Mrs. Norma Samuels Basloe, longtime resident of Herkimer, passed away peacefully, Thursday morning, April 28, 2016, at the Little Falls Hospital, with her loving family at her side.
Born Norma Sayir Samuels in Utica, NY, the daughter of the late Nathan and Rhoda Manning Samuels, she was raised in Fort Plain, NY, and graduated from New York University with a degree in Fashion Retailing and Business. After graduation, she worked in NYC as a fashion copywriter for two years. Then, on a visit home, she met Sheldon S. Basloe in Herkimer. Together they began a life of deep love and mutual respect for each other.
Together they founded Original Herkimer County Cheese Company, which grew out of a small gourmet retail shop on Caroline Street in Herkimer. They worked tirelessly to build the company and were recognized nationally as an award winning and innovative leader in the cheese industry leader.
Norma's interest in the fashion business has been carried on through her daughter Rhoda's fashion company in NY, where she draws from her mother's belief that everyone should have the freedom to interpret their own style like her mother. Norma's interests in the arts also drew her to painting, and to support many cultural organizations. She loved Broadway and never lost her love of NY City.She was philanthropic and always supported causes close to her heart.
In later years, her business Original Herkimer Treasure House, the wholesale shop located in the cheese factory in Ilion, led her to expand the gift package business and further develop a national cheese and gourmet gift package business. She took her love of antiques and added an antique shop to her existing business and became a well-respected expert on antiques and estate sales.
She was a member of the Temple Beth El Sisterhood, the Mohawk Valley Country Club Women's Group, the Historical Society, the Association of University Women and many more organizations that she lent her time and talents. Her civic, professional and cultural accomplishments were only surpassed by her love for her family.
Mrs. Basloe is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Robert and Mary Basloe, of Herkimer, and Michael and Joanie Basloe, of New Hartford; her daughter and son-in-law, Rhoda Lewis-Gennarelli and John Gennarelli, of Chappaqua; her grandchildren, Ben and Mary, Laurie, Patrick, Jacob, Alana, and Brian and Lindsay Basloe, Sara and Josh Lewison and Joshua Lewis; her great-grandchildren, Dakota, Aidan and newly born Harper Basloe; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Norma was predeceased by her daughter, Bethanne Basloe; her son, Peter Gregg Basloe; her sister, Bernice Shaffer; and her brother, Allen H. Samuels.
Her Funeral will be at 1 p.m., Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Temple Beth Joseph, 327 Prospect Street, Herkimer, NY, with Rabbi Ronald Kopelman and Cantor Kalman Socolof co-officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple Beth Joseph section of Oak Hill Cemetery, Herkimer, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Sheldon. Visitation will be held from Noon until the time of the services at Temple. Shiva will be observed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at the home of Robert and Mary Basloe, 200 Johnson Ave., Herkimer. Minyan service will be held each evening at 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, in Norma's memory, donations may be offered to the Temple Beth Joseph, 327 N. Prospect Street, Herkimer, NY 13350 or the Peter Basloe Memorial Fund in care of the Jewish Community Center, 2310 Oneida Street, Utica, NY 13501. Envelopes will be available at the funeral service.