Paulette Crane Reel, 57, passed away peacefully in the company of her family in the early morning of November 8, 2013. She was predeceased by her parents, Edward Paul Crane (’82) and Anastasia “Tess” Seversky Crane (’95). She is survived by her loving husband, of 32 years, George Frederick Reel (Endicott); brother, Edward (Judy) Crane (Atlanta); and children, Steven Frederick, Matthew Paul, (Krista Marie), Daniel George, and Mark Edward, whom all currently reside in Los Angeles, CA. A lifelong resident of Endicott, Paulette graduated from Seton Catholic High School and Central City Business Institute in Syracuse, NY. Paulette’s career resume includes positions at IBM, The Night Shift, Core Management and Lockheed Martin. An integral part of any organization, her coworkers attest to her infectious smile, positive attitude, and unique ability to improve her environment and even make work fun. Closest friends describe her as genuine, kind, caring and funny with a truly magnetic personality. She touched many lives and always put others ahead of herself. Her selfless consideration was evident even in her final days. Her greatest gifts were shared with her family. A loving wife and mother, Paulette transformed a house into a home which was enjoyed by all who crossed its threshold. Sympathetic and tough, she took pride in her family and ensured her children were raised with humility, sensitivity and courage. A courage which was evident in her, as she valiantly battled cancer for the last seven years. Facing significant medical challenges since November of 2012 she defied all odds and by attending her son’s marriage in California this last August. While baking prowess eluded her, she will be remembered as an excellent cook who prepared unparalleled Thanksgiving dinners. Her table was always full and those who gathered at it never went home hungry. She will always be remembered as the life of the party and an expert at planning an event.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday 10 a.m. from the Allen Memorial Home, 511-513 East Main Street, Endicott followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 am from St. Ambrose Church, Endicott. Burial will be in Riverhurst Cemetery, Endicott. The family will receive friends at the Allen Memorial Home, Monday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, direct donations in Paulette’s memory can be made to Lourdes Hospital Foundation, 169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905