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Former Somers Town Clerk Dies at 93

Charlotte M. Gavaghan was nominated to run for Town Clerk in the November 1945 general election at the age of 26. She was elected and served in that position for 44 years until her retirement in July 1990.

From Legacy.com: Charlotte M. Gavaghan, an 83-year resident and retired long-time Somers Town Cler, passed away on Dec. 5. She was 93. 

Gavaghan was nominated to run for Town Clerk in the November 1945 general election at the age of 26. She was elected and served in that position for 44 years until her retirement in July 1990. Gavaghan served 22 consecutive 2-year terms in public office, most of which were unopposed or endorsed by all political parties.

Charlotte was born in Mount Kisco on May 13, 1920 to John Peirano and Alice O'Brien Peirano. Her mother was born in Cork, Ireland and as a young woman came to the United States where she met and married John Peirano of the town of Somers. They were married in 1916 and lived in Mount Kisco until moving to Somers in 1930 when her father built a home in the Peirano homestead on Route 116. 

Gavaghan attended the one-room schoolhouse in Somers, and was a graduate of Purdys High School and Gaines Business School in New York City.

In September, 1950 she married John Gavaghan of Brewster. The marriage ended in divorce in 1979.

Gavaghan leaves behind two nephews, George Phelps and John Phelps, both of Saint Simons Island, Georgia. In addition, she leaves four great- nephews, Robert S. Phelps of Saint Simons Island, Robert D. Phelps of Buffalo, New York, Daniel Piech of Durham, North Carolina and Michael Phelps of Buffalo. She also leaves three great-nieces, Lindsay Piech of Durham, North Carolina, Carey Phelps of Buffalo, New York and Jessica Phelps of Saint Simons Island, Georgia. Charlotte also leaves two great-great nieces, Annabelle Trylovich and Tatum Phelps, both of Saint Simons Island. Her parents, and sisters Joan Peirano Phelps and Alice Peirano and her loving niece Cheryl Cassell predeceased her.

Gavaghan enjoyed gardening, traveling and spending time with her family whom she shared many happy times.

The family received friends on Monday, Dec. 7 at Clark Associates Funeral Home in Katonah. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at St. Joseph's New Church, 95 Plum Brook Road in Somers. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Somers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525. 

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