Beverly K. Andreano, 87, of County Highway 126, Amsterdam, died Tuesday afternoon, July 8, 2014, at home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born to James and Mary Ellen Kane Keenan on March 12, 1927. Though she had to be incubated at birth, Beverly demonstrated an inner strength which characterized much of her life. As a youth she resided in Schenectady, and told stories of growing up in there during the Great Depression.
Beverly performed as a ballet dancer and professional classical whistler for various organizations and audiences, including locally at Schenectady's Proctor Theatre. A petite young woman, she entranced audiences with her skill and range. She was offered a contract to tour with Arthur Godfrey, but as she had already had a chance to perform before her idol she turned down the offer for the possibility of having a family.
Beverly married John S. Rusk on July 3, 1949. She moved in 1950 to New Jersey where her husband was employed. Upon her husband's passing on June 9, 1964, she returned to New York and resided in Princetown with her children. She later married Joseph A. Andreano on November 20, 1970. In 1978, the couple moved to north Broadalbin, where her parents resided. Joseph Andreano passed away on May 31, 1995.
Beverly loved music, gardening, watching birds, and the serenity of nature. Dedicated and devoted, she lived in accordance with her values of compassion and care for others, and was the beloved nexus of a close and loving family. She is remembered as strong, giving, and wise. She was a member of the Association for Research & Enlightenment (ARE).
Survivors include three daughters, Lynda Rusk (Pixie) of Amsterdam, Sandra Kear of Galway, and Janine Bianco of Amsterdam; two sisters, Donna Keenan of Gloversville and Karlie Labrie of Broadalbin; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predecessed by a sister, Joyce Bloom; and a brother, Donald Keenan.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 and Black Street), Johnstown, with the Rev. Linda Martin officiating. Interment will be in Union Mills Cemetery, Broadalbin. Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital or to the Estherville Animal Shelter in Greenfield Center.