Geraldine M. Clarke, 77

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Geraldine M. Clarke, 77, a devoted wife, mother and homemaker and longtime resident of Rhinebeck and Red Hook, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie, NY.

Born May 28, 1935, in Roosevelt Island, NY, Geraldine was raised by Helen and Vincent Overzat.

Geraldine married Thomas D. Clarke on Sept. 24, 1955, in St. Gregory the Great Church in Bellerose, NY. Thomas predeceased her on October 28, 2001.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Geraldine M. and John Hatfield of Kinderhook, NY, and Elizabeth and Anthony DeBarros of Waterford, VA; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael T. and Diane Clarke of Boiceville, NY; six grandchildren, Willis Clarke Hatfield, Julien Elizabeth Hatfield, Alexander Damon Clarke, Anastasia Dimond Clarke, Santos Joseph DeBarros, and Nino Benjamin DeBarros; two step-grandsons, William and Timothy Grant; and three great-grandchildren, Leah Corrine Grant, Cameron Jacob Grant, and Ethan John Grant.

She was predeceased by a son, Johnathan E. Clarke, on September 16, 1992.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday, September 8, 2012, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Wurtemburg, Rhinebeck, NY. The Rev. Steven Simon will officiate. Burial will be at Wurtemburg Cemetery, Rhinebeck.

There will be no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Geraldine’s memory to the Barnwell Nursing Home Activities Fund.

Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes, 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.

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