RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Mary Elizabeth Weingates, age 59, of Walnut Street, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 16, 2013, in her home.
She was born in Cooperstown, daughter of the late Leo and Laura Solomon Sdrewski. A lifelong Richfield Springs resident, she was a graduate of Richfield Springs Central School. She then attended Mohawk Valley Community College and continued her education at SUNY Plattsburg, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. She furthered her education, receiving her Master’s degree in education from Northeastern University.
On September 3, 1984, she was united in marriage with Gary V. Weingates in Troy. Mary had worked as a high school science teacher for twenty years; the past fourteen years as a high school science teacher at Richfield Springs Central School.
She had a strong faith in God and was a communicant of Saint Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church in Richfield Springs.
Mrs. Weingates’ life revolved around her family. She was a dedicated mother whose children always came first. She was involved in many school activities and could always be counted on to chaperone school events. In her leisure time, she enjoyed reading and spending time at the beach. She was the best friend a person could hope for and loved spending time with her many friends. To all who knew her, they will always remember a warm, caring and helpful lady with a great sense of humor and her unforgettable smile. She will be truly missed.
Surviving are her husband, Gary; a son, Gary Martin, of Richfield Springs; two daughters, Lisa Marie and Laura Mae Weingates, both of Raleigh, NC; two sisters, Donna Fenton and her husband, Robert, of Plano, TX, Cynthia Sdrewski, of Vienna, VA; a nephew, Robert Fenton; two cousins, Ronald Duga and his wife, JoAnn, of Ilion, and Joan Burditt and her husband, Robert, of Richfield Springs; along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in the Richfield Springs High School gymnasium.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Mary Weingates Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Richfield Springs Central School, PO Box 631, Richfield Springs, NY 13439.
Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.