April 2, 1922-March 21, 2013
“Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.”
-“Book of Common Prayer”
COOPERSTOWN — Grace Welsh, 90, a lifelong resident of Cooperstown, and for the past year a resident of the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, died Thursday morning, March 21, 2013, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
She was born April 2, 1922, the daughter of David and Annie Welsh, in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, Scotland. She immigrated to this country with her parents in 1925.
Grace graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1938. She then worked at the Knox School for Girls which was located in what is now the Otesaga Hotel.
She enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and after training at Hunter College in New York City and Camp Lejeune, N.C., she served for two years as a Pharmacist Mate at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Va. She returned to Cooperstown after her discharge from the Navy on Dec. 23, 1945.
After a short stint at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown she went to work for New York Telephone Company where she served in management positions for the next 40 years. During some of that time she traveled throughout the state as a traveling Chief Operator. She retired in April 1985.
Raised in the Episcopal faith, Grace has been a faithful member of Christ Church in Cooperstown all her life, where she served in many capacities.
She was also a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 579 in Cooperstown, and the Native Daughters of Cooperstown.
Grace was a helpful and loving friend to many in the Cooperstown area.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and three brothers, Alistair, Robert and David Welsh Jr.
Grace is survived by a brother, Douglas J. Welsh of Cooperstown; a sister, Annie Bantham and her husband, Harvey, of Wilton; and a sister-in-law, Becky Welsh of Cooperstown. Also surviving are a niece, Shelley (Mark) Fredericks of West Milford, N.J.; nephews, Dan (Kim) Bantham of Merrimack, N.H., and Tim (Martina) Bantham of Ballston Spa; along with eight great-nieces and -nephews.
Donations in memory of Grace may be made to Christ Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown, NY 13326, the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or a charity of one’s choice.
Services at Christ Church, Cooperstown will take place at the convenience of the family at a time and date to be announced later this spring.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.