Dorothy J. Austin

November 7, 2012       

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Dorothy 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 High School. 

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 Churches. 

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 B-G's). 

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.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.