Donald M. LaDuke, 92, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Donald M. LaDuke, 92, Watertown, passed away Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at the Samaritan Medical Center.

A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Thursday. Dec. 31, 2020, at St. Patrick’s Church with Rev. John Demo officiating. Calling hours are 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Spring burial will be in the Glenwood Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Lenore; his children Alan M. (Terry) LaDuke, Rockledge, FL, Denise M. (Robert) Edgar, Watertown, Teresa M. (Richard) Bergeron, Carthage, Jeanine M. (James) Slate, Watertown; 9 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, three step grandchildren and astep great grandchild; his sister Carol Dulmage, Watertown; several nieces and nephews.

Don was predeceased by three brothers, Glen LaDuke, Richard (Elaine) LaDuke, Leonard (Dorothy) LaDuke, and three sisters Hilda (Jack) Haley, Alice “Bev” (John) Walsh and Mary “Mim” (Philip) Courcy and a brother-in-law William Dulmage.

He was born March 8, 1928, a son to Edward and Lillian (Seymour) LaDuke.  He was educated at Immaculate Heart Academy.  He served in the US Army from 1952-1954.

He married Lenore M. Vorce on April 30, 1955.

Don worked for the New York Telephone Co. as a mechanic for 30 years, retiring in 1985.

He was a member of the Watertown VFW and the Telephone Pioneers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Associaiton or American Heart Association.

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Arrangements are with the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home.