2012-02-08 / Obituaries

Mary A. Crane


Mary A. Crane Mary A. Crane Mary Agnes Crane of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away (due to heart failure) Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at the Lake Wales Medical Center. She was 70 years old.

She was born November 11, 1941 in Bradford, Pa., to Milton and Mary (Onuffer) Dawley. She was a member of the Lake Wales Methodist Church, and Lake Wales Chapter NSDAR.

Mary was a longtime resident of Cold Spring, where she taught business education for 32 years in the Peekskill Schools. She also taught at Westchester Community College (Valhalla), Dutchess Community College

(Poughkeepsie), Concordia College (Bronxville), and Mt. St. Mary College (Newburgh).

She graduated from Rochester Institute of with a B.S. degree and Syracuse University with a M.S. degree. Mary was always taking classes to learn new things, including many computer programs. She had many hobbies, including volunteering, sewing, needlepoint, cooking, and genealogy.

Mary traveled to 46 of the 50 states, and almost every country in Europe and South America. While a teacher she sponsored many clubs and activities. She moved to Florida in 2004 to Nalcrest with her husband, William (Bill), a retired letter carrier. Bill's sister Louise was Mary's college roommate at Syracuse University.

Mary is survived by her husband of 45 years, Bill; foster daughter, Rosa Velez of San Antonio, Tex.; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 9, 2012, at the Fishkill United Methodist Church of Fishkill, N.Y. Burial was held at the McKean County Memorial Park in Bradford, Pa. Contributions may be made to the Lake Wales Care Center (140 East Park Avenue, Lake Wales, FL 33853). Condolences may be sent to the family at marionnelsonfuneralhome.com.

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