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Brooks, Ex-Lakeland Schools Secretary, Dies at 85

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — Georgianna A. Brooks, formerly of Yorktown and Tarrytown, died Wednesday, March 21. She was 85.

Brooks worked as a secretary for the Lakeland Central School District in Yorktown for 18 years.

Born in Tarrytown on April 9, 1926, she was the daughter of William and Margaret Reichert McLaughlin. Brooks was a 1943 graduate of North Tarrytown High School. On Oct. 15, 1949, she married Charles F. Brooks in St. Teresa of Avila Church. He died on May 20, 2006. Before joining the Lakeland schools, she worked as a secretary at Marymount College in Tarrytown.

Georgianna Brooks led a simple life and enjoyed bingo and solitaire in her later years. Cooking and decorating her home were some of her favorite activities. Also a former resident of Ormand Beach, Fla., she was a member of the Red Hat Society and  volunteered at the local hospital.

Brooks is survived by her son, Charles J. (Pamela) of Valrico, Fla.; her daughter, Barbara A. (Stephen) Haan of Wappingers Falls, N.Y.; and five grandchildren. She was predeceased by her brothers, William and John McLaughlin.

Visitation will be at Coffey Funeral Home in Tarrytown on Sunday, March 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 26, at Transfiguration Church in Tarrytown. Interment will follow in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

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