Mae "Mickey" Cyzeski

May 1, 1925July 6, 2018

On Friday, July 6, Mickey passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family and her beloved cats.

She was born on May 1, 1925 in Shinglehouse, PA, the daughter of Frederick and Margaret (Wertz) Rothganger. She grew up on the family farm, one of 9 children.

In 1949 she married Joseph A. Cyzeski. Together, they moved to West Oneonta, owned and operated the West End Diner for 20 years, and raised 4 children.

After the passing of her husband, Mickey went to work for Fox Hospital and Chestnut Park Nursing Home for the next 25 years. Never one to slow down even after she retired, she could be found taking care of others, making people pies, and even helping out the next generation of diner owners at Soda Jerks, where some of her older diner customers would come to visit her.

Mickey is survived by her children, Richard Cyzeski of Oneonta, Linda (Ernest) Burgher of Oneonta, David (Theresa) Cyzeski of Oneonta, Donna (John) Cockcroft of Springhill, Fla.; 6 grandchildren; 3 grandchildren in law; and eight great grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband Joseph A. Cyzeski; 3 sisters; 5 brothers; and her favorite little dog, Chica.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 2 pm at the West Oneonta Cemetery, Country Club Road, in West Oneonta. Family and friends are invited back to the family home in West Oneonta for a reception immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mickey’s memory are asked to be made to Catskill Area Hospice.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting

Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mae "Mickey" Cyzeski

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Pat Ostrander

July 12, 2018

Wow my friend it's been many years since we worked together at The ONeonta Nursing home,

Time to rest now my dear friend, fly hi gh with the angels.