Elias C. Hooftallen, 84, of Clyde St., Earlville, NY went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 22, 2009. Janice, his wife of 50 years was by his side.
He was born March 14, 1925 in Austin, PA, a son of Elias and Mabel Jeffers Hooftallen. He received his education in local schools and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. On October 21, 1959, Elias married Janice Marie Brown in Frederick, MD. He had worked for the Sylvania Co. in Austin, PA, and then for Colgate University in Hamilton until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He liked to tinker around his home and fix and build things. He loved his dogs, Sweetie, Ozzy, Peaches, and TomTom, and his cats, Lacy, Issybee and Patsy.
He is survived by his wife, Janice; his daughter, Esther Hooftallen of Hamilton; children, Chuck, Ron, Perry, Evelyn and Virginia, all of PA; sister, Ruth Lentz of PA; sister-in-law and her husband, Thelma and Fran Belitz of Hamilton; a nephew Bill Belitz and his fiancée, Shannon McDonald of Blossvale; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Geraldine Rossman, and three brothers, Richard, Perry and Earl Hooftallen.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Elias’ family wishes to express their sincere thanks to Hospice for their compassionate care.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 3 Preston St., Earlville.
Contributions in his memory may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 2247 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413; or to the SPCA of Chenango County, 6160 County Rd. 32, Norwich, NY 13815.