Born: February 23, 1922
Died: May 17, 2016
Blanche A. Santimaw was a nurse at Saranac Lake General Hospital. Born and raised in Massena, NY, she worked in the Mica Plant there and at the Rome State School as a hospital attendant. She worked to put herself through practical nursing school at Caledonian Hospital in Brooklyn, from 1946 until graduating in 1949. She worked at Saranac Lake General Hospital as a qualified nurse in operating room, floor duty and as executive director of environmental services, retiring after 34 years of service in 1984.
Miss Santimaw, a longtime Saranac Lake resident, was an avid nature lover with great appreciation of the beauty of the Adirondacks. She had a special place in her heart for the Loons and Cardinals of the area. She was known for her love of painting, painting many scenes throughout the region, noted by the simple signature of BAS in the bottom corner of her work.
Her friends and family will be the first to tell you of her "smoothies".
A complete obituary appeared in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on May 19, 2016.