Edward F. Carter Funeral Home

41 Grand Street, Croton-On-Hudson, NY


John L. Oles

August 29, 1962April 13, 2020

There will be a private family graveside service for John ‪on Thursday, April 30th.‬ The Croton Fire Department will lead a procession at 11am from Edward F. Cater Funeral Home at ‪41 Grand St.‬, Croton on Hudson to Bethel Cemetery via Grand St. and Wood St. to Cleveland Dr. All in the community who wish to honor John are welcome to remain in their cars or socially distance along the route as the procession passes by and/or at Bethel Cemetery in a show of love and support for the Oles family.

John Louis Oles of Croton-on-Hudson, NY passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the age of 57. John was born to John (Jack) and Dolores (Achando) Oles on August 29, 1962 in Sleepy Hollow, NY. John (“Stretch”) was a machinist with Metro-North Railroad. He was a dedicated volunteer with the Columbian Hook and Ladder Company in Croton-on-Hudson. John is survived by his beloved wife Karen (Smith) Oles and his cherish daughters Kristen and Kimberly. He is also survived by his mother Dolores and brother Douglas. Services for John will be private for the immediate family. The family will notify the public following the end of the current pandemic for an additional service that all can attend.


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Norma Curtin

April 30, 2020

Sending my deepest sympathy and condolences to the “Oles” family ,, a good guy , dedicated to his family , his job and his volunteer service to Crotononhudson fire dept ..whenever I seen him and wherever it was I always asked him and said ,” Hi Stretch , Hows the weather up there?”he always smiled knew it was coming ! Now he’s in Heaven looking down on his beautiful family and he knows how the weather is up there !!May he RIP . Amen

Stephen Smith

April 29, 2020

Karen, Kristen and Kimmi....

Words can’t express the shock and sorrow that both Dani and I have been feeling after learning about John’s passing. Fully accepting that he is gone, is something that just doesn’t seem right – and will take a long time to comprehend for everyone that knew him.

Some of our best memories of John are those spent with you all when visiting New Hampshire – whether at the Lake or Mom and Dad’s house. And of course...those memories involved food – whether prepping meals or enjoying laughs at the dinner table. I can still picture him standing on the deck at the lake – patiently watching his steaks or burgers cook to perfection while the day was slowly coming to and end. The man was good on the grill. We will greatly miss having those meals together this summer, but will fondly remember the ones from years passed.

And let’s not forget perhaps the most epic tubing ride done on Mascoma Lake! John was always a fan of the water – wanting to make the BIG splash. Seeing him whip around in circles, bouncing off the waves at high speed – yet still holding on longer than anyone ever behind our boat....THAT WAS A FUN DAY! And one of our best memories of him.

He was a devoted husband and father whose strength in family was evident to everyone who knew him. His passion for helping others was clear in everything he did, and the world was a better place with him in it.

Though he left us all way too early, his spirit shines brightly through the three of you. Cherish that everyday.

All our love,
Stephen and Dani

William Tuttle

April 29, 2020

Today I honored my lifelong friend by climbing the Torne in Fort Montgomery. The Torne is a 3/4 mile rock scramble that for years soldiers have carried stones to the top to honor the fallen. Though my heart condition and COPD did prevent me from carrying a stone I did feel fighting my issues to make the climb was a good socially distant way to honor a lifelong friend.

Peg kniser

April 29, 2020

Dear Dolores Karen Kimmie, and Kristen
My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. May John RIP.
Peg Sperano Kniser

Dave Konig

April 29, 2020

All our love to you all. Such a good guy. Our hearts ache for you and we wish you all peace as you grieve. I always got such a kick out of him, a real good guy.

Dave & Susan & all the Konigs

ken sargeant

April 29, 2020

Dear Family,
My son, Carlton took an interest in firefighting as an explorer. He was welcomed into Ladder 44 and mentored by all of the oldtimers. Over time, he rose through the ranks, even learning to drive Ladder 44 under "Stretch's" capable instruction. Along the way, he learned valuable lessons about organization, discipline, teamwork and accountability. I can't say enough about the positive impact of this mentorship on my son.
Thank you Stretch, for all you did for our village over the course of your impressive life and career.!!
RIP Friend!

James Ferguson

April 29, 2020

Stretch, I met you through the firehouse at Washington Engine and you were always there for me and my family. You were always the first to console during bad times and always able to put a smile on faces. Your contagious humor and demeanor will always be the first thing I will remember. You will be missed by all and we will never forget. We will take it from here. Condolences to your family and may they cherish the moments. Love Ferg

Tracey Powell Adams

April 29, 2020

John "Stretch" as anyone can testify was a gentle giant that had an open heart and always there to help when needed, whether asked or by his own doing. Growing up in small village our families all watched over each others children...As teens we all had fun and still had caring watchful eyes, our Fire Department families continued watch, than when we could join our call came to us. John was a noticeable firefighter, like his dad John "Jack", and brother Doug, probably because they were magnificent presences always helping others. Thier Chief at home Dolores assured they operated on compassion, empathy, respect with plenty of dignity and a whole lot of love. John was blessed to marry Karen, they would have two of the prettiest and smartest daughter's that were truly blessed to have the gift of this Special Earth Angels 100% love and attention. He became Thier Hero, he showered them with the best gift of being Daddy's Girls. Our hearts were broken when we learned the news of his illness and many communities that John belonged to prayed, God knew he needed this Magnificent Angel back home, so we shall say, Thank you John for serving us well while here on Earth. You filled the role of Earth Angel with 101% gratitude. You will be sorely missed by many and a promise to watch over your family went into affect immediately. We shall see you soon, May your family and friends find peace in all the happy memories you shared with them. My Heartfelt condolences to Dolores, Karen, Kristin, Kimmy, Doug and family. Tracey

tom weissmann

April 29, 2020

John I will always remember our old Diesel shop days when we worked and clowned around together we had so many great times there with George, Timmy S, one day Juan , and Bill Carlin and Adolph. I'm so going to miss our chats about family and just talking to you, I miss you my friend I pray for Karen and your beautiful daughters and your mom my they find Peace and comfort knowing how much we loved John (stretch) until we meet again....

William Cerrato

April 28, 2020

Dear Karen ,Kristen and Kimmi There are no words that I can say how much I will miss that big smile of such a great friend and brother John was to me.I want to let you know the three of you will always be in my prayers and in my heart Rember Loretta and me or always here for you
Bill Cerrato


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