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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Mary VanDeCarr

Mary Elizabeth VanDeCarr (Powell)

Tuesday, December 8th, 1925 - Wednesday, November 13th, 2019
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RHINEBECK - Mary Elizabeth VanDeCarr, age 93, of Rhinebeck recently lost her battle with heart disease. She was raised in the Schenectady area but spent most of her life in Wappingers. In the mid-80s, she moved back north to Ballston Spa and stayed there until 2013 when she moved to Rhinebeck to be closer to family. Mary worked as a secretary for the Wappingers Central School District for 30 years and served as dog warden for one term.

Mary loved animals and had a passion for rescuing dogs. She established the Good Shepard K-9 Rescue that has rescued and placed many dogs throughout the northeast. She belonged to and was active in many obedience and agility clubs in the area. Most of her latest trials were with the Takes 2 to Q Agility Club. Her dogs, Dozer and Charlie, won many awards in agility. There is an annual award “The VanDeCarr Award” presented in agility each year. Charlie is also a certified therapy dog and 5 years ago she and Charlie made weekly visits to the nursing home where she spent her last few weeks.

Her husband, George, passed on about 20 years ago, and she is survived by her three sons, Gary, Dean and Mark VanDeCarr; her three grandchildren and her four great-grandchildren.

There will be no funeral services, but a celebration of life will be planned for the Spring in the Ballston Spa area. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Good Shepard K-9 Rescue, 3270 McDonald Avenue, Schenectady, NY 12304. Please visit Mary’s Book of Memories at
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Anthony D Pomato

Posted at 06:25pm
To the VanDeCarr Family,
My condolences on the passing of Mary. She was a good friend and a devoted lover of her Dogs. She was a dear friend to my Wife, Judy. She was a kind and gentle person. She will be remembered in my prayers.
Sincerely, Dr Tony Pomato

Mary Ann Blanchet

Posted at 08:58am
We got three German Shepherd rescues through Mary and a wonderful GS puppy named Dutchess because we met
her at Mary's home in Dutchess County. Mary also loaned a wonderful, gentle Doberman to my mother for a few summers when she was widowed and living alone at her summer home. Hopefully she will now find her old friends Mary Jane and Teddy and hundreds of dogs she has fostered and placed. The world has lost a remarkable, kind woman.

Mary Ann Blanchet, Clifton Park

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