SARANAC LAKE - Edith M. (West) Van Nortwick, 100, formerly of Saranac Lake, died March 8, 2012, at Robinson Terrace in Stamford, where she had been a resident since 2004.
Edith was born on Feb. 27, 1912, in West Chazy, the daughter of Henry and Melvina (Manor) West.
A special thanks to all of the Robinson Terrace staff who have cared so kindly for "Edi" over the years; Lisa, the granddaughter whose nursing skills and kindness have given her children peace of mind; and Liz, who has been visiting weekly when we were miles away.
In her lifetime, Edith enjoyed sewing, reading, gardening and caring for her family as well as teaching her children life's lessons. Edith's influence on her children and grandchildren's lives has helped shape their values and sense of family. She enjoyed traveling and visited her children and grandchildren whenever possible. In later years Edith vacationed in Bradenton, Fla., where she enjoyed the the warm weather, the beach, playing endless games of Rummikub, fresh fruits and vegetables all winter and walks around the park.
Edith was predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Gordon, in 1986; her daughter, Bonnie, in 1981; and her parents and siblings, Maurice West, Pearl La Bombard, Nina Perry and Della Van Cour.
She is survived by her son, Quentin Van Nortwick and his wife Elizabeth of Jefferson; and daughters, Gail Martucci of Fayetteville, Ark., Cheryl Van Nortwick of Plattsburgh, and Nancy and husband, Frank Soldwedel of Lake George. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Edith has one surviving sister, Ruby (West) Burdo of Plattsburgh, and a sister-in-law, Rose Van Nortwick of Saranac Lake.
There will be no calling hours. The burial and a memorial service will be held in the summer at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Saranac Lake. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.