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Cooperstown Dry Cleaners

POTRIKUS: No, Mom, I won’t give away any shortcuts

Column by Ted Potrikus

No, Mom, I won’t
give away any shortcuts

Here’s my mother, Jane Potrikus, happily celebrating her 75th birthday at The Otesaga in 2002, and not worrying about traffic whatsoever.

A belated but no less cheery ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to all you moms out there; I found myself thinking of my mother, of course, on Sunday — not only was it Mother’s Day, but it also would have been my parents’ 74th wedding anniversary.

Some reading this may remember my mother, Jane Potrikus. She was awesome and I remember her daily with great love and admiration. I wonder what she’d think about us moving back to Cooperstown at roughly the same age she was when she moved away from Cooperstown to her beloved Cape Cod. She had raised her 11 kiddos, stood strongly behind, with, and then in place of our dad, John, at the Cooperstown Dry Cleaners. There was something more out there for her, and she went for it for her 30-plus years on the Cape.

Jane Potrikus, 89; Operated Cooperstown Dry Cleaners

IN MEMORIAM: Jane Potrikus, 89;

Owned Cooperstown Dry Cleaners

COOPERSTOWN – Jane Spraker Potrikus, 89, of Harwich, Mass., mother of 11 and past owner of Cooperstown Dry Cleaners, died Jan. 6, 2017, in Harwich, Mass., after a brief battle with cancer.

Her life centered on devotion to her family and to her Catholic faith. She was a communicant of and proud alto for the choir at Holy Trinity Parish in West Harwich  where, until November 2016, she volunteered weekly for the Perpetual Adoration Chapel and work at the parish thrift shop.

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