Mary Lee Zander

Zander, Mary Lee SPENCERTOWN Mary Lee Zander of Spencertown died on June 27, 2013. She is survived by Lorraine Zagarola, Lorraine's family, and her dear friend, Paula. Mary was born in Beardstown, Ill. on January 31, 1930, the daughter of Mae Isabel (Reay) and Clarence Eugene Zander. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and did graduate work at New York University. She lived in New York City for many years and was a social policy research specialist for the Community Service Society of New York City. In a second career, Mary wrote the book, "How to start your own Bed and Breakfast," which was favorably reviewed nationwide. She co-founded Golden Hill Press, a publisher of Americana non-fiction. During her years in Spencertown she played an active role in the community, first with the Spencertown Academy, serving as president, fund-raising chair and building committee chair during its major restoration. In later years, she started the Friends of Historic St. Peter's Presbyterian Church and served as its first president in its project to restore the church building. Mary loved reading, history, theatre, music from classical to show tunes and playing the piano. She was a member of the Hendrick Hudson chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mary enjoyed sharing her sense of discovery and good humor and Oh, the lyrics and poetry she could recite! She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Calling hours will be Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. from the Wenk Funeral Home in Chatham. Interment will be in the Spencertown Cemetery. Funeral service will be held Monday, 11 a.m. from the St Peter's Presbyterian Church, Spencertown. For online condolences, visit

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Published in Albany Times Union on June 29, 2013