1927 - 2015
FLY CREEK - Alice Chase Lavrinos died Friday, May 22, 2015, at Chase Memorial Nursing Home in New Berlin where she had gone for a short rehabilitation stay. She was 87.
Born October 31, 1927, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, she was the daughter of Curtis and Maud (Korts) Chase.
She grew up on the family dairy farm on the Hartwick-Index Road and graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1945. She then attended Albany Business College, graduating in 1946, and was employed as a medical secretary at Bassett Hospital from that time until 1952. Alice then enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served her country at various air bases around the United States. Upon her honorable discharge in 1955 she returned to her former position at Bassett Hospital until 1958.
On September 24, 1957, Alice married Nicholas J. Lavrinos in Cooperstown and lived there until moving to Fly Creek in 1966 where they raised their two sons. In addition to her role as wife and mother, Alice was active in various community organizations. She was a member of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church and a charter member of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society, and at one time served as treasurer of both.
Having grown up on a farm, Alice enjoyed observing nature and the changing seasons. She was also an avid knitter and seamstress.
Alice is survived by her two sons, Nicholas Lavrinos and his wife Debra Clark of Otego and Thomas Lavrinos of Fly Creek. She is further survived by a step-granddaughter, Kaitlin Holbrook (Mark) and step-great-granddaughter, Alyssa, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Nicholas J. Lavrinos, who died December 19, 2010, and her brothers, Robert, Calvin and Chester Chase.
A graveside service will be offered at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2015 in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, Fly Creek, with Pastor Mitchell Spring of Spirit and Truth Christian Assembly in West Oneonta, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, Alice's family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company. P. O. Box 218, Fly Creek, NY 13337 or Friends of Bassett, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326 or Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.