Beatrice E. Ptak, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Kinney Nursing Home in Gouverneur.
A funeral mass will be held Saturday, January 21st at 10:00 a.m. at St. James Catholic Church with Fr. Stephen Rocker officiating and burial in New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur. Calling hours will be Friday, January 20th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Beatrice was born May 31, 1923 on the family farm in the Town of Harrisburg, the daughter of William and Helen McDonald Burke. Bea was most proud of her Tug Hill farming and Irish roots. She had an easy, giving nature and a smile for everyone. Her quiet gentleness, warmth, and sense of humor enriched all she met. The great love she had for her family will be deeply missed. She graduated from Lowville Academy and the Watertown School of Commerce.
Beatrice married Carl J. Ptak on January 15, 1949 at Holy Family Church, Watertown with Rev. A.J. Farrell officiating. Carl passed away April 13, 1991.
Beatrice worked as a secretary at the Bagley and Sewell Company in Watertown at the time of her marriage. Upon moving to Gouverneur in 1950, she worked for Bligh Dodds and for Dodds Motor Company. Bea then worked at Gouverneur High School for 25 years, retiring in 1985 as the principal's office secretary.
Bea enjoyed her home, reading, knitting, playing bridge, and was a wonderful cook. She was a person of simple honest faith, a member of the Rosary Society at St. James Church and was an active contributor at the Gouverneur Public Library and Gouverneur Historical Association. She and her husband were long time supporters of E J Noble Hospital and were grateful for the life saving role it played in their lives.
Beatrice is survived by her daughter, Mary Ptak of Fort Lauderdale, FL; a son, Stephen Ptak of Albany; three grandchildren, Matthew, Eric, and Rachel Ptak; a brother, Richard Burke and his wife Florence of Maryland; and numerous much loved nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband and parents; three brothers, James, John, and Frank Burke; and two sisters, Gladys Lynch and Doris Wallace.
Memorial donations may be made to E.J. Noble Hospital or St. James Catholic Church.