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Mary D. Griswold

GUILDERLAND – Mary D. Griswold, 95, of Guilderland, passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center.  Mary was born in Albany, the daughter of the late John J. and Margaret E. Ketzer Douglas.  She lived in the area all her life, and was a graduate of the Cathedral Academy and the Mildred Elley Business School.  She was employed for many years by the New York State Education Dept.  She was a communicant of the former St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Albany, where she served as a trustee, lector, and Eucharistic Minister.  She also volunteered at Albany Medical Center both during World War II and in more recent years.  She was a member of the Bethlehem Garden Club, the Kenwood Braille Association, the Children of Mary of the Convent of the Sacred Heart, and was a member of the University Club.

Mary was predeceased by her husband Kenneth S. Griswold.  She is survived by her husband’s daughter Suzanne R. Usher (Eugene); her grandchildren Marc Usher, Michael Usher (Kathryn), Jill Kelly (Steven), and David Usher (Brenda); and by ten great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her sister Margaret E. Douglas.

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. (behind CVS) at 9:00 am.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Friday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm.  Interment will be in Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, Glenmont.  The family suggests memorial contributions to All Saints Catholic Church, mailing address 12 Rosemont St., Albany, NY 12203.  To leave a message of condolence for the family or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit

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