Constance Shepard Dudek, formerly of Fulton NY and currently of Lima NY passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at the age of 96. Constance was born on December 12, 1923 in Oswego NY to Frederick Shepard and Josephine Yeager Shepard. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Thaddeus L Dudek , her son, Thaddeus S Dudek and sister, Josephine Shepard.
She is survived by her daughter, Cynthia M Schofield of Lima NY and her grandchildren Jennifer Schofield Whelan (Brian) of Lafayette Hill PA; Jessica Dudek (Jonathan L) of Wilmington NC and Courtenay N Dudek of Westminster MD. Surviving are her great-grandchildren: Keira A Whelan and Ian J Whelan; daughter-in-law Colleen C Dudek; sister-in-law Genevieve Sands and several nieces and nephews.
Constance graduated with a Registered Nurse degree from St Joseph’s School of Nursing, Syracuse NY in 1946. After graduating nursing school, Constance worked as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse NY; Mt Sinai Hospital NYC; and Oswego Hospital, Oswego NY.
After her hospital career, Constance worked as an Occupational RN at Sealright and Nestles, Fulton NY. She also earned her X-ray and audiology technician certificates at this time. She ended her nursing career at Nestles.
Constance was active in her retirement. She volunteered at the American Red Cross blood drives and for the American Heart Association. Constance was also a member of the Republican Committee in Granby NY during the 1980’s and 1990’s. She was also very active with Fulton NY and Lima/Honeoye Falls NY senior citizen groups.
She was a past member of St Michael’s Church in Fulton NY and Our Lady of the Rosary in Hannibal NY. Constance was also a member of Catholic Daughters of America, The National Association of Catholic Nurses and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing Alumni Association.
Constance loved to travel and spend time with her family. She enjoyed gardening, crafts and sewing.
She was strong and a fighter until her last breath. Constance was loved and will be dearly missed by all.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 12:00 from St. Mary’s Cemetery in Fulton NY. Face masks are required. Arrangements by Dowdle Funeral Home, Oswego NY.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, PO Box 98018, Washington DC 20090-8018; or Salesian Missions, 2 Lefevre Lane, New Rochelle NY 10801-5710.
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