Anneliese Martha (Modinger) Stoeger
ONEONTA — Anneliese Martha (Modinger) Stoeger, affectionately known as Oma and Liese; beloved mother and grandmother of Oneonta, died on July 1, 2014, in Cooperstown.
Born Oct. 31, 1937, to Martha Elsa Sikler and Willi Paul Modinger in Waiblingen, Germany, Anneliese grew up in Germany during World War II and her family aided and housed the allies. Growing up during this time shaped her entire life.
Anneliese completed her business degree in Germany at the Bochafter Business School on March 18, 1954. She worked as a bookkeeper at H. Auwaerter and Company and then Metzler and Company in Germany. She then went on to work in London for one year while enroute to the United States. Following her arrival in New York City she worked as a bookkeeper for Myers, Grimes and Weiner. After becoming a citizen on Nov. 17, 1967, she earned her general education diploma in 1971 and took classes in floriculture at SUNY Cobleskill. Although heavily accented she took pride in her impeccable English grammar.
Anneliese was married for 24 years to Gerhard Gunther Stoeger. They relocated to Fergusonville, to raise their family. She ran the Fergusonville Nursery while raising her young daughters. On Aug. 16, 1972, she purchased Reynold’s Greenhouse in Oneonta, later renaming it Stoeger’s Florist and Greenhouse. She owned and operated Stoeger’s Florist for 34 years. As a business woman, she was an active member of the Oneonta community including the Oneonta Business Woman’s Club. She had a spirit of generosity and cultivated a sense of community in the shop. She created a family atmosphere for customers and employees and raised children and grandchildren in her workroom. She donated to local organizations and hosted children’s groups and school tours; always making time for these special occasions. She was also a friend to many customers who became an important part of her life. She retired in 2002 and was sad to see the end of a 100-year era for the florist and greenhouse in the Sixth Ward Oneonta community.