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Obituary - Ardell (Shalhobe) Bolos

Ardell (Shalhobe) Bolos

Date of Passing: May 29th, 2010

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Mrs. Ardell (Shalhobe) Bolos, 97, formerly of the Brook Apartments, Utica, entered into eternal life on her birthday, Saturday May 29, 2010 at the Magnolia House of the Sitrin Health Care Center, with her very loving family at her bedside. She was born May 29, 1913, in New York Mills, the daughter of the late Abraham and Ellya (Jimial) Shalhobe. She was educated in New York Mills Schools, attended the Utica School of Beauty Culture, where she obtained her hairdressers license and also graduated from the Utica School of Commerce in 1930. On July 15, 1934, she married Toufek (Tofie) Bolos. Mr. and Mrs. Bolos owned and operated Bolos Grocery Store on Columbia Street, along with Bolos Catering Service. Ardell and her husband, also operated the kitchen at the Elk''s Club as well as the kitchen at the Knights of Columbus, retiring in 1987. Mr. Bolos passed away on July 11, 1996. She was a parishioner of St. Louis Gonzaga Church and was a former member of the St. Joseph''s Society, St. Mary''s Guild and United Baskinta Auxiliary. She was also a former member and past secretary of the Syrlibana Club, former treasurer of the Brook Apartments Association, was a former USO volunteer, was instrumental in forming the Rosary Group at the Brook Apartments and was a former volunteer with the Utica Neighborhood Center. Ardell handled life with ease and dignity. She set a great example of how a person should live their life. She was loving, caring, helpful and was a forgiving person. Her fine qualities made her a person that you loved to be around. Her home was open to all and was often visited by her loved ones to enjoy a traditional Lebanese feast. Ardell enjoyed playing bingo and cards with family and friends. She always let her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren know how much she loved them. She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Charles Showalter of Utica and Janet and George Grizzuto of Frankfort; one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph T. and Sonia Bolos of VA; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Edward Kaliff of Poughkeepsie; one brother-in-law and his wife, Anthony and Sadie Bolos of New Hartford; one sister-in-law, Susan Hagen of FL; seven grandchildren and their spouses, George and Charlene Bolos, Michael Bolos, Michelle Bolos and Christopher Powell, Denise Martin, Colleen Mahoney and Vincent Filippelli, Patrick and Jacqueline Mahoney and Melissa and Anthony Rocco; twelve great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Joan Mahoney Farney in 2005; her grandson, Patrick Bolos in 1967; and her in-laws, Mary Bolos and Anna Abounader. Her funeral will be Wednesday at 9 am from the Bentz & Amodio Funeral Service, Inc., 470 French Rd., Utica/New Hartford and 10 am from St. Louis Gonzaga Church, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Calling hours are Tuesday from 4-7 pm. The family is extremely grateful to the nurses at the Magnolia House, Sue, Sharon, Michele, Marla and Kelley; nurses aides, Terry, Donna, Chaz and Randy; kitchen staff, Beth and Chante; and special care givers, Debbie and Michele LaPaglia.


Joe , Joyce , Janet and family ...I am saddened to hear of the passing of your beautiful mother . Growing up and having your mother around us was a pleasure and a gift to us all . Many memories of camp and her wonderful cooking as well as her beautiful spirit will remain with me forever . Thank you Ardell for those special moments . You were blessed to have her and even more blessed to call her MOM . Love to you all , Anthony
Anthony Amodio

Ardell it has been such a pleasure to know you and an honor to take care of you in your final days. I will miss seeing you beutiful smile everyday but i will never forget it. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Michelle Argen

I am sorry for the loss of a fine woman. My prayers and thoughts are with you.
Michael J Fanoun

I am very sorry for your loss. Mrs. Bolos was a wonderful and beautiful woman. I will always remember all of the fun we had at her camp and how gracious she was to all of us. She will be missed. Love, Teresa (Amodio) Lawrence
Teresa Amodio-Lawrence

Aunt Ardell, I heard the angels singing and Uncle Toufie and Joanie and my parents running and calling your name this weekend. I knew you were home and being welcomed with opened arms. As we are sad here, we know you are perfect in every way in heaven. Everyone here will pray for Joe, Joyce and Janet and their families. They will be loved and comforted until they see you again. After all you left a part of yourself in each one. You left a legacy here on earth that makes God smile. You were an amazing and gracious woman to whom everyone was special and treated like family. I love you Kathy
Kathy Duran

Janet, George and family: It is such a loss for all of you at this time I am sure. I know that you did all you could for her to make her so comfortable. Just to hear you talk of the time you spent with her, feeding her, dressing her, playing cards with her and the other residents I am sure made it so enjoyable for her when she was up to it. Those are times you will never forget or regret being with her. Thank God she does not have to suffer any longer. I remember going to her house and her always having delicious food out for dinner all the time and the times we went to camp were so much fun with her and your father. They have raised wonderful children and the way you all took care of them is definitely a testament to both of your parents for your upbringing. I am sure she your father is up there welcoming his Ardell. Our sympathy to all of you.
Candy Rizzo

Joyce, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You were such a thoughtful, loving,and attentive daughter during her last months. I'm sure the others at Sitrin will miss your energy and helpfulness. Janice Okey and Eugenia Egitto
Janice Okey

Funny how life comes full circle. I walked into the Sitrin home to start work and gazed over at a table and found my landlord and her daughter sitting at a table with Gloria and Elenore. It was a great reunion of many years past. I walked up to the table and looked at Joyce and Ardell told them my name and we were all elated. Toffe and Ardell were the favorite for the Piazza tribe. Six children lived above them. Ardell was always kind as was her family. I was blessed and honored to take care of a women who was so kind to my family. Ardell was a woman of grace and class. A loving mother and person. I even recall catchimg my very first fish on Toffes Boat on Oneida lake with him and my dad. It too is a testement the loving care that her family gave her almost 24-7. I am honored to have known this gentle soul and greatful of the knowlege of her being reunited in heaven with her husband and my mom. May God bless her family at this time.
louis piazza

Sincere sympathy to Ardell's family, especially to Janet and Joyce who were such wonderful daughters to her and our sweet, wonderful Joanie who she is with now and forever.
Vinny Vendetta

Janet ,Joyce and Melissa and Family... Your in our heart and prayers...God Bless
Cindy.John and Sons

Our thoughts and prayers are with Ardell and her beautiful & loving family.
Nancy Alsheimer