Arlie H. Wheeler

April 12, 2017
ADAMS, NY  —  Arlie Hutchins Wheeler, 92, formerly of Maxon Lane, Adams, passed away Tuesday, April 11, at the Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown, where she had resided since January.

The funeral will be 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home, Belleville, with Rev. Walter Giles officiating. Burial will follow in the Adams Rural Cemetery. Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Arlie was born Dec. 12, 1924, in North Bangor, NY, the daughter of Donald and Eva Page Hutchins. Arlie attended a one-room grade school in North Bangor and graduated from Franklin Academy High School in Malone, N.Y. in 1941. After graduating from Potsdam State Teachers' College in 1945, Arlie taught elementary school in Belleville, N.Y., for five years.

She married Kenneth Baldwin Wheeler on Nov. 28, 1947, at St. John's Cathedral in Ogdensburg, N.Y. After their marriage, Arlie and Ken lived with Ken's mother, Theodate Wheeler in Adams until they purchased their home on Wardwell Street in Adams. Later, they purchased a home on Maxon Lane in Adams.

Ken had served with the 377th Harbor Craft unit in the South Pacific during World War II. In their later years, Arlie and Ken took great pleasure in annually attending reunions throughout the country of Ken's 377th Harbor Craft Co.

Two children were born at a Watertown hospital: Tamara Kay (Greg) Plantz and Moreau Robert (Pamela) Wheeler.

When her children started school, Arlie provided a service to her church and taught weekly released time church school at Mannsville, Belleville, Adams Center and Adams. In 1963, Arlie resumed elementary teaching at South Jefferson Central School and retired in 1982 after 19 years with the District.

Arlie was an active member of the former Cecelia #156 Order of the Eastern Star for more than 50 years. In 1968, she served as district deputy.

Ken and Arlie spent 23 winters in Florida and summers at their cottage at Jefferson Park on Lake Ontario. Ken passed away in on March 31, 2010 whereupon Arlie moved to the Ives Hill Retirement Community in Watertown.

Besides her children, Arlie is survived by 10 grandchildren: Julie Meadows of Covington, VA.; Joel Wheeler of Essex Junction, Vt.; Angie Hernandez of Belton, TX.; Emma Leah Wheeler of Adams; Laina Wheeler of Adams; Michael Wheeler; Amanda Cough; Abby Stone of Watertown, NY; Nathan Plantz of Norwood, NY; and Jared Plantz of Alexandra Bay, NY; 16 great-grandchildren and a great- great-grandchild.

Arlie was an avid reader, enjoyed doing crafts and spending time with her family. She enjoyed genealogy and friends. Arlie took pride in being a member of “The Twits,” an Emmanuel Episcopal Church craft group. The family especially acknowledges the professional and compassionate care provided by the Summit Community, particularly the First-Floor Skilled Nursing Staff, during Arlie's three month stay.

Contributions in Arlie's memory may be made to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Adams or the American Legion of Adams.

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Information provided by Carpenter-Stoodley Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.