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Obituaries

February 4, 2014

Leona M. Baker Hitchcock

Leona M. Baker Hitchcock

ONEONTA — Leona M. Baker Hitchcock, 99, of Oneonta, passed away, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 at Robynwood Adult Home, Oneonta.

She was born July 15, 1914, in Roseboom, the daughter of the late Robert and Linda (Ullman) Baker.

On Aug. 23, 1958, Leona married Ralph Daniel Hitchcock in Gloversville. Ralph predeceased her on June 8, 1979.

Leona began working in 1942 at the MICA Factory in Oneonta during WWII. In 1945, she began working as a machine operator at Jonathan Logan Dress Factory, later known as Richard Dress Factory in Oneonta, until her retirement in 1972. 

She was a doll enthusiast. She loved buying, selling, trading and repairing them. She also loved making clothes for them. Leona also enjoyed gardening, flowers, going to lawn sales, eating out, dogs and visiting with her friends. She was also very knowledgeable on antiques. 

Leona was a lifetime member of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union Local 345.

Leona is survived by one nephew, Wilson (Betty) Hitchcock of Tennessee; two nieces, Shirley (Jimmy) Serrao and Frankie (Joe) Hoffman of Esperance; special friends and caretakers, Bill and Maureen Vandeusen. 

She was predeceased by two sisters, Elmina Baker and Edna Pinney and two brothers, Andrew Baker and Byron Baker.

Leona’s family and friends thank the staffs at Robynwood and Catskill Area Hospice for all the loving care given to her.

Calling hours will be 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Timothy Thurber, pastor of the West Oneonta Baptist Church, officiating. 

Memorial donations in Leona’s name may be made to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care Inc., 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

To light a candle or send an online condolence, please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.

Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.

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