Aretta R. Waite, 92, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY – Aretta R. Waite, 92, of Leray Street, and formerly of Hancock Street, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023 at home.

A graveside service will be in the spring in North Watertown Cemetery.

Aretta was born on July 26, 1930, in Gouverneur, a daughter of the late Floyd and Catherine Barney.

On Jan. 3, 1953 she married Oral W Waite.  Mr. Waite, a New York Air Brake retiree, and 12th Ward committeeman, predeceased her on March 20, 1985.

Survivors include a son, Steven W. (Mary) Waite, Ohio; a daughter, Tina (Rick) Sulier, Watertown; five grandchildren, Brian, Doreen, Wayne, Emily and Cory; and two great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a great grandson, Chase Marshall and three siblings, Irving Barney, Mary Secor, and Ray Barney.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.

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