Frederick Storrs Doolittle
SPRINGFIELD -- A memorial service for Frederick Storrs Doolittle, who died Jan. 19, 2009, will be held in St. Agnes Chapel, Christ Episcopal Church, 46 River St., Cooperstown, at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, with the Rev. Samuel B. Abbott, rector, officiating.
Burial, with full military honors accorded by Richfield Springs American Legion Post 616, will be in the Christ Episcopal Church Columbarium Wall, immediately following the service. Arrangements are under the supervision of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown and Milford.
Ann Garbera, age 87, of Johnson Street, passed away on Thursday morning April 2, 2009 in Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, Cooperstown. She had the comfort of her family at her side.
She was born on September 3, 1921, in Wood, PA, daughter of the late Stephen and Pauline Waznac Spytko. A lifelong area resident, she was raised in Cullen and educated in Richfield Springs Schools. On September 20, 1941, she was united in marriage with John Garbera in Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, in Herkimer. They shared a loving and devoted union of forty-seven years until his passing on February 1, 1988. In 1946 they moved to Richfield Springs where they had made their home.
Mrs. Garbera first worked as a sewing machine operator for the Barnum Dress Company, in Richfield Springs, and later for Shur-Katch, also in Richfield Springs. She retired from Shur-Katch in 1992 after twenty four years of service.
Ann had a strong belief in God and was a member of Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church in East Herkimer. She was also a member of Crowley-Barnum American Legion Post #25 Ladies Auxiliary, Mohawk. In her leisure time she enjoyed bowling, bingo and watching television whenever the Atlanta Braves were playing baseball or a good wrestling match was on.
To all who knew her they will remember a warm, caring and unselfish lady who always put others first. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her many friends and family, especially her cherished grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be truly missed.
Surviving are her two sons and their wives, John “Gobbie” and Xin Jian Garbera, Daniel and Suzanne Garbera, all of Richfield Springs; six grandchildren, Colleen Auger of Richfield Springs, Stacey Pestar and her husband Joseph of Virginia Beach, VA, Kari Shekhter and her husband Leo of Delmar, Amanda Garbera, Erica Hunt and her husband Tyler and Wei (Sandra) Huang all of Richfield Springs; eight great grandchildren, Allison, Ryan, Jacob, Persephonie, Zachery, Joseph, Alyssa and Baby Shekhter; and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by five brothers, John, Michael, Walter, Joseph and Steve Spytko, and two sisters, Helen Penalis and Mary Brykailo.
Funeral service was held on Monday, at Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Church, East Herkimer, with Reverend James Jadick officiating. Interment followed at Saints Peter & Paul Orthodox Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Richfield Springs Emergency Rescue Squad. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
On behalf of the family of Ann Garbera, we would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all for you thoughts, prayers, cards and donations. Your generous support truly eases the pain we feel in the loss of our beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Special thanks to Father Jadick for the comfort you gave in Ann’s final hours. To the Richfield Springs Ambulance Squad for their assistance in times of need. To the Staff and Doctor’s at Bassett Health Care’s emergency room, respiratory and special care unit. A special thank you to Rich and Brittany of the 5th floor SCU, who touched Ann’s heart with their extra caring personalities. Last, but certainly not least, there are no words to express our gratitude to mom’s physician, Dr. Adam Siegers, for not only his general care, but the extended time and words he always spent making sure her emotional needs were met as well. He is an exceptional doctor who makes a difference with his personal touch, not only in the life of his patients, but also their families.
Devere L. Seamon
Devere Louis Seamon, age 86, of County Route 24 passed away peacefully on Thursday morning March 19, 2009, in Van Allen Nursing Home, Little Falls.
He was born on September 13, 1922, in Richfield Springs, son of the late Louis and Martha Domion Seamon. A lifelong area resident, he was raised and educated in the town of Exeter. A veteran of World War II, he was honorably discharged in 1946. In March of 1975 he was united in marriage with the former Margaret Fuller, in Richfield Springs. He worked in construction, first for the Winkerman Construction Company in Syracuse and later for Madden Construction Company. He retired from the Madden Construction Company as a construction supervisor in 1984 after twenty-five years of dedicated service.
Devere had a strong love for the outdoors. Much of his leisure was spent hunting and fishing. To all who knew him they will remember a straight forward, down to earth gentleman. Any conversation with him was straight and to the point, but you would always feel his warmth and friendship whenever you were with him. He will be missed by his many friends and family.
Surviving are his wife of thirty-four years, Margaret; his daughter, Sandra Scott and her husband Irwin of Orlando, Fla.; five sons, Donald and his wife Prudy, of Pulaski, Gary Seamon, of Syracuse, Jeffery, Martin and Michael Seamon, all of Richfield Springs; three grandchildren; many brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.
There were no calling hours. Funeral service and interment will be private and at the convenience of his family. Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association. Funeral arrangements were with J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, Richfield Springs.