Anne Theresa Begeal was born on May 24, 1955 in Gloversville, New York. Anne was the daughter of Italian immigrants who came to America as non-English speaking children with just the clothes on their back. They worked hard to build the American dream for their family and inspired Anne to do the same. Anne got her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and her masters at The College of St. Rose. She worked as a speech and language pathologist with several school districts and BOCES, and in the later part of her career, conducted home-based, early intervention speech therapy in Fulton and Hamilton Counties. However, if you were to have asked Anne what her job was, she would tell you it was being “Mom”. She married Randy Begeal in 1985 and was the mother of Brady and Matthew Begeal. Anne cared very much about her family and looked forward to family reunions each year. She enjoyed watching her sons play in their many sporting events and would travel to nearly every game, wherever it was. She also enjoyed travelling with her family, especially on vacations where she could enjoy a warm beach and the ocean. Anne loved the outdoors and enjoyed cross-country and alpine skiing, biking, hiking and camping. For many years Anne was a ski patroller and ski instructor at Royal Mountain ski center in Caroga Lake and Oak Mountain ski center in Speculator.
In 2010, Anne was diagnosed with an aggressive form of multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer that attacks plasma cells in the bone marrow. She battled it courageously for two years, enduring the debilitating effects of the disease and the cancer treatment, including a bone marrow and plasma cell transplant. For a short time in early 2011, she made a great recovery and it looked as if she might beat it. However, the cancer came back quickly in the late summer of 2011 in the form of plasma cell leukemia. Shortly after celebrating Christmas with her family that year, her health declined rapidly. She was admitted to Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care on January 16, 2012 and passed away peacefully under their care the next morning. Anne was a devout Catholic her whole life, and even in death, she was obedient to God’s word. Toward the end, it was clear she knew it was time,not to give up the fight, but rather, to obey God’s call for her to return home to him. Anne will always be remembered for her genuinely kind, caring and thoughtful nature and infectious smile.
David Brice Cunningham was born on March 28, 1956, in North Platte, Nebraska. He attended and graduated high school in New Jersey where he was nominated and placed on the All-State team for football. Dave then attended the Division 1 school University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on a full scholarship to play the tight end position for their football team in the mid-1970s. From 1983-87 Dave served as an active duty member in the United States Army and was stationed overseas in Giessen, Germany. He served as an MP all four years and was honorably discharged upon return to the US. He married Lynn and became a father to Jamie, David, and Jessica. Dave was a career employee of the United States Post office in Buffalo where he held the position of clerk. Dave was also a well-known baseball, basketball and football coach of several schools including Hamburg HS, Cheektowaga HS, and Maryvale HS.
In 2009, at the age of 53, Dave was diagnosed with Glioblastoma (one of the most aggressive cancers, which targets the brain). Up until this point to Dave’s family, he was always the toughest and most intimidating person. He had always fought battles for his family, friends, and even people he didn’t know. He was the first one to fight for what he thought was right and was not afraid to tell it like it was. In 2009 that changed and for the first time in his life he asked for help for himself. His battle began with major open brain surgery to remove a tumor that had grown to a size that was too big to leave on his frontal lobe. He recovered from surgery fought hard for 18 months. Attending non-stop daily chemo and radiation treatments. In late July of 2011, his cancer took a turn for the worst and hospice quickly came in to take care of Dave and his daily needs. After approximately two weeks of hospice care and on the morning of August 10, 2011, Dave passed away with his children beside him. Dave will always be loved by so many and will always be remembered for his positive attitude, charities and achievements.