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July 17, 1942 — January 9, 2019

QUEENSBURY — Rosalyn M. Bennett Austin, 76, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at her home in Queensbury, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on July 17, 1942 in Glens Falls, the daughter of the late George M. Bennett and Virginia L. (Hutchins) Bennett Canfield.

Rosalyn was employed by Glens Falls Hospital in the 1960s and 70s as a dietary nutritionist and later worked in private homes as a caretaker.

Nana enjoyed spending time with her family, especially when it involved a serious game of pinochle. She was a die-hard New York Yankees fan, but got the most enjoyment from watching her grandchildren play their favorite sports. She loved fishing, watching “her story” (“Days of our Lives”), as well as going to garage sales and collecting antiques. She was very fond of her hometown of Indian Lake. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy, and her kind and selfless spirit will live on in each of them.

Rosalyn was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Joseph O. Bennett.

Left to cherish her memory are her five loving children, her son, Joseph Austin and significant other, Karin King, of Queensbury; her son, John Austin and significant other, Megan Pronto, of Lake George; her daughter, Virginia Sweet and her husband, Jaimie, of Fort Ann; her daughter, Rose Mellon and her husband, Patrick, of Queensbury; and her son, Russell Bates and his significant other, Melanie Washburn, of Lake George. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kayla (Niko) Stockman, Kyler Prosser, Dakota Sweet, Patrick, Jack and Charlie Mellon, Joseph and Scottie Austin, Christopher and Tanner Bates and Johnna Austin; as well as her brother, James Bennett and his wife, Betty Lou, of Chittenango; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

At Rosalyn’s request, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of her life will be private.

Donations in Rosalyn’s memory can be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the C.R. Wood Cancer Center, 102 Park Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff at Glens Falls Hospital-Tower 2, Dr. Mason, Dr. Taylor, and nurses, Vicki and Patty at High Peaks Hospice for their care and compassion.

Arrangements are under the care of =Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury. Those who wish may leave online condolences at www.sbfuneralhome.com.

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