Marjorie Sands

February 2, 2013

ANTWERP, N.Y.    Marjorie Sands, 86, of County Route 194, died Friday afternoon, Feb. 1, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Born Jan. 16, 1927, in Gouverneur, the daughter of John Leo and Pearl Rosanna Bouchard Fortune, she graduated in 1945 from Gouverneur High School.

She married George R. “Rusty” Sands on Sept. 14, 1947, at St. James Catholic Church in Gouverneur. Mr. Sands died Feb. 24, 2010.

Mrs. Sands was employed as a telephone operator in Gouverneur, Fort Drum and the Watertown Daily Times. She retired as a switchboard operator from the Watertown Daily Times after twenty years, and was elected as the Antwerp Town Clerk where she also worked for twenty years. Upon her retirement she was elected to the Antwerp Town Board until her resignation November 2012 due to ill health.

She was a member of the Antwerp Legion Auxiliary Post #916 and a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Philadelphia.

Mrs. Sands loved to play cards with her sister and her friends.

Surviving are four sons and two daughters-in-law, John and Amy, DeKalb Junction, James, Philadelphia, Joseph and Karen, Antwerp and Jeffrey and Sandra, Philadelphia; two daughters and a son-in-law, Julie Farr, Antwerp and Jeanette and Scott Tooker, Saranac Lake; a sister, Alice Wood, Philadelphia; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Edward Rossi, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Three sisters, Elizabeth Palmer, Catherine Morrow and Marion Evans, all died before her.

A funeral mass will be said 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9,
at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Philadelphia with Rev. Thomas Kornmeyer officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Antwerp.

Donations may be made to the Antwerp American Legion Post 916 Scholarship Fund, Main Street, Antwerp or the Antwerp Fire Department, c/o Charles Miller, Treasurer, P.O. Box 651, Antwerp, NY, 13608.

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Information provided by Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Inc. and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.