Beverly Ann Bardequez

Beverly Ann Bardequez

Beverly Ann Bardequez

ALBANY — Beverly Ann Bardequez of Albany “went home to be with the Lord on July 2, 2022 at Albany Medical Center surrounded by her beloved family,” her family wrote in a tribute. She was 73.

She was born April 13, 1949 in Albany, the daughter of the late Edward and Girlie Ferguson.

Upon graduation from New Lebanon Central High School she was employed by the New York State Department of Social Services and later the New York State Department of Health.

She left the health department to pursue a bachelor of arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany. After graduating, she worked with the Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, where she was the enrollment services manager until her retirement.

“Beverly took pride in assuming her role as the president of the Rapp Road Historic Association, formerly held by her aunt, Emma Dickson,” her family wrote. “She worked tirelessly to preserve the Rapp Road legacy.

“During her tenure ‘Crossroads: The History of Rapp Road and the Great Migration’ documentary was featured on PBS, and the Rapp Road Historic Association walking tour was established. The association exhibit was featured and presented at many locations throughout New York State, including the State Museum. Beverly was recognized for her dedication to the association, receiving numerous citations and awards — most notably in 2003, she was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award.

“Beverly was a member of Wilborn’s Temple Church of God in Christ.”

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Beverly Ann Bardequez is survived by three beloved daughters, Dina Ranellucci and Tracy of Petersburg, New York; Erinn Serriano Harkless and Floyd of Berne, and Nora Serriano of Albany; two sons, the late Vincent Anthony Serriano and Seth Poland and Nina of Pico Rivera, California; and two daughters of affection, Joy Winans and Mario and Kathleen McClean and Mark.

She had seven cherished grandchildren: Kealand Mckinnon and Hallie; Jalesa Harkless; Luccas Serriano; Gabriella Ranellucci; Tessa Ranellucci; Lexxus Serriano-Pearson; Xavier Martin, and nine great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by nine siblings: Edward Ferguson Jr. and Sandy; Lyle Ferguson; Mary DeWitt, whose husband, Ward, is deceased; Mark Ferguson; Lois Morris and Euton; Kirk Ferguson; Johnathan McClement and Jill; Marian Gocaand, and two sisters of affection: Clarice Milliken and Theresa Walker.

Her brother Kevin Ferguson died before her.

She also leaves behind many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, godchildren, and three aunts: Pauline Walker, Dorothy Woodard, and Emma Dickson.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 13, at Wilborn’s Temple Church of God in Christ at 121 Jay St. in Albany.

Calling hours will be from 10 to 11 a.m. and funeral services to follow immediately after. She will be laid to rest at the Greenbush Cemetery on Columbia Turnpike in Rensselaer.

Her family invites guests to attend repass at Moscatiello’s Family Italian Restaurant at 99 North Greenbush Road in Troy directly following the interment.

 

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