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March 17, 2014

Irma Finnell Patterson

Irma Finnell Patterson

ONEONTA — Irma Finnell Patterson of Oneonta died March 14, 2014, at Bassett Hospital.

She was born Irma Brynhild Finnell in Hartford, Conn., on July 25, 1922. She was the first child of Lura Fostina Cogswell and Hugo Enoch Finnell. Irma spent much of her childhood in Orange, Mass., and graduated from high school in 1940. She attended Morse Business School in Hartford, Conn., and pursued a business career.

Irma married Robert Remington Patterson on April 14, 1945. They were married 68 years until Bob’s death in August 2013. They raised their two children in East Granby, Conn.

Irma was an active member of the East Granby Congregational Church and the Salvation Army. She was known as a “good neighbor” and often had family, friends and neighbors at Sunday dinner and holidays.

Irma loved to work and worked most of her adult life. She retired from the East Granby public schools after more than 20 years as an administrative assistant.

Irma and Bob retired to Florida in 1982. They loved Florida and spent their time playing golf, cards and traveling. They had many friends and Irma considered Florida her favorite place.

They continued to spend their summers at the family lake property in Connecticut with their grandchildren. They moved to the Plains at the Parrish Homestead in Oneonta in 2010, to start their second retirement.

Irma leaves her daughter, Susan and her husband, Michael Otis of Cooperstown; and three grandchildren, Jessica, William and Benjamin. She is also survived by her sister, Marguerite (Betty) Guinan; and her nieces and nephew, Kathy, Janice and John.

Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her son, William.

She will be remembered as a friendly, hard working person that loved to do things for others.

A private memorial service will be held this summer in Connecticut.

Donations in Irma’s memory can be made to the Salvation Army.

To light a candle or send an online condolence, please visit

Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.

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