WATERTOWN, NY — Ada Jane Stever Northrop, 92, of Watertown, NY, died Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Samaritan Keep Home where she had resided since April 2016 after moving from Centennial Apartments.
She was born on January 22, 1926 in Watertown, New York, the third child of county veterinarian Dr. Arthur Chapman Stever, Sr. and wife Margaret Angstadt Stever with siblings, Arthur C. Stever, Jr. and Mary Alice Stever Wehrle. Mrs. Northrop was a January 1944 graduate of Watertown High School where she was secretary of her senior class and named most popular.
Preparing to serve in the military during World War II, she graduated as an Army Corps registered nurse from the University of Virginia Hospital School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 29, 1947, but returned to Watertown to work at Mercy Hospital since the war ended.
On July 23, 1949, she married Squire Brown Northrop, Jr., in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, at the home of her mother’s relatives. After thirteen years and three children, the marriage ended in divorce in 1962.
Thereafter, Mrs. Northrop worked on the pediatrics ward at the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital and for the child welfare unit as a social worker for the Jefferson County Department of Social Services. Accomplished in knitting and needlepoint, she and Mary Lou Hall were owners of The Needles Yarn Shop in the Paddock Arcade, Watertown, when it moved downstairs. Mrs. Northrop held a term as president of the Campbell’s Point Association, Sackets Harbor, where she and her extended family resided in the summer for many years.
In 1996, she was awarded Life Master by the American Contract Bridge League, taught bridge lessons locally, and was active for many years in the Northern New York Duplicate Bridge Club.
In 1961, the Twig of Ada Jane Northrop (an auxiliary to the House of the Good Samaritan Hospital) compiled and published the first edition of Out of North Country Kitchens. She was a member of Henderson Harbor Yacht Club and for many years an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, where she was decorating chairman and co-directress of the altar guild with Mrs. Dottie Robinson. She was a volunteer for the Jefferson County Meals on Wheels and a New York Yankee baseball fan.
Mrs. Northrop is survived by a son, John R. Northrop II and his wife, Judith Barry Northrop of Watertown, a daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Northrop Mann and her husband, Rev. H. Vance Mann III of Asheville, North Carolina, a son, David S. Northrop of Watertown. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Martin Northrop, Christine Northrop Manzella, John S. Northrop, and Jordan D. Northrop as well as one great-grandchild, Mason D. Northrop, along with nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Northrop was predeceased by her parents, siblings, and a daughter-in-law Kimberly Shaughnessy Northrop.
Arrangements are with Cleveland Funeral Home, Watertown, NY, and a graveside memorial service will be held in August at convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Jefferson County 120 Washington St, Watertown, NY 13601 and Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman Street, Watertown, New York.
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