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Jan M Volkmann

October 23, 1942 - October 28, 2021

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Jan M Volkmann

Jan M Volkmann, age 79, of Albany NY passed away on October 28, 2021 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany NY after her second battle with cancer.

Jan was born in Peekskill NY to Majorie and Edward Murden on October 23, 1942. She attended Peekskill HS where she met her loving husband, Peter Volkmann Jr. They married in 1962 and began their family with the birth of their son, Peter Volkmann III in 1963. Jan worked many different vocations that included an air crew scheduler for General Electric at Westchester County Airport, a cook at the Malcolm Gordon School in Garrison, and administrative assistant for ABC Oil in Peekskill NY, St. Basil’s Academy in Garrison NY, and St. Christopher’s Inn in Garrison NY. Jan was ordained as a Deacon for the Episcopal Diocese of New York City at St John the Devine in Manhattan in 1999. She served at St. Peter’s Church in Peekskill NY for years until she retired in 2006. Deacon Jan created the soup kitchen for over 100 souls a couple of days a week that expanded into a daily program. She also was a contributor in expanding the Children’s Sunday School at St. Peter’s Church in Peekskill. Jan was one of the few women whose husband and child both were first responders to the World Trade Center in New York City on 9-11-2001. Her support of her first responder family members over the years was unwavering. She and her husband, Pete, moved to Valatie NY in 2006 to enjoy retirement with her family. She was a constant supporter of her grandchildren, Jaycee and Peter. She was an ardent fan of all Ichabod Crane School District activities and would consistently be cheering for every child at so many school functions. Her family would like to thank all the staff at St. Peter’s Hospital and the Atrium at Crossgates Senior Living in Albany for all of their compassionate care of Jan after the death of her beloved husband.

She is survived by her son Peter Volkmann III (Layne) of Albany, four siblings, Mary Ellen Tompkins of Missouri, Christine Mileski of Florida, Bruce Murden of Massachusetts, Amy Pelissey of Rhode Island and her two grandchildren Jaycee and Peter Volkmann IV. She was predeceased by her husband Peter Volkmann Jr. and her brother David Murden.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 5, 10:00am at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Peekskill NY. Burial will follow in Assumption Cemetery, Peekskill NY. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ICC Booster Club, P.O Box 658, Kinderhook NY 12106. Arrangements are with the Raymond E. Bond Funeral Home, Valatie NY.

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Joanne mclean

My condolences to Peter,layne,young Peter and Jaycee, we’re so saddened to hear about the passing of Jan . I will miss our talks and her jokes and laughter. I’m glad to have spent time with her . Sincerely , joanne and John McLean


Anyone lucky enough to know my Aunt Jan knew she was a woman of great faith, a devoted wife, mother, & grandmother. They also felt her kindness and her love.

Along with the above Aunt Jan left several nieces & nephews, great nieces & nephews, & great great nieces & nephews. She was deeply loved and admired by all of her family and will be sorely missed.

Our condolences to our cousin Peter and his family. We know having lost both your Father and Mother within this year has been difficult. You, Layne, Jaycee, & Peter are in our thoughts and prayers.

With much love, All of your cousins and our families ❤️


Oh how I remember Jan. She and her family lived next door to us in a big old wonderful cozy comfy house on Depew Street. Anyone that went there felt loved and wanted. Jan and her sister Mary Ellen were older than my sisters Nancy, Betsy and myself. I always felt they were my extended sisters. I loved them dearly I always will. I remember when Jan got engaged to Pete. There was no doubt that they were absolute soulmates both here on Earth and now Eteternity.

I remember the dancers the girls would go to at PMA. It was always fun to see what they were going to be wearing. One night Jan needed a necklace to go with her dress. My Mom had a necklace that was perfect, even though it was rhinestone, but around Jan's neck, it looked like diamonds. Mary Ellen wore it too. In the Autumn their brothers Bruce and David along with their dad would rake leaves high enough so we could jump from the top of their barn into the leaves and sometimes they would make paths and never knowing where they're leading In the Winter there were the snowball fights and hot cocoa. There was never a dull moment at the Murden house. I feel blessed for having been a part of their family for a number of years. Jan, I know you are now with your beloved Pete and wrapped In the arms of Jesus. United with the ones that have gone before you. I will never forget you. You were always so wonderful loving and caring to me and my siblings. Mary Ellen was the same way and David and Bruce. I didn't know Chrissy as well as my sister Betsy did and I don't remember Amy very well. After you reunite with your loved ones please give my Mom and Dad a hug and a kiss for me.

Tell your Uncle Billy that I still remember his misplaced file he was looking for that he needed for court the next morning. For whatever crazy reason, he set it on the window sill that overlooked North Division Street. He was so mad and was yelling at your Aunt Edna

but she wasn't having that.

I had to suppress my laughter, it was like watching two 8 year olds fighting. I had been dusting his law books and cleaning up the office and saw him lay it on the windowsill. I could have said something but it was too funny watching them.

So after he yelled at Edna he, decided that maybe it was me that moved it LOL. He just didn't want to admit that he made a mistake. Billy, Edna and myself cracked up. I had to throw that in because it always makes me laugh when I think of it. I just totally adored the Murden family. Never a dull moment♥️

Jan always had an amazing love for Our Lord. I was thrilled when she was ordained as a Deacon. Any person that knew Jan, is a very Blessed person.

My fervent prayers for the entire family and to Jan and Pete's son.

Rest in Eternal Peace Dear friend. Until We Meet Again.



I forgot to leave my name in my above post. My name is Janet Finch Grzegorek. I didn't know how to fix it and I wasn't able to edit. Rest in peace Jan. You lived a beautiful life and you served the Lord well.

Love, Janet❤️🙏🦋🕊️

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