Ann Marie Bulich, 80, of Catskill

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

This earth sur­ren­dered an Ir­ish rose, “the sweet­est flower that grows,” when Ann Marie Bulich was wel­comed home to the Lord on Sun­day, Oct. 23, 2016.

Born April 26, 1935 in the Wash­ing­ton Heights sec­tion of Man­hat­tan, lit­tle An­nie grew up en­sconced in the love and warmth of her Ir­ish cousins, and im­mersed in the Celtic cul­ture of song and dance, which would long be a part of her life.

Af­ter grad­u­at­ing from The Good Shep­herd School, Ann worked as a sec­re­tary in Man­hat­tan be­fore her life changed and her des­tiny was sealed dur­ing a va­ca­tion in the “Ir­ish Alps.” It was there, at Donny and Rose Len­non’s Green Lan­tern in Purl­ing, that she met her coun­try boy, the love of her life, Frank Bulich.

Ann would be the steady but com­pas­sion­ate part­ner be­hind her strong-willed hus­band, be­com­ing wife to one, mother to 10, grand­mother of 22, and great­grand­mother of four. She brought bal­ance to all of their lives and in­stilled in her chil­dren a firm faith in God and abid­ing love for one an­other. She did not tol­er­ate gossip from her daugh­ters (who tested her, re­gard­less), and showed her sons that pos­sess­ing a soft heart was a mas­cu­line virtue, and that she would al­ways cook what­ever they brought her from their lit­tle hunt­ing ex­cur­sions, pro­vided they cleaned it first. She packed nine chil­dren in the sta­tion wagon on Sun­day morn­ings, first for Mass and prayer, which pre­sum­ably gave her the strength to en­dure the fam­ily car trip that of­ten fol­lowed on Sun­days, with Frank at the wheel and with those same nine chil­dren, grow­ing more bois­ter­ous, off to visit her hus­band’s sib­lings and their own fam­i­lies scat­tered around the Catskills.

Be­yond her com­mit­ment to fam­ily, Ann was a de­voted mem­ber of St. Pa­trick’s Catholic Church, where she served as lec­tor on count­less Sun­days, when she some­how man­aged to keep one eye on the holy word, and the other on her large brood, who filled two pews and of­ten threat­ened to erupt in gig­gles over some silli­ness that took place on the car ride to church. Her deep faith bore her through the tragic loss of her first-born son, and years later, the loss of her first-born grand­son.

Her voice could also be heard, loud and clear, from the bleach­ers and side­lines at the nu­mer­ous ath­letic events her chil­dren par­tic­i­pated in at St. Pa­trick’s High School, shout­ing “Get those re­bounds,” the fam­ily cheer­leader clad in green from head to foot.

She cher­ished the time spent with those she loved: danc­ing a waltz with Frank, singing an Ir­ish melody with her cousins and friends from “the city,” play­ing cards with the ladies at fam­ily gath­er­ings, laugh­ing it up with her lo­cal friends at var­i­ous school fundrais­ers, trav­el­ing with other cou­ples to Ve­gas and other des­ti­na­tions, watch­ing her grand­chil­dren hunt for trea­sures hid­den in the yard and around her house ... and those she loved were many. She was a bea­con for her fam­ily and all who knew her, and her spirit will re­main such.

Ann now joins in Heaven her hus­band, Frank Bulich; her son, Christo­pher Bulich; her grand­son and her “sun­shine,” Matthew Walsh; her par­ents, Mary and Michael Gray, and her brother, Jerry Gray.

Left griev­ing her loss most dearly are her chil­dren and their spouses: Mark Bulich, Karen Bulich Moreau, Christina and Ti­mothy Walsh, Colleen and Ti­mothy Stan­ton, Jo­hanna and Peter Spar­ling, Ber­nadette and Walter Kowal­ski, Michael and Michelle Bulich, Jef­frey Bulich, and Joseph and Amy Bulich.

Left in­spired by her life, and now her mem­ory, are her grand­chil­dren and their spouses and chil­dren: Danielle Moreau and her chil­dren Au­tumn and Do­minick Adams; Jus­tine Moreau; Ja­colyn (Moreau) and Michael Bas­tasch and son Michael Fran­cis Bas­tasch; Alexandra Moreau; John Moreau; Jes­sica Walsh; Meghann (Walsh) and Marc Mey­baum and son Michael Matthew Mey­baum; Mark Walsh; Joseph Walsh; Ni­cholas Stan­ton; Sa­muel Stan­ton; Eric Stan­ton; Zachary Stan­ton; Thomas Stan­ton; Kelly Stan­ton; Tyler Bulich; Carly Bulich; Jeremy Bulich; Anna Bulich; Katie Bulich; and Hunter Bulich.

She also leaves many cher­ished friends, broth­ers-in-law and sis­ters-in­law, and dozens of nieces and neph­ews, who al­ways found her base­ment freezer brim­ming with pop­si­cles and ice cream sand­wiches af­ter the fam­ily soft­ball and soc­cer matches.

As her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren gath­ered at the fam­ily farm fol­low­ing her pass­ing Sun­day morn­ing, they ob­served a pair of ea­gles fly­ing over the Em­bought, and knew they would al­ways re­main un­der the pro­tec­tive eye of Ann and Frank, their Mom and Dad, their Ma and Pa.

Call­ing hours will be held on Thurs­day from 2to4and6­ Millspaugh Cam­er­ato Funeral Home, 139 Jef­fer­son Hgts., Catskill. The funeral pro­ces­sion will form on Fri­day at 9 a.m. at the funeral home and process to Sa­cred Heart Church, Cairo, for a 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass. In­ter­ment will fol­low in St. Pa­trick’s Ceme­tery, Catskill.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren, P.O. 1525, Ran­son, W.Va. 25438.

Mes­sages of con­do­lence may be made to Millspaugh­Cam­er­ Ar­range­ments are by Robert J. Gaus.

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