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STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Dorothy (Calhoon) Raemsch, 91, formerly of Oneonta, passed away on Jan. 6, 2018, at Grace Park Senior Living in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Born March 1, 1926, in Cazenovia, she was the daughter of A. Ray and Norah (Riggall) Calhoon.
Dorothy was raised in Utica, and graduated from Vassar College with a degree in chemistry, which led her to work at General Electric in Syracuse, and then the Syracuse University College of Medicine, where she met her future husband, Bruce E. Raemsch.
Dorothy and Bruce moved to Oneonta in 1965, where Bruce was Professor of Anthropology at Hartwick College until 1983, and where she remained until 2010.
She was a longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church, AAUW and its book group, and served in several board positions for the local AARP.
She worked in accounting at Hartwick College and the Soccer Hall of Fame. But her lifelong interest was music. She and her sister learned to play the harp as young girls. She later attended a summer harp colony in Maine and Oberlin College Conservatory; she played in the Utica Junior Symphony in high school, and later the Community Symphony in Syracuse. She also loved to sing. She was a poet, publishing several poetry books, a painter, and a songwriter. She took great pleasure in observing and studying nature in detail, and in keeping in touch with friends and family through letter writing.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bruce; and sister, Marjorie.
She is survived by three children, Robert of Prairieville, Louisiana, Jay of Sedona, Arizona and Carol of Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and their families; and several cousins.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m., June 2, at St. James Church, Oneonta. Burial will be in Memorial Cemetery in Willsboro.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lord's Table, St. James Church, Oneonta.
Online condolences may be made at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on February 2, 2018
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