Bertha Mae Clancy
COOPERSTOWN — Bertha Mae Clancy, 91, of Cooperstown, died Friday morning, April 19, 2013, at Otsego Manor.
Born Dec. 5, 1921, in Oneonta, she was the daughter of Lee and Dorothy (Decker) Sickler. She graduated from Oneonta High School in the Class of 1940, and obtained employment as a secretary in the office at the former Elmore Milling Company.
On Sept. 3, 1946, she married Joseph Clancy of Cooperstown, and moved to his residence in Cooperstown. While her husband ran their family businesses, The Doubleday Restaurant and then Clancy’s Deli, Bertha Mae began her “career” as a member and volunteer for numerous local charitable organizations.
Among them, she was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown; a member, past president, secretary and treasurer of the VFW Auxiliary Post 7128; a member, past secretary, treasurer and director of the Cooperstown Criterion Club; a longtime volunteer for the Red Cross and their blood drives; a past member of the Cooperstown Fire Department Auxiliary; and a loyal volunteer at Bassett Hospital for over 40 years.
Bertha Mae was predeceased by her husband, Joseph, in 1988; and by her sister, Jean Hurlburt of Otego.
She is survived by her two sons, Terry Clancy and his wife, Janie of Weatherford, Texas, and Brian Clancy and his wife, Kathy of Cooperstown; and by two grandsons, Stephen and Richard, also of Cooperstown. Additionally, she is survived by her nephews James, Joseph and John Hurlburt; and her niece, Jan McGrath; as well as by her nephews, Martin, Dennis and Michael Clancy; and her nieces, Caroline Calhoun, Patricia Clancy and Kathy McDermott.
Funeral services for Bertha Mae will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the First Baptist Church in Cooperstown with the Rev. Douglas Deer, pastor, officiating. Burial following the service will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.
Because Bertha Mae enjoyed and looked forward every summer to the Tuesday evening “Concerts in the Park” performances at the Lakefront Park, the family suggests that donations in Bertha Mae’s memory be made to the Village of Cooperstown’s “Concerts in the Park” program, c/o Cooperstown Village Hall, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.