Louise graduated from Wesleyville High School having been a majorette, prom queen and jitterbug champion. Louise then put herself through nursing school in and worked as a nurse in Erie, PA. Next, she raised her family in Skaneateles and Queensbury, NY, and when she was in her forties and her children were teenagers, Louise returned to school at Albany Medical College where she graduated with a degree as a nurse anesthetist. She spent many years in this male dominated field at Auburn Memorial Hospital’s anesthesia department where she helped to bring the most current anesthesia thinking, procedures and medicines. Louise also worked in the emergency and maternity departments where she made many friends.
In her younger years she enjoyed water-skiing on Skaneateles Lake and downhill skiing at the Skaneateles Ski Hill and Gore Mountain. After Louise retired, she could be found playing bridge, golfing and cross-country skiing, traveling Europe with her friend Pat, volunteering at the St. James Thrift Store, delivering meals on wheels, vacationing with her family in Oregon and Maine with the occasional excursion to New York City and spending summers at her favorite spot-on Skaneateles Lake with neighbors, friends, and family.
A private mass will be held at St. Mary’s of the Lake in Skaneateles followed by burial at St. Mary’s cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Saint Peter and John Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen, Auburn, New York.
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