(published September 13, 2011)
After more than 60 years in New York City, our faithful and dedicated member, Mary Gelement has moved to rural Virginia to be near to her daughter and grandchildren. Mary is a loved and well-known Cathedral parishioner, and has volunteered her service here in many capacities as a faithful steward of her time, talent and treasure. Born in Detroit MI, she moved to NYC as a young girl, and served as national Secretary of the Federated Russian Orthodox Clubs of America for many years, and a founding member of the Russian Orthodox Junior League here at the Cathedral. She audited our financial books, balanced the checkbook, arranged for the weekly delivery of baked goods and supplies for coffee hour, and made Russian food for many dinners and Festivals. After living in an apartment here for so long, she will now have her own house on an acre of land overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains, and only a mile from her family. We will all miss her kindness and care, her joyful nature, and welcoming demeanor. May she enjoy the peace and quiet of rural VA for many years.
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