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Jean Bestle

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Jean McLeod Bestle, “Sheena” 78, of Pawling Avenue passed away on December 22, 2016 at Community Hospice in Samaritan Hospice.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland she was the daughter of the late Edward McLeod and Agnes Gailey McLeod and beloved wife of John H. Bestle who died in 2010.

Sheena came to the United States in 1951 at the age of 13.  She was a graduate of Troy High School. She was an Administrative Assistant at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institution in the psychology department for over 30 years.  Sheena enjoyed her golf league with her par-tee girls at Frear Park.  She was an avid supporter of R.P. I. hockey and especially loved going to her grandchildren’s sport activities.  Sheena was a friend whose loyalty was constant, she was a woman who influenced those whom she met with the grace of her presence, her understanding heart, her ready smile and genuine loving concern.  The world is a much richer place because of her life among us.

Survivors include her son John S. Bestle “Jak” (Sharon) of Troy, her two daughters Cheryl Germinerio (Joe) of Wynantskill, Jude Bestle of Troy, her seven beloved grandchildren, Victoria and Paige Bestle, Alina, Joseph, John and Maurice Germinerio and Mia Losee, two nieces Dawn Caiazza, Dana McLeod Small, cousin Shirley Gully, special friends Dot Poland, Patty Canfield, Eleanor Wilson, Nancy McCauley and Lorriane Stone.

Sheena was predeceased by her brother David McLeod.

The family wishes to thank the nursing staff at Samaritan Hospital for all their care and support.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on December 28, 2016 at St. Jude the Apostle Church, 43 Brookside Avenue, Wynantskill, with Rev. Anthony Ligato officiating.

Burial will follow at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Schuylerville.

Calling hours will be held from 9 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral mass at church.

Memorial donations in Sheena’s name may be made to St. Jude the Apostle Church, 43 Brookside Ave, Wynantskill, NY 12198.

Please visit www.mcloughlinmason.com.

Charitable donations may be made to:

St. Jude the Apostle Church
43 Brookside Avenue, Wynantskill NY 12198
Tel: 1-518-283-1162

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Jak and Sharon, I am so sorry for your loss...especially at this time of year. Hopefully your memories of better times full of joy and laughter will support you through this time of sadness and sorrow. Love to you both, n.

Nancey Agard Dec 28 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Jak and sisters. Your Mother and Father will be long remembered as tried and true RPI Hockey supporters and youth hockey as well. They were two of the most likable people I have every met. My deepest condolences. I will remember them fondly.

Frank Shipp Dec 27 2016 12:00 AM

Jude, Mia and family, We are keeping you in our prayers during this difficult time. Your Mother/Grandmother holds special place in our hearts and memories. Ray, Jen and Sarah

Ray, Jennifer & Sarah Littlejohn Dec 27 2016 12:00 AM

Cheryl, Jude and Jack and Families,We are so sorry to hear about your Mom. Being neighbors and growing up next door, I remember her always being kind and sweet and such a wonderful lady. She had a beautiful smile that I won't forget. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. May she Rest In Peace. Love always, Chrissy & Les Harewood

Chris Harewood (Chrissy Harrell) Dec 26 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jean Bestle

Leslie Archer (Kassel) Dec 26 2016 12:00 AM

Jak, Cheryl, Jude and your respective families:Prayers and heartfelt condolences to you all on the passing of your Mom. From all of the D'Antonios, we remember her just as you wrote in her obit--and a wonderful supporter of our teams at Loomis. All of you are in our prayers, esp your Mom. May she be at peace. With affection, Ray, Judy and Marco D'Antonio, Cheshire and Hamden, CT respectively.

Marco D'Antonio and Family Dec 26 2016 12:00 AM

Jude, Cheryl and Jak--I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beautiful mother. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time-Penny Bonesteel

Penny Bonesteel Dec 26 2016 12:00 AM

Cheryl,So sorry to read of your mother's passing. I hope the memories of all the good times and the love from your family will give you comfort.Thinking of you and remembering our years together at Shaker Jr,

Linda Shartzer Dec 25 2016 12:00 AM

Jak, Cheryl, Jude and Family,Your mom always was a ray of sunshine because of her warm heart and radiant smile. I also fondly remember her kindness and laughter. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Diane [Harrell] Wyatt

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