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Wayne R. Senecal

February 25, 1934 ~ November 12, 2022 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Whitehall-Wayne Robert Senecal passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2022. Wayne was born on February 25, 1934, in Mt. Holly, Vermont, the second son of Paul J. and Catherine J. (Phelps) Senecal, at the end of a weeklong blizzard with Catherine’s sister Charlotte in attendance.  Dr. Miller arrived too late for the delivery. 

Wayne started school in Mill Village (Rutland Town) in 1940 and attended school there until March 1, 1943, when the family moved to the farm in Whitehall, New York. He graduated from Whitehall High School in June 1952.  Wayne went on to the New York Agricultural and Technology College in Cobleskill, on a New York Regents Scholarship.  Upon graduation he married the girl of his dreams, Carol Anne Manell on August 1, 1954.  Later that year, he and Carol started their farming career with Wayne’s father by, buying the adjacent Joseph Buckley farm.  After 44 years, it was time to retire, so Wayne and Carol sold the farm.  They built their retirement home on a piece of the farm. with a beautiful view of the land they loved, where they intended to finish out their lives.

During his lifetime Wayne was president of the Whitehall Central School Board, as well as president of the Washington County Farm Bureau. In his retirement, Wayne enjoyed his role as guide at the Skenesborough Museum where his mother had also worked. 

Wayne is known for his easy wit, flirtatious manner, and love of conversation.  He had many collections including toy replicas of every tractor used on the farms. 

Wayne was pre-deceased by his parent’s Paul and Catherine, his beloved wife Carol and brother Paul J. Senecal.  He is survived by five children:  Christopher W. Senecal, Catherine L. Tobin, David A. Senecal, Michael J. Senecal, Karen A. LeMin, nine grandchildren, two great grandchild, sister Elaine Jones and a best friend Lois Larson.  

Viewing and words of remembrance will be Friday, November 18, from 6-8pm at Jillson Funeral Home 46 Williams St., Whitehall, New York.  The next day, Saturday, November 19 at 1pm there will be a graveside committal service and burial in the family lot at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made in Wayne’s memory to: Whitehall Skene Manor Preservation, Inc., 8 Potters Terrace, Whitehall, NY   12887.

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Wayne Senecal

February 25, 1934-November 12, 2022

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