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John A. O'Dell

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BERLIN - John Allan O'Dell, 82, of Brookside Park entered into eternal rest Tuesday evening, April 9, 2013, at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Hoosick Falls.
Born March 10, 1931, at Leonard Hospital in Troy, he was the son of the late John H. and Lillian Hull O'Dell. John attended Berlin schools.
After completing his education, he proudly served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1961. After his military service, John worked for W.J. Cowee, Rensselaer County Highway Department, William E. Daley Concrete Co. and "Green Thumb" at Grafton Lakes State Park.
John married the love of his life and lifelong best friend, M. Patricia (Pat) Hyman, on Nov. 24, 1949. Together, they raised their four children.
He was predeceased by their son, John Michael O'Dell, on Aug. 28, 1996; a sister, Charlotte O. Johnson; and his beloved wife, Pat, on Jan. 23, 2010.
He is survived by their children, James Robert (Helene) O'Dell of Northfield, Vt., Anita O'Dell of Berlin and Carol Salvi of Bennington, Vt.; a sister, Jean L. (Peter) Baretsky of Dannemora, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Jessica (Mike) Crowe of Berlin, Jay (Erica) Jones of Brunswick, N.Y., Kayla Denue of Pownal, Vt., Jenna Grover of Bennington, Vt., and James O'Dell II and Salina O'Dell, also of Northfield, Vt.; six great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. John was also overjoyed to know that two more great-grandchildren will be born within the next few months.
John was devoted to his country and his family. He was proud of his military service and ceaselessly continued to care for his family until his recent illness. He now rejoins his beloved Pat and rest knowing he was the inspiration for his whole family.
Family and friends are invited for visitation from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Berlin on Main Street.
A memorial service will start at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Peter Seide officiating.
Inurnment with full military honors will follow at Berlin Baptist Cemetery in Center Berlin. A time of fellowship will follow in the church hall.
Those wishing to honor John's memory may make contributions to the family at the services.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas M. Barber Funeral Home of Petersburgh.

Published in The Record on Apr. 14, 2013
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