Gail Marie Wells
COOPERSTOWN — Gail Marie Wells, a much-loved daughter, mother and sister, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Feb. 15, 2014, at Otsego Manor, surrounded by her family. She was 58.
Born Jan. 13, 1956, in Englewood, N.J., she was a daughter of Richard and Dorothy Marie (Romaine) Roediger.
At an early age, Gail and her family moved from Hackensack, N.J., to Warwick. In the early1970s, they moved to the town of Exeter and in 1974, she graduated from Mount Markham Central School in West Winfield. She then married and raised a family in Laurens and in the 1980s she moved to Bainbridge.
Gail could strike up a conversation with anyone, made friends easily and would do anything for them. She enjoyed being outdoors, camping, swimming, boating and loved riding her motorcycles. She prided herself on canning home-grown vegetables and serving healthy food to her family.
She worked for many years as a waitress, including at Ruffino’s in Oneonta, the Starbuck Diner in Deposit, the Afton Café and Rosa’s in Bainbridge.
In 1996, she completed coursework at Chenango Memorial Hospital and became a Certified Nursing Assistant. Until 2005, she worked as a CNA for the United Methodist Homes, where she provided skilled care and comfort to many residents.
Gail is survived by her parents, Dorothy and Richard Roediger of Spring Hill, Fla.; a devoted sister, Diane Wells and her partner, Rob Fiorentino of Springfield Center; two sons, Nathan and his wife, Viki Wells of Endicott and Brian and his wife, Mandie Wells of Sidney; two daughters, Sarah Wells and partner, Jared Carlton and Denise Malyana, both of Daytona Beach, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Kazmira Marie Wells, Brian Wells Jr., Amir Malyana, Sami Malyana, Kaylei Brown, Rena Gail Carlton and Dennis Carlton. She is also survived by a nephew and niece, David Wells Jr., and partner, Amy Wells of West Winfield and Amber and her husband, Jaret Lange of West Sand Lake and their children, Mia and Sierra; and many other special nieces and nephews from her extended family.
Family and friends may call at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown, from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
A Celebration of Gail’s life will be held at Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., on Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Donations in Gail’s memory can be made to The Alzheimer’s Family Support Program, 35 Hackett Boulevard, MC65, Albany, NY 12208.
A special thank you to Dr. Gregory Cummings at Bassett Medical Center, Dr. Dzintra Celmins at the Neurosciences Institute, Department of Neurology at Albany Medical Center, and to Beth Smith-Boivin at The NENY Alzheimer’s Association.
In a final act of helping others, Gail and her family made arrangements for her brain donation to the Alzheimer’s Center at Albany Medical Center.
A heartfelt thank you to the staff at Serenity Place at Otsego Manor for their skillful and loving care and to the staff at Catskill Area Hospice.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.