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Caroline “Maude” Schemm, went to be with her beloved husband, John, Saturday afternoon, April 2, 2011, at Otsego Manor. She was 85.
Of Austrian and Yugoslavian descent, she was born March 15, 1926, in Somerset, Pa., one of 11 children of Frank C. and Sophie (Yuran) Gorence. Caroline was truly a coal miner’s daughter, and when her dad became ill from the coal mines, the family moved to New York State. She was 2 years old at the time.
She spent most of her life in the Cooperstown area, where she was graduated from Cooperstown High School, Class of 1944, and later the Knox School for Girls in what is now The Otesaga.
Caroline married John Schemm Jr. on Jan. 15, 1950, in a ceremony at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown. They were married for almost 50 years until John died March 13, 1999.
For several years, Caroline was employed by the National Commercial Bank & Trust Company, which is now KeyBank. At the time her employer was Clyde Becker.
She was later employed for 17 years at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, where she served as a secretary in Facilities Management. She also worked for a time at Hartwick College as secretary to the Registrar.
Caroline was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Unit 7128 in Cooperstown, and the Native Daughters of Cooperstown. Throughout her life, she was an avid fan of the Braves, Bills and Steelers.
Caroline leaves behind her beloved children, John Schemm III and his wife, Diane, of Milford, and Louise Schemm Seaver and her husband, Brigham, of Cooperstown; grandson, John Schemm IV of Milford; granddaughter, Sara Huestis and her husband, Michael; and great-grandchildren, Aidan, Matthew and Laila Huestis of Hartwick; grandson, John Seaver of Middlefield; and grandson, Robert Seaver and his wife, Kandis; and greatgrandson, Cooper Seaver of Austin, Texas.
Caroline also leaves behind three sisters, Louise Kubis of Schenevus, and Agnes Van Dyke and Gladys Davidson, both of Cooperstown; and many, many wonderful nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved, including Ken Zigon of Cherry Valley, who was with her when she passed at the Manor.
In addition to her beloved husband, John, Caroline was predeceased by five sisters, Alice Ann Gurley, Mary G. Roberts, Ann M. Sugarick, Jennie Calhoun and Sophie D. Gus; and two brothers, Frank C. Gorence Jr., and Charles Gorence.
A funeral service will be offered at 6 p.m. Thursday evening, April 7, 2011, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown.
The Service of Committal and Burial will be at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 7, when Caroline’s family will be in attendance.
As an alternative to flowers, Caroline’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Susquehanna SPCA, 4841 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or to the Cooperstown Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 322, Cooperstown, NY 13326, or to the VFW Auxiliary Unit 7128, c/o The Cooperstown Veterans Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  April 7, 2011
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