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Barbara Jean (Baker) Duesler

Barbara Jean (Baker) Duesler 83, of Cherry Valley passed away on November 6, 2020 after a brief illness.

Barbara was born on June 20, 1937, the daughter of Merrill and Dorothy (Wilms) Baker, in Gloversville, NY. She graduated from Johnstown High School in 1955. Barbara married Theodore Duesler on August 25, 1956 in Johnstown, NY. They enjoyed 60 years together before his death in 2016.

Barbara worked as a Medical Secretary at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital for 27 years before retiring. In her retirement she provided childcare to many young ones who knew her as “Grandma Barb”.

Barbara was a charter member of the Cherry Valley Emergency Squad, a member of the Cherry Valley Firemen’s Auxiliary and a member of the Cherry Valley-Springfield School Board for 10 years. As a faithful servant of God, she was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cherry Valley, Presbyterian Ladies Society and the New York State Fire Chaplains Association.

Barbara was predeceased by her parents, husband and grandson, Jay Moore.

She is survived by her brother, Richard Baker of Johnstown, sister-in-law Helene VanAlstyne of Fultonville, children Merrilyn (Wayde) Clapper and Rick (Theresa) Duesler of Waynesboro, PA and Amy (Fred) Herr of Cherry Valley, grandchildren Ritch Moore, Samantha (Tom) Kline, Deidre Herr and Corey (Lindsey) Duesler, great-grandchildren Elizabeth and Shane Moore, Lucas and Natalie Kline and Max Duesler.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ottman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, Cherry Valley with the Rev. Ronald Fralick officiating. Firemen’s Service to be held during the funeral. Burial will be private. COVID precautions to be followed.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to be sent to Springbrook or Heartland Hospice. Addressed envelopes will be available.

To light a candle or send condolences please visit www.ottmanfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, NY.