ONEONTA — Marion Shader passed away Aug. 13, 2013, at her home with her family at her side.
She was born April 8, 1923, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Roy and Aline Sweet. Growing up in Otego, where her dad had a garage, they referred to her as, “That Sweet little Sweet Girl.”
She enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting with her dad as a young girl. After graduating from Otego School she attended Mildred Elley Business School in Albany.
She worked in Cooperstown for Attorney Orange L. Van Horne as a legal secretary.
It was in Cooperstown that she met her husband of 69 years, Chuck Shader. She would say, “I ran just fast enough so Chuck could catch me.” They were married May 21, 1944. Marion devoted her life from then on to Chuck and their family, which followed years later.
At any given moment, Marion would be making cookies or her famous homemade bread. In Marion’s heart her only purpose was to make sure everyone in her family was happy, healthy, safe and loved unconditionally.
She taught her children to drive and was courageous enough to carry that tradition on to her grandchildren. You would find her on many a dirt road simply saying, “Go wherever you want as long as it’s dirt.” And they did.
Often you would see her crossword puzzle in hand, almost always done completely. She enjoyed her friends so much and was such a gentle soul.
Marion loved speed — which probably to many who knew her this will come as a surprise. On one occasion, she took her dad’s ‘59 Olds on I-88 for a spin reaching 97 mph before coming to a curve. She always said she regretted not going that extra three to reach 100.
In 2002, she with the help of her son, Mike found a 1923 Buick touring car which she enjoyed showing at the car shows with her son, Mike and husband, Chuck. She had to have that car because it was built the year she was born.