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25 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
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Leona Lamb

Leona M. "Lee" Lamb (Riedl)

February 20, 1925 - June 4, 2020
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Leona M. “Lee” Lamb, 95, of Hamilton, NY, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020 at home with her children by her side.
She was born on February 20, 1925 to Albert and Lillie Irons Riedl. She graduated from Cazenovia Central School in 1943 and married Alan “Tom” Lamb on September 23, 1944. He predeceased her on April 16, 2015 after sharing their love for over 70 years. Lee dedicated much of her life in service to others. She could often have been seen driving someone to the doctor’s office or taking someone to church who wasn’t able to get there themselves. She volunteered her time to helping out at the food pantry in Hamilton.
Lee worked at Hamilton Central School as a cafeteria monitor for ten years. The kids would always wait to hear the whistle being blown for someone doing wrong.
She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hamilton and served on the Altar Guild as a greeter and helped with the Norwegian Tea. She loved to play golf at the Seven Oaks golf course where she was a member for several years and enjoyed swimming at the Colgate pool. She enjoyed skiing, playing bridge with her friends, walking, gardening, cooking and baking. She was best known for her delicious baked beans and homemade strawberry jam.
Lee traveled extensively with her husband, helping him organize conventions every year in different states. They visited Scotland, Ireland and England.
She is survived by her children, Blake and Margaret Lamb of Sherrill, NY; Sandra and John Habeeb of Watertown, NY; Mark and “Myrt” Lamb of Moncks Corners, SC. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law, Dick Lamb of Morrisville, NY; Keith (Norma) Lamb of Eaton, NY; other sisters-in-law, Beatrice (Lamb) Little of Pine Woods, NY and Ann Lamb of Clifton Park, NY. She especially enjoyed her grandchildren, Blake Lamb, Jr., Devra Carr, Juli Lamb, Amy Hilliker, Kerri Hoffman, David Lamb, Kevin Lamb, Mark Lamb, Jessica Svagerko, Michael Lamb, Frank McMullen and Mark McMullen. She also had 24 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandboys and 25 nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brothers and sister, Albert and Eva Riedl, Sid and Marcia Griffin, Harry and Lita Riedl, and a sister-in-law, Marge Riedl and her in-laws, Louie and Betty Lamb, Darwin and Marion Lamb, Gene Lamb, Gene and Phyllis Hansen, Llewellyn, Jr. and Agnes Lamb.
Calling hours will be private at the convenience of the family.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, June 9, 2020 in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Hamilton, conforming to the current health regulations.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Madison Fire Department, Fountain Fire Co. #1 of Hamilton; S.O.M.A.C., or St. Thomas Episcopal Church.
Lee’s family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff of Hospice and Palliative Care, and all her other caregivers for the wonderful care shown to Lee.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton.
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  • Graveside service

    June 9, 2020 |
    June 9, 2020
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Lebanon St.
    HAMILTON, NY 13346
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    Attendance is conforming to current health regulations


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Harry Brown

Posted at 08:53pm
Heartfelt condolences extended to Lee's family at this time of great loss. Anyone who met Lee was impressed by her positive approach to life . She sincerely cared about others and always made others feel special. As a school cafeteria monitor she was "Mom" to an entire school student body. She was gifted at her expansive list of passions and interests and her enthusiasm for life was contagious. Rest in Peace.

Dorene Riedl Bissonette

Posted at 08:05am
My first memory of Aunt Leona was her baked beans. My father said no one can make beans like his sister. I remember getting together with my father's side of the family for Christmas and she always made the beans and fruit baskets for each family. But my fondest memory was going with Aunt Leona to buy my high school graduation dress. I'll never forget how special that afternoon was with her. She ended up buying me two dresses and gave me 2 sets of little hand painted pins. One set was butterflies and the other birds. I no longer have those dresses but I still have the pins!


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Lonnie Berkowitz

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Aunt Leona was my father's youngest sister and many people said I looked like her. In fact,many asked if she was my mother which insulted her because she thought she looked too young...and she did! When my my husband met her he said that he knew I would be beautiful as I aged by looking at her.
She was an inspiration and a comfort to me. It was a great privilege to spend a week every summer on the farm with the family riding on the combines, berrypicking, eating loads of sweet corn and playing out wild fantasies in the barn with Blake, Sandra and Mark. In a time of need, she and Uncle Tom let me come live with the family for the last two years of high school. If not for that, I might not have gone onto college and eventually become a lawyer. God bless you for all your many kindnesses to a troubled young teenager.

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