ALBANY – Isabel Galea Bussey, 96, of Albany, passed away on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Isabel was born in Albany to Joseph and Mary Audino Galea and was a lifelong resident. A graduate of St. James School and the Cathedral Academy, she was employed by the John G. Myers Company, and for many years thereafter by the State of New York, retiring from the Workers Compensation Board. She was a communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church. Isabel was an Elk, only the second woman admitted to full membership in Albany Elks Lodge #49. She also served as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, volunteered at the Albany Institute of History and Art, at Cherry Hill, and with the American Red Cross and United Volunteers. Her greatest joy was her family.
Isabel was predeceased in 2007 by her beloved husband of over 54 years, Frank B. Bussey. She is survived by her children Catherine Bussey Gabriels of Albany, Brian J. Bussey (Anne C.) of Albany, and Mary Ellen Bussey of Scotia; her grandchildren Lauren Persons (Craig), and Kaitlyn, Allyson, and Brian Bussey; by two great-grandchildren, Riley Odom and Taylor Persons; and by a nephew and great nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers John, Joseph, Angelo (Elizabeth), Frank, and Dominick Galea, and by her sister, Theresa Galea Gizzo, and brother-in-law, Anthony Gizzo.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Saturday morning at 8:15, and from there to All Saints Catholic Church, 16 Homestead St., Albany (behind CVS) at 9:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 4-7 p.m. Interment will be in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.