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MARYLAND - Mary Ellen Dulkis (Brown), affectionately known as Grannie, passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 28, 2018, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown.
She was born Oct. 27, 1932, in the United Methodist Parsonage in Lehman, Pennsylvania, to the late Rev. Lynn H. and Freda Brown.
She graduated from Andrew S. Draper, Schenevus, in 1950 and attended Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
She was predeceased by her husband, Albert Dulkis; and brothers, Robert and Lynn Brown.
She worked for Sears, NYS Unemployment and Wilber National Bank for more than 30 years.
She was a longtime member of the Schenevus United Methodist Church, served on the Schenevus school board, grievance board, and the Schenevus/Maryland Fire District board. She was also an avid bowler.
Mary married Albert in 1953 and later moved to their family dairy farm where they raised their three children. Mary continued to do "barn chores" into her 70's. Mary was a considerate and caring person who always saw the good in everyone. Her family would often go to her for advice as they respected her ideas and opinions.
She is survived by her children, Nancy Dulkis, Mark (Barbara) Dulkis, and Sharon (Chuck) Sisson; grandchildren, Adam Dulkis, Nicole (Josh) Cristiano, Evan (Jessica) Dulkis, Mark Andrew Dulkis, Alexis and Ashley Sisson. She is also survived by her brother, William Brown; sister-in-law, Florence Dulkis; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life will be held at the Schenevus United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., May 12.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Schenevus United Methodist Church, 66 Main St., Schenevus, NY 12155.
A guestbook is available at www.hellerskinnerfh.com.
Arrangements are entrusted with Heller & Skinner Funeral Home, 155 Main St., Worcester.
Published on March 8, 2018
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