ALBANY – Mary Christopher Dawson, 90, of Albany, died Monday, May 6, 2013 at St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. Mary was born in Schenectady, but lived in Albany since childhood. She was employed for a time by the Montgomery Ward store in Menands, and then took time to raise her children. She later was employed by Norstar Bank and Fleet Bank. In retirement, she worked in home health care. She also loved cooking Italian meals, especially for Sunday dinner, and loved gardening and listening and dancing to Italian music. What she loved most though, was being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband George J. Dawson, Jr. last year. She is survived by her children George J. Dawson, III (Mary Ellen) of Libertyville, IL, Robert C. Dawson of Manhattan, Jeffrey C. Dawson (Gamila) of the Bronx, and Joan M. Dittmer (Kenneth) of Albany; her grandchildren Emily Thompson (Michael), Sabrina, Sara and Adrianna Dawson, Devin Dawson, Ian and Logan Dittmer, Liz Jensen, and Alan Dwyer; her great grandchildren Dylon and Liam Thompson, Aliza Jensen, and Arden and Maybelline Schuett; and by several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter Susan M. Dawson, and her brothers Samuel, Frank, Daniel and Felix Christopher.
The Dawson family would like to thank the nursing staff and aides of the third floor of St. Peter’s Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and the Hospice staff for the wonderful care they provided to Mary.
Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Thursday morning at 10:00, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany at 11:00. Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.