ALMOND - Bernice R. Burdett, 104, formerly
of Almond, who resided for the past eight years at Updyke's Willow
Ridge, went to be with her Lord, Tuesday (March 6, 2007) at St. James
Mercy Hospital following a short illness.
Born in Hornellsville, June 5, 1902, a daughter of Curt D. and Marie
Antionette Nicholson Ranger, she lived on the Turnpike in Hornell, where
her family started peddling milk in 1906 under the name Ranger Brothers,
which later became Elmhurst Dairy.
Bernice graduated from Hornell High School in 1919 and Geneseo State
Normal School in 1921. She had taught elementary education in Perry,
Long Island, Endicott, and Bryant and Washington Schools in Hornell
prior to raising her family. She returned to teaching at Alfred-Almond
Central School, retiring in 1966.
On Sept. 1, 1934, she married Donald S.
Burdett and together they made their home in Hornell and on the
Pennsylvania Hill Road, moving to Almond in 1967.
Bernice was the oldest member of the Almond Union of Churches, a member
and Past Matron of Ivanhoe Chapter No. 160 O.E.S., Almond Historical
Society, 20th Century Club Library and Almond Senior Citizens. She and
her husband were staunch supporters of Bethesda Hospital, serving as
volunteers for many years.
Bernice was blessed with a keen mind and quick wit, and her greatest
pleasure was spending time with her family, with whom she loved sharing
her experiences and her wisdom. She enjoyed traveling, and in 1932, she
and a friend drove across country in her 1930 Ford coupe. One of the
highlights of this adventure was when they attended the opening
ceremonies of the 1932 Olympics.
She was honored two years ago by the Hornell
High School Alumni Association as the oldest living graduate and was
crowned “queen” at Updyke's this past year.
She was predeceased by her husband; a step-daughter, Anna Ruth Seaman; a
step-son, Robert D. Burdett; three brothers, Harold H., Ralph D. and
Frank E. Ranger; and infant grandson, Eric Lee Ryan.
She is survived by three daughters, Betsey (Galen) Stout of Wellsville,
Donna (Lee) Ryan of Almond and Janice (Carl) Leathersich of Canisteo; 11
grandchildren, Linda (Simon Wheeler) Stout of Ithaca, Lisa Stout
VanDerEems of Canandaigua, Timothy (Sarah Boyce) Stout of Rochester,
Jeffrey (Lisa) Ryan of Canisteo, Jenny (Bill) Baker of Almond, Heidi
(David) Lindley of Anderson, Ind., Amy (Shane) Conner of Mount Morris,
Scott (Danelle) Leathersich of Henrietta, Erin (Ethan) Tuke of
Wernersville, Pa., Carol (Dennis) Lang of West Seneca and Sandra Burdell
of Hornell; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and
several special nieces, nephews and cousins.
Burial will be in Almond Woodlawn Cemetery.
Those wishing to remember Bernice may make memorial contributions to
Almond Union of Churches, 11 Main St., Almond, NY 14804, to Almond
Historical Society, 7 Main St., Almond, NY 14804, or to the Almond
Twentieth Century Club Library, Main Street, Almond, NY 14804.