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Betty K. Siedsma
Oriskany, NY
Betty Krol Siedsma, 86, slipped away early Sunday morning, July 22nd, 10 years to the day that her husband, Benjamin, left this earth. It was 3 weeks after the life of her daughter, Beverly, was celebrated following her passing on June 18th. Betty lived her life helping others, from her earlier days of extensive service through the church, to the later years when comfort and friendship was offered through bouquets of flowers or an endless stream of cards that left her mailbox on Cider Street in Oriskany and later from her small apartment in Clinton, New York. She was a mother to three girls (Barbara, Dori and Beverly), a wife for 56 years, grandmother to Peter Hartz, Molly and Patrick McCormick, and Maggie and Ben Vasquez, aunt to 8 surviving nieces and nephews. The fifth great-grandson was born in May. Betty was born December 30, 1925, to Albert & Rena (Dam) Krol in Whitesboro, NY, and lived her life within 5 miles of that home. Her two brothers, John and Herman Krol, predeceased her. Her Dutch heritage was evident in her home decor and tea drinking. Perennial gardens surrounded their home in Oriskany, with many transplanted from Mary Ames Siedsma's garden. She loved to sew and created many crewel embroidery pieces over the years for friends and family. Her devotion to God and family was evident in her living. She and Ben supported the American Field Service (AFS) program at the Oriskany High School for many years, hosting Mila Joshi from Malaysia and Hanne Maeckle from Germany. Betty helped to sew full sized flags for many of the countries. They supported village events and the Oriskany Village Museum. They were active in square dancing in earlier years and later spent much time on walking tours with the international Folksmarch organization based in Syracuse. They participated in walks both nationally and internationally, enjoying trips overseas. Calling hours will be from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, at Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Homes at 40 Main St., Whitesboro. A celebration of her life will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, 28 July, at the Whitesboro Presbyterian Church on 1 Elm St., Whitesboro, followed by a light luncheon. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Hope House Building Fund, PO Box 161, Utica, NY 13503. Betty worked at this soup kitchen for over 15 years. It serves 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, to poor people in inner city Utica.
Betty K. Siedsma
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on July 25, 2012
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