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Margaret A. Rowland

March 23, 2022

Margaret A. RowlandMargaret A. Rowland, 97, of Watertown passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at Samaritan Medical Center.

Margaret was born in Watertown November 7, 1924, daughter of John J. Finley, Sr. and Rose A. Farr Finley and she attended St. Patrick's School and Watertown High School. On November 12, 1945 she married Gordon W. Rowland at St. Patrick's Church with Rev. John L. Plunkett officiating. Mr. Rowland, a machinist at NY Airbrake, died January 27. 2003.

Margaret had worked at Faichney Instrument Company and the NY Airbrake before raising her family. She was a lifelong communicant of St. Anthony's Church. She enjoyed volunteering for church activities such as the Mount Carmel Feast, bingo, and as a church greeter. In her earlier years she enjoyed bowling and was part of a bowling team. She was a member of the Ha Ha Club, a group of six lifelong friends which included one of her sisters, Mary Hager-Killeen. The ladies took turns hosting "Club" where they would laugh until they cried. Margaret enjoyed traveling with the ladies from the club and with her other sisters. She also enjoyed reading and growing flowers.

Margaret is survived by her three children, David G., Watertown, Philip M. and wife Tracy, Pasadena, CA, and Anne M. Wright and husband Scott, Cicero; five grandchildren, Christa Woodward, Hillary and Corey Rowland, and Evan and Abbie Wright; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren with one on the way; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by six brothers, James A., John J. Jr., Martin, Patrick H., Robert E. and Thomas A. Finley; nine sisters, Genevieve Ward, Irene McDonald, Kathleen Keib, Jane Schilt, Sr. Rose Anne Finley SSJ, Dora Belcher, Nora Finley, Elizabeth Finley and Mary Hager-Killeen. Margaret was the last surviving member of her amazing, close and loving family.

Calling hours will be held Monday, March 28, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown from 4 - 7 PM. A prayer service will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 29, at 9:15 AM followed by the funeral mass celebrated at 10 AM at St. Anthony's Church. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Margaret's name may be made to either the American Heart Association, c/o Stacy Spaziani, 204 Iroquois Ave. W., or SPCA of Jefferson County, P. O. Box 531, both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#5 Chrissie Liberatos 2022-03-29 20:25
David, Phil, and Annemarie, I am sorry to hear of your Mom's passing and that I missed the services (I just returned from NC). I always thought your mother was a beautiful woman, gracious and gentle. She has been embraced by her 15 siblings and I do hope she is organizing another 'HaHa Club' in her heavenly home. Wishing you all peace, strength, and wonderful memories of her life.
Chrissie (Misercola) Liberatos
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#4 Rose Porter 2022-03-27 12:07
I'm happy to have met her.. she was lively and welcoming.. I had the privilege of a great conversation with her at the baby shower for her great grandson... I learned that her husband built the house that she lived in for so many years, and that she could see her childhood home from her porch.. I was amazed at how many brothers and sisters she had, and that she was the last of them.. I'm happy to know that my grandchildren knew their Sheema, as I was privileged to know mine... RIP lovely lady, and enjoy the reunion in the sky...
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#3 Tina Foti 2022-03-27 10:37
Dave and Family: Please accept our Condolences on the loss of your beautiful Mom. Our thought and Prayers are with you all at this difficult time.
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#2 Kelly Farley 2022-03-27 01:58
Dear Anne and family,

Thinking of all of you and sending my deepest sympathies. My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time.

Love, Kelly F.
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#1 Donald Rowland 2022-03-26 12:38
Dear Dave ,Phil and Anne.your mom was my favorite aunt. Always kind and loving .God bless her. SOsorry shes gone .With love Don And family.
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