Dorthy E. Halstead

May 18, 2013

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Dorthy E. Halstead, "Grandma Ellie", 91, Watertown, formerly of Massena and Syracuse, passed away Friday, May 17, at Samaritan Summit Village.

There will be no calling hours or service. Burial at the convenience of the family.  

Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Dorthy was born July 15, 1921, in Olean, N.Y., a daughter of Floyd and Teva Lyman Halstead, and she was raised by her mother and step-father, Joe Watson. She graduated from Madrid Central School in 1938.

She worked as a nanny for 26 years for the Klekosky family in Syracuse, raising their 6 children; as a laborer for Upjohn's, and as a home-care aide. She moved to Watertown after her retirement to be near her 'daughter' Margrette Vaadi of Rodman.  

She crocheted extensively, and was especially proficient in fine and intricate work. She loved to read, do crosswords, and listen to good music. Dorothy loved all animals, but especially cats.

Surviving are several nieces, nephews, 'five children' and many grandchildren. 

She was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph "Huckle" Watson and James Halstead, Massena, and two sisters, Velma (Halstead) Farnsworth, Massena and Dawn (Watson) McWilliams, Oklahoma.

Please make donations in Dorthy's name to SPCA of Jefferson County, 25056 Water St., Watertown, NY 13601.

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Information provided by Cummings Funeral Service and, Watertown