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  • Geraldine M. (Geri) Coville

  • Geraldine M. (Geri) Coville, of Top Notch Drive, Little Falls, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown.

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  • Geraldine M. (Geri) Coville, of Top Notch Drive, Little Falls, passed away Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Bassett Medical Center, Cooperstown.
    She was born in Albany, the daughter of the late Gerald H. and Emma (Van Der Werker) Fonda. She was a graduate of Sharon Springs Central School and the Albany Business College. She was united in marriage to her husband of 32 years, Dan A. Coville, on June 13, 1948, at the United Methodist Church in Sharon Springs. Mr. Coville predeceased her on July 12, 1980.
    Mrs. Coville was the owner and operator of Geri’s Children’s Shoppe, a specialty children’s clothing store, which she began in Little Falls and later relocated to Herkimer, where she enjoyed working in her shop for 28 years before retiring in 1994. She was also employed many years ago by the former Rogers & Ashe Insurance Co., Little Falls.
    She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Little Falls, the Christian Women’s Association, Cooperstown and Mohawk Valley arts associations, Herkimer Seniors and a past member of the Zonta Club, Herkimer Board of Realtors, DAR, Herkimer Garden Club, Herkimer Business and Professional Women's Associaiton and the Little Falls Ladies Golf League.
    She was very proud of her family and enjoyed concerts of the Floyd Community Band, listening to Christian music, golfing, gardening, visiting with friends and playing Mahjong. She was also an accomplished and award winning painter.
    She is survived by her son, Charles A. Coville and his wife, Susan, of Rome; her daughter, Joyce Rao and her husband, Anthony, of Wappinger Falls; five grandchildren, Jamie Coville Cleveland and her husband, Christopher, Charles Coville, Jr., and his wife, Mary, Melanie Rao, Kristen Rao and Allison Rao; two great-grandchildren, Ian Coville and Nate Cleveland; her niece, Karen Fonda; and nephews, Gary Fonda and David Cooley. She was predeceased by her brother, Arden Fonda, in 2010.
    Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at 10 a.m. from Chapman-Moser Funeral Home, Inc., 42 N. Ann St., Little Falls, with the Rev. Christopher Wintermute and Rev. Donald L. Dixon officiating. Interment will take place in Rural Park Cemetery later in the spring. Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects at the funeral home on Monday, April 1, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. and to attend the funeral services Tuesday morning.
    If you would like to donate to a charity, in lieu of flowers, in memory of Mrs. Coville, please consider the First Baptist Church, 555 Albany St., Little Falls, NY 13365 or the Mohawk Valley Christian Academy, 156 W. Monroe St., Little Falls, NY 13365. Envelopes are also available at the funeral home for this purpose.
    Online remembrances at www.chapmanmoser.com.
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