REDWODD, NY – Isabelle “Belle” Elaine Bearden Otakie, 91, formerly of Redwood, passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020, at Samaritan Medical Center, in Watertown. She had been a resident of the Samaritan Keep since May 2016.
Born June 22, 1928, in Watertown, daughter of Frederick and Mary Langouer Bearden, she attended Watertown High School.
She married Alexander “Alex” Otakie on Jan. 26, 1947, at the Trinity Episcopal Church. The couple resided in Watertown, until moving to Redwood in 1955. Alex passed away in 2007 at the age of 84.
Belle and her husband Alex owned and operated the Wayside Restaurant in Theresa. She had previously worked at the Tea Room in Cape Vincent, Pine Tree Point in Alexandria Bay, and both Faichney’s and the A&P in Watertown.
In her later years, she spent time gardening, refinishing antique furniture, spending time with her basset hounds and her dachshund, Abby.
She is survived by her two sons, Daniel Alexander Otakie, Baltimore, MD and Gary Frederick and his wife, Patricia Otakie, Pooler, GA, five grandchildren, Shannon Otakie Bray, Daniel Kent, Bridget Renee, David Matthew, and Kristine Otakie Deryder, four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband Alex, she was predeceased by two sisters, Virginia M. Guinn, in 2010 at 86 and Constance A. Sayyeau in 2014 at 87, and a brother, Daniel Bearden.
Calling hours, funeral and graveside services in Redwood Cemetery, will be held at a time to be announced in the Spring.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 43668 Lake St, Redwood, NY 13679.
Arrangements are with Costello Funeral Service, Alexandria Bay.
Online condolences may be made at costellofuneralservice.com.