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Patricia (Decker) Gillespie

January 21, 1930 ~ December 24, 2020 (age 90)


Patricia Gillespie, 90, formerly of Baker Avenue, Niskayuna, died December 24, 2020 at Avita of Wells, Maine. Born January 21,1930 to the late Bertram R. Decker, Sr. and Amelia McCormick Decker of Schenectady, Patricia graduated from Nott Terrace High School in Schenectady and Edgewood Park College, Briarcliff Manor, NY. Upon graduation she worked at St. Clare’s Hospital as a Medical Secretary and Technician from 1949 until 1956 when she left to run the family business as office manager. She volunteered in the Reach to Recovery Program for breast cancer for several years, and in the mother’s help program at Craig School, in reading and speech therapy. She was a board member of the Niskayuna Coop, a member of the Women’s League of the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, and a member of St. Clare’s Hospital Auxiliary.  She also volunteered at Ellis Hospital, at the information desk. She was a member of St. Kateri Tekakwitha (formerly Our Lady of Fatima Church). Playing bridge with a close group of friends, golfing, and traveling to her beloved Cape Cod were favorite pastimes.  But most importantly spending time with her family was her utmost joy.  

Patricia’s husband, Arnold C. Gillespie, to whom she was married for 67 years predeceased her in 2018.  He was proprietor of Arnold C. Gillespie Piano Sales and Service. She is also predeceased by her brother Bertram Decker, jr. and his wife Joan. 

Survivors include her son David Gillespie, his wife Susan Sabetti and grandsons Andrew Gillespie and Brian Gillespie of Hilton Head, SC; her daughter Susan Sayers, her husband Richard Gagnon of Biddeford, ME, Granddaughter, Courtney Sayers of Aurora, CO, and grandson, Jeremy Sayers and his fiancé Ashley Crosby of Manchester, NH.  She also leaves nieces Kathleen (Charlie) Mack of Schenectady, Patricia (John) Holloway of Maricopa, AZ and nephew James (Janiece) Decker of Spring, TX.

The family would like to thank the staff of Avita of Wells and Compassus Hospice of Scarborough, Maine for their compassionate care, kindness and spiritual support.

Funeral services and a celebratory mass will be held at a later date.

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