J. Austin, 76, of Military Road, town of Pamelia, and wife
of Robert H. Austin, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the
Hospice Residence, Gotham Street, Watertown.
Dorothy was a cancer survivor for over 22 years, and was
named the 2010 New York State Senior Citizen of the Year by
the New York Senate.
A prayer service will be 9:15 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Reed
& Benoit Funeral Home followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of the
Resurrection at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church with
Rev. Richard Kennedy officiating. Burial will follow in
North Watertown Cemetery. Calling hours are 2 to 5 and 7 to
9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.
Born May 2, 1936, in the town of Riga, a daughter to Harold
and Ethel Pimm Borgus, she was a graduate of Spencerport
She married Robert H. Austin on Feb. 12, 1983, at the
Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville.
She was the head bank teller with the Watertown Savings Bank
for many years.
Mrs. Austin was a communicant of Our Lady of the Sacred
Heart and the Brownville Immaculate Conception
She was an active volunteer with the Office of the Aging,
helping with the office's annual events to include the
summer picnic and Senior Health Fair. She was a member and 5
year president, vice president and treasurer of the
Brownville-Glen Park Senior Citizens group (Busy
Dorothy was a regular participant in the county's Meals on
Wheels program and an active member of AARP, the American
Red Cross, the Four River Valleys Historical Society and the
Jefferson County Agricultural Society. She was a member of
the North Side Improvement League and the league's 2002
Member of the Year for the Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband, Town of Pamelia Justice, the Hon.
Robert H. Austin; a daughter Sherrie Austin, Portland, Ore.;
a son, James (Christine) Emerton, Sterling, Mass.; a step
daughter, Cheryl (Daniel) Katcher, Fairfax Station, Va.; a
step son, Marcus C. (Jane) Austin, Pittsford; three
grandchildren, Aidan Austin, Joshua Katcher and Lauren
Austin; two brothers, Melvin Borgus, Churchville and Kenneth
Borgus, Carmel, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.
may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St.,
Watertown, NY 13601.
Condolences may be made at www.reedbenoit.com.
Information provided by Reed
& Benoit Funeral
Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.