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August 21, 2013

Johan Tol

Johan Tol

MORRIS — Johan Tol, born 10 May 1926, the son of Johan and Aaltje Bijsterbosch, passed on to the Lord’s care 18 August 2013.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Dorothy, of 57 years; children, Laura (John) Lee of Oneonta, Joann (Lucky) Dorch of Otego and Johan “Jr.” Tol of Morris; grandchildren, Rebecca (Scott) White, Robert (Erin) Olsen, Brian (Erin) Baumgaertel, Katrina Olsen, Elizabeth Olsen, Andrew Baumgaertel, Jared “JT” Kline and Lucky Dorch Jr.; great-grandchildren, Robert, Anna, J.J., Andrew, Jacob and Annaliese; a special cousin, Phyllis Sweetman; and many family members and friends who will miss him.

John was predeceased by his parents, his siblings, Neil (Tess) and Garry (Mildred) Tol and Jeanette (Pete) Tani and a daughter-in-law, Pamela (Rowlands) Tol.

A retired truck driver, he loved the road and spent his early retirement years sightseeing and traveling across country with Dot in their motor home. A jack-of-all-trades, John built the family homestead on the shores of Greenwood Lake, raising their family there until moving up to the Otsego County area in 1984. Dad had a way with automobiles and spent many an hour under the hood of a needy vehicle. His real love was bowling and he taught his family and friends to “use the spots not the pins.”

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, in Hillington Cemetery in Morris.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care at 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by Johnston Funeral Home of Morris.

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