ALBANY – Phyllis Van Dusen Veley, 94, of Albany, NY passed away peacefully on Friday, July 15, 2022. Phyllis graduated from Jefferson Central High School, Jefferson, NY and Mildred Elley Business School, Albany, NY. She worked at the NYS Dept. of Education until her marriage to Lester B. Veley in 1950. Phyllis and Les traveled the United States after Lester’s retirement and happily visited 48 out of our 50 states, and with fond memories. She was a devoted stay at home mom throughout her children’s school years. She attended McKownville United Methodist church for over 60 years.
Phyllis was predeceased by her husband Lester, parents Joseph Everett Van Dusen and Katherine Van Dusen; and 6 sisters Elizabeth Stryker, Marie Norwood, Ella Champlin, Dorothy Hubbard, June Meagley and Jean Stryker. She is survived by her daughters Gail Van Patten (Jan), Kathy Desjardins (Skip) and Cheryl Canavan (David); six grandchildren Corey Desjardins, Rachael Desjardins, Carlie Van Patten Hanscom (Tom), Erin Van Patten, Caitlin Van Patten and Kelley Canavan; and four great grandchildren Ryan Crowley, Connor Desjardins, Landon Hanscom and Quinn Hanscom, and dear close family friends, Sue Peer Ennis and Jack Ennis.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff on the Rosary Team at Our Lady of Mercy Life Center, Guilderland, NY.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the McKownville United Methodist Church, 1565 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203. Relatives and friends are invited. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lions Eye Institute. All gifts are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Gifts should be made payable to the “Lions Foundation at Albany” and be sent to: Lions Eye Institute, 1220 New Scotland Road, Suite 102, Slingerlands, NY 12159. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.