December 28, 2014
Consuelo Deierlein died at her home in Sarasota, Florida on December 16, 2014. A Funeral Mass at Holy Family Church and burial in Brookside Cemetery will be in May at a time and date to be announced.
She was born on November 7, 1929 in Melrose Park, Illinois to Margarita and Vicente Eugenio and her father died in 1931. Margarita Eugenio married Lt. Max W. Schaeffer, USMC, in 1933. Consuelo traveled extensively as a child, attending many schools in California, Virginia, Shanghai, China, and Pennsylvania. Her stepfather died as a Japanese POW in 1945.
Consuelo graduated from Georgetown Visitation Convent in Washington, DC in 1947. She attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Catholic University in Washington, DC, and graduated from Regents College of SUNY in 1982. She married John J. Deierlein of New Rochelle, New York, a graduate of Catholic University in 1950, and they moved to Watertown, New York where he was employed by the architectural firm of Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw, & Folley. This employment led the family to move from Potsdam, New York to Corning, New York then to San Juan, Puerto Rico until they settled in Watertown.
Consuelo was a communicant of Holy Family Church, and was a member of the North Country Artists Guild, Women's Auxiliary of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, and the Women's Auxiliary of Crescent Yacht Club in Chaumont, New York. She worked in the Jefferson Community College library as a library clerk for 27 years prior to her retirement in 1995. In collaboration with Psychology Professor Betty Andrews, she team-taught Death & Dying classes at JCC and was an active participant in the development of Hospice of Jefferson County, in which she continued to be involved in its activities and served on the Board of Directors.
Consuelo's husband, John H. Deierlein, died on December 9, 1997 after an illness of many years. She moved to Sarasota, Florida in 2000. She is survived by her six children: Peter O., Chittenango, New York, Thomas H., Lake Lucerne, New York, John F., Norwich, New York, Ann K. Hornbeck, Farmdale, Ohio, Mark E., Deerfield, New York, and Elisa M., Deer Island, Oregon. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Local funeral arrangements are entrusted to Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown, New York. Memorial donations may be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. or Northern New York Community Foundation, 120 Washington St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to her family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.