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Rose McEckron Waytkus 1921-2011 Rose McEckron Waytkus was called home on Tuesday, November 29th, 2011 at the Hoosick Falls Health Center. Born on March 21st, l921 to Harold and Harriet (West) McEckron, she resided in Manchester, Vt. with her 12 siblings. With her sharp mind and keen intellect, she graduated at the top of her class from Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester, Vermont in l939. Rose married Albert W. Waytkus on November 25, l939 and settled in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. They were fortunate to spend 68 years together. Rose's working career started at the age of eleven at Ike Levin's store in Manchester Depot and spanned many years promoting senior citizen services in the Hoosick Falls area. She retired in l984 as Director of the Hoosick Senior Service Center. Rose enjoyed selling antiques, doing crossword puzzles, reading (her last book was Truman by David McCullough), gardening, bird watching (she had them all in her backyard), and family activities with her children and grandchildren. She took great pride beating them in a game of rummy. Current events were a hot topic around the dining room table. A fan of the Boston Red Socks, you would often find red socks hanging from her trees during baseball season. Rose is survived by her children; Cynthia (Nicholas) Salvi, Rosemary Waytkus, Neil (Mary) Waytkus, Michael (Phil Goyeau) Waytkus, Patricia (Jay) Labombard, Steven (Janice) Waytkus, Maryann (Bill) Anderson, and Donald (Rose Yeardon) Waytkus; fourteen grandchildren: David, Patrick, Janet, Paul, Danny, Elizabeth, Julie, Matthew, Steven, Jeffrey, Zachary, Christina, Meagon and Aaron; ten great-grandchildren: Connor, Matthew, Katie, Liam, Molly, Joshua, Nicholas, Quinn, Kael and Reese; two sisters: Katherine (Kitty) Leary of East Dorset, Vermont and Charlotte Jones of East Arlington, Vermont; as well as many nieces and nephews. Rose is predeceased by her husband Albert (Babe); sons, Albert Jr., Thomas, Paul and John; her siblings, Helene Wilkins, John West, Gladys Guinan, Marjorie Norse, Harold (Fred) McEckron, Raymond McEckron, Harriet Hayes, Frances Mitchell, George McEckron and Norma Corey. FUNERAL NOTICE: Viewing hours will on Friday December 2nd at Mahar Funeral Home, 43 Main St. Hoosick Falls from 4 to 7 p.m. A mass in celebration of Rose's life will be held Saturday, December 3rd at 1:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Main St., Hoosick Falls. An internment at St. Mary's Cemetery will follow the church services. Memorial donations may be made to the Town of Hoosick Rescue Squad, 21 First St. Hoosick Falls, N.Y. 12090. The family wishes to thank all the caregivers that were a part of her life.

Published in Bennington Banner on Dec. 1, 2011
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