Jamie Lynn Gallagher DeCanio died peacefully at St. Peter’s Hospice Inn on April 17, 2019 in Albany, NY at the age of 68.
Jamie is survived by her daughters Shayna (Jason) Usher, Kalyn DeCanio, her brother Jay (Eileen) Gallagher and her significant other Tom Hill. She was the number one fan to her four grandchildren Shane DeCanio, Gianna Cosenza, Sydney and Jason Usher whom she will continue to "Love to the Moon and Back". She was the adoring aunt of Michelle Gallagher, William Murdick and Sean Gallagher. She is also survived by her former husband, Thomas J. DeCanio (Lea). She is preceded in death by her parents, James Ellis Gallagher, Maida Gallagher Quinn and her stepfather Robert Quinn.
Jamie was born on March 10, 1951 to James and Maida Gallagher. She attended Guilderland High School, SUNY Plattsburg and graduated with a Masters Degree in Special Education from SUNY Albany. Jamie taught preschool children with special needs for over 30 years with Capital District Beginnings. She enjoyed golfing, watching the Yankees and stamping with her Stampin’ Up club. Jamie also enjoyed serving and attending Life.Church Albany. After her strokes in 2015, she enjoyed time with the Sunnyview Therapeutic Recreation Class. She found great connection with Julie Hart, her graduate students, and fellow participants of the TBI Communication Class at Saint Rose.
Jamie's most treasured moments were spent loving, supporting and cheering on her grandchildren.
A funeral is scheduled for 10:30am on Saturday, April 27th at Life.Church Albany, 687 Watervliet Shaker Road Latham, NY 12110. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jamie's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the City Mission of Schenectady 425 Hamilton Street, Schenectady, NY 12305 or The Moving Message Fund, Julie Hart, The College of Saint Rose at 432 Western Ave, Albany, NY 12203.
The family would like to especially thank her nurse, Brittany Dover, who provided exceptional care, love, and support to Jamie and the entire family after her strokes in 2016. The family would also like to thank the staff at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, the nurses at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital, her caregivers Erica Ottaviano, and Jillian Manico, and our Life.Church family.
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