Carmen J. Blasetti

July 16, 1925March 27, 2013

Carmen J. “Yibby” Blasetti, 87, of Oneonta, passed away on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at his residence.

Yibby was born on July 16, 1925 in Oneonta, the son of Serafino and Saveria (Romiti) Blasetti. He married Lois Fellows on July 1, 1950.

He was a carman for the D&H Railroad in Oneonta for over 30 years. He served his country during WW II in the US Army where he was a prisoner of war. He received the Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, WW II Victory Medal. Prisoner of War Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Rifle Badge.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, American Legion Post 259, VFW Post 1206, Oneonta Elks Lodge 1312, Knights of Columbus and the Sixth Ward Athletic Club.

Yibby is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lois J. Blasetti of Oneonta; his children, Janet Riley and her husband, John of Brewster, NY and John Blasetti and his wife, Jennifer of Oneonta.

He is also survived by his two grandchildren, Alysa Blasetti and Patrick Riley; his two great grandchildren, Isaak and David Morse; his sister, Irene Starkweather of Oneonta and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Enrico, Fred and Peter Blasetti and his sisters, Anna Primiani and Mary Ferguson.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand Street, Oneonta, with Rev. Bernard Ampong, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Catskill Area Hospice, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at

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


  • Funeral Service Monday, April 1, 2013

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Tina Morris

April 3, 2013

So sorry to learn of yibby's passing. I worked at greater plains for about 1,000 years with Lois. I sent my love and sympathy. Tina morris

Mary 7 Duane Hathaway

April 1, 2013

Sorry to read of Yibby's passing. Those we have grown up with are leaving us. It is so sad for all of us.
He is now at peace.


April 1, 2013

My condolences to Lois and Mr. B's family. He always gave me a hard time while I did Lois' hair, but always with a twinkle in his eye!
His stories were so very interesting and he loved to tell them. I'll have a glass of red wine in his honor.

Roy Stiefel

March 30, 2013

Lois, my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

John Sparaco

March 30, 2013

As coach of the Little League Angelotties, coach Yibby would not permit us to call him Mr. Blasetti. He told us his name was Yibby and Coach Romanelli was Joe. I will miss him dearly and only have fond memories of Yibby smoking his cigar in the dugout. The world lost a great hero, father, grandfather, and one teriffic guy. My heart goes out to his family and know the angels have gained someone that is truly "special" I am proud to have known him.

Peter $ Sherry Barberio

March 30, 2013

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Philip & Jeanette Colone

March 30, 2013

Yibby was a good family friend and he will be missed by his friends and family. Our prayers are with Yibby and his family.