A former Dunkirk resident is celebrating a major birthday as we speak.
Mary Lynch Cummings was born at Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk on April 26, 1921, to James and Helena Lynch. She graduated from Dunkirk Excessive Faculty in 1938 and obtained her educating diploma from New York State College. She then moved to Buffalo had been she labored at Bell Plane.
In 1944, she contacted Florence Erikson, her bodily schooling instructor in highschool, about how she may turn into an officer within the Navy throughout World Struggle II. After six weeks of coaching at Smith School, she realized her dream of changing into an officer within the WAVES, the ladies’s reserve.
She was despatched to Sea Island, Ga., for radar coaching and was then stationed in Vero Seaside, Fla., as an air controller. After the chilly winters of Western New York, she loved the sunny days in Florida.
In 1946, she returned to Dunkirk and married Invoice Cummings. They’d six youngsters: Robert, Elizabeth (Betsy), Louise, Daniel, Mark and Tom. Within the Nineteen Sixties, her husband accepted a job on the Koch Engineering Co. in Wichita, Kan. Oldest son Rob stayed in New York as the remainder of the household moved to Wichita. Right here the Cummings turned lifelong associates with Bruce and Mariam LeBaron who that they had identified earlier in close by Fredonia. (Bruce additionally took a job at Koch.) Invoice ultimately turned president of Koch Engineering.
The couple had been members of the Church if the Magdalen for a few years and loved enjoying tennis on the Racquet Membership and golf at Crestview Nation Membership, the place they made plenty of associates. Mary was busy elevating her household and volunteering with Welcome Wagon, driving folks to physician appointments and dealing on the faculty library. At some point she referred to as Mariam and mentioned “Mariam, you prefer to learn. Let’s begin a guide membership.” The guide membership by no means met as a bunch however handed the books on to every member – and it lasted for 50 years!
Mary and Invoice moved to Larksfield Place Retirement Neighborhood, Wichita, Kan., in 2010. Invoice handed away in 2011. She has been the chairman of the Larksfield Library, likes to learn and is an skilled bridge participant.
She could be very happy with her youngsters. Betsy, Louise, Dan and Mark went to KU, Tom to Ok State and Rob to RPI in New York. All however one have their grasp’s diploma. She has 10 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She shall be celebrating her one hundredth birthday in Denver, the place sons Dan and Tom reside. Mary’s niece, Ann Lynch Murphy, lives on Lowell Place in Fredonia.
“Mary exudes friendliness and pleasure, with a heat welcome for everybody!” her household mentioned. “Wishing you all the perfect, Mary, in your one hundredth birthday!”