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Leah Knapp Dusha

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BENNINGTON -- Leah Knapp Dusha, 72, formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation where she had resided since 1998. She was the widow of Richard C. Dusha who died in 1999.

Born July 14, 1930 in Cambridge, she was the daughter of Frederick W. and Ora (Bowker) Knapp. Leah was 3 years old when her mother died. She went to live with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cullinan. Later she lived with her father and stepmother, the former Loretta Reilly. She graduated from Bellows Falls High School, class of 1948 and attended Mildred Elley Secretarial School in Albany, N.Y. Upon completion of her studies, she worked for the U.S. Organized Reserve Corps in Albany and modeled for the Powers Agency.

Leah and Dick were married on Sept. 2, 1950. After her return to Cambridge, she was a secretary at Cambridge Central School for six years and then worked in the offices of several area doctors including Dr. Romack, Dr. Digman, Dr. Crane, Dr. Krundick, and Dr. Pender. In 1965 she joined her husband in the florist business. The business was sold in 1970 and the family moved to Pinellas Park, Fla.

Because of her love of golf and outdoor activities, Leah became employed at the Seminole Lake Country Club as the office manager and enjoyed that position for 17 years until ill health forced her retirement.

In 1996, she and her husband, both disabled and handicapped, moved north to be near their hometown, relatives and longtime friends. She resided at the Danforth Adult Care Center in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. for two years and then moved to Bennington.

Leah was a member of the Embury United Methodist Church in Cambridge and the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #570.

She was an avid golfer; loved to walk and was a great player of Bingo and cards. She had been a model for Norman Rockwell.

She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Dana F. and Jeri Dusha of Jonesboro, Ark.; a brother, Fred Knapp of Osprey, Fla.; a sister, Sheryl Egger of Rochester, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Dusha, of Arlington; one uncle, Gardner Cullinan of Cambridge and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Ackley & Ross Funeral Home, 73 West Main St., Cambridge.

The family requests memorial donations be made to the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #570, Helen Robertson, 42 South Union St., Cambridge, NY 12816 or Centers for Living and Rehabilitation-Palative Care Unit, 160 Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 14, 2003
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