Dinga, Lucy Gennett
Lucy Gennett Dinga of Vestal, NY, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 13, 2013 after 85 full years of beautiful life. She was greeted in heaven by her parents, Helen (Pignatelli) and Michael Gennett; by her brother, V. Louis Gennett; by her brothers-in-law, William Dinga, Rudy Dinga and Robert Dinga; and by her sisters-in-law, Dorothy Dinga and Julia Dinga. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 50 years, Joseph Dinga, and their two children, Michael (& Mary Therese) Dinga of LaGrange, KY, and Anthony (& Linda) Dinga of Bristow, VA; by her sister, Linda (& Eli) White of Tampa, FL; by her sister-in-law, Elizabeth Gennett of Baldwinsville, NY; by her brothers-in-law, John Dinga of Endicott, NY, and Edward Dinga of Oxford, NY; and by her sisters-in-law, Emelia Dinga of Endwell, NY, and Lenoir Dinga of San Jose, CA. She is also survived by her five beloved grandchildren, Kirk, Samantha, Phoebe, Jackson and Ian; and by many nieces and nephews. Lucy was born on September 14, 1927 in Binghamton, NY. She graduated from Binghamton North High School in 1945 and from New York State Teachers
College at Cortland in 1948. She was treasurer of her sorority, Sigma, Sigma, Sigma, president of the house, and recognized as a leader of her cheerleading squad. In addition, she was recognized in Who's Who in American Colleges in 1948. She then began a more than 30-year career as a distinguished teacher, physical education instructor and cheerleader coach, first at Norwich (NY) High School and then in the Vestal (NY) School District, most notably at Vestal Senior High School and Glenwood Elementary School. She helped to transform the way physical education was taught in the schools; initiated, developed and organized intramural sports for girls; and coached a number of championship cheerleading squads. She was fortunate enough to coach her sister Linda during her sister's senior year of high school at Vestal. After retiring from teaching in 1982, Lucy spent her days doing crossword puzzles with her husband Joe, and delighting in the accomplishments of their sons and their families, especially those of their grandchildren both on and off the athletic fields. Lucy also remained active with the Cortland Alumni Office in organizing alumni events and maintaining alumni relations. Lucy's family will always remember her kind heart, her love of family and friends, and her recipes. The family will receive friends at the Pucedo Funeral Home, 1905 Watson Blvd., Endicott, NY on Wednesday, September 18 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, September 19 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 157 Clark Street, Vestal, NY. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Johnson City, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New York State Veterans' Home in Oxford, NY.