Althea Gennarino

July 5, 1936January 2, 2019
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Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother Althea “Allie” Gennarino, 82, of Oneonta passed away peacefully on January 2, 2019 with her family by her side at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.

Allie was born on July 5, 1936 in Hancock to Fred and Minnie Alma Beecher, the second youngest of their five daughters.

Allie met Lawrence “Butch” Gennarino, her husband of 62 years, in Oneonta. The couple was married on September 1, 1957.

Allie’s love of learning was inspired by her teacher at the one-room schoolhouse she attended until third grade. After graduating from Cortland High School, she pursued a teaching degree at Oneonta State Teachers College. Allie taught kindergarten for 26 years at Unadilla Elementary School; her gentle way positively influenced the early lives of hundreds of children. After retiring, she enjoyed meeting with friends and fellow former teachers for breakfast and lunch.

All who knew her were grateful for Allie’s kindness, acceptance, and patience, whether she was teaching children to read or a friend to drive. Allie will be fondly remembered for her love of reading, swimming with her grandkids, planning picnics at her family’s camp, taking photos, organizing her many photo albums, and, above all, spending time with her family. Her thoughtful, caring, efficient, and selfless personality made a lasting impression on others.

Left to honor and remember Allie are her husband, Butch Gennarino; five children, John Gennarino, Catherine (John) Hanchar, Maria McMullen, Patricia (Dennis) Shea, and Joe Gennarino; nine grandchildren, Joseph McMullen, Jessica Shea, Patrick (Hannah) McMullen, Cortney (Bill) Simons, Emily Shea (Mark Henrichs), Butch (Michelle) Gennarino, Mary Hanchar, Elizabeth Gennarino, and Johanna Hanchar; five great-grandchildren, Liam Simons, Karissa Mack, Benjamin Simons, Billy Keene, and Tony Keene; and three sisters, Viola (Charlie) Fuimera, Virginia Beecher, and Carol Brown.

Allie is predeceased by her father, Fred Beecher, mother, Minnie Alma Beecher, brother, Hilton Beecher, sister, Winona Hovey, and son-in-law, Steven McMullen.

Friends are invited to greet the family on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St, Oneonta.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at 10:15 am at St. Mary’s Church, 39 Walnut St, Oneonta.

Burial will be in the spring at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Emmons.

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Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Patrick McMullen
  • Joey McMullen
  • Butchie Gennarino
  • Mark Henrichs
  • Dennis Shea
  • John Hanchar


  • Calling Hours Monday, January 7, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Linda Smith

January 17, 2019

So sorry for loss. She was such a kind sweet lady. I remember many enjoyable times spent in your home. Thinking of you all. Love, Linda

Stuart Gardner

January 10, 2019

Even though much time has passed since I last spent time around her... I have very fond memories of her and all of you.
I hope your favorite memories of her, will help all of you through this difficult time.

Maureen Molinari-Vandeusen

January 10, 2019

Dear Butch and family,
I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers I am so sorry for the loss of your wife and mother. I remember your Moms warm smile and manner.
May you all find peace,
Maureen Vandeusen

Robert and Carolyn Bell

January 7, 2019

Dear Butch, and family'
We are so very sorry for your loss, keeping you in our thoughts and prayers..

Trish Molinari-Krom

January 4, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you all in my prayers.

nancy lifgren

January 4, 2019

Dear Butch And Family,
I am so sorry for your loss .i want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you .
with Love,