Alison J. Petro
Alison J. Petro (Benoit), 57, of Albany, formerly of Glenmont, passed away on Jan. 6, 2020, at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter's Hospital. Born on May 31, 1962, in Tacoma, Wash., into a military family and grew up in Plattsburgh, N.Y. She attended Peru Central School, completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Geneseo, and graduated with her master's degree from SUNY Plattsburgh.
Alison moved to Albany in 1986 and began a 32-year career as a Speech Pathologist at the Stratton VA Hospital, retiring in 2018. She met her husband, Joseph Benoit, on a blind date and they were married in 1989. She was a devoted mother to Katje and Jack whom she loved beyond measure. Alison took immense pride in seeing them make their way in the world.
Alison loved life and was constantly on the go. Her passions included all things related to upholstery, woodworking, and garage sales. She enjoyed trips to NYC for plays and shows, nights with the Movie Group and Trivia Team, and great vacations - she loved the ocean and the sun. Halloween competed with Christmas as her favorite holiday. She was also a loyal friend, and she had many - touching all with her genuine warmth, sense of humor and sincere interest in each person. However, there was no greater love than to her family - including all the Petro's and Benoit's.
She was predeceased by her father, CMSgt John Petro. She is survived by her husband and children, mother Kathe, sisters Sue Casella (Gary), Cathy Dusaniwsky (Olech), brother John Petro (Stephanie), sister-in-law Marie Anderson (Dave), brother-in-laws Tom Benoit (Mary) and Jim Benoit, and several nephews and a niece Abby - her crossword puzzle partner.
The family thanks the staff at the Women's Cancer Center in Albany, Memorial Sloan Kettering in NYC, and the Hospice Inn in Albany for all their efforts and support. In lieu of flowers those wishing to can make a donation to the American Cancer Society or the charity of one's choice in Alison's name.
Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Friday, January 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Daniel Keenan Funeral Home, 490 Delaware Ave., Albany. Alison's Memorial Service will be celebrated January 18th, at 10 a.m. at St Vincent de Paul Parish, 900 Madison Ave. in Albany.
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Published on January 9, 2020


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Cathy Dusaniwsky
Jan 16, 2020
Lavender Reflections Spray was purchased for the family of Alison J. Petro by Cathy Dusaniwsky.  Send flowers
Catherine Dusaniwsky
Jan 16, 2020
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Jan 13, 2020
So sorry for the loss of Alison. Heaven has gained an angel. My prayers to her family.
Sandy Trombley (Harrington)
Jan 11, 2020
John and family- I am so sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very difficult time,
Lynn Averill
Jan 10, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and Prayers to your Family. RIP Alison. Hugs to you all. Love Lynn Averill
Friend of Cathy Petro Dusaniwski.
William Ezero
Jan 10, 2020
John and family, I enjoyed knowing Alison and have fond memories of our time at Peru Central. Her infectious smile will live in our thoughts forever! Condolences to you all!
Marilyn Mooney
Jan 10, 2020
I met Alison early in my SLP career as a member of the CASHA Executive Council. I learned so much from her. In more recent years we shared a zest for furniture refinishing and I will miss consulting with her for my projects that are out of my skill range. A beautiful individual inside and out.
Candace Bennage
Jan 09, 2020
RIP - Alison and I spent a lot of time together in jr high ! God bless her and all her family. My sincerest thoughts and prayers for strength during this time.