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Joan Sandra Smith, 74, of Cooperstown, died Monday morning, Oct. 10, 2011, at Otsego Manor. She was born Aug. 30, 1937, in the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, a daughter of LeRoy F. and Gertrude E. (Spurbeck) Smith.
A graduate of Cooperstown Central School, Class of 1955, she later attended Albany Business College.
For 22 years she was employed with Associated Industries of New York State, Inc., in Albany, where her expertise was in unemployment insurance as well as in working with state legislators in lobbying for businesses.
In 1980, she retired and moved back to her native Cooperstown.
Joan is survived by her two brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger C. and Dorothy Smith of Cooperstown and Walter R. and Celia Smith of Westminster,  Colo.; one aunt, DorothySmith Rousselot of Otsego Manor; five nieces and nephews; and eight grandnieces and grandnephews.
At the request of the family, services will be private.
For those who wish to memorialize Joan, please consider a donation to the Rolling Hills Activities Fund at Otsego Manor, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  October 14, 2011
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