District library fondly remembered

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Audra Jean (Packard) Renswick left a legacy of a love of reading, kindness, and concern to thousands of Fredonia residents with her recent passing. I was one of the kids who benefited from her public service at Fredonia High School, Class of 1970.

As district librarian for 25 years at Fredonia schools, Mrs. Renswick helped generations of young readers grow up to face life’s challenges, either as area residents or in the outside world.

She was always willing to help and lend a sympathetic ear. She was also a caring supervisor who treated her library aides with dignity and respect.

Her earlier service at the Darwin R. Barker Library in the village helped to make that community center a welcoming place for all, especially kids. I am glad to read in the OBSERVER that her service later extended to the Office of the Aging and other pursuits.

I am a classmate of her eldest son, “Skip” Renswick, a great guy with wonderful AV skills during our high school years. My condolences to Skip and his many family members.

Mrs. Renswick is one of the many educators and others who helped make Fredonia a unique community. She now takes her place in our shared history.

John Runfola is a member of the Fredonia High School Class of 1970 and is a Schnectady resident.

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