Irene Belle Matteson, 90, passed away Thursday evening, Jan. 6, 2011, at Otsego Manor, where she had been a resident for the past three years.
Irene was born at home in Hartwick, Sept. 5, 1920, the daughter of Jay and Blanch (Morse) Tuller.
She married Ralph H. Matteson on April 7, 1941. They lived in South New Berlin during the first years of marriage. In 1944, they moved back to Hartwick. Together they raised four daughters.
Irene also cared for her grandchildren, numerous children whose parents worked outside the home, and two foster children. She was a past president of the Hartwick Senior Citizens, recipient of the Hartwick Senior Citizen Award, and a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program.
She was a long-time and very active member of the Hartwick Christian Church where she sang in the choir, helped organize church suppers and Vacation Bible School, and was the treasurer of the Sunday School for more than 20 years.
Irene was an avid gardener and took pride in her large vegetable and flower gardens. She enjoyed showing others the fruits of her labors with the canned and frozen produce, preserves and pickles.
Other favorite activities included watching the birds that came to her feeders, spending time with her two cats, and knitting infant sweater sets, which she gave away to families with newborns.
Her homemade cookies in the cookie jar were much sought after by her children and grandchildren. Irene also thoroughly enjoyed going on bus trips with the Hartwick and Milford Senior Citizens.
Irene is survived by her four daughters, Sharon Matteson ( Bruce Haight) of Goodyear Lake, Sandra Austin (James) of Hartwick, Marjorie Leslie (James), and Lori Williams of Cooperstown; grandchildren, Jennifer Austin (Evan Cooch) of Ithaca, Ian Porto (Jennifer) and Tavis Austin (Erin) of Hartwick, Benjamin Leslie of Urbana, Ill., Matthew Leslie (Kyle) of Olean, and Emma Leslie, Corbin, Tanner and Lydia Williams of Cooperstown; great-grandchildren, Gareth and Rylie Austin, Max and Natalie Porto, Morgan Austin-Cooch and Seamus Leslie; sister-in-law, Linnie Tuller of Johnson City and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Ralph who died in 1982, her sister, Letha (Stuart) Eldred, brothers Clyde (Rose) Tuller, Ansel and Lloyd Tuller, her grandson, Aaron Porto, son-in-law, James Williams and by many dear friends and loved ones.
Calling hours will be 3:30 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011, at Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown. A burial service and celebration of life gathering will be held at a later date in Cook Cemetery in West Oneonta.
Expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial gifts may be made in Irene’s name to the Hartwick Christian Church, P.O. Box 65, Hartwick, NY 13348, or to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  January 13, 2011