Jan Alyce Long, 61, of Deer Lane, Oliverea, died Thursday, June 4, 2009 at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. She was born August 11, 1947 in Margaretville, the daughter of the late Richard and Barbara Bedell Gavette. She was an active and lifelong resident of the Catskill Mountains.
Jan was a graduate of Onteora High School Class of 1965.
She was a life member and past president of the Big Indian-Oliverea Fire Department Auxiliary and a past member of the Ulster County Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading, word puzzles and country music. She had a particular affinity for the history and preservation of gristmills. She was also an avid enthusiast of classic cars. Since November, she had made her home at the Mountainside Residential Care Center in Margaretville.
Surviving are her husband of 49 years, George Long; a daughter, Naomi Long of Indianapolis, Ind. and a brother, Rande Gavette of Ocala, Fla.
A private graveside service will be held at the Oliverea Cemetery. Friends gathered to share stories at the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home on Monday evening.
The family suggests memorial donations may be made to: “Operation Small Change” NYS Firemen’s Home, Hudson, NY 12534.
To light a memorial candle, please visit www.gormley funeralhome.com.