Marie Volcjak

Obituary of Marie Volcjak

BOVINA Marie "Dotty" Volcjak passed away on May 13, 2014 at O'Connor Hospital in Delhi surrounded by members of her family. She was born in 1927 on a farm/vineyard in the foothills of the Julian Alps in what is now part of Slovenia. When she was a year old, Dotty, her mother and sister immigrated to the United States, joining her father in New York. They lived first in Brooklyn before settling in Queens. In 1948, she married Ludvick "Lou" Volcjak of Krayn, Pennsylvania. At that time, she was employed by Title Guarantee Bank in Manhattan and continued to work there until the birth of her first child. By 1954, a second son had joined the family and Dotty and Lou bought a house on Long Island in Syosset, New York where she raised her family. Dotty enjoyed sewing, gardening and cooking, but it was her hospitality that made the house a home. Her home was a place where family and friends came to enjoy good food, play music, sing and dance. Dotty loved to dance. In 1962, Dotty and Lou purchased the farm in Bovina for recreation and ultimately their retirement. It, too, became a place where family and friends gathered and three generations worked to renovate the old house and build new outbuildings. Bovina became Dotty's permanent home in 1977. The previous year, Lou suffered a catastrophic illness that left him confined to a chronic care facility until his death in 1987. Retirement was not an option so Dotty returned to the workforce working in the bookkeeping department of the Delaware National Bank of Delhi. She remained active after retirement. She was a volunteer worker at the Open Door in Delhi, was a member of the Bovina Senior Society, and of course she continued to entertain family and friends. Dotty is survived by her son Mark, his wife Kathleen and grandchildren Sarah and Martin, of North Carolina; son Richard of Bovina; sister Stanislava of Richmond Hill, NY; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted on May 16th with the immediate family in attendance. Contributions in her name can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Catskill Area Hospice. Those who wish to share condolences or a special memory may do so on-line at Arrangements are with the MacArthur Funeral Home, Delhi, NY.