George E. Bosseler, age 89, of Painted Post, N.Y., and Vero Beach, Fla., passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach. He was born Feb. 9, 1932, on a dairy farm in Wethersfield, N.Y., the son of the late George and Victorine (Neamon) Bosseler. In 1958, he married the love of his life, Mary Alice Ritchlin in Batavia, N.Y. She predeceased him on Nov. 21, 2018.
An outstanding all-around athlete, George excelled in football, basketball and baseball at Batavia High School, serving as captain and earning varsity letters in all three sports. Actively recruited to play college football and baseball, George accepted a full scholarship to play football at the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Wharton School of Business. At Penn, he had a standout football career, earning All-Ivy League honors two years in a row and AP All-American Honorable Mention. Captain and 3-time letterman under longstanding Coach Munger, George’s 13 career interceptions puts him third in the all-time record books. He was inducted into the Batavia Athletic and Section V Football Halls of Fame.
In 1954, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and went on to serve two years in the US Army as First Lieutenant in Fort Rucker, Ala. In 1959, he began his illustrious career at Corning Incorporated. Over the course of the next 36 years, George worked across multiple technical businesses and disciplines residing in Palo Alto, Calif., and Corning, N.Y.; ultimately retiring in 1994 as Manager of Sales, Engineering and Customer Service, Ophthalmic Products Division.
George was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed 60 years of marriage with Mary Alice, spending summers at Keuka Lake and winters at Grand Harbor in Vero Beach. He cherished his daughters and loved traveling to visit them and cheer on his seven grandchildren. George was an avid golfer who enjoyed time on the links with his friends. He will be remembered for his quick wit, story-telling personality, love of sports and amazing gift-wrapping skills. A devoted Catholic, he served as a Communicant at Corning’s All Saints Parish and an Usher at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Florida.
He is survived by his daughters, Lizanne (Ken) Makoid of Malvern, Pa., Kim (Greg) Miller of Battle Creek, Mich., and Georgia (Chris) Rossi of Pittsburgh, Pa.; seven grandchildren, Kayleigh and Greg Makoid, Julia, Margo and Anna Miller and Christopher and Victor Rossi; and siblings, Don (Marcia) Bosseler of Pinecrest, Fla., Laura Perry of Lancaster, N.Y., and Bill Bosseler of Rochester, N.Y.
Family and friends are invited to Phillips Funeral Home, 17 W. Pulteney Street, Corning, NY on Friday, May 14, from 6-8 p.m. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 155 State Street, Corning, N.Y., on Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m. All are invited to join the family for lunch immediately following the funeral at the Radisson Hotel, downtown Corning. For those unable to attend in person, the Mass will be live-streamed at www.allsaintsparish.org.
Memorial donations may be made to the Bosseler Wigs for Cancer Patients Fund through The Fund for Women of the Southern Tier, P.O. Box 777, Corning NY, 14830 or the Grand Harbor Audubon Society, 4985 Club Terrace, Vero Beach, FL, 32967.