Kathleen June Riker
Kathleen June Riker
  • September 7, 1947 - December 10, 2016
  • Norwich, New York

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Kathy Riker (Cooper), 69, of Port Crane, NY, passed away on December 10, 2016. She was predeceased by both her parents Daniel (1987) & Lillian Cooper (2012) of Kirkwood, NY. She is survived by her children and grandchildren Steven & Joanne Riker (Carter Riker) of Dover, New Hampshire and Missy (Riker) & Dan Perron (Cooper & Scout Perron) of Bolton, Massachusetts as well by her three siblings, Kelly Wilson (Gary), Patricia Cooper Dan Cooper and many nieces and nephews. Kathy was a friend to many, a real people person. She enjoyed chatting on the phone with her girlfriends, catching up, or stopping by their homes to have tea and conversation. She was generous with her time and was always happy to help the less fortunate. Throughout her years she opened her home many times to friends and family that needed a place to stay and time to get back on their feet. Be it short term or long term, her door was always open. She provided daycare hours for years for several babies in the family so that their mothers could return to work. It was not like work for her as she cherished her time being a caretaker, looking forward to the day that she'd have grandchildren of her own. Kathy loved to cook, it was her passion. She lined her many bookshelves with cookbooks from all over the country. She would collect them in her travels and would read them like novels, excited to test recipes once she arrived back home. She was the quintessential Italian grandmother, though she was not Italian. You never left her home hungry or without a to-go bag. Kathy always had a best friend in the various dogs she owned throughout the years, always labrador retrievers, sometimes two at a time. Friends may call Friday morning from 10-11am at Wm R. Chase & Son in Port Dickinson. The viewing hour will be followed by a brief service. Burial is to take place at Chenango Valley Cemetery. In lieu of sending flowers please consider making a donation in Kathy's name to the Matson Karen - Broome County Humane Society or to the Broome County Meals on Wheels program.