Virginia R. Comins

August 13, 2013

CLAYTON, N.Y.    Virginia R. Comins, 93, formerly of Route 12E, passed away Monday, Aug. 12, at James Square Nursing Home, Syracuse.

Calling hours will be held 2 to 4 Sunday, Aug. 18, at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. A prayer service will be 10:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the funeral home followed by the 11 a.m. funeral Mass celebrated at St. Mary's Church with Rev. Arthur LaBaff officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Born Feb. 11, 1920, in Clayton, a daughter of Charles J. and Mary E. Moineau Reff, she attended school in Clayton. 

She married Raymond W. Comins in January 1943 at St. Mary's Church. Ray, a local carpenter, died July 24, 1967.

Virginia was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening and sewing. 

She had been a communicant of St. Mary's Church and a former member of both the St. Anne's Society and the Cenacle Group at the church.

Surviving are four children, Patricia and Ronald Seeland, Syracuse, Richard Comins, Webster, John and Jean Comins, Rochester, and Teresa Comins, Rochester; eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter; three siblings, Charles Reff and Grace Ahlheim, both of Watertown, and Sr. Faith Reff, Pakienham, Ontario; a sister-in-law, Pat Reff, Campbellsville, Ky.; a son-law, Bruce Sabacek, Vestal; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

She was predeceased by her daughter, Sandra Sabacek, two brothers, John Reff and Robert Reff, sister, Sr. Rita Reff, sister-in-law, Patricia Reff, and brother-in-law, John Ahlheim.

Donations in her name may be made to St. Mary's Church, 521 James St., Clayton, NY 13624.

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Information provided by Cummings Funeral Service and, Watertown