Throughout his entire life, which had its challenges and setbacks and its ups and downs, Ferd always persevered. Perhaps his life and character can best be summed up by stating that he was not a stubborn man — he was determined.
Ferd is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marjorie, of Hartwick; their three children, Henry J. Thering of Hartwick, Betty Staffin and her husband, Mike of Fly Creek and Tim Thering of Jupiter, Fla.; four grandchildren, Jacob Staffin and his fiancé, Ashley Davidson, John Thering and his wife, Stacie, Noah Thering and Autumn Thering; five great-grandchildren, Violet, Josephine, Alexander, Camron, and Xavier; one sister, Margaret Balli and her husband, Eddie, of West Virginia; one brother, Henry E. Thering of Indiana; many nieces and nephews; and several cousins, including Ferdinand G. Thering, and others in Canada.
Ferd is also survived by his many friends and caregivers. Of special note, Anita Briggs Jones (husband, Butch) was an extra special friend, neighbor and political ally and without his caregivers, Mary, Patrick, Buddy and Shawn, Ferd could never have been able to stay in his beloved home.
He was predeceased by his mother, Clara, who died May 30, 1968; his father, Henry Thering, who died Oct. 17, 1984; one granddaughter, Kimberly Sue Thering who died March 9, 2002; and a sister-in-law, Charlotte Thering.
Friends and family are invited to call and pay their respects at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.
A graveside service will be offered in the Hartwick Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown officiating. Immediately following the service at the cemetery, all those attending are invited to the St. Mary’s Parish Center on Elm Street in Cooperstown for a time of refreshment and fellowship. It has been requested that those attending this repast please park in the First Baptist Church of Cooperstown parking lot, which is adjacent to the Parish Center.