Margaret "Peggy" L. Bass

December 8, 1930 - July 11, 2012

COOPERSTOWN -Margaret Latto Bass, 81, a full-time Village and part-time Manhattan resident, village merchant and long-time supporter/volunteer for the Susquehanna SPCA, passed away on July 11, 2012.

The youngest of four children from Scottish immigrants, Margaret was born December 8, 1930, in Wallingford, Connecticut. Following high school and graduation from the Stone School of Business in Hamden, Connecticut, Margaret married Walter J. Bass and moved to Cooperstown in the early 1960s, raising four children on Susquehanna Avenue.

Margaret had a life-long concern for the care of abandoned animals, was instrumental in the establishment of the Susquehanna SPCA in Pierstown and continued her volunteer work at the Better Exchange Thrift Store on Chestnut Street and later in Hyde Park. She also owned and operated the Sears Catalog Store on Main Street throughout the 1970s and early 80s. She will be dearly missed by her family and  friends.

Margaret is survived by her children and their spouses, Jason Bass of Binghamton, Marcia and Richard Kemp of Long Island, Christopher and Sherry Bass of Cooperstown and Jonathan and Lynn Bass of Cooperstown. She is also survived locally by three grandchildren and four great grandchildren, as well as her sister, Kathleen Bruegel and numerous nieces and nephews from Connecticut. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter J. Bass; her parents, Katherine and Thomas Latto; her sister, Jessie Connelly; her brother, James Latto and her granddaughter, Jessica Bass.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Services will be private.

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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