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Mrs. Victoria Mary Semrov, a longtime resident of the Cooperstown area, died Tuesday morning, April 6, 2010, at Folts Homes in Herkimer. She was 93.
Born Dec. 23, 1916, in Kansas City, Kan., she was a daughter of Joseph John Kriz and Mary Drobnic Kriz. In 1921, Vicky and her family moved from the mid-west and first settled on a farm on Christian Hill, just outside of Toddsville. In the 1940s, the family purchased a farm on County Highway 33 in the Town of Middlefield.
A graduate of Cooperstown High School, she was a member of the Class of 1935, and later attended the Knox School for Girls. For many years she was employed as a secretary at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
On Oct. 18, 1941, Vicky married Martin R. Semrov in Westville. Mr. Semrov died Aug. 15, 1957.
Proud of her Slovenian ancestry, Vicky was a member of the Farmers Independent Benevolent Society in Fly Creek, and over the years enjoyed some great times dancing to polka music at Corn Field Hall. She was also a member of the Slovenska Nardona Podporna Jednota (SNPJ), a Slovenian heritage club in Little Falls, and her family fondly remembers when she baked strudel and potica. She also enjoyed playing card games with friends, and looking after many family members throughout the years.
Vicky is survived by her niece, Mrs. Joan Marie Foutch and her husband, James of Fly Creek; one great-nephew, John William Foutch and his wife, Heather of Cooperstown; one great-niece, Jenilee Bolton and her husband, Michael of Edmeston; and two great-great-nephews, Bryce James Bolton and Jack Wyatt Foutch.
In addition to her husband, Vicky was predeceased by their son, Robert M. Semrov, a New York State Trooper, who died in the line of duty Jan. 27, 1973; one daughter-in-law, Deborah Lourdes Tilbe Semrov O’Brien, who died Nov. 7, 1989; one brother, Joseph John Kriz Jr., who died Sept. 8, 2006; one sister, Mrs. Helen Jenny Huff, who died Dec. 14, 2005; and one great-niece, Jennifer Marie Foutch, who died April 2, 1981.
A graveside service was offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Fly Creek, with the Rev’d Sundar R. Samuel, pastor of the Cooperstown United Methodist Church, officiating.
There was no public visitation. Vicky’s family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Northeastern New York, Pine West Plaza, Building 4, Suite 405, Washington Avenue, Ext., Albany, NY 12205-5515.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  April 16, 2010
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