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Former White Plains Operator, Halstead Dies at 79

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Former White Plains resident Constance A. Halstead died Jan. 11 at Kendal-on-Hudson retirement home in Sleepy Hollow. She was 79.

Halstead was born July 30, 1932 to the late Fred and Stella Kirby in Tarrytown. On Sept. 28, 1952, she married Douglas Halstead at St. Theresa's Church in North Tarrytown. Together, they raised five children in White Plains.

In addition to caring for her family, Halstead worked for New York Telephone and Telegraph, now AT&T, as a switchboard operator. She then worked for the City of White Plains where she became one of the first civilian radio dispatchers for the White Plains Police Department. Halstead also worked in the records division for the department.

Surviving are her daughters Deborah Cipriano of West Harrison, Susan (Frank) DeMasi of West Harrison, Diane (Billy) Gordon of Leesburg, Va. and Janet (Brian) Fuller of Mahopac, N.Y., her son Douglas (Joan) Halstead of Mahopac, her sisters Shirlet Notorangelo, Freda Calabro and Trudy (John) Bernado, her brother James Kirby and five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her grandsons Brian and Christopher Fuller, her brothers John and Robert Kirby and son-in-law Frank Cipriano.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at McMahon, Lyon & Hartnett Funeral Home in White Plains. The funeral mass will take place at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church in West Harrison, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation , 322 Eighth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10001.

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