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William Bohmer 1930-2008 HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. William "Bill" Bohmer, 77, of 19 Snow Street died June 18, 2008 at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center after a long courageous battle with cancer. Born Aug. 19, 1930 in Hoosick Falls, Bill was the son of William C. and Clara Hayden Bohmer, he grew up on Eagle Street in Hoosick Falls. As a young man, he loved fast cars, motorcycles and hunting. Bill graduated from Hoosick Falls High School in 1948. While in high school he worked at the Undergarment, the Barb-A-Q bowling lanes as a pin-setter and at the Wood Flong. He washed trucks at Fairbanks Express from 1948 to 1970. Bill joined the Army National Guard in 1949 and retired in 1990. He was a member of the Hoosick Falls Fire Company, the Derby Club, and a life-time member of the Elks Club both in Hoosick Falls. Bill was an elected Republican Town Councilman for two terms in the 1970's. Retiring from the State of New York in 1987, Bill had worked as a tree-climber, a tractor-trailer driver, an equipment operator and for the last ten years of employment, he served as the Highway Supervisor out of Petersburg, N.Y. While working for the State of New York and following his retirement, he also had a tree service that he ran with his sons. On Oct. 24, 1953, he married Joan A. Duket of Greenwich, New York. They built their home on Snow Street where they raised their five children. Their home was a gathering place for family and friends throughout the years. He was a strong, soft-spoken, honest man who loved his family and life. He always thought of taking care of everyone else. He was a wonderful husband, dad, son, brother and friend. He loved hunting, playing golf, researching family history, picking dandelions, meeting friends for coffee at Stewarts and watching Yankee games with his wife, Joan. Bill loved a good story, especially one that was about him and he would tell his family funny stories that got better over the years. He maintained his sense of humor until hours before his death. Bill leaves behind treasured memories. Besides his wife, Joan, Bill leaves two daughters, Kathi George (Fred) of Williamstown, Mass., and Julie Crosier (Ray) of North Bennington; sons Scott (Cathy Jo), William (Susan) and Kris (Melissa) all of Hoosick Falls. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way, several nieces and nephews. He was the beloved brother of Judith Stewart, also of Hoosick Falls, and was predeceased by a sister, Barbara. FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be no calling hours. A service with full military honors will take place at the Gerald B.H. Solomon - Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville, New York on Monday June 23 at 2 p.m. A Celebration of Bill's life will be held Saturday, June 28, 2008 at the Hoosick Falls Country Club from 12 until 3 p.m.. Arrangements are under the care of the MAHAR FUNERAL HOME, 43 Main Street in Hoosick Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Patient Resource Fund at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center through the funeral home.
Published in Bennington Banner on June 21, 2008
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