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Barbara A. Monahan

December 28, 1933 — June 21, 2020

Troy – Barbara A. Monahan, 86, passed away on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at the Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center. Born in Albany, she was the daughter of the late James and Margaret (Rolle) Williams and wife of the late Willard Wiltse and John Monahan, Sr. Barbara worked for the NYS Department of Health for many years, retiring in 1995 as a health program administrator. She was a longtime member of the Rensselaer Elks, where she served as past president of the Ladies Auxiliary. Barbara was a communicate of St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Church in Rensselaer. She cherished the time she spent leading her daughters’ Girl Scout troops, and enjoyed traveling, camping Barbara is survived by her children, Kathleen M. Wiltse of Sacramento, CA, Carol A. Wiltse of Cohoes, Daniel W. (Marybeth) Wiltse of Albany and Susan M. (Glenn VanEtten) Wiltse of Menands; her grandsons, Christopher (Katie Swanson) Renslow and James Wiltse, her sister-in-law June Williams, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother James D. Williams. A Funeral Mass for Barbara will be held on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 12pm in St. John the Evangelist and St. Joseph Church, Herrick St. Rensselaer. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the W. J. Lyons, Jr. Funeral Home, 1700 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 10am to 11:30pm. Facial covering, social distancing and occupancy limitations will be observed. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie. Those who wish may make memorial contributions in Barbara’s name to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 4 Oakland Ave., Menands, NY 12204, or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Friday, June 26, 2020

10:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

W.J. Lyons Jr. Funeral Home Inc.

1700 Washington Avenue, Rensselaer, NY 12144

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Funeral Mass

Friday, June 26, 2020

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

St John The Evangelist And St. Joseph Church

Herrick Street, Rensselaer, NY 12144

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