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Ethel Sherman Orsino

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Ethel Sherman
Ethel Sherman Orsino, 88, passed away on December 4, 2013, at the Presbyterian Homes and Services. She was born on April 29, 1925, in West Parishville, NY, to the late John and Hazel Morse Randall, and received her education in the Potsdam area schools. On November 17, 1945, she was married to Charles Sherman. He passed away on November 29, 1972. On June 29, 1974, Ethel was married to Benjamin Orsino, Sr., and he passed away on February 19, 1998. Along with raising her family, Ethel also worked at the G.E. Bleecker St. Plant and prior to retirement worked for Dunlop in Utica. She possessed a strong Catholic faith and was a devout member of St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford. Ethel was a dedicated wife and mother as well as a loving and giving person to her entire family. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia and Michael Cruskie, of Lakeland, FL, Theresa MacKay, of Utica, Ci and Michael Costa, of Yorkville, and Mary and Chris Burmaster, of Clinton; her sons, Frederick and Kathy Sherman, of New Hartford, and John and Camille Sherman, of Martinsville, VA; her stepsons, Michael and Teresa Orsino, of Sauquoit, Mark Orsino, of West Winfield, Steven Orsino, of Clinton, and Philip and Carol Orsino, of Deansboro; her stepdaughter-in-law, Robin Orsino, of Clinton; a sister-in-law, Mildred Randall; 23 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her infant daughter, Jacqueline Mary Sherman; two stepsons, Benjamin Orsino, Jr., and Roger Orsino; as well as five sisters and three brothers. Ethel's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:00 at St. John the Evangelist Church in New Hartford. Calling hours will be Friday (today) from 6-9 at the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St., Sauquoit. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. In her memory, please consider donations to the Presbyterian Home Palliative Care Program (www.presbyterianhome.com). Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Ethel's family would like to thank the entire staff of the Maple Wing at the Presbyterian Home for the exceptional care she received during her stay there. To view Ethel's online memorial, please go to: www.smith-funeralhome.com
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from Dec. 5 to Dec. 6, 2013
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