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Helen C. Cloke

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Helen C. Cloke, who lived at the Danforth Adult Home in Hoosick Falls for a number of years, died Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at the age of 92.

Helen was born Aug. 8, 1913 in Hoosick, the daughter of Harry E. and Alice L. Cipperly. She was one of 15 children and as a child lived on the family farm, where she did her share of chores.

She was a graduate of Hoosick Falls High School and Oneonta Normal School. She returned to Breese Hollow and taught school there, including a number of her younger brothers and sisters.

In 1939 she married George F. Cloke and moved to Schenectady. While there she raised her two children, was an active member of Christ Church Episcopal and its St. Cecelia’s Guild and began serving as a substitute teacher in the city school system.

Later Helen went back to teaching full-time, accepting a position as a second-grade teacher in the South Colonie School District. She eventually retired and continued to live in Schenectady.

Helen loved kids. Even into her later years, she would recount with pride and affection the children she taught. She loved every minute she taught school.

She was predeceased by her parents, brothers George, Dean, Walter and Paul; and sisters Blanch, Ethel Sherin and Eleanor Lohnes.

Surviving are her brothers William, Waldo, Frank and Robert; and sisters Doris Kipp, Vera Griswold and Betty Kipp. Also surviving are her children, Ed Cloke and his wife, Mary, of Catskill, and Joyce Statler and her husband, Kenneth, of Clifton Park; her grandchildren, Laura J. Cloke, Preston F. Cloke, Scott E. Statler and his wife, Lisa, Julie M. Statler, and Sarah Valente and her husband, Manuel. Helen was also lucky to have four delightful great-grandchildren: Julianne, Kristina, Emily and Alissa Statler.

Living at Danforth, she had the opportunity to get out with her brothers and sisters, attend church, have lunch, play cards and enjoy their company. She always looked forward to these times.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Danforth Adult Home, both present and past, who cared for Helen and made her life a little easier and the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. from the Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. Burial will follow at the Hoosick Rural Cemetery in Hoosick.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to either the Ronald McDonald House or All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Hoosick through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 18, 2006
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