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March 29, 2013

Carmen J. 'Yibby' Blasetti

Carmen J. ‘Yibby’ Blasetti

ONEONTA — Carmen J. “Yibby” Blasetti, 87, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at his residence.

Yibby was born on July 16, 1925, in Oneonta, the son of Serafino and Saveria (Romiti) Blasetti.

He married Lois Fellows on July 1, 1950.

He was a carman for the D&H Railroad in Oneonta for over 30 years.

He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army where he was a prisoner of war. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Prisoner of War Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Rifle Badge.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, American Legion Post 259, VFW Post 1206, Oneonta Elks Lodge 1312, Knights of Columbus and the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.

Yibby is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois J. Blasetti of Oneonta; his children, Janet Riley and her husband, John of Brewster, and John Blasetti and his wife, Jennifer of Oneonta. He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Alysa Blasetti and Patrick Riley; his two great-grandchildren, Isaak and David Morse; his sister, Irene Starkweather of Oneonta; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Enrico, Fred and Peter Blasetti; and his sisters, Anna Primiani and Mary Ferguson.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, with Rev. Bernard Ampong, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting the website at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.

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