Dorothy Fresch, retired Hannibal teacher

Dorothy Palmer Fresch, 96, of Hannibal, died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Oswego Hospital.

She was born April 2, 1916 on the family farm. Her parents were Fred Palmer and Eva Shutts and her sisters were Ruth (Richardson) and Marion (Van Patten).

At 18, she married her high school sweetheart, Eugene Fresch, and together they had four children: Harry, Kay, Sue, and David.

Those children gave her ten grandchildren; Harry gave her Joe Fresch from Fulton who now lives in Austin, Texas. Kay, her predeceased daughter with James Godden, gave her Richard, Robert and Jeanine Godden, all of Oswego, and Sam Graham-Godden of New York City. Sue Magazu gave her Brian and Alicia of Jacksonville, Fla. David and Cynthia (Hare) gave her Jerrod Calkins, Tara and Alena Fresch, all of Oswego.

Also surviving are several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.

As a host to AFS (American Field Service) students as well as other programs and means, she made close, loving contacts with people in Italy, Iceland, Finland, Germany, Australia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Thailand, Malaysia, and Chile.

The large part of her adult life was centered on teaching.

She started her 30 year career teaching all grade levels in a one room school house and ended with teaching sixth grade for the Hannibal Central School District, retiring in 1975.

She was a charter member and treasure of Hannibal Historical Society, director of the Hannibal Village Cemetery, the Hannibal Community Center, and was a member of the New York State Retired Teachers Association.

In 2011, she was named Hannibal’s Woman of the Year.

She enjoyed the company of the Elderberries, the Hannibal Seniors Group and for 50 years was a part of the Hannibal Hens Club.

She was a member of the Hannibal United Methodist Church since 192. She later became the church treasurer for 20 years.

She had visited all of the continents except for Antarctica.

There will be no calling hours. Memorial services will be held today, Sept. 6 at the Hannibal United Methodist Church, West and Church streets, Hannibal.

Burial will be in Hannibal Village Cemetery.

Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal has charge of arrangements.

Contributions may be made to Hannibal United Methodist Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 89 Hannibal, 13074.

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