Elizabeth Jean Anthony Spinak
Elizabeth Jean Anthony Spinak died on Sunday, May 26, at the age of 92.
She was born in Johnstown, N.Y., on January 27, 1921, the daughter of Dominic Anthony and Lucille Augusta Briggin.
Betty graduated from Johnstown High School and soon moved to New York City where she completed the Macy’s Department Store Associate Training Program and worked in the Officer’s Uniform department.
She married Jay M. Spinak of Gloversville in February 1944. While Jay served in the Army in Europe during World War II, Betty worked for the Kellex Corporation as part of the Manhattan Project, one of her proudest achievements for which she received a commendation from Secretary of War, Henry Stimson.
After the war, while Jay attended Cobleskill Agricultural College, Betty worked for the New York State Legislature. They began Fair Meadows Farm on the Caroga Lake Road soon after, providing chickens and eggs to homes and businesses for twenty years. Betty also worked as a legal secretary for Jenner and Goodheim for many years and then for the New York State Unemployment Office.
She was an avid bridge and tennis player, cross country skier and golfer, continuing to play golf into her nineties. For many years Betty volunteered at the Nathan Littauer Hospital gift shop and the Gloversville Public Library. Betty and Jay were married for 60 years before Jay’s death in 2004. They traveled extensively, visiting Asia and Europe, and spending winters in Arizona and Florida after they retired. Betty moved to Saratoga in 2006 where she lived at Prestwick Chase until this past December when she moved to the Hebrew Home in Riverdale.
Betty is survived by her son, Michael D. Spinak of Chicago; and her daughter, Jane M. Spinak of New York City; her daughter-in-law, Madeleine Fallon; and son-in-law, Warren B. Scharf; three grandchildren, Maressa Spinak, Samuel Spinak, and Briggin Scharf; her sister, Susan VonAtzingen; her brother-in-law, William VonAtzingen, her two sisters-in-law, Ida Spinak and Ruth Spinak; many nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and nephews; as well as old friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Marguerite Ruocco.
Services will be private at Knesseth Israel Cemetery, Gloverville, N.Y.
Arrangements are with Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, NY
Contributions in her name can be made to the Gloversville Public Library, 58 East Fulton Street, Gloversville, NY 12078 or to Planned Parenthood, 400 North Perry St., Johnstown, NY 12095.
Please visit the Betty’s online memorial and guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.