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Anna (Nonnie) Bliss, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at Bassett Medical Center on Sunday evening, May 9, 2010. She was 88.
Nonnie was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Howes Cave, the daughter of Evan LaRue and Lulu (Nethaway) LaRue. The family moved to Nutley, N.J., prior to settling in Cobleskill. Nonnie was a 1940 graduate of Cobleskill High School.
She married Claud Elliot Bliss Jr., “Junie,” on April 18, 1942, and moved to the Bliss family farm in Whig Corners, where together, they raised eight children.
Nonnie was trained as a legal secretary in high school, and worked in Albany prior to her marriage. After moving to Cooperstown she worked at the Grand Union and then took time off to raise her family. In 1977, she resumed her career and worked as an administrative assistant at the Art Conservation Department of the State University of New York at Oneonta, which was located at the Biological Field Station in Cooperstown. She retired in July of 1987.
Her greatest love was her family. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and gathering her loved ones for Sunday dinner. There was always room for one more, as she especially enjoyed having her extended “family” at the table. Her prize winning pies were enjoyed not only by her family, but also by the many patrons of Sherry’s Famous Restaurant. Nonnie was a communicant at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church where she taught religious education classes for many years.
She was a woman of great faith who lived a life full of compassion, kindness and love.
An avid reader, Nonnie’s interests were varied. She enjoyed completing crossword puzzles and the Daily Jumble.
She was also a member of the former Red Creek Valley Grange, the Cooperstown Native Daughters, and the United University Professionals.
Nonnie is survived by her eight children and their families, including two sons and daughters-in-law, Timothy and Janet (Page) Bliss of Fredricksburg, Va., David and Kim (Rudemyer) Bliss of Cooperstown; six daughters and two sons-in-law, Sandra Bliss, Constance Bliss, Patricia Bliss and Amy Bliss, all of Cooperstown, Joanne and Richard Reynolds of Rising Fawn, Ga., Laura and William Lamb of Cooperstown; five grandchildren, Timothy Bliss and his wife, Heather, and Tad Bliss of Fredricksburg, Va., and Rachel, Eric and Ethan Bliss of Cooperstown; and two great-grandchildren, Kylee and Brendan Bliss of Fredricksburg, Va. Nonnie is also survived by a brother and a sister, Arvin LaRue of Duncansville, Pa., and Lorraine Smith of Conifer, Colo.; a brother-inlaw, Carl Bliss of Encinitas, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Anne (Sis) Grover of Mount Vision and Josephine (Josie) Bliss of Cooperstown; several nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as many other children, young and old, who considered her their “Granny.”
She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Junie, in 1994; great-granddaughter, Cheyenne Bliss in 1998; and brother, Evan LaRue in 2005.
Whether it was the birth of one of her children, a routine check-up, or throughout her final hours, Nonnie was blessed by the outstanding care she received at Bassett Medical Center.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m.
Friday, May 14, 2010, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, presiding.
Immediately following the Mass, all are welcome to join the family in St. Mary’s Parish Center, located directly behind the church, for lunch fellowship and remembrance.
Following cremation, Nonnie’s remains will be laid to rest on the Bliss family farm in Whig Corners.
Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 13, 2010, when the family will be in attendance.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Intensive Care Unit at Bassett Medical Center, care of Fund Development, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or Friends of the Village Library, P.O. Box 661, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, Equipment Fund, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or St. Mary’s Bereavement Committee, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  May 13, 2010
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