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K.L. Sharp Funeral Home
Saturday February 2nd, 2013
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus
Saturday February 2nd, 2013

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Mary Ethelyn Gardner

Mary “Ethelyn” McNally Gardner, 85, of Cincinnatus, NY, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013, at the Cortland Regional Medical Center, while surrounded by her family.

Born in Mineola, Long Island, NY on April 28, 1927, Ethelyn was a daughter of the late Francis A. and Gladys Hotchkiss McNally.  She was a 1944 graduate of Cincinnatus Central School and a graduate of the Rochester Business Institute.  She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus where she served as treasurer for several years.  For 41 years, and until her retirement, she served as the secretary to the superintendent for Cincinnatus Central School.  Prior to working at the school, she was employed by the Cincinnatus Telephone Company and the U.S. Post Office.  She also served as a board member for the Kellogg Free Library, Director for the Cincinnatus Heritage Society, and a former member of the Cincinnatus Town Board.

She leaves behind her husband of 59 years, Curtis Gardner; a daughter, Gretchen (Steven) Shufelt of Cincinnatus; her grandchildren, LeiAnna (George) Beckinghausen of Victor and Lucas (Kristina) Shufelt of Springville; her great-grandchildren, Carlee and Lina Beckinghausen and Kurtis Shufelt; and several nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by a brother, Francis M. McNally, in 2007.

A memorial service will be held at the United Presbyterian Church of Cincinnatus on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. with Reverend George Carruth officiating.  Burial will be in Taylor Valley Cemetery at a later date.  The family will be present to receive friends at the church on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 1:00 p.m.  Expressions of sympathy in memory of Ethelyn may be directed to Cortland-Chenango Rural Services, P.O. Box 57, Cincinnatus, NY 13040, Cincinnatus Area Heritage Society, c/o Brenda Comolli, 151 State Route 23, Cincinnatus, NY 13040, or the United Presbyterian Church, 5695 Deer Path Lane, Cincinnatus, NY 13040.

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Dear Gretchen and Curt - we are so sorry to hear of Ethies' passing. We have such fond memories of our families times together. "Christmas pagents" we all put together and many fun dinners and evenings. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Ethie was such an amazing friend to all of us, particularly MOM. She will be dearly missed.

Ruth Springer, Marilyn Preston Feb 1 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Curt and Gretchen and Family,
I have known this wonderful Lady for over 80 years.  I graduated from Cincinnatus High in 1942, and Ethelynn 2 0r 3 years later.
Ethely and Curt Gardner have been a "by word" in Cincinnatus forever - they were the kind of friends that Fairy Tales are made of.
God Bless you, Ethelyn, and may God Bless Curt and Gretchen.
My deepest sympathy to the whole Gardner Family.
We will all miss your smiling face.     Love to all.     Tom Jones, Jr.

Thomas C. Jones, Jr. Jan 31 2013 12:00 AM

Uncle Curt, Gretchen, Steve, LeiAnna, Lucas and Families,

      There is so little one can say, So little one can do, But may it help somehow to know That loving thoughts are there with you !!!

        When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

         If you need anything, please let me know--Love you all--Vicki

Vicki Staley Jan 29 2013 12:00 AM

Gretchen & Family,

Sending you big hugs of comfort as you grieve your loss.  


"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?

And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.

And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.

And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance."

Kahlil Gilbran

Mandy Astles Jan 29 2013 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of your loss.  She will be greatly missed.  May the many memories guide you through this difficult time.

Wendy and Jason Blanchard and Family Jan 29 2013 12:00 AM

Gretchen Curt and Families, We are saddened by your loss. Thank God for our memories,embrace them and they will comfort you. Sending you all hugs.

Rhonda and Mark Christian Jan 29 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Gretchen, I don't know if you remember me but I was your hospital couch partner.  I am so sorry about your mom.  I had a minute tonight and searched the paper to see if your mom had passed.  I know we didn't know each other, but the days we spent at the hospital seemed endless.  Please know you and your father will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely Lesa Townsend

Lesa Townsend Jan 29 2013 12:00 AM

Thoughts and prayers are surrounding you at this time.

Brenda Comolli Jan 28 2013 12:00 AM

Curt and family, so sorry to hear of your lost, my prayers are with you.

Sharon Fairbanks Jan 27 2013 12:00 AM

Curt and Gretchen,
I was saddened to hear of Ethelyn's passing.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Connie Christy Jan 27 2013 12:00 AM

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