Mary Louise West Shedd, 98, Salisbury native
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Mary Louise West Shedd, 98, of Altamont, N.Y., died at the Schenectady Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing on Feb. 10, 2021.
She was born in Salisbury, Vt., on Feb. 10, 1923, the second child of Francis and Ruby (Nichols) West. Mary was a graduate of Middlebury High School, and earned a certificate in Child Care Technology at St. Margaret’s Home in Albany, N.Y. During World War II she served in the Cadet Nurse Corps.
After the war, Mary met and married Robert Shedd in Wallingford, Vt. After their two children were born, the family moved to Guilderland, N.Y. They bought a building lot in nearby Voorheesville and built a home there, mostly with their own hands.
Mary was an amateur ornithologist, a knitter, and a volunteer weather observer. She was a volunteer staff member of the Heldeberg Workshop at its beginnings in Voorheesville. She loved opera, was an avid reader, and was still walking trails into her 98th year.
She is survived by her son Jerome Shedd and his wife Lindi Bortney of Ripton, Vt.; her daughter Diane Wozniak and her husband Frank of Altamont, N.Y.; her brother Roger West and his wife Ruth of Clarendon, Vt.; grandchildren Adair Shedd of Port Chester, N.Y.; Adrienne Farragher and her husband Adam of Rotterdam, N.Y., Adam Wozniak and his wife Stacie of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; four great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Robert C. Shedd, and her brother Paul West of Wallingford, Vt.
At her request there will be no service. Memorial donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy. ◊
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