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COOPERSTOWN - Norma Mae Volk, 88, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at Folts Home in Herkimer.
Born April 29, 1929 in Cooperstown, she was the daughter of Owen J. and Gertrude (Shutes) Moore of Index.
She graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1947. Following graduation from high school, Norma worked for several years at Newberry's in Cooperstown and thereafter worked for many years as the cashier and bookkeeper for Buster Campbell in his auction business.
On Nov. 17, 1948, Norma married Edwin Volk at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, where she was a faithful communicant and where she had been baptized and received her First Communion.
Following their marriage, Edwin and Norma moved to her family's home in Index, a home which would be her residence for more than 80 years of her life. Edwin predeceased her on Jan. 24, 2008.
Norma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who spent every waking minute fighting for, worrying about, and caring for others. She was a much sought-after and loved child care provider and it literally can be said that she raised well over 100 children, each of whom would always hold a special place in her heart. Indeed, following her sister Veronica's untimely death in 1971, she took in and raised "as her own" Veronica's three young children.
As might be expected of someone who was a "giver" she also surrounded herself with, loved, raised, and cared for animals and other creatures of every kind. She participated as a volunteer in her "children's" activities, i.e., 4-H, Boy Scouts, etc.
Norma is survived by her daughter, Karen Knapp (and her fiancé, Wendall Tubbs) of Altamont; those she raised as her own, Ronnie Moore of Hartwick, Melody (Arthur) Cardillo of Frankfort and Kevin Volk of Cooperstown; her granddaughter, Julie Knapp (and her husband, David Sprague) of Knox; and her great-grandson, Owen. She is also survived by her special "child care daughter," Pam Gus Macias (Luis); and by many grand and great-grand-nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, 28 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. The Liturgy of Christian Burial will follow and be celebrated at St. Mary's "Our Lady of the Lake" Roman Catholic Church, Elm Street, Cooperstown at 1:30 p.m. with Fr. David Mickiewicz, pastor of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Oneonta, as officiant. Committal will be in the family plot in St. Mary's Cemetery, Index.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in Norma's memory be made to either the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston, MA 02241-7005.
Arrangements are under the care of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.
Published on August 21, 2017
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