Obituary, Yvonne S. Petty

Dover Plains – Yvonne S. Petty, 87, a lifelong resident of Dover Plains, NY died peacefully on Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at her daughter’s home in Poway, California. Mrs. Petty dedicated her life to caring for children. She was a child care provider in her home in Dover Plains for many years in addition to serving as a lunch room monitor at Dover Elementary School and a school bus aide for children with special needs.

Born July 20, 1936 in Putnam Lake, NY she was the daughter of the late Anthony C.“Tony” and Fannie (Sprague) Sartori. She was a graduate of Dover High School. On December 12, 1954 in Dover Plains, NY she married Frank E. “Buzz” Petty. Together, with a great deal of mutual love and respect for each other and tireless work ethics, the Petty’s were able to enjoy many wonderful things throughout their marriage. They traveled extensively and enjoyed attending Country Music Festivals and concerts in New York often with their grandchildren in tow. They summered in the Catskills for over twenty years and created many wonderful memories and lasting friendships. They wintered in Florida for many years as well. Their swimming pool in Dover was also a hot spot for many a child over the years as was the dining room table for the adults. Their marriage lasted for over 55 years. Buzz passed away on January 27, 2010.

Yvonne joined the J.H. Ketcham Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary on May 4, 1954. She was a very active member in her younger years and enjoyed marching in dress parades, responding to alarms and providing refreshments and meals at times when needed and supporting her husband who served as Assistant Fire Chief, or as she liked to say “Dover Car 3”. At the time of her passing she had achieved 69.3 years on the Auxiliary membership roster, one of the longest in the history of the organization. In her later years she became a proud Breast Cancer Survivor who supported and encouraged others to keep fighting. She also enjoyed shopping trips with her beloved granddaughter Robin and was never one to turn down an invitation to lunch. She enjoyed family holiday gatherings with passed hors d’oeuvres of course, a good libation and dancing with her son Bruce. She loved to visit and spend months at a time with her loving daughter Robin and her son-in-law Jack in California as well. In her spare time she enjoyed playing with her great grandchildren, reading celebrity and country music singer biographies and was an avid soap opera fan, The Young and the Restless, As the World Turns and The Bold and the Beautiful being longtime favorites. Throughout the years she loved and cared for many of the family pets, her last being “Toto” a rescue dog that she treated like royalty. Her hugs, her chats, her “calling it as she saw it” moments (often unabridged) will all be greatly missed by her immediate family and closest friends. We will miss you always “Ma”, “Nana” and “Nan-Nan”.

Yvonne is survived by her children, Bruce E. Petty and his wife Carmen of Dover Plains, NY and Robin M. Saiken and her husband Jack of Poway, CA; her grandchildren, Robin M. Conklin and her husband Scott of Dover Plains and Bruce E. Petty, Jr. and his wife Megan of Dover Plains; her great grandchildren, Colton D. Conklin and Jacoby F. Petty of Dover Plains; a brother, Thomas “Tucker” Sartori of North Carolina and several nieces and nephews and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Yvonne was predeceased by her great-granddaughter, Reese Madison and her brother Anthony “Dempsy” Sartori both of Dover Plains.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2023 from 10-11 am at  37 Park Avenue, Millerton, NY 12546. A funeral service will take place at 11am at the funeral home. Pastor William Mayhew will officiate. The J.H. Ketcham Hose Company will honor Yvonne and Buzz with firematic services at Valley View Cemetery, Nellie Hill Road, Dover Plains at 12:15pm, Pastor Mayhew will conclude with a final committal prayer. Burial will follow. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 45 Reade Place, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

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Author: Harlem Valley News