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December 24, 2013

Isabella Marian (Giles) VanDewerker

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---- — Isabella Marian (Giles) VanDewerker

CHERRY VALLEY — Isabella Marian (Giles) VanDewerker, 97, passed away Dec. 21, 2013, at Otsego Manor, Cooperstown, with her family by her side.

She was born Nov. 18, 1916, in Cherry Valley, the daughter of Merritt S. and Celestia (Edick) Giles.

She married Douglas F. VanDewerker on Dec. 13, 1935, in Cherry Valley. He predeceased her on July 4, 1997.

Isabella attended schools in Daytona Beach and Holly Hills, Fla., Fort Plain and Cherry Valley. She also attended Floral Design School in Albany, after which she and Douglas operated Van’s Flower and Gift Shop in Cherry Valley for 24 years. They also were both Nationwide Life Insurance Agents for many years.

She served on the Board of Trustees of Fulmont Insurance Company in Johnstown. She was a member of the Cherry Valley First Presbyterian Church, of which she served as secretary/treasurer for many years. She was a member of the Cherry Valley Rebekah Lodge for 70 years and was past president of the Rebekah Assembly. She received the Decoration of Chivalry for services rendered on the World Eye Bank Committee for 16 years.

Survivors include a sister, Ruth Beach of Syracuse; a son, Douglas (Phyllis) VanDewerker, Westford; a daughter-in-law, Joan VanDewerker, Cherry Valley; eight grandchildren, Teena (Robert) Finch, Big Flats, Bruce (Michele) VanDewerker, Roseboom, Keith (Rebecca) VanDewerker, Unadilla, Brian (Amy) VanDewerker, East Meredith, Todd (Rachel) VanDewerker, David (Jackie), Kevin (Tina) and Mark (Christie) VanDewerker, all of Cherry Valley; 17 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides her husband, Douglas; she was also predeceased by a son, Richard VanDewerker; a brother and sister-in-law, George (Janet) Giles; a sister, Mabel Perry; and brothers-in-law, Cecil Perry and Merton Beach.

Funeral and committal services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, in the First Presbyterian Church, Cherry Valley with the Rev. Ron Fralick officiating.

Spring burial will be in the Cherry Valley Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013, at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.

Donations in Isabella’s memory may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 235, Cherry Valley, NY 13320 or the charity of one’s choice.

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Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.