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Wilena "Winnie" H. Bartlett.

EAST GLENVILLE, NY - Mrs. Wilena "Winnie" H. Bartlett, widow of Melvin E. Bartlett, Sr., died June 16, 2013 at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Scotia, N.Y.

Born January 20, 1924 in Worcester, MA. she was the daughter of the late Charles B. Hilyard and Wilena R. Hilyard. "Winnie" attended Worcester city public schools and was a medical secretary at the former Heald Machine Company in Worcester, MA. During WWII she volunteered as a nurse's aide for Red Cross at Worcester City Hospital. She was married May 9, 1945 to U.S. Navy Signalman 1/C Mel Bartlett in St John's Episcopal Church, Worcester, MA. They were the proud parents of three children; sons Michael R. Bartlett and his wife Deborah M. Bartlett of Glenville, NY. and the late Melvin 'Bart" E. Bartlett, Jr. (deceased August 23, 2001), daughter Merry A. (Bartlett) Frey and her husband Thomas W. Frey of Fort Worth, TX. Grandchildren; Jessica R. (Bartlett) Madden and her husband Tim Madden, Phoenixville, PA., Phoebe Z. (Bartlett) Ingraham and her Husband Ray Ingraham, Seattle, WA., Erin E. Frey, Boston, MA., 2LT. Kevin T. Frey, FT. Benning ,GA, and Samuel M. Bartlett, Glenville, NY. Great-Grandchildren; Emilee and Ryleigh Madden, Phoenixville, PA., and Henry and Porter Ingraham, Seattle, WA. along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brothers John B. Hilyard and Charles J. Hilyard, sisters Mrs. Annie (Richard) Collins and Mrs. Ethel (Anthony) Kriff all of Worcester, MA. and sister-in-laws Edith (Bartlett) Schmidt, Melbourne, FL and Mabel (Bartlett) Hatfield, East Pepperell, MA.

Mrs. Bartlett moved to the Schenectady area (Alplaus) in 1947, then to East Glenville in 1950 where she and Mel raised their family. Since that time she has been an active member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Scotia, NY participating as a church school teacher, altar guild member, volunteer church secretary, Daughters of the King member and Lay Eucharistic Minister.

"Winnie" was employed by Schenectady County at Glenridge Hospital and the Schenectady County Department of Social Services, before retiring in 1981. She was a volunteer in the School Libraries at the Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake Central School District, P.T.A. member, Girl Scout Leader and Cub Scout Den Leader. A 59 year member of the East Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, she most recently served as Chaplain. Adding to her volunteer Red Cross worker record, she continued to serve for 25 years on Bloodmobiles in Schenectady County and volunteered at Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as a 'friendly visitor', mail deliverer and patient transporter for over 26 years.

A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 52 Sacandaga Road, Scotia, NY June 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in the columbarium alongside her beloved Mel.

The family would like to thank Baptist Health Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, particularly Dr. Ringler and the staff of H1, for their care and kindness throughout her residence at Baptist and especially during her recent illness, and The Community Hospice for their caring support. In lieu of flowers, "Winnie's" request was that contributions be made to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 52 Sacandaga Road, Scotia, NY 12302 or a charity of choice.

Arrangements by White's Funeral Home, 265 North Ballston Avenue, Scotia, NY.

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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Jun 18, 2013
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