After a short but courageous battle with cancer, Mrs. Beverly J. Bolster, 65, of 3 Old River Road, passed away Friday morning, May 10, 2013 at Massena Memorial Hospital, where she had been admitted on Thursday.

Beverly was born November 8, 1947 in Ogdensburg, the daughter of the late William John Meyer and Marion Herman Meyer. She attended school in Ogdensburg and Massena.

At the age of 35, Bev returned back to school and received her GED diploma before enrolling at Mater Dei. She graduated from Mater Dei and while there, she achieved recognition for being on the President’s Scholar List.

Bev was once married to Charles Horton, Gerald Perkins, and Ed Bolster, which all ended in divorce.

In 1968, Bev began working at the Highland Nursing Home, first as a nurse’s aide. She worked in every facet of the nursing home throughout her years of service, retiring due to ill health on February 3, 2013 as the Certified Activities Director.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a member of the Amvets Post 4 Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and the Marine Corps League Auxiliary. She was also a member of the Elks Lodge #1702.

Bev was devoted her family, both at home and at work; she just loved being with and around people. She also enjoyed listening to music, reading, dancing, taking walks, and gardening. In addition, Bev liked to sew, knit, crochet, and writing, of which she had started to write a book about her life title, “After the Fall, Story of Struggle and Survival."

Bev is survived by her two sons, Charles and Tammy Horton of Norfolk; Brandon Bolster and his companion, Sara Welch of Massena; her grandchildren, Kyle Horton and Amanda Perkins; her great grandchildren, Riley Elizabeth and Bailey Alys Perkins; her mother, Marion Kellogg of Ogdensburg; her sisters, Paula Bleau of Ogdensburg; Sanda and Jerry Gordon of Massena; Bernadine and Kevin Moriarty of Massena; Debbie Padovano of Massena; her brother, Steve and Val Meyer of Massena; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by an infant son, Aaron Perkins in 1978; and her father, William John Meyer.

Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, Monday 1:00 – 3:30 PM.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4:00 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Rev. Scott D. Fobare, celebrating.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Highland Nursing Home Activities Fund, 182 Highland Road, Massena, NY 13662.

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