Harriet J. (Suleski) Boc

Published Oct 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

A beguiling sense of humor endeared Harriet Jeannette Boc to all who knew her for 95 years. Harriet was born to Polish immigrants, Teofil and Romana Suleski, on September 26, 1922 in Rome, NY. At the end of her life she died in the hands of her son E. Raymond Boc and daughter-in-law Barbara Adolfi of Sperryville, VA. on October 15, 2017. Harriet grew up on a farm north of Lake Delta with four brothers Frank, Theodore, Edward and Robert and a sister, Evelyn Smith Mizgala. She was married to Edward C. Boc of West Leyden in 1941. The couple had four children — Raymond, Irene Marie, Jeannette and Dennis. 

Harriet lovingly cared for all her children and bore the grief and loss of Irene Marie and Dennis at 5 months and 5 years, respectively. Some of her greatest joy was visiting her son Raymond in New York City and Virginia, her daughter Jeannette and husband, David Shepard, in Arizona. She and Edward traveled extensively in the southwest and a trip to Hawaii. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband in 1991 and her daughter Jeannette in 2002. She has cherished her consistent contacts with son-in-law David and the children and grandchildren she inherited through Raymond’s marriage with Barbara. Throughout her life Harriet was surrounded by her many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly but are too numerous to name.

Harriet’s earliest employment was the West Leyden Hotel where she met her husband. In addition to raising her children, Harriet was employed at Infusino Jewelers, Nelson’s Department Store, and the Rome State School. Her extensive creative talents included production of a multitude of knitted and crocheted products that ranged from baby blankets, afghans, coats, table coverings and thousands of doilies. She generously donated her baby items to hospitals throughout her life. Her meticulous bookkeeping skills were evident in her financial records and extensive recipe collections. She was as a devout Catholic and active in the Rosary Society at Transfiguration Church. 

Harriet was a determined woman in her own quiet way. On October 4, Harriet was unconscious and administered the Last Rites and given medication for pain. But she wasn’t ready. Harriet woke up, put on her jewels, went to afternoon bingo and later attended the Oktobertfest party with OomPah band playing polkas during dinner hour. This quiet, talented woman and mother will be missed by all.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Transfiguration Church. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to call at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George St., Rome, on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the South Rome Senior Center, 112 Ridge St., Rome, NY 13440 and the Transfiguration Church Memorial Fund, 111 Ridge St., Rome, NY 13440.

You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy and view the obituary at www.nunnandharper.com.