Mary Emma (O'Brien) Tabolt

Born: Sat., Aug. 12, 1922
Died: Sun., Dec. 9, 2012


5:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Mon., Dec. 10, 2012
Location: Croghan

Prayer Service

9:30 AM Tue., Dec. 11, 2012
Location: Croghan

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 AM Tue., Dec. 11, 2012
Location: St. Stephen's Catholic Church

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CROGHAN, NY ~ Mary Emma Tabolt, 90, of 6920 Bank St., Croghan, died peacefully while surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 9, 2012, at her home, where she was under the care of her family and Lewis County Hospice.

Born on August 12, 1922, in Boonville, NY, a daughter of Leo A. and Anna Mary Shue O’Brien, she was a 1940 graduate of Boonville High School.

She married Russell Tabolt on February 19, 1949, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Boonville, with the Rev. Thomas Driscoll, officiating.  Mr. Tabolt served on the original Lewis County Board of Legislators until the time of his death on August 17, 1995.

After high school, Mrs. Tabolt worked for Blankman’s Dollar Store in Boonville.  During World War II, she worked at the former Rome Air Depot where she was attached to the AGP (Airplanes Grounded for Parts) Unit.  While there, she took care of ordering parts for planes that had flown in for repairs.  Following her marriage, she moved with her husband to Croghan where they eventually took over the operation of the Augustus Tabolt (Mr. Tabolt’s father) farm and where she became a full time mother and homemaker.

Mrs. Tabolt was a communicant of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Croghan and was a former member of its Rosary Society. She was also a former communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Boonville and a member of its Daughters of Isabella.

Her favorite pastimes were spending time with her grandchildren, gardening and traveling.  Among her most memorable traveling experiences was a 1998 trip to Ireland with all of her daughters.  She also enjoyed cross word puzzles, reading, and was an avid baseball fan, especially of the New York Yankees.

Surviving are five sons, William F. Tabolt, of Watertown, James P. Tabolt, Lewis County Legislator Michael A., and wife Christine Tabolt, Brien L, and wife Rose Tabolt, Bruce E., and wife Robin Tabolt, all of Croghan; three daughters, Joan E. Terrillion, Christine T., and husband Earl Lashbrooks, all of Croghan, and Angela T., and husband James Griffin, of Rochester, MN; 29 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; a sister, Jean Lillie, of Black River, and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a daughter Anita Rose, who died shortly after birth in 1958, two brothers, Gervase O’Brien and Daniel O’Brien, and a sister, Margaret Sullivan.

Mary’s funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 11th, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. Prayer Service at the Scanlon Funeral Home, Croghan, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial from St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, Croghan, with the Rev. Daniel L. Chapin, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Croghan.

Calling hours will be from 5-9 p.m. on Monday (TODAY) at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Croghan Volunteer Fire Department, Croghan Free Library or Lewis County Friends of Hospice.

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Tom and Deb
   Posted Sun December 09, 2012
Dearest Angie and family,
Our deepest prayers and sympathy are with you.
We feel so lucky to have spent some time with Mary when she was here in Minnesota over Thanksgiving.
She, and that beautiful smile of hers, will be remembered fondly.
Peace to you all.

Mike and Berta Sloan
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Angie and Tabolt Family,
Our hearts go out to you as you say goodbye to your Mom and Grandmother. I was privileged to have met her on two of her visits to Minnesota. She was the kind of person that made you want to be a better person after just spending a few minutes with her. I can't imagine Mary ever had an angry word for anybody or anything. I firmly believe and know that a Mother's love never leaves us. It will continue to bless you and guide you. I want to share something with you all.
Your mother is always with you...She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street; she's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks; she's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well. Your mother lives inside your laughter. And she's crystallized in your every tear drop. She's the place you came from, your first home; and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love and your first heartbreak, and nothing on earth can separate you.

We send you our prayers and love,
The Sloan family

Susan Lillie
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Dear family,
I remember back when I was in 4th grade that we had to write a story about our favorite place. I picked the farm because we always had such a wonderful time there. Something was always going on and Aunt Mary seemed to take everything in stride, with patience and a smile. She was blessed with a great gift of faith, which she passed on to each of you. Her spirit, humor, and love of family will live on in each of you. Best wishes and prayers.

Kelly Griffin
   Posted Mon December 10, 2012
Dearest Tabolt/Griffin Family,

Gentle and gracious to all, Mary was a true Irish Lady with a giggle and smile that will be remembered by everyone that she knew. Like a polished and precious Emerald...she will always be with us in our hearts!

Irish Eyes in time will be smiling! Until then:

"Grief, like the ocean comes in waves only to recede again. With it comes healing as memories wash ashore and are bathed the by golden sun. Grab hold of those fond memories and share them! Remember the laughter and joy!"

Blessings and prayers always,

Allan and Nina Schneeberger
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
To the family of Mary Tabolt, Beautiful lady. sending thoughts and prayers.

Robert/Lillian Steria
   Posted Tue December 11, 2012
Dear family- Robert remembers the love your mother had for her brothers when he would go to your mothers house to take care of them- also family she lived a good life for 90 years. God bless you all!

Karen Christensen
   Posted Thu December 13, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. Even though she was my mother-in-law for such a short time, I loved her always. She was such a kind and caring person. She loved every one, and every one loved her. I have thought of her often through these past 38 years. I remember when we would visit with her she always had a hug for every one. Plus she always had very good food on hand. I have lost touch with her and her family, except for my childred that are her grandchildred. Mandy (grandaughter) and I did not learn of her death until after the funeral. We are so sorry that we couldn't make the funeral. We would have liked to have been a part of it and to say goodbye to her. I am hoping that her family will understand why we were not there for her family is as loving and forgiving as she was. I can't say she is in a better place, because she is not here with us, but I can say that we will always love and miss her.

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