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Emma M. Traynor

September 6, 2012

Emma M. TraynorWATERTOWN, N.Y.  —  Emma M. Traynor, 101, widow of Howard E. Traynor and former co-owner of Howard's Restaurant (now Shuler's) passed away Thursday morning, Sept. 6, at her home on Davidson St.

Born Jan. 3, 1911, the daughter of Frank and Jennie Burnup Butler, she attended local schools and graduated from Watertown High School, class of January 1930.

She married Howard E. Traynor on March 28, 1932, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Adrian McShane officiating. Mr. Traynor died at his summer home at Silver Shores, Sackets Harbor on Sept. 21, 1969. They were one of the first cottage settlers on that shore.

She was employed at Grand Union Market in Paddock Arcade as manager of the Delicatessen Counter. Later, she was the manager of the Curtain and Drapery department at Montgomery Ward on Court Street.

In 1946 Mr. and Mrs. Traynor purchased "Baker's BBQ" from Bert and Delia Baker. In 1956 they remodeled the restaurant as it is today and became incorporated, renaming the business to Howard's Restaurant. Mrs. Traynor was vice president and secretary of the business. In 1968 they sold it along with the popular BBQ recipe to Dave and Glenna Shuler and it became Shuler's Restaurant.

She enjoyed her "birthday club girls", as she referred to them, and was still in contact with the few remaining members. She assisted with the Church's Annual Festival and bake sales for years. She helped when Fr. Dostie opened a used clothing store for the poor on Main St. in the city.

Emma enjoyed playing on dart teams in her earlier years, even bringing home a few team trophies.

She loved bowling, baking, traveling, playing cards, crocheting, and gardening, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

Mrs. Traynor was a member of the North Side Improvement League Auxiliary, Catholic Daughters of America, Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, associate member of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, past president and active member of the Bowlerette Bowling League, and past president and member of the Senior Automotive Bowling League.

She was also a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church and past president and honorary member of the Altar & Rosary Society at her church.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice A. St. Croix and husband, James, Watertown; a son, Thomas H. Traynor and wife, Lucinda, Fairfield, Iowa; sister-in-law, Carol Butler, Rochester; 10 grandchildren, Jeffrey St. Croix and wife, Rose, and Jayme St. Croix, her primary caregiver, and wife, Jo Ann, all of Watertown, Jon St. Croix and wife, Jenny, Beaver Falls, Jan St. Croix, Cohoes, Joel St. Croix, AL, James D. St. Croix II and wife, Kerry, Camillus, Jean St. Croix and wife, Catherine, Lowville, Jerome St. Croix and wife, Heather, Rochester, Kris Traynor-Wonders and husband, Robert, Manlius, and Scott Traynor, Rochester; 30 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren, with one more on the way; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, William F., Rev. George M., Nelson, and Robert Butler, and three sisters, Anne LaRock, Florence Streeter, and Naomi Chrisler.

Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown. A prayer service will be 9:15 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, at the funeral home  followed by the 10 a.m. funeral Mass celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Richard Kennedy, MSC, officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, town of Watertown.

Donations may be made in her name to either Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, 320 W. Lynde St. or to Immaculate Heart Central Scholarship Fund, 1316 Ives St., both in Watertown, NY 13601.

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