Jurgen Schnackenberg 87, of Claverack died peacefully at his home on Tuesday March 17, 2020. Born in Deinstedt, Germany on March 14, 1933, he was the son of the late Friedrich and Anna (Heins) Schnackenberg.
Jurgen’s upbringing on a dairy farm instilled in him the strong work ethic that allowed him to build a longstanding business as a contractor after emigrating to the US in 1953. He was also a devoted member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Hudson and a past member of the Chatham Lions Club. Jurgen’s greatest joys were creating custom homes and tending to his vegetable gardens and fruit orchards; Jurgen was generous with both his knowledge and harvests. He also greatly enjoyed traveling the East Coast with Natalie and visiting family in Germany as often as they were able. Jurgen will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Natalie (Rindfleisch) Schnackenberg at home as well as sons: Werner and (Sabine), Fritz and (Kathleen), Jurgen and (Melissa), brothers: Friedrich and (Marlis), Georg and (Christa) also sisters: Margarete and Walter Wilkens, Maria Neddens, and his twelve grandchildren: Eric, Philip, Theo, Noah, Linda, Tanya, Adam, Ryan, Natalie, Katerina, Gabriel, and Zackary. He is also survived by five great-grandchildren: Connor, Travis, Tucker, Hannah and Emma. He was predeceased by one brother Ernst, and his sister Elisabeth Nibuhr.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of Community Hospice who provided such loving care and support to Jurgen and his family over the last several months. Donations in his memory may be made to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, NY 12414.
Calling hours will be on Friday March 20, 2020 at Sacco Funeral Home 700 Town Hall Drive Hudson, beginning at 12:30 pm. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm. Following cremation his burial will be private.