April 8, 2013
Anne Elizabeth Kolodziej passed away peacefully at her home in Hagaman on April 8, 2013 with her son and daughter by her side.
She was born September 20, 1924 in Frenchman's Creek and lived most of her life in Amsterdam and Hagaman except for some time during her high school years when she lived in San Francisco with her father.
Anne was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School and Mildred Elley Secretarial School. She was proud of her work in the Research and Development Offices at General Electric, as Secretary for the First Methodist Church, and as a legal secretary for Vincenanzo and Wollman, and later for Paul L. Wollman for many years. From 1982 until her retirement a few years ago, she was a legal secretary at the law office of her son, J. Paul Kolodziej where she specialized in wills and estates. She was well known for her expertise and attention to details.
Anne had a twinkle in her eye and always saw the bright side and the best in others. She was cheerful, patient, optimistic, enthusiastic, and positive in outlook. She has an amazing sense of humor and a signature laugh. She enjoyed ceramics and worked for a time at Rosette's Ceramics following which she had a studio and taught ceramics at her home in Amsterdam which she called Windy Hill Pottery.
Anne was active with the Mohawk Pathways Girl Scout Council, serving as its Council Chair at one point. She had also been a Brownie Leader and Girl Scout Leader. She was also active with the Cub Scouts, serving as Den Mother. She was also a leader of Home Demonstration, an organization which taught crafts.
Anne loved traveling, including cruises to Alaska and the Panama Canal and trips to Europe and Russia, as well as a memorable visit to the pyramids in Egypt. During summers she enjoyed staying at the family camp on the Sacandaga and later her visits to Caroga Lake. She also enjoyed her Atlantic City casino excursions with her sister and sidekick, Pat.
Anne's passion included many forms of arts and crafts, embroidery, crocheting, and reading. She was an avid Scrabble player who was at the top of her game to the very end.
The daughter of John J. Burba and Mary (Wujcik) Burba, Anne was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joseph J. Kolodziej in 1988; her sister in law, Lottie Novark; her brother, John J. Burba Jr.; and her sisters, Helene Blake, Phillipa Burba, and Pearl B. DeVoe,
She is survived by her beloved sister, Patricia B. Cleary; her daughter, Karen Anne Rambler; her son, J. Paul Kolodziej (Romy); her grandchildren, Aimee Hart (Michael), Ashley Katapodis (Jimmy), Jeffrey Baum; and eight great grandchildren, as well as nieces, a nephew, cousins and her sister in law, Margaret Rzeszotarski.
An interment will be held for both Joseph and Anne at the family plot in Union Mills Cemetery at a later date.