Anne (Steele) Galbraith, age 66, passed away Saturday (September 29, 2018) after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.
Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the United Church, 11 Gibson St., Canandaigua. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canandaigua.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pluta Cancer Center Foundation, 125 Red Creek Drive, Rochester, NY 14623.
Anne was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Shaker Heights. She was a loyal fan of the Cleveland Browns, and enthusiastically rooted for her team, even during their recent losing seasons. As an avid sports fan, Anne also cheered for the Cleveland Indians and Syracuse Orange. Anne’s favorite pastime was spending summers at the cottage she built with her husband, Lyell, at Kapikog Lake in Ontario, Canada. Some of Anne’s most treasured moments were spent at Kapikog Lake with her children and grandchildren; she taught her daughters to water ski, spent many hours exploring the lake on her kayak, and enjoyed eating chicken wings and catching up with friends at the H&H Marina. Anne married the love of her life, Lyell, on November 3, 1979, in Naples, NY. In her words, Anne’s most tremendous achievement was her children; they were her greatest joy and the lights of her life. Anne was fun-loving with a silly sense of humor. Her smile and positivity were infectious. Anne will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and community.
Anne graduated from Denison University in Granville, OH, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and thereafter went on to obtain her law degree from Syracuse University. Anne practiced law for over forty years, and devoted her career to representing children as an Attorney for the Child. She was a passionate advocate, and worked tirelessly for the children whom she represented. Anne was honored with the prestigious Hon. Matthew F. Dillon Law Guardian Award for her distinguished service to the Law Guardian Program for the Seventh Judicial District. Anne also received the Women of Distinction award for her extraordinary contributions in the field of professional achievement. Most recently, in December 2016, she was recognized as the Ontario County Bar Association Attorney of the Year. Anne was loved by her legal peers in the Ontario, Yates and Seneca County Courts.
Anne was an active member in her community, and served on the Board of Trustees of the Finger Lakes Community College, where she was appointed Chairman during the final years of her term. Anne enjoyed community service, and devoted many hours volunteering at the Canandaigua City School District as well as the United Presbyterian Church in the Sunday school and youth programs.
She is survived by her loving husband, Lyell; four children Kathryn (Christopher) Day, Emily (Thomas) Kehoe, Robin (Steven) Govanlu and Claire (Ryan) Bopp; four step-children, Robert (Carolyn) Galbraith, Betsy (Robert) Karpinski, Kristin (Timothy) Selby and Andrew Galbraith; and 9 grandchildren Julia (Michael) Kustas, Patrick (Carley) Karpinski, Pamela Galbraith, Jessie and Brendan Selby, Sadie and Reza Govanlu, Natalie Day and Teagan Kehoe.
Anne was predeceased by her son, Angus in 1995.
Anne’s family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michelle Shayne and Dr. Cheryl Williams at the University of Rochester Medical Center, for the excellent care she received.