Mrs. Blanche A. Siewertson passed away at the Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown on June 9th. She was 98 years young. She was born in Watertown and raised in the Theresa area. Surviving is her daughter Jean, and four siblings.
Blanche attended LaFargeville Central School. In high school, she worked as a live-in housekeeper-assistant. She also worked in the school office and was a receptionist for the Town Physician.
After graduating from LCS, she met Carl Siewertson. On March 27th, 1943, they were wed at the Asbury Methodist Church in Watertown. During this time, she was employed by Faichney Instrument.
After settling in LaFargeville, she and her husband were blessed with a son, Richard and six years later, a daughter Jean.
In her early years she was active in many associations. She was President of the PTA (Parent Teachers Association) for 5 years, she was also active in the Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary and Eastern Star.
As a member of the LaFargeville Methodist Church she played many active roles. She started a youth choir, and she was a member of the adult choir (she had a beautiful voice and loved to sing). She managed many Harvest Day dinners and yearly Memorial Day barbeques. In the late 60’s and early 70’s, she was employed as a cook at McCormick’s Restaurant in Clayton. She was forced to end her work outside the home dues to a critical illness and a poor prognosis. She continued, however, to enjoy many activities. With her husband, they enjoyed the music offered in this area, square dancing, and many fun get togethers with friends. She had many interests and hobbies, sewing, crocheting, baking, seasonal craft projects with her dear friends were a few of these.
In her retirement years, they wintered in Florida. They resided at Hillside MHP in Zephyrhills. With their many friends, they helped with park dinners, gatherings, and programs.
After 2001, they returned home to live out their senior years.
In their 64 years of married life, the greatest hardship was the loss of their son Richard. He was stricken with the Asian Flu in October of 1957. He succumbed to the illness on his 14th birthday.
The love of her life, Carl, passed away, September 25th, 2007. He was a man of great faith and integrity. His kind heart “and that smile” will always be remembered.
Since his passing, her daughter Jean has cared for her. Having her near was a great source of comfort and peace.
Blanche was a source of great strength and character. She was loved by many and left behind a wealth of unforgettable moments.
May she rest in peace with her beloved husband and beautiful son.
Calling hours are 4-7pm, Tuesday, June 15th, at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. A Celebration of Life will be held on July 9th, at the Agape House (former United Methodist Church) at 11am, followed by a reception at the American Legion in LaFargeville.
Donations can be made in her name to the Omar Methodist Church.
Joan and Terry Shelley
Jeanie, so sorry for your loss . Your mom was a very special lady !
She was a very loving and caring lady .
Blanche , may you rest in peace .
Dave and Sue Ondrasek
You are truly going to be missed Blanche! You will forever be remembered for your kindness, and your funny personality. You always gave the most helpful advice.
Jeannie, We are sending you lots of hugs, we’re always here for you.
Rest In Peace Blanche ❤️
Thinking of you Jeanie. So sorry for your loss and so hard to lose a Mom
Walt and Cathy Perry
Sorry for your Mom’s passing. What a great person. We had some fun times with your Mom & Dad, and many laughs. She will now enjoy her time with your Dad and Richard.
RIP SWEET LADY
Valerie Schwalm (Davis)
So sorry to hear of Aunt Blanche’s passing. She was a great lady, never a boring party with Blanche in attendance. Rest in peace dear lady.
Jeannie, Sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a great lady.
Mary Ellen (Hall) Osborne
I am sorry to hear of your mother’s death, yet happy for you that you had so many years together. Your mother was a delightful lady and great neighbor all those years ago.
Anna Wells VanTassel
Jean, I have many fond memories of your mother. She had such a wonderful sense of humor and always so much fun to be around. 98 yrs old is quite an accomplishment.? You have my Deepest Condolences. Sending Much love and hugs, Anna Wells VanTassel