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Robert F. Woodward

RED HOOK — Robert F. Woodward’s spirit passed on Sept. 4, 2011, after a long and valiant fight against thyroid cancer. He was the son of the late Hazel and John Woodward of Gallatin. He is survived by his wife, Linda; and his children, Diane Woodward and Patrick Mulkerrin, Donna Woodward and Kurt Strassberger, and Doris and Bill Nitz; his two grandchildren, Nate and Eliza Strassberger, whom he loved and dearly adored; his loving sister, Mary MacGlashan and her husband, Ronnie; his sister-in-law, Edith Woodward; and many nieces, nephews and cousins that will miss him. He was predeceased by his brother, Harold Woodward. Bob was a loving and devoted family man whose favorite times were spent having barbecues at home, being outdoors, maintaining his yard, and playing the perfect practical joke. Bob enjoyed having pets, in particular his cat, Babe. He was an avid sportsman, who enjoyed fishing, hunting and trapping throughout the years. Bob took pleasure in helping others including his family, neighbors and the church community. Bob was the treasurer of Memorial Lutheran Church in Rock City for 16 years. He was employed as a senior manager at IBM in Poughkeepsie and retired in 1992 after 36 years of service. He was proud of serving as a sergeant in the National Guard. He was an expert sharpshooter, member of the color guard and would often march in local parades. Bob was our “Superman.” He fought a long and painful battle with cancer. In spite of it, Bob lived his life with dignity and pride and would not let it stop him from doing the activities that were most important to him. Robert’s family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Paul Donovan for his loving and supportive care. He made it possible for Robert to enjoy the end of his life with his family and friends. We would like to thank all the staff at Dr. Donovan’s office for their incredible care and concern, and also the entire staff of 4SMC at Benedictine Hospital. Every member of the staff went above and beyond their job to make Robert and his family feel taken care of and supported. We can never express our gratitude for their care and ability to make our father feel safe and comfortable.Funeral services were held at the Rock City Memorial Lutheran Church on Sept. 10. A celebration of Robert’s life followed at the parish hall.In honor of the phenomenal 4SMC staff at Benedictine Hospital, donations may be made in Robert F. Woodward’s name to The Benedictine Health Foundation (please note Robert F. Woodward-4SMC in the memo) 105 Mary’s Ave., Kingston, NY 12401. Donations may also be made to Rock City Memorial Lutheran Church, 1232 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY 12572.Arrangements are under the direction of the Dapson-Chestney Funeral Home in Rhinebeck. Go to www.dapsonchestney.com to sign the online register.

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