Laura Margaret Kane

1927 - 2015

MT. VISION - Laura Margaret Kane, 88, of Mt. Vision, passed away early Sunday morning, October 18, 2015, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego. 

She was born June 27, 1927, in Barneveld, a daughter of John and Mary Irene (Barnes) Rowlands.

At the age of five, she and her family moved to Edmeston, where she attended school in the Goodrich Schoolhouse. She later attended school in New Berlin, and graduated in 1945 from New Berlin High School. 

Laura then moved away from home to attend beauty school; however, she became homesick and moved back to New Berlin where she was employed for a year in the cafeteria at the New Berlin school. 

In 1947 Laura married Archie Ainslie and joined him in farming at the Ainslie homestead farm on Scotch Hill in Hartwick. During this time she also worked at Rosa Leone's Adult Home in Hartwick, as well as a store clerk in the grocery stores in the community. She was also a bus driver driving her station wagon off the hill with the Scotch Hill kids to Hartwick Central School and then to the Cooperstown Central School bus stop. She also worked for Opportunities for Otsego. 

In 1971 she joined her second husband Everett Kane farming at Kanemead Farm in Mount Vision.

Her real joy was cooking and baking for others. In 1986 she opened Laura's Restaurant in Hartwick, where she served her homemade menu to the public for several years. Her Friday night suppers were enjoyed by all. 

Laura was an active community member. She was an American Legion auxiliary member, a 4-H leader, served on the Town Board, was a member of the Hartwick Cemetery Committee and a member of the United Methodist Church Hartwick. 

Laura is survived by her sister-in-law, Marge (Albert) Rowlands of Edmeston; her son Larry and wife Barbara Ainslie of Hartwick; her daughter Linda (Ainslie) and husband John Tuller of New Berlin; her son-in-law, Richard Twombly of Hebron (Amston), CT; and their children and families. Also surviving are her four step-children, Robert and wife Barbara Kane of Fly Creek, Ronald and wife Marilyn Kane of Mt. Vision, Rahlene and husband Mike Welch of Fly Creek, and Rodger and wife Fay Kane of Toddsville; and their children and families. 

Laura was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Robert (Jean) and Albert Rowlands, her husband Everett Kane and her daughter Gail (Ainslie) Twombly. 

Friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, on Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon. Funeral Services will follow at Noon at the funeral home with the Rev. Richard Howard, pastor of the Hartwick United Methodist Church officiating. The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Hartwick Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Laura's memory to The Hartwick United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Mt. Vision, NY 13810

Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

If you would like to send condolences to the family, send an email to Connell, Dow & Deysenroth. We will forward your comments to the family. If you would like to send flowers in memory of the deceased, contact Mohican Flowers at (607) 547-8822, or A Rose is a Rose at (607) 264-3100.