Weissbard, Ramona VanWie ALBANY Ramona VanWie Weissbard, 100, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at the Loudonville Assisted Living Residence (L.A.L.R.). She was born in Frewsburg, N.Y. to the late Raymond and Lena VanWie, and grew up in Randolph, N.Y. where her father was principal of the Central School. Ramona graduated from Albany State Teacher's College after which she obtained her M.S. in library science from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo. She worked in several state agencies creating departmental libraries, retiring from the Department of Labor. At the time of her death, she was the oldest and longest-term member of the Albany Unitarian Universalist Society. Throughout her lifetime, her summers were spent in the family's cottage in Chautauqua, N.Y. Ramona is survived by her children, Judy (Don) Hanson and David (Karen) Weissbard; her grandchildren, Lisa (Valerie Oliva) Weissbard Shelley (Dean) Burns, Meredith (Ray) Andrews, Kathy (Gregg) DeCenzo, and Hilary Weissbard; her great-grandchildren, Talia, Drew, Emily, Zachary, Caroline, Ethan, Kassia, and Ezio; her sister, Rita Finger; and many nieces, nephews, and honorary family member, Susan Richardson. She was predeceased by her husband, Al; and her brother, Donald VanWie. The family expresses their gratitude to the caring staff at L.A.L.R., Enhanced Unit. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, at Albany Unitarian Universalist Society, 405 Washington Ave., Albany. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, 855 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206. To leave a special message for the family online, NewComerAlbany.com .
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