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Lee Ann Conners

Lee Ann Conners of Berne, NY died August 1, 2017 at St. Peter's Hospice Inn in Albany. She was born in Rochester on May 3, 1935 to Mary D. and Victor J. McKeown of Geneseo. She was "Mema" to her beloved granddaughter, Kaleigh Conners. She is also survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ian and Sandie Conners of Berne, and daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Conners Cake and Eric Cake of Morrisville, PA. She was predeceased by her husband of 45 years, Ronald C. Conners. Lee Ann is survived by her sisters, Molly McKeown and Sally Jo DelleFave (Carl), brother-in-law Thomas Conners, sister-in-law Shirley Belt and many special nieces and nephews. After receiving her degree at Teachers College at Geneseo, Lee Ann married Ron and they moved to Berne where they raised their family. She lived in Berne for 57 years. For most of her career, Lee Ann taught kindergarten at Draper Elementary in Rotterdam, where she met her dear friend and fellow teacher Peg Kniskern. She also taught at Bradt Elementary School in Mohonasen. Lee Ann loved the four-season beauty of the Helderbergs; autumn could never arrive too early, and every year she eagerly anticipated decorating for Christmas, starting in early November. She was an avid reader and longtime supporter of the Berne Library, and her life was centered around children, including her students, friends of her own children, and neighborhood kids. Lee Ann was also fiercely proud of her Irish heritage, and loved to visit Cape Cod. Her family would like to thank the extraordinary staff of St. Peter's Hospice Inn for the loving care and comfort they provided. Those wishing to remember Lee Ann can make a contribution to the Town of Berne Library, P.O. Box 209, Berne, NY 12023 or The Community Hospice Foundation, 310 S. Manning Blvd, Albany NY 12208. A service celebrating Lee Ann's life will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11AM at Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main Street, Altamont.


I remember well how kind, helpful and wonderful she was. She taught me much about teaching. I remember how she loved children and she was an amazing teacher herself. I am sure she is being welcomed with open arms by Ron. She loved to sing Irish songs. I know that she was a wonderful mom, grandmother, teacher and friend. She will be missed by many, especially me. With Sympathy - Cindy and Larry

Cindy Lussier Condon Aug 25 2017 12:00 AM

I have too few, but vivid memories of LeeAnn starting from when I was about 10, and she 25. She had a sparkly movie star quality to me. It was really her genuine humanity and inclusivity. As a Grandma she gave a kernel of wisdom that I keep in my heart, and it's between us "too bad, who cares"!

Louise Conners Beckwith Aug 13 2017 12:00 AM

Lee Ann was a part of my life starting in my teen years. When I first met Lee Ann she became a great role model of a loving and concerned adult. When I grew up and became a parent she became a trusted advisor. As time went on I am grateful she welcomed me as a friend. Lee Ann's capacity to love and share was always a blessing to those around her. Condolences to Ian, Liz and their family.

Nickie Gladieux Aug 13 2017 12:00 AM

I enjoyed talking to Lee Ann when she came to the library to pick up her books. She would ask about my family with real interest and heart. Great person. Condolences from the Stempel family.

Sandra Stempel Aug 13 2017 12:00 AM

Liz and Ian. I certainly will have great lasting memories of your mom. She was a very kind lady and one of the dearest friends I had. Carl, myself and your mom and dad spent many hours around the pool until 2a.m., laughing and enjoying a little juice. She loved my kids dearly . Never did I feel that I couldn"t stop over anytime and talk or jump in the village pool. She was just the best and so was your dad. Ian, I will see you around town and Liz keep in touch through facebook. Oh, bye the way thanks for introducing all your relatives to me, they are a good bunch of people to hang on to. God Bless.

Kathy Walls Aug 11 2017 12:00 AM

Lee Ann was a ball of energy when she came to the library to pick up her books. She always took the time to ask about my family. I will miss her.

Kathy stempel Aug 11 2017 12:00 AM

Only fond memories of Lee Ann. We went together our senior year in high school. Hello Molly I do remember you. My prayers are with you and the family.

Merton Bradley Aug 10 2017 12:00 AM

Your Mom and Dad were like part of our family, living in Berne for so many years and next door to our Aunt. Your Mom was one of the greatest and when we would meet at Price Chopper during the summer, our conversations were always about our granddaughters, who are about the same age. She would just glow. Thoughts and prayers to your families and know that she and your Dad are once again together.

Ed & Doris White Aug 10 2017 12:00 AM

My thoughts r with u and your family very nice memories

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