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November 13, 2010

Alberta L. 'Berta' Fuller

Alberta L. 'Berta' Fuller

ONEONTA _ Alberta L. "Berta" Fuller, 65, died peacefully Thursday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2010, at the Great Barrington Rehabilitation Center, Great Barrington, Mass., after a night during which she was surrounded by members of her loving family.

Berta was born Feb. 6, 1945, in Cooperstown, the daughter of Earl Kilts Sr. and his wife, Lillian (Waterman). At a young age Berta moved to Hartwick, where she was raised by her beloved foster parents, Frank and Mildred Tubbs. She attended school in Hartwick.

She married Albert Peterson of the Westville area in 1963. Albert was killed in Vietnam in 1968, while in the service of his country. She later married Glenn "Bert" Fuller Jr., who had been raised in the Oneonta area and they shared many happy years together living in and around Oneonta and the Fort Plain area until his death in 1999. The widow of two veterans she was a proud member of the Fort Plain VFW Auxiliary.

As a lifelong housewife and homemaker, Berta was completely devoted to her family and loved her husbands, children, grandchildren and extended family fiercely and without hesitation. She rarely missed a family reunion.

She spent countless hours crocheting and making items for the members of her family. She enjoyed playing board games such as Scrabble and Yahtzee with her family and friends.

She was a lover of Country Music and the voices of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, two of her favorite singers, were often heard in her home. She especially loved flowers and always had literally dozens upon dozens of various varieties in and around her home.

She possessed a wonderful sense of humor and until the very last days of her life she would reminisce and recall many humorous events. Her frequent and infectious laughter and teasing nature will be missed by everyone who knew her.

In addition to her husbands, Berta was predeceased by her brother, Earl Kilts Jr.; her sister, Helen Rose Kilts; and her grandson, Patrick Hazzard.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbette J. Rothmeyer (Jody), Crystal Stockigt and Suzanne Jump (Kevin), all of Canajoharie; by seven grandchildren, Erikka Coffin, Samantha Coffin, Kaci Coffin, Alixander Hazzard, Adrienne Hazzard, Kimberlee Jump and Kyle Jump; and by two great-grandchildren, Kierra VanNostrand and Nivea Pierre. She is also survived by her brother, Louis Kilts; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and half siblings.

The family wishes to extend a thank you and its deep appreciation to the many special friends and caregivers, especially Jonathan, that Alberta had while a resident of the rehabilitation center.

Alberta's family will be present from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, 2010, at the Tillapaugh Funeral Home, Pioneer Street, Cooperstown to receive friends. Funeral services will be held following the visiting hours at 7 p.m. with Pastor Donald Yarborough of the Community Gospel Church in Oneonta officiating.

Burial in the Westville Cemetery, Westville will occur at a later date.

For those who so desire, the family suggests that donations in Berta's name be made to the charity of one's choice.

Arrangements are under the supervision of Tillapaugh Funeral Service, Cooperstown.

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