Alberta C. Glidden, age 91, formerly of Rensselaer Falls, NY, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2009 at United Helpers Nursing Home where she has resided since August 2004. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are with Frary Funeral Home.
Mrs. Glidden is survived by one son, Lauren (Barbara) Glidden, Massena and one daughter, Carolyn Besio, Ogdensburg; seven grandchildren, Katherine (Stuart) Hamer, Manhattan NY, Charles Glidden, Virginia, Terry (Christina) Glidden, Macedon NY, Shannon (Peter) Perry, Heuvelton, Grant (Cynthia) Besio, Saranac Lake, Edward Besio, Ogdensburg, and Walter (Aijun) Besio, Kingston RI as well as several great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; two cousins, Barbara Burrows and Beverly (Lynn) Thompson, and one nephew, Joseph C. Smithers, Ogdensburg. She was predeceased by two sisters, Eleanor (Robert) Smithers in June 1969 and Aldora Crysler in May 2006 and a step-grandson, James Besio in 1999.
Born December 31, 1917 in Rensselaer Falls, NY, she was the daughter of H. Grant Crysler and Lena (Dexter) Crysler. She graduated from Rensselaer Falls High School in 1934. In October 1936 she married Lawrence Glidden. The marriage ended in divorce.
Mrs. Glidden was employed at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center from June 1945 until she retired in November 1977. Prior to that she worked at the former Wassaic State School, then at Pilgrim State Hospital, Brentwood, Long Island. She studied voice under the instruction of the late Grace Mulligan in Ogdensburg. She enjoyed music & sang at musical performances formerly held at St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center’s Curtis Hall and also at weddings and various community events. She especially liked spending summers at her stone cottage in the Lisbon area, a former schoolhouse, built in the 1840’s.
Donations may be made in her memory to the Galilee Methodist Church.
The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at United Helpers Nursing Home for their kind and devoted assistance given to Alberta during her stay at there.