Arla May Fonda


Johnstown – Mrs. Arla May Fonda, age 94, of Johnstown, New York, died on Monday, March 7, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam, New York.
She was born on June 26, 1927 in Gloversville, New York, the daughter of Emma (Colby) Peterson. She started her education at the Wheelerville School, and later graduated from Gloversville High School. After high school she was employed as a manager at Montgomery Ward of Johnstown, New York. Later, she was a medical transport driver for Fulton County Department of Social Services. Arla married her husband, Clement Fonda on June 28, 1947, and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage until his passing. When Arla wasn’t working, she enjoyed a membership with the Ida McGinnis Seniors Group, and was a part of the Fulton County Women’s Bowling Association for over 20 years. In addition to bowling, Arla also enjoyed Bingo, taking trips to the casino, crocheting, and shopping, but her truest love was spending time with her family.
Arla is survived by her children: Jill (Frederick) Holt and Douglas (Sherrie) Fonda; her grandchildren: Gretchen (Al) Salvione, Jeffrey Fonda, Grayson Fonda, Falon (Ryan) Macek, Shelby Fonda, and Megan (Jeremy) Graham; and her great-grandchildren: Corbin, Eithan, Tyler, Hadley, Jennah, Daylan, Bryce, Gracie, Vanessa, and Garrett.
She was predeceased by her husband, Clement, her mother, Emma Grace (Colby) Peterson, and her step-father, Arthur Peterson.
Arla’s family will receive relatives and friends for a period of visitation from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2022 at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m.
Interment will take place at Ferndale Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Arla to a charity of your choice.
The staff of Walrath and Stewart Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the Fonda family.
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By LH Staff

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