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Catherine "Cathy" Schoonmaker

September 11, 1955 — May 1, 2020

Catherine Louise Schoonmaker of Accord, NY, passed away on May 1, 2020 in the comfort of her home surrounded by her family. She was 64 years old. Cathy was born on September 11, 1955 in Cooperstown, NY; she was the daughter of Mary (Barney) Highland and the late Walter Highland.

Cathy spent most of her time working alongside her family at Saunderskill Farm Market, experimenting different recipes and displays, greeting customers with a warm hello. If you weren’t greeted by Cathy’s bright smile, you could find her tending her luscious gardens or playing games with her grandchildren, always making them laugh and spreading that warm smile.

In addition to her mother, Cathy is survived by her husband, Daniel L. Schoonmaker, whom she married on October 13, 1979; their children, Jennifer Shea and her husband Ryan, Jessica Schenck and her husband Peter and Renee Ciardi and her husband Matthew; grandchildren, Elouise Shea, Claudia Shea, Lauren Shea, Lia Schenck, Gracie Schenck, Joseph Ciardi and Nicolas Ciardi; siblings, Judy Mihm, Diane Schmeltz and Christine Feazelle.

A private graveside service will be held in Accord Rural Cemetery.

Contributions may be made in Cathy’s name to the Hudson Valley Hospice Foundation, 374 Violet Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 and/or to the Sarcoma Foundation of America, PO Box 98160, Washington, DC 20090.

Arrangements are under the guidance of Humiston Funeral Home, Kerhonkson. 845-626-3331.

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