Pauline Buldas, 98, of Montpelier, passed away on September 23, 2017 at Evergreen Manor Nursing Home in Montpelier.
She was born in Zevgolatio, Corinth Greece in 1919 to John and Marina Andrianos and was the last living of their five children. Like many immigrants of her era, in 1949, she had the strength and courage to leave her family and homeland to escape poverty and a post World War II Civil War. This strength and courage sustained her throughout her 98 years. Widowed in 1963, she raised her three young children.
She was a very loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother continuously encouraging achievement and independence. She was very proud of becoming an American citizen in 1964 and was an outspoken, life-long democrat. Although in her fifties, she was determined to learn to drive. She learned to do so, while driving around the Williams county fairgrounds and everyone in town knew her big blue Cadillac.
Pauline performed all domestic skills masterfully including cooking (especially her Greek meatballs), Greek pastry baking, sewing of garments without the use of patterns and growing magnificent roses.
We will forever miss her quick wit, wisdom and love for her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Buldas and daughter-in-law Constance (Nicolen) Buldas. She is survived by her three children: Marina Lung (Bruce), George Buldas (Dena), and James Buldas. Her six grandchildren: John Lung (Kenzi), James Lung (Amy), Angela Buldas, John Buldas (Abbey), James Buldas (Maria), Jenna Gawronski (Steve) and six great grandchildren: Christopher and Nicholas Lung, Valentino Buldas, Theodore Buldas, Konstantina Buldas, and Vincent and Juliana Gawronski.
Donations may be made to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio. Online condolences can be left at www.thethompsonfuneralhome.com.