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Schaeffer, Walter M.

New Hartford: Walter Martin Schaeffer, 95, of 7 Gary Ave., New Hartford, NY 13413, and previously of Sidney, NY, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at home, with his loving family by his side. He was a kind, generous man, well liked by all, and always with a quiet sense of humor. He was born on May 15, 1918 in Schoharie, NY, the son of Walter Ferris and Maude (Martin) Schaeffer. He was a graduate of Schoharie High School and Hastings College, Nebraska. He also attended Albany Law School. On April 11, 1941, in Sidney, NY, he married Coralyn Doolittle, a blessed union of 58 years. They shared mutual respect, admiration and great love and joy, creating many everlasting memories until her passing on March 12, 1999. A proud veteran of the Navy, he served his country during WW ll as a radar specialist aboard the U.S.S. Cincinnati, often stationed in Rio de Janeiro. During school, Walter worked as one of the first tour guides at Howe Caverns. After college, he joined the Scintilla Magneto Company in Sidney. He was later promoted to be the Bendix Corp. Personnel Administrator and then Salary Administrator. Walter started the Tri Town Toastmaster's Club and became the District Governor, later using those skills to present retirement seminars for many companies. He was active in the community with the Scintilla Management Club, Rotary Club and First Congregational Church. Walter and Coralyn's family enjoyed hosting Rotary and American Field Service foreign students Pradit from Thailand and Ewaldo from Panama. They enjoyed their many travels to California, Florida, and New England. They loved family vacations in Rehoboth Beach, DE, and a special family road trip in 1963 to Mexico. Walt especially treasured his 3 generation Mediterranean Cruise in 2004 at age 85 with Steve, Chris and granddaughter Lori. Walter was an expert landscaper at their "Brick House" home in Sidney, with collie Bonnie Lassie at his side. His favorite times included holiday dinners with the whole family. As a retirement hobby, Walter became a proficient investor as he spent hours researching stocks and the economy, and comparing notes with his son Steve. In later years, Jannett Belcher, a special friend from Sidney, moved in to be Walter's companion. They shared many happy times with games, lunches out and casino days. Walter is survived by his loving and devoted family: son Steven and Marcy Schaeffer, Ithaca, NY, daughter Christine Ossont and Jack Cooper, New Hartford; his adored granddaughters Jill and Andre Paradis and Coralinn, Dylan, Cole, Cohen and Degaregen of New Hartford; Amanda and Dan Winn and Daniel, Marie, Nathan and Jillian of New Hartford; Lori and Andy Beaton and Samuel, Charles and Oliver of Sleepy Hollow, NY; Julie Schaeffer of Ithaca, and Kelsey and Jonathan Gardner of Ithaca. He is also survived by friend Jannett Belcher, nephew Kirby Baker, namesake Walter and Lynn Baker, Sue Coulter and Terry Baker, niece and nephews Coralyn Burns, Daniel, Michael and David George and cousin Elizabeth White. He was predeceased by his sister Catherine (Richard) Baker, his in-laws Floyd and Marie Doolittle and sister-in-law Gloria George. The family will honor him privately. Interment will be in the Lutheran Cemetary in Schoharie, NY at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Congregational Church, Sidney, NY or Hospice, New Hartford. Arrangements were made with the Dimbleby, Frdeiel, Williams, and Edmunds Funeral Home, New Hartford.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Jan. 11, 2014
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