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Rhinebeck - Dennis L. Wentworth, 62, of Rhinebeck, and formerly of Troy, NY, passed away on Saturday, December 15th, 2012, at The Thompson House in Rhinebeck, NY.
Born on January 14th, 1950, in Rochester, NH, he was the son of the late Arnold H. and Rachel (Downs) Wentworth. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology from Beloit College in Beloit, WI, and earned his Master's Degree in Anthropology at The University at Albany, SUNY.
Dennis married Ann E. Kennedy on December 29, 1973, in Ellwood City, PA, and she survives at home in Rhinebeck.
Dennis had a long and distinguished 33 year career with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation beginning in 1975, when he was hired as an archaeologist. Throughout his career, he served in several regions of the agency and was widely respected for his leadership qualities. At the time of his retirement in September of 2008, he was the Regional Historic Preservation Supervisor for the Taconic Region of NYS Parks. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Annual Friends of Mills Mansion Preservation Award, given to those who had made exceptional contributions to the preservation of Staatsburgh State Historic Site.
He was also active on numerous boards and committees, including: board member of the Quitman Resource Center, Rhinebeck; past president and board member of Hudson River Heritage, Rhinebeck; member of the Hyde Park Corridor Committee; member of the Lyndhurst Property Council, National Trust Property, Tarrytown; consistory member and parishioner of the Rhinebeck Reformed Church; elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Poughkeepsie; elder and Chairman of the Board of Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy; and Quality Processes Trainer for New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. He held a first degree black belt from the World TAO Kwon Do Association.
In addition to his loving wife of 38 years, he is survived by his children, Rachel A. Wentworth (Benjamin D. Hover) of Lansdowne, PA; Margaret K. Wentworth (David E. Anchin) of Clinton Corners, NY; and Trevor D. Wentworth (Adam J. Katrick) of Marlboro, VT; his granddaughter, Sydney Anchin-Wentworth; a brother, David L. Wentworth of Wolfeboro, NH; along with nieces, nephews, colleagues, and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, December 23rd, 2012, at The Reformed Church of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY. Pastor Luis R. Perez will officiate. A reception will follow in the church hall. Interment will take place in the spring in his family's plot at Matthews Cemetery in Wakefield, NH.
Friends may call at the Burnett & White Funeral Homes, Rhinebeck, on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012, from 4:00-7:00 PM.
Memorial donations may be made in Dennis' memory to the Natural Heritage Trust/601 Wentworth Memorial c/o: Natural Heritage Trust, Albany, NY, 12238 or online at https://nht.wufoo.com/forms/dennis-l-wentworth-memorial-fund/.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 91 E. Market St., Rhinebeck, NY.
For directions or to sign the online guest book, please visit www.Burnett-White.com.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Dec. 18 to Dec. 20, 2012