Laura Webster Mekkelson, 95, born November 23, 1922, i n Fowlerville, New York, the daughter of William and Florence Olin Webster, has gone to be with her loved ones who left this earth before her, including her husband, Norman “Mike” Mekkelson, their daughter Nancy, and their infant son, Michael. Her passing occurred on June 7, 2018. Laura grew up on the family farm on the East Road in Port Leyden with 8 siblings who have all passed away, along with their spouses; Harold, George (Hilda), Floyd, William (Evelyn), Alvin, Susie (Hugh) Gillette, Ethel (Lloyd) Richardson, Josephine (Joe) Rudmin. Laura married Mike on February 1, 1943 in Port Leyden, New York. Mike died in December of 1979. Surviving are their four children, Judith (Roger) Tuthill and Christine (Vincent Raneri) Chrzanowski, of Gloversville, New York; Robert (Anita) Mekkelson, of Draper, Utah, and Janet (James) DiManno, of Glens Falls. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, David (Helen) Berube, William (Jennifer) Berube, James (Brooke) Chrzanowski, Douglas (Jennifer) Chrzanowski, Robyn (Matthew) Guzielek, Jeremy Mekkelson, Heather (David) Roman, Madisen Mekkelson, Marshal Mekkelson, Laura Mekkelson, Jessalyn (Vi) DiManno, Jenelle (Alvin James Baker III) DiManno and J. Nickolas DiManno. Her great-grandchildren are Tyler, Zachary, Jensen and Xander Berube, Samantha Berube, Kathryn and Carter Chrzanowski, Braylin Jones, Austin and Colton Chrzanowski, Leighton and Adalyn Guzielek, Emma Mekkelson, Zea Roman, as well as her great-great grandchildren Sebastian and Luna Berube. Laura attended the Utica School of Commerce and was employed by the Ration Board during WWII. It was at that time that she married the love of her life, Mike Mekkelson. She was later employed by Port Leyden Central School as secretary to the principal. It was in this position where she was discovered by the students, who came to know her, to be a sweet, compassionate and understanding person who became a part of their school days . She became secretary to the principal at South Lewis Central School when Port Leyden merged into the South Lewis School District, and from this job is when she retired. Even though retired, Laura continued keeping busy in community groups, such as the Eastern Stars, the Port Leyden Community Library, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Historical Society, Monday Club, Senior Citizens, to name a few. She was instrumental in implementing computer programs during her positions as Treasurer and/or Secretary in many of the organizations.
She purchased her computer at the age of 70 and became proficient in spread sheet programs, word documents, genealogy research and e-mail. Her children looked forward to starting their days with an e-mail message from their mother every morning, for Laura would send a message to them every night before bed. We, her children, miss those e-mails beyond measure.
Funeral services will be held at the Mills Funeral Home in Boonville, New York on Monday, June 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Calling hours will be from 12 – 2 p.m. prior the service. Interment will be in the Port Leyden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Laura may be made to the Port Leyden Community Library, PO Box 97, Port Leyden, New York 13433. For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneralhomes.com.