TUPPER LAKE - Glorya Leah Jessie, 87, of Tupper Lake, died Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
Born in Cranberry Lake on June 28, 1925, she was the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Zande. She married William Jessie in 1949. Glorya worked at Sunmount when it was a Veterans Administration hospital, then later worked as the administrative secretary to the business officer there. She retired on Sept. 15, 1991.
Glorya had a "green thumb." She loved working in her garden, and even when you walked in her house there were flowers in every window. She bowled in the Thursday night league for more than 20 years. She was also the chief of the local volunteer rescue squad for many years. For the past few years, she worked in the foster grandparent program and loved being with the children. Her biggest joy was attending a Yankees game, as she loved the Yankees and watched every game on television.
She is survived by four daughters: Lisl and Jeffrey Tedford of Bloomingdale, Gia and Carl Demarais of North Carolina, Tina Jessie of Tupper Lake, and Gaye and John O'Neil of Bloomingdale. She had nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by one son, David Jessie in 2009; and nine brothers and sisters: Helen Pisanchin, Mary Snyder, James Zande, who died as a young child, Atilio Zande, Augusto Zande, Amedio Zande, Octovio Zande, Vito Zande and James Zande.
Calling hours are scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at the Stuart-Fortune-Keough Funeral home, followed by a funeral service at 7 p.m. A reception will follow at the VFW on Park Street.
Memorial donations may be made to the Tupper Lake Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences may be made at www.stuartfortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.