Sandee Hillman Alpern

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Sandee Hillman Alpern

June 24, 1947 - January 10, 2019

Sandee Hillman Alpern COOPERSTOWN - Sandee Hillman Alpern, of Cooperstown passed away on Thursday morning, Jan. 10, 2019, at Chestnut Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Oneonta, at the age of 71. She had been a resident of Cooperstown since 1976.
Sandee was born in New York City on June 24, 1947, and grew up in Great Neck on Long Island. She attended Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree, then earned her master's degree in educational psychology at the University of Chicago. She was married to Harlan Alpern in Roslyn, on June 20, 1971.
After her marriage she moved to Rochester with her husband who was a resident in pathology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. She worked as a play therapist on inpatient pediatrics. She also took classes in spinning and weaving becoming proficient and had her own spinning wheel and loom.
In 1976 she moved to Cooperstown with her husband who was an attending pathologist at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital. Sandee took a part-time position at the Cooperstown Elementary School as the teacher of the gifted and talented program. She continued to do spinning and weaving.
In addition, she took classes in pottery at The Smithy in Cooperstown. She had her own pottery wheel and kiln in the basement of her home. She developed expertise in pottery, sold her pieces and became a teacher of pottery at The Smithy, teaching two classes weekly and had a following of students. She sold her pottery as well as her weaving products at local stores and craft shows. She loved to collect and wear craft jewelry.
Sandee is survived by her husband, Harlan; her son, Micah (Sarah) of Mountain View, California; her daughter, Rebeka Seelinger (Brian) of Erie, Pennsylvania; her four grandchildren, Bobby, Emma, Hazel and James; as well as her mother, Corinne S. Hillman of Cooperstown, and a sister, Kathi Hillman McElroy (Hugh) of Port Jefferson. Sandee had many friends in the Cooperstown area as well as friends and relatives across the country who will miss her.
The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, with Rabbi Peter Schaktman of Temple Emanu-El in Utica officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, Queens.
For those that wish to honor Sandee's life and memory, a tax-deductible donation could be made to The Smithy Clay Studio, 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on January 10, 2019
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Michele Culberson
Jan 20, 2019
My sympathy to you on the loss of Sandee. She was such a loving and creative soul. I feel privileged and enriched to have known her. And we had fun sharing our lovely granddaughters.
Micah said the funeral was a good celebration of her life. I was there in spirit.
You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
william trolio
Jan 13, 2019
Harlan, from the poem Missing You Always: "In life, I loved you dearly, In death I love you still, In my heart, I hold a place that only you can fill."
I have carried this poem with me since I lost Judy. It gives me hope when I am lost. Deepest condolences to you and your family. Bill
Nancy Herman
Jan 13, 2019
Always enjoyed an encounter with Sandee here in Cooperstown from the time she was pushing a stroller on Main St. long ago.
Love to Harlan and the family from Nancy Herman, Cooperstown
Jan 13, 2019
Was so sorry to read of Sandy'spassing. Enjoyed working with her at Cooperstown elementary & her helping doing Hanukkah lessons with my classes. Enjoyed having Rebecca in my class. My sympathy with all her family.
Lizzie Cooper
Jan 11, 2019
I am so sorry to hear this. I first me Sandee, or Mrs.Alpern as I called her then, when I was a child of about 10 and she a young mother. My mother thought if her as "one of the interesting people," which was a high compliment meaning that she was smart, fun and insightful. Seeing Sandee years later at places like The Smithy, I could see that my mother was right. Beautiful and intelligent, kind and engaging, she was always a good person to see. My deepest condolences to all who love her.
Myrna Kesselman
Jan 11, 2019
Sandee was a dear friend from the moment we met at Lesley College. I was impressed by her intelligence, her sensitivity, and her creative abilities. We didn't connect often, but whenever we did, we picked up where we left off. All her friends from Lesley will miss her dearly.