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Delores J. 'Ginger' MacKenzie

June 30, 2021

Delores J. 'Ginger' MacKenzieDelores J. "Ginger" MacKenzie, 88, of Watertown passed away at her son's home in Clayton Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

She was born in Rochester on February 5, 1933, daughter of Joseph and Pearl Sabin Veck and graduated from Ben Franklin High School, Rochester. She married C. William MacKenzie on June 9, 1956 at Evangelical Reformed Church, Rochester. Bill passed on May 2, 1996.

Ginger worked in the physical education department at Wiley School and retired in 1995 after 25 years of service to the Watertown City School District. After retirement, she was a landscaper for Brookside Cemetery, specializing in plants and flowers. Among her hobbies were knitting, golfing, and bowling and she was an avid volunteer.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Bruce W. and Diane M. MacKenzie, Clayton; granddaughter, Sadie M. MacKenzie and Michael Pena, Watertown; sister-in-law, Diane Veck, Rochester, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Along with her husband, Ginger was predeceased by her brother, Larry Veck.

Burial in Brookside Cemetery, Watertown will be at her family's convenience. There are no calling hours or funeral service. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown and online condolences to Ginger's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.


#17 Sue Hunt 2021-07-15 09:37
Your mom was a truly fun, vivacious, “live life to the fullest” kind of person. She made such a positive impression on so very many people. We will miss her! XoxoX Tommy and Sue
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#16 Joanna Loomis 2021-07-10 20:01
Ginger was a dedicated volunteer at the Watertown Urban Mission for many years. Her presence was a constant! She could be found in the food pantry accepting donations, stocking shelves, and helping people choose their items; she was ALWAYS at the Run for Recovery making sure the runners had lots of fresh orange slices and other goodies; and she kept every plant in the Mission alive!!! You don't see her level of dedication every day. She was a force to be reckoned with. I am so sorry for your loss.
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#15 Stevens 2021-07-10 14:22
So sorry for the loss of a wonderful lady, she was always a welcome to all new additions to the block, love to walk the fur babies at least twice a day stopping to say hi to all that were out and about she always said she wanted to go at home thank goodness she was with the family around her at the end ,she would talk so proudly of. Hope her furbaby was by her side she love so much, ,may the angels trumpet her
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#14 Mark E Emerson 2021-07-06 21:02
Bruce and Dianne and family, so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing, My prayers are with you during this difficult time...
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#13 Brian and Monica 2021-07-05 18:23
Bruce and Diane,
We are so very sorry to hear of your Mom's passing.

Brian and Monica
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#12 Charlene Greene 2021-07-04 18:57
So sorry, played golf with your mom and was just a fun person. My sister Sandra Curtin and Ginger were really good friends and she was always telling me stories that made me laugh. Great memories
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#11 Laurie Taylor Cavall 2021-07-04 07:59
Dear Bruce and Diane,
I was so sorry to hear that your mom has passed. I'm not sure you remember me, but we spent a lot of time together (with Mike Fallon) at Dry Hill.
Your mom was the gym teacher at Wiley when I began my early education career. She was so fun and always put the kids first. It was wonderful working with her. My daughter and I would often see her as we were on our walks.
I pray that God would bring comfort to you in your time of loss.
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#10 Janelle DeCicco 2021-07-03 18:38
I was Ginger's neighbor for a few years while I lived on Knickerbocker Drive. I was in my mid twenties and lived alone. We shared a love of landscaping and talked almost every day. She would help me with my flowers and often gave me extra perennials so that I could add to my flower bed. We both loved our dogs. She meant alot to me but when I got married and moved we lost touch. We ran into each other a few times over the years and I could show her my growing family.

I am very sorry for the loss of your beloved family member. She was a special lady and extremely kind. Take care.
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#9 cheryl wallace 2021-07-03 10:23
Bruce and Diane and Sadie I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. To me she was a great lady. She was funny and caring and always had kind words to say. I will miss her. Her suffering is over and she's with Bill and Larry. Remember the good times.
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#8 Michael Bresnahan 2021-07-03 07:11
Bruce and family very sorry for your loss. Your sweet and caring mother was loved by many , she was always doing nice things for her friends.Ginger’ s laugh,I will never forget! She is at peace
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