Gertrude Annie Converse

Gertrude Annie Converse, 97, of Phoenix, NY passed away on
Thursday Sept. 21, 2017 in Syracuse.  Born in Boston, MA on
Nov. 28, 1919 to her late parents, Walter G. and Ethel (Bigelow)
Crawford.  Attended Boston schools, graduating from Dorchester
High School, class of 1936.  Gert began working in a laundry;
Walter Baker Chocolate Co.; Sears Roebuck & Co., and S. A.
Woods Machine Co. as a bookeeper.  Married on April 3, 1943
to Frederick M. (Pete) Converse.  She was predeceased by
him on Dec. 2, 2009.
Gert leaves one son, Frederick P. (Chris) Converse; three
grandchildren Nancy (Thomas) Johnson, Susan Peters, and
Frederick L. (Sabrina) Converse; nine great-grandchildren;
three great-great grandchildren;  all of Phoenix; and four step-
Served as Past Noble Grand of Azar Rebekah Lodge # 27,
Mattapan, MA a 54 year member.  Living in Springfield, MA
until 1963 when they moved to Clay, NY.  A member of Phoenix
Lioness Club1974 serving as secretary and then president.
Received Lioness of the Year-1975 from the Lions Club for her
involvement in the Horseshow.
In 1981 when Pete retired, they moved to Hinsdale, MA, their
summer home since 1946.  Transferred her Lioness member
ship to Hinsdale holding serveral positions.  She was heavily
involved with Hinsdale-Peru Sr. Citizens, Hinsdale C.O.A, a
23 year secretary for Skyview Grove Assoc. at Lake Ashmere,
receiving an award for service.
In 1995 Gert joined the new Lions Club which included
women receiving the 1998-99 Lion of the Year Award and the
Charles J. DeAngelus  Fellowship Award for Emergency Sight
& Hearing Treatment Memorial Foundation.  She worked Bingo
as well and attended 13 Lions International events one in Taiwan.
Once coming back to Phoenix in 2004, became active in the
Phoenix Lions Club as membership chairwoman and worked on
all projects up to a week ago.
Visiting hours are on Monday Sept. 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. and
Tuesday the 26 th from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Allanson-Glanville-
Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix.  The funeral
service will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday with Pastor Stan Bennett
officiating.  Burial will follow in Phoenix Rural Cemetery, 126
Chestnut St..
Contributions to: Phoenix Lions Club, P.O. Box 92, Phoenix,
NY 13135 or Hindale Lions Club 319 Grange Hall Road,
Dalton, MA 01226

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