Anna Hayes

Anna Hayes

EAST BERNE —  Anna (née Kehrer) Hayes, a nurse’s aid whose greatest passion was her family, died on Sunday, June 20, 2020 in the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Delmar. She was 86.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1933 to the late Catherine Kehrer of Glenmont.

Mrs. Hayes started her career at the Nash Nursing Home in Delanson. She also worked for Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Ballston Spa schools. She was a nurse’s aide in the Glendale Nursing Home and did private-duty nursing for many years.

“Anna’s greatest passion was her family. She enjoyed knitting slippers for every person in the family. Every Christmas we would all get a new pair,” her family wrote in a tribute. “She also made slippers and donated them to church. Anna was very involved in the church and enjoyed visiting with friends and being a member of the local senior center in Berne.”

Her family wrote, “Anna will be dearly missed by all she loved and who loved her.”


She is survived by her two daughters, Christine Sisson and Cindy Diamond; 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; her sister, Ruth Gifford; her half-brother, Edward Phillips and his wife, Beverly.

Her sons, Clifford and Michael Hayes, died before her, as did her former husband, Harry Hayes Jr.; her half-brother, Robert Phillips; and her grandson Spencer Sisson.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fredendall Funeral Home at 199 Main Street in Altamont. A funeral service will follow at 1p.m.

Interment will be at the Thompson Lake Cemetery in East Berne.

Memorial messages may be left at

Memorial contributions may be made to Thompson Lake Cemetery, care of Sue Jordan, 276 South Manning Blvd., Albany, NY 12208.



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