WEST ONEONTA - On Friday, July 6, Mickey passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family and her beloved cats.
She was born on May 1, 1925, in Shinglehouse, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Frederick and Margaret (Wertz) Rothganger. She grew up on the family farm, one of nine children.
In 1949, she married Joseph A. Cyzeski. Together, they moved to West Oneonta, owned and operated the West End Diner for 20 years, and raised four children.
After the passing of her husband, Mickey went to work for Fox Hospital and Chestnut Park Nursing Home for the next 25 years. Never one to slow down even after she retired, she could be found taking care of others, making people pies, and even helping out the next generation of diner owners at Soda Jerks, where some of her older diner customers would go to visit her.
Mickey is survived by her children, Richard Cyzeski of Oneonta, Linda (Ernest) Burgher of Oneonta, David (Theresa) Cyzeski of Oneonta, Donna (John) Cockcroft of Springhill, Florida.; six grandchildren; three grandchildren-in-law; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Joseph A. Cyzeski; three sisters; five brothers; and her favorite little dog, Chica.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14, in the West Oneonta Cemetery, Country Club Road, West Oneonta. Family and friends are invited to the family home in West Oneonta for a reception immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mickey's memory may be made to Catskill Area Hospice.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on July 10, 2018