Yoshiko ‘Kaiko’ Sitterly

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Mrs. Sitterly

Mrs. Yoshiko “Kaiko” Sitterly, 80, of Barclay Street, Canajoharie, New York passed away, Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Bassett Healthcare of Cooperstown, following a brief illness.

She was born on December 28, 1938, in Osaka, Japan, and moved to Canajoharie in 1963. On August 15, 2008, she became an American citizen; which was an accomplishment that she was very proud of. The following weekend all of the boats at her marina flew the American flag. It was something she never forgot.

Mrs. Sitterly worked as a nurse’s aide for Palatine Nursing Home for 41 years, until her retirement.

On October 11, 1963, in Canajoharie, Kaiko was married to Harry Thomas Sitterly.

Some of her favorite pastimes included, boating, fishing, day trips, museums, eating out, western and gangster movies, mowing her lawn, riding on country roads, local history, spoiling her husband, and rather than spending money on herself, she loved helping her mother and nieces and nephews on Okinawa.

Three brothers predeceased her.

Mrs. Sitterly is survived by her husband of 55 years, Harry “Tom” Sitterly of Canajoharie, N.Y.; one brother, many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the chapel of Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home Inc., 20 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, N.Y. 13317. The family will receive relatives and friends on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Canajoharie Falls Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Mrs. Yoshiko Sitterly may be made to Toys for Tots at https://www.toysfortots.org/donate/forms/tribute/Default.aspx.

Please sign the online guestbook for Mrs. Sitterly at www.houghtalingandsmith.com.

By Patricia Older

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