GLENMONT – With calm grace Marian Luella “Mary Lou” Chamberlain Bulnes entered into eternal life confident in her Heavenly destination on Monday, October 23, 2017. Born In Albany New York to Mary Hotaling Mead Chamberlain and John Ostrander Chamberlain, Mary Lou was a lifelong Glenmont resident active in many community and volunteer activities.
As a farm child during the Great Depression, Mary Lou developed frugality coupled with great generosity, a dry sense of humour and a love for cats. She would occassionaly ski on local hills or travel to nearby lakes for swimming. She had access to horses and sometimes rode with her much admired sister Elizabeth who was a skilled equestrian
After graduating from Bethehem Central High School, Mary Lou worked at Montgomery Ward and a bank before finding her calling and entering Albany Memorial Nursing school. Friendships with her classmates sustained her social life as she attended almost every one of her alumni functions and stayed in touch with her classmates. At the wedding of friends Ginny and the late Bud Scheibly, Mary Lou met William Faunce Bulnes and they were married on May 7, 1955.
With her loving husband, she raised three children until William’s untimely death when Mary Lou became a single working mother. She transitioned from hospital work as a registered nurse to assisting instructors at the Albany School for Practical Nursing. She enjoyed the final decades of her nursing career meeting a variety of capital district residents recording medical history and vital signs for insurance physicals. Mary Lou instilled her scientific curiosity and appreciation for the arts in her children. She volunteered with and enrolled her kids in the Helderberg Workshop. Her volunteering spirit was also evident through her efforts assisting the Red Cross, Capital City Rescue Mission, and the Town of Bethlehem Historical Association. An avid gardener, Mary Lou spent much time tending to her yard & plants and also volunteered at Good Samaritan nursing home planting ornamentals.
During the 1970s, her life of service to people transformed to one of service to God when she accepted Jesus Christ into her heart as Lord and Savior. Her faith was strengthened through fellowship at the Bethlehem Reformed Church and other local church services and meals.
Mary Lou is predeceased by her parents, husband, her son Christian William Bulnes, and her sister Elizabeth Chamberlain (Merton) Phillips. She is survived by her daughter Mary Beth (Richard) Fischer, and her son David John (Dorothea Osborn) Bulnes; her grandchildren Rachael Elizabeth (Daniel) Foley, Elise Catherine Fischer, Hezekiah William Shubael Bulnes, and Isabella Grace Bulnes; and her great-grandchildren Lucas, Hanna, and Silas Foley.
Most recently, her inherently pleasant nature was bouyed by new friends at Rosewood Rehabilitation and the tender care of staff at Rosewood is greatly appreciated by the family.
Memorial service arrangements to be determined. Any gifts in Mary Lou’s memory may be made to any of the above named charitable organizations. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.