St. Johnsville - Alice M. Edmunds, 89 a long time St. Johnsville resident, passed away peacefully on Thursday September 12, 2019 at the Cooperstown Center Rehabilitation and Nursing.
She was born November 18, 1929 in Ayer, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Carl E. and Gerde E. (Johnson) Carlson. Alice was educated in Littleton, Massachusetts schools.
Alice was first married to Ralph Gordon in September of 1953. Ralph passed away on May 7, 1968. She was later married to Bernard Edmunds in July of 1971. Bernard passed away in November of 1993.
In the 1960's and 1970's, Alice worked part time at the former Petrolane Fuel office in Fort Plain, and also as a part time bus driver for St. Johnsville Schools. She also was proprietor of the Step Down Stairs Rock Shop that was located in her home. For the past 20 years, she was owner and operator of the Second Chance Cat Rescue that she ran from her residence.
Alice also ran, organized and participated in the Fort Klock Fair for over 20 years. Alice always looked forward to seeing old friends and making new friends at the fair. She was also active in the 4-H Club and a former Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts leader.
Alice's love of animals began early. She was raised on the family farm in Littleton, and was always involved in their care. Her first job as a teen was grooming and exercising horses. Growing up, there were always dogs and cats along with many farm animals.
She also loved to travel. In her teens and twenties, she and her friends rode their horses from Littleton to Boston for the rodeo at Boston Garden. Then later they took "road trips" to the western United States. Later in life there were yearly camping trips to Maine with her kids, and also weekend trips to Cape Cod. Alice and Bert loved their 5th wheel adventures, especially the trips to Montana, Washington, and Oregon, and eventually the trip across Canada into Alaska. Her greatest accomplishment was visiting all 50 states over her lifetime.
Survivors include her son Gary Gordon and wife Rosie of Rotterdam; three daughters, Sherrie Keough and husband Jim of St. Johnsville, Jennifer Ambrose and husband Brian of Chugiak, Alaska and Susan Stock of Canajoharie; three grandchildren, Ashley and Matt Ackert, Justin Stock and Mackenzie Stock and her companion Alex Kilmartin; and three great grandchildren, Trevor and Cameron Ackert and Emery Kilmartin. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and many life long friends in New York and Massachusetts.
She was pre-deceased by a daughter, Gail Dygert and her husband Dennis, and a son-in-law, Gary Stock.
In keeping with Alice's wishes funeral services and burial at St. Johnsville Cemetery will be private and held at the convenience of her family. Arrangements are under the caring guidance of the Vincent A. Enea Funeral Service, (next to the Masonic Lodge), 20 Bridge St., St. Johnsville, NY.
In lieu of flowers please consider memorial contribution to Second Chance Cat Rescue, 304 Vedder Road, St. Johnsville, NY 13452, Fort Klock Historic Restoration, 7214 State Highway 5, St Johnsville, NY 13452, or to a charity of one's choice. We ask that you take some time to remember Alice and how she may have touched your life. We hope it brings back good memories. We hope the memories make you smile.
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