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Thelma M. Keeler Boettger

January 3, 2010

Thelma M. Keeler Boettger, 91

Troy - Thelma M. Keeler Boettger, 91, of Pinewoods Avenue, died Sunday, January 03, 2010, at Samaritan Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Wilbert R. Keeler and Alice C. Teal Keeler and wife for 50 years of Fred G. Boettger. She had resided in Troy all her life and was a a graduate of Troy city schools, New Paltz Normal School, earning her teaching certificate in 1939, her BS in 1943 from New Paltz State Teachers College and earned her Master's in Elementary Education from Cornell University in 1949.

Mrs. Boettger was employed at Lansingburgh School District as an elementary school teacher and Principal of Powers School, retiring in 1975 after 37 years.

She was an active Communicant of the former Church of the Ascension in Troy and was its Altar Guild chairman. She was a member of the AAUW, NYS Teachers Association, Ilium Literary Club, a Paul Harris Fellow, Delta Kappa Gamma charter member and past president of the Alpha Kappa Chapter and was a Girl Scout leader for 20 years, many years ago hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail with her Girl Scout troop. She and her husband were involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange and housed over 15 foreign students while they attended Troy High School. Mrs. Boettger enjoyed gardening, reading, traveling overseas, throughout the US and Canada, and later attended many Elderhostels.

Survivors in addition to her husband include two nieces, Holly Thompson of Glenville and Enid (George) Drew of Poestenkill and a nephew, Jay Keeler. She was predeceased by two brothers, Holman and Donald Keeler.

Funeral service will be held Friday at 11:00 AM at the Bryce Funeral Home, Inc. 276 Pawling Avenue Troy with Rev. Martin Wendell, officiating.

Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 4-8 PM.

Interment will be in Elmwood Hill Cemetery, Troy.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Thelma M. Boettger to the American Heart Association, 440 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205.

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