Diana I. Marlette, 95; Farm Wife Active In Community Life

IN MEMORIAM: Diana I. Marlette, 95;

Farm Wife Active In Community Life

Diana Marlette

MOUNT VISION – Diana Isabel Marlette, a kind and caring person, passed away peacefully March 19, 2019,  just 12 days before her 95th birthday, at her home in Mount Vision.

She was born in New Lisbon, a daughter of John K. Harrington and Agatha Telfer Harrington. She grew up on a farm where her grandparents were all within a two-mile radius. She was active in the 4-H Club which she continued as a leader of in her adult life.

After graduating from Hartwick High School in 1941, Diana studied Home Economics at Morrisville Agricultural & Technical College, graduating in 1943.

With World War II underway, she and many of her classmates wanted to help with the war effort, so she went to Schenectady to do her part as a “Rosie the Riveter” and worked as a welder at General Electric.

She married Howard S. Marlette Oct. 7, 1945, at the Christian Church in Hartwick. They had a dairy farm in South Hartwick where they brought up their three daughters.

Diana was very involved in community activities like 4-H, Home Bureau, the Rebekahs and the Mount Vision United Methodist Church. She continually helped out family and friends. One of her favorite activities has always been chatting with people. She and Howard had several opportunities to travel, which brought them a lot of good memories.

When Diana was 87, she welcomed her first great-grandchild. Within 18 months she had five great-grandchildren. Two more have been added and they have all given her much joy.

She was predeceased by her husband, Howard; two sisters and their husbands, Thelma and Kenneth Lally and Hilda and Joseph Tamas; and a brother-in-law, Kendall Marlette.

She leaves many friends: three daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and Arne Christensen of LaGrangeville, Mary and James Crouthamel of Mount Vision, and Jeanne and Richard Stalker of Clinton Corners; six grandchildren and their spouses, Eric and Allison Christensen of Center Moriches, Mark and Sandi Christensen of Pleasant Valley, Kerri and Damian Ercole of Chester, N.J., Kelly Crouthamel and Jeff Hennie of North Arlington, N.J., John and Linda Stalker of Millbrook, and Michael and Kristin Stalker of Albany; seven great grandchildren, Sophie Stalker, Jaxson and Riley Ercole, Thomas Stalker, Cole and Knox Christensen and Cameron Hennie; a sister-in-law, Bernice Marlette; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Friends may call and pay their respects 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 22,  at Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, from when Diana’s family will be in attendance.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March, 23, at the Mount Vision United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Richard D. Howard, pastor officiating.

Burial will be later this Spring in the Mount Vision Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army of Oneonta, 25 River Street, Oneonta, NY  13820, or the Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment (AVRE), 174 Court Street, Binghamton, NY  13901, or the Hartwick Emergency Squad, PO Box 208, Hartwick, NY  13348, or the Mt. Vision United Methodist Church, PO Box 576, Mt. Vision, NY  13810.

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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