Claire Shacklett


Claire Shacklett, 105, died peacefully Friday, May 9, 2008 at Mounainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville with her family at her side. She was born in Trier, Germany on February 15, 1903, the daughter of Adele and Ernst Apel.

Claire came to this country in 1924 and became a citizen in 1939, of which she was extremely proud.

She married Henry Shacklett July 27, 1925.

Claire lived many years in New Kingston where she was known as Mom Shacklett. She and her husband ran a small printing company and had a chicken farm. She also worked in later years for Father Richard Doyle in the Sacred Heart Rectory in Margaretville and St. Patrick’s in Athens. She retired from that at age 86. She became a resident of Mountainside in January 2002.

Claire was a loving, compassionate caregiver all her life. Even at the age of 100 plus she retained her wit and positive attitude towards life. She never gave up her quest for knowledge and remained interested in politics and present day affairs.

She was a strong, remarkable woman who will always be remembered and always be missed.

Surviving are a sister, Johanna Schummelfeder, Trier, Germany; a son, Al and Sandi Zimmerman, Phoenix, MD; granddaughters, Joy and Bill Schluter, Hardenburgh, Gay and Bruce Poppe, Bailey, CO, Lorraine and Ron Ellwood, Apollo Beach, FL, Debra and Jim Seward, Spencerville, IN;  grandson Allan and Enna Shacklett, Braselton, GA. Also surviving are 16 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Shacklett of forty years on May 10, 1965; sisters, Louise Fries, Gorgette Langeheine, Mary Sborowitz; a daughter, Frances Gana; a son, Itarry Shacklett and a great-granddaughter, Janice Poppe.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville, with Rev. Joon Woo Lee, officiating.

Burial will be in the New Kingston Cemetery, New Kingston.

Calling hour will be held from 10 a.m. Wednesday, until service time at 11 a.m. 

Donations in Claire’s memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice.

Arrangements by the Hynes Funeral Home.