Wetterhahn, 85, of 14993 Heritage Dr., died Saturday, Nov.
3, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.
Born March 15, 1927, in Clayton, the son of Norris and
Myrtle Aubertine Wetterhahn, he was a graduate of Clayton
Central School in 1942. He also received a diploma from
Rochester Business Institute, did undergraduate work at
Clarkson University, and received a Bachelor and Master's
degree from St. Lawrence University. He completed additional
graduate studies at Potsdam State, St. Lawrence University
and Syracuse University.
He married Norma McKeever on July 8, 1950, at St. Vincent
dePaul Church in Rosiere. Mrs. Wetterhahn passed away April
Mr. Wetterhahn was a business teacher and coach for 15 years
at Cape Vincent Central School. He was also a Professor in
the Business Division of Jefferson Community College for 26
years, retiring in a full time capacity in 1984. He later
taught part-time office and clerical courses in the
Continuing Education Division at JCC. Professor Wetterhahan
was formerly chairman of the Secretarial Science Department
at JCC. While at JCC, he received the Phi Theta Kappa
outstanding Faculty member award in April 1984. For several
years he was also associated with Farmers & Traders Life
Insurance Company as a life insurance agent. In 1959, he was
named "First Year" agent of the years by the
For many years Mr. Wetterhahn was active as a baseball
player and coach in the 1000 Islands area. He played 2nd
base for the Clarkson University baseball team and at one
time he served as a scout for several major league baseball
He held offices in the 1000 Islands Recreation League and
organized youth baseball teams in Cape Vincent &
Clayton. He was active as an organizer and a participant in
the Clayton Adult "Old Timers" Hockey League and
coached youth hockey for several years.
Mr. Wetterhahn was a member of the Clayton Youth Commission
for over 20 years. He was a farm director of the Jefferson
County Agricultural Society, served on the Jefferson County
Fair Board, and was a member of the Town of Clayton
Recreation Board. In 1989 he was named to the Clayton
Housing Authority. He as a communicant of St. Mary's Church,
He enjoyed gardening for over 50 years, planting over 2
acres of garden on the family farm. He also enjoyed playing
the organ, piano, banjo, and guitar and loved to play
"Pedro" card games and Cronkinole with his
grandchildren. For years he and his wife were season ticket
holders for St. Lawrence University Hockey games and (in his
early years) was a fan of the Montreal Expos and Ottawa
Senators. He also enjoyed Syracuse Orange football and
basketball games. In later years he became an avid Yankees
baseball fan and loved college and NHL hockey games, He
enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren participate
in sports and music programs. He also enjoyed spending his
spring nights bullhead fishing.
He is survived by his three sons and their spouses, Gerald
T. and Kathy, Clayton, Joseph F. and Regina, Adams, and Jon
M. and Patricia, Clayton; a daughter and her husband, Julie
A. and Steven Dillenback, Watertown; a former
daughter-in-law, Denise A. Wetterhahn, Adams; a brother and
his wife, Gustave G. and Betty, Champlain, N.Y.;
sisters-in-law, Sister Helen Mary McKeever, Watertown, and
Justine and Bruce Hacker, Ovilla, Texas; 10 grandchildren,
Chad, John, Andrea, Lauren, Madeline, Daniel, Michael,
Christopher, Natalie, and Melissa; three step grandchildren,
Jennifer Dillenback, and Mia and Jack Buckingham; eight
great-grandchildren, Kayla, Allyson, and Emily Morgan, and
Josh, Abigail, Caitlin, Nathan, and Isabelle Wetterhahn; and
two step grandchildren, Matthew and Madison Briggs; nieces
A special thank you to his caregivers, Hope Blassingame and
Stepanie Robinson for the wonderful care they gave to him.
Calling hours will be held 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at
Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton. A funeral Mass will
be said 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at St. Mary's Catholic
Church, Clayton, with Rev. Donald Robinson, pastor of St.
Anthony and St. Patrick's Churches in Watertown. Burial will
be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Contributions can be made to the Clayton Youth Commission, P.O.
Box 191, Clayton, NY 13624 or the Volunteer Transportation
Center, Inc., 203 Hamilton St., Watertown, NY 13601.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown