Bickford, Aurora G. (DeMars) COHOES Aurora Baldini DeMars Bickford, 87, former Cohoes and Waterford resident, died Monday, November 19, 2012, from a courageous battle with breast cancer, at the Eddy Village Green. Born in Cohoes, she was the daughter of the late Paul Baldini and Palma Mantoni Baldini. Raised and educated in Troy, she was a graduate of Catholic Central High School, class of 1942 and Troy Business College. Aurora was an administrative assistant with the Social Security Administration in Troy for many years, retiring in 1980. She previously worked in New York City with the Federal Government Education and Jurisdiction Department and the Watervliet Arsenal. Aurora was a friend whose loyalty was constant, her exuberance for life will be missed by all who knew her. She loved her family and she gave of herself wholeheartedly, they were a deep source of joy to her. She enjoyed boating the Maine coast, her many cats and above all, her grandchildren. Survivors include her daughter, Dawn DeMars (Martin Symansky, M.D.) of Troy; her son, Paul DeMars (Maggie) of Waterford; granddaughter, Kristina Dahlem (Jeromy) of Riverview, Fla.; two grandsons, Justin DeMars of Clifton Park and Braden Symansky of Troy. Aurora was predeceased by her son, Mark E. DeMars, who died in 2003. The family wishes to thank the staff at House One, Eddy Village Green and the Rensselaer County Community Hospice for all their care and support. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Mass at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 23, 2012 at the St. Mary of the Assumption Church, Broad Street, Waterford, with Rev. David J. Kelley officiating. Cremation will take place at the Gardner Earl Crematorium. Contributions in Aurora's memory may be made to the Rensselaer County Community Hospice, 295 Valley View Blvd., Rensselaer, NY 12144 or Mohawk & Hudson River Humane Society, 3 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204. Online guestbook please visit mcloughlinmason.com
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Published in Albany Times Union on Nov. 21, 2012