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Richard S. Hemendinger

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Richard S. Hemendinger GRAFTON Richard Stoddard Hemendinger, 71, of Grafton, N.Y., passed away Nov. 28, 2008, at St. Peter's Hospital after a brief illness. Born in the Bronx, son of the late Augustine Hemendinger and Hilda King Hemendinger. He graduated from Dix Hills High School in Long Island, N.Y. Richard originally worked for Freihofer's Bakeries, Wonder Bread, owned an Arnold Bread franchise, worked for Prudential Insurance, and then for Johnson & O'Hare. He leaves his beloved and devoted wife Helen Nugent Hemendinger of Grafton, N.Y. In addition to his wife Helen he leaves five sons, David and Sarah Hemendinger of E. Greenwich, Rhode Island; Stephen and Patricia Hemendinger of Alabama; Peter and Billie Jo Hemendinger of Amsterdam, N.Y.; Ryan and Nancy Hemendinger of Hoosick Falls, New York; Sean and Nicole Hemendinger of Austin, Texas; and one daughter Richelle and Chip Oplinger of Harrisburg, North Carolina. He also leaves 12 grandchildren; Ashley, Morgan, Rachel, Alex, Kearsten, Joshua, Zackary, Nicholas, Nathan, Jessica, Helena, and Gabriel. Richard enjoyed golfing, traveling, and watching his favorite sports events on TV. Richard was an affectionately nicknamed "Big Cat" for his tenacity at correcting referees at sporting events. "Big Cat" was a phenomenal cook and enjoyed hosting large family get-togethers for the holidays and summertime celebrations. FUNERAL NOTICE: Calling hours will be on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, at 5 to 8 p.m. in the THOMAS M. BARBER FUNERAL HOME, 66 Armsby Road, Petersburgh. A Memorial Service will follow the calling hours at 8 p.m. Interment will be at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at the Grafton Center Cemetery. Immediately following the burial, there will be a fellowship gathering at The Grafton Inn on Route 2 in Grafton, New York. In lieu of flowers kindly make a donation to Becky's House, St. Peter's Hospital Foundation Inc., 319 South Manning Blvd., Albany New York, 12214 in memory of Richard S. Hemendinger. Becky's House is a place of respite and lodging for families with a seriously ill family member in the hospital.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 29, 2008
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