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Helen Elizabeth Baker Bolster


1912 - 2011 Obituary Condolences
SARATOGA SPRINGS - Helen Elizabeth Baker Bolster, of Walton Street, died peacefully Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, surrounded by her loving family.
She was 98.
Born April 18, 1912, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late Courtney and Mary Ellen (McGinnis) Baker.
She graduated from Fort Edward High School in the class of 1930 and she earned her registered nursing degree at Saratoga Hospital School of Nursing in 1933. Helen worked in the local hospital's emergency department for several years, then became a private duty nurse and then worked for a short time as a nursing supervisor at Maplewood Manor in Ballston Spa.
On Oct. 17, 1938, she married the late George S. Bolster, photographer, in the Church of St. Peter in Saratoga Springs. Ms. Eloise Burke, maid of honor, attended her, and George's brother, Frederick L. Bolster, was best man. A reception for the couple was held at the Hotel Russell following the ceremony.
Helen and George celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends in 1988 prior to his death in 1989.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Donald Baker; and her sister, Betty Mae Baker.
She is survived by one daughter, Suzanne (Stephen) Toussaint; one son, Frederick Baker (Margaret Armstrong) Bolster; 12 grandchildren, Renee, Marcelle, Collette, Allisse, Stephen, Brigitte, Ginelle, William, Neil, Suzanne, Carolyn and John; and 12 great-grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at St. Clement's Church, 231 Lake Ave., with the Rev. Arthur B. Tuttle, C.Ss.R., associate pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in the spring at the family plot in Greenridge Cemetery on Lincoln Avenue.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Wesley Health Care Facility for the truly exceptional care given during her final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Helen's memory may be made to The George S. Bolster Collection of the Saratoga Springs Historical Society, c/o The Canfield Casino, P.O. Box 216, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Arrangements are under the direction of the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes of 628 N. Broadway, 584-5373.
Online remembrances may be made at www.burkefuneralhome.com.
Published in The Saratogian on Feb. 27, 2011
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