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Longtime Hudson historian Pat Fenoff dies at age 82

Aug 29, 2022 12:45 am

The Columbia Paper is reporting longtime Hudson city historian Patricia Velie Fenoff died at the age of 82, on August 23. Born October 2, 1939, in Hudson, she grew up in the Robert Taylor House, the oldest house in Hudson. At the time of her death, Fenoff had served as Hudson's historian for 35 years. In that role, Fenoff obtained a number of grants for archival materials to preserve and organize the city’s historical documents. She also helped many people from all corners of the state, the country and abroad trace their genealogical roots to Hudson, and shared information on sites and homes of interest. Fenoff served as a member of the original Historic Preservation Commission and with friend and fellow member, the late Mary Hallenbeck, she updated an inventory of buildings and homes that resulted in the designation of the city’s largest historic district that covers most of the city’s south side. Fenoff also researched various projects, including the restoration of the Amtrak station and the Warren Street sidewalks. She spent several years documenting the burials in Hudson City Cemetery and helped with research to support the redesign of the City Seal. She documented many other cemeteries in Columbia County, stone by stone, and transcribed the records for several of the churches in Hudson and other locations. She recorded the births, deaths and marriages in the city from Hudson’s past newspapers. Fenoff was a longtime member of the Hendrick Hudson Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, where she served as curator of its collection of artifacts and ephemera. Graveside services for Fenoff will be held on September 2 in Cedar Park Cemetery. Read more in The Columbia Paper.