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Obituary - Herbert E. Guertin

Herbert E. Guertin

Date of Passing: March 21st, 2011

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Expressions of sympathy in the form of donations may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 9501 Weston Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413 or The LST 700 Navy Reunion Fund, c/o Tom Baszkowski, 1912 Sheffield Ct., Severn, MD 21144.

Mr. Herbert E. Guertin, 84, of Utica, entered into eternal life on March 21, 2011 at the Lutheran Home of Central New York in Clinton, with the love and support of his family by his side. He was born November 18, 1926 in Raynham, MA, the son of Herbert and Alberta (Neal) Guertin. On July 19, 1952 he married Carmelita Napoli, with whom he shared a loving 48 year marriage, until her passing on March 29, 2001. Herbert was a US Navy veteran serving during WW II in the Pacific and in the Korean War. Herb loved to attend annual reunions with his remaining shipmates of the LST 700 and their families. Herb was an electronic engineer and worked for many years at General Electric on French Rd. in Utica, in later years at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, and at Thomson Consumer Electronics in Syracuse. Herb loved his family and was especially proud of his grandchildren. He just beamed when he spoke of them. Herb's leisure time passion was flying and in his earlier years he was a commercial flight instructor. He loved to go up to Highland Airport, where he met with all of his pilot buddies-they flew, watched others land and take off and had a grand time. His other past times were golf, fixing things (he was known as "Mr. Fix It") and playing pool at Hippo''''''''s in Yorkville, where he developed many great friendships. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia (Guertin) Hatch and Ray Hatch of Kingsport, TN and grandsons, Ryan and Matthew Vanover both of Woodbridge, VA; his son and daughter-in-law, Gary Guertin and Barbara (Baltzer) Guertin and grandchildren, Kathleen, Michael, Joseph and Meredith all of Vernon, NY. In addition he leaves his sister and brother-in-law, Roberta and Leo Gauthier of MA, a sister, Gloria Watson of OH, and a sister, Patricia Lawler of IL; and sisters-in-law, Margaret Baker of Utica, NY and Diane Guertin of OH; many special cousins, especially Josephine Cangello of Clark Mills, NY and Anthony Poccia of Utica, NY; and many cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Albert Baker and Donald Guertin. Family and friends are invited to attend his memorial service on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Immanuel Baptist Church, 9501 Weston Rd., New Hartford. The family will receive visitors at the church at the conclusion of the service. There are no calling hours. Private interment will be in the family plot in Calvary Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Alicia DeTraglia and her staff at Faxton-St. Luke''s Regional Cancer Center for their professionalism, wonderful sense of humor, and compassion as they cared for Herb. Also, a special thank you to the staff of the Applewood Unit at Lutheran Care for their kindness, care and compassion during a difficult time, especially thanking Chris, Duane, Diane, Michelle, Megan, Karen, Kim, Alex, Irene, Christina, Jeb and Jodie. The family would also like to acknowledge Pastor Vin and Charlene Upham at Immanuel Baptist Church and many other church members (notably Ken and Nancy Thomas) who provided support, companionship, and numerous acts of kindness. Lastly the family would like to thank the many friends, family members, and neighbors (notably Aaron and Rose Cidzik) who have been there for Herb over the years. Arrangemnts are under the guidance of the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., Utica, New Hartford.

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Gary ~ So very sorry for your loss. My deepest Sympathy to you and your family. Rocco Rositano ~ Rocklin,CA
Rocco Rositano

herb, im so srry for your loss .my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family . nickyb
nickbonanza

Cyndi & family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your father had an amazing life and it was great hearing stories about him. We'll be thinking of you and wishing we were there to give you a hug.
Scheig family

Dear Cindy and Ray, Gary and Barbara, and Grandchildren: Your Dad, Father-in-Law or Grandpa became a real friend of mine over this past year or so. I got to know him so much better during the time of his illness than I knew him when he was so full of life. Herb loved life, he didn't want to die and didn't even want to think about it, but in his heart he was ready for it when the time came. He loved the Lord, knew Him personally as his Lord and Savior, and knew with assurance that he would spent eternally in Heaven when his days on earth were over. He frequently spoke so lovingly of his beautiful wife Carmie and children and grandchildren. He was proud of your accomplishments. He was glad that you were happily married to wonderful spouses and spoke much of his grandchildren. He would frequently have me look up to the mantle at their pictures and he would name and tell me a little about each one them. Over the past year, Herb and I shared some of our somewhat common experiences and had some good laughs together. We talked about our time in the service of our Country (his Military experience was much more extensive and dangerous than mine); our experience with GE and the many mutual friends and co-workers we had; our great love for our church and the christian relationship we had with the believers there; and, of course, our beautiful children and grandchildren. I found Herb to be proud and talented man, yet he was humble and a very caring man. He loved gospel music and we would sit together to listen to it. Sometimes he would sir at his organ and play it for me. Often braking out in song. He had a great voice. He also share his thoughts about his loved ones and family back in Mass (spelling ?). He so wanted, and did go, for that last reunion which he was sure he could safely do. I'm a good driver he would say, and so he went without us knowing about it until he got back. Going to a Nursing Home was the last thing he wanted to do, but how glad we were when the time came, he was willing and somewhat happy to do. Cindy and Gary, if I was in any way a blessing to your Dad, and a helper for you, during your Dad's last year or so when he became so sick, it was a joy for me to be there for him. Many others helped as well. May the Lord's comfort and His peace be there for you at this time of your grief. Ken Thomas
Ken Thomas

Dear Cindy & Ray: I was so sad to see your Dad's room vacant on Monday! He was such a great man and I enjoyed talked with him so much. I know my Mom and Dad did too. He certainly was blessed to have such a loving daughter and son-in-law as you two. May God be with you and comfort you during this time. I will see you at the funeral. Cindy Critelli (Virginia & Dick's daughter)
Cindy Critelli

Sorry for your loss. Herb was a great guy and certainly loved to play pool.
John Williams