John C. Stensland
SOUTH NEW BERLIN — John C. Stensland, 76, of South New Berlin, passed away at home on Dec. 1, 2013.
He was the son of Hans and Lillian Ruby Stensland of Gilbertsville.
He graduated from Gilbertsville Central School in 1955.
He married Donna M. Smith at the Presbyterian Church in Gilbertsville, on Feb. 7, 1959. Shortly after high school, John worked at Morris Manor House Farm with the show horses in Morris. In November of 1960, he began working for the New York State Electric and Gas Corporation in Norwich. He worked many different jobs in his 33 years of employment at NYSEG. He became first class lineman, chief foreman, general foreman and when he retired on Feb. 1, 1994, he was the electric construction manager.
While working at NYSEG, he served two terms as vice president of IBEW Local Union 992. He was also a two- term president of the local executive board. Additionally, he served as a volunteer firefighter of South New Berlin, a fire commissioner and a town of New Berlin board member. He was the New Berlin town justice for two terms, a two term president of the Chenango County Magistrates Association and a member of the Chenango County Traffic Safety Board.
In 1986, John and Donna purchased a lake house in Clarksville, Va., where they spent most of their winters following retirement. John enjoyed being with his family and friends, canoeing, boating, fishing, hunting, remodeling and building such things as a garage. He also enjoyed gardening and landscaping.
John is survived by his wife Donna of 54 years; five children, Laurie Christine Stensland, Goldsboro, N.C., John Scott, New York City, Roberta Jean Stensland, Chesterfield, Va., Sandra Lee and Donald Netto, Watertown and Valerie and Stephen Morris, Amelia, Va.; seven grandchildren (Joshua and Jason Bryant, Lindsey, Courtney and Brian Netto, and Hannah and Makayla Morris.
He was the youngest of six siblings, all of which survive, Dorothy Curtis of Endwell, Evelyn Meers of Gilbertsville, Mike Stensland of Gilbertsville, Jean Stebbins of Gilbertsville and Pauline Stensland of Port Orange, Fla. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.