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Gerald ("Jerry") Clark Shenandoah


Indian Time Newspaper would like to note the passing of an elder from a neighboring community:

Gerald ("Jerry") Clark Shenandoah 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.

His eldest son Gerald Clark Shenandoah Jr., and his mother Maisie Shenandoah predeceased him.

Jerry was survived by his loving wife Cheryl of 38 years, his daughter Wendy Rinkle (Herman), son Richard Shenandoah, son Randy Shenandoah, son Jason Shenandoah (Maren), and daughter M.J. Shenandoah.

Jerry had 13 grandchildren: Amanda May Black Cornelison, Amber Nicole Black, Rebecca Black, Alexander Rinkle, Jacob Rinkle, Randy Forrest Shenandoah Jr., Gerald Dennis Shenandoah, Artio Cherise Shenandoah, Spencer Creeden Shenandoah Auigbell, Talon Joseph Shenandoah Auigbell, Maisie Justine Shenandoah Auigbell, Meilani Jean Shenandoah, Walker Clark Shenandoah-Escobar, and 3 Great Grandchildren: Billy Cornelison, Brooke Cornelison, and Aubree Lynee Long. Jerry was also survived by his sisters, Wanda Wood, Joanne Shenandoah (Doug George), Diane Shenandoah, Victoria Shenandoah, and Danielle Shenandoah (Tony Matta).

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 challenging times.

Calling hours were held on Thursday October 14th from 4 -7pm at the home of Jerry's sister Wanda Wood, 429 Oxford St. Oneida, NY 13421.

Services were also 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 invited everyone to join them at the Oneida Territory pavilion.

The family asked that in lieu of flowers; to send any contributions to help with expenses to Cheryl Shenandoah at 1527 Schoolheimer Rd, Canastota, NY 13032.

To leave messages of condolence, please visit CAMPBELL-DEAN FUNERAL HOME, INC. Oneida @


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