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Pauline Frances McGuire

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- Pauline Frances Booth McGuire, of Richmond Avenue, passed away on Monday, Sept. 20, 2004, after a very long fight with cancer. Pauline was born in Fall River, Mass. on Dec. 7, 1924. She was the first of three children, all girls, of Albert and Lillian Booth. Her sister Barbara is married to Donald Hazard and lives in West Lebanon, N.H. Her youngest sister, Carol, married Dale Clark and lives in Pittsford.

She graduated from BMC Durfee High School in June 1943 and attended the University of New Hampshire at Durham in 1944. She graduated from Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School in Boston in 1946. In 1949, after a very successful blind date and courtship, she married Fred J. McGuire and moved to his hometown of Hoosick Falls. Pauline and Fred built their first and only home on Richmond Avenue, where she had lived to this day. Her husband Fred passed away in 1989 after a long bout with cancer.

Pauline and Fred had three children who gave them nine beautiful grandchildren. Her oldest son, James, lives with his wife Nancy in Berwyn, Pa. Their children include Kristine and her husband Stephen Koslowsky, Matthew, and Joshua. Their second child, Peter, lives with his wife Lisa in Shaftsbury, Vt. with their children Meagan, Mallory and Eric. Their youngest son, Robert, lives with his wife Deborah in Scotia and are parents to Adam, Jeffery and Catherine.

Pauline was a faithful Christian who served the Lord as an active member of the First United Church, Presbyterian in Hoosick Falls. Pauline served the church for more than 50 years as choir director of the junior and senior choirs, church elder, deacon and Sunday school teacher. Pauline was gifted with a beautiful singing voice, and in addition to being a soloist at First United and other churches, she was a member of the Bennington Choral Society and the Cambridge Choral Group. She formed a small choral group with four of her friends, called “The Fabulous Five,” that performed for residents of local health centers. Pauline was an active member of the local Home Bureau and the Cambridge Garden Club.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday from the First United Church, Presbyterian, with the Rev. David McMillan officiating. Interment will follow in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Hoosick Falls. Relatives and friends are invited to call Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Robson-Reinfurt Funeral Home, 72 Main St., Hoosick Falls.

Pauline has requested that memorial donations be made to the First United Church or the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, in care of the funeral home. Her family members would like to extend their special thanks to Dr. James Carroll, Dr. Charlene Ives, Dr. Scott Frost, Missy Davendonis and Teresa Livingston, who treated their mom with extra special loving kindness in the last year of her life. They will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
Published in Bennington Banner from Sept. 21 to Sept. 22, 2004
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