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Marian G. Mullet, 91; Pathfinder Village’s Visionary Founder

IN MEMORIAM

Marian G. Mullet, 91;

Pathfinder Village’s

Visionary Founder

Marian G. Mullet, seen here with a Pathfinder Village resident, died March 17.

EDMESTON – Marian G. Mullet, 91, Pathfinder Village’s founding president & CEO, who worked tirelessly since the early 1960s on behalf of people with Down syndrome, died Sunday, March 17, 2019.  She would have turned 92 later this week.

Marian G. Mullet, 1927-2019

A registered nurse by training, a fund-raiser and builder by happenstance, Mrs. Mullet is recognized as the driving force behind the early growth of Pathfinder Village, Edmeston, an internationally renowned residential campus and services provider for people with developmental disabilities.

Mrs. Mullet and the Board of Directors in the late 1970s envisioned a community that would not only provide services and supports for people with Down syndrome, but also would create opportunities for personal growth, skills development, personal relationships and community inclusion.  Today, Pathfinder Village is considered a global leader in human services and supports over 200 individuals through person-centered community-based programs; it has a staff of over 200, and an annual budget of $11 million.

“When I first met Marian in 1982, I was unaware, though she may well have already decided, that I would be working on behalf of her beloved Pathfinder Village to this current day,” said William F. Streck of Cooperstown, president of the Pathfinder Village board and Bassett Hospital.

Kenneth L. Eastman, 74; 82nd Airborne Veteran,  Retired From P&G

IN MEMORIAM: Kenneth L. Eastman, 74;

82nd Airborne Veteran,  Retired From P&G

Kenneth L. Eastman

EDMESTON – Kenneth L. Eastman, 74, of Edmeston, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday Dec. 31, 2018.

Ken was born in San Bernardino, Calif., on July 14, 1944, the son of the late Harrison and Gladys Avery Eastman.

Ken was an Army veteran, serving from 1963 to 1966 in the 82nd Airborne. While stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., he met the love of his life, Hilda. They later married at the First Baptist Church on Feb. 18, 1967, in Morris. Ken and Hilda were blessed with over 51 years of marriage.

Lauren D. Dye, 84, Farmer, Led Eastern Milk Producers
IN MEMORIAM

Lauren D. Dye, 84, Farmer,

Led Eastern Milk Producers

Lauren D. Dye

EDMESTON – Lauren D. Dye, 84, a retired farmer and past president of Eastern Milk Producers, passed away Thursday Nov. 7, 2018, in Cooperstown, with his loving family at his side.

Lauren was born on Oct. 17, 1934, in the Town of Brookfield, the son of the late Donald A. and Pauline Aikins Dye.

After graduating from Edmeston Central School, Lauren remained in the Edmeston area, operating his dairy farm until the late ’90s when he retired.

Wayne Brownell, 66; Machinist, Contractor Worked In Pa.

IN MEMORIAM: Wayne Brownell, 66;

Machinist, Contractor Worked In Pa.

EDMESTON – Wayne Brownell, 66, a machinist and contractor who ended his career working for a fracking company in Pennsylvania, passed away on Sept. 11, 2018, at his home in Edmeston.

Wayne was born on May 11, 1952, in New Berlin,  the son of Max JR and Bernice Brownell. He spent most of his childhood in the New Berlin area. Wayne attended New Berlin and South New Berlin schools.

Jack Vunk, 70  Edmeston; Security Supervisor At Dreams Park

IN MEMORIAM: Jack Vunk, 70  Edmeston;

Recently, Security Supervisor At Dreams Park

EDMESTON – John F. “Jack” Vunk, 70, Dreams Park security supervisor in recent years, passed away Wednesday Sept. 5, 2018, in Rochester, surrounded by his loving family.

Jack was born on Aug. 16, 1948, in Oneonta, the son of the late Donald F. and Kathryn Burns Vunk.  Raised in Edmeston, he was a graduate of Edmeston Central School.

Gabriel D. Lawrence, 16; ECS Junior Loved Outdoors, Excelled At Golf

IN MEMORIAM:  Gabriel D. Lawrence, 16;

Junior Loved Outdoors, Excelled At Golf

Gabe Lawrence

BURLINGTON FLATS – Gabriel Donald Lawrence, 16, was called home unexpectedly Friday Aug. 31, 2018, in Edmeston.

Gabriel was born on Dec. 12, 2001, at Bassett Birthing Center in Cooperstown, the son of Gary and Paula (Clark) Lawrence.

Gabe, also known as “Nator”, spent his 16 years in the Edmeston-Burlington community growing with his family and friends. He was entering his junior year at Edmeston Central and was planning to attend the BOCES Building Trades Program.

He loved the outdoors, and could be found sitting in a tree stand, hunting deer or turkeys and running rabbits with his beagle. He loved casting a fishing pole in whatever stream or lake he could find and riding dirt-bike and four-wheeler on or off the beaten path (sometimes without a helmet).

Wanda J. Tiffany, 89; Lifelong Resident Of Edmeston Area

IN MEMORIAM: Wanda J. Tiffany, 89;

Lifelong Resident Of Edmeston Area

Wanda Tiffany

EDMESTON – Wanda J. Tiffany, 89, a lifelong resides of the Edmeston area,, passed away Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Little Falls.

Wanda was born on Jan. 30, 1929 in Edmeston, the daughter of the late Howard and Pearl Hickling Colburn.

Wanda was a member of the Garrattsville Methodist Church, and through her hard work and dedication, she earned her GED later in life.

Terrence ‘Bode’ Andrews, 59; Lived In N.C., But Stayed Loyal To Edmeston

IN MEMORIAM: Terrence ‘Bode’ Andrews, 59;

Lived In N.C., But Stayed Loyal To Edmeston

EDMESTON – Terrence K. “Bode” Andrews, 59, of Blowing Rock, N.C., known in the Edmeston area for his extensive vinyl record collection and loyalty to Edmeston Central, passed away on June 2, 2018, in Cooperstown, surrounded by his family.

Bode was born in New Berlin on May 1, 1959, the son of Earl Claire Andrews, and Dorothy Kirk Tilbe.

O’Dell Ray, 88; School Official Retired To Otsego Lake Home

IN MEMORIAM: O’Dell Ray, 88; School

Official Retired To Otsego Lake Home

O’Dell Ray

COOPERSTOWN – O’Dell Ray, 88, of Cooperstown, retired business administrator at public schools in the region, passed away peacefully on Monday May 28, 2018 at Cooperstown Center.

O’Dell was born in Jonesboro, Tenn., on June 16, 1929,  the son of the late Jacob and Flossie Story Ray.

O’Dell was a graduate of Paul Smith’s College Class of 1950, and spent over 42 years as a business administrator, first with the Norwich City Schools, followed by Waterville Central School, where he met the love of his life Dolores.  He retired from the New York Mills Union Free School District on June 30, 1992.

Betty Mumbolo, 88; Nurse’s Aide Active In Community

IN MEMORIAM:  Betty Mumbolo, 88;

Nurse’s Aide Active In Community

Betty Mumbolo

EDMESTON — Elizabeth G. “Betty” Mumbulo, 88, of Edmeston, a nurse’s aide and home-care nurse for many years, passed away Friday March 16, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born in Newark, between Syracuse and Rochester, on March 13, 1930, and was the daughter of the late Archibald and Zora Welch Caulder. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband William on Oct. 15, 2011.

Betty graduated from Edmeston Central School Class of 1948, and attended nurse’s training in Newark. She married the love of her life, William on Dec. 25, 1949, and raised a family on their dairy farm on New Berlin Road.

Helen Mockovciak, 84; Retired From Kraft Foods After 37 Year

IN MEMORIAM: Helen Mockovciak, 84;

Retired From Kraft Foods After 37 Year

Helen P. Mockovciak

EDMESTON – Helen P. Mockovciak, 84, of Edmeston, who retired from Kraft Foods after 37 years as a machine operator, passed away on Wednesday Jan. 24, 2018, in New Hartford.

Helen was born on March 30, 1933, in Edmeston, the daughter of the late Julius and Susanna Chczakavitch Pylinski.

A lifetime resident of the area, Helen married John Mockovciak at St. John’s Catholic Church on Feb. 17, 1951.

She was a devoted member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Edmeston, and St. Theresa’s Church in New Berlin. She was an avid gardener growing many types of flowers.

Robert J. Cornnell, 55; Bank Executive Battled Cancer For 8 Years

IN MEMORIAM: Robert J. Cornnell, 55;

Bank Executive Battled Cancer For 8 Years

Robert J. Cornnell

EDMESTON – Robert James Cornnell, 55, of Edmeston, an Eagle scout, bank executive and performer in local theater, passed away Dec. 6, 2017, at his home following a courageous eight-year battle with cancer.

He was born in Utica on May 13, 1962, the son of Allan and Shirley (Preston) Cornnell and grew up in Holland Patent. He was a 1980 graduate of Holland Patent Central School. He later lived in Brownville and Rome, before settling in Edmeston in 1985 to help care for his grandparents.

Ruffles Declares Run For County Treasurer

HE AIMS TO SUCCEED CROWELL

Ruffles Declares Run

For County Treasurer

Edmeston native Allen Ruffles, second from left, listens to state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, declare support for the deputy treasurer’s candidacy for the top job. At right is Treasurer Dan Crowell, who is supporting Ruffles. At right is the candidates family, wife Amy and children Mia and Cooper.

COOPERSTOWN – Citing his experience as deputy county treasurer, Allen Ruffles – raised in Edmeston, now living in Cooperstown – today officially announced his candidacy for Otsego County treasurer.

With wife Amy and their two children, Mia and Cooper, by his side, and flanked by the county’s top elected Republican, state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, and top elected Democrat, current County Treasurer Dan Crowell, Ruffles made the announcement in front of several family, friends and supporters at noon in front of the County Office Building.

“Throughout my life, commitment and dedication have been very important to me. As a teacher, youth coach, financial adviser, bank manager, member of the Army Reserves and now as your deputy county treasurer, these principles have always driven my desire to serve and give back to a community that has given so much to me,” Ruffles said during his announcement.

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