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January 7, 2014

Elizabeth A. Crean

The Daily Star

---- — Elizabeth A. Crean

ONEONTA — Elizabeth A. Crean, 77, of Oneonta, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, at the A.O. Fox Hospital Nursing Home.

Betty was born in Astoria, Queens on June 9, 1936, the daughter of James and Elizabeth (Pardy) Coghlan.

She married John M. Crean on April 21, 1956. He predeceased her on May 28, 2010, following 54 years of marriage.

As a child, she spent summers swimming at Rockaway Beach with her parents and her brother. In high school, she loved to dance the Lindy.

Betty worked as a secretary for the New York City Police Chaplain.

She was a very devout Catholic and always had many friends and a smile for everyone.

She is survived by her children, Michael, William and Daniel Crean and Jacqueline Vitacco; 12 grandchildren; a brother, James Coghlan; her daughters-in-law, Debra, Diana and MaryAnn Crean; and a son-in-law, William Vitacco.

A funeral mass will be offered at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta with the Rev. Scott VanDerveer, parochial vicar, officiating.

Inurnment will be later in Mt. Calvary Columbarium Crypt.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta. The family will be in attendance.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

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Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.