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BARTOW, Harriet D.

BARTOW - Harriet D. Of Albany, passed on peacefully on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peters Hospital, Albany.She was born on February 13, 1933, in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Wallace and Marian (Cole) Donald. She was the beloved wife of J. Kenwood Bartow who passed away on May 4, 2008. Together they had four children, Virginia L. Bartow (Jack Goldstein), Karyn B. Richards (Dan), John K. Bartow Jr. (Janet) and Bruce D. Bartow (Gloria.). She is also survived by three grandchildren, Jessmyn Schwartz (Bartow), and Sara and Charlotte Richards.
Harriett was a Daughter of the Eastern Star, and a member of St. Peters Church, Albany. She graduated from Buffalo State Teachers College and was a New York State school teacher for many years. Ken and Harriett moved in 1985 to the village of Raquette Lake. On her retirement from the Raquette Lake Union Free School, Harriett worked for the Raquette Lake Supply Co. and Raquette Lake Navigation. After years of spending mud seasons in Siesta Key, they moved to Venice, FL in 2001. There she volunteered as a seamstress in the costume department of the Venice Theatre. She returned to Cohoes, in May 2011 to be closer to her children and grandchildren. Harriett loved to bake and was known far and wide for her cheesecakes, that special plum cake, and all kinds of special birthday cakes and holiday treats that she shared with friends and loved ones. She enjoyed travel and most recently took her family to a homecoming in Scotland, 2009, where she searched in the archives for her ancestors. She was a terrific storyteller. And her motto was "Think Snow". Donations in her memory may be sent to the Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave W, Venice, FL 34285, or the Raquette Lake Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance Fund, PO Box 21, Raquette Lake, NY 13436. A celebration of Harriett's life will be held in Raquette Lake, aboard the W.W. Durant, on the afternoon of June 30, 2012.

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