Pilkington, Michele A.
Michele Andrea Pilkington (Clemente), 67, loving wife, mother, "Grammie" and dear friend to many, entered into eternal rest on April 6, 2014 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. Michele was predeceased by her parents, Michael A. and Margaret A. Clemente (Senko) of Johnson City. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, James G. Pilkington, two sons and daughters-in law, James and Erin of Huntington Beach, CA and Craig and Cynthia of Wake Forest, NC, as well as granddaughters Brooke and Lauren of Huntington Beach, CA, and granddaughter Kennedy and grandson Spencer of Wake Forest, NC, around whom her world revolved. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, Joyce (Bill) Brown of Rochester NY, Janet O'Dea of Calhoun, GA, Christina (Eugene) Karaim of Rochester, NY, and Jo Anne (Alan) Schwartz of Rochester, NY, as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins. Michele, a lifelong resident of Johnson City, retired from the Johnson City Central School District, where she worked for many years in the high school's main office. She was also previously employed by the Village of Johnson City. Michele was a member of the Johnson City Business and Professional Women where she served in numerous capacities, including president. She was instrumental in establishing the Village of Johnson City's annual holiday parade and served as its chairperson for many years. She was an active member of St. Michael's American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church in Binghamton, NY, where she volunteered her time in church activities, including the annual pirohi sale. Michele dearly loved her beach vacations to Cape Cod with friends and vacations to the Outer Banks of North Carolina with family. She also loved to travel to visit her sons, daughters-in-law, and her beloved grandchildren in California and North Carolina. Over the years, Michele and Jim developed countless close and lasting friendships and enjoyed spending time with their friends. Those who knew Michele will miss her warm smile, caring demeanor, selfless personality and her unparalleled love and devotion to her family and friends. The family wishes to thank Dr. Joseph Readling and the caring and compassionate staff at Broome Oncology, as well as the staff at Wilson Hospital ST3 and ST5 for their kindness and attentive care. The family will receive friends at the J. F. Rice Funeral Home, 150 Main St., Johnson City, from 4-7 PM on Friday, April 11, 2014 with a prayer service at 4pm. A funeral service will be held at St. Michaels Church on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 10:00 AM with Father James Dutko officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Michele's name to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (www.bcrfcure.org) or to the St. Michael's Kitchen Restoration Fund.
J.F. Rice Funeral Home
150 Main St.
Johnson City, NY 13790
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2014