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Carlton L. Schoonmaker
Carlton L. Schoonmaker died peacefully in his sleep at his home of 63 years on May 30th, 2014. Born April 25th, 1918, to Joseph Schoonmaker and Helen Churchill, he was a life long resident of Kerhonkson, NY.
Carlton was married to the late Thelma Waruch-Schoonmaker on April 27, 1947. Thelma passed on April 22, 1988. They had been married for 40 years.
Carlton served in the US Army from May 14th 1941 until Oct 23rd 1945 where he fought in WWII as a tank commander facing combat at the Battle of the Bulge in the European campaign. He received several commendations including the American Defense Service Medal and the Bronze Star.
Following the war Carlton became the owner of Foordmore Farms Dairy for many years, finally closing the business and working with West End Dairy in Ellenville, retiring in 1982. After formal retirement he continued to work as a painter and wallpaperer and general all around handyman for anyone who asked. His dairy business had him delivering dairy products to a wide network of families, small businesses and hotels. As a result, and for a quiet man, he had developed long time friends and acquaintances who knew him to be honest, reliable and always willing to help.
Carlton was a charter member of the Kerhonkson Lions Club for 55 years and served as president for several terms.
Over the course of his life he was a proud member of the Federated Church of Kerhonkson, the Napanoch Elks Lodge and the Rondout Valley Rod and Gun Club.
His accomplishments as a civic-minded citizen of Kerhonkson included securing funds for band uniforms allowing the Rondout Valley Central School Band to perform at the 1964 Worlds Fair in Queens, NY. Three of his four children performed at the fair. He and Thelma couldn’t have been more proud.
On any day, weather permitting, you could always find Carlton sitting on his front porch surrounded by his greenery and his hummingbirds, ready to recount vivid memories of his 96 years. Or complain about the politics of the day.
Carlton is survived by three children; Carla Vel-MacLeod and husband John, residing in Brooklyn, NY, Lucy Ruhle-Goodchild and husband Richard of East Fishkill, NY, and Thomas Schoonmaker and partner Kathy Harte of Sharon Conn. and Warwick, RI. He is also survived by six grandchildren; Tanya Amato and her husband John, Justin Schoonmaker and his wife Lauren, Melissa MacLeod, Katharine Ruhle and her fiancé Luca DiCerbo, Kevin Ruhle and Hannah Schiffer. Four great-grandchildren: Gregory and Michelle Amato, Colin Tondreau MacLeod and Emily Schoonmaker; his niece Joan Schoonmaker Buley and her husband Irving and his dear friend of many years, Laurene Stanton and her daughter Maureen Stanton and husband Kevin McHugh. He was predeceased by his youngest son, Joseph who passed June 10, 2004.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, June 2nd from 5-8pm at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson. A celebration of his life is scheduled for Tuesday 10am at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Pine Bush Cemetery, Kerhonkson.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Dear Carla, Lucy, Tom, and Family,
Uncle Carleton gave me my first job when I was 13 years old, working as a helper on the Milk Truck making deliveries in Cherrytown. He was always a true gentleman and a quiet hero.
I remember those days when he would stop by our house and have a cuppa with Vera and they'd tune out all the kids running around to talk about solving all the local problems.
I love your Dad. Sorry for the delay in writing this.
Philip & Francine Spada Jun 12 2014 12:00 AM
Dear Carla, Lucy and Tom: I was so sorry to hear about your Dad. He lived 96 wonderful years and that's an incredible blessing -- but I'm sure you're all going through a hard time right now -- and I extend my deepest condolences.
Joel Cooper Jun 7 2014 12:00 AM
I am so sorry that I could not make the services - But please know that I am thinking of you and saying prayers for all - God Bless
Sonia Jun 3 2014 12:00 AM
I just saw Carlton's obituary online, and Betty and I just wanted to express our deep sadness at his passing. He is one of those people who left a good feeling in us through the many years that we all spent together on Foordmore Road. May all of you have nothing but beautiful memories, as well. He is at peace.
Betty and John Dunn
Betty and John Dunn Jun 3 2014 12:00 AM
im so sorry for our loss im really going to miss him but will always remember the good old days!! my love to ALL of you he will ALWAYS be in my heart!!
deb Jun 3 2014 12:00 AM
Carla, Lucy and Tom:
Our hearts and prayers are with you. We wish we could be with you at this time also. Your dad always had a way of putting a smile on your face when with him.
Love you all,
Frank and Sandra Spada and our family.
Frank M. Spada Jun 2 2014 12:00 AM
I will miss seeing Carton at the ELK's Friday night dinner's. May he RIP.
John W Scott Jun 2 2014 12:00 AM
Carla, Lucy and Tom:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow. Carlton was a very fine man and will surely be missed .
With love and friendship
Janet & Dennis
Janet & Dennis Whiteley Jun 2 2014 12:00 AM
Lucy, Rick and family,
So sorry to read of Carlton's passing, he was a nice man and I always enjoyed
talking with him..He had great stories of the old days and he always made me feel weclome when I was at his home...My condolences Jim Andrews
Jim Andrews Jun 2 2014 12:00 AM
Dear Carla, Lucy, Tom, and families,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Uncle Carlton. I have fond memories of talking to him about his interesting life and hearing his stories of the "old days", and playing at your house and having Aunt Thelma and Uncle Carlton feed and entertain us. I look forward to celebrating his life with all of you on Tues.
Andrew, Susan, and Garrett, Zachary, Ryan
Andrew, Susan, Garrett, Zachary, Ryan Spada (NJ) Jun 1 2014 12:00 AM