Bernadette A. (Boliver) Planty

Born: Mon., Mar. 3, 1924
Died: Fri., Mar. 12, 2021

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 17, 2021
Location: St. Stephen's Catholic Church

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 CROGHAN, NYMrs. Bernadette A. (Boliver) Planty, 97, of Croghan, died March 12 in the comfort of her home, where she was with family and under the care of Lewis County Hospice.

Mrs. Planty was born March 3, 1924 on the farm of her parents in the hamlet of Indian River, outside of Croghan.  She was the daughter of Nicholas and Amelia (Campany) Boliver. She attended the one-room country school house in Indian River and graduated from Fr. Leo Memorial High School at 16. On April 27, 1944, she married Donald E. Planty of Watertown at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Watertown and the couple settled in Croghan to raise their family.

A career in itself raising seven children, Bernadette became well known throughout the north-country as a regular member of the band Gerry McGee and the Cowgirls.  The band played at USO shows during WWII, featuring patriotic songs and country music.  Mrs. Planty was also a recording artist and her “78” recording of the national hit “There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Playing Somewhere” became a favorite local rendition.  Later in life, she became a member of the Black River Fiddlers Association and played at events for seniors who enjoyed the music of the 1940s. She enjoyed camping, reading, knitting and fishing. She had a knack for gardening and loved children. She was a lifelong communicant of St. Anthony’s church in Indian River where she was a stalwart of the church choir.  After St. Anthony’s closed, she attended St. Stephen’s church in Croghan.

Mrs. Planty is survived by four daughters, Elaine Hebert, Karen Vout, Dawn Planty and Renee Planty; three sons, Donald J. (Corina) Planty, Brian Planty and Brent (Linda) Planty; 13 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Planty is predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald Sr., her parents, Nicholas and Amelia and by five siblings, Alvin Boliver, Erma Nuspliger, Bernard Boliver, Robert Boliver and Earl Boliver in his youth.

Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, 9748 Main Street; Croghan, New York 13327.

There will be no public calling hours. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Donald J. Planty Jr., Bernadette’s grandson, celebrating. Burial in St. Vincent de Paul Cemetery in Belfort, NY will be held in the spring.

Memories and condolences are encouraged online at Arrangements for Mrs. Bernadette A. (Boliver) Planty are under the care of the Scanlon Funeral Home of Croghan.


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Richard & Frances Boliver
   Posted Fri March 12, 2021
We are so sorry of the death of Aunt Bernadette. She was a wonderful, caring. and loving person. Our thoughts and prayers to the wonderful children she raised. She surely is in heaven.🌹🙏🏻🌷😢✝️

Frances Boliver
   Posted Fri March 12, 2021
Love, Richard & Pudge, Jack, Janet & Carlton, Jeff & Dana, Jenny & Ed, & Joel & Mark

Patricia Monnat Campanelli
   Posted Fri March 12, 2021
Elaine, I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She will be remembered in my prayers.

Lenna Purcell Schack
   Posted Sat March 13, 2021
I wanted to extend my heartfelt sympathy and prayers to all of Bernadette's family. She raised a nice family as well as always being devout in her faith. May she bask in the glories of heaven, as she is reunited with the love of her life.

Joe/Mary Dutton
   Posted Sat March 13, 2021
Brent ,Linda and all the Planty family we are so sorry to hear of your mother's passing ,she was a special lady and surely will be missed by many, we will definitely keep all of you in our prayers during this difficult time.

Jim & Deanna (Worden) Haggerty
   Posted Sat March 13, 2021
Dawn & the Planty Family -- I am so sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. She was such a wonderful person and I have many fond memories of spending time at your home. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Randy and Ellen Lyndaker
   Posted Sat March 13, 2021
To all the family,sorry to hear about the passing of your mother (Bernadette).She was a very loving mom and will be missed by many,May she Rest In Peace.

Inga Maik
   Posted Mon March 15, 2021

DIGNITY IN WHITE PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent by Maritime Administration Team.

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your Mother

Mark Plewinski
   Posted Mon March 15, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Renee.

Alfreda McLane
   Posted Tue March 16, 2021
Renee, Cameron and family.,Thinking of you,and sorry for your loss. Hugs from Bridget and Doug

Brianne Chandler
   Posted Wed March 17, 2021


Sending our love and prayers to our loving family during this difficult time. We love you all and we will miss her so much. Such a loving, amazing woman and we are so proud to call her our grandma.

Holly Farney
   Posted Wed March 24, 2021
I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. She was a sweet lady, and I enjoyed seeing her once in awhile, in later years and visiting with her. She always had a smile on her face. We hope you and all your family are feeling God's comfort. God bless.

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