Mary C. VanVleet went to be with her Lord on Saturday (May 5) two days after celebrating her 88th birthday with all 8 of her children.
Calling hours will be held at Covert Funeral Home in Ovid from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday May 10, 2018, additionally, the family will host a reception at the Ginny Lee Café on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. for anyone to join in a time of sharing and remembrance. Graveside services will be held privately at West Lodi Cemetery on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers please consider making contribution in Mary’s honor to “Elizabeth Garnsey Delavan Library of Lodi” (Youth Art Program) PO Box 208, Lodi, NY 14860, Cayuga Ridge Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Recreation Activity Fund) 1229 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 or Lodi Historical Society, PO Box 279, Lodi, NY 14860.
With her quiet faith and infectious laugh, Mary touched the lives of so many. She was always there to listen and offer understanding and hope to others; her door was always open. She loved nature, art, and finding beauty and uniqueness in all things. Mary was born in Ithaca on May 3, 1930, daughter of the late Leslie H. and Eve (Gould) Connelly. Her farm life in Lodi began when she married Stanley VanVleet August 8, 1948.
She is survived by her eight children Lawrence (Cynde) VanVleet of Southern, Calif., James (Doreen) VanVleet of Ovid, Marian Higgins Hall of Ovid, Robert (Laura) VanVleet of Lodi, Beverly (Mark) DeLong of Romulus, Daniel (Mary Catherine) VanVleet of Lodi, Christopher (Marcia) VanVleet of Shelburne Mass., Melanie (Scott) Mansfield of Vestal N.Y., 16 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Patricia Cargill of Endicott; and a brother, Leslie (Bud) Connelly of Fla.
Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Stanley Connelly of Virgil.