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Joanne A. Burtch Cerow

October 16, 2014

Joanne A Burtch CerowCerow, Joanne Burtch, Clayton, N.Y. Age 93 Joanne passed away peacefully at Samaritan Keep Home in Watertown with family by her side on October 16, 2014.

Joanne was born in Alexandria Bay, N.Y. on July 29, 1921, the eldest daughter of Chauncey and Myrtle Senecal Burtch. She was predeceased by her brother Lewis P. Burtch. She is survived by her sisters Teresa Bresnahan (Michael) and Helen Brennan, as well as many nieces and nephews. Joanne was the mother of five, Cynthia Cwynar (Donald), Carpentersville, IL, Brian (Beverly) Penn Yan, NY, Sylvia Hungerford (James), Webster, NY, Bruce (Michelle), and Albert "Audie" (Laura), of Clayton. She was the loving grandmother of 7 and great grandmother of 8. Joanne graduated from Alexandria Bay High School, where she was a member of the women’s championship basketball team in 1939, and a member of the chorus. She held lead roles in many musicals, such as the Mikado, under the direction of Margaret Todd. She sang at the Monticello Hotel in Alexandria Bay and on the radio in Ogdensburg, where she received fan mail and song requests.

After high school, she had a brief stint with Stromberg Carlson in Rochester, NY during the war years.

Joanne was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 821, where she was past president, a member of the Clayton River Chorus, and she served as the chairperson of the first annual Christmas parade in Clayton. Joanne enjoyed her Monday night bowling league, Friday night bridge club, the Toronto Maple Leafs, curling up with a good movie on TV with her cats on her lap, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, Scrabble, a profound love of the St. Lawrence River and spending time with family.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, October 20, at 11AM at St. Mary's Church, Clayton with Rev. Arthur LaBaff, pastor, officiating, with burial at the convenience of the family in St. Cyril's Cemetery, Alexandria Bay, NY. There will be no calling hours. Funeral arrangements are with the Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. in Clayton, NY. Online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com. Donations in her memory can be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 521 James Street, Clayton, NY 13624, St. Cyril's Church, 17 Rock St. or River Hospital, 4 Fuller St., both in Alexandria Bay, NY 13607, or a charity of your choice. The family wishes to thank to nurturing and attentive staff at Samaritan Keep, Floor 6 for the wonderful care received.


#14 Steve Steele 2014-11-06 10:57
A wonderful life well lived. Joanne and my mother.
Madeline Case Steele, were great friends and members of the same bowling league and bridge
club. She was a member of the great Burtch family of Alexandria Bay (I went to HS with Jack Burtch), Joanne's nephew.

Compliments on a very well written obituary and an excellent picture.

Col Steve Steele
Colorado Springs, Co 80921
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#13 Diane Reff Morinigo 2014-10-25 11:18
To Brian, Cynthia, Sylvia, Bruce and Audie and all their families,

I want to send my condolences for the passing of your mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. As neighbors for all of our growing up years, we have LOTS of memories.. I know that Joanne is in a better place now but I also know how hard it is, even knowing that. I see your old house daily and so I have constant reminders of our growing up years. Prayers to all of you.
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#12 Mary Garlock 2014-10-23 21:13
I took my Mom to visit Joan several times when she lived in the Bay and Clayton. It was fun to watch the 2 of them together. Friends since 1st grade. Mom has a photo of Joan on her book case.Looks at it everyday. Was taken @ their 50th high school reunion. Mom has told us stories about she & Joan as long as I can remember. Mom & our family send our condolences.
From: Teresa MacGregor Garlock (per daughter, Mary)
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#11 Anna Marceau 2014-10-20 19:23
I am sorry I could not make it there, but I am thinking of all of you! I was very fortunate enough to meet her when she came to Chicago. She was very nice to me. Sorry for your loss.
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#10 Barb & Al McGuffie 2014-10-19 22:32
Thoughts are with you, Brian, Bev, Abby, Ben, and Cerow family. What a fascinating life of music, community involvement, and raising a family! You do her honor with much of the same in your own lives. Peace to you all -
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#9 Amy Brennan Reed 2014-10-18 21:19
Thinking of you my cousins.......w hat a great lady Aunt Joanne was. Always loved her laugh and great big smile. To repeat Dave......May she find comfort now that she is with Grandpa and Grandma, Uncle Lew and Aunt Mary!! ❤️
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#8 Katelyn Deline 2014-10-18 20:48
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady and I am glad to have known her. I will miss her singing and sense of humor. She has made a huge impact on my life. I will miss her dearly. Rest in peace. Always missed & never forgotten.
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#7 STEVEN STROUSE 2014-10-18 18:17
Sorry for your loss, my condolences your mom is now resting in peace.
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#6 Francis Winters 2014-10-18 16:38
So Sorry for your lost.. thoughts and Prayers are with you. Francis and Jane Winters
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#5 Rachel 2014-10-18 14:58
I am so saddened by this news. I am an aid at the Summit Village where Joanie used to live. She was such a pleasure and added so much laughter to my life. I can still picture her boucing around singing her marching songs,eating ice cream and Hersey Kisses! Please be aware of the impact she made on my life,and the lessons she taught me about patience,kindne ss and faith.
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