MOUNT VISION – Laura Margaret Kane, 88, of Mount Vision, former proprietor of Laura’s Restaurant in Hartwick and a past Town Board member, passed away early Sunday morning, Oct. 18, 2015, at Focus Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Otsego.
She was born June 27, 1927, in Barneveld, a daughter of John and Mary Irene (Barnes) Rowlands.
At age 5, she and her family moved to Edmeston, where she attended school in the Goodrich Schoolhouse. She later attended school in New Berlin, and graduated in 1945 from New Berlin High School.
Laura then moved away from home to attend beauty school; however, she became homesick and moved back to New Berlin, where she worked for a year in the New Berlin school cafeteria.
In 1947, Laura married Archie Ainslie and joined him in farming at the Ainslie homestead on Scotch Hill in Hartwick. She also worked at Rosa Leone’s Adult Home in Hartwick, as well as a grocery store clerk.
She was also a bus driver driving her station wagon off the hill with the Scotch Hill kids to Hartwick Central School and then to the Cooperstown Central School bus stop. She also worked for Opportunities for Otsego.
In 1971, she joined her second husband Everett Kane farming at Kanemead Farm in Mount Vision.
Her real joy was cooking and baking for others. In 1986 she opened Laura’s Restaurant, where she served a homemade menu to the public for several years. Her Friday night suppers were enjoyed by all.
Laura was an active community member, in the American Legion auxiliary and a 4-H leader, served on the Town Board, was a member of the Hartwick Cemetery Committee and a member of the United Methodist Church Hartwick.
Laura is survived by her sister-in-law, Marge (Albert) Rowlands of Edmeston; her son Larry and wife Barbara Ainslie of Hartwick; her daughter Linda (Ainslie) and husband John Tuller of New Berlin; her son-in-law, Richard (Amston) Twombly of Hebron, Conn.; and their children and families. Also, four step-children, Robert and wife Barbara Kane of Fly Creek, Ronald and wife Marilyn Kane of Mount Vision, Rahlene and husband Mike Welch of Fly Creek, and Rodger and wife Fay Kane of Toddsville; and their children and families.
Laura was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Robert (Jean) and Albert Rowlands, her husband Everett Kane and her daughter Gail (Ainslie) Twombly.
Calling hours are 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 22, at Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, Cooperstown.
Funeral Services will follow at noon at the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard Howard, pastor of the Hartwick United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Hartwick Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Hartwick United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 576, Mt. Vision, NY 13810
Arrangements are entrusted to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home.