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Diane Charlebois

June 14, 2018

diane charleboisDiane Charlebois, 64, of Cape Vincent passed away due to a fatal one car accident June 14, 2018. Diane was a 1971 graduate of Alexandria Central School and also Jefferson Vocational Technical Center in its first year. Upon graduation she was offered a Secretarial position in Washington, DC. Diane was the daughter of Prosper and Cecile Charlebois of Redwood. She was married to Lyle Aznoe from 1971-1985. Together they had two daughters, Nancy (Jeff) Degenfelder of Brockport and Julie Kern of Hammond. She has four grandchildren, Madison Diane and Baylee Jade Degenfelder, and twin grandsons, Oliver Teng and Ryot Lyle Kern, who were the light of her life.

She is survived by seven siblings, Bernadette (Jim) Sherman, Norwood, Lillian (Will) Farr, Black River, Andre (Helen) Charlebois, Watertown, John (Nancy) Charlebois, Watertown, Denise (Doug) Aznoe, Redwood, Alfred Charlebois, Gouverneur, and Anne (Peter) Remington, Redwood. She is also survived by two aunts, Yvette Lavictoire, Quebec, and Imelda Levac, Cornwall, Ontario and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Diane worked in the food industry for many years. She was a dedicated staff member and close friend of Michael Simpson of the Clipper Inn, Clayton. Her passion was for cooking was obvious. With skills in the kitchen that no one could turn down, this woman could do it all.

She was an amazing woman. The heart, compassion, intensity and love that she could and did give was immeasurable. Our Mom had a smile that warmed your heart and put you at ease. "Non" (as her grandchildren called her) had the ability to make you feel like an old friend in no time. Perhaps even being well known for pulling you in for a big hug and kiss.

"Non" spent many hours, days, months and years with her grandchildren teaching them the ways of the River. Familiarizing them with the ins and outs of a fisherman's way. Guiding them with patience, caring, love, and compassion. Our Mom, Diane, was also a talented quilter associated with local quilting guilds. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her and will continue to live on in our hearts.

Quotes from her grandchildren: "She made it on the greatest Grandma list, but I knew that the first day I met her," - Oliver. My Nana (pronounced Nana not Nanna) was not perfect, none of us are, and while she may not have had a lot, she sure did love her grandchildren with every ounce of her body and she gave us everything she had." - Madison. Anything you ever wanted to get or do... she would let you," - Ryot. My Nana loved all of us will all of her heart. She always wanted the best for us. She always made us laugh and got us whatever we wanted even though she might not have had a lot," - Baylee.

Calling hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton on Thursday, June 21, from 5 - 7PM. The funeral mass will be celebrated at 11AM on Friday, June 22, at St. Mary's Church, Clayton with Rev. Arthur LaBaff, pastor, presiding. Burial will be in Redwood Cemetery.

Donations in Diane's name may be made to the Clayton Food Pantry, c/o St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#22 Susie Mitchell 2018-06-22 13:15
So sorry for your loss. I loved Diane. She had the warmest, most genuine smile and the kindest heart. She lit up the room. God bless you Nancy and Julie.
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#21 DonnaProvenKillenbec 2018-06-22 10:26
To he Charlebois Family:
I am so sorry to hear of Diane's passing. She was a wonderful person who always thought of others. She was always one of the first to reach out when others (and I) needed it. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
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#20 Julie Smithson 2018-06-22 06:32
We are so very sorry for your sudden loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you find your way through the pain of losing someone so special. May Diane Rest In Peace knowing you all will take care of each other in her absence.
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#19 Wes & Clover Gleason 2018-06-21 21:58
To the Charlebois family,
We are so sorry to hear of Diane's passing I remember her as a small child running around on the farm and when she worked at the ice cream shop in Alex Bay with my mom. It was always a pleasure to talk with her whenever we saw her. Our prayers are with you all.
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#18 Paul Levac 2018-06-21 19:15
We are so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Paul & Samantha
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#17 Myrajean Koster 2018-06-21 09:31
So very sorry for such a sudden loss of a very special
lady. She always was filled with joy and compassion for
everyone. Just know she will live on forever in your
heart and wonderful memories.
Thinking and praying for all of you.

Blessings, Myrajean Koster
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#16 margo & jim fowler 2018-06-20 20:24
So sorry for your loss. I remember many times spent at your house with all your brothers and sisters. Diane was a great woman.
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#15 Terry Brennan 2018-06-20 18:15
Immense sorrow was felt when I learned of Diane's passing. Diane was a ray of sunshine! When Diane was our neighbor years back she invited my two boys and a few other children over to make Christmas gingerbread houses--they still remember that and her!! She was truly a kind soul and would see to it that others wouldn't go without even if she had to. Diane will be so sadly missed by me. God bless her kind heart. ❤️❤️
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#14 renee & Paul heath & 2018-06-20 05:39
So sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers
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#13 Dorothy Brunelle 2018-06-19 22:28
Diane, I will miss you so much. My deepest sympathy goes to the family but specially to your 4 grandchildren. You were the best example of a kind, generous, loving person . I love you.
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