Constance M. Rue

Constance M. Rue

Constance M. Rue

ALTAMONT — Constance M. Rue was a devoted mother and grandmother who started a new chapter in life a decade ago, volunteering for a variety of village initiatives.

She died unexpectedly at her Altamont home on Sunday, July 5, 2020. She was 61.

“She was a true and dedicated supporter of our community and our organizations — a fine and gentle person who will be sorely missed by many in Altamont,” said James Gaughan, former longtime village mayor.

Mrs. Rue was born on May 23, 1959 in Kingston, New York, the daughter of the late Robert and Virginia Honan. “She was the baby of four kids,” said her son, Jeremy Rue.

She spent most of her young life in Guilderland. “She always looked like a happy kid in pictures,” her son said.

Mrs. Rue was a 1977 graduate of Guilderland High School, and a 1981 graduate of The College of Saint Rose. She studied business and business management at Saint Rose and started working at the Grand Union supermarket.

“That’s where she met my dad,” said Mr. Rue. “Everybody who ever knew them said they were meant to be for each other. They were an amazing couple.”

The Rues were married for 29 years, their union ending only with Rick Rue’s death in 2010.

While she was working at Grand Union, Mrs. Rue went back to school to get a degree in computer science. She was then employed by New York State Information Technology Services.

But Mrs. Rue’s primary focus was always her family. “She was very loving,” said her son. “We were a close family. Family always seemed like it was everything,” he said.

Mrs. Rue also remained close to her two brothers and sister. “Last year, for her 60th birthday, we got all four siblings together for a surprise birthday party,” said her son.

The Rues raised their son and daughter in Knox. “We lived in Knox for a long time, surrounded by my father’s family,” said Mr. Rue. “As my sister and I moved out, my parents planned to sell the house and move to the village. Then my father passed away.”

Mrs. Rue went ahead with the plans the couple had made. “She moved into the village and made new friends and got involved in the community,” said Mr. Rue.

Mrs. Rue was involved in many community organizations, including Altamont Community Tradition, the Altamont Village Archives, and the Altamont Village Planning Board.

She was also a lover of travel, photography, and the outdoors.

But five years ago, when her first and only grandchild was born, Benjamin Rue became her focus.

“They loved baking together, cooking together, hanging out together, playing Scrabble,” said Mr. Rue, explaining, “He’s learning his letters.”

“He has been her world,” Mr. Rue concluded.

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Constance M. Rue is survived by her daughter, Kathy Rue; her son, Jeremy Rue, his wife, Leigha, and their son, Benjamin; her brothers, Michael Honan and his wife, Gretchen, and Tom Honan and his wife, Trisha; and her sister, Carol Rasowsky and her husband, Bernie; as well as a large, loving extended family.

Friends may call at Fredendall Funeral Home, Altamont, on Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by an interment at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland at 12:30 p.m.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

 

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Connie Rue

Jeremy, Leah and Kathy,

I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom's passing. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Ann Rue

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