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Margaret Minotti

Margaret S. Minotti (Scanlon)

Friday, November 7th, 1924 - Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021
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POTSDAM - Margaret “Peg” Elaine Scanlon Minotti, 96, passed away peacefully at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Potsdam, NY, on February 3rd, 2021. Born in Schenectady, NY, on November 7, 1924, to Anna (McCarty) and Andrew J. Scanlon, Peg was a dedicated student attending Vincentian Institute in Albany and overcoming childhood tuberculosis - sleeping out on the second floor porch of the family’s 1710 Union St. home provided therapy on cold winter nights. She recalled many happy memories with her sister Rita and brother Andrew; a bond they would maintain throughout their adult lives including cherished summer vacations on Cape Cod.

Peg attended the Crane School of Music, State University of New York, Potsdam, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in education and a Master of Science degree in music. She taught music in the Saratoga Springs Public Schools from 1946-1952. While attending Potsdam College’s White Pine Camp summer programs, she met her future husband, Victor E. Minotti, with whom she shared a love of opera, music, and education. They were married February 7, 1953, at St Helen’s Church, Schenectady, NY, and made their home in Potsdam where they raised seven children.

Joining the faculty at the Crane School of Music in 1966, Peg’s tenure at SUNY spanned over 35 years. She devoted her entire life to bringing music to students and audiences of all ages. One of her proudest achievements at Potsdam was the development of an innovative music appreciation course, affectionately dubbed “Clap for Credit”, that reached thousands of non-music students. Among her many professional honors was as a recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award in 1991. A lifelong parishioner of St. Mary’s Church, Peg’s devoted service to the diocese included contributions as Choir Director and organist from 1960-1973 and many years teaching music.

Peg is survived by her brother Andrew J. Scanlon, Jr.; children Patricia, Sean (Jane West), Ann, Cathleen, Victor, Jr., Mary Jo (Dan) Ford, Robert, and Rita (David) Birittieri; 19 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Victor E. Minotti, her sister, Rita (Scanlon) Rinella, her sister-in-law Dolores “Voni” (Hensel) Scanlon.

The family wishes to thank all the caregivers that made it possible for mom to remain in her home, especially Grace Burgoyne who cared for mom with such love, respect, and kindness. For this, our family will be forever grateful.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial donations to be made to the Minotti Fund at The Crane School of Music by visiting www.potsdam.edu/give, or St. Mary’s Church, Potsdam, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the spring.
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    St. Mary's Cemetery - Potsdam
    Address
    Route 56
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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    Burial will be announced in the Spring
Funeral Mass will be announced in the Spring

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Ann Schorge

Posted at 09:40am
I first met Peg in 1960 when our family moved to Potsdam and my husband John joined the Crane faculty. I was very impressed with her great sense of humor in addition to her other skills. Years later at emeriti lunches she always made everyone laugh and we all needed that.

My condolences to her family. She was one of a kind and will be missed by many.

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Edimase1@gmail.com

Posted at 11:06pm
My sincere condolences to the Minotti family on the loss of your mother. She and my mom, Eileen Hines Amodeo, were second cousins. My Mom’s mother, Ellen (Ella) Scanlon and your Mom’s father were first cousins. In the spring of 2013 when my son Justin and I went to Potsdam for his orientation at the Crane School of Music, we stopped to visit your Mom. She and my Mom kept in touch over the years and my mom knew that Margaret lived very close to campus. My mother encouraged us to stop and visit her while we were on campus. My son and I were virtual strangers to her, yet your mom was so gracious and hospitable. We talked about my mom and the family we had in common, and she was eager to tell my son all about Crane and learn about his musical background. We took a few photos to show my Mom when we returned to Albany. My Mom passed in September but it is comforting to recall how her eyes lit up when speaking of her Scanlon relatives . She was thrilled that my son and I were able to meet one of them...Margaret Elaine Scanlon Minotti. May she Rest In Peace.
Elaine Amodeo Dimase
Albany, NY
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Jude Kiah

Posted at 03:07pm
I graduated from Potsdam College in 1991, but long, long before that, Mrs. Minotti taught me (and my classmates) the words to the Alma Mater, which I can still sing today. I think of her fondly, as does my Crane Graduate wife, Renee. She made a huge impact at Potsdam, and her memory will live on.
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Joseph M. Liotta

Posted at 08:48am
Back in the early 1960's I sang in St. Mary's Choir under Peg Minotti's direction. That was my first experience with her. Later on she commented on the "appearance and presentation" of my Potsdam High School Chorus that included her children. I took it to heart. Just before she was awarded the Helen Hosmer Award for Excellence in Teaching Music I said to her you are going to receive a standing ovation. She did because she was surrounded by hundreds of former students and she deserved the response. Finally I was thrilled to have her in attendance for several concerts of the Norwood Village Green Concert Series in 2019 - our last year of full operation since the pandemic. What a great audience member she was in her own unique and inimitable way! Condolences to all of her family.
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