Maureen Pollard Martin Johnson – The Altamont Enterprise

Maureen Pollard Martin Johnson
Maureen Pollard Martin Johnson, known as “Mo,” was a vivacious woman — a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend — who lived life to the fullest.
“Maureen left this world suddenly on December 21st, 2021, at age 86,” her family wrote in a tribute.
She was born to John and Marie Pollard on Dec. 23, 1934. One of six siblings, Maureen was born with twin Sheila after their first-born brother, Jack.
Their parents were icons in Altamont. John Pollard had a fuel company in the village and served as Altamont’s fire chief. Marie Pollard was active in St. Lucy’s Church, cooking at the church restaurant when the Altamont Fair was held.
In later years, said Laurie Carey, Mrs. Johnson’s daughter, “All the grandchildren volunteered at the church restaurant during Fair Week.”
Mrs. Johnson, always beautiful and active, was captain of the cheerleading team at Altamont High School. She met the love of her life, Robert Martin, a Voorheesville student, because Mr. Martin was best friends with her brother Jack, said Ms. Carey.
“She married her childhood sweetheart and they had four kids,” said Ms. Carey. Both parents worked in real estate.
The family lived in a grand mansion on Leesome Lane now known as Joshua House because a priest who lived there for decades after the Martins, Joseph Girzone, wrote a series of popular novels about a modern-day Christ-like figure named Joshua.
“We had a lot of fun in that house,” said Ms. Carey. She recalled how, on the Fourth of July, villagers said they looked to Leesome Lane for the fireworks because those hosted by the Martins were more spectacular than those provided on the fairgrounds.
Mr. Martin died in his early thirties. “When my father died, she could have felt sorry for herself, but she moved on. She taught us how to survive,” said Ms. Carey of her mother.
“She demonstrated throughout her life the grit and tenacity to overcome anything thrown her way — a characteristic that she has modeled for her children and grandchildren and will be passed down for generations to come,” her family wrote.
“She had four husbands total and outlived them all,” said Ms. Carey.
Mrs. Johnson’s career spanned over 60 years of real estate and the commercial moving business where she was recognized for numerous top sales accomplishments. “She took pride in her contributions and her work ethic,” her family wrote. “She worked her entire life and usually at more than one job at a time.”
Mrs. Johnson taught her children and her grandchildren to take pride in doing their work well, no matter the job, said Ms. Carey.
“My mom was not a great cook,” said Ms. Carey. “She would open a can and say, ‘God helps those who help themselves,’” Ms. Carey recalled with a laugh. Consequently, she said, all four children are now good cooks.
Growing up in an Irish Catholic family, Mrs. Johnson was taught to speak her mind. “She raised four kids to stand their ground,” said Ms. Carey.
“She made people laugh with her Irish sense of humor and was never afraid to share her opinion on any topic,” her family wrote. “She loved to entertain and could hold one hell of a party, where her bold laughter could be heard by all. She was a generous woman, opening her home to friends and family and would go out of her way to help anyone in need.”
Thirty years ago, Mrs. Johnson moved to Florida, living in St. Cloud, which is near Disney World. “She worked for Disney because she liked to keep busy and she liked socializing with people,” said her daughter. “She was a character greeter.”
Mrs. Johnson’s job was to meet visitors and bring Disney characters out to meet them, she said, which allowed her to get passes for her family to use when they visited.
“She loved the Disney atmosphere,” said Ms. Carey.
Most recently, Mrs. Johnson worked at The Home Depot where she loved to be around people and enjoyed going to work, her family said.
Throughout her life, Mrs. Johnson liked socializing. In Altamont, she belonged to the ladies’ auxiliaries for both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. In Florida, she was a member of the Red Hat Society.
She liked dressing up for occasions, her daughter said, adding, “She never looked her age; she always looked gorgeous.”
Summing up her mother’s character, Ms. Carey said, “She was very caring and very direct. She always spoke her mind, and she would do anything for anyone.”
 
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Maureen Pollard Martin Johnson is survived by her four children, Beth Casale, Michael Martin, Richard Martin, and Laurie Carey, and by her two stepchildren, Walter Johnson Jr. and Jennifer Pugliese; by her siblings, John Pollard III, Michelle Wever, Thomas Pollard, and James Pollard; and by her 14 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
Her twin sister, Sheila Bishop, died before her.
“Her faithful dog, Bailey, never left her side,” her family wrote. “Maureen will make her final resting with the love of her life, Robert Martin, with whom she had four children and who passed early in his life.”
Family and friends will celebrate her life in the spring of 2022 in Altamont. Services will be held at St. Lucy’s Church.
— Melissa Hale-Spencer
 
Michael Anthony Keever, a Guilderland High School student who became a part-owner of TV Guide Magazine, died on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. He was 55.
He was born in Albany on Aug. 22, he was the youngest of Ralph A. Keever and Jane-Ann D. Keever’s six children.
BERNE — Deborah Douglass was a vivacious woman whose kindness extended to every living creature she met — human and animal. She died on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021, with family by her side. She was 69. 
RENSSELAERVILLE — Dorothy Reinhart, who loved her family and was a friend to many, died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. She was 86.
She was born on April 14, 1935 in River Vale, New Jersey.
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