Catherine Susan  Brisson (Reisen)
Catherine Susan Brisson (Reisen) went to rest quietly on All Hallow's Eve.
She was born on July 29, 1940, in Bayshore, Long Island, the daughter of Dorothy Mercedes Baker and John Oliver Brisson.
Early in her life she started going by her middle name, Sue.
In 1963 she married William John Reisen Sr.
For many years she worked as a unit clerk in the ICU at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown. She enjoyed her work and made many long-lasting friendships at Bassett that endured long after her retirement; most notably her dear friends Mary Cummings, Judy Carson and Bonnie Craig.
She had many hobbies: ceramics, sewing and especially crocheting. She was particularly fond of making afghans for her friends and family. Though her favorite pastime was gardening, where she could be with her flowers. She never saw a piece of ground that she was not convinced could be improved with a garden.
However, closest to her heart was her family. She was a mother who gave all she could. She adored her grandchildren the most: Katherine, William, Lorenzo, Eli and Heather.
She is survived by her two sons, William and his wife Jamie, of Oneonta and Dominick of Westville. Both men have had a piece of their hearts ripped away with her passing. She is also survived by her dear sister, Carole Lilawski of Middle Grove. In recent years, when travel became difficult for Sue, Carole would often make the trip to Fly Creek so the two sisters could spend time together. Her brother, Norman Brisson of Oakdale, Long Island was a rock in her life. She spoke fondly of her two other surviving brothers, Richie and Russell.
She will be laid to rest in the Westville Cemetery at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. All of her family and friends are invited to gather for a burial service at that time. Her friend of years past, the Rev. Ronald Fralick, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fly Creek Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on November 1, 2019


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Pamela Wilson
Nov 08, 2019
Sue was a wonderful woman with a big heart. Over 35 years ago, she made each of my 3 children beautiful Christmas stockings, and they still have them and hang them every year. She was my birthday sister andI loved working with her. She brighten the world and will be missed. Hugs to her friends and family, Pam
William Fuccillo
Nov 05, 2019
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Patti Adair Beers
Nov 02, 2019
Many happy memories with the family, they were wonderful neighbors. Sue taught me and the foster girls how to crochet. Played hide and seek with the boys, Dominick are you still afraid of the bats? Sue was a wonderful lady and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Condolences to her family.
Barbara Dolan
Nov 01, 2019
Dominic and family...I am so sorry to hear about your Mother's passing. She was a good person and I know she will be missed. May you all find Peace.