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Ceremony offers thanks, closure

333 who donated bodies honored by medical college

Guilderland residents Sarah Barton and her mother, Christine, take a moment to remember father and husband Richard Barton during a memorial service Monday at Albany Rural Cemetery.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Guilderland residents Sarah Barton and her mother, Christine, take a moment to remember father and husband Richard Barton during a memorial service Monday at Albany Rural Cemetery.
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Patricia Ruzzo was a teacher her entire life, both inside and outside the classroom — and when her life ended, she continued teaching. The Italian immigrant, a former Schenectady High School teacher and longtime Schenectady resident, died last September at 91. Before her death, she made a momentous decision: She would continue teaching in death by leaving her body to science. “The educator,” said Joe Ruzzo, her son. “Even when she was out of class.” ...


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