Upstate News

October 17, 2006
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Manlius woman ends 42 years of volunteer service to University Hospital

Thursday, Oct. 12, marks the last day of volunteer service for Emma Puderbaugh of Manlius, who has given 42 years and more than 12,000 hours of her time and energy to University Hospital, and most recently the hospital’s Regional Oncology Center. She is the longest-serving hospital volunteer.

As a volunteer, Emma interacts with patients, many undergoing chemotherapy, and tries to make them comfortable throughout the process. She also handles errands for the center, such as serving as a courier for medical records.

“I am so fortunate to have this opportunity in life,” said Emma, about her volunteer activities. Every Thursday, Emma arrives at the hospital by 8:30 a.m. and leaves by 3 p.m. or later. “I’ve enjoyed so much and feel I’ve reached the point in my life where I should do other things,” said Emma, who has already planned a trip to Hawaii.

Emma, a widow, has three daughters, two live locally and the other in Texas. All attended Fayetteville-Manlius schools.

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