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Carol Waite

Carol J. "Joanie" Waite (O'Brien)

Sunday, December 27th, 1936 - Thursday, February 11th, 2021
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PARISHVILLE - On February 11, 2021, Joan left this world with her loving family by her side. She was born on December 27, 1936 the youngest daughter of James and Irene (Murphy)O’Brien. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and graduated from Canton High School in 1954. She obtained her first job at the New York Telephone Company where she worked as a telephone operator for ten years.

In 1956 she married Raymond E. Waite with Father Griffith Billmeyer presiding. The wedding party consisted of friends and family members. They honeymooned in Lake George and settled in Pierrepont until 1966 when they moved to the High Flats area in the Town of Parishville where they have resided for the remainder of her life.

Joan was a devout Catholic and enjoyed helping others. She was a member of the St. Michael’s Alter and Rosary Society in addition to being a member of the St. Michael’s and St. Patrick’s congregation. Her most satisfying job was working as a volunteer driver for St. Lawrence County which she did for over 25 years. She enjoyed taking individuals to their medical appointments from all over St. Lawrence County and developed lasting relationships with a few of her “regulars”.

Her greatest love was her family. Joan is survived by her husband Raymond of 64 years. Three daughters, Jennifer Waite (Angela Doe), Valerie Waite (Toby Eurto), Karen Demo (David), and one son, John Waite (Karla Young); four grandchildren, Tiffany Irish (Robby), Steven Cool (Chelsea), Brooke Carey (Wade), and Brock Waite (Kodi Perkins); four greatgrandchildren, Wade Jr, and Riley Carey, and Carson and Kendyl Cool; along with three nieces, Sherry Hodge (PK), Deb Peck (Tom), Nancy Rutledge (Jim) and one nephew, James Vebber (Shelley). Joan also kept in contact with her remaining relatives.

She was predeceased by her parents, her sister and brother-in-law, Theresa and Floyd Vebber, along with twin brothers who died shortly after birth, in-laws Allen and Alta Waite and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Joan was an avid bingo player and loved going to casinos. She traveled with family and friends to Las Vegas on a number of occasions and enjoyed attending various other casinos with her family. She liked watching game shows, doing puzzles, and visiting with others. She played Old Timers Softball and on occasion would get to first base laughing all the way there. She loved to laugh and saw the humor in most situations. She relished watching birds and adored her cat Maggie. Her fun-loving spirit will be missed by all that knew and loved her.

Friends may call on Thursday 3-6:00 PM at the Donaldson-Seymour Funeral Home, Potsdam. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday 11:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, Colton with Rev. Stephen Rocker, celebrating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Parishville.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Parishville Rescue Squad.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Thursday, February 18th, 2021 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Donaldson ~ Seymour Funeral Home
    4 Cedar Street
    POTSDAM, NY 13676
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    Please note that visitation will be occupancy controlled with those attending required to observe social distancing and wear face coverings. Please note that if occupancy limitations are reached, those attending may have to wait outside until occupancy has been reduced.

  • Service

    Friday, February 19th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Friday, February 19th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Patrick's Catholic Church
    4897 State Highway 56
    COLTON, NY 13625
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    Rev. Stephen Rocker
  • Interment

    Chapel Hill Cemetery
    Route 72
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Sandra Sebastian

Posted at 09:09pm
Ray and family, my deepest sympathy goes out to this beautiful family , that myself and my family had the privilege of sharing our life with. Joanie was the greatest friend I could ever have wanted, more like the sister that I never had. We shared so many memories together, I could tell many a story, memories with the Maple Sugaring, the guys hunting, our kids playing sports, our times out together and getting together for dinners, cards and much laughter. I am saddened by your lost but I know that you have gone home, we will meet again . Love Sandra Sebastian

Jack Sebastian

Posted at 02:49pm
Raymond and Waite family, My deepest sympathy in the loss of your beloved Joanie. My memories of spending many (way to short) get togethers with you both, brings me tears of joy. One beautiful and fun time together was back in the 80’s when you came down to NYC as part of the Parishville (town council/elected officials) group on a business & pleasure trip. While the “men” were meeting, I took Joanie & Sandra Sebastian on a whirl wind tour of the Big Apple. Dressed in my easy to spot silver winter jacket, the gals dubbed me “the silver streaker” and tried to keep up. The laughs we had that day have lasted me a lifetime.
Rest In Peace dear Joanie...til we meet again. Gary Sebastian’s middle brother Jack, New York City

Tom and Dawn Latimer

Posted at 10:31am
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

Sue (LaBar) Wood

Posted at 01:11am
Jen, Val and family: I am so sorry to hear of your moms passing. She always had a big smile and was full of laughter. May your memories help during this difficult time and remember she will always be with you in your hearts.

Sue (LaBar) Wood

Maureen Maiocco

Posted at 09:54am
Jen and Family: My heartfelt condolences to you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.
Maureen Maiocco

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