COOPERSTOWN Janet D. Bailey, a lifelong resident of Cooperstown, died Sunday morning, May 6, 2012, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown. She was 86.
Born May 15, 1925, in Cooperstown, she was a daughter of Harold Lewis Davidson and Grace née Putnam Davidson. Raised in Cooperstown, she
graduated from CooperstownHigh School with the Class of 1942. She then went to work for the war effort doing sewing in Oneonta.
On June 22, 1946, Janet married Leon J. “Sonny” Bailey in a ceremony at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. They soon settled into their home on Linden Avenue and raised their family.
For many years, Janet was a specialist in re-weaving damaged clothing, and performed this service from her house for several area laundries.
A member of the Native Daughters of Cooperstown she loved to knit and sew, do craft work, play golf, and cook.
She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife and mother, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Janet is survived by three children, Dawn “Deb” Bridger of Cooperstown, Barbara Bailey of Albany, and Rich Bailey and his wife, Nancy Ballard of Cooperstown; three grandchildren, Kimberly Feik and her husband, Jeff, Stephen Bridger, and Lindsey Bailey, all of Cooperstown; and two great-grandchildren, Scott and Sarah Feik. She is also survived by two sisters, Patricia Sheldon of Cooperstown and Joyce Cowles of Poughkeepsie; one brother, Richard Davidson and his wife, Mary Lou of Jacksonville, Fla.; one sister-in-law, Gladys Davidson of Cooperstown; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Janet was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Sonny Bailey, who died Dec. 13, 2003; one brother, Roger “Rod” Davidson; and two sisters, Marjorie Holden and Mary Hanna.
A funeral service will be offered at noon Friday, May 11, 2012, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, officiating. Janet’s family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 11 a.m. Friday morning.
The Service of Committal and Burial will be private in Lakewood Cemetery, Cooperstown. As an alternative to flowers, Janet’s family suggests that memorial donations be directed to the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.