• Wilma S. Stedman

    Wilma S. Stedman
    November 26, 1930 – December 17, 2020


    Wilma S. Stedman died peacefully in Chittenango, NY on December 17, 2020 at the age of 90.


    Wilma was born in Cazenovia, NY on November 26, 1930 to Warren and Dorothy Spinks and had no siblings. Wilma lived most of her life in and around the Chittenango area, only moving to Fayetteville in 2018. She graduated from Chittenango High School in 1948 and from Oswego State Teacher’s College in 1952. She was employed as an elementary school teacher in the Chittenango Central School District for 34 years, retiring in 1990. She was a member of NYSTRA and NYSUT.

    In 1954, Wilma married Clair Lee Stedman in Chittenango. They were married until his death in 1978. They had two daughters, Donna and Leanne. Beginning in 2016, Wilma enjoyed the company of Richard Sullivan, also from Chittenango, until his death in May, 2020.

    Wilma is survived by her daughter, Donna Stiles, of Garner, NC and three grandchildren, Cody Schaefer of Liverpool, NY, Taylor Stiles of Chapel Hill, NC, and Courtney Schaefer (Brandon Martuscello) of Brewerton. She also has a great-granddaughter, Callie Mae Martuscello of Brewerton, and several beloved nieces and nephews.


    Wilma was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Clair in 1978, her grandson, Chad Schaefer in 1992, and her daughter, Leanne Schaefer in 2012.


    With her family, Wilma enjoyed camping, boating and snowmobiling, both locally and in the Adirondacks. Wilma traveled extensively during her retirement, visiting Europe on several occasions. Some of her favorite travel highlights included cross country skiing in Switzerland, white water rafting in Canada, and touring both Alaska and Hawaii. She especially enjoyed
    visiting her daughter in North Carolina. She was a big Syracuse University Football and Basketball fan and traveled to several bowl games to cheer on the Orange.

    Wilma was involved in a number of non-profit activities over the years, serving as a volunteer and on the Board of Directors for Dollars for Scholars; as a member, volunteer and a docent at the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum; and volunteering at the Chittenango Food Cupboard. Wilma walked with the local Syracuse YMCA Folksmarch group for many years, amassing a sizable collection of pins! She enjoyed card games, playing Spades and Bridge with neighbors until the beginning of this year. She loved working in her yard and regularly would be seen mowing her lawn and tending her flowerbeds.

    Wilma always said she had a wonderful life, and by any measure, she did.
    Graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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    Wilma would always bring a smile or laugh. She taught with Peter's Mother, Minnie Henry and we would delight in "Wilma stories". One of the biggest smiles came when she popped up at the farm stand with Dick Sullivan in tow- what a wonderful friendship! We were so glad to see her sparkling again. We will miss her! Our deepest sympathies, Michele & Peter Henry

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    The Perrone Family is so sorry to hear of the passing of “Aunt Willie”. As the reference infers, Aunt Willie was a dear friend to the Perrone’s. To my brother, my daughters and myself, she was a friend full of life. As a Best Friend to both Chop & Sylvia, she was someone they could always count on, and laughed with through life’s great adventures. I think of Clair, Willie, Chop and Syl all having a Manhattan tonight, and being at peace for the Holidays. All our thoughts and prayers from the Perrone’s to you and your family Donna. (And Leann as well).

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