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SIDNEY - Barbara (Schlafer) Fitzgerald, 93, passed away peacefully July 30, 2017.
Bobbie was born at home on the farm on Dec. 27, 1923, to the late Alex and Mae (Walton) Schlafer.
She attended a one-room school house one-half mile from home, then went to Guilford schools. She was raised on the farm between East Guilford and Guilford Center until she moved to Sidney.
Barbara was predeceased by her first husband, Bill Johnson, and later married Calvin Lee Jones.
In August of 1965, Barbara married Gordon Fitzgerald in Guilford. He predeceased her Sept. 25, 1975.
Barbara worked as a machinist for Allied Amphenol in Sidney when she retired.
She had more than 50 years volunteering with the MacDonald Hose Ladies Auxiliary and was a 67-year member of the Sidney American Legion Auxiliary.
Barbara loved to travel and was the most happy when she had a ticket in her hand. Her travels took her to Alaska, Hawaii and across the country three times.
In addition to her parents and her husbands, she was predeceased by her three siblings, Virginia Shattuck, Richard Schlafer, Jeanette Martin and son, Teddy Lee Jones.
She is survived by her son, Gary Johnson Sr. and Joyce Frazier, Sidney;
daughter, Jo Ann Fitzgerald, Sidney; grandchildren, Gary Johnson Jr., Baltimore, Maryland and his children, Dustin Babcock and Lucas Johnson
Wayne Johnson, Oneonta and his children, Bryant, Devin and Abby Sue Johnson, Cheyenne Johnson, Binghamton and his son, Gavin Johnson;
grandson, Scott Frazier, Masonville; extended family, Margaret and Mark Colwell, Nineveh and children, Megan and Darcy Nelson, Edwin and Stephanie Frazier, Unadilla and children Jillian, Tiffany, Cassidy and Mallory Frazier, William Frazier, Virginia and his child, Taylor Frazier,
Christine and James Roe, Endicott and children, Thomas and Kimberlee Roe;
and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Barbara's family thanks the Hampshire House in Oneonta and the wonderful staff for the care they provided for her over the last nine years and the kindness shown to their mother and her family. She loved it there. They also thank Chestnut Park Rehab & Nursing Facility for its help and care during her brief stay.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 4, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Benjamin Shaw officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Hill Cemetery in Sidney.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or Alzheimer's Association.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney.
Published on August 6, 2017
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