Josetta E. "Jo" Babcock

January 14, 1943 ~ July 27, 2020 (age 77)


Josetta E. “Jo” Babcock, age 77, longtime resident of Ovid and Lodi, passed away at Geneva General Hospital on Monday, July 27, 2020, following several recent hospitalizations.

Josetta was born in Afton, NY on January 14, 1943, a daughter of the late Kenneth and Verna O’Rourke. Her grandmother, Ethel M. O’Rourke was instrumental throughout her childhood.  Josetta was married to Everett “Chuck” Babcock at a young age and they started their family right away. They farmed throughout Central NY and then settled in Seneca County.  Jo worked in production at Seneca Foods in Geneva for many years, in addition to local diners.

She is survived by her children; Sally Spencer of Auburn, Everett (Tina) Babcock of Ovid, Cheryl Babcock of Willard, Ann (Frank) Pinette of North Carolina, Clara Walborn of Seneca Falls, Dawn (Rich) Smith of Interlaken, Roy (Michelle) Babcock of Waterloo; 14 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Josephine Norie of Arizona and sister in law, Shirley O’Rourke of Apalachin, NY and the large extended Babcock/O’Rourke family.  Josetta was preceded in death by her husband, Chuck in 2014, by her brother Delmar in 2019. 

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00pm on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Covert Funeral Home, 7199 Main Street in Ovid. Burial will be held privately at Glenwood Cemetery in Afton, NY.  Kindly consider a donation in Josetta’s name to: Beverly Animal Shelter

All attendees are required to wear a mask for attendance, additional guidelines will be explained at the funeral home, in an effort to comply with NYS Forward in Phase 4.   

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August 6, 2020

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Covert Funeral Home
7199 South Main Street
Ovid, NY 14521

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