2017-02-22 / Obituaries

Marjorie Gossoo

Marjorie (Midge) Gossoo, formerly of Route 42, Shandaken died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.

A resident of Shandaken for over 60 years, she was born October 24, 1927 in Windham, a daughter of Byron and Dora (Holcomb) Smith. She was married in 1949 to Mason Gossoo, who predeceased her in 2006.

Midge worked as a registered nurse for over 42 years, having received her training at N.Y. Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn after being accepted by the government sponsored U.S. Cadet Nursing Corps in World War II. She was a general duty nurse at the Kingston Hospital for seven years, and spent the next 35 years there as a supervisor. She received the “Nurse of the Decade” award in 1990 by the Professional Nursing Network.

She was an active member of the Shandaken Methodist Church, and served as its financial secretary for 22 years. She held several offices in the Phoenicia School PTA, and was a recipient of the Jenkins Award. She was a volunteer for many organizations, including Hospice, the Senior Citizen Clinic, and the Formerly Yours Thrift Store. She was also a Girl Scout troop leader. She had a lifelong love for music, and enjoyed dancing, bowling, cross-country skiing, and going hiking with her daughter.

Surviving are her children; a son, Mark Gossoo and his wife Tracy of Naples; a daughter, Kelli and her husband Humberto Perez of Greenville; a special niece, Nancy (who was like a daughter to her) and her husband Bob Hagopian of Kingston; her great nephew, “first grandson” Jared Port; four grandchildren, Kevin, Sarah, Nancy, and Hannah; a beloved sister, Marie Sanford and her husband Carl of West Hurley and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was predeceased by a sister, Vivian, and her brothers, Albert, Robert, Billy, Tommy, and Carl.

A service to celebrate the life of Midge will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at the E. B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia with the Rev. Ralph Darmstadt as celebrant.

Friends will be received on Friday evening, Feb. 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Shandaken Methodist Church. You may share a condolence with the family on Midge’s memorial page at gormleyfuneralhome.com.

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