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Bollen, Margaret M. - Fort Plain  
Margaret M. Bollen 1922 - 2016 FORT PLAIN - Mrs. Margaret M. Bollen, 93, formerly of Canal Street, Fort Plain, New York, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016, at The Mountain Valley Hospice House, in the company of her loving family. Born on September 17, 1922, in Stone Arabia, NY, Margaret was the daughter of Martin Shults and Marie Fonda Shults. She was a graduate of Fort Plain High School, Class of 1940, and was a lifetime area resident. Margaret was a Certified Nursing Assistant at Arkell Hall for 15 years. She also worked as a private duty nurse for many families. In more recent years, Margaret enjoyed working for the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Margaret was a lifelong member of the Fort Plain Reformed Church, sang in the choir and was active in church organizations. She was a proud member of the DAR of Fort Plain and a charter member of the Mohawk Valley Choraliers. Margaret shared her family's love of local history and was a former trustee of the Fort Plain Museum as well as treasurer of the Friends of the Fort. In recent years, Margaret had to slow down a bit and she became a resident of Arkell Hall. She enjoyed all of the activities, her independence, the food, and loving support of the Arkell staff and residents. On September 25, 1942, Margaret married Elmer Bollen. He preceded her in death on February 15, 2001. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by siblings, Manly Shults, Gertrude Waner, Leonard Shults and Charles Shults. Margaret is survived by her four sons and their wives, Thomas and Eunice Bollen, of Fort Plain, NY, Jack and Tammy Bollen, of Hudson, NH, Norman and Irene Bollen, of Amsterdam, NY, and lastly Daniel and Paula Bollen, of Utica, NY. Margaret has eight grandchildren, Jolene, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Kyle, Alison, Bianca, Daniel and Brian, as well as three great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. A service of celebration will be held Saturday, July 2, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at The Fort Plain Reformed Church, 165 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY, with Rev. Nancy Ryan officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends 1 hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Gray-Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, 34 Center Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339. Burial will take place at the Fort Plain Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Margaret may be made to the Fort Plain Reformed Church, 165 Canal Street, Fort Plain, NY 13339, or to the Fort Plain Museum, P.O. Box 324, Fort Plain, NY 13339. Please sign the online guestbook at www.houghtalingandsmith.com .
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 30, 2016

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Burnham, Richard F. - Deansboro  
Richard F. Burnham 1930 - 2016 DEANSBORO - Richard F. "Dick" Burnham, 85, a longtime Utica area resident, passed away peacefully at the Harding Nursing Home in Waterville on Saturday morning, June 25, 2016. Born in Nashua, NH, on August 16, 1930, he was a son of the late Roy F. and Florence G. (Bobick) Burnham. A graduate of Nashua High School Class of 1948, Dick attended Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH, graduating in 1952 with a B.A. in Mathematics. He then attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI, graduating in December, 1952, and was commissioned in the Navy as a Lieutenant (jg). He served on the USS Antietam from 1953-55. On October 1, 1955, Dick married Esther T. Mylott in Bradford, MA. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary last year. Dick worked as an Electrical Engineer at General Electric Company in Utica, NY, from 1955 to 1990. He was a longtime coach for both the PLAV Little League and the South Utica Tigers Pop Warner youth football league. Members of his family include his four children and their spouses, Cathleen and William Schlager, of Doylestown, PA, Jim Burnham, of Deansboro, Mark and Patricia Burnham, of Bergenfield, NJ, and Peter and Carla Burnham, of Utica; as well as eight grandchildren, Corey and Matthew Schlager, Bennett and Haley Burnham, Eli and Charlotte Burnham, and Madison and Alex Burnham; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held at the Owens-Pavlot & Rogers Funeral Service, Inc., 35 College St., in Clinton, on Friday, July 1, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a service to follow at 4:00 p.m. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. owenspavlotrogers.com
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 28, 2016

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Booth, Vera L. - Utica  
Vera L. Booth 1940 - 2016 UTICA - Vera L. Booth, 75, of Utica, died June 22, 2016, at Heritage Healthcare. She was born December 26, 1940, daughter of John Morrison and Doris Ball Lenway. She was married to Richard Booth who died in 1972. Vera worked for over 30 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital. She was of the Catholic faith. Vera is survived by her children, Kathy Saadi, of St. Johnsville, NY, and Tammy Booth, Lori Booth and Richard Booth, all of Utica; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Madeline (John) Ody, of Albany, NY. She was predeceased by her daughter, Cynthia Booth. The family would like to thank the staffs of St. Joseph Nursing Home, Heritage Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center for all of the care given to Vera. A funeral service will be on Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Dimbleby, Friedel, Williams & Edmunds Funeral Home, 1123 Court @ York Streets. Calling hours will follow the service until 4:00 PM. Interment will be Monday in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY. Online messages of sympathy may be left at www.dfwefh.com .
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Published in The Observer-Dispatch on June 24, 2016
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