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Official Obituary of

Mary (Stepshus) Begin

October 5, 1926 ~ February 21, 2024 (age 97) 97 Years Old

Mary Begin Obituary

Cambridge, New York - Mrs. Mary Begin (nee Stepshus), age 97 peacefully passed away on the morning of  Wednesday, February 21, 2024, in Cambridge, New York, surrounded by family.

“Cindy” as she was known was born on October 5, 1926 in Exeter, PA, to the late Peter and Mary Stepshus. Raised in a rural mining region of Pennsylvania, Cindy moved to Brooklyn, New York, in her teens and quickly adapted to her new urban setting. As a Young Adult she enjoyed employment in the banking industry and at major auction houses in Manhattan, later moving to New Jersey where she worked for the Shulton Corporation in Clifton.  Life kept her busy raising four children in her beloved family home in Hackensack, New Jersey, and family occasions both locally and in New England where her husband, Jack, was born and raised. Summer days were spent at local swim clubs managed by Jack where she mastered synchronized swimming and organized water ballets. Stylish and fun-loving, her welcoming home was comfortable and well-appointed; a warm gathering place for friends, neighbors, pets, family and the many athletes coached by “Coach Jack” at River Dell Sr. High School. In the early 70s, she and her family experienced mountain life in Boulder, Colorado for a year during Jack’s educational sabbatical leave. She was thrilled to have toured France and later Ireland from which her ancestors hailed.

She excelled in her Creative Writing course and obtained a realtor’s license. Later in life, Cindy pursued her life-long dream of becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse and took great pride working as a private duty nurse. Her caring and generous nature was appreciated by all she knew and was always there to help anyone in need.

She is predeceased by her husband, John (Jack) Begin, Sr.; 2 children, Manette Loudon and Matthew Begin; grandson, Zachary Loudon; a sister, Barbara Deguzman.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Kruysman (Richard, deceased) of St. Marys, GA; son John Begin Jr. and wife Gigi, of Cambridge, NY; beloved grandchildren, Jacob (Jessica), Roxanne (fiancé Kalani), Gabriel, Olivia, great grandchild, Spider Fonteyn and a myriad of loving nieces, nephews and friends.

A private service and interment will be held in the future. To honor her memory, please consider making a donation to the charity of your choice.

The Ackley, Ross & Gariepy Funeral Home in Cambridge, New York is entrusted with Mrs. Begin’s arrangements.

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