William  Maerz


OTEGO - William "Bill" Maerz, 97, of Fox Care Nursing Home, Oneonta, passed away Sunday June 23, 2019, at A.O. Fox Hospital of complications from a stroke which he suffered on Father's day, a week before his passing.
William and his twin sister Anna were born Oct. 29, 1921, in Manhattan.
Bill grew up in East Meadow and loved to share these stories with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was married to Anna Kovalczuk, who predeceased him in 2005. Anna and Bill began their life together as husband and wife on Dec. 7, 1941, in East Meadow and were married for 63 years. Bill lived with his wife on Long Island for 10 years where they were blessed with two children, Linda and James who survive him.
In 1951, Bill moved with his family to upstate New York to try his hand at dairy farming and they settled in Otego on the Otsdawa. Bill worked on his farm until 1965 when he sold it and began his career as a construction worker. During this time he and his family remained on the Otsdawa and he helped to build a new house for his daughter, Linda, and her family, one for him and his wife, Anna, and later one for their son, James, and his family (all of them right next door to each other).
As a construction worker Bill has left his fingerprints on many structures in this area such as Interstate 88, Morrisville College and SUNY Oneonta. During his years as a construction worker and after his retirement, one of his greatest loves was being in the large garden that he planted every year. He also was the main caretaker of the small family farm where he raised cattle, hogs, chickens, rabbits, and ducks over his many years living on the Otsdawa. He was a home body and was very content living a simple life close to his family (with both his children and their children, living on either side of him).
To all who knew him, Bill will be remembered for many things but especially for his matter of fact ways and dry sense of humor (even up until his last days). He was a great teacher to the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and he and Anna spent many a year babysitting for them as they grew up. He loved to be with family and didn't see much sense to travel anywhere else, except to visit with family either in upstate New York or on Long Island. He allowed Anna to do the traveling which she loved so much and he stayed at home and tended to the garden and the farm.
Bill was the son of the late Louis and Ernestine (Jacoby) Maerz and was one of 13 children (Catherine, Florence, Mary, Robert, Lizzie, Anna, Bill, Jimmy, Joey, Ernestine, Georgie, Frances and John). Bill was predeceased by his wife, Anna; and all of his siblings, with his twin sister, Anna (Maerz) Rellis, having just passed away two months ago on Good Friday. Bill was also predeceased by his sons-in-law Earl Bruce Crawford Jr. and William "Bill" Schraft; and his great-grandson, Matthew Love.
Bill is survived by many family members who will carry on his legacy and miss him terribly, but consider themselves blessed by his presence in their lives for these many years. Bill is survived by his daughter, Linda Schraft of Otego; his son, and daughter-in-law, James and Gloria Maerz of Sebastian, Florida; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Sharon (Crawford) and Richard Easley of Ashburn Virginia, Debbie (Crawford) and Tino Garufi of Oneonta, Susan (Maerz) Blanton of North Carolina, Ellen Crawford Kasian of Otego, Dianna (Maerz) and Tim Bolton of Houston, Texas, Stephen Maerz and Amanda, also of Texas; Amy Packard of Otego and Angela Hannon of Baker, Florida. Bill is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren, Tino and Joshua Garufi of Oneonta; Amanda (Love) Rainford and Lauren Blanton of North Carolina, Jordan Kasian of Otego, Savannah Kincaid of New Jersey, Eddie Kincaid of California, Parker and Kolby Packard of Otego, Brandi and Kira Holly of Baker, Florida, and Mason and Matthew Maerz of Texas; several nieces and nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
A mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m.,Thursday, June 27, at St. Mary's Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta, with the Rev. Dan Quinn officiating. Hospitality will follow the service in the St. Mary's Parish Center.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, when the family will be in attendance.
Bill will be interred next to his wife, Anna, in Otego Evergreen Cemetery in Otego.
Online condolences to the family may be made at www.grummonsfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.
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Published on June 24, 2019
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Barbara McCarty
Jun 26, 2019
My love, thoughts and prayers are with all of you. He was a good man and a wonderful uncle.
Chris Brooks
Jun 26, 2019
A wonderful man , kind and caring , I was fortunate to have met and worked with him.. Always asking, : Hey where ya goin?" REST in PEACE Bill.
Tracy Abrams
Jun 25, 2019
He was an awesome happy person that loved and was very loved glad I got to meet him and visit him with Deb !! His birthday party at Gloria’s was so much fun !! So Sorry for the families ‘ loss ! He was loved ♥️