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Janette Sapiro Finkelstein

Janette Sapiro Finkelstein, a Stamford, Conn., resident, died on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009 at Stamford Hospital. She was 81 years old and was a resident at Atria Assisted Living at the time of her death.

Born on Feb. 29, 1928 in Santa Monica, Calif., she was the daughter of Barnett and Lillian Sapiro. After living in Venice, Calif., for the first 10 years of her life, she moved with her family to Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated from Honolulu’s Roosevelt High School, where she competed on the swim team. Having attended the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Hawaii, she earned her bachelors and masters degrees in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh many years later. She was intelligent, articulate and fully engaged in current events. She had a lifelong interest in fitness and nutrition and enjoyed painting in oils and water colors. With an interest in education and a compassion for those in need, she volunteered as a tutor for many years in the local school systems. She had a strong sense of justice and did not tolerate racial or other types of discrimination. A loving mother and grandmother, she stressed the importance of education and social justice to those she cared for.

She lived for many years in Johnstown, Pa., and Albany before moving to Stamford three years ago. She is survived by her brother Louis Sapiro of Los Angeles, her three children Dr. Robert Finkelstein of Yardley, Pa., James Finkelstein of Albany, Susan Kostin of Darien, Conn.; her three grandchildren, Benjamin Finkelstein of Washington, D.C., Andrew Kostin of Darien, Conn., and Jessica Finkelstein of Yardley, Pa.; and her former husband, Dr. Seymour Finkelstein of Johnstown. She was predeceased by her brother, Norman Sapiro, and sister, Phyllis Kanter.

Funeral services were held Nov. 30 at Temple Sinai in Stamford. Her memory will be a blessing to those who knew and loved her.

Dorothy Sedberry Gill

The funeral service of Dorothy Sedberry Gill, 91, of Ft. Gaines, who died Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009 at Ft. Gaines Health Care, was conducted Tuesday at Mathews Funeral Home. Rev. Pete Daugherty officiated. Mathews Funeral Home handled the arrangements. A private family interment is at 11 a.m. CST today at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala.

A native of Jackson, Miss., Mrs. Gill moved to Albany in 1953 from Mobile, Ala. She resided in Albany before moving to Lee County Health Care and Ft. Gaines Health Care eight years ago. She was a retired florist and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Albany and the Elnora Hawke Sunday school class, and was a former member of Avalon United Methodist Church. Mrs. Gill was a member of the Albany Federated Garden club and the Albany Women’s Club. She was the widow of John G. Sedberry and Julian Gill.

Survivors include a daughter and her husband, Dianne and Jud Savelle of Panama City Beach, Fla.; two sons and their wives, John and Pam Sedberry of Lee County, and Mark and Sonja Sedberry of Ft. Gaines; eight grandchildren, Marie Keiser and her husband, Bill of Albany, John A. Sedberry and his wife, Patsy of Atlanta, Marti Bacon and her husband, Gregg of Albany, Susan Summerall and her husband, Michael, of Lee County, Jud Savelle IV and his wife Jenny of Lee County, Brett Peterson and his wife, Alison of Bishop, Ga., John Peterson of Albany, and Laura Peterson of Lee County; 18 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, prior to the funeral service at Mathews Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Albany, Senior Adult Ministries, 307 Flint Ave, Albany, GA, 31701 or to Ft. Gaines Health Care, Activities Department, 101 Harford Road, Ft. Gaines, GA, 39851. An online guestbook memorializing Mrs. Gill is at www.mathewsfuneralhome.com.

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