-- Agnes May Wilder
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formerly of Ashby, MA; 91
GLENVILLE, NY -- Agnes May Wilder, 91, of Glenville, NY, passed away peacefully in her sleep, April 12th, at Kingsway Manor Nursing Community with her youngest son by her side. The daughter of Hungarian immigrants, Louis L. Lucas and Sophie D. Olie, she was born March 20, 1922 in Saltlick Township, Ohio. She grew up with a brother and sister in Akron, Ohio where she graduated from East High School in June 1940. Shortly after graduating she took a position with the F.W. Woolworth Co., followed by becoming a window dresser with the M. O'Neil Co. in Akron. She then completed courses at the Goodyear Technical Center for Drafting and Engineering. Just before her 21st birthday she signed into the Navy. She received some of her basic training at Iowa State College in Cedar Falls. She was first stationed at the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Norman, Oklahoma, then the Kingsville Naval Air Station in Texas, located on the King's Ranch property where she attended one of their famous huge barbecues. As a Wave, she sang for a special Christmas Mass at the newly built base chapel where she was introduced to Joe, a Naval cadet at the time. Later they married in Vero Beach, Florida. While in the Navy she worked on planes as a mechanic and metallurgist. After the Navy, the couple moved several times with Joe's General Electric career. They settled for a time on a large colonial farm in Ashby, Massachusetts where they raised their eight children. She spent her time involved with her boys as a Boy Scout den mother taking great pride in her Hungry Boy Casserole at the Blue & Gold dinners. She could always be found out in her huge vegetable garden, canning up the harvest, or helping with the spring lambing. Her home was always open to others traveling through. Her continued love of singing led her to join the Leonard Gaskins choir of Fitchburg, MA, the choir at the Immaculate Conception Church in Glenville, and later the Octavo Singers of Schenectady. One of her greatest joys was attending musical performances by her grandchildren. While in Ashby, Agnes developed a love of hockey Go Bruins! which she followed with a passion until the end, earning her the nickname of Gramma Hockey in the sport collector circles. She even had a chance to meet Phil Esposito at a hockey convention in Montreal and received a birthday card from Bobby Orr, with whom she shared her birth date. She was excited when they won the Stanley Cup, and her son, John, presented her with a championship cap and team jersey.
Published in Nashoba Publishing on Apr. 19, 2013