A graveside service for Kenneth “Danny” and Laura Slate will be held on Friday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur. Mr. Slate passed away in 2016 and Mrs. Slate in 2008.
A graveside service for Kenneth “Danny” and Laura Slate will be held on Friday, July 7 at 10 a.m. at New St. James Cemetery, Gouverneur. Mr. Slate passed away in 2016 and Mrs. Slate in 2008.
William C. Thomas, age 69, of Springfield, TN, but formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on October 4, 2016 in Springfield, TN.
There will be a graveside service on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 1p.m. at Hailesboro Cemetery in Gouverneur with Pastor Howard Maxson officiating and Military Honors. Local arrangements are handled by French Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Geneva A. Austin
Geneva A. Austin, age 83, of Fine, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.
There will be a joint graveside service for Geneva and Art held in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Clare on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 11a.m. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home in Edwards. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Geneva was born on February 11, 1934 in Oswegatchie to the late James Hubbard, Sr. and Ethel (Ward) Hubbard. She attended the Oswegatchie School and married Arthur A. Austin on October 28, 1951 at Geneva’s parents’ home officiated by Rev. Frank Kelly. Art passed away on June 19, 2012.
Geneva loved working in her flower garden and enjoyed playing Bingo, painting, card games, and working on puzzles. In recent months Geneva enjoyed crocheting cat mats for adoption to donate to Friends 4 Pound Paws.
Her survivors include her daughter, Geneva “Tiny” Blackburn; a son and his wife, Alfred “Hap” and Jolene Austin; a brother, Elisha Hubbard; a sister, Eva Kerr; 12 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her husband, Art; a brother, James Hubbard, Jr.; and sisters, Emily Dowling, Goldie Folsom, and another brother and two sisters who died in infancy.
Donations in memory of Geneva may be made to Friends 4 Pound Paws, PO Box 394, Gouverneur N.Y. 13642 or to a charity of your choice.
Barbara J. MacTurk
Barbara J. MacTurk, 90, Hailesboro, passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Samaritan Summit Village in Watertown.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 23 at 11 a.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Judy Sibley, lay pastor, officiating and burial in Hailesboro Cemetery. Calling hours were Thursday evening from 5p.m. to 7 p.m.
Barbara was born in Massena on May 19, 1927, the daughter of Marshall D. and Hope G. Lepper and was a resident of Hailesboro since she was 6 months old.
She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1944.
Barbara married William Thomas MacTurk on October 18, 1946 at the Baptist Church parsonage with Rev. Ward Crawford officiating.
Mr. MacTurk passed away July 30, 1986.
Barb worked in the testing lab office of International Talc and as a food service helper at Fowler School for over 25 years, retiring in 1989.
She was active in the community, having served on the Hailesboro Home Bureau over 40 years, charter member of the Fowler School PTA, lifetime member of the VFW #6338 ladies auxiliary and the hospital auxiliary. Barb was also an esteemed member of the Copenhagen Vol. Fire Department auxiliary, a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the Senior Citizens organization, served as an election inspector for 41 years, and was known for clipping coupons in the newspapers for the troops in Germany, Turkey, and Fort Drum.
Barb enjoyed spending time outdoors, working in her garden and flowers, feeding the birds, chipmunks, and gray squirrels. She also liked crossword puzzles and was an avid sports fan, especially the New York Mets.
She is survived by her son David and Cynthia MacTurk of LeRoy, N.Y., her daughter MaryAnne and Gerald Snyder of Copenhagen, N.Y., severalgrandchildren and great grandchildren, a sister Carolyn Fanning of Copenhagen, nieces and nephews, and her extended family of Hailesboro. Barb is predeceased by her husband Bill, her parents, a daughter Marsha Jean Downs, a brother James Lepper, and her faithful cat Bitty-Bit.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gouverneur Vol. Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642.
Clay F. Bressette
Clay Bressette, age 57, of Edwards, passed away on June 16, 2017 at his home under the care of Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley and his loving family and friends.
Calling hours for Clay were on Thursday, June 22 from 2p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at French Funeral Home in Edwards. His funeral service will be on Friday, June 23 at 11a.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Reggie Curtis officiating. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhome.com
Clay is survived by his wife of 28 years, Cindy (Clement) Bressette; two daughters, Cheyenne Whitford of Edwards and Sumerlyn (Janson) Dancause of Canton; two sons, Lucas and Brandon Bressette both of Edwards; a step daughter, Kimberly Delles of Brasher Falls; seven grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by a brother, Ernest Bressette and three sisters, Bonnie Drew, Beatrice Bressette and Judy Lausch.
He was born on November 10, 1959 in Gouverneur to the late Glenn And Thelma (Monroe) Bressette. He graduated from Edwards Central School in 1978 and then went and served in the United States Air Force until his honorable discharge. He worked in the New York State Department of Corrections for 26 years and retired as a Sergeant in 2012. Clay married Cindy Clement on August 19, 1989 at the Edwards United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, collecting rocks with his grandchildren and spending time with his family and friends.
Donations may be made in Clay’s memory to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Center, 5 Lyon Place, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.
Dorothy M. Stephenson, 70, of Stone Rd., Theresa, formerly of Rossie, passed away Sunday June 18, 2017 at home while under the care of her family and Hospice of Jefferson County.
Born of March 3, 1947 in Carthage, N.Y., she was one of nine children of Robert H. and Alice M. Pierce Ward and she attended Indian River High School.
She married Ray E. Stephenson on August 28, 1965 at the Philadelphia Methodist Church with the Rev. Hutchins, officiating.
The couple owned and operated a farm on the Lead Mine Rd. for 30 years and after farming they operated a machinery rental business for silage preservation.
Mrs. Stephenson was a Girl Scout Leader in Rossie for a time.
She loved birds, horses and flower gardening.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Ray; three children- son and daughter-in-law, William “Bill” and Valerie Stephenson, Theresa, N.Y., son, Sam Stephenson and companion, Holly Seymour, Clayton, N.Y., daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Ron Soules, Red Creek, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Erin Stephenson, Oswego, N.Y., Amber Evans, Rossie, Kaleb Stephenson, Theresa; three great-grandchildren; seven siblings; sisters, Mary Piquet, Oswego, Barbara McKee and husband Norbert, VA, Sherry Bacon and husband Michael, Heuvelton, N.Y., Bonnie Martin and husband Peter, Tucson, AZ; brothers, James Ward and wife Christine, Philadelphia, N.Y., Ken Ward and wife Darlene, Theresa, Charles Ward, VA; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Her parents and a brother, Richard “Dickie” Ward (Vietnam War) died before her.
Donations may be made to the Richard E. Winter Cancer Treatment Center, 5 Lyons Place, Ogdensburg, N.Y. 13669.
Burial will be in Redwood Cemetery, Redwood, N.Y. at a later date.
Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, and condolences may be made online at www.frederickbrosfuneralhome.com.
A spring graveside service for Phyllis Foeppel will be held on Saturday, June 24th at 11 am at South Edwards Cemetery.
Mrs. Foeppel, 78, passed away on March 29th. Arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Deborah “Debbie” Jean Collins, age 60, of Gouverneur, passed away on June 3, 2017 at the Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.
Visitation was held at the Gouverneur ELKS Lodge on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 3p.m. to5 p.m. There will be no formal service. Arrangements are with French Funeral Home Inc. in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Debbie was born on January 4, 1957 in Ogdensburg to the late Raymond Gordon and Dorothy Helen (Cousino) Walrath. She graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1975.
Debbie had worked as a certified nurses' aide for the Kinney Nursing Home. She married Howard L. Collins in Gouverneur on January 31, 2002.
Debbie loved her family and going to play Bingo. Her favorite flowers were yellow carnations and tulips and she enjoyed going through cook books and cooking different dishes.
Her survivors include her husband, Howard Collins; four children, Tara McCallops, Dustin Walrath, Howie Walrath, and Danielle Walrath; a brother and his wife, Richard and Susan Walrath; and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents and a brother, Tom Walrath.
Donations in memory of Debbie may be made to her family to offset funeral expenses in care of Danielle Walrath, 407 Smith Road, Gouverneur NY 13642.
Patricia Elaine Vandusen
Patricia Elaine (nee Shippe) Vandusen passed away suddenly at her home on Friday June 2, 2017 at the age of 58.
She was the much loved daughter of Mike (Faye) Shippee, and Shirley Nicholas (Lionel), beloved wife of Barry Vandusen, loving mother of Patrick Laidlaw (Shawna) and Amber Fretts (Joe) and cherished grandmother of Taylor, Trinity, Tobias, Eli and Gracie. Dear sister of Joadie (Larry), Rick (Donna), Ronnie (Esther), Sheila, Brad (Marc), Dianna (Daryl), David (Karen), Todd (Janine), Chris and Mike (Jackie). Patricia is the sister in law of Cheryl (Richard), Terry (Heather), Janet, and Kevin (Kelly). P
She was predeceased by one sister Renee, by one brother Greg, and mother in law Doris. She is also survived by father in law Ivan (Diane) by numerous nieces and nephews.
A Memorial service will be held in the Spragueville Church on Saturday June 10 at 12p.m. followed by burial in the Spragueville cemetery. A Reception will follow at the American Legion in Antwerp.
A Celebration of Life will once again be held on Saturday July 29, at 12p.m. at 47 Station Rd. Gananoque, Ontario.
As expressions of sympathy donations made to the Gananoque and District Humane Society would be appreciated by the family.
Online condolences at www.tompkinsfuneralhome.ca
Adam M. Reynolds, 27, died unexpectedly May 25, 2017.
Adam was born in Burlington, VT on February 14, 1990. Adam attended schools in Milton and South Burlington in Vermont and graduated from William Byrd High School in Roanoke, VA in 2009 where he was a part of the ROTC program.
Adam worked at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters where he was a machine operator. Everyone who ever met Adam loved him. Adam was an incredible athlete, loved being with his family and friends, but most of all he loved being a dad.
Adam is survived by his fiancé Sara Kantorowski and their two children Tristan 3, and Damion 1, his mother Lisa Joseph and her husband Philip, his father Gregg Reynolds and his wife Nancy Tovey, his sister Jennifer Corey and her husband Dennis and their children Grace and Ashlyn, sister Amanda Osgood and her husband Taylor and their children Hayden, Kiersten and Mayleigh, his sister Danielle McCann-Tam and her husband Cory, and his grandparents Norton Taylor, and Welby and Ruth Reynolds. Adam also leaves two step-siblings Alisia and Daniel Pascoe and his fiancé’s family - parents Jude and Peter Kantorowski, and siblings Lisa, Craig and Brian. Adam leaves behind many other relatives including aunts, uncles and cousins. Adam was predeceased by his grandmother Joan B. Taylor.
Adam leaves a precious gift as an organ donor that will save the lives of many individuals.
A fund has been set up for Adam’s two children. https://www.youcaring.com/tristananddamionreynolds-832812
Adam’s family is extremely grateful to the entire staff at UVM Medical Center who helped us through this difficult time.
Violet Cochrane, 85, formerly of Gouverneur, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at her home in Claremont, New Hampshire.
Calling hours are Saturday, May 20 from 1 p.m. to 3:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur followed by family remembrances at 3 p.m. Burial will be immediately afterward in East Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur .
Violet was born on October 3, 1931 in Norwalk, CT, the daughter of Stanley and Viola Dugdale Bates.
She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, cooking, her grandchildren and caring for her dogs Sassy and Muffin. Violet was a mother, a homemaker and had worked as a caretaker.
Violet married John W. Cochrane on November 26, 1949 in Bedford, N.Y.
Mr. Cochrane passed away on January 1, 1981.
She is survived by a son John W. and Vickie (Noble) Cochrane of Dryden , NY, a daughter Cheryl A. and Stewart Foster of Colchester, VT, seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and one great, great grand daughter. Violet is predeceased by her parents, her husband, two sisters Jackie Shirley and Hilda Cochrane, two brothers William Bates and Stanley Bates.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Beverly E. Dalton, 86, of Richville, passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at her home.
Funeral services are private with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Beverly was born on May 29, 1930 in Fowler, the daughter of Roland B. and Cleo Allen Dalton.
She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1947, attended A.B. Hepburn School of Nursing, received certification in public health, graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree, and performed graduate work at the universities of Rochester and Cortland.
Beverly worked in the healthcare field for many years. She worked for the NYS Dept. of Health in Gouverneur, for St. Lawrence County in the Massena area, served as a public health nurse in Alaska on Kodiak Island and in Metlakatka, and at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. She also was employed at Cortland County Health Department in Marathon and Cortland and at the St. Lawrence County Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg.
Bev served on the advisory committees of SUNY Canton and BOCES, was a surrogate member and decision-making member of New York State for persons disabled, a member of the United Church of Richville, and Richville Friendship Class.
She enjoyed photography, genealogy, travel, pets, and pet therapy.
Bev is survived by her great nephew, Chad Dalton of Richville, who she raised from an infant. She is also survived by her brothers Roland Dalton of Marcellus, James Dalton of South Carolina, Robert Dalton of Phoenix, NY, Gary Dalton of DeKalb Jct., her foster brothers James Allen of Central Square and Richard Allen of Florida.
Bev is predeceased by her parents, a brother Norman Dalton, a sister Nancy Ellingsworth, nieces Sheryl Dalton and Sandra Dalton, a great niece Caitlyn Whitney and great nephew Nicholas Bloodgood.
Memorial donations in Bev's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Mohan F. Porter
Mohan F. Porter, 92, of Gouverneur died Friday, May 5, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family.
Surviving is his wife of 48 years, Sally, and four children- Jodi Bigarel, Brett Towne, Kendra Travisand Craig Porter.
Mohan is survived by 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Mohan is also survived by a brother, William, sisters Lillian Gollinger, Sally Hays, Carol Feltand Patti Reed.
Two sons, Larry Porter and Damon Towne, and a daughter Vicky Miller died before him. Two brothers, Benjamin and Irvin, and sisters Margaret Whitford and Evelyn Richards also predeceased Mohan.
No calling hours will be held and there will be a private burial.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Lawrence County Hospice, 6805 US 11, Potsdam, NY 13676.
Publisher's note: during the time Sally Porter worked at the Tribune Press during its years on Clinton Street and later on Trinity Ave. Mohan did many favors for the owners and staff of thehometown weekly. In his very talented way he often crafted cupboards or shelves- whatever we seemed to need at the time to make our jobs a little easier. He was great with his hands. Never would he take money for his help. We enjoyed our conversations with him over the years and always found him to be pleasant and kind. He cared deeply about his family and we were honored to know him. Our condolences to Sally and her family at this time of their profound loss.
Sharron L. Sprague-Vesneski, age 73, who passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the United Helpers RiverLedge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.
There will be calling hours for Sharron on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. with her funeral service starting at 1:30 p.m. atFrench Funeral Home in Gouverneur with Rev. Judy Hay officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Sharron was born on June 2, 1943 in Gouverneur, to Ward W. and Lena E. (Hicks) Sprague. She graduated from the Gouverneur Central School in 1961 and from the Crane School of Music in Potsdam in 1965. In 1966 Sharron received her Masters degree in Voice and Piano.
Sharron was a teacher. She taught at the Ogdensburg Free Academy while earning her Masters degree and then she taught at West Point; teaching the officer’s children. While she was at West Point she formed a choir called the West Point Cadets. Later on, Sharron earned her Masters in Psychiatric Social Work.
She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution; was a member of the literacy volunteers, and for a short time she taught English as a Second Language (ESL).
Sharron also belonged to numerous teachers’ associations. In her free time, Sharron enjoyed sewing and quilting. She traveled extensively to historic places and her favorite at-home past time was reading historical biographies of our Founding Fathers and others of historical note. She has also been a featured speaker at DAR meetings.
Sharron is survived by three brothers, Russell W. and Priscilla Sprague of Zion Crossroads, VA and David C. Sprague of Antwerp, N.Y.; Phillip and Cheryl Sprague of Reston, VA; a sister, Pauline and Tim Valuckas of Litchfield, CT and several nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her parents, Ward W. and Lena E. Sprague, and her brother, Stephen H. Sprague.
Donations may be made in Sharron’s memory to the Gouverneur Cemetery Association, PO Box 29, Gouverneur NY 13642.
Elfriede "Frieda" Perrigo, 80, Gouverneur, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at her home.
Funeral services are at the convenience of the family and arrangements are with the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur.
Elfriede was born on May 23, 1936 in Mammendorf, Germany, the daughter of Martin and Anna Herbts Schallermayer.
She attended school in Gerlinden, Germany and apprenticed in millinery in Munich, Germany.
Frieda married Everett Lacey in November 1953, and he passed away shortly afterwards. She then married the love of her life, Melvin Joseph Perrigo, on September 16, 1955. Melvin passed away in 1975.
She worked at Kinney Drugs, Gouverneur Bowl, and Roma Restaurant, retiring in 1985.
Frieda enjoyed knitting, playing bingo, traveling, and visiting with friends and family.
She is survived by her children Bonnie Hatline of Trent, TX, Kelvin and Tracy (Lambert) Perrigo of Gouverneur, Bryan and Brenda (June) Perrigo of Gouverneur, a daughter-in-law Darlene (Wilmet) Lacey, nine grandchildren, several great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister Thekla Schissel of Otching, Germany, nieces and nephews.
Frieda is predeceased by her parents, her two husbands Everett and Melvin, a daughter Gloria Perrigo, a son Harold Lacey, a son-in-law Larry Hartline, a brother Martin Schallermayer and a sister Anna Stokes.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gouverneur Vol. Fire Department, 33 Clinton Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642 or Gouverneur Vol. Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642.
Charles D. (Chuck) Porter, 80, of Tampa, Florida passed away April 25, 2017 at his home. He was born in Gouverneur.
He retired from the Hillsborough County Clerk's Office as the property control manager. He was also the ADA Coordinator for the Tampa Sports Authority and the New York Yankees.
Chuck was on the Board of Directors for the city of Tampa Mayor's Alliance for persons with disabilities and consulted on numerous venue projects in the Tampa Bay Area. Chuck was a champion for persons with disabilities and the catalyst for public change, locally and nationally.
Throughout his life he was an avid sportsman. He was the manager for his high school sports teams and in his youth. He wrestled for his high school wrestling team at Gouverneur High School – Class of 1957.
In college, he played wheelchair basketball and he was the team captain for the Tampa Wheels Wheelchair Basketball Team for many years.
He enjoyed baseball and football. He knew many baseball and football players that we now consider heroes in the sports world.
Everyone knew Chuck Porter and he knew everyone. He was the "go to" person if you wanted something done.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Porter; mother, Audrey (Weaver) Fuller; step-father, Harold Fuller and brother, Tim Porter. Chuck is survived by his children, Mark Delage, John Delage, Mechelle Lazar and Mellissa Delage; his brothers, Herbert Fuller, Van Fuller and wife Jane, Richard Fuller and wife Diane, Phillip Fuller and wife Clara and sister- in- law, Susan Porter. Chuck is also survived by 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family received friends on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur with the funeral service immediately following at 3 p.m. with Lay Pastor Judy Sibley officiating. A graveside service followed at Hailesboro Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held for John L. Halford, Sr. on Saturday, May 13th at 2:00 pm at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur. Calling hours will be held from 1p.m. to 2 p.m., previous to the service and burial with military honors will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur.
Mr. Halford, 91, passed away on December 7, 2016.
Nancy Young Oliver
Interment services for Nancy Young Oliver who passed away on December 30, 2016, will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017, at 12 p.m., Hailesboro Cemetery, Hailesboro.
Elizabeth “IB” J. Stowell, age 93, Gouverneur, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at RiverLedge Nursing Home in Ogdensburg, surrounded by her family.
Elizabeth was born on April 13, 1924 in Rossie, to the late Winfield and Fern (Hendrick) Goodison. She attended school in Rossie and then graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1941. After high school, she then went on to Watertown School of Commerce for secretarial.
Elizabeth married Charles D. Stowell on June 30, 1946 at the Gouverneur United Methodist Church with Rev. Harold Thomas officiating. Charles passed away on February 6, 2005.
Elizabeth was the secretary at the Gouverneur Co-op for 22 years, retiring in 1994. She was a member of Tops. She enjoyed doing word jumbles and loved doing the adult coloring books. She also enjoyed going to bingo and just being social. At the nursing home they called her “The Mayor” and she was also crowned the Queen.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Jeffrey and Connie Stowell; a daughter-in-law, Joanne Stowell; a sister, Rosemary Otto and four grandchildren and was Nanabell to nine great grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her husband; a son, Timothy Stowell who passed away in 2015, and a sister, Frances Collins.
There were calling hours for Elizabeth on Monday, April 24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. at French Funeral Home, Gouverneur with her funeral service immediately following at 12 p.m., with Lay Pastor Judy Sibley officiating.
There will be a burial for both Elizabeth and Charles on May 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. will military honors at East Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur.
Donations may be made in Elizabeth’s memory to the Timothy Stowell Pay it Forward Fund or to the Gouverneur Methodist Church Senior Luncheon, both set up through the Gouverneur Methodist Church at P.O. Box 157, Gouverneur, NY 13642.
Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.
Candy L. Henderson
Candy L. Henderson of 235 US Route 11 Gouverneur, NY died on April 13, 2017 at University Hospital in Syracuse. She was 70.
Candy was born on April 14, 1946, the daughter of Claron and Dora Mae Daniels Dashnaw. Mrs. Henderson graduated from Indian River High School. She married Robert Henderson on July 4, 1964 in Antwerp.
Mrs. Henderson was a busy homemaker—she enjoyed, sewing, knitting; crocheting and crafting. She made cakes for Weddings and worked on the Elections Board for the Town of Rossie.
Candy was a long-time member of the Oxbow Presbyterian Church. She was an elder of the church and served as the Clerk of Session for many years.
She was instrumental in re-forming the church youth group and her home has served as a meeting place for youth from various churches from Jefferson and St. Lawrence County for many years.
The ladies of the Presbyterian Women's Group looked forward to the annual Christmas party which Candy always hosted at her home. She was an integral part of every aspect of her church up until the last few years when illness curtailed her involvement. If the door of the church was open Candy was always there lending a hand.
From the years of the Friday night fish fries to the Fall Harvest Dinner, to the Easter Ham dinner her special touch was always appreciated. Her flare for decoration was always evident, from the special doilies which she crocheted for the tables to the beautiful stoles she sewed for the choir.
She promoted the numerous talent shows held at the church and her granddaughters provided much of the talent, not only for the shows, but also as members of the church choir and the original cast of the show, "Paul the Prisoner" that traveled to many churches and senior citizen homes throughout the north country. She was there to make pizzas to raise money for the church cemeteries. She was instrumental in the success of the annual summer Vacation Bible School providing craft activities and supervision and special activities which were enjoyed by all. She was there to provide transportation for the many youth activities of the church.
Her dedication, smile and laughter will be missed, but never forgotten.
Surviving besides her husband are her three sons and two daughters in law: John C. and Colleen Henderson of Philadelphia, NY; Jeff and Barbara Henderson of Hailesboro; Tom Henderson of Gouverneur; a brother, Charles Dashnaw, Watertown; a niece, Reene, who helped her when she became ill; two sisters-in-law, Norma Henderson, Philadelphiaand Nancy Hicks, Castorland, N.Y.. Also surviving are her six grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A sister, Christine, Doherty died before her.
Arrangements are with TLC Funeral Home, Inc. All services for Candy will be private. Memorial contributions can be made to the Oxbow Presbyterian Church.