Bernadette E. Taylor

July 1, 1949 - Dec. 31, 2017



     Tuesday, January 2, 2018
     7:00 - 9:00 P.M.

     Wednesday, January 3, 2018
     10:00 A.M. until Noon

     Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home
     & Memorial Service, Inc.


Funeral Services:

     Tuesday, January 2, 2018

     Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home
     & Memorial Service, Inc.



     Pleasant Valley Cemetery
     Olean, NY


may be made to:

     Salvation Army
     Empire State Division
     PO Box 148
     Syracuse, NY 13206

Bernadette E. “Bernie” Taylor
Devoted Wife, Mother,
Grandmother, Sister and Friend

Bernadette E. Taylor, 68, of 3 Maple Street, Cuba, New York, passed away peacefully at Cuba Memorial Hospital's Palliative Care Unit on Sunday, December 31, 2017 with her family by her side.

Born July 1, 1949 in Olean, New York, daughter of Robert F. and Betty Wooten Cook. On February 14, 1982 she married Thomas T. Taylor who survives.

Bernie was a graduate of Olean High School's Class of 1967. She then received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from St. Bonaventure University in 1971 and later returned to receive her Master’s Degree in Education in 1980.

Her first teaching position was at the Bradford Area High School for four years and then we went to work for Allegany Central School (later Allegany- Limestone Central School) where she taught chemistry for the next thirty years retiring in 2005. During her career she always put her children first and was often thought of as a very dedicated, devoted, and thoughtful teacher having numerous impacts on her students lives. This dedication was honored when she received the National Honor Society Teacher of the Year Award in 2005.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, and she enjoyed gardening and playing Words with Friends.

She was a member St. Bonaventure Band, where she shared her talents of playing the Clarinet. She also Played Bells at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church, and was a Member of the Christ Episcopal Church of Cuba and its Vestry and the Altar Guild.

In addition to her husband Tom she is survived by her children, Jason C. Taylor of Cuba, Rebecca J. (Brian) Silverberg of Amherst and Jill T. (Christopher) Roberts of Brighton; her grandchildren, Nathanial J. Taylor, Natalie J. Taylor, Eric T. Silverberg, Lauren E. Silverberg, Adam Silverberg, Graham T. Roberts and Jonathan A. Roberts; several nieces and nephews; many special friends; and a sister, Barbara Nelson of Palm Harbor, Fl.

She was predeceased by her parents and brother Robert “Mike” Cook.

Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, 9 Bull Street Cuba on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 from 7-9 P.M. and again on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. until noon at which time funeral services will be held. The Rev. Carol Stewart, will officiate.

Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Olean.

Memorial's Salvation Army Empire State Division Headquarters, PO Box 148, Syracuse, NY 13206.

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