Mrs. Gertrude E. Carpenter, age 77, of Brimfield, Mass., a longtime resident of Fort Hunter, N.Y., died on Friday, December 14, 2012, at her home in Brimfield with her family by her side.
She was born August 5, 1935, in Amsterdam, N.Y., the daughter of the late Andrew and Ruth Delarm Forsey. She lived many years in Fort Hunter, later residing in Amsterdam and in Gloversville from 1990 until May of 2011 when she relocated to reside with her son in Brimfield, Mass.
Gertrude was employed by the NYS Department of Health as a key-punch operator and later as a knitter at Fonda Manufacturing. She last was employed as a certified home health aide by Visiting Nurse Home Care of Johnstown.
She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross and Willing Helpers of Johnstown and was an advocate for the Fulton County Office for the Aging. She was a former den mother of Cub Scout Pack 42 of Fonda and Boy Scout Troop 34 of Tribes Hill.
Gertrude was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Tribes Hill and later became a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Amsterdam. When she moved to Gloversville, she joined Sacred Heart Church where she was active in the Rosary Society, Social Club and was a Eucharistic Minister until the church closed. She most recently was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Gloversville, and its Sisters of the Holy Spirit.
Survivors include five sons, Edgar Carpenter of Macon, Ga., John Carpenter Jr. (Bev) of Brimfield, Mass., Timothy Carpenter (Rosa) of Fredericksburg, Va., Eric Carpenter of Warner Robbins, Ga. and Malcolm "Scott" Carpenter (Robin) of Raleigh, North Carolina; two brothers, Harry Forsey of Northville and Andrew Forsey of Gloversville; several grand and great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two sons, Jeffrey Carpenter and Hondo Carpenter; also by three brothers, John, Joseph and David Forsey.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont St., Gloversville, where a prayer service will be conducted 11:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at noon at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 151 S. Main St., Gloversville. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family at Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville.
Respecting the wishes of the deceased, in lieu of flowers or memorial contributions, the family suggests you do a random act of kindness for a stranger or a senior citizen.
Please visit the family's online guestbook at www.brbsfuneral.com.