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“Marge worked for us at the Video store in Cobleskill. She was the best employee and looked out for us all the time. We had a lot of fun and enjoyed...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Jo-Ann Corsall - Cobleskill, NY

“I want to thank marge for being a kind and caring person to my son. she helped many times in the kitchen at bingo and at rummage sales. marge was a...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Betty Van Natten - Cobleskill, NY

“Marge well be miss. She and manyother Lady Axiliary of Elk and CAPP'S where good friend for many years. She and I would drive together to meeting...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Margaret E (Peg) Gras - NY

“it saddened me to hear that a dear friend of the family passed away. marge was a kind, loving caring lady. I had the pleasure or knowing her for...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Herbeert Van Natten Jr - NY

“Though I didn't know you for very long, the time that I did will be happy memories for me....your laughter, silly stories and smiles will forever be...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Karen L Ward - Watervliet, NY

“Although we didn't see each other much, Aunt Marge always took the time to stop and chat for a few minutes. Whether at Wal-Mart or in Middleburgh we...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Lawrence Kossmann Nelson

“Marge was a very nice lady. New her from car pooling to American thermostat year's ago. we lived close by when she and Barney where in Franklinton. ...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Sheila Fox - Middleburgh, NY

“I am so sorry for your loss. I knew her as our leader at Weight Watches. She was an inspiration to many of us. One week we all got weighed and the...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Carolyn Brown - Gilboa, NY


Cobleskill- Margaret Portolano, 86, of Woodland Drive, formerly of Middleburgh, died Thursday February 27, 2014 at Cobleskill Regional Hospital following a brief illness.

Margaret was born on February 2, 1928 in Brooklyn, to Hazel (MacDonald) and Nicholas De Wolfe.

Margaret worked as a cook at Camp Cass in Rensselaerville before retiring.

She was a member and past president of several Auxiliaries including BPOE # 2040, Timothy Murphy Post #248, and the Schoharie County Legion. She was also a member of the VFW Post # 2161 Auxiliary.

Since moving to Cobleskill, Margaret enjoyed visiting with her "coffee club" friends, volunteering at the local food bank, and playing Bingo. Mostly, she enjoyed the pleasure of spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Barney Portolano, on March 8, 2003 and her sister: Mary Curro.

Margaret is survived by her children: Gregory (Christine Ward) Portolano of Middleburgh, Patricia (Marty) Martinez of Lake Ronkonkoma, Margaret Carlsen of Lake Ronkonkoma, Richard (Ann) Carlsen of Lake Grove, Charles Carlsen of Mt. Sinai; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 1 to 3 PM at the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 2040, Legion Drive, Cobleskill. Cremation took place at Vale Crematory in Schenectady. Private inurnment will be in Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

The family wishes to thank Marge's dear friends and caregivers who provided her with wonderful care and got her to her needed appointments: Alice Palmatier, Margaret Bouck, and Millie Kane.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 795 East Main St., Suite 11, Cobleskill, NY 12043.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Palmer & Shaylor Funeral Home, Middleburgh and the Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, Cobleskill.