— Catherine Jean
Whitton, 56, passed away peacefully Friday, March 29, at her
home, surrounded by her family.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April
2, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. Burial
will be held at a later date as the family wishes.
She was born Aug. 14, 1956, in Gouverneur, the daughter of
the late Barry Wicks and Eleanor Solar (Washburn).
A marriage to Darrel Whitton Jr. ended in divorce.
Catherine spent the last 25 years with her companion
She worked for a number of years as manager of BookWorld in
Watertown and later Island News. Catherine
later worked as a Florist at Bay Flowers and as a baker for
The Harbor restaurant in Clayton, and the Candlelight Inn in
Omar. Catherine always said her greatest job
was office manager at BMS Small Engine, as she was able to
work side by side with Stan.
Catherine’s interests were sincere and humble, as was she.
She spent many hours in her gardens and enjoyed
having flowers in every space she could find. She
liked watching and feeding the birds. She was
an avid seamstress; knitting and sewing, making countless
dresses, sweaters, hats and mittens for the children of
friends and family. Catherine also made the
Victorian costumes for the women of the Friends of the Hawn
Memorial Library “Grand Dickens Ball”. She
was an amazing cook, and made countless pies and desserts.
Her greatest love was spending time with her two
Catherine’s unique combination of kindness, friendliness
and wit touched the lives of her family and friends. She
often said how astounded and overwhelming it was that so
many people attended a benefit held in her honor. She
read and kept every card and letter that was sent to her and
knew she was in the thoughts and prayers of many.
Besides her companion, Stan Brill, she is survived by her
mother, Eleanor Solar, two daughters and their husbands,
Danielle and James House, LaFargeville, Dara and David
Wurzburg, Hammond, two step children, Katy and Cory Brill,
Florida, her two grandchildren Kinsey Lee and Miles David
Wurzburg, five sisters Carol and Butler Stringfield, Cindy
and Ronnie Hax, Debbie Hunter, Diana and Darrel Harris and
Sue and Jim Parsnow, and several aunts, uncles, nieces and
Her father, Barry Wicks, step father John E. Solar, and a
brother-in-law, Robert Hunter, all died before her..
Though she loved them, Catherine would wish no flowers.
Contributions may be sent in remembrance of
Catherine’s life to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398
Gotham St. , Watertown , NY 13601.
Online condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown