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February 23, 2012

Frederick J. Vassmer died on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, NY. He was 92.

Fred was born on May 26, 1919 in Kauneonga Lake, NY to the late John H. Vassmer and Marie Mueller Vassmer.

He retired from Vassmer’s General store in Kauneonga Lake, where he was store operator and butcher. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Kauneonga Lake. A World War II Army veteran, he was commander and member of Sgt. Andrew Brucher VFW Post #5499 and the Kelly Ratner Post 198 DAV of Sullivan County. Fred was a 70-year member of the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept. and a former member of the White Lake School Board.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Catherine Kelly Vassmer at home; son John F. Vassmer and wife Sharon of Ogdensburg, NY; daughter Trudy Buchler and husband Bill of Owego, NY; grandchildren Nathan and Emma Vassmer and Jesse and Sean Buchler; sister-in-law Marion Vassmer of Kauneonga Lake; nieces Linda Vassmer and Vicky Vassmer Simpson and husband Steve, all of Kauneonga Lake; three great-nieces and two great-great-nephews.

Fred is predeceased by brothers Arthur and Bernhardt Vassmer.

Funeral services will be held at Ramsay’s Funeral Home on Thursday, February 23 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randolph Yerkes officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Bethel, NY.

Contributions can be made to the Kauneonga Lake Fire Dept., PO Box 411, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749.