Anna Mae Strife

October 24, 2012  

LOWVILLE, N.Y.  ó  Anna Mae Strife, 95, formerly of Collins Street, died on Tuesday evening, Oct. 23, at the Lewis County Residential Health Care Facility with her family and friends at her side.

She was bo
rn Sept. 15, 1917, in the town of Harrisburg, a daughter of the late Henry and Edith Hanno Boshart. 

After graduating from Lowville Free Academy and Utica Beauty School, Anna Mae first worked for Ethel Donahueís beauty salon on Shady Avenue. She then opened her own beauty salon at her home on Collins Street in the village and retired with over 60 years as a beautician.

She married Niles M. Strife, who worked for Nortz and Virkler. Niles died Sept. 28, 1986.

Mrs. Strife was a communicant of St. Peterís Catholic Church where she volunteered and began the Harvest Dinner. Anna was member of the Rosary Altar Society and the Daughters of Isabella. 

At home, she was a great cook and enjoyed knitting and reading.

Surviving are a son, Stephen Lee, Florida; two sisters, Shirley Dening McGrath, Lowville, and Jane Wengert, Utica; her very best friend, Phyllis Hanno, many nieces, nephews.

A son, Garrett H. Lee, a brother, Raymond Boshart; and her sisters, Vivian Kelley and Margaret Henry, all died before her.

A funeral mass will be said 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at St. Peterís Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Lowville Rural Cemetery.

Family and friends may call 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Sundquist Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. with Rev. Christopher Carrara, followed by the funeral mass at St. Peterís.

Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Peterís Memorial Fund, 5439 Shady Avenue, Lowville, NY 13367.

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Information provided by Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.