Fonda Family Genealogy

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  • ID: ind01915
  • Name: Gretchen A. FONDA
  • Given Name: Gretchen A.
  • Surname: Fonda
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 1919 in New York
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  • Death: 18 MAR 2017
  • Age: 98y in Cohoes, NY
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  • Burial: Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY
  • Note: b. NY; 1920 & 1930 US Federal Census, Colonie, Albany Co., NY (household of Lansing S Fonda); 1925 New York State Census, Colonie, A.D.03, E.D.13, Albany Co., NY; 1940 US Federal Census, Colonie, Albany Co., NY (Gretchen A Fonda, b. 1920, NY, Granddaughter, Arthur V, Donalda); d. Cohoes, NY; bur. Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY; [Gretchen A. Fonda Gagnon, of Fonda Road, Cohoes died peacefully on Saturday, March 18, 2017 in the farmhouse in which she was born 97 1/2 years ago. She was the only child of Arthur V. and Donalda P. Riberdy Fonda. A lifelong resident of Cohoes, Gretchen and her husband, Rudolph (Rudy) owned and operated Gagnon's Paint Store in the city for nearly half a century. Mary Sue Ray, their daughter, later joined Gretchen in continuing the business until its closing in 1995. Gretchen was a Cohoes High School graduate and a dedicated alumna of Cornell University, Class of 1941. Gretchen attended her 75th College Reunion in June of 2016. Gretchen was active for many years in local parishes including, St. Patrick's, St. Agnes, and her present parish, St. Mary's Crescent. She was an Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Communion Service Leader and a member of the parish's "Building Bridges" Committee. She also faithfully attended daily Mass at St. Mary's Chapel. Gretchen was a lifelong avid reader, gardener, needle worker, seamstress and nature lover. She was active in and a generous supporter of many civic and religious causes. Wife of the late Rudolph (Rudy) Gagnon. Survivors include her two daughters, Mary Susan Ray (Edward) of Cohoes and Edith "Dee" DeSorbe (Wayne) of Stillwater. Her cherished grandchildren, Karen M. Dwyer (Thomas), Deanne M. Busch (John), Anthony A. DeSorbe (Becky) and Mark D. DeSorbe. Her five much-loved great-grandchildren, Alan R. Dwyer, Jonathan N. Busch, Lauren B. DeSorbe, Joshua E. Busch and Rachel M. Dwyer. She will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, close friends and her parish family. Funeral Wednesday, 9 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, Crescent where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. Relatives and friends may call at the Dufresne Funeral Home, Inc., 216 Columbia Street, Cohoes on Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.] >> <<

    Father: Arthur Valmore FONDA b: 13 APR 1889 in Crescent, NY
    Mother: Donalda P. RIBERDY b: 26 JUL 1890 in Canada - French

    Marriage 1 Rudolph Arthur GAGNON b: 26 JAN 1918 in New Hampshire
    • Married: 05 MAY 1945 in St. Patrick's Church, Cohoes, NY
    • Note: m. St. Patrick's Church, Cohoes, NY; [Engaged - Mr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Fonda of Fonda Road, Colonie, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Miss Gretchen A. Fonda, to Rudolph A. Gagnon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gagnon of 72 Main Street. Cohoes. Miss Fonda is a graduate of Cohoes High School and Cornell University. The nuptial mass will be performed at St. Patrick's Church in Cohoes, Saturday, May 5. Troy Record, 1945-04-11]
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