Barbara Decker

Obituary of Barbara S. Decker

VERNON CENTER – Barbara S. Decker, 93, of Gifford Road Vernon Center, NY passed away peacefully early Monday morning November 8, 2021 with her loving family at her side. Barb was born in Durhamville, New York on May 13, 1928, the only child of the German immigrant John and Myra (Kilts) Schader. She was a graduate of Vernon High School. Barb's humble childhood was spent on the family farm. She often fondly recalled her animal friends and daydreaming in the cupola atop their home in Durhamville. On June 29, 1946, Barbara and William (Bill) Decker were united in marriage at St. Patrick’s Church, Oneida, and shared a loving union of 61 blessed years together until Bill’s death on November 11, 2007. Barb and Bill worked together for many years for Victory Market, which later became the Great American Grocery Store. Barb and Bill savored many winters in Florida during their retirement years. After Bill’s death Barb spent many winters in Houston with her daughter and family. Barbara was a member of Holy Family Church of Vernon; she also enjoyed reading, crafting, painting, entertaining, bowling, traveling, dining out and camping. The most treasured times of her life were spent with her family and friends. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend. Surviving to mourn are: son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Kathleen Decker of Vernon Center; daughter and son-in-law, Luanne and Charles C. Burton of Houston; five grandchildren, Michael (Lisa), Ronald (Deanna), William (Mary), Jessi (John) and Charles W. “Boone” (Susan); 11 great-grandchildren, Daniel, Brittany, Donna, William, Travis, Cade, Libby, AJ, Jamison, Huntley, Decker and Cora Grace; one great-great grandson, Collin; longtime family friend and caregiver Sherry Michel and her faithful canine companion Annie. Barb was predeceased by her beloved husband Bill; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth; and one infant son, Daniel. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at a later time at Holy Family Church, of Vernon. A private burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Oneida, N.Y. In memory of Barb donations may be sent to the Vernon Center Volunteer Fire Dept., 5786 Youngs Road, Vernon Center, NY 13477. Online condolences may be sent to maleckifuneralhome.com
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