Alberta Hornbeck

Alberta "Bert" Hornbeck

1940 - 2020

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The good Lord has called another one of his children home to heaven. Alberta “Bert” (Alger) Hornbeck, 80, of Trout Creek, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 7, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born November 23, 1940 in Oneonta, NY, she was daughter of the late James and Velma Kilpatrick Alger. Bert grew up on the Alger family farm in Trout Creek, NY and lived in the immediate area her entire life. Alberta graduated from Walton Central Schools in 1958. She married James (Jim) Hornbeck on June 28, 1958. She was predeceased by her beloved husband on January 26, 1983. Alberta was also affectionally known as Mom and Ma by her own family, as well as many special people who were not related to her that she considered family. Bert was known as Gee, Grandma, and Granny to her grandchildren and GiGi when she became a great- grandmother. Alberta was well known throughout the community and by her extended family as the quilt maker. Nothing gave her more joy than creating a new quilt. Through Bert’s generous spirit and love for her many friends and family, she made sure that most, if not all, of the people she knew and loved had a special quilt made especially for them. Nothing pleased her more than hearing that her own children and grandchildren had done well in school. Bert was very proud of her own superior grades in school and then as a mother and grandmother, she always expressed great satisfaction for good grades come report card time. Alberta was an avid Delaware County fair exhibitor and she has won many of ribbons for her quilting skills. She was a huge Walton Warriors fan and attended many of the high school football games throughout her years. She became an Oxford Blackhawk fan, as well, with granddaughters that played field hockey, basketball, soccer and volleyball, and a grandson that played soccer. Alberta retired from Amphenol Aerospace in Sidney, NY after 38 years of dedicated service. Over those 38 years, she formed a special bond with those she worked with and for, establishing friendships that lasted through her lifetime. One of Alberta’s passions outside of sewing, or “stitching and bitching,” as Dad and her kids later referred to her quilting as, was her love for flowers and feeding the birds. Her other life’s passion was to keep her yard mowed and maintained beautiful gardens and plantings in her yard. Survivors include her children: James (Jamie) Hornbeck (Gwen) of Oxford; Ron Hornbeck (Teri Fairchild) of Sidney Center and Nancy Hornbeck (Jim Crawford) of Trout Creek; her siblings: Lois Knapp of Otego, Billy Fairchild of Indiana; and Vera Stewart of Oneonta; her grandchildren: Sheryl Malin, Jennifer Kennedy, Michelle Hornbeck, Britany La Mariana, Baillie La Mariana, Lauren La Mariana, Gerald Hornbeck, Shea Hornbeck and Dylan Hornbeck(Sierra Keesler) and great-granddaughter Kinsley Hornbeck. She is predeceased by her sisters Marie Shelton and Ruthie Boice, as well as her best friend and next-door neighbor, Janet Wildey, the other half of “Inspector 24”. Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Alberta will be laid to rest at Trout Creek Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations in Alberta’s memory may be made to the Trout Creek Community Church, 8558 County Highway 27, Trout Creek, NY 13847. Arrangements have been entrusted to Courtney Funeral Home, Walton. To leave a message of peace and comfort for Alberta’s family, please visit her online tribute at
A Memorial Tree was planted for Alberta
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Courtney Funeral Home