ONEIDA-Gerald (“Jerry”) Clark Schenandoah age 75, born on January 23, 1946, Wolf Clan Oneida Nation, Haudenosaunee Confederacy began his journey to the Spirit World on October 11th, 2021.Jerry was a wonderful husband, loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and the favorite eldest sibling to his five sisters. He is predeceased by his eldest son Gerald Clark Schenandoah Jr., and his mother Maisie Shenandoah. He is survived by his loving wife Cheryl of 38 years, daughter Wendy Rinkle (Herman), son Richard Schenandoah, son Randy Schenandoah, son Jason Schenandoah (Maren), daughter M.J. Schenandoah. Jerry has 13 grandchildren, Amanda May Black Cornelison, Amber Nicole Black, Rebbecca Black, Alexander Rinkle, Jacob Rinkle, Randy Forrest Schenandoah Jr., Gerald Dennis Schenandoah, Artio Cherise Schenandoah, Spencer Creeden Schenandoah Auigbell, Talon Joseph Schenandoah Auigbell, Maisie Justine Schenandoah Auigbell, Meilani Jean Schenandoah, Walker Clark Schehandoah-Escobar, and 3 Great Grandchildren, Billy Cornelison, Brooke Cornelison, and Aubree Lynee Long. Jerry is also survived by his sisters, Wanda Wood, Joanne Shenandoah (Doug George), Diane Schenandoah, Victoria Schenandoah, and Danielle Schenandoah (Tony Matta).Jerry was most known for artistry in Native deerskin clothing that he created with his wife Cheryl. They dressed many traditional Haudenosaunee leaders, celebrities, and Native peoples across Turtle Island in elegant traditional and contemporary buckskin clothing. Most notable is having made the Indigenous clothing for over 100 mannequins in Mashantucket Pequot Museum and his sister Joanne Shenandoah and her family's red-carpet appearance for her 2001 GRAMMY award nomination in Los Angeles, CA. Jerry was widely known and loved among the Native powwow community across the Eastern seaboard. Everyone knew they could look to Jerry for his fine arts that he sold, for some good laughs and good heartfelt company. Jerry made sure that each of his children were able to carry in his footsteps, and they are all well rounded artists in each of their own right.In his younger years, Jerry would be seen at performances with his mother, Maisie Shenandoah, Wolf Clan Mother of the Oneida Nation. They brought dance performances and educational programming to schools and public audiences across New York State, teaching people about the Haudenosaunee. Jerry went on to become an ironworker for 20 years and worked on skyscrapers and bridges in the New York City metro area.Jerry was loved by his family. He held a special place in his heart for each of his family members, and made sure that each person knew this. He was always focused on what’s good in each person's life. Jerry always kept a smile on his face for his loved ones even in enduring times.Ca
lling hours will be held Thursday October 14th 4-7pm at the home of Jerry’s sister Wanda Wood, 429 Oxford St. Oneida, NY 13421. Services will be held at the family gravesite at the end of Crescent Road, Oneida on Friday, October 15th at 11:30 am. Following the services, the family invites everyone to join them at the Oneida Territory pavilion. Please follow all safety protocols of masking and social distancing. The family has asked in leu of flowers, please send any contributions to help with expenses to Cheryl Schenandoah at 1527 Schoolheimer Rd, Canastota, NY 13032. To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.campbell-dean.com
. CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC. Oneida https://www.lastingmemories.com/gerald-jerry-clark-schenandoah
Published by The Oneida Daily Dispatch from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2021.