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Obituary - Gertrude D. Craig

Gertrude D. Craig

Date of Passing: March 30th, 2014

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Gertrude D. Craig, 88, formerly of Colonial Drive, New Hartford passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. She currently resided at the Presbyterian Residential Center. She was born January 25, 1926, in Yorkville, the daughter of the late Frank and Jane Frances Hughes Daniels. She was a graduate of Whitesboro Central School and the Eastman School of Dental Hygienists. On August 23, 1947, at Sacred Heart Church, Utica, she married William F. Craig, a loving union of 66 years. He passed away on February 3 of this year. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Craig was a Dental Hygienist with Dr. Liang and Dr. Reilly. A devout Catholic, she was a parishioner of St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford, where she was also a volunteer for over 50 years. Gert was a supporter of the Utica Heart Run & Walk and the Utica Boilermaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family and vacationing at White Lake. She is survived by her two daughters and a son-in-law, Susan C. Orr of Laguna Woods, CA and Barbara M. and Dennis Wong of Westport, CT; a granddaughter, Malia K. Wong of New York City; three nieces, Carol and Paul Cisco and family of New York City, Nancy Coleman of Frederick, MD and Kathy Zilinski and family; and a nephew, Thomas (Tucker) and Diane Craig and family of Norwood, MA and Michael Craig's family of MA. She was predeceased by a brother, Ronald Daniels; two cousins, Jeanne Coleman and Arline Prendergast; two nieces, Shelley Craig and Kathy Eichenlaub; and two nephews, Michael Craig and Tim Daniels. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 am at the Newman Center at Utica College, by Father Paul Drobin. Calling hours will be Friday from 5-7 pm at the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Road, Utica/New Hartford.


Susie and Barb, On behalf of the Ahrendtsen family, I would like to offer my condolences on the passing of your mother. Gert was a wonderful friend to my mother for many years. Lots of memories of your mother coming in the back door and doing a little happy dance come to mind. Our mothers were part of the exercise craze in the 70's when they met most days at Elaine Powers at the Shopping Center to keep fit and trim. Remember the roller machine that spun around? Gert gave me a dated Christmas ornament with a sweet note the year of my wedding. I still put it on my tree each year and always read the note. Your mother was a kind, positive lady and your parents are a part of the Ahrendtsen family history of happy memories.
Mary Ellen Ahrendtsen Sabey

Susie and Barb, I'm thinking of you and wishing you comfort and strength during this sad time.
Joan Conley

My prayers for you, Barbara and Susan, I remember you both as little girls who lived above us on Golf Ave. many years ago. Bill and Gert and Bill were dear friends. They will be sadly missed.
Carol Benton

Whenever I ran into Gertrude in the village, she was always friendly and smiling, a gentle evolved soul. I'm sorry for your loss. Louise White
Louise White

Susie, I am so very deeply saddened for your family's loss. My prayers and sympathy go out to you, your sister and of course your father.
Frank Adorna

Susie, You did a beautiful job on the obit. Gives those of us who didn't know her a small picture of what a full and accomplished life she led. My sympathy and prayers to all the family but especially to you and Barb. Melinda
Melinda Holquin

Dear Susie, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your father and now your mother. One can only imagine that they wanted to be together after so many years. My heart goes out to you, as I understand only too well the pain which is felt by such a deep loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family, and please know that you are not alone in your grief, and that your parents are now both in heaven, and that they are watching over you always. Lots of love, Alessandra