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McLEAN, Va. - Mona Buckley, 82, of Cooperstown, died on Christmas Eve in McLean, Virginia. A Cooperstown resident since 1964, she will be laid to rest in Hartwick Seminary Cemetery on June 3.
Mona, one of six siblings, was born in Seymour, Indiana, on Feb. 20, 1934, to Merle and Essie Graham.
While a staff member at Indiana University Bloomington, she met and eventually married the late Dr. Bruce R. Buckley. They moved to Cooperstown, where Bruce helped found the Cooperstown Graduate Program, SUNY Oneonta. It was a formative time for the family, where a new community, colleagues and friends helped shape their lifeĀ“s path for decades to come. A very people-oriented person, Mona was integrally involved in the graduate program, where she made many close friends over the years.
Mona cared for those in need or otherwise less fortunate, contributing to causes throughout her life. While caring for her family, she also looked after elderly and others in the community. She was known by family and friends as an exceptional cook, mastering many styles and techniques. She enjoyed treating guests to fantastic meals, satisfying family, friends, colleagues and the occasional unexpected visitor.
During her more than five decades in Cooperstown, she was very active in the community. Mona worked at the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce for two decades, served on the Board of Elections and was involved in several charitable organizations. She was also a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, an organization focused primarily on providing educational opportunities for women.
A faithful parishioner in both the Episcopal and Anglican churches, Mona and Bruce helped establish St. Albans Church at the Old Stone Community Church at Schuyler Lake in the 1990s.
Mona's memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Dwight Dibble at the Old Stone Community Church in Schuyler Lake at 1 p.m., June 3.
She is survived by a daughter, Valerie Pineo; two sons, Michael Buckley and Bruce Buckley; six grandchildren, Lonnie Zoeller, Alex Zoeller, Brett Zoeller, Christian Zoeller, Isabella Pineo and Nicole Buckley; three great-grandchildren, Sophia Zoeller, Aaliyah Zoeller and Wesley Zoeller; and her companion, Constantine Doucas.
Published on May 29, 2017
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