Deanna Ardath Reddy, lovingly known as Dee, passed away on December 18, 2022, at the age of 74, in San Diego, California. She was born on the 6th of January, 1948, in Wellsville, New York, to her parents Thomas A. Klein Jr. and Ardath B. Klein, both of whom have preceded her in death. Deanna passed away, joining her late sister, Lou Ann Klein, and her nephew, Brett A. Loundsberry, in eternity.
Deanna, devoted wife to John A. Reddy, was a loving mother to her sons, Devin A. Reddy and Patrick T. Reddy, and a proud aunt to her nephew Tyrone T. Vroman. Deanna’s passion for teaching, specifically special education, had been a significant part of her life. She had devoted almost 20 years of teaching at BOCES schools, including Belmont, Cuba, Fillmore, Scio, and Wellsville. However, Deanna began her career as a humble switchboard operator at Cuba Hospital and worked as a cafeteria worker at Belfast Central.
Deanna ardently loved her family, her dogs, and volunteering her time and resources to the community. She also enjoyed walking and being in nature, which led her to nurture her property’s 66-acres near the town of Houghton before she relocated to San Diego. While living in the city, Deanna found solace walking around and preserving her freedom. She would walk a few miles a day, hunting shells at the dog beach, and going downtown Ocean Beach shopping, which she loved doing on her own time. Deanna was also a frequent user of the San Diego trolley system. She would go downtown to the Paul Mitchell cosmetology school located in San Diego to get her hair done at a cheaper price, and in so doing, she mentored and encouraged the students, often leaving them with significant tips.
Deanna attended Wellsville Elementary and graduated from Wellsville High School. She later received higher education from SUNY New York Online. During her adolescent years, Deanna attended the Missionary Christian Alliance Church, and as an adult, she became a faithful member of the United Methodist Church in Caneadea.
A funeral service is scheduled for May 20th at 3 pm at the Treusdell Funeral Home in Belfast, followed by a graveside service at Caneadea Cemetery. Deanna will be given a dignified service and her legacy will continue to be cherished by her loving family and friends.