Mrs. Charles Cookingham, 85, former resident of Stanfordville, who had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ida Hoffman of Pine Plains, the last six years, died unexpectedly in the Northern Dutchess Health Center Saturday morning. Mrs. Cookingham was removed to the hospital Friday after she suffered a stroke at her home. Her husband, who had been associated with the Borden Milk Co. for many years, died in 1954. The former Miss Mary Van Benschoten, Mrs. Cookingham was born in the Town of Stanford, Jan, 25, 1873, the daughter of the late Arthur and Emeline Finger Van Benschoten. Surviving, in addition to her daughter, are three sons, Russell Cookingham of Astoria, L. I. Harold Cookingham of Ancramdale and Bevan Cookingham of Amenia 21 grandchildren and 19 greatgrandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at the Stanfordville Christian Church at 2:30 p.m., Monday. The Rev. Cornelius Otto officiated. Burial was in the Stanfordville cemetery. - The Rhinebeck Gazette September 4, 1958