Martha Goldswer

Obituary of Martha E. Goldswer

Mrs. Martha Elizabeth Goldswer passed away peacefully on May 20, 2020 at St. Mary’s Healthcare in Amsterdam, NY after a long illness. Born on November 6, 1944 in Cobleskill, NY, she was the daughter of Mildred (Cole) Wright and Sidney C. Wright. She was the youngest of 9 children. She lived most of her life in Schoharie County, but most recently resided at The Sentinel Assisted Living Facility in Amsterdam, NY. Martha attended Schoharie Central High School and worked at the Schoharie County Jail and then for many years as Head Cook at Boreali’s Restaurant. She was a beautiful, kind, compassionate woman who loved unconditionally and had great pride for her family. She had so much love to give that she opened her heart and home as a foster parent and child advocate for many years in Schoharie County. She was known as “Mom” to many. She enjoyed cooking, especially around the holidays, and for big weekly family dinners for her children and grandchildren. She always looked forward to getting pictures of her grandchildren and their activities and showing them off. Her hobbies besides cooking included painting, coloring, making wreaths, doing crossword puzzles and reading, especially JD Robb books. She loved all kinds of music from Andrea Bocelli to Pitbull. She was the wife of John Karl Goldswer, Sr., former Schoharie County Sheriff, who predeceased her in 1977. She was also predeceased by her parents; son, Jeremiah Goldswer; grandson, John K. Goldwer, III; 3 sisters, Virginia Roberts, Emma Jean Annis, Ruth Skowronski; and 5 brothers, Sidney Wright, Jr., Fred Wright, David Wright, Donald Wright, and William Wright. She is survived by 5 sons, Michael C. (Beth) Kelley of Chesapeake, VA; Patrick S. (Kathy) Kelley of Rotterdam, NY, John K. (Pamela) Goldswer, II of Canajoharie, NY; Jason K. (Laura) Goldswer of Mauemee, OH, Benjamin C. Goldswer of Summit, NY; 3 daughters, Kathleen J. Guest (William Skowfoe) of Middleburgh, NY; Tina M. Goldswer (Prince Abraham) of Fort Plain, NY, Katie Goldswer (Gabriel Hoff) of Ithaca, NY; grandchildren, Brittany Kelley Savoy; Joshua, Marissa, and Katelyn Kelley, Donald P., Hunter, and Kevin Guest, Hannah Goldswer, Gregory Post, Dominic and Gabriel Goldswer, Kieran and Kadence Goldswer; great-granddaughter, Lydia Savoy, who lit up her great-grandmother’s face. She is also survived by several nieces, and nephews. A private family service will be held with a future Celebration of Life Memorial after the restrictions related to Covid-19 are lifted. Arrangements are entrusted to Houghtaling & Smith Funeral Home, Inc., 20 Otsego Street, Canajoharie, NY. Donations can be made to: Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500, Chicago, Illinois, 60611 in Martha’s honor.
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