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July 24, 2013

Naomia C. Bourdon

Naomia C. Bourdon

COOPERSTOWN — Mrs. Naomia C. Bourdon, a former resident of Susquehanna Avenue in Cooperstown, died early Monday morning, July 22, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Nursing Home in Oneonta. She was 99 years old.

Born Sept. 10, 1913, in Waterloo, she was a daughter of George and Catherine (Dorsey) Clapp. After graduating from high school, she was one of the few women accepted to The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in Manhattan at that time. It was while she was attending The Cooper Union that she met fellow student, Sigmond A. “Jim” Bourdon; on Sept. 8, 1939, Naomia and Jim were married in a New York City ceremony.

Naomia began her career as a librarian in New York City and during the war worked in a patent attorney’s office. First settling in Pelham and shortly thereafter moving to Mt. Vernon, five children were raised. When her children matured she moved from a home maker role to that of an arts and crafts teacher in White Plains.

In 1976, Naomia and Jim permanently moved to Cooperstown, where they not only enjoyed exploring the village and surrounding areas, but using it as a home base, for travels elsewhere both in North America and to South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown.

Naomia is survived by her children, James Bourdon and his wife, Stephanie, of Croton-on-Hudson, Frances Bourdon and her husband, Richard Kline, of Yonkers, Katherine Czasonis and her husband, Paul, of Granby, Conn., Naomia Ann Bourdon and her husband, Tony Vegliante, of Alexandria, VA and Margaret Sanchez of Pawling; and eight grandchildren, James, Jesse, Regina, Megan, Alissa, Shana, Christopher and Lillie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, who died April 29, 2005.

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