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May 10, 2012

Beatrice 'Betty' Elizabeth Staerker

Beatrice 'Betty' Elizabeth Staerker

ONEONTA _ Beatrice "Betty" Elizabeth Staerker, 94, of Oneonta, died on May 8, 2012, at the A.O. Fox Nursing Home Oneonta.

She was born July 16, 1917, in Delhi, and was the daughter of the late Robert and Sarah Gemmel. She is the widow of Kurt Staerker.

Mrs. Staerker was predeceased by brothers, Robert Gemmel Jr., Russell Gemmel, Gerald Gemmel, Francis; and sisters, Jean Davidson, Marion Goss, Sarah Rubyor, Catherine Knapp and Louise Sitts.

She retired as a payroll clerk after 25 ½ years with the C&P Telephone Company, now known as Verizon. She was a member of Church of the Holy Spirit. Mrs. Staerker was a member of the Virginia Beach Seasoned Couples Club, Kempsville Seniors, and Pioneers of America (Telephone Company). She was also a past member of the Altar Guild at St. Francis Episcopal Church.

She was an avid bowler with the C&P Bowling, and the Monday Seniors League. She also volunteered with Virginia Beach Meals on Wheels. She had many hobbies including arts and crafts. She attended St. Christina Episcopal, Delhi AG, Walton High, and Ridley Secretarial Schools.

Mrs. Staerker is survived by sisters, Magdlyn Gemmel and Marge Johnson. She is also survived by brothers, Donald Gemmel and John Gemmel; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2012, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2012, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Richard Knudson officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodland Cemetery, Delhi.

To light a candle or send the family an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com. Bookhout Funeral Home is handling the local arrangements.

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