Celebrating Life. Cherishing Memories.
Mary Frances Saeger, 94, passed away Sunday (Feb. 5, 2012) at Wellsville Manor Care Center.
Mrs. Saeger was born on Oct. 9, 1917 in Amity; the only child of Marion and Fannie (Holmes) Saunders. She lived on the family farm until she was nine. There, she attended Belmont Public School and later Scio Public School until she moved to Alfred and attended Alfred Public School, graduating in 1936. She graduated from Geneseo State Normal School in 1939. On June 23, 1956, in Alfred Station, she married Russell Saeger of Syracuse, where they lived until 1981 when they returned to Alfred Station. He predeceased her on June 21, 1991.
Mary Frances taught school at Merrick & Elmwood Elementary School in Syracuse from 1956 until her retirement in 1972. Previously she taught at Olean Country School for four years and Scio Central School for 13 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Sharlene (Louis) Quintilone of Buffalo; two grandchildren, Russell Wyckoff and Laura (Raymond) Lysarz, both of Buffalo; 6 great grandchildren; and several cousins.
After retirement, Mary Frances was an active volunteer, serving in the Onondaga County Office of the Aging, working as a Fairmount library assistant, and later,she and her husband, Russell were named “Volunteers of the Year” by the Allegany County Elderly in Wellsville. Additionally, she enjoyed reading, writing and working on genealogical research. She was very active in the Alfred Station Seventh Day Baptist Church, where she has been a member since 1929.
Friends may call on Sunday (Feb. 19) from 1 – 2 p.m. at Alfred Station Seventh Day Baptist Church, where there will be a memorial service held at 2 p.m. at the church immediately following the visitation with Rev. Ken Chroniger of Alfred Station Seventh Day Baptist Church and Rev. Pat Bancroft, Chaplain of St. James Mercy Hospital, officiating. There will be a private burial service in Alfred Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions in Mary Frances’ name may be made to Alfred Station Fire Department, 623 State Route 244, Alfred Station, NY 14803 and Alfred Station Seventh Day Baptist Church, Alfred Station, NY 14803.
Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.