Louise M. Decker

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Louise M. Decker CobleskillLouise M. Decker, 83, of St. Christopher Place, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta following a short illness. Born June 27, 1929 in Warn- erville, she was the daughter of Carlton and Dorothy (Stinov- er) Mickel. Louise was a life- long area resident and gradu- ated from the former Cobleskill Central School in 1946. Her longtime career as sec- retary included working at the high school, then with Francis Smith, attorney, and lastly with her husband, Frank A. Decker, atty. In her younger years, Louise was an active member of the Warnerville United Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday School. Fol- lowing her marriage to Frank on November 9, 1957, she be- came an active member of the Cobleskill United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Women's Republican Commit- tee and the former Young Adult Club in Cobleskill where she served as secretary and treasurer. In her leisure time, Louise enjoyed bird watching and visiting the family sap house in Gilboa. Survivors include her hus- band of 55 years, Frank A. Decker; her sister-in-law, Bar- bara Mickel of Scotia; and eight cousins, David Tillapaugh, Carl Tillapaugh, Stewart Tillapaugh all of Carlisle, Bruce Tilla- paugh of Perry, NY, Inez Boggs of Mineral Springs, Alfred C. Magee Sr. of Seward, Frank Larkin of Esperance, and Eleanor Osterhout of Orange City, FL. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Cobleskill United Meth- odist Church, 107 Chapel St., Cobleskill, with the Rev. Pam Mikel-Hayes officiating and the Rev. Marvin Batcher assist- ing. Family and friends are also invited to a period of visitation to be held at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Cremation will follow the service and inurnment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cobleskill Unit- ed Methodist Church, 107 Cha- pel St., Suite 1, Cobleskill, NY 12043. Further information and the provision for online condo- lences may be found by visiting www.merenessputnamfune- ralhome.com

Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Mar. 21, 2013
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