Mrs. Blanche L. Mathewson, a former resident of Grove Street, in the Village of Cooperstown, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010, in the Hospice Unit at Evangelical Home in Sterling Heights, Mich. She was 95.
Blanche was born March 14, 1915, and as a young girl worked at the 5 and 10 cent store in Cooperstown before it became J. J. Newberry Company.
She graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1932, and then attended the Knox School for Girls in Cooperstown.
Throughout her life, she was employed at the Second National Bank, Bruce Hall Corporation and the National Commercial Bank & Trust Co. On Dec. 31, 1935, she was united in marriage to Donald C. Mathewson and they enjoyed many years together until his death in 1989. Blanche and Don enjoyed skeet shooting and were members of a skeet team.
They were also members of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
A social person, Blanche was a member of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, the Women’s Club of Cooperstown, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Unit 7128 in Cooperstown.
She also enjoyed outdoor activities which included tennis, golf, swimming, camping and skating. An avid bowler, she went with her team to many tournaments and earned trophies that demonstrated her expertise. She was also an avid reader. During the 1950s, she traveled with several lady friends to see Broadway shows and enjoy the sights of New York City.
After her retirement, she volunteered as a “Pink Lady” at the Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital at both the information desk and gift shop.
Retirement also afforded her and her husband an opportunity to take many trips with friends.
As life went on and after living in the same house on Grove Street for over 50 years, she sustained a fall in December of 2005, which required a major change for her. As it was no longer possible for her to stay in her home, she moved to Hampshire House in Oneonta. In order for her to be with her family, she moved in August of 2007, to Waltonwood Assisted Living in Sterling Heights, Mich. Needing additional care, she moved in December of 2009, just down the street, to the Hospice Unit at Evangelical Home.
Blanche will be lovingly remembered for having a very good sense of humor and will be greatly missed by her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna L. Drankoski and her husband, Fred,of Clinton Township, Mich.; and two grandsons, Michael Drankoski of Dallas, Texas, and Nikolas Drankoski of Eastpointe, Mich.
A memorial service will be offered at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sundar R. Samuel, officiating.
She will be laid to rest with her husband in the Hartwick Cemetery.
Blanche’s family extends a special thank you for the loving care and kindness offered by the staff of Waltonwood Assisted Living and Evangelical Home, both in Sterling Heights, Mich., and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care of Madison Heights, Mich. It is specifically requested that flowers not be sent.
As an alternative, please consider memorial donations to Evangelical Home Hospice Unit, 14900 Shore Line Drive, Sterling Heights, MI 48313 or Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, 27355 John R. Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071.
Local arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  October 1, 2010