Claudette Chenot, 48, of the Town of Colonie, NY, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022. She was born on May 7, 1973, in Niskayuna, NY. Claudette graduated from South Colonie High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College. She was employed by NYS Tax and Finance for many years.
She is survived by her parents, Iris King Chevalier, Rensselaer, NY, and John G Chevalier Sr (Mary Lou Hodge) of Niskayuna NY, her son, William Wallace of Brooklyn NY, her sister, Carleen Goding (Daniel) of Savannah GA, and her brother, John Chevalier Jr (Margaret) of Halfmoon, NY. She is also survived by her niece and nephews, numerous cousins, aunts and uncles, William’s father, Roland “Fred” Wallace and her father-in-law, William “Al” Wallace.
Her son, William has honored his mother with a touching tribute:
My mother was a loving and caring individual. Out of all of the many things she loved, her animals and her son were most prominent. Although dealt with difficult cards, she worked to the best of her ability to make ends meet and make a wonderful life for her son and animals. She spent the majority of her time caring for her son and spending time with her animals. She stressed morality during her son’s upbringing, to always be a good person at heart no matter the situation. She had a deep love for country, rock, reggae and hip-hop music. She was fashionable and new clothes gave her more joy than I had ever seen.
My fondest memory of her was playing in the leaves and making leaf piles. She did everything she could to make me happy because I wasn’t fond of other kids nor had any siblings. She bought our first dog Max to keep me company, and a couple months later bought me another dog, Mia, because I had been sick in bed for quite a while. Helping me find happiness gave her happiness as well. Although times were tough and taking care of me was one of her sole purposes for keeping it together, deep down she was a caring and loving individual that sat with a lot of pain. However, now she is in a better place. As she may watch over me and my family, I pray that she knows her sacrifices weren’t in vain. Through her own battles, she taught me to turn any situation into a positive no matter the uncertainty of the coming future. She stressed morality and environmentalism during my childhood and these are characteristics that I’ve taken with me throughout my own life. I plan on never straying away from the strong moral compass she taught me while growing up.
I loved my mom with all of my heart and went to endless measures to make sure that she was okay. She’s my golden angel, she guided me through my childhood and taught me that no matter how difficult life may become, there are others that are worse off, to never take anything for granted. In her last weeks she had donated to St. Jude as her Christmas gift to others. Her character was that of a giver and purity, and although her actions had been tinged by illness, she was a fascinating and delightful individual.
There will be no services. Donations can be made in Claudette’s memory to St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or the Mohawk-Hudson Humane Society.
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