Mae went into the arms of the Lord at Home of the Good Shepherd in Moreau on Friday, May 10th, 2019. She was a longtime resident of Niskayuna, NY. Mae was born in Olyphant, PA on May 2, 1933. She graduated from Olyphant High School in 1950, Keystone Junior College in 1952 and Penn State University in 1954. She earned her degree in Mathematics.
She started her career as an engineering assistant at General Electric in Schenectady. That is where she met her beloved husband James F. Burgess. They married in 1956 and had 4 sons. She retired from Niskayuna Central Schools, where she worked as a computer operator for the business office.
Mae loved to play cards, especially bridge. In retirement, you could find her playing bridge 4 or 5 days a week with her husband Jim. Mae loved to sing. She sang for many years in the St. Kateri Tekawitha choir and the Choraliers of Schenectady. She also was an avid volunteer. Mae was an active member of the Schenectady League of Women's voters. She volunteered as an usher at SPAC for over 30 years. She was also a longtime member of the St. Claire's Hospital Auxiliary. She was very proud of her volunteer efforts in the hospital pharmacy.
Mae is predeceased by her parents Nestor Chylak and Nellie (Shipske) Chylak., her siblings Nestor Chylak Jr., Joseph Chylak, Eugene Chylak and Juel Dudrich, her husband James F. Burgess and son James F.Burgess Jr. She is survived by her daughter in law Charlotte Burgess, sons Robert (Karen) Burgess, Stephen (Reba) Burgess and David (Carol) Burgess. Also, her 8 adored grandchildren Josiah, Daniel, John, Hannah, Christopher, Josh, Adam and Evan. The family is grateful to the staff from the Home of the Good Shepherd, Moreau for their amazing care and compassion. Family and friends are cordially invited to the Daly Funeral Home at 242 McClelland St. in Schenectady on Monday, May 13th from 4 to 7 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held in the St. Kateri Tekawitha (Union St.) Church on Tuesday, May 14th, at 9 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Home of the Good Shepard Activities Department, 198 Bluebird Rd., Moreau, NY 12803.
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