LAKE PLACID — Marilyn Witte, 71, died on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 at Uihlein Mercy Center in Lake Placid. She had been struggling with cancer for the past year or more. She received excellent care from the Uihlein staff, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks and High Peaks Hospice, and died peacefully in the community in which she had spent most of her life.
“Lyn,” as she was known by all, spent part of her youth in the North Country where her parents owned a home on Lake Placid. She married and divorced Bill Witte from Lake Placid. After working on the 1980 Winter Olympics, she was managing innkeeper of the historic Stagecoach Inn on Old Military Road, Lake Placid, for about 10 years.
In 1994, she became managing innkeeper at historic White Pine Camp, Paul Smiths, where she lived and worked until January 2009. She then purchased a 19th-century home in Bloomingdale, where she lived with her fourth successive English sheepdog, Prudence Prim.
Guests and owners at White Pine Camp remember Lyn as “dedicated,” “gracious,” “hard-working” and “unfailingly welcoming.” One wrote, “Lyn will forever be etched in the history of White Pine Camp, and her dog Penelope is buried in the old pet cemetery there. She won’t be forgotten.” Another said, “White Pine Camp would not be the jewel that it is without Lyn’s contribution.”
Lyn did not wish to have a funeral or memorial service. She will be buried in a cemetery in Vermont, next to her parents.