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BURLINGTON _ Mrs. Columbine Rose McLean Oblak, a longtime resident of the Town of Burlington, who was known affectionately as “Dodie” and “Tootie,” died early Monday morning, Aug. 16, 2010, at Otsego Manor. She was 82. Born Dec. 24, 1927, at home in Hartwick, she was one of 17 children of Willard and Ella (Southworth) McLean.
She married Louis A. Oblak on Sept. 1, 1946, in Hartwick, and for many years they were members of the First Baptist Church of Burlington.
A graduate of Edmeston Central School, Columbine was first employed at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital where she served as head cashier.
She was also employed for a time as an account clerk at The Meadows and last worked in the offices at Harvestore in Richfield Springs.
Upon her retirement, she and her husband moved to the Oblak family farm in Burlington, and she enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren.
Throughout her life she always loved the outdoors, especially hiking and gardening, and she had a passion for horses. She also traveled extensively, taking several trips out West and one to Hawaii.
It was always a goal of hers to visit the Redwood Forests and she finally accomplished this in 2004. In her retirement years she also learned to swim and play the piano.
A kind and caring person, who was accepting of everyone, Columbine, “Dodie” and “Tootie” will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Columbine is survived by her two daughters and sonsin- law, Beverly and Donald Rice of West Hurley, and their son, Jason Rice, and Barbara and Richard Havlik of Cooperstown, and their children, John Havlik and his companion, Lindsey Sheldon of Cooperstown, Andrew Havlik and his companion, Kimberly Vosburgh of Seoul, South Korea, and Beth Havlik and her companion, Ricky Avanzato of North Wales, Pa.; three sisters, Edna Ruland of Binghamton, Beatrice Crockford of Indiana, and Marjorie Snyder of North Carolina; five sisters-in-law, Elaine and Dorothy McLean of Hartwick, Agnes Reed of Walton, Julia Bruce of Hartwick, and Dorothy Kelly of the Town of Exeter; one brother-in-law, Harold Scrivener of Garrattsville; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Columbine was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Louis, who died Dec. 1, 2008; seven brothers, Nelson, Lyle, Kenneth, Norman, Clyde, Arnold and Leonard; and six sisters, Ermal, Beulah, Albeama, Alberta, Gladys and Wanda.
A private family funeral service will be held at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with the Rev. Douglas Deer, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, officiating. For those who so desire, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Northeastern New York Chapter, 1717 Central Avenue, Suite 105, Albany, NY 12205 or to the Activities Fund, c/o Otsego Manor, 128 Phoenix Mills Cross Road, Cooperstown, NY 13326. Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  August 19, 2010
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