William “Bill” H. Schraft, 83 of Otego, passed away at his home on May 17, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and his devoted dog Midnight.
Bill was born on November 2, 1933 in Oneonta, NY to William H. Schraft, Sr. and Sophie (Kovatchich). He graduated from Oneonta High School in 1952 and was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country for two years. Bill worked for Best Brands Beverage as a truck driver and later as a salesman. He retired from SUNY Oneonta’s Bugbee Day Care, where he worked as a custodian and bus driver.
He married the love of his life, Linda Crawford, on December 26, 1981 at St. Mary’s Church in Oneonta, NY also becoming step-father to Linda’s three daughters. He and Linda celebrated 35 years of marriage this past December.
Bill enjoyed fishing, hiking, camping, reading and spending time with his grandsons, and especially loved watching them play baseball. His grandsons want everyone to know what a wonderful grandfather he was.
Bill is survived by his wife Linda, step-daughters Sharon (Richard) Easley, Debrah (Tino) Garufi, and Ellen Kasian; his three grandsons, Tino Garufi III, Joshua Garufi, and Jordan Kasian; sister Freida Rexford, brother-in-law Jim Murray, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Gloria Maerz, father-in-law Bill Maerz, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister Barbara Murray.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am on Saturday, May 27 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St. Oneonta, NY with Rev. David Wm. Mickiewicz, Pastor of St. Mary’s Church as Celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Emmons, NY. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY or the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Cooperstown, NY.