OBITUARIES: Clark, Sherman, Hutchinson, Shaw, Russo

Lillian S. Clark (1922 – 2015)

HUDSON—Lillian S. Clark, 92, of Greenport, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital in the loving embrace of her family.

Born in Claverack March 20, 1922, she was the daughter of John W. and Lillian Susan (Northam) Starkes.

Mrs. Clark was a bookkeeper for the Town Fair in Hudson until retiring. She was a Girl Scout leader, a 4-H Club leader, and an active den leader for both the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Mrs. Clark was the beloved mother of William J. Clark, Ray Clark, Susan Clark, and Kathleen J. Ward, all of Greenport; and loving sister of Frank Starkes of Claverack. She is also survived by several grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Clark, and several brothers and sisters.

Services were Friday, February 27 at the Bates & Anderson – Redmond & Keeler Funeral Home, 110 Green Street, Hudson. Interment will be in Cedar Park Cemetery.

Perry D. Sherman (1960 – 2015)

KINGSTON—Perry D. Sherman, 55, of Red Hook passed away February 23, 2015 at the Kingston Hospital.

He was the son of the late Mabel and Irwin Sherman of Red Hook.

Mr. Sherman attended Red Hook High School. He worked at the Stamp Industries and at Northern Dutchess Hospital. His interests were in mechanical services and repairs. He loved to travel and he enjoyed vacationing in Maine and Florida.

Mr. Sherman is survived by: three sisters, Melanie Garvey of Kingston, Bonnie Jean Tiffany of Norwich and Betty Lou Gonia of Red Hook; two brothers, Ricky Sherman of Gallatin and William Sherman of Red Hook; two nieces; seven nephews; two grandnephews; one grandniece and two aunts.

Mr. Sherman was a gentle soul and he had compassion for animals. Donations or adoptions will be appreciated at a local animal shelter. Services will be private. Arrangements are with the Yadack-Fox Funeral Home, 209 Main Street, Germantown.

Clarence Holmes Hutchinson (1927 – 2015)

HUDSON—Beloved father Clarence Holmes Hutchinson, 88, died Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Hospital after six months of failing health.

He was born February 7, 1927 in Albany, the son of the late Clarence and Sada (Brown) Hutchinson.

He graduated from Chatham High School and served the U.S. Army from 1945 until 1947.

Mr. Hutchinson resided at his home at Merwin Road, Chatham for 59 years, where he shared his life with his wife, the late (Evelyn) Greta Merwin Hutchinson and their three children, Robert Hutchinson of Voorheesville, Rickki (Hope) Titus of Fort Edward and Harold Hutchinson of Valatie plus his cat and best buddy, Archie, and longtime loving friend, Evelyn Carter of Valatie.

He is also survived by two grandchildren, Amanda Race of Philmont and Courtney Hutchinson of Niverville and two great-grandchildren; his brother-in-law, Paul Merwin and his wife Jane of Valatie and sisters-in-law, Nancy Wahlbon of Astoria, Oregon and Elizabeth “Betty” Allen of Idaho Falls, Idaho. He had many nieces and nephews as well.

Over the years he was employed by French Funeral Home as assistant to the director; at Madsen Overhead Doors as an installer and at Sterling Drug as an asset inventory clerk. He also worked at the Firemen’s Home and helped out at his family-owned Hutchinson Insurance Agency in Chatham. He also drove school bus for many years.

He was a 4-H leader and member of Kinderhook Elks, as well as a lifetime member of the First Reformed Church of Chatham and a 50-year member of the Chatham Fire Department.

He was a family-oriented man who loved gardening, outdoor activities and camping and spent his days of late watching the deer and the many birds he fed from his dining room table, which looked out over his expansive lawn and property. “He is and will always be sorely missed although now is at peace knowing he is and always will be loved very deeply.”

Besides his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Harold E. Hutchinson.

A funeral service was held Saturday, February 28 from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. Interment will be in the East Hill Road Cemetery, Austerlitz. Memorials may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad or Chatham Fire Department or a charity of one’s

Robert Shaw (1915 – 2015)

KINDERHOOK—Robert VanHouten Shaw, 99, of Kinderhook passed peacefully Thursday, February 26, 2015 at home.

He was born in Greenville, May 13, 1915 the son of Garrett N. Shaw and Matilda Becker.

A graduate of Greenville High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Boxer. Mr. Shaw worked as a quality control/project analyst at Albany Felt Company, where he retired in 1977 after 36 years of service.

Friends and family will remember “Bob” as energetic, imaginative and multi-talented, including being a prolific wood carver and master tinkerer.

Predeceased by his wife, Marjorie, Mr. Shaw will be missed by his daughter, Holly Shaw of Washington, D.C.; two sons, Michael Shaw and his wife Michelle of Kinderhook, Kevin Shaw of Castleton and his grandchildren, Robert and Kara Shaw.

Memorial plans will be announced later.

Arrangements are with the William J. Rockefeller Funeral Home, Inc., 165 Columbia Turnpike, Rensselaer.

Antonia S. Russo (1920 – 2015)

CHATHAM—Antonia S. Russo, 94, a 30-year-plus resident of Chatham died Saturday, February 28, 2015 at her residence.

She was born July 5, 1920 in Italy, the daughter of the late Vincenzo and Carolina (Cervi) Sabatini.

She spent 50 years in the U.S.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gennaro Russo and her sister, Maria Cristina DeMarco and her husband the late Gerardo DeMarco.

Mrs. Russo was a devoted Catholic being a communicant and great supporter of the St. James Roman Catholic Church, Chatham. She was an avid gardener and walker both admired by many. She was selfless and always willing to be of help to anyone in need.

Mrs. Russo is survived by: her step-son, Anthony Russo and a niece, Maria DeMarco, both of Chatham.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 6, 11:30 a.m. from the St. James R.C. Church, 129 Hudson Avenue, Chatham. Interment will be in the St. James Cemetery.

Calling hours are Thursday evening, March 5, 5 to 7 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home, 21 Payn Avenue, Chatham. For online condolences visit

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