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July 30, 2013

Viola S. 'Vi' Lane

Viola S. ‘Vi’ Lane

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Viola S. “Vi” Lane, 88, formerly of Oneonta and most recently of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at her residence.

Vi was born on March 18, 1925, in South Kortright, the daughter of Lloyd and Martha (Whitney) Simmons. She married James M. Lane, Jr. on March 16, 1946. He predeceased her on Dec.12, 1996. 

Vi grew up on a dairy farm in Hobart. She worked for a period of time with Delaware County Electric.

For many years, she and her husband owned and operated Lane Way Inc., in Oneonta, where she was an officer and secretary-treasurer of the company.

Vi was an avid golfer and member of the Oneonta Country Club, as well as the Continental Country Club in Wildwood, Fla.

Vi was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta.

She is survived by her son, Robert J. Lane of New Berlin; a sister-in-law, Ruth Simmons of Harpersfield; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Edna Johnson, Ruth Many, Marguerite Hughes and a brother, James Simmons.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Craig D. Schwalenberg, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, officiating. Burial will be in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery, Franklin.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, when the family will be in attendance.

Memorial contributions may be to the Pindars Corners, Milford or Franklin fire departments.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

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