C. Linda (Vanek) McColgin, 82, passed away on May 8, 2023 surrounded by her loving family in her home of Johnson City, NY. Having graduated from Binghamton Central and Oklahoma State University, she majored in English and Library Science. Linda worked as a librarian starting in Johnson City, NY and ending in Fort Wayne, IN, until her Muscular Dystrophy progressed.
Linda accomplished many things in her life whether it was bringing the first Subway Restaurant out West, running daily operations of their Tall Wi Wi Lodge in Arizona, to opening Bit O’ Heaven candies in Endicott, NY. Finally, she co-founded and worked from her home office for Somethin’ Sweet Gourmet, Johnson City, NY, with her daughter Elizabeth up until the time of her passing.
She had so many fond memories of growing up in Binghamton, especially reminiscing of her days spent on her grandparents Maxian apple farm. Her love of writing allowed her to share these experiences with others through published articles over the years.
She volunteered most of her life starting as a candy striper, to delivering “Meals on Wheels”, to scheduling BCCC’s weekly church services at area nursing homes. She was an active member of the Church of the Holy Family in Endwell, NY, where in her better years she enjoyed singing in the choir, writing in the church newsletter, and chairing the annual bazaar bake-sale.
To say Linda loved cooking was an understatement. You could always count on something delicious on the stove or in the oven, and never leaving empty handed after a visit to her home.
Linda’s love of family and friends was always apparent. Her door was always open to hear any exciting news, to be a listening ear, or just a shoulder to cry on. She never judged, but always reminded us anything is possible. The phrase “I can’t” was never in her vocabulary, but rather “There’s always a way”.
Out of all of her accomplishments the one she cherished the most was being the most amazing mother and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth and granddaughter Alexandra, sister Maxine (Ray) Welch and many cousins, nieces and nephews. She was very thankful for her many aides over the years, that helped her live her life her way, especially Rachel and Brooke who were by her side until the end.
In lieu of flowers we ask that you do a random act of kindness in her honor or donate to her favorite charity, Animal Care Council of Endicott, NY.
A memorial Funeral Mass will be held Monday, May 22 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Holy Family, Endwell, NY. The family will receive friends at the church an hour before the mass.
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