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December 13, 2012

Lillian Grace Iversen

Cooperstown Crier

---- — Lillian Grace Iversen, age 96, died peacefully Tuesday morning, Dec. 4, 2012, at Otsego Manor.

She was born June 12, 1916, in Brooklyn, a daughter of George and Viola (Hall) Parr.

On July 16, 1938, she married Ralph Berg Iversen in the State of Maryland and they enjoyed 72 years together until Ralph died May 21, 2010.

Upon Ralph’s retirement, they moved to the Cooperstown area where they resided for almost 40 years. Since 2006, Lillian had been a resident at Otsego Manor. During her stay there, she received wonderful care, which was truly appreciated by her and her family.

A people person, Lillian enjoyed socializing and could always be counted upon to plan family gatherings. She is survived by her loving family, one daughter, Jeanne Krauss of Cooperstown; three sons, Robert Iversen and his wife, Nancy of Cooperstown, Ralph Iversen of Detroit, Mich., and Richard Iversen of Rocky Point, L.I.; 11 grandchildren, Mary Ann Topalian and her husband, Steven, Sharon Iversen, Laura Bowman and her husband, Chip, John Colwell and his wife, Heather, Kelly Colwell, Kathleen Colwell, Christopher Iversen and his friend, Lisa Mitten, Timothy Iversen and his wife, Tamara, Kristi Iversen, Denise Iversen and Roger Iversen and his wife, Heather; 13 great-grandchildren, Mia, Frances, Ashley, Christina, Austin, Alexander, Lillianna, Tanner, Bradon, Lucia and her mother Susan Berliner, Robert, Mary and Ella Mae. She is also survived by one brother-in-law, Roy Iversen of South Carolina.

 In addition to her husband, Lillian was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Ledwith.

Friends called at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown on Tuesday evening, Dec. 11, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m., when Lillian’s family was  in attendance. At the conclusion of the visitation, the Rev. Thomas E. Pullyblank, pastor of the Fly Creek United Methodist Church, offered a brief closing service.

A memorial service will be offered in the spring of 2013. At that time the service of committal will take place at the Ecumenical Columbarium at Christ Church in Cooperstown.

As an alternative to flowers, Lillian’s family requests that memorial donations be made in her memory to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820. 

Arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.