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Wilena H. "Winnie" Bartlett (1924 - 2013)

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Bartlett, Wilena H. "Winnie" EAST GLENVILLE Mrs. Wilena "Winnie" H. Bartlett, widow of Melvin E. Bartlett Sr., died June 16, 2013 at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Scotia. Born January 20, 1924 in Worcester, Mass., she was the daughter of the late Charles B. Hilyard and Wilena R. Hilyard. Winnie attended Worcester, Mass. city public schools and was a medical secretary at the former Heald Machine Company in Worcester. During World War II she volunteered as a nurse's aide for Red Cross at Worcester City Hospital. She was married May 9, 1945 to U.S. Navy signalman 1/C Mel Bartlett in St John's Episcopal Church, Worcester. They were the proud parents of three children; sons, Michael R. Bartlett and his wife Deborah M. Bartlett of Glenville and the late Melvin "Bart" E. Bartlett Jr. (deceased August 23, 2001); daughter, Merry A. (Bartlett) Frey and her husband Thomas W. Frey of Fort Worth, Texas. Grandchildren, Jessica R. (Bartlett) Madden and her husband Tim Madden of Phoenixville, Pa., Phoebe Z. (Bartlett) Ingraham and her husband Ray Ingraham of Seattle, Erin E. Frey of Boston, 2nd Lt. Kevin T. Frey, FT of Benning, Ga., and Samuel M. Bartlett of Glenville. Great-grandchildren, Emilee and Ryleigh Madden of Phoenixville and Henry and Porter Ingraham of Seattle, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers, John B. Hilyard and Charles J. Hilyard; sisters, Mrs. Annie (Richard) Collins and Mrs. Ethel (Anthony) Kriff, all of Worcester; and sisters-in-law, Edith (Bartlett) Schmidt of Melbourne, Fla. and Mabel (Bartlett) Hatfield of East Pepperell, Mass. Mrs. Bartlett moved to the Schenectady area (Alplaus) in 1947, then to East Glenville in 1950, where she and Mel raised their family. Since that time she has been an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Scotia, participating as a church school teacher, altar guild member, volunteer church secretary, Daughters of the King member and lay eucharistic minister. Winnie was employed by Schenectady County at Glenridge Hospital and the Schenectady County Department of Social Services, before retiring in 1981. She was a volunteer in the school libraries at the Burnt Hills- Ballston Lake Central School District, a P.T.A. member, Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Leader. A 59-year member of the East Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, she most recently served as chaplain. Adding to her volunteer Red Cross worker record, she continued to serve for 25 years on bloodmobiles in Schenectady County and volunteered at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as a friendly visitor, mail deliverer and patient transporter for more than 26 years. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 52 Sacandaga Road, Scotia,on June 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in the columbarium alongside her beloved Mel. The family would like to thank Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, particularly Dr. Ringler and the staff of H1, for their care and kindness throughout her residence at Baptist and especially during her recent illness, and the Community Hospice for their caring support. In lieu of flowers, Winnie's request was that contributions be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 52 Sacandaga Road, Scotia, NY 12302 or a . Arrangements by White's Funeral Home, 265 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia. To send the family an on-line condolence, visit

Published in Albany Times Union on June 18, 2013
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