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In loving memory of
Lida Ackerson
  • January 16, 1933
  • -
  • August 09, 2019

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Lida Ackerson (1/16/33-8/9/19) passed away from complications due to Parkinson’s disease; her devoted husband was by her side.  She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend.

Lida was known for her compassion, kindness and willingness to help others. She was often cheerful and optimistic and felt that acceptance and a positive attitude is the best choice when faced with difficulties. She was well-known for her sense of humor and she loved laughing uproariously – the kind where her belly and cheeks ached with joy. She was the best kind of Christian and lived her values every day. This gave her fierce hope that upon her death she would be reunited with her sisters and other loved ones. She was a feminist and remained hopeful that the ERA would one day pass. Lida had a creative spirit that manifested in a variety of ways. She was an artist though she denied it, believing it was too lofty a title for her sewing, crocheting and other endeavors.  She wrote poetry about the natural world, reveling in its divine and glorious beauty. She sang and was known for her alto harmonies.

Lida, more affectionately known as “Tekie” affected many people with her love.  The conversations we shared with her had a profound impact on our lives as did the many cards and letters she wrote.  We became better people because of her.

Lida was proud of her role as salutatorian of her senior high school class.  She was a member for decades of the United Methodist Church in Perryville, NY.  One of her biggest joys was singing in the church choir with her daughters.  Additionally she was grateful for her years teaching Sunday school and sharing her faith.  She cherished the time spent with her grandchildren building special relationships with each one.  The adventures she shared travelling with her husband enriched her life immensely.  A particular delight for her was surprising people with her repertoire of unexpected jokes.

She leaves behind her beloved family: husband, James Ackerson, whom she loved and bossed around for 68 years; her four children and their spouses Mike & Maggie Ackerson, Judy & Kevin Hurlbert, Cherie Ackerson & Cindy Wilson, Peg & Al Parker; a sister, Jeanette Henderson, a brother, Fred Duby, 3 sisters-in-law, 12 grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be memorials in both Florida and New York:

A memorial in Lida’s honor will be held on Thursday, August 15th from 2 to 4 pm at Parkside Nursing Home, Deland, Florida.

A celebration of Lida’s life will be held on Saturday, August 24th from 1 to 4 pm at the Perryville United Methodist Church, 2770 Perryville Rd, Canastota, NY 13032. The service will be followed by a reception in the annex. Please bring your loving memories of Lida to share during the service.  In lieu of flowers, Lida’s family requests any donations be made to the church.

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  1. 30 Aug 2019
    Sue Petterelli lit a candle:
    Lit since August 30, 2019 at 8:22:24 PM

  2. 26 Aug 2019
    june Kraus says:
    Uncle Jimmy and family...
    Through Jo Anne I felt like you and Aunt Tekie were my family also. Sadly I didn't know about the service in New York til 2 days afterward or I would have come.
    Sending you a big hug and my thoughts and prayers.

  3. 23 Aug 2019
    Mary Jo (Sullivan) McAllister lit a candle:
    Lit since August 23, 2019 at 8:36:47 PM

  4. 20 Aug 2019
    Susan Lippke says:
    Dear Peg and family,
    Your mom sounds like an exceptional woman - you are blessed to have her in your lives for so many years! You will be in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time and please know that you can get a hug or call me anytime you need a friend. Take care........ Love, Susan Lippke

  5. 17 Aug 2019
    Marybeth Sigala says:
    Indeed, a beautiful woman! Thank you Miss Lida for enriching my life, and allowing me into yours!

  6. 17 Aug 2019
    Laine Gilmore says:
    I had the pleasure of working with Teke as a young adult. She had a gift for not only making people laugh, but for her great words of wisdom. She had a knack for life's teachings. She taught me how to turn mountains into mole hills. I'll always remember her for that.

  7. 17 Aug 2019
    Mike, Sandy and Brandon lit a candle:
    Lit since August 17, 2019 at 8:47:27 AM

  8. 16 Aug 2019
    Kathy Canarecci says:
    My heart will always miss you. Never a bad word to say about anybody and always making sure we knew you loved us made me feel like I was always welcome. I will always treasure the little gifts you made just for me. I love you

  9. 16 Aug 2019
    Debbie Gavin says:
    Peg and family,
    I'm sorry to hear of your mom's passing, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
    Love Debbie Gavin

  10. 16 Aug 2019
    Debbie Gavin lit a candle:
    Lit since August 16, 2019 at 8:41:30 AM

  11. 15 Aug 2019
    Randy & Elaine Wheaton lit a candle:
    Lit since August 15, 2019 at 8:02:03 PM

  12. 15 Aug 2019
    Linda Bateman lit a candle:
    Lit since August 15, 2019 at 8:14:19 PM

  13. 15 Aug 2019
    Frances Morales lit a candle:
    Lit since August 15, 2019 at 8:06:32 PM

  14. 15 Aug 2019
    Korie says:
    Lida sounds like an Amazing woman. You are all very blessed to have had her soul among you for many years. Hugs to all. Love Korie

  15. 15 Aug 2019
    Bud says:
    One of the constants in my life is hearing Aunt Tekie singing OH What a beautiful Morning" in my mind and now and again her and her sisters singing Oh Dear What can the matter be 13 old ladies locked in the lavatory..."
    I tried to think of just the right thing to say to Aunt Teke this morning... And all of a sudden I see her and Uncle Jim - holding hands walking on Moraine Road, That is how it is supposed to be.
    One time I was told to wear a plaid shirt when I was about 10 I cried and cried,, She convinced me to wear it saying I looked sharp.
    I am on my way out of the house now - I put on a plaid shirt.
    I love you Aunt Teke

  16. 15 Aug 2019
    Linda Keating Quartier lit a candle:
    Lit since August 15, 2019 at 8:41:16 AM

  17. 15 Aug 2019
    Tom Bianchi lit a candle:
    Lit since August 15, 2019 at 8:36:27 AM

  18. 14 Aug 2019
    Aisha Harris lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:42:19 PM

  19. 14 Aug 2019
    Heather Jackson lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:24:43 PM

  20. 14 Aug 2019
    Rebecca and Joe Giangrasso says:
    Ms Lida was such a gem. I so enjoyed her spirit and sarcastic comments with her wonderful husband! It meant the world to me to have them at our wedding. Ms Lida was an inspiration and I loved her as my own blood. It was a blessing to have gotten to know such an amazing woman! I can only hope to be as awesome as she was. She will remain in our hearts for as long as we walk this earth as well as the family!

  21. 14 Aug 2019
    Rebecca and Joe Giangrasso lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:50:06 PM

  22. 14 Aug 2019
    Angela Yaddow lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:53:02 PM

  23. 14 Aug 2019
    Kathleen Tryon lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:07:09 PM

  24. 14 Aug 2019
    Kelley McCreesh says:
    I will miss her dearly. I’ll always remember her telling jokes and making me laugh so hard. She was such a wise and wonderful person. I’m so glad I had time with her this year. I’ll treasure that memory forever and every time I look at the teapot she gave me I’ll think of her and smile

  25. 14 Aug 2019
    Kelley McCreesh lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:54:03 PM

  26. 14 Aug 2019
    Becky & Jim Bianco lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:03:42 PM

  27. 14 Aug 2019
    Sue (Pasho) Tracy says:
    I was heart broken when I heard you had passed. I instantly remembered as a child writing letters to you and you would always write me back. Each letter you sent put a smile on my face. When Mom and I came to visit, you always made time for me and made me feel special. But it was you who was special. Until we meet again. I love you.

  28. 14 Aug 2019
    Sue (Pasho) Tracy lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:43:03 PM

  29. 14 Aug 2019
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    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:50:08 PM

  30. 14 Aug 2019
    David & Kelly DeShaw lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:41:12 PM

  31. 14 Aug 2019
    Nancy Yaddow says:
    Wonderful memories of you , Aunt Tek . Fondly remember you Piercing My ears when I was 13 !

  32. 14 Aug 2019
    Karen Woodside has lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:17:02 AM

  33. 14 Aug 2019
    Karen Woodside lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:15:09 AM

  34. 14 Aug 2019
    Barb Sotherden lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:09:40 AM

  35. 14 Aug 2019
    Mark rhyanes Sr lit a candle:
    Lit since August 14, 2019 at 8:47:22 AM

  36. 14 Aug 2019
    Jessica says:
    I love you grandma!! You will truly be missed!!

  37. 14 Aug 2019
    Stephen says:
    Grandma. I'm going to miss you. I know our time together isn't over. But it's not stopping me from missing you. You were the rock of this family. We all love and miss you.

  38. 13 Aug 2019
    Karen & Eric says:
    You all know how much she meant to us...we will miss her so very much. I believe we will all be with her (and Mom) again in our own time.

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