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A. Eileen Bleibtrey

July 9, 2022

A. Eileen Bleibtrey, 96, formerly of Broadway Ave. W., Watertown passed away Saturday morning, July 9, 2022, at Samaritan Summit Village where she had resided since 2018.

Eileen was born in Canton June 6, 1926, daughter of Clarence J. and Catherine Boyle Leonard. She was a graduate of Canton High School. She received her Bachelor's in Education from Potsdam Teacher's College in 1947 and her Masters in Education from St. Lawrence University in 1953. She also did graduate work at Syracuse University. She moved to Watertown in 1953.

On January 6, 1973 she married Dr. Edmond C. "Ted" Bleibtrey at Holy Family Church with Rev. Paul Worczak officiating. Dr. Bleibtrey, a podiatrist from 1937 - 1984, died May 11, 1993.

She was a teacher at The Hill School, Huntington, Long Island, Canton and Carthage Central Schools, and after moving to Watertown at Ohio St. School. She retired as the Student Teacher Supervisor at Potsdam College after 21 years of service to the college.

Eileen was a communicant of Holy Family Church. She was a member, volunteer, and was a trustee for seven years at the Jefferson County Historical Society and was also a member of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association. She was a former member of the College Women's Club, American Association of University Women, and Samaritan Medical Center Auxiliary. She was an avid bridge player and was very fond of music.

Eileen is survived by her three children, Mary B. Knapp and husband Michael J., Watertown, Kathleen B. Moran and husband John, Sackets Harbor, and James E. Bleibtrey, Victor, MT; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband, Ted, she was predeceased by her daugher-in-law Karen Bleibtrey, May 5, 2011, and two brothers, Robert J. Leonard, June 10, 1961 and John B. Leonard, March 4, 2006.

The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 15, at 10:00 AM at Holy Family Church followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. There are no calling hours and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. In lieu of flowers, donations in Eileen's name may be made to Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#6 Cary Brick 2022-07-18 22:48
Eileen and T ed were special people - always ready to lend a helping hand or a kind word. I feel blessed to know them, sharing some laughs along with stimulating and serious conversations. Eileen's brother, Jack, was one of the finest and respected attorneys in St. Lawrence County. RIP, my friends.
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#5 Judith Hadley 2022-07-16 12:55
Eileen was a wonderful friend and lady. I did her hair for many years. We had many good memories! One day she came in and said, Judy, get my hair done fast and we'll go over to the Flower Memorial Library and listen to Hillary Clinton's speech! We got over in time! She loved her family and her work, Fly high my friend!!
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#4 Linda Sharlow 2022-07-12 20:07
My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs Bleibtrey. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed by many.
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#3 Elaine Bock 2022-07-11 18:11
Eileen was a well- known face at the JCHS. She was a wise and capable woman. The Membership Chairwoman and a Board of Trustee, she spent many hours in the museum building. In the fall when the museum apples were harvested, she would always arrive with her apple peeler in hand ready to help create the museum pie/pies. What a woman she was!
Elaine Bock
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#2 John Spicer 2022-07-11 12:37
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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#1 Brian Ashley 2022-07-10 09:25
The world is a better place because of this wonderful, thoughtful and generous woman. She was a volunteer when I served as President of the Jefferson County Historical Society and we had many wonderful discussions. Eileen was responsible for our membership renewals and she sat quietly in our back gallery with her box of index cards and a pen and filled out every card by hand. As technology advanced I tried to encourage Eileen to use the computer to keep track of the membership. I thought it would speed things up and maker her work simpler. She didn’t like the computer and resisted my suggestion but I persisted. One day I came into the museum and the computer was pushed off to the side and Eileen had her index cards out and was happily completing her task! It wasn’t until I got my membership card with her slightly shaky writing that I realized it was the personal touch that she gave the task that made it so special! I will miss our visits at Summit and that welcoming genuine smile!
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