COOPERSTOWN – Caroline A. Sarafin, 74,who ran a dairy farm in Jordanville with her husband, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning Nov. 21, 2018, in the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown.
She was born on July 15, 1944, in Herkimer, daughter to the late Frank and Eleanor Kroll. Caroline was raised and educated in Richfield Springs graduating Richfield Springs Central School with the Class of 1962.
On July 31, 1971 she married Leon Sarafin in St. Joseph’s Church in Richfield Springs, a blessed union of 39 years until his passing on Nov. 15, 2010. Caroline was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker who helped her husband run the Valley-Hi Dairy Farm in Jordanville.
Following retirement from farming, Caroline was an active member of the Richfield Springs community working at Richfield Springs Central School, serving on the Otsego County Board of Elections and at the tourist information booth in town.
She had a strong belief in God and was a life-long member of St. Joseph the Worker Church, Richfield Springs. She was also community minded and belonged to the local Garden Club and Historical Society to help beautify the village and preserve its unique history.
She is survived by her brother Richard Kroll of Richfield Springs, step-daughter Carol Ingo and her husband Fred of Port St. Lucie, Fla., step-daughter Theresa Andrecheck and her husband Ty of Deland, Fla., son Michael Sarafin and his wife Angela of Washington, D.C., son James Sarafin and his wife Laura of Friendswood, Texas, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 31, at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Joseph the Worker.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of a charitable donation to the Clara Welch Thanksgiving Home, 48 Grove St., Cooperstown, New York 13326 where she received expert care during her final days.