Glenda Blake
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Glenda Blake

Binghamton - Glenda Blake, 68, died peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 with her husband, Leo Cotnoir, at her side. She was predeceased by her mother, Beatrice Knoeller Blake, and her ex-husband, Jeffery Newell. She is survived by her father, Glenn Blake, brothers Ernest, James, and Thomas, and by two nieces, two nephews, and two grand nephews. Glenda was born in Plattsburgh, New York and moved to the Binghamton area with her family as a young girl. After graduating from Susquehanna Valley High School she attended SUNY Oswego where she earned a degree in studio art. Her first job was designing advertisements for Fowlers Department Store. She went on to work as a graphic designer at Drazen's City of Fashion, Niles & Phipps Printing, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and SUNY Broome where she became Director of Publications. After she and Leo moved to New Hampshire, she designed advertising for the New Hampshire Union Leader then joined the graphics department of St. Anselm College. When the couple returned to Binghamton she was able to realize her dream of becoming a full-time artist. Her work has been displayed at the Cooperstown Art Association, the Circle Gallery in Annapolis, Maryland, and locally at Cooperative Gallery 213 and the gallery of the Fine Arts Society of the Southern Tier, both of which she was a member, as well as at numerous area restaurants and libraries. Besides being a graphic artist, Glenda loved to sing and performed for years with the Downtown Singers and with her a capella trio, Diamonds in the Rough. In her younger days, she was an enthusiastic Morris dancer and was proud of having danced in town squares and traffic circles throughout the Northeast. A retrospective showing of her art as a celebration of her life will be held at an appropriate time and place this summer. Donations in her memory may be made to the Glenda Blake and Leo Cotnoir Fund for Arts Empowerment at the Community Foundation of South Central New York, 520 Columbia Drive, Suite 100, Johnson City, NY 13790.

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin from May 15 to May 17, 2020.
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May 28, 2020
I got to know Glenda at the annual JC Carousel Days. She would paint the day away at the event. She had such a calm demeanor and would thoroughly enjoy her day in the shade painting. My deepest sympathy goes out to Leo and all of Glenda's loved ones.
Julie Deeime
May 25, 2020
I remember Glenda as a vibrant, creative & kind person when I first came to work at SUNY Broome. She was so helpful to me being new & I was sorry when she left. I will always remember Glenda fondly & send her family my heartfelt condolences.
Katherine Bacon
May 19, 2020
So sorry for your loss. God bless your family.
Denise Hawkins
May 18, 2020
Glenda was a truly gifted, intelligent person. I had hoped to see her SV '69 reunion weekend. My condolences to Leo and her family. I pray that God will comfort you.
Verne Haskell
May 17, 2020
I worked with Glenda at Broome in the 70's as a very young brash graphic artist, She was always kind, patient and a mentor to me. I'm glad I got to thank her a few months ago. She was an inspiration and an example of what an artist is supposed to be.
Rob Young
May 17, 2020
Glenda's talent, intelligence and sense of humor will always be cherished. She spoke of Leo always with so much love. It was a privilege to know her.
Linda Heisig
May 17, 2020
Glenda has been a good friend since our school days. I'm so glad we were able to see each other during my visits back home. We've all lost a beautiful, talented person and fellow cat lover. I will miss her dearly. Thank you, Leo, for your care and for giving her so many years of happiness. ❤
Susan LaCroix
May 15, 2020
So sorry your loss. Prayers to you and your wife's family
Johnson Resident
May 15, 2020
Glenda had a wonderful talent for art; we were thrilled when she displayed her beautiful paintings at our cafe. She was also a warm and kind person; I loved chatting with her whenever I saw her. She will be greatly missed in our community. My thoughts and deepest sympathy are with her husband Leo, her father, and her extended family.
Marie McKenna
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