Obituary of Aileen Grace Van Deusen

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Aileen Grace Van Deusen, 89, of Housatonic died Tuesday March 19, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Aileen was born on September 7, 1929 in Norwood MA daughter of Wilfred and Ella (West) Hardy. She was a graduate of the former Searles High School class of 1947. Aileen worked for many years as a Teacher’s Aide for the former Housatonic Elementary School and as a crossing guard. Aileen was a communicant of Corpus Christi Church Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Housatonic enjoyed gardening, being outdoors and spending time with her family, grand kids and great grand kids. Aileen’s husband Francis “Vanzy” Van Deusen whom she married on October 27, 1951 predeceased her on November 10, 2010. Aileen is survived by two daughters, Nancy Wright-Kinna and husband Michael Kinna of Alford and Sandy Van Deusen of Housatonic, one brother, Harold Hardy of Georgia, one sister, Marjorie Hardy Meyers of Texas, three grandchildren, Andrew Delmolino, Noah Wright and his wife Brooke and Tessa Van Deusen and two great grandchildren, Julia Frances Wright and Samuel Alistar Wright. In addition to her husband Francis “Vanzy” Van Deusen, Aileen was predeceased by brother Arthur Hardy.

Funeral Services for Aileen G. Van Deusen will be held on Friday March 22 at 12:00 PM at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South Street Great Barrington MA 01230 with Reverend Pastor William P. Murphy officiating. Burial will follow in Saint Bridget’s Cemetery in Housatonic. Family will receive friends on Friday March 22 at the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM preceding the service. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy in Aileen’s memory may be made to the Corpus Christi Church Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish Building Fund in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be made through

4 Responses to Obituary of Aileen Grace Van Deusen

  1. We will miss “grammie’s” love and light and great spirit. Although no words can take away the sorrow that you bear, may it find you comfort knowing we care.
    Anastasia &Dan

  2. We were saddened to hear of her passing. We remember many good times with both Aileen and Vansy. Thinking of you all and sending our love.
    Jen & Jay

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about Aileen’s passing. She was a wonderful person who I knew well growing up as the kid next door. I was quite upset to open the Berkshire Record at 2 p.m. yesterday to see her obituary. I had missed the ceremony at the funeral home. I most definitely would’ve gone. Sandy and Nancy, I haven’t seen or spoken to you two in years, and would love to visit with you both. Please contact me when you have a moment

  4. I am so sorry to learn of Aikeen’s passing. She had such a cheerful positive outlook she brightened up any room she was in
    My condolences to her circle of loved ones who she no doubt meant the world to. May she be at peace always surrounded by love

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