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Saturday August 7th, 2010
2:00pm

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Minette L Munson

Minette Long Munson, wife of the late Edward Dorn Munson, and former Altamont, NY resident, died on June 14th, 2010 at the age 90 close to family in Exeter, NH. She is survived by her three children: Phillip (and spouse Judy Munson) of Fort Walton Beach, FL; Carol (and spouse Dick Huber) of Exeter, NH; and Chuck (and spouse Kate Munson) of Annapolis, MD. She also leaves five grandchildren (Seana, Jeremy, Heidi, Damon and Keith) and two great grandchildren (Oliver and Haley Virginia). She was predeceased by her three brothers: Norman, Winthrop and Bob. Minette was born in 1919 in Beijing, China, the daughter of Austin O. Long and Helen Cox Long who were serving as YMCA representatives to China. She was a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, class of 1940; and after raising a family, she taught at Guilderland High School for several years until her retirement in 1984, inspiring students to pursue biology as their chosen career. She took advantage of her retirement years fulfilling her dream to travel widely, visiting many foreign countries and returning to Beijing twice. She followed her life long interest in archeology by assisting in an archeological dig in Cyprus. She was considered by her grandchildren to be a really cool grandmother for white water rafting down the Grand Canyon's Colorado River, riding a tortoise in the Galapagos, befriending a python in Thailand, and at age 82, enjoyed exploring the temples of Angkor Wat. At home she volunteered as an escort for Planned Parenthood, participated in the community hospice program and supported fund raising for the renovation and restoration of the local Guilderland Schoolcraft House. She helped foreign crew members who were docked in the Port of Albany to navigate the US postal system when they wanted to mail letters to friends and family back home. She welcomed Chinese foreign students into her home during the holidays making some long time friends in the process. Minette's sense of humor endeared her to many, young and old, and endured to her final days. She recently remembered with some pride her mischievous behavior as a young girl in China that earned her the distinction of being referred to by her childhood Chinese caregiver as: "jegga-hidza" or THAT child! In the last five years she was fond of accompanying her Exeter family members to the local ice cream stand for "bing-jer-ling" runs (rough Chinese translation for "ice cream"). When asked if we would have ice cream for dessert, she would quip, "Are you new around here?" One of the nurses' aids at Mom's nursing home confided that, "Minette was one of her faves." Always ready to share her knowledge, Mom had happily taught the young nurses' aids how to say "I love you" in Chinese, but cautioned that the phrase should be used selectively. Donations in Minette Munson's name could be made to her favorite organizations: Planned Parenthood, community hospice programs, or the New York State Youth Theater; or a donation might be given in her name to OMRF Alzheimer's Disease Research, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 N.E. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104. In keeping with Minette's wishes and her prior arrangements, her remains have been donated as an anatomical gift to the Albany Medical College. Therefore there will be no funeral service. Instead, a memorial service in her honor will be conducted at 2:00 PM on August 7, 2010, (celebrating her birth date - August 15th) at the Altamont Reformed Church, 129 Lincoln Avenue, Altamont, NY 12009. Arrangements for the service are being coordinated with the help of the Dutch Reformed Church in Altamont and the Fredendall Funeral Home (199 Main Street, Altamont). If you would like to share a fond memory, please visit the funeral home's website ( fredendallfuneralhome.com) and "Light a Candle".


Guestbook

Mrs. Munson was my biology teacher at GCHS in 1963-4. She was my inspiration to become a biology teacher and we remained in contact throughout my 35-year career in the MD suburbs of Washington, DC. We always exchanged Christmas cards and occasionally exchanged notes inbetween. When visiting family in Scotia and Guilderland, my husband and I would try to get over to her residence in Altamont and then in Heritage Hills (?) to visit with her. When she relocated to NH, we extended a trip to New England to visit her and take her out for a seafood dinner at the shore. She was an exceptional teacher, mentor and friend, and I truly mourn her passing.

Carolyn (Lynn) Stowell Harden Oct 25 2010 12:00 AM

When I remeber my Aunt Minette, I think about her wisdom and the good advice she gave me. One example of this happened soon after my mother (who survived my father by five years) died. I was more than a bit overwhelmed by all of the things I was now responsible for, especially packing up and moving all of my parent's household items. She [Minette] said to divide everything into three categories: keep, discard, and unsure. The unsure items were to be put into boxes and packed away for five years. At the end of that time, I was to look at all the items and repeat the process. She said that over time I would eliminate the things that I didn't want and would be left with things that I would treasure. I took her advice and have remembrances of my parents that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Betsy Brown Jul 20 2010 12:00 AM

My gi-nney Or how ever you spell it. I was told I never could pronounce "great aunt minnette". Well think about it if you put the name together what do you get? I remember her tales of travel and long ago visits. Being the sister of my grandfather as you all know was a pillar of strenght for me, she held the title of sister to it highest. I know you two have see each other again and what peace and joy that brings to me.

Kimberly Long Killebrew Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

My dear friend Carol moved two doors down from us when we were in the third grade. I always remember her mom, Minette, and Dad, Ed, being very affectionate and laughing a lot together. They let Carol, Phillip, Chuck, my sister Antoinette and I make wonderful childhood memories, e.g., playing house with our dolls, sleeping overnight in tents, Carol and I Trick or Treating in our dads old clothes stuffed with pillows that kept us warm, playing hide and seek in the dark, catching fire flies, Carol showing me how to make egg drop soup [because of Minettes delicious Chinese cooking], great times camping together at Fish Creek Ponds, Carol and I sailing out on the lake and relaxing on her Dads Sailfish he had built. I was very blessed as a child growing up with Carol [we graduated in 1962] and her brothers because her parents were the best neighbors any child could hope to have.

Lucile (Seifert) Johnson Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

I remember when my wife, Lucile, Minette and Ed and three other couples joined us in a square dance at our Presbyterian Christian Education Center in Baldwinsville. Mr. Mac Leod, the square dance caller, couldnt figure out why our group was having problems following his calls. Then he realized we had five couples instead of four. Everyone had a good laugh over it.

Tom Seifert (Age 105) Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

My gi-nney Or how ever you spell it. I was told I never could pronounce "great aunt minnette". Well think about it if you put the name together what do you get? I remember her tales of travel and long ago visits. Being the sister of my grandfather as you all know was a pillar of strenght for me, she held the title of sister to it highest. I know you two have see each other again and what peace and joy that brings to me.

Kimberly Long Killebrew Jul 12 2010 12:00 AM

My B'ville family when I was at Syracuse, shared camping fun, bought their first tent trailer for $300 and enjoyed it for 8 years. sailed SF Bay with Minette who had such an appreciation for the world and lust for life. Pointed out a sea lion "at 2' oclock" and she laughed and said none of my students would have a clue because they all have digital watches. 50 year old Kim and 48 year old John always called her "Ga ninny" because little ones, they couldn't say Great Aunt Minette. So many of us are so lucky to have been touched by you.

Bob Long Jul 9 2010 12:00 AM

A Cup of Chai with Aunt Minette Was her cup half empty or half full? Never a doubt! Not only was it at least half full but there seems an unending quantity of knowledge to share with her students, enthusiasm for those who needed support and encouragement for those newcomers arriving on America's shores. She refilled that cup with determination and understanding, creamed it with empathy,friendships and family values. Then she sweetened it with her wonderful smile (close you eyes and see the warmth and compassion in her face.)I am so very grateful she was my father, Winthrop's,baby sister and my Aunt Minette. Thank you, Aunt Minette for sharing your time on earth with us. I love you, Sue Long Zimmerman

Suzanne Zimmerman Jul 8 2010 12:00 AM

A Cup of Chai with Aunt Minette Was her cup half empty or half full? Never a doubt! Not only was it at least half full but there seems an unending quantity of knowledge to share with her students, enthusiasm for those who needed support and encouragement for those newcomers arriving on America's shores. She refilled that cup with determination and understanding, creamed it with empathy,friendships and family values. Then she sweetened it with her wonderful smile (close you eyes and see the warmth and compassion in her face.)I am so very grateful she was my father, Winthrop's,baby sister and my Aunt Minette. Thank you, Aunt Minette for sharing your time on earth with us. I love you, Sue Long Zimmerman

Suzanne Zimmerman Jul 8 2010 12:00 AM

Minette was my dad's "baby sister" and by the time I really knew her I was an adult and was envious of all her exciting adventures. At the last Austin O. Long family reunion in New Hampshire, I asked her what ever posessed her father to leave the comforts of the US and travel to China back in 1918. She told me to read "The Call" by John Hersey which I did. It was a fascinating book...and I under stood. Minette was the Matriarch of the A.O. Long family....and now I am. I can fill those shoes in my own way but never in the way she did. Rest well, dear Aunt.

Leslie Long Sandefur Jul 6 2010 12:00 AM

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