Sad News

Our dear friend and member of the Gage community Joan Basile passed away peacefully on May 24, 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer and renal disease.
Her obituary read: “A fierce advocate for women’s equality in the workplace and in society, Joan was a strong supporter of and volunteer at the Matilda Joslyn Gage House in Fayetteville. In 2013 she received the Elaine Lytel Advocacy Award from Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse region for her ongoing support. In 2008 she authored a book about her personal struggle to access safe reproductive healthcare titled “You Made Your Bed”.
“Memorial donations in memory of Joan may be made to the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, 210 E. Genesee St. Fayetteville, N.Y. 13066 or Planned Parenthood of Central and Western N.Y., 1120 E. Genesee St., Syracuse, N.Y.”
Calling hours are 4:00-8:00pm Thursday, May 31, at Traub Funeral Home, 684 N.Main St. Central Square, NY 13036. Services will be 1:00pm Friday, June 1, at the funeral home with burial in Lakeside Rural Cemetery, Bernhards Bay, NY.
Sue Boland has offered to drive 5 folks to the calling hours. If you’d like to ride with her, be at the Gage Center Thursday (tomorrow) at 3:30.
We will miss Joan’s music, her courage, her positive spirit, and her warmth, humor and unlimited energy. The teas Joan created with Sarah Gardener have become legendary.
You can read Joan’s full obituary and online guestbook by following this link: https:
We plan to have a Remembering and Celebrating Joan event at the Gage Center in the future and will let you know once we have details.

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