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Betty (Bonpane) Crummey

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Crummey, Betty (Bonpane) LOUDONVILLE Betty B. Crummey, passed away peacefully at home, Friday, December 7, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of the late Judge Blase A. Bonpane and Florence Marco Bonpane. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio, later moving to Los Angeles, Calif. She attended Mills College in Oakland, Calif., received a B.A. from Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, Calif. and received her M.A. from Siena College in 1966 and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Siena College in 1990. As a child, she performed in the Cleveland Playhouse, Cain Park Theatre, Cleveland Symphony and the Cleveland Opera and Metropolitan Opera. During her married life, she was first employed by the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance, the State University of New York and subsequently at Bethlehem Central Senior High School where she served 20 years as an English teacher. Betty's life exemplified her devout faith and her belief in the significance of education and community service. Betty was a founding member of the Saint Gregory's School for Boys in Loudonville, N.Y. She also served on the Catholic Charities Board of the Diocese of Albany, Red Cross Board as chairman of College Activities Committee; Albany Symphony as vice president, Vanguard Founders' Committee as secretary; Church of St. Pius X, Loudonville, Alter Rosary Society, Pastor's Project, Parish Council as secretary; Council of Community Service (later United Fund) panel member; St. Gregory's School for Boys serving as secretary to the Founders Committee, then returning to the board of trustees in 1995 and subsequently named to the Honorary Board; Saratoga Performing Arts Center, president of Action Council and chair of Renaissance Weekend; Pruyn House Board member, directing the move of the historic one-room schoolhouse from Verdoy to Pruyn House grounds; Albany Institute of History and Art Board member for 25 years serving as secretary, vice president, founding president of the Women's Council, chairman of Champagne Ball; Albany Ladies of Charity Founding Board; Junior League of Albany as president; Founding Board president, Northeastern New York Speech Center; Albany Tricentenial area-wide celebration, co-chaired, Task Force responsible for oversight of parade, gala ball, tall ships and Charter Day programs. She served Siena College as chair of the associate board of Trustees and founding chair of The Creative Arts Committee, writing music and shows for two large fundraisers. She also co- chaired the Town of Colonie Centennial Celebration. She served as a board member of Albany International Airport Art Advisory Committee, Albany Historical Society, Ten Broeck Mansion and Albany Civic Theatre. She also co-founded the Albany League of Arts, serving as president. She served as president of the Fort Orange Garden Club and was on the founding Committee of the Imagination Celebration. She authored the official song for The Albany Tulip Festival. Betty established the annual Imagination Celebration competition for Albany school children. She served on the Founder's committee of the Albany Medical Center Fund Raising committee, founding committee of Albany Aquatic Club (1st AAU swim club in area-later becoming Colonie Aquatic). She served as secretary for the Albany Youth Symphony; The Egg Board Program Committee; Kirkland College Board, (now part of Hamilton College); and as treasurer for the Citizens Planning Committee for Greater Albany (pre-curser to South Mall). Betty received numerous honors for her work including: the Junior League of Albany-Silver Sustainer's Bowl for community and league service; Albany Tricentennial-Silver Medal for 3 1/2 years of planning of Celebration; Town of Colonie Co-Chairman of Centennial celebration, Steuben crystal bowl; Lifetime Achievement Award from National Society of Fundraising Activities and honorary recognition from the Little Sisters of the Poor. Betty was a member of The Schuyler Meadows Club for 58 years. She was a communicant of St. Pius X Church, Loudonville and was invested by the Knights of Malta as a Dame of Malta in 1994. Betty leaves her husband of 64 years, Edward J. Crummey Jr; a daughter, Elizabeth C. O'Keeffe of New York City; two sons, Edward J. Crummey III of Studio City, Calif. and Peter G. Crummey of Loudonville, N.Y. She is survived by her brother, Blase Bonpane; and a sister, Sr. Mary Ann Bonpane. She also leaves grandchildren, Carol E. Crummey, Constance W. Crummey, Cathryn O. Crummey, Canon G. Crummey, Peter G. Crummey Jr. and Edward J. Crummey IV. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10 a.m., Thursday, December 13, 2012 at The Church of St. Pius X Church, 23 Crummitie Road, Loudonville. Relatives and friends are also invited to call Wednesday 3 to 7 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Memorial contributions may be made to the Betty B. Crummey Scholarship Fund of St. Gregory's School for Boys, 121 Old Niskayuna Road, Loudonville, NY 12211. To leave the family an online condolence please visit www.sbfuneralhome.com
Published in Albany Times Union from Dec. 10 to Dec. 11, 2012
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