Louise L. Pelcher died June 29.
Born on March 20, 1911, in West Schuyler, New York, the daughter of the late James and Anna Locke. Louise became a "lady of the Adirondacks" at the age of 10 days when, by horse and buggy, her family moved to Blue Mountain Lake. She was a graduate of the Lake Placid School in 1928 and, in later years, Louise would often relate stories of the 1932 Winter Olympic Games to members of the family, their future spouses and friends. Louise's education continued at the Brockport Normal School where her studies, while enrolled in the newly established three year course, prepared her to teach elementary education specifically in the rural schools of New York state. Following college graduation, Louise taught school in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and subsequently migrated back to the Adirondacks to teach in a one-room schoolhouse in the town of Day, New York.
During this period, she met, was courted by and married Harold Pelcher of Lake Pleasant, New York in 1933. The Pelcher's were happily married for 51 years. During these years, Louise was a long time bookkeeper and accountant for Anthony Brady Farrell, well known Broadway producer and operator of the Sacandaga Summer Theatre, living on "Farrell's Preserve" in the town of Day, as well as Brownell Lumber and the Brownell Marina.
The Pelcher's retired in 1970, moving into the village of Edinburg, N.Y., with Mrs. Pelcher moving to Ballston Lake, N.Y. and Ballston Spa, N.Y., following the passing of her husband in 1984. Louise's lifetime allowed for witness to the inauguration of 18 presidents; the invention of the television; two World Wars, the first manned space shot; man on the moon; and the flooding of the Sacandaga Valley with creation of the Great Sacandaga Lake.
Louise was devoted to her family and loved the game of golf, which she played until the age of 92. Louise will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Louise was predeceased by her husband, Harold, in 1984; and son, Richard in 2004. Surviving members of her family include two children, Patricia (Lester, deceased) Beninati of Ballston Spa, N.Y.; Barbara (Leroy) Foerster of Orange Grove, Texas; daughter-in-law, Michelle (Richard, deceased) Spring. Survivors also include 10 grandchildren, Harry (Hye-Suk) Beninati of Anchorage, Alaska, Leslie (Mahlon) Robinson of Northville, N.Y., Cheryl (Jeffrey) Krams of Rye, Colo., Holli (Mark) Windham of San Antonio, Texas, Christopher (Janice) Foerster of Costa Rica, Paul (Carrie) Foerster of Heath, Texas, Charles Foerster of Costa Rica, Katy (Scott) Mattle of Hilton, N.Y., Amanda Pelcher of Corning, N.Y., Danielle Pelcher of Glendale, Calif.; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Armer Funeral Home Inc., Ballston Spa, N.Y., with services held graveside at the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Northville, N.Y. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations to charities of individual choice are welcomed.
Online remembrances may be made at www.armerfuneralhome.com