ALBANY – Eva-Marie Petrie Burtch, 69, passed away peacefully in The Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital, Albany, N.Y. on Thursday, September 14, 2017. She was born on November 1, 1947 in Alexandria Bay, N.Y. and was the daughter of Thomas Raymond and Lillian Katherine (Boyd) Petrie. She graduated from Alexandria Central School in 1965. She was a graduate of the Watertown School of Commerce and attended Jefferson Community College.
Eva-Marie spent many years working in the Thousand Islands tourism industry and eventually moved to Albany in 1996. She retired from the University at Albany Foundation as an Accounts Payable Coordinator in September 2014.
She lived her life for her children. Many will remember her on the sidelines for every Purple Ghosts football game or marching band parade; full of love and pride for Scott and Jennifer. She was the type of mom who went above and beyond to make sure that every birthday and holiday, especially Christmas, would be perfect. She provided her children with lifelong memories of moments spent as a family. Scott and Jennifer feel immensely blessed to have had her as their mom. She had a great love for books, dogs, snowmen, lighthouses, the Thousand Islands and especially the St. Lawrence River.
Surviving are her children Scott Burtch and Jennifer Burtch and her six grandpups Jade, Jaxson, Jesse, Jeb, Jillie and Jedi, all of Albany, N.Y.; her sister Marion Lowe of Alexandria Bay, N.Y., several nephews, a niece, great-nephews, great-nieces and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her husband Philip M. Burtch, her parents and her beloved dogs Bo, Jasper and Jake.
A funeral will be planned for the Spring 2018 in Alexandria Bay, N.Y. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com .
Memorial donations may be made to The Community Hospice – St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, 310 S. Manning Boulevard, Albany, N.Y. 12208 or The River Hospital, P.O. Box 567, Alexandria Bay, N.Y. 13607.
Jen and Scott,
Your mom was one of the kindest people I have ever met, even when it was evident that she was having a hard time she always took the time to ask how my family was doing and was genuinely pleased to hear about their triumphs and adventures even though she never knew them.
I am sad that she is gone from this place but happy that she is with your dad and smiling down and watching over you two ….
Such a beautiful obituary. I know she will be missed by all of her friends and family. Scott and Jennifer so caringly watched over Eva-Marie to her last moments on this earth. Her dogs will miss curling up with her but she will see them again some day. Until then……
Chrystal Davis Weaver
Deat Jen and Scott,
I am so sorry for your loss. I am certain the pain of losing your mother is like no other. I think of you often and I pray Eva is resting peacefully.
Love and peace,
Chrystal Davis Weaver
David Turone and John Peek
We are so sorry for your loss. Your mom will be missed.
Jennifer and Scott, Though we’ve never met in person, I grew up at the end of Anthony Street–virtually next door to your mother–in Alexandria Bay, and would walk to and from school often with her. Your father, Philip, was my second cousin and a very talented kid. Our senior class of 45 students may yet be the largest class to graduate from Alexandria Central School, and there is fondness and bond still among all our classmates. Your Mom was missed at our 50th reunion in 2015, but I did get a chance to speak to her shortly thereafter. There was no hint of declining health. There are many good memories of our childhood remaining, and I send to you both sincere condolences and best wishes. Dorman Burtch