Holly Gerard | Obituaries | The star of the day

December 13, 1972
August 7, 2022

Holly Gerard

COOPERSTOWN – Holly Gerard, 49, of Cooperstown, NY, died suddenly on Sunday August 7, 2022 in Oneonta, NY of a pulmonary embolism.
Holly was born on December 13, 1972 in New Rochelle, NY, the daughter of the late Jack Gerard and Donna (Gerard) Ferreri.
Holly is survived by her mother and stepfather, Donna and Vincent Ferreri of Vero Beach, FL, and her three brothers: Greg and son Nick Gerard of Rifton, NY; Jeff and his wife Cris Gerard of Rifton, NY; and David and his wife Maria and daughter Ada Mae Gerard of Durham, NH.
Holly spent her youth with her family in Rifton, NY, where she attended K-12 in the Kingston City School District, graduating in June 1991.
Shortly after high school, Holly followed in her parents’ footsteps, heading to Cooperstown, where she worked at Bassett Hospital in various roles such as HPA billing and cardiology department scheduling. Almost everyone in Cooperstown knew Holly, as she was a very familiar face associated with a host of part-time jobs like at Great American/Price Chopper, Cooperstown Veterinary, Pioneer Patio and her parents’ old music store on Pioneer Street, “Holley Music”, named after him.
During her early years in Cooperstown, she was an active member of the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Team. In May 2004, she obtained her EMT license. According to longtime CFD members, Holly was the first woman in the Department’s history to hold an officer position: Vice President.
Holly was also a graduate of SUNY Delhi’s nursing program, earning her Associate of Applied Science degree and LPN in 2008. In Cooperstown, she worked at Bassett Hospital,
Woodside Hall and Otsego Manor. In Oneonta, she worked in Chestnut Park and was about to start work in Robynwood the day after her unexpected death.
An avid reader of books, she amassed a huge “library”, finding it hard to part with a “friend”. But, even more than the books, she loved her cats, Henry and Gracie, “her children” as she called them.
Holly will be buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index, alongside her father, at a later date this fall. Arrangements are under the supervision of Tillapaugh Funeral Home, Cooperstown.
Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Susquehanna SPCA, Cooperstown, or the Cooperstown Village Library.

Published on August 23, 2022

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