Beverly Kiefer Clarey
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Beverly Kiefer Clarey passed away, with her family by her side, on Friday, December 7, 2012, at Upstate University Hospital, after being struck by a motor vehicle on November 11, 2012, on Route 12B in Clinton, NY.
Beverly was born in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy (Dillon) Kiefer. She grew up and spent most of her life in Clinton, NY, and attended Clinton Central School. In 1964, Beverly married Donald (Mike) Clarey and together they raised a son and daughter in Clark Mills, NY. Mike passed away in 1985.
At the time of her death, Beverly was a dedicated employee with the Central Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) in Utica, NY, and leaves behind many cherished friends and co-workers. It was at CABVI where she met her love and best friend, Mark Knapp, who passed away November 11, 2012, after being struck by a motor vehicle, along with Beverly, while on one of their many walks together.
Beverly was a selfless and loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She especially treasured the time she spent with her grandchildren. She was an avid baker who loved to share her treats with friends and family. We will miss her cookies, her presence at her grandchildren's performances and sporting events, and her resilience.
Surviving Beverly are a son, Andrew, and daughter-in-law, Janet, and her three adored grandchildren, Samuel, Rachel and Drew, of Clinton, NY. Beverly also leaves a daughter, Mary, of Utica, NY; a brother, Donald and his wife, Dorothy, of Stuart, Florida; sister-in-law, Myrna Kiefer, of Waterville, NY; nieces, Brenda (Russell) Buell and Cheryl Kiefer; nephew, David Kiefer; and her Uncle Charles and Aunt June Kiefer of Old Forge, NY. Beverly also leaves behind many cousins; her lifelong friend, Florence (John) Sadowski; good friend, Sandy Climek; and many friends at Mohawk Valley Apartments where she had lived for the past twenty years. She was predeceased by her former fiance, Kim Torbitt, who passed away in 2008, and her sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and John Jones.
The Clarey family extends their gratitude to the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, Central Oneida County Volunteer Ambulance Corps, St. Elizabeth's Hospital and Mercy Flight who attended to Beverly after her accident, as well as the staff of the surgical intensive care unit at Upstate University Hospital for their compassion and excellent care.
Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 13, 2012, at Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., 35 College Street, Clinton, New York, with the Rev. Laurie Pauley officiating. Prior to the service, family and friends are invited and may call from 5-7 p.m., Thursday.
Please consider a donation in Beverly's honor to the Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 507 Kent St., Utica, NY 13501.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2012