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Arlene H. Schoonmaker

Arlene Helen Baxter Schoonmaker, 87, of Helderberg Trail, West Berne passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at St Peter’s Hospice after a brief illness. Arlene was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Florence Emily Montanye Baxter. Mrs. Schoonmaker was born on April 30, 1925 in Central Bridge, Schoharie County, in the house that was the birthplace and boyhood home of George Westinghouse. She grew up there and attended the Schoharie Central Schools. The family later moved to Sloansville where they owned and operated a general store for about ten years. After that time, the family moved to Palentine Bridge and Arlene became employed by the Beech-Nut Packing Company in Canajoharie. She worked there as an office worker until marrying Everett Schoonmaker Jr. in 1951. She then moved to the Schoonmaker Farm in West Berne where she became a homemaker and raised their three daughters. Arlene was predeceased by her husband, Everett “Bud” Schoonmaker, in 2007 and her brother Rodman Fred Baxter in 1935. Survivors include her daughters, Cheryl Furman and husband Clarence of West Berne, Janet Schoonmaker of Guilderland and Karen Merritt of Rensselaer. She is also survived by her grandchildren Sarah Furman and boyfriend James Thomas, Matthew Davis and wife Dawn, Angie Merritt, great grandson Elijah Davis and great- granddaughters Leah and Heavenly Angel Morrison. Funeral services will be private. Interment will be in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery, Berne, NY. The family thanks the staff at St. Peter’s Hospice for all their care and support. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Reformed Church of Berne 1664 Helderberg Trail, Berne, NY 12023 or to the American Cancer Society.


The Lord feels the pain we bear, He also knows our sorrow. He holds us getnly as we heal and gives hope with each tomorrow. Angela Hill Gardener May God have mercy on his soul. With our deepest sympathy to the Sullivan family .Debra & Bill Zielinski

Deniska Feb 25 2013 12:00 AM

We love and miss you you will always be in out hearts and thoughts until we meet again. You are with dad now rest in peace.

Janet Schoonmaker Jan 19 2013 12:00 AM

My condolences to the family.May the God of comfort continue to be with you and comfort you in all your tribulations. Psalms 55:22

Carolyn Calhoun Jan 10 2013 12:00 AM