Phyllis Marie Barkman Boehlke - July 21, 2016

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COXSACKIE – Phyllis Marie Barkman Boehlke 83, entered into the Lords Eternal Peace On July 21, 2016 in the privacy of her home, surrounded by her loving family.   Phyllis was the daughter of the late Wellington Eugene Barkman and Gladys Belle Hotaling Barkman.  She was born April 22, 1933 in New Baltimore, New York

     Phyllis is survived by her loving husband of 65 years Charles Martin Boehlke  Jr.;  seven children,  Dennis (Eileen) Boehlke, Charlene Boehlke, Kevin (Lori)) Boehlke, Darlene (Michael) Biscone, Daniel Boehlke, Kenneth Boehlke Sr., and Clare (Lyle) Tompkins;  eight grandchildren;  Stephanieann Boehlke (Larry) Winter, Billy, Stephen, Kiley, Colton,  Ashley Boehlke, Kenneth Boehlke  Jr., and Michael (Nancy) Trembacz;  two great–grandchildren,  Jacob Boehlke Sheridan and Brennen Schubert;  and sister  Lillian  Kellam.

     Phyllis was predeceased in death by loving sisters Helen (Roy) Mizener, Gladys (Howard) Finch Sr., infant Brother James, grandson, Kyle Daine Boehlke and lifelong part of our family, Gerald “The Chief” (Debbie) Deyo. 

     Throughout her life, Phyllis enjoyed many hobbies including painting, crocheting, tending to her birds, sewing, crafting and boating. She had a fondness for strawberry décor and anything   “Baby Blue”.  

     During her younger years she worked in the Coxsackie dress factory as a seamstress, and waited tables at Hannibal Manor.  Later in life she obtained her Realtor License, working for a local Realty Co., and also cared for the handicapped and the elderly.   Phyllis also helped to organize the District 3 Silver Lake Park, was past president of St Mary's Rosary Alter Society and a former secretary to the Medway-Grapeville Ladies Fire Auxiliary.  She helped to organize the “new” Coxsackie Democratic Club, and was elected their first Treasurer.  She was also a member and past Treasurer of the New Baltimore Democratic Club. 

     Her life was filled with love and the most important things to her were her family and friends.  She was instrumental in the shaping of many young lives. As children, our home was always open to the neighborhood, and all who entered were welcome.  If the following words bring fond memories to you, then you were touched by her love as well, the best homemade baked beans, homemade bread and clam chowder on a cool autumn day, homemade apple and pumpkin pies. Also ice skating “bonfire” parties at the pond, with a big pot of homemade hot chocolate and a warm fireplace waiting to warm your toes.  Mom’s greatest gift to all who knew her was her unconditional love. 

     Relatives and friends are invited and may call at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena on Tuesday, July 26th from 11 to 1 PM with the funeral service to immediately follow at 1 PM.  Interment will be in Chestnut Lawn Cemetery, New Baltimore.