Miriam C. EnglandMiriam C. England, a resident of Juniper Manor in Trumansburg, passed away unexpectedly at Cayuga Medical Center on Friday, July 9, 2010 at the age of 83.

Born on June 18, 1927 in Syracuse, New York, Miriam was the daughter of Samuel Joseph and Ola Mae (Goff) Cogswell. She married her longtime friend and sweetheart Ernie England on June 30, 1948. They moved to the Ithaca area in 1961 when Ernie accepted a managerial position with the Judd Falls Road P&C. The absolute center of Miriamís world was family. Family events were never missed as she and Ernie joined in the celebration of highpoints and offered support and encouragement during the trying times. Through a love of sewing and craftwork, Miriam shared a part of herself by giving her hand-made treasures as gifts which will become cherished family heirlooms. With a special delight in her heart for babies, Miriam wasted no time in making something special for the newborn grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Cats were also considered part of the family and were treated, rather spoiled, accordingly. Her cats brought much love and comfort as did her devotion to the Church of the Epiphany, where Miriam served as the head of the Altar Guild for many years. She also volunteered at the Gemm Shop, followed the NY Mets and the NY Yankees closely, and traveled extensively throughout New England in search of lighthouses and covered bridges.

In addition to her parents, Miriam was preceded in death by her husband Ernie, of 60 years, on January 9, 2009; three sisters, Rhea Hopper, Eileen Cogswell andThelma Reinauer and one great-grandson, Thomas Muraca. She is survived by two daughters, Sue (Mark) Lason of Trumansburg and Carol (Joseph Jr) Muraca of Independence, Kentucky; one son, James England of Ithaca; four grandchildren, Joseph III, Matthew (Bethany), Andrew (Rachel), and Anthony Muraca; three step grandchildren, Christopher (Pamela) and Scott (Heather) Lason, and Mindy Lason Colon; two great-grandchildren, Jason and Addison; two step great-grandchildren, Aeriella and Marianna; two nieces and several cousins.

The family will be present to receive friends from 6-8 pm on Friday, July 16, 2010 at the Ness-Sibley Funeral Home, 23 South St, Trumansburg. Services will begin at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 17th at the Church of the Epiphany, 23 Elm St, Trumansburg. Private interment will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Orwell, New York.

Those who wish to make a contribution in Miriamís memory are asked to kindly consider the Tompkins County SPCA, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY 14850.