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BALTUS, Mary Gammon (Hood)

BALTUS - Mary Gammon (nee Hood)
93, passed away on September 6, 2015 in Rochester, NY. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Florence (nee Dale) Hood. Born in Corning, NY and raised in Elmira, NY, she attended Elmira College starting in September 1940. In January 1943, she was selected as a "Curtiss-Wright Cadette," a government-sponsored program in which female college students took courses in engineering and subsequently worked at aircraft plants in support of the war effort. Mary spent 1943 studying at Cornell University and then worked at Curtiss-Wright Aircraft in Buffalo until August 1945. She graduated from Elmira College in 1944. In December 1945, she married the late George T. Baltus at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Corpus Christi, TX. They returned to Western NY in 1946 and Mary lived in Tonawanda from 1948 until 2013. Mary was the loving mother of Christopher (Banna Rubinow) Baltus, Ann (Charles) Boldt, Elizabeth (Doug) Hebert, Ruth (Kevin Ball), Charlotte (Frank Regan), Donald (Mary Ziegler) and the late Thomas Baltus, Damien Baltus and Catherine Baltus; dear grandmother of Doran Baltus, Esther Rubinow, Aaron Boldt, Lindsay (Ryan) DeFaber, Leyna, Kipp and Jess Hebert, Madelyn and Delaney Ball and George Baltus; great-grandmother of Nolan DeFaber; sister of Dale Schuman and Esther Ladd. Mary is also survived by nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to TWU (Texas Women's University), Women's Collection Endowment (CW Cadettes), Blagg/Huey Library, PO Box 425528, Denton, TX 76204, Planned Parenthood of WNY, St. John's Senior Living (St. John's Foundation, 150 Highland Ave., Rochester, NY 14620) or a charity of one's choice. Friends may call Saturday 10 AM-12 noon at the DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 3000 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, where Funeral Service will follow at 12 noon. www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.

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