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25 Broad Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
Phone: 315-824-2417
Fax: 315-825-3526
Gertrude Pownall

Gertrude D. Pownall (Decker)

December 25, 1926 - October 31, 2020
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Gertrude Decker Pownall, 93, of Hamilton, NY passed away Saturday, October 31, 2020 at the home of her son Tom in Pompton Plains, NJ.
She was born on December 25, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY, daughter of Clinton Augustine and Gertrude O’Brien Decker, one of six children. She grew up on Long Island, received her BA and MA in Mathematics from Hofstra University, and began her career teaching high school math at East Rockaway High. On June 3, 1961, Gertrude married Malcolm Wilmor Pownall, commencing a blessed union lasting over 59 years. Gertrude started teaching in the Math department at Colgate in the Fall semester 1961, one of the first women who taught at the all-male Colgate University, paving the way for others. She retired in 1989 being awarded the honorary title Instructor Emerita.
Gert was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton. She was an active member of the Altar and Rosary Society and was instrumental in forming the parish Consolation Committee. She contributed to the wider local community helping with Meals-on-Wheels, Red Cross blood drives, and providing assistance with tax returns as part of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.
Surviving are her husband, Malcolm; children, Malcolm J. And Frances Pownall of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Mary Elizabeth Pownall and her husband, Harry Isaacs of York, England; Kathryn Ann and Matthew Feigenbaum of Greenville, SC; Thomas E. and Deanne Pownall of Pompton Plains, NJ; her younger brother, Charles Decker; and 13 grandchildren: Kasey, Sam and his wife Laura, Jess, Jack, Katy, Abby, Molly, Zack, Colby, Austyn, Hannah, Thomas, and Nicholas.
Due to current health regulations, a private Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday November 6 at St. Mary’s Church, Hamilton, followed by interment in the Colgate University Cemetery. The Mass will also be streamed on St. Mary’s Facebook page (Route20Catholic)
The family will receive friends at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton on Thursday November 5 from 4-7pm. Masks are required.
The Rosary will be recited at 3:45pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Mary’s Church, 16 Wylie St. Hamilton, NY 13346; to AIM Palliative Care (, to Ennoble Care and Hospice, attn: Ginny Montella,1 Edgeview Dr., Hackettstown, NJ 07840, or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research (
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  • Visitation

    November 5, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    November 5, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamilton
    25 Broad St.
    HAMILTON, NY 13346
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  • Rosary Service

    November 5, 2020 | 3:45pm
    November 5, 2020 3:45pm
    Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Homes, Inc., Hamilton
    25 Broad St.
    HAMILTON, NY 13346
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    St. Mary's Church, Hamilton
    16 Wylie St.
    Hamilton, NY 13346
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    The Mass is private in church but will be live streamed on the church's Facebook page. Route20Catholic.
    Fr. Jason Hage
  • Interment

    Colgate University Cemetery
    Oak Drive
    HAMILTON, NY 13346
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    interment is private


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Barbara Coger

Posted at 12:20pm
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I became acquainted with Gertrude during the many years that I was affiliated with the Hamilton Public Library and was pleased to reconnect with her at the Community Wellness Center more recently. At the library, we always looked forward to seeing the grandchildren come during their summer visits. She was a wonderful woman.

Sue Frost

Posted at 10:28am
I have fond memories of Gert Pownall - she was basically my second mom when I was at Hamilton Central. Countless times I would show up to hang out with the Pownall kids and she wouldn't bat an eye at having an extra around for dinner. I know I'm not the only one, either. She also taught me about faith as she was so committed to hers and about community service, as she was so dedicated to St. Mary's. She was a kind, generous person with a very warm nature. I hope the whole family can take some peace knowing how loved she was and how missed she will be.

Terry Reed

Posted at 02:30pm
Bill and I are so sorry to hear of Gert's passing. We remember the many hours she and Bill's Mom, Peg Reed spent together putting things together for Altar and Rosary at St Mary's. She was always kind and thoughtful to us and our children. She holds a special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bill and Terry Reed

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