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March 22, 2012

Jessie May Townsend of Cochecton, NY, a business manager for Townsend Farm, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at home. She was 91.

The daughter of George and Lena Hulse Neill, she was born December 11, 1920 in Bath, NY. Jessie was married to the late Elmer Townsend.

Survivors include her children Sharon Erdman and husband William of Cochecton, Wayne Townsend and wife Mary Alice of Farmington, NM, Laurie DePaolo and husband Carmine of New Castle, CO, Lisa Moran and husband, Thomas Jr. of Jeffersonville, NY; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her son Walter Townsend and his fianceé Denise Fischer; sister Carrie Nearing; and brother Walter Neill.

Graveside services and burial will be held Saturday, March 24 at Fosterdale Cemetery, Fosterdale, NY at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan, or Fosterdale United Methodist Church, or Cochecton Volunteer Ambulance Corps.