The woman known to
generations of Burlington visitors as the "Hot Dog Lady" has died.
Lois Bodoky passed away at age 91, but she will be fondly remembered for years
WCAX News reporters
visited with Bodoky many times over the years. She was a fixture on the Church
Street Marketplace in Burlington for more than three decades.
"My first dog was 55
cents, soda was 5 cents," she told WCAX in 2005.
Bodoky started her vending
business after a block fire in Burlington destroyed her beauty salon. Her
husband wasn't so keen on the hot dog idea.
"He said you've done
some pretty nutty things in your life, but this is the nuttiest I've ever
heard," she laughed in 1999.
But the idea was a hit
hungry," she said. "They love hot dogs."
She was known to locals
and visitors alike simply as "the Hot Dog Lady," easily identified by
her beehive hairdos and her distinctive glasses.
"I like that
look," she explained. "They're called cat eyes."
But Bodoky's food and her
look were not all that made her memorable. Maureen Short owns a jewelry cart
and has been on Church Street herself for 30 years. Short says it was Bodoky's
friendliness that kept customers coming back.
cheerful," Short said.
Lois finally called it
quits in 2005 and sold her cart to a new hot dog lady. She moved to California
last year to live with her daughter. Her family says she passed away early
"We lost a great
lady," said Tim Halvorson, who owns a restaurant on Church Street.
Other longtime Church
Street business owners were saddened to learn of her passing.
"Just a wonderful
person," Halvorson said. "An icon for Church Street."
Lois' legacy lives on, her
image on the marketplace mural and her contribution recorded in a Church Street
"It means that the
people I loved so on the street loved me in return," she said.
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