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STASZKO, MARGARET ANNA BAHELKA In the late evening on Saturday, April 19, Margaret Anna Bahelka Staszko died. She was 92 years old, having been born in Columbia Memorial Hospital, Hudson, New York, on March 7, 1922, daughter to Stephen and Anna Topor Bahelka of Copake, New York. She attended Copake District Elementary School and graduated in 1940 from Roeliff Jansen Central School, Columbia County, New York. Margaret taught typing in Boston Corners, New York CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) during the 1930’s. She attended night school at E.C. Goodwin Technical in New Britain, CT where she studied Advanced Bookkeeping. She also took classes in Court Reporting. As a young woman, Margaret worked at Camp Copake, New York, as a waitress and nanny. During World War II she volunteered with Lewis Doyle as a “spotter” for German aircraft in Ancram, New York. In 1945 she moved to Bristol, Connecticut, where she met the love of her life, Adam Staszko, who was her husband for 48 years. They married on February 11, 1945. They worked at Wallace Barnes, Division of Associated Spring. After leaving Wallace Barnes, Margaret worked at a number of local businesses, including Metallics, Inc., Bristol Instrument Gears, Palmisano and Sons, and Electro Machine and Tool. She was an Office Manager and Executive Assistant. She leaves her brother, Major USAF (ret.) Matthew S. Bahelka of Columbia, SC; her twin daughters, Joan Egbertson and Janet Spasiano; her son-in-law Stephen Egbertson; and three beloved grandchildren, Erik Adam Egbertson, Joy Anna Egbertson and Magda Antonia Spasiano. She was recently predeceased by her much loved son-in-law Anthony Spasiano III. She was also predeceased by her special nieces, Jean Staszko Fearon and Baby Claudia Staszko. She leaves godson David Cichon of Colorado, a host of nieces and nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Statia Staszko of Massachusetts and Dorothy Staszko of Connecticut. She also leaves cousins in Slovakia. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at The O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol, until proceeding to St. Joseph Church, 33 Queen St., Bristol, for a Mass of Christian Burial at 12:00 noon. The interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. In lieu of flowers, because Marge so loved her cats, the family asks that memorial donations be made to Animal Friends of Connecticut, Inc., P.O. Box 370306, West Hartford, CT 06137, ATT: Judy Levy. On memo line please write: In memory of Margaret Staszko. To leave an online message of condolence, share a memory or photo, please visit Margaret’s page at www.OBrien-FuneralHome.com.
Published in registercitizen on May 1, 2014
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