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Mary Elizabeth Dufel

July 18, 2012
The Leader Herald

Mary Elizabeth Dufel "Betty," formerly from Tribes Hill, New York, died July 16, 2012, at Wilkinson's Health Facility after a long illness.

Born in Amsterdam City Hospital March 30,1929, she was the daughter of Margaret Topping McCullough and Watson McCullough. She graduated from Wilber Lynch High School in 1946 and was a long time area resident.

She was employed by the Designing Department of the Mohawk Carpet Mills from 1946 until 1948. She was then employed by the advertising department of the Amsterdam Recorder from 1948 until 1954. Mrs. Dufel was more recently a Senior Clerk at the Montgomery County Department of Social Services, retiring in 1986.

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She was active in the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon and an elder. She was the former President of the Westminster Guild and was an active teacher in the Church School. She was also a Church Superintendent for a short time and was active in the local Girl Scout Troop. Both she and her husband, James Dufel were members of the local Iroquois Seniors.

Mrs. Dufel was married to James F. Dufel on June 3,1950. James Dufel died September 10, 2008.

Survivors include her daughter, Susan E. Dufel M.D. and her husband, Kenton Baker of Killingworth, Connecticut; and a son, Timothy J. Dufel and his wife, Barbara Nelson of Troy, New York; and three grandchildren, Alexa Irene Skoulis, Kelly Anne and Helen Marie Dufel; as well as several nieces and nephews. She leaves behind a sister-in-law, Jean McCullough, the wife of the late Robert McCullough of Amsterdam.

Funeral services will be on Friday, July 20, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Park Avenue, Amsterdam, NY 12010. The Rev. Bonnie M. Orth will preside. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 19, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Tribes Hill Pine Grove Cemetery.

The family would request any donations be sent in her memory to the Tribes Hill Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 396, Tribes Hill, NY 12177. Please visit the family's online guestbook at



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