Mrs. Virginia V. "Vin" Stortecky, 79, of Roof Street, Fort Plain, New York, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown surrounded by her loving family.
Born on May 10, 1933, in Johnstown, N.Y., she was the daughter of Cornelius VanDerwerken and Martha Terry VanDerwerken. She was a graduate of Johnstown High School, class of 1951 and a graduate of Plattsburgh Teaching College, class of 1955. She had been a resident of the Fort Plain area since 1956.
Mrs. Stortecky was a Home Economics teacher for Fort Plain Central School until her retirement in 2005. She began her teaching career in Guilderland in 1955, and then taught for Canajoharie School before finishing her teaching career at Fort Plain.
Her family was her life. She thought the world of her students and her educational community. She took great pleasure in cooking and reading.
On October 13, 1956, in Johnstown, N.Y., Virginia was married to Dr. Alfred E. Stortecky. He preceded her in death on January 24, 2004.
Mrs. Stortecky is survived by her four children: son and daughter-in-law, Stephen J. and Sandy Stortecky of Fort Plain, N.Y., daughter and son-in-law, Lisa A. and James Petty of Fort Plain, N.Y., son and daughter-in-law, James T. and Shelby Stortecky of Palatine Bridge, N.Y., daughter, MaryBeth Stortecky of Gulf Port, Fla.; six grandchildren, Ethan and Emma Stortecky, Brendan, Patrick and Terence Petty, Dashiel Stortecky; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Daniel Melita of Tennessee; nephews, Kevin Melita, Matt Melita; niece, Kris Hopkins.
The Office of the Burial of the Dead will be celebrated on Friday, June 15, 2012, at 4 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 26 Moyer Street, Canajoharie, with the Rev. Nancy Ryan officiating. Burial will take place in Fort Plain Cemetery on Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 10 a.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home Inc., 20 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY 13317.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Mrs. Virginia V. Stortecky may be made to the Fort Plain Free Library, Willett Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339 or to the Columbia-Bassett Medical School Program, 1 Atwell Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Stortecky at www.houghtalingandsmith.com.