Hilda M. La Duke

Hilda M. La Duke, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturady, Aug. 24, 2013 at her home, surrounded by her loving family after a long illness.

Hilda was born on May 22, 1928, Keene Valley to the late Leo and Margaret Gilman. Hilda enjoyed cooking, baking, family dinners and spending time with her family and friends. Hilda would often volunteer, preparing soup for the Salvation Army and with the City Mission. She was also a longtime communicant of St. Gabriel The Archangel Church in Schenectady and was a past member of the Ladies of the Lore Auxiliary, Rotterdam.

Hilda is survived by her beloved husband of more than 65 years, Ralph L. La Duke; her cherished children: Ralph (Linda) La Duke, Michael (Debbie) La Duke and Ronna (Lou) Welch. She is the adored grandmother of Liesha (Bill), April (Tom), Joanna (Nicholas), Courtney (Dan), Jackie (Dan), Ryan (Christina), Michael (Kelly), Jenna (Ryan) and Livia (Michael). She is also survived by her great grandchildren: Cara, Anna, Kate, TJ, Julia, Ella, Lucien, Ethan, Myla and Drake.

In addition to her parents she was preceded by her brother and two sisters.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29 at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 1235 State St., Schenectady.

Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 at New Comer Cannon Funeral Home, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie. Interment will follow the funeral Mass at St. Agnes Cemetery, Lake Placid.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Northeastern New York 4 Pine West Plaza Albany, NY 12205 in Hilda’s memory.

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