Hotaling, Michael J.

Michael J. Hotaling, 71, of Green Rd., passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at his home.
He was born December 16, 1944 in Oneida, NY, a son of the late Edgar L. and Catherine M. Murphy Hotaling. He was a graduate of Hamilton Central School and then SUNY, Canton in 1965. Michael served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1963 to 1969. On September 4, 1965, he married Karen S. Albright in St. Mary’s Church, Hamilton. Mike worked in the insurance industry for most of his life. He was co-founder of RMSCO Insurance in Syracuse in 1981. He retired in 2004.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton; a member of the National Rifle Association; and a commissioner of the Hubbardsville Fire Department.
Surviving are his wife, Karen; a daughter, Deborah A. Hotaling; three sisters, Ann H. Branigan, Sally H. McCarthy, and Catherine S. Hotaling; a brother and sister-in-law, Edgar L., II and Nadine Hotaling; sister-in-law, Linda Mitchell; nieces and nephews, Steven (Melissa) McCarthy, Christine (Michael) Hamill, Stacey Hotaling, Scott (Rebecca) Hotaling, Kerri Hotaling, Sandra (Ryan) Markley, and Pamela (Jerry) Yeager. He was predeceased by a son, Andrew in 1984.
A private Mass for the family will be celebrated on Monday, January 18, 2016 at St. Mary’s Church in Hamilton.
Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, 25 Broad St., Hamilton on Sunday January 17, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory may be made to the Hubbardsville Fire Department, Hubbardsville, NY 13355.
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Date of Death: January 13, 2016

Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Homes Inc
25 Broad St
Hamilton, NY 13346
(315) 824-2417

Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Jan. 14 to Jan. 17, 2016

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