July 13, 2017

Mary J. Sanford, 80, formerly of Amsterdam, died peacefully on Thursday July 13, 2017. Born on May 31, 1937, in Gloversville, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Contine Whitbeck.

A lifelong area resident, Mary was educated in Amsterdam city schools and was a graduate of the former Wilbur H. Lynch High School. She enjoyed working as a CNA for several local agencies until her retirement. Mary enjoyed playing cards, reading, crocheting and liked to go for a “country drive.” She also liked a good game of BINGO and will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Patricia Sanford; and all of her siblings, John, James, Flora, Katherine and Anna Mae.

Survivors include her children, Jeffrey Sanford and his partner Michael Siciliano of Schenectady, and Mark Sanford of Gloversville; a daughter, Dawn Ly of North Carolina; five grandchildren, Randy Ly, Nancy Ly, Mark Sanford, Steven Sanford and Matthew Sanford; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services for Mary will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017, at 11:15 a.m. at Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, with the Rev. Jeffrey L’Arche, M.S. officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Fort Johnson. A gathering for family and friends will take place prior to the service, Monday at the funeral home beginning at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4 Pine West Plaza No. 405, Albany, NY 12205, http://www.alz.org/northeasternny. Please visit the online memorial at www.brbsfuneral.com.