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.