Gayl J. (Thomas) Mineo (1943 - 2016)



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Gayl J. Mineo 1943 - 2016
NEW HARTFORD - Gayl J. Mineo, 73, of New Hartford, died after a brief illness on Friday, June 10, 2016, at the Siegenthaler Center, with her loving husband by her side.
She was born on March 2, 1943, in Utica, only child of Ione Miller Thomas and the late William Thomas. Gayl graduated from New Hartford High School in 1961 and married Ronald Mineo on May 29, 1965, in St. Thomas Church, New Hartford. She worked at Utica Mutual; as a dental hygienist; at Myles Elementary School as a teacher's aide; and most recently with Zogby International as a supervisor. While at Zogby, she created many special friendships that she cherished.
Gayl was a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church. She had previously belonged to the Twin Ponds Golf League and a bowling league. She was an Avon representative for many years, happily providing this service to her friends and family. She was also a Lifetime Auxiliary Member of the New Hartford American Legion Post 1376, and she and her husband visited many other Posts up and down the East Coast during their travels to their favorite vacation destination, Myrtle Beach. Gayl looked forward to the time she spent with her friends, Arlene Ruia and Barb Mozloom, their husbands often referring to them as the Golden Girls.
She is survived by her husband, Ronald Mineo, of New Hartford; mother, Ione Thomas, of New Hartford; children, Deborah Fournier, of Whitesboro, William Mineo and his wife, Laurie, of Cassville, and Tina Barnhill and her husband, Brett, of Norcross, GA; grandchildren, Chayce, Dylan and Logan Fournier; brothers and sisters-in-law, Anthony and Antonia Mineo, of Lakewood, CO, Patrick and Linda Mineo, of Whitesboro, and Richard and Cindy Mineo, of Whitesboro; many nieces and nephews; cousins, Janet Mondi, Roger and Judy Bennett and Arlene and Fred Geraty; and special friends, Ruth Babowicz, Ardelle Tuckerman and George and Ann Snyder.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to the staff at the Siegenthaler Center and Crouse Irving Hospital for all the care given to Gayl.
The funeral will be on Tuesday at 10:00 at St. Thomas Church, where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated. Interment will be in Crown Hill Memorial Park. Calling hours will be on Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford.
Friends may consider the Siegenthaler Center or thein memory of Gayl.
For online expression of sympathy, go to [external link].
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 12, 2016

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1943 - In the year that Gayl J. (Thomas) Mineo was born, on September 3rd, the Armistice of Cassibile was signed in Sicily. Under the terms of the Armistice, Italy surrendered to the Allied Powers. After the Armistice was made public on September 8th, Germany attacked and occupied Italy. It took 20 months of fighting for the Allies to reach the northern borders of Italy.

1964 - By the time she was 21 years old, on June 11th, activist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in South Africa for conspiring to overthrow the state (because of his numerous anti-apartheid activities). He served 27 years in prison.

1980 - Gayl was 37 years old when on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

1987 - Gayl was 44 years old when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

1988 - By the time she was 45 years old, on December 21st, Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie Scotland. The explosion killed all 259 people on board and another 11 on the ground. The flight had left Heathrow Airport in London less than an hour before, on its way to New York. After an exhaustive (and long) investigation it came to be believed that two individuals from Libya had planted the bomb.

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Gayl J. (Thomas) Mineo died on June 10, 2016 at age 73. No cause of death has been entered for Gayl. She was born on March 2, 1943. She was born to William L. Thomas and Ione Miller Thomas, and we currently have no other siblings in her family tree.

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