Gannon, Lillian V. MIDDLEBURGH Lillian V. Gannon, 83, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013 after a long illness. She died peacefully in the arms of her husband at their home. Lillian was born in Jersey City, N.J. on April 20, 1929. She was the daughter of William P. and Mary Dineen Sullivan. She lived her young life in New York City, graduating from Washington Irving High School. She and Richard were married on May 1, 1954 at St. Paul's Church in Manhattan. From NYC she moved upstate to Middleburgh. Over the years Lillian lived throughout the upstate area including, Catskill, Troy, East Greenbush, West Sand Lake, and then finally back to Middleburgh. Family was foremost in Lillian's life. She had a full time job raising seven children. She was a true domestic engineer. Lill enjoyed gardening, baking, and cooking. She was a recycling pioneer way before it was recognized as the right thing to do. She was an avid reader. Among her favorite things was to share a cup of coffee or tea with a friend. Lill especially loved giving her time to those who needed a helping hand. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Marie Sullivan and her son, William P. Gannon Sr. (Karen) of Central Bridge. Lillian is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Richard J. Gannon, a retired NYSP; children, Judith Richards (Mark) of Middleburgh, Maureen Shoemaker (Timothy) of Manning, S.C., Elizabeth Hough (Jack) of Corinth, Kathleen Marshall (Greg) of Middleburgh, Margaret Aragosa (Michael) of Glenville and Amy Reinhart (John) of Middleburgh. She is also survived by 16 precious grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Lill was a member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary, Post 248 and was their chaplin for several years. Lillian was a communicant of Our Lady of the Valley Church and a Eucharist minister, as well as a volunteer within the church community. Calling hours will be held Friday evening, March 1 at the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, 134 River St., Middleburgh from 6-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on March 2 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in Middleburgh, N.Y. Spring interment will be in Middleburgh Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to remember Lillian in a special way may make contributions to: Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 795 East Main St., Suite 11, Cobleskill, NY 12043.
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Published in Albany Times Union on Feb. 27, 2013