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ONEONTA - J. Waldemar "Wally" Keto, 100, of Oneonta, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Focus Otsego.
He was born April 5, 1917, in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of the late Onni E. and Hilja (Korhonen) Keto.
Wally and his brother grew up on Emmons Farms in Oneonta where his father was head gardener and estate manager.
He graduated from Oneonta High School with the Class of 1935 and from Hartwick College with the Class of 1939 with a degree in business.
On June 28, 1941, Wally married Carrie Wickholm in Emmons. Carrie predeceased him on Dec. 29, 2003.
For many years, he was the store manager at Sears until his retirement.
Wally enjoyed being in the outdoors hunting, fishing and tending to his flower gardens.
Wally is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Harold and Lucy Keto, Cooperstown Junction and Ronald and Celeste Keto, Oneonta; four grandchildren, Joseph Keto, Cricket Keto, John Keto and Tammy Segar, all of Oneonta; five great-grandchildren, Codi Keto, Denver, Colorado, Dustin Keto, Oneonta, Chelsea Segar, Oneonta, Travis Keto, Missouri and James Keto, New Haven, Connecticut; one great-great-grandchild, Wyatt Keto, Oneonta; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Helen Keto.
There will be no calling hours and burial will be private in Glenwood Cemetery.
To light a candle or send an online condolence please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on August 7, 2017
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