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Matilda B. "Mrs. V" Bottoni Vawter
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Birth: Mar. 30, 1924
Washington County
New York, USA
Death: Jan. 9, 2010
Schenectady County
New York, USA

~~ Matilda B. (Bottoni) Vawter ~~

Matilda B. Vawter NISKAYUNA, N.Y. - Matilda Bottoni Vawter, 85, formerly of Latham, N.Y., departed this life, ending her journey Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Lt. Col. Elton Lee Vawter and mother of the late Ron Vawter. Mrs. Vawter was born in Whitehall, N.Y., on March 30, 1924. She was the proud daughter of the late Guiseppe Bottoni and Giavanni Villoni Bottoni DiLando and stepdaughter of the late Ermando DiLando. After graduating from high school, she enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II, when she met her future husband. Her success in life can be directly attributed to the discipline and patriotism only earned as a veteran. Mrs. Vawter was employed at Siena College where she thrived with her treasured friends and students for 31 years. She was awarded the vice president for Student Affairs Special Recognition Award and was the 2006 employee of the year. Mrs. Vawter is survived by her loving daughters, Shelley Booth and her husband John of Southern Shores, N.C., and Celeste Fonda and her husband Vernon of Niskayuna; her cherished grandchildren, Erika Lee Valoze and Vernon Vawter Fonda and his wife Kristin; her beloved great- grandsons, Matthew, Austin and Justin; her sister, Celeste Gross and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her beloved son, Ron Vawter and sister, Mary Varmette. A funeral was held Jan. 13 at the Bowen & Parker Bros. Funeral Home, 97 Old Loudon Road, Latham. Interment in Memory's Garden, Colonie.

- Siena University News Spring 2010

Matilda Vawter, known as"Mrs. V" to the Siena community, worked for31 years in the College's dining hall, where shebrought smiles to thousands of students' faces.She would greet all the students coming formeals with a generous smile."She knew all of the students by name,which was good, or not so good if you weretrying to sneak into 21 club," said NormKvam, director of dining services."She loved the students. Siena was hersecond life," said her daughter, Celeste Gross.On Jan. 9, Mrs. V died at age 85.Although Mrs. V was beloved bygenerations of Siena students, most of themdid not know what an inspiring life sheled. After graduating from high school, sheenlisted in the U.S. Navy and served duringWWII. "She was very avant-garde for theera," said Gross.Mrs. V met her husband, Lt. Col. EltonLee Vawter, while in the Navy workingas a teletype operator. They met onopposite sides of the teletype. After a longconversation, Mrs. V asked Elton, "Are you RON?" which meant, "Are you remaining overnight, on the ship?" He replied that he was, and they continued to talk late into the night. Then they met or breakfast the next morning. They named their son Ron. He later attended Siena as a member of the class of 1971. He was an acclaimed actor until his death in 1994, appearing in Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs. Through her son, Mrs. V met Tom Hanks and Andie McDowell. She hosted Willem Dafoe in her home on many occasions. When stationed in San Diego, she was offered a ride in a helicopter. When she got off, she thanked the pilot and asked his name. It turned out that the pilot was IgorSikorsky, the inventor of the frst successful helicopter. She also would watch a group of young men practicing baseball, who, she said, were trying to start up a team. Thatteam later became the San Diego Padres.Mrs. V was a world traveler. She took her family on trips to Europe, the Soviet Union (she was there when the General Secretary of the Communist Party, Konstantin Chernenko, died) and beyond. She toured Israel with a Siena group. Inher late 70s, she traveled the Inside Passage of Alaska. When the Siena basketball team played at Madison Square Garden in 1994,students invited her along."I tried calling her around dinnertime and she didn't answer. I fgured she justdidn't hear her phone. We turned on the Siena game and there she was in the middle the student cheering section, holding up a foam fnger," said Gross. "She was always busy at Siena. She judged Halloween contests, the multicultural fashion shows. It kept her independent," said Gross. Upon her retirement, Mrs. V was awarded the Vice President for Student A fairs Special Recognition Award or her long and Faithful service to 31 classes Siena College students."She didn't want to retire, but as her health deteriorated and she began using awalker, she worried that it would aect the students," said Gross.When Mrs. V moved into her daughter's home six years ago, they found Mrs. V'shouse was flled with Siena memorabilia—including a beer mug with her photo on it!Even in the weeks and days leading up to her death, Mrs. V was Mrs. V. "You neverknew what she would come out with," said Gross. "She enjoyed lie."Mrs. V died wearing her Siena class ring.
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  Elton Lee Vawter (1925 - 1972)
  Ron Vawter (1948 - 1994)*
*Calculated relationship
Memory Gardens Cemetery and Memorial Park
Albany County
New York, USA
Plot: 50-B 4
Created by: Hoosier Medic
Record added: Feb 13, 2012
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Matilda B. Mrs. V <i>Bottoni</i> Vawter
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Click on image for full size. my mother on her eighty ninth birthday. You were one of a kind and will never be forgotten.
- Celeste Fonda
 Added: Mar. 30, 2013
RIP Matilda, may you dance forever with your husband Elton.
- Hoosier Medic
 Added: Feb. 13, 2012

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