NEW BERLIN — Beatrice Ione Leach of New Berlin passed away on Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at the home of her nephew and his wife, Rex and Faith Yurenka of Burlington, where she had resided for the last eight months.
She was born on May 3, 1907 in Norwich, oldest daughter of Adolph and Elizabeth Van Warner.
She attended school in Cardtown and Ketchum, rural schools in the Town of Pittsfield and graduated from New Berlin High School in 1926.
She attended Oneonta State Normal school and taught in Ketchum for nine years.
She moved to Greene in 1938 and taught at the Chenango Forks Central School for five years.
In 1942, during the war, she worked at Benedix Aviation in Sidney for three years.
After the war she returned to Oneonta State Teacher's College and received her bachelor's degree in education.
She married Richard Leach in 1946 and they moved to Poughkeepsie where she taught in the Wappingers Central School and became treasurer of the Faculty Association.
She attended Vassar College where she studied the Russian Language.
She was a member of the Methodist Church and Business and Professional Women and Senior Citizens group while living in Poughkeepsie.
She retired from teaching in 1970 after being in the profession for over thirty-five years.
She and her husband returned to her family home on East River Road in New Berlin.
She was predeceased by her husband in 1973.
She spent her winters in Florida where she joined the Auxiliary of the Manatea Memorial Hospital and she was a member of the Bradanton Shuffle Board Club.
After selling her family home in 1993, Beatrice resided at 28 Academy Street in New Berlin and became a member of the 60 Plus Club, the Senior Citizens Club, and the First United Church.
She is survived by two sisters, Betty Watson of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Beverly Corcorin of Pittsburg, KA; a step-daughter Anita Cluff; two step-grandsons, Steve and Bill; and a step-granddaughter, Barbra, all of Brisben.
A memorial service will be held at the Dakin Funeral Home in New Berlin on Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 PM with the Rev. John Young, minister of the Baptist Church in Burlington Flats, officiating.
Donations in her memory may be made to the New Berlin Library.
Arrangements are by the Dakin Funeral Home, New Berlin.
Published in The Daily Star on Feb. 20, 2003.