Little Falls, NY – Mary E. (Kaufman) Rathbun, age 58, of Fish and Game Road (town of Salisbury), entered into eternal rest peacefully on Saturday morning, January 18, 2020 in the peace and comfort of her home, following a courageous battle with cancer. At the time of her passing, she was in the loving comfort of her family.
Mary was born in Little Falls, February 21, 1961, and graduated from Dolgeville Central School “Class of 1979”. On May 14, 1989, Mary was united in marriage in the town of Salisbury with Bruce Rathbun in Little Falls; a loving and devoted union of 30 years. Mary worked at Daniel Greens and also Dolgeville Central School, where she served many years as the High School Library TA and then spent the remainder of her career as an Assistant in the technology department.
She is survived by her loving family; her children, Jason Costanza and wife Jessica of Stratford, Rachel Petkovsek and husband Adam of Salisbury, Tracey Jasewicz and fiance Eric of Oswego, Justin Rathbun and wife Melissa of Arizona, and Kayla Meyer and husband Carl of S. Carolina; her father, James Kaufman Sr and wife Ruby of Clarksville, TN; mother, Frances Hartnett Kaufman and her significant other Milton “Joe” Kraeger all of Little Falls; her siblings: James Kaufman Jr. and wife Joyce of Little Falls, Deborah Kaufman and husband Dave Warner of Little Falls, and Pamela LaValla and husband David also of Little Falls; her adored grandchildren (see below), many nieces and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her beloved sister, Constance Shaut.
Mary loved fixing things, from redoing countless pieces of old furniture, to repairing the school’s technology (with no formal training, just her self teaching) helping stray animals, and even helping to fix any of life’s problems you may have, she often knew you needed help before you did. She was always giving of herself and was the first to offer her hand and the last to leave. She always put others before herself, even throughout her sickness, up until the very end. She loved the outdoors, camping, skiing, snowshoeing, swimming, and kayaking were a few things she loved. But her true love and passion for the outdoors was gardening, she spent countless hours on her hands and knees making every square inch of her gardens breathtakingly beautiful.
Greater than her love for nature was the love she had for her grandchildren, Jonathan, Ava, Jaxon Costanza, Lyla and Lane Petkovsek, Joshua and Christian Jasewicz, Tayler and Caden Rathbun, and Austin and Addison Meyer. It was her goal to instill in them all of life’s lessons she learned. She shared with them her love of nature by teaching them to fish, taking them camping (sometimes right in the yard), how to kayak, how to conquer their fears of water: by teaching them how to swim and soon they’d be jumping right in, she taught them how to weed, care for and even identify nearly all the flowers in her many gardens, In lieu of flowers, Mary wished that those considering them, donate to a fund that will be established to allow Dolgeville Central School students the opportunity to experience nature on a yearly Raquette Lake canoe trip. Donations may be sent to her husband, Bruce.
Mary and her family’s care has been entrusted to Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5 (town of Manheim), Little Falls, 315-508-5131. In keeping with her wishes, there are no calling hours. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to her Mass of Christian Burial to take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020, commencing at 10:30 am at Holy Family Parish, Little Falls with the Rev. Terence Healy, officiating assisted by Deacon James Bower and the Holy Family Parish Resurrection Committee. Please omit floral offerings. To add to Mary’s online memorial, please visit www.mohawkvalleyfunerals.com.