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Vivian M. “Bea” Haring, formerly of Hornell and Canisteo

HORNELL/CANISTEO-Vivian M. “Bea” Haring, 92, of Bethany Village, Horseheads, NY died Monday, March 13, 2017 at the Bethany Village Nursing Facility, following a brief illness.

Born in St. Mary’s, PA on December 8, 1924, she was the daughter of Dennis & Ruth (Logue) Canty.

Bea grew up in Hornell and was a graduate of Hornell High School (class of 1942). She resided in Canisteo for about 65 years and has lived in Horseheads since 2013.

Having trained at St. James Mercy Hospital to become an Operating Room Technician, she was employed for many years at both St. James Mercy Hospital and also Bethesda Community Hospital as an O.R. Technician. Later she served as a Home Care Provider for many area families, caring for the elderly.

Vivian had a great love for her family and also for her dogs. She was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading murder mysteries and books about dogs, both fiction & non-fiction. Bea enjoyed listening to big band music and chocolate. She was a daily walker & hiker long before the “fitness boom”. She would take her dogs for long walks, usually twice per day.

She was married in 1949 to Gilbert Haring who died in 1995. She was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Jack Canty and Donald Canty; 2 sisters, Eleanor Jankowski and Patricia Curran.

Surviving are her daughter, Pamela “Pam” Haring of Weston, CT; her son, Patrick Haring of Destin, FL; her granddaughter, Rachael Haring of Galveston, TX; her sisters, Nancy Douglass of Horseheads and Shirley Bettinger of Georgia; her brother, Jerry (Ruth) Canty of Hornell; several nieces & nephews.

At Vivian’s request there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 2 PM at the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY with Deacon Robert McCormick officiating. Final interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Bea’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name be made to the Hornell Humane society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843. Memorial forms will be available at the Dagon Funeral Home.

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