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Jennie M. Adsit

December 3, 2022

Jennie M. AdsitJennie M. Adsit, lifelong resident of Watertown, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, December 3, 2022. She was 92 years young.

Jennie was born in Watertown August 1, 1930, daughter of Giovanni and Saverio (D'Errigo) Malatino. She was a January 1948 graduate of Watertown High School. On June 26, 1949 she married Frank E. Adsit at St. Anthony's Church with Fr. Albert Plante officiating. Mr. Adsit, an Army veteran, served the City of Watertown Fire Dept. for 40 years. Frank died April 28, 2010.

Jennie retired from the Jefferson County Board of Legislators after 42 years (1977 - 2019) serving Jefferson County and was honored on October 1, 2019 as the longest serving legislator in the State of New York. She was the 1st female elected to the Board of Legislators. She was a big supporter of Ft. Drum, the military, and Thompson Park. Jennie and Frank were recognized in 1987 for organizing volunteers to construct "A Place to Play'' children's playground.

Jennie was awarded the Shapiro Citizenship Award in 1988. She was a member and hostess for the Welcome Wagon for over 20 years, drove for Meals on Wheels, and was instrumental in the restoration of the Arsenal St. Cemetery and starting Citibus in the City of Watertown. She was raised in the Sand Flats, and was a former communicant of St. Anthony's Church where she sang in the choir. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church for 70 years, where she was a Eucharistic Minister and also sang in their choir. Jennie enjoyed playing cards, especially a spirited game of Pinochle, sunsets at the Lake, cooking, sewing, baking, gardening, and crafts. Jennie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by her son, Frank (Vicki) Adsit; daughter, Diane (Richard) Sackett; daughter-in-law Ronnie Kirschenberg; four grandchildren, Melanie (Alex), Daniel (Kristen), Anne (Peter), and Julie (Matt); two great grandchildren, Eliza and Lucy and newest great granddaughter due in July; siblings, Josephine Foti and Joseph (Marianne) Malatino; and special nieces and nephews. Along with her parents, John and Sarah, and her husband Frank, Jennie was predeceased by three sisters, Angie Fassett (1999), Mary Alteri (2021), and Mary Malatino who died as an infant.

Calling hours and a service at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown will be in May 2023. Times and dates will be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jennie's name may be made to Flower Memorial Library, 229 Washington St., Sisters of the Precious Blood, 400 Pratt St., and Meals on Wheels, 218 Stone St., all in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#11 Judith Thorpe 2023-05-23 12:11
Jennie was a good friend of my mother Grace DeFranco. Jennie was thoughtful, kind and courteous when Mom passed away. There are no words to say how much Jennie Adsit impacted the lives of all those who had an opportunity to know her. Rest in peace, dear friend.
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#10 Midge Storino 2023-01-23 10:28
I was so sad to read about Jennies death. She was a wonderful person, sweet and kind. If I can remember I think I was a flower girl in her wedding. My thoughts
and prayers go out to her family. Midge Storino D,
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#9 Zina Soluri Ramey 2022-12-14 11:23
I knew Ms Adsit since I was a young girl. I first met her when I shoveled sidewalks. She was one of my best customers when she lived on the corner of S Rutland and Academy st. What a wonderful person she was. She will surely be missed. My thoughts and prayers to everyone who’s heart she touched.
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#8 Kathy Plante-Hunt 2022-12-12 20:34
I am praying for all of her family to find comforting.
Jennie was one of the sweetest souls around. She would call me out of the blue just to talk about nothing or everything and would always remind me if I ever needed help planting more bulbs at the Arsenal St. cemetery that she was around. If I needed help of any kind she made herself available.
She was one of a kind. There are angels in heaven but she was one of them that graced our paths. I will sorely miss her so much! To Jennie, I will see you in heaven for sure! Thank you for all that you did for everyone while on earth. Love, Kathy
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#7 tony soluri 2022-12-09 09:08
Our prays are with her and all the family , So sorry for your loss , Tony & Mary Soluri
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#6 Kathy Stevens 2022-12-08 12:43
Diane I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I would run into her every now and then and we had some great conversations. She was so full of life and so funny. I have some wonderful memories of being at your house when we were little. Jennie was always so welcoming.
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#5 Kathy Webster 2022-12-08 12:27
My deepest sympathies to Jennie’s family for their heartfelt loss. I worked with Jennnie and admired her loyalty to CitiBus for many years. As the Transit Supervisor I valued her input and continued support on the Transportation Commission. God Bless her and may she Rest In Peace.
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#4 Donna Pond McFaul 2022-12-08 08:45
Diane, my sincere condolences on the loss of your Mom. I know this must be a sad and strange time for you and I wanted you to know I am thinking of you….
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#3 paul fiegl 2022-12-08 06:40
Dear Adsit family

My deepest sympathies. Jennie was a nice person. God Bless. Paul N Fiegl
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#2 tina damon 2022-12-06 19:08
i was so sorry to hear of Jennie's passing. We were neighbors for over 20 years until i left Tilden St. Her & Frank were great neighbors & wonderful people. they were always very kind to me as well as to my children. I will forever remember their friendship.
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