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Giselle Eva Emma Cernansky

September 1, 1924 ~ February 25, 2021 (age 96)

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Giselle Eva Emma Cernansky, 96, of Dolgeville, and formerly of New York City, New York, passed away peacefully at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, New York.

She was born on September 1, 1924 in Levice, Czechoslovakia and was the daughter of the late, Julius and Elizabeth (Kerny) Markly. Giselle graduated from high school in Czechoslovakia. She then furthered her education at a business college in her country as well. 

On August 4, 1945, Giselle was united in marriage to Wendell Cernansky at the Church of the Translation of Virgin Mary in Nove Mesto in Bratislava. The couple shared a blessed union of 57 years where they raised their two children in a loving home. Mr. Cernansky passed away on October 30, 2002.

As communism encroached the lives of Mr. & Mrs. Cernansky, they decided to move to the United States in 1946. The couple both attended and graduated from Columbia University. Giselle graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry in 1964 while working and taking care of her family. She then went on to further her career as a supervisor in the cardio-pulmonary department at St. Luke's Hospital in New York City. Giselle also spent her career as a research scientist in her profession. After 23 years of service to the hospital, she retired on September 1, 1987.

Giselle spent the majority of her life living in New York City and moved to the Dolgeville area within the last year. She was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Dolgeville, New York. She was devoted to her family and was ever praying for them. Giselle will be dearly missed by her family.

She is survived by her beloved children, Julius Cernansky and his wife, Patricia of Hewlett, Long Island, NY and Helen (Cernansky) Johnson and her husband, Charles of Oppenheim, NY; loving grandchildren, Paul Johnson and his wife, Nicole of Arnold, MD, Bernard Johnson of Palisades Park, NJ, and Christopher Cernansky of Hewlett, Long Island, NY; and a cherished great-granddaughter, Stella Johnson.

Giselle was predeceased by her beloved sister, Magda Paskova.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Roberts Funeral Home, 3 East Faville Avenue, Dolgeville, New York 13329. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday morning, March 6, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 31 N. Helmer Ave., Dolgeville, New York 13329 with Father Brian K. Slezak officiating. A spring graveside committal service will be held in the spring at St. Joseph's Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with her husband.

Please consider memorial contributions for St. Joseph's Church, c/o Holy Family Parish, 763 E. Main Street, Little Falls, New York 13365.

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Calling Hours
March 5, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Roberts Funeral Home
3 East Faville Avenue
Dolgeville, NY 13329

Mass of Christian Burial
March 6, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
31 N. Helmer Ave.
Dolgeville, NY 13329

Spring Graveside Service

St. Joseph's Cemetery
West State Street
Dolgeville, NY 13329

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