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April 28, 2014

Lois Shetler Herrick

Lois Shetler Herrick

ONEONTA — Lois Shetler Herrick, 84, of Oneonta died unexpectedly on April 22, 2014, at Bassett Hospital surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Jan. 13, 1930, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of Kempter and Gladys (Huber) Shetler.

Her early schooling was in Philadelphia and she graduated from Abington High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College in 1951.

She married C. James Herrick on June 16, 1951, in Jenkintown, Pa.

She began a distinguished career teaching vocal music to K-12 students in New Jersey, Maine and Rhode Island, prior to moving to Oneonta in 1960. Soon after, she began a long career teaching vocal music at Morris Central School. She is fondly remembered for producing annual school musicals that were beloved by many in the community.

In 1976, she published a booklet “We Believe in Music” outlining musical ideas and programs for teachers. A highlight of her career was writing and directing the Centennial Pageant for the village of Morris in 1970. She retired from teaching in 1992.

For many years Lois was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church and in later years an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Oneonta.

After retirement she became involved in many volunteer activities including the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital Auxiliary where she served two years as president. She was also involved in local historical organizations including the Swart-Wilcox House and the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.

Her lifelong interest in antiques started a second career buying and selling interesting items with a specialty in postcards, ephemera and collectibles. She enjoyed attending Lettis Auctions for more than 40 years. Up until her death she maintained a booth at Old Hickory Antique Center in Bainbridge, and also sold at many local antique shows.

Lois was a very caring and loving woman. Her family remembers numerous times when she would be called to the local hospital to provide emergency blood donations of her rare blood type to aid someone in need. In later years, she enjoyed sharing her expertise through presentations for local organizations and she was an avid bridge player.

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