M. Bogenschutz Sr., 91, of Brooks Drive, passed away
Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at his home.
hours will be held 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2,
at St. Mary's Church, Clayton. The funeral Mass will be
celebrated 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3, at St. Mary's Church
with Rev. Arthur LaBaff, pastor, and Rev. Pierre Aubin
co-officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery,
Clayton in the spring.
Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc.,
Born March 15, 1921, in Clayton, the son of Frank A. and
Gertrude G. Garnsey Bogenschutz, he graduated in 1940 from
St. Mary's High School.
He married Veronica Gates on July 4, 1941, at St. Mary's
Church, Sterlingville, and they were the last couple to be
married in that church.
He entered the US Army Air Corps in 1945 and served for a
few months before his discharge later that same year.
He began his career in engineering with Frink SnoPlow,
Clayton as a machine operator. He then worked for the family
business in machine design and fabrication at Bogenschutz
Bros. and designed, built, and patented a machine for
processing honeycomb which is still used today by Sue Bee
He was a machine operator for New York Airbrake, Watertown,
then a manufacturing engineer for General Electric Co.,
Schenectady and Syracuse. He went to work for General
Dynamics, Rochester. Tom then started his own business,
Bogenschutz Machine Co. He returned to Frink SnoPlow as a
manager of engineering, and then to NY Airbrake until he
retired as a project engineer. In his many years as an
engineer, he was granted a total of fifteen US patents,
built six houses, and refinished others.
Tom was a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of
Columbus Council 350, member of American Legion Colon Couch
Post 821, and was a charter member of the Frink Club.
He enjoyed boating and fishing.
He researched extensively his family genealogy and enjoyed
hashing over history at the T. I. Museum.
The last of the six houses he built was his summer cottage
on Grindstone Island.
His special love was his beloved white poodle, Katie.
Besides his wife, Veronica, he is survived by his three
sons, Ted F., and Thomas M. Jr. and wife, Bonnie, all of
Clayton, and George T. and wife, Claire, Nunda, SD; four
daughters, Catherine L. "Kitti" Emm, Judy A.
George, Suzanne A. Zimmer, and Laura E. Reff and husband,
Mark A., all of Clayton; daughter-in-law, Gail Bogenschutz,
Depauville; seventeen grandchildren, twenty-nine great
grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter; sister,
Gertrude M. Ingerson, Clayton; and numerous nieces, nephews,
He was predeceased by his son, Timothy J., five
grandchildren, his brother, Francis B. "Bert", and
four sisters, Elwina M. Timmerman, Joanna E. Marshall, M.
Louise Bintz, and Theresa J. "Dot" Bearup.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations in his name
may be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398
Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601 or the T. I. Museum, 312
James St., Clayton, NY 13624.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
Information provided by Cummings
Funeral Service and Newzjunky.com, Watertown