Josephine Edmonds Case
Josephine Edmonds Case, a retired editor and former president of the Van Hornesville Community Corporation, died suddenly on Thursday, May 27, 2010, at her home in Van Hornesville. She was 77. Born in New York City, the daughter of the late Everett N. Case and Josephine Young Case, she was married to E. Robert Mason, Jr. Together with her husband, she edited Herkimer at 200, the history of Herkimer County, published by the Herkimer County Historical Society, in 1992. More recently, she had done editorial work on New York History, a quarterly journal published by the New York State Historical Association in Cooperstown, NY. Ms. Case had a deep background in editorial work, beginning with the Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1955, and extending for 25 years in New York City at, among others, The Foundation Center and the New York Public Library. She was educated in the public schools of Hamilton, NY, won a bachelor of arts degree at Bryn Mawr College and a master of arts in history at St. Hildas College of Oxford University. She was a loyal and active alumna of Bryn Mawr and served as her class secretary for several years; she was also a member of the Oxford University Alumnae Association of the US. Her other memberships included the Van Hornesville Community Corporation and the Herkimer County Historical Society. Long a resident of New York City, she and her husband retired to Van Hornesville in 1981 and had lived there ever since. Ms. Case was a music lover and sang with The Van Hornesville Voices, a community chorus. Besides her husband, Ms. Case leaves three brothers, James, of Spring, TX, Samuel, of Fairfax, CA, and John, of Cambridge, MA; four stepchildren, Catherine Mason, of Springfield Center, NY, Stephen Mason, of Branchville, NJ, Martha Robertson, of Phoenix, AZ, and Paul Mason, of Oxford, NJ; as well as numerous stepgrandchildren, nephews and nieces. A memorial service for Josephine Case will be held on Saturday, June 26th, at 4:00 p.m. at the Millpond Community Center in Van Hornesville. Ms. Case loved cats, history and her college, so donations in her memory can be made appropriately to Bryn Mawr College, the Herkimer County Humane Society or the Herkimer County Historical Society. Funeral arrangements are with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Jun. 1, 2010.