Bookhout Funeral Home


Pauline Bump

30 diciembre , 192526 marzo , 2021

Pauline Dorothy Stilson Bump

Otego, N.Y. - Pauline "Polly” Bump, in her 96th year of life, has passed away on Friday March 26, 2021 at A.O. Fox Care Nursing Home in Oneonta.

Polly was born in 1925, the eldest child of Seeley and Alta (Alger) Stilson, in Otego. She is survived by her youngest sister, Thelma (Harold) Martindale, Sidney and predeceased by her younger sister, Anne (George) Drexler, of Unadilla.

Polly is predeceased by her loyal and devoted husband of 53 years, Richard Bump, of Otego, her sisters-in-laws, Marilyn (Fred) Heath of Sidney, Shirley Sullivan of CA, Emily (Pete) Smith of Rome, GA, and her niece, Crystal Martindale of Sidney.

She was a devoted mother and caregiver to her elderly parents and her husband. She was a lifelong resident of Otego staying at the Hampshire House and A. O. Fox Nursing Home for her later years.

Polly is survived by her three beloved children and their spouses, Ron (Joanne) Bump, Stamford, Connie (David) DeMarrais, Albany, and Cynthia (Jerry) Underwood, Rochester.

She is survived by her treasured grandchildren, Danielle Wickline, Clinton, Stephanie (Randy) Hulbert, Oneonta, Nicole (Kevin) Brinn, Colorado, Stacie (Jeffrey) Halsdorfer, Rochester, Dennis (Jennifer) DeMarrais, New Hampshire, Nathan (Karen) Underwood, Rochester, Thomas (Annalisa) Underwood, Rochester, Jessica (Denis) Cole, New Jersey.

Polly is survived by her cherished sixteen great grandchildren, Tyler and Shelby Burns, Mallory and David Wickline, Aidan Hulbert, Bryce and Quinn Halsdorfer, Brianna, Ava, and Owen Underwood, Grant and Ella DeMarrais, Conor and Noah Underwood, and Sienna and Avery Cole.

She will be remembered by her many nieces, nephews, extended family members, neighbors and friends.

Private graveside services will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Otego, by Reverend Fred Albrecht at the convenience of her three children.

Polly has requested that expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers be made with a memorial donation to the Otego Fire/Emergency Department and Ladies Auxiliary, 5 River Street, Otego, N.Y. 13825, in her honor, Polly Bump.

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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


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Rich Stilson

13 abril , 2021

My condolences to the Stilson/Bump family for the loss of a loved one. I was notified of the passing of Polly Stilson Bump by friends of mine in Unadilla. My father Charles Ford Stilson was a brother of Seeley Stilson. I never knew Polly, but knew of Thelma. I knew Anne Drexler quite well, and George was my barber in Unadilla. Our Aunt Dorothy Stilson Sandike lived across the street from Thelma and family I think. As you may know, "Ford" and Grenell "Jim" Stilson ran the gas station in Unadilla as I was growing up in the 50's.
I am now in Cincinnati with my wife of 52 years and 2 grandchildren nearby. (I can't keep up with Polly)! No Stilson's left in my immediate family, we had 2 girls, one in Austin and one here.
The expanded Stilson family has 2 cousins in Alabama, the grandchildren of "Jim" Stilson. "Bugs" Stilson has a living son from Ogdensburg/Florida. Don't hear from him, don't know if he is living. His older son passed a few years ago. We are running out of Stilsons.
I am 78 years old.
Again, my condolences. Stay safe and well during this difficult time.
Rich Stilson