunday, November 1st, 2009 at St. John’s Church in the Wilderness, in Harriman State Park, Stony Point, NY. In attendance were Gene’s family, who planned the event, as well as many of Gene’s friends, including a number of Harriman Hikers.

  • Gene Doleschal Obituary in Star-Ledger Newspaper and online
  • Photo Slide Show: Remembering Gene
  • Remembering Gene – A Harriman Hikers Photo Set
    From Gene Doleschal‘s family:

    Dear Friends and Family,
    Although many of you are already aware, for those of you who are not, we wanted to share the very tragic news that our father, Gene Doleschal, passed away this past Friday, October 23rd, 2009. His death was very sudden and unexpected.
    A service in Gene’s memory has been arranged as follows:

  • Sunday, November 1st 2:30pm
    St. John’s Church in the Wilderness (not to be confused with St. John’s Church in the Woods)
    16 Johnsontown Road, Stony Point, NY 10980-3624 (lat 41.22315724579835, long -74.09317016601562)
    (GPS or MapQuest may recognize the town as Pomona instead of Stony Point)

  • Anyone wishing to share a few words about Gene will be welcome to during the service.
    An informal reception will follow at:

  • The Mason Jar, 221 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ (MAP) (WEBSITE)
    In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to:

  • New York – New Jersey Trail Conference
    156 Ramapo Valley Road
    Mahwah, NJ 07430
    or donate online at in Gene’s name
    Thank you for your thoughts and prayers and for being a friend to us all.
    Eve, Claire, and Adriana


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  • Please note that while we strongly encourage anyone who knew Gene personally (all friends of Harriman Hikers are welcome) to attend his service, this event does not affect or replace Harriman Hikers regularly scheduled Sunday Hike. Harriman Hikers will have a hike Sunday, November 1st just as Gene did for some 20 years.
  • Please note that at 2:00am on November 1st, 2009, we will return to Eastern Standard Time. Please set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night before you go to bed.
    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club
    Established 1974

    Eugene Doleschal 1931-2009, Harriman Hikers Hike Leader Emeritus

  • Update: 10/26/2009: Service Sunday, November 1st, 2009 for Gene Doleschal

  • Harriman Hikers Hike Leader Emeritus Gene Doleschal (right) pictured with Ed Burdzy and Adriana Marton in May, 2005

    Harriman Hikers is very saddened to announce the passing of Eugene Doleschal, Harriman Hikers Hike Leader Emeritus. Gene passed away Friday morning October 23, 2009 in Portland, ME following a brief illness.

    Gene was the Hike Leader for Harriman Hikers from 1984 until mid 2005, when he fulfilled a life-long dream of living and hiking regularly in the White Mountains area of New Hampshire by moving there permanently to a home he had purchased in Silver Lake, NH in 2004. Harriman Hikers gave Gene the title of Hike Leader Emeritus at that time.

    Following his departure from the northern New Jersey / lower Hudson Valley area, Gene continued to stay in touch with us via email, phone and personal visits.

    While Hike Leader for Harriman Hikers, Gene was responsible of initiating and maintaining our continuing policy and schedule of hiking “every Sunday, rain or shine”. Gene’s devotion to hiking, fitness, Harriman Hikers and the outdoors singles community at-large has been responsible for countless friendships and romances (including marriages!) as well as the overall better health and fitness of many who have participated in Harriman Hikers over the years.

    Gene’s obituary via his family:

  • Eugene Doleschal | Born December 7, 1931 | Died October 23, 2009

    Gene Doleschal was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia and grew up in Austria. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and completed his Masters in Library Science at Columbia University. Gene was employed at the New York Public Library, The National Council on Crime and Delinquency in Hackensack, NJ, and O’Sullivan Menu in Carlstadt, NJ until he retired in 1997. He lived in New Milford, New Jersey for many years until relocating to his dream home (his “Elysium”) in Silver Lake, New Hampshire in 2004. He was an avid reader, linguist, ancient and modern historian and hiker, leading hikes with his beloved “Harriman Hikers” for twenty years. He leaves behind his beloved fiance, Adriana Marton; two daughters, Eve Purcell and Claire Keller; sons-in-law Kevin Purcell and Robert Keller; four grandchildren, Ryan and Sean Purcell and Amanda and Natalie Keller; and many friends.


    Photo Slide Show: Remembering Gene

    Remembering Gene – A Harriman Hikers Photo Set

    We miss ya, Gene.

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club, Established 1974

    News From Gene – Spring 2008

    Some newer members of Harriman Hikers may not have had an opportunity (yet πŸ˜‰ to meet our Hike Leader Emeritus, Gene Doleschal.

    Gene was the Hike Leader of Harriman Hikers for 18 years before fulfilling a long-time dream of living in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 2005, where he currently resides (and hikes! πŸ˜‰

    Gene is very good about staying in touch and recently sent the photographs below of Springtime in the Whites (click each photo for a better view πŸ™‚ :

    On the way up the Crystal Cascade is a torrent of water

    The Tuckerman Ravine from the Hermit Lake. Note the hikers above the brook and at 2’oclock on top. They may be skiers, I cannot tell. The real crazies ski down the middle and jump over the rocks. The “timid” ones ski down the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. All have to wait until March/April when the danger of avalanches has passed. Here you can see why this is called “the bowl”.

    Crazy (extreme) skiers hiking up to ski down the Ravine

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club
    Established 1974

    Our Hike Leader Emeritus, Gene Doleschal will return on Sunday, June 3rd to lead the Harriman Hikers regular Sunday Hike that day.

    Meeting time as usual, 11:30 am in Parking Lot 1-B, South Lots of Ramapo College of New Jersey.

    Hike destination determined by Hike Leader morning of Hike.

    Gene was Harriman Hikers Hike Leader for 18 years. In 2005 Gene moved to the Conway, NH area. Ed Burdzy and Greg Paret are the current Hike Leaders.

    Harriman Hikers is one the longest-existing outdoors singles organizations in the Greater New York City area, established in 1974.

    Harriman Hikers meets for hiking each and every Sunday, year-round, sun or sleet, just as we have for over 30 years.

    We all look forward to an opportunity to reunite with our old friend Gene for the day on June 3rd.

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club. Since 1974.

    Harriman Hikers- A New York - New Jersey Singles Hiking Club

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    Webmaster note:

    For some of you that may be new to our hiking group, Harriman Hikers, you might not have had the opportunity to meet our Hike Leader Emeritus, Gene Doleschal.

    Gene is the longest-known member of Harriman Hikers and was our Hike Leader for 18 years. In 2005 Gene fulfilled a long-time dream, moving to the Conway, NH area in the majestic White Mountains.

    Though now physically far away, Gene remains close to all of our hearts and minds. Below is an email we received from Gene today relating his latest adventures:

    “Hello Harriman Hikers,

    This is your Founding Father speaking. Although it is still winter up here, I started my 2007 hiking season in the mountains and thought you might be interested in a few pictures. The first 3 are just a few hours old as I write.

    Today I went to a spot called Square Ledge, opposite Mt. Washington and the AMC Visitor Center, a favorite spot for professional photographers.

    Richard, you would be in heaven.

  • To the top left of pictures #1 and #2 are Boot Spur Mountain, next to it the Tuckerman Ravine, then the Lion Head right next to it. Mt. Washington is obscured by clouds as usual. To the right top is the Huntington Ravine and below is the Pinkham Notch and the AMC Visitor Center. Square Ledge is to the right in picture #1.
  • Picture 3: Harriman State Park was never like this! The view is also from the Square Ledge, but taken at full zoom. To the top left is the Lion Head again and top center is Mt. Washington obscured by clouds.
  • The fourth is a view of the Crawford Notch still in its winter dressing from Mt. Willard (Doug and Elizabeth: you were there!).
  • Enjoy! Gene.”

    Harriman Hikers
    A New York – New Jersey Singles Hiking Club. Since 1974.

    Harriman Hikers- A New York - New Jersey Singles Hiking Club

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