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St. Lucy's Church
Saturday December 4th, 2010

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Interment at: Calvary Cemetery

Saturday December 4th, 2010

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Maryellen T. Hamilton

Maryellen Tucker Hamilton, 55, of Berne, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on November 28, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer. She is survived by her loving husband of 34 years, James Hamilton of Berne, daughters Ellen (Robert) Eden of Glenmont, Sara (Ryan) Eschenroeder of Lake Hopatcong, NJ, Julianne Hamilton of Brooklyn, NY, and her beloved grandson, Benjamin Eden of Glenmont. She is also survived by her mother, Mary Tucker of Andes, NY, her brothers, Stephen (Alice) of Bloomville, NY, Howard J., of Bridgton, ME, Richard, of Andes, NY, Allen (Krista Scott), of Atlanta, GA, and Edward (Lyna) Tucker of Newport News, VA, her sister, Kathleen Tucker Smith of Delhi, NY, and her sisters-in-law Suzanne Tucker and Sharon Tucker, as well as a large extended family. She was predeceased by her father, Howard F. Tucker and her brother, Daniel Tucker. Maryellen was born in Albany, NY on September 5, 1955, the oldest of eight children and grew up in Voorheesville, NY, attending St. Madeline Sophie Elementary School and Voorheesville Central School. After her family moved to Bovina, NY in 1970, and later to Andes, NY, she graduated a year early in 1972 from Delaware Academy, in Delhi, NY. After high school, she attended SUNY Delhi and Maria College School of Nursing. She began dating James Hamilton in 1974 and they were married August 28, 1976 in Andes, NY. They settled in Voorheesville, moving to Berne in 1983 after their third daughter was born. She graduated as Valedictorian from Ellis Hospital School of Nursing in 2009, receiving awards for the highest Grade Point Average and for top surgical skills. Until she became ill, she was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree at SUNY College of Technology. During her life, Maryellen was a highly respected staff member of several Capital Region medical practices, including Child's Hospital, Dr. Orkan Stasior, Kansas Eye Surgery Associates and most recently, Albany Regional Eye Surgery Center, where she was the Director of Refractive Surgery. Maryellen had a giving spirit, often volunteering her time for the community. She was a long-time member of the Hilltowns Players, participating in many aspects of the organization including producing, costuming, acting, and many officer positions. She also provided assistance with productions at Berne-Knox-Westerlo High School, worked with her husband on The Fox Creek 5K Road Race, was a member of St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church and the Town of Berne's Democratic Committee and president of The Berne Democrats Social Club. In addition, Maryellen was well known as an excellent cook who made everything from scratch and loved to sew and knit, even making her own wedding dress and her husband's wedding shirt. She also enjoyed sewing dresses and Halloween costumes for her daughters, and later, her grandson. She was devoted to her husband and daughters, supporting all their endeavors with the same fierce love that she later showed her grandson. She was an avid reader and loved skiing, hiking, biking, camping and gardening. She will be missed dearly for her larger than life personality, leadership, integrity, intelligence, strength and dedication to her family, friends and coworkers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 10 AM at St. Lucy's/St. Bernadette's Roman Catholic Church, 109 Grand Street, Altamont. Friends may call on Friday, from 4 - 8 PM at the Fredendall Funeral Home, 199 Main St. Altamont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to St. Peter's Hospital Foundation, 319 South Manning Blvd, Albany, NY 12208.


We miss you!

ARESC Jun 1 2011 12:00 AM

You will be missed so much. I am truly sorry to Jim and family for your loss. Maryellen was a wonderful inspiration to so many people. Her love of life, wisdom and and strength will live on in all of our memories. It was a pleasure to work with you MH. We miss you!

Donna Wetsel Dec 7 2010 12:00 AM

Maryellen was a nursing student of mine @ EHSON. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing. God Bless her & her family.She was a excellent student & find lady. I will pray for her. lessings, Karen johnson RN

karen Johnson Dec 4 2010 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about Maryellen's passing.Thinking of you today. Patty and Richard

Patty Aubry Dec 3 2010 12:00 AM

Maryellen, what an amazing powerhouse of a person - always on top of things, always ready to help.. The voice of reason in the midst of debates. A fiercely loyal friend. I am so honored and proud to call her my friend, and will always be grateful that she was a part of my life. If we all followed her example, the world would be a much better place - it IS a better place because she spent time here.. Truly, an angel among us.

Joyce Abele Dec 3 2010 12:00 AM

This world has been too quickly robbed of a bright, loving woman! Deeply-felt, love-filled memories of MaryEllen will live on in so many of our hearts.

Linda Francisco Dec 3 2010 12:00 AM

Maryellen was one of the most spirited and alive women I have ever known.

Ella Malark Dec 2 2010 12:00 AM

you were a dear friend and i will never forget you. You were the most knowledgable person i have ever known, thank you for sharing your knowledge with me. you will be truly missed. love you, Emma

emma roth Dec 2 2010 12:00 AM

What a wonderful person, and an amazing nurse. Our profession has lost one of it's finest. Rest in the peace of our Lord.

Sharon Ferro, R.N. Dec 1 2010 12:00 AM

You will be surely missed, I remember our fun times during you clinical rotation at Ellis School of Nursing. May you never feel pain again.

Ruth Barnes, RN Dec 1 2010 12:00 AM

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