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Mary E. Boomhower


Mary E. (Betty) Boomhower, 89, Brookside Drive, Burrville, died on May 10, where she was under the care, of her daughter, Mary Bull.

Mrs. Boomhower was born April 20, 1923 in Albany to Herschel and Elizabeth Lockrow Van Buren. She attended Roesselville School and graduated in 1940 from Vincentian Institute in Albany where she was NYS Shorthand Champion. She graduated from Albany Business College with highest honors.

She married Harold A. Boomhower, Sr. of South Bethlehem on June 11, 1949 at Our Lady of Mercy Church rectory, Colonie. The couple owned and operated the family dairy farm near South Bethlehem until 1971 when they relocated to Rutland Center and continued farming until 1981. Mr. Boomhower died on April 20, 1990. Mr. Boomhower was instrumental in the founding of Farm Family Life Insurance Company in the early 1950’s.

Mrs. Boomhower was employed as Senior Stenographer at F. C. Huyck & Sons, Rensselaer until her marriage and Farm Family Life Insurance Company’s main office in Glenmont until 1971. She was legal secretary to Watertown Attorney Lewis G. Spicer III, until his death in 1981 and retired from the State Dept. of Correctional Services, Watertown Correctional Facility, Dry Hill in 1991.

Surviving are five sons and two daughters: Harold Jr. and Colleen Boomhower, Watertown, Charles and Linda Boomhower, Summerville, SC., David and Mariellen Boomhower, Amsterdam, William Boomhower, Port St. Lucie, FL., Douglas Boomhower, Dexter, Jean and Meredith (Buddy) Machia, Feura Bush, and Mary Bull, Burrville. Seventeen grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and a brother, H. D. Van Buren, Lake George also survive her. She is also survived by a life-long best friend Freda Reineck (Mrs. Edgar) Hartmann, Altamont. Besides her husband, a son in law, Roger E. Bull, pre deceased her in January.

Funeral Mass will be at Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., Watertown on Monday, May 14th at 10:30 am. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery, Rutland following the mass. There are no calling hours.

Arrangements are with the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Family Church 129 Winthrop St., Watertown, Bishop Maginn High School Alumni Fund (Vincentian Institute class of 1940) 99 Slingerland Street, Albany, NY 12202 or Hospice of Jefferson County.

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