In Celebration of Mrs. B

On Thursday, April 29, 2016, Mrs. Norma Basloe passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones. She and her late husband Sheldon Basloe founded our company, the Original Herkimer County Cheese Company, in 1949. Mrs. B, as she was known to many, was an amazing woman, wife and mother. She was resilient, colorful, strong and unforgettable. To honor the memory of her full and vibrant life, we’d like to begin to share her story.

Norma Syra Samuels was born in Fort Plains, New York. Her parents owned a men’s clothing store and were part of the fabric of the community. From her parents she learned the importance of community, hard work, and salesmanship, and to appreciate family, education, and the arts.  Her parents encouraged their children to attend college, and upon graduating Fort Plains High School, she went to follow in her parents’ footsteps by majoring in fashion retailing at NYU.

Always curious and very social, she used her experience in the city not only to study retailing, but to explore the cultural and artistic venues, taking in the arts, the museums, Broadway and fashion.  After graduating, she landed a job at Montgomery Wards as a fashion copywriter.  The world was now her oyster, this was it!  She had made it; she had a great job, life was exciting, the future was waiting for her, this was it: New York, New York!

MomDad Wed_cropThen one weekend while visiting her parents in Fort Plain, her cousins suggested she join them for dinner with a few friends at their home. She wasn’t there long before in walked Sheldon Basloe, in his glen plaid double-breasted suit. The sparks flew for both. She went back to New York and two weeks later, Sheldon called her and said, “Norma, get on a train and get back here, and let’s get the show on the road.” Three months later they were married.

Sheldon worked in real estate with his father until he decided the real estate business was not for him. After selling a dairy one day, he started shipping cheese out of a location in Mohawk and was soon tinkering with manufacturing cheese in the back of their newly opened gourmet food business on Caroline Street in Herkimer. That was the beginning of Original Herkimer County Cheese.


5 comments on “In Celebration of Mrs. B

  1. Nancy (Edick) Sehring..... says:

    So very sorry to hear this…..I always loved and respected the entire Basloe Family…I worked for Basloe/Levin in the early 1960’s…..We shared many good times….(Nancy (Edick) Sehring…..

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  2. Sam DeRocco says:

    Had the pleasure to work for the Basloe family before and after I went into the Fire Deptartment.I have worked for many people in my time , but none finer than Mr & Mrs Bill and there children.

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  3. Steve Dresner says:

    Glad to have known them and to have worked for them in the early70’s. I took over after Sam DeRocco left. Fond memories. My heartfelt condolences to their sons Pete and Bobby and the rest of their families. God bless. Steve ” Jake” Dresner

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  4. Mary Lou Siegel Caskey Reape says:

    So sorry to hear of Mrs. Basloe’s passing. I didn’t know her well but I went to school with Sara, Steve and Michael. All great Basloes.
    I am very sorry for your loss.

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  5. Colleen Fitzgibbons-Talarico says:

    I worked at Mohawk Valley Country Club where the Basloe’s were members. They were always so kind and giving to the staff there…we had fun times there. And they always remembered me when I would stop by the Cheese Factory. Great people from the great Mohawk Valley.


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