Gerry Alesio Mooney Saratoga SpringsGerry passed away in peace on July 20th surrounded by her three children, Tim, Kate and Kevin Mooney and her ex-husband, Brendan. She is also survived by Bobby, Margaret, Craig and Chris Alesio, Judi, Terry, Aran and Cara Mooney. Born in Schenectady, NY a grandchild to Italian immigrants, Emilia and Carl Elisio. Their son, Samuel, married Gilda Nigro, also of Schenectady, who brought Carl, Robert, Sammy, Ralph and Geraldine into the world. Gerry grew up on Van Vranken Ave., to the sounds of the body shop, learning family recipes and attending St. Anthony's Parish. Gerry attended Linton High School (1967) then worked her way through college where she attended HVCC, then Concord College. She later attended SUNY Albany for an MA in teacher education. Later, though challenged with a diagnosis of MS, Gerry completed another MA from SUNY in reading literacy. She attended Woodstock and reveled in the chaos of that historic weekend. She was a flower child at heart and always questioned authority. It was this honesty, boldness with the truth and spontaneity of life that made her the woman we love. Gerry served humanity as a Peace Corps volunteer in the early 70s. She often recanted the story of being run out of town by a tank during the overthrow of Emperor Salassi in 1971. Gerry started her career as a beloved teacher at New Lebanon High School. She later taught at Berkshire Community College, working there from 1982 until her retirement in 2002 as chair of the Business Science Dept. Gerry met Brendan in 1976 in Nova Scotia; they married in 1977 and had their first child, Tim in '78, daughter, Katie in '79, and Kevin in '84. From Albany they moved to Delmar where they had wonderful friends and neighbors. Gerry had a zest for life and a love for travel. She loved to ski, a sport she passed onto her children. Her bucket list accomplishments she shared with her family included visiting Paris; a hot air balloon ride; braving the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon head on; kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland, among countless other adventures. Gerry endured more than her share of challenges, including her son Kevin's traumatic brain injury and her diagnosis of MS. Though the challenges tempered her, they didn't define her. She worked, raised her family and lived a life full of love and adventure. We will miss you more than you can imagine. Your suffering is over, it's your time to go home. Know that we will follow so have the cavatelli ready. Fly Away. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to NEADS, New England Assistant Dog Service, PO Box 213, West Boylston, MA 01583 or at www.neads.org. Wake services will be held on Tuesday, July 23 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Demarco Stone in Rotterdam followed by a Mass at St. Anthony's Church at 12 noon. Burial will follow at St. Anthony's Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to The R.J. Deluccia Funeral Service, 1605 Helderberg Avenue, Schenectady, NY.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on July 22, 2013
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