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GRAND GORGE - Domenica "Mamie" Gockel, 97, passed away at the home of her daughter and son-in-law in Gilboa, on Thursday July 27, 2017, following a short illness..
Mamie was born in Sicily, on Jan. 22, 1920, and came to America when she was 2 years old. She was the daughter of Carlo and Antonina (LoPreste) Ciaravino.
She married Charles (Ray) Gockel Sr. on Sept. 8, 1940, in Grand Gorge. Ray died Feb. 5, 2000.
She worked for Oneida Market until it closed and then went to work at the Victory store and retired after working for 30 years in 1985.
Mamie was very active in the Grand Gorge community being a member of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 686, Grand Gorge Fire Department Auxiliary and Grand Gorge Rescue Squad, where was she the last living member of the five members that started the squad. She was a former member of the Roxbury Grange. She was a member of the Grand Gorge United Methodist Church and graduated from Grand Gorge Central School in 1939.
Mamie loved playing cards, camping, fishing, clamming, knitting, quilting, crewel embroidering, crocheting and loved to cook, bake and feed everybody.
Surviving are her children, Ann (A.B.) Jones; son, Karl (Elaine), son, Henry (Linda), daughter-in-law, Beverly; three sisters, Mary Tubiolo, Lena Rowe and Ginny Wyckham; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and nine grea-great- grandchildren.
Mamie was predeceased by her husband Ray and son Charles.
Funeral services will be held at the Grand Gorge United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 7, with the Rev. Dottie Morris and Mamie's grandson, the Rev. Charles Gockel officiating.
Committal prayers will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, Grand Gorge.
Calling hours will be at the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday Aug. 6.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Grand Gorge United Methodist Church or Grand Gorge Rescue Squad.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Miller Funeral Home, Roxbury.
Published on July 30, 2017
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