Mary Alice Wiedemann
Mary Alice Wiedemann, 87, of Roxbury, passed away Friday, March 12, 2010 at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, Oneonta. She was born on the family homestead on June 26, 1922, in Kiskatom, the daughter of Nelson F. Lasher and Elizabeth Palmer.
The family homestead, “Sunrise Farm,” had been established by her maternal grandfather. It overlooked the beautiful hills of the Catskills, the ones she loved best. It was there that she and her brothers enjoyed 4-H, going to county and state fairs, planting trees and caring for their animals that won many prizes for them.
Mary Alice and her two brothers, Hiram and William, attended a one-room schoolhouse until the eighth grade. She graduated from Catskill High School and attended Plattsburgh State, graduating in 1943, and later received her master’s in home economics at the State University College at Oneonta in 1958.
She moved to Roxbury in the fall of 1943, and taught home economics and health education and developed a boys’ home economics class. She also enjoyed the many field trips her students took and treasured each and every one. She retired after 32 1/2 years of teaching.
While teaching she was active in the PTA and the Community Christmas Project. She helped establish the first Christmas project with the teachers of Roxbury Central School.
Mary Alice was a member of the Retired Teachers Association; a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary for 58 years and a County Commander for Delaware County in 1977. She attended many state conventions. She was a member for 70 years of the Dutch Reformed Church.
She enjoyed the alumni from her college in Plattsburgh and at the Roxbury Central School. She enjoyed going to a Reformed Church Triennial meeting with her mom, joining at the age of 16. She enjoyed her years as a town supervisor’s wife, from 1959 until his death May 22, 1975. She later filled out his term and truly enjoyed it, she served as Town Councilwoman from 1982 to 1984.
Later in her career path she was employed at Karl Reynard Insurance Company in Stamford, a licensed real estate agent for the Redmond Agency.
Mom’s pleasures and hobbies were vast. She loved every sport, especially Yankees’ baseball. She loved town team baseball and was also able to see her son, Bob Van Valkenburgh become a coach at South Kortright Central School in 1982. She attended every sport she could there. She enjoyed seeing them win their first State Class D Championship in Glens Falls.
Mary Alice last attended the boys’ basketball team at good old Roxbury Central School on February 15, 2010, and had seen many friends there.
Mom was a true people person, her greatest pleasure was found in talking and writing to all. She enjoyed going to auctions and knew her antiques very well.
She is remembering you all, thanking you for a great life, blessed by so many friends and family.
She was married to Herbert H. Van Valkenburgh on June 30, 1946, at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church in Roxbury; they were married by Dr. Willard Brown.
She married Julian A. Wiedemann on October 5, 1985, in Roxbury at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church; Rev. Richard Dykstra performed the ceremony. They enjoyed more than 24 years of marriage of true devotion and love. They were able to travel west twice, the last time was in 1995.
Surviving are her husband, Julian Wiedemann of Roxbury; one daughter, Nancy (Carl) St. John, Milford; one son, Robert Van Valkenburgh and Catherine Swantak, South Kortright; one grandson, Christopher St. John, Milford; one brother, Dr. Hiram N. Lasher and sister-in-law, Bertha, Millsboro, Del; stepchildren, Richard Wiedemann, Oneonta, Cynthia (Timothy) Bradley, Mt. Kisco, Karen (John) Kosier, South Kortright, Susan (Edward) Raeder, Grand Gorge, Laura (August) Koppenhofer; 14 step grandchildren; 10 step great-grandchildren; and adopted grandchildren, Suzanne Swantak, Christina Swantak, Julianne Swantak and Michael Swantak and a cousin, Oliver Palmer.
She was predeceased by her brother, Wm. H. Lasher.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Research for PMR, Arthritis Foundation, Jay Gould Reformed Church, Roxbury Ambulance and Fire Department, Dollars for Scholars to Roxbury Central School or South Kortright Central School.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 17 at the Jay Gould Memorial Reformed Church, Roxbury, with the Rev. Richard Dykstra, officiating.
Committal services will be in the spring in the Roxbury Cemetery,
Funeral arrangements are by Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.