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Patricia Janet Claburn George

December 18, 2012
The Leader Herald

Patricia Janet Claburn George, age 77, of Johnstown, passed away on Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Nathan Littauer Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. George was born on March 16, 1935, in Palatine Bridge, N.Y., the daughter of the late Thomas Claburn and Nicolina Swank Claburn.

She attended Canajoharie schools. On August 15, 1953, she married Raffaele J. George Sr. They celebrated 55 wonderful years until his passing on April 9, 2009. Pat was employed as a school bus driver for 35 years before her retirement in 1996. Her greatest enjoyment besides her children and grandchildren was transporting students and athletes in the Johnstown school district. She was an honorary member of the Sammonsville Fire Department Women's Auxiliary and a communicant of the former Immaculate Conception Church.

Survivors include Deborah J. (George) Hillier of Johnstown, Antoinette L. (Mark) Fancher of Gloversville, Brenda L. (Jack) Belknap of Fort Johnson and Raffaele J. (Kathe) George Jr. of Johnstown; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sally A. Miller of Sammonsville and Wheeler J. Claburn of Gloversville; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Charlene Anne George; and siblings, Betty Hall, Virginia Allen, Thomas Clayburn, Marie Claburn, Leo Claburn and Judith Siver.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19, from the Barter & Donnan Funeral Home, 1 N. Melcher Street, Johnstown. Family and friends may call on Wednesday prior to the service from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Pat's memory be made to Sir Bills Athletics - Field Hockey, c/o Alice Sise, 1 Sir Bills Circle, Suite 101, Johnstown, NY 12095 or to the Alzheimer's Disease Association, 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405, Albany, NY 12205.

The family would like to thank Dr. Hassam, SCU and the third- floor nurses and staff of Nathan Littauer Hospital for their kindness, compassion and care for Pat and her family during her stay with them.

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