Verna Harkenreader

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Verna Harkenreader

July 31, 1936 - March 10, 2019

Verna Harkenreader COOPERSTOWN - Verna Harkenreader, 82, of Cooperstown, formerly of Oneonta, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Cooperstown Center.
She was born July 31, 1936, in Oneonta, the daughter of the late Vernon and Edith D. (Stillwell) Hewitt.
Verna truly enjoyed living in Florida and North Carolina but always considered the Oneonta area her home.
Over the years, Verna worked for many area businesses as a seamstress. Most recently, she worked at Astrocom Electronics.
Verna was a kind-hearted and giving person often using her skills as a seamstress to provide for those in need. She enjoyed listening to country gospel music as well as gardening and was also a talented yodeler.
Verna cherished the time she spent with her grandchildren. Most of all, Verna was a devoted Christian and her greatest joy was knowing and loving Jesus.
Verna is survived her loving children, Randolph (Louise) Stilson, Ormond Beach, Florida; Rita (Robert) Martin, Bellevue, Michigan; Lloyd (Kim) Stilson, Schenevus; Verna Sue (Jimmy) Kale Georgia; Samuel (Patty) Capps, Otego; Candice (Robert) Hassman, Cooperstown; stepdaughter, Tammy (Doug) Barrett, Oneonta; brother, Clyde (Sandy) Hewitt, Mount Vision; sister, Anita (Gordon) Mathewson, Virginia Beach, Virginia; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her husband, Jerry Harkenreader, who loved her dearly.
Verna is predeceased by her sons, Richard "Kenny" Wagner and Billy Stilson; her late husband, Cecil E. Finch; and brother, Kenneth Hewitt.
Calling hours will be held from noon to 2 p.m., Friday, March 15, at the Bookhout Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oneonta, when the family will be in attendance. Funeral services will immediately follow with the Rev. John Grenier, Pastor of Oneonta Assembly of God Church officiating.
Burial and committal services will take place in the spring in Oneonta Plains Cemetery.
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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.
Published on March 12, 2019
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Pamela Harris (Mary Wayman)
Mar 13, 2019
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. May God surround you at this time with all the love you need.