Jeanne O. Emerton, 93, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY —  Jeanne O. Emerton, 93, of Watertown, NY, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, at Samaritan Summit Village.

Born Feb. 21, 1926, in New Bedford, MA, to George and Alexina Tetreault Olivier, she graduated Framingham State Teachers College and moved to Sackets Harbor, NY, where she taught French and home economics.

In Sackets Harbor, she met Donald Emerton – the love of her life; they eloped in 1948 and spent 49 happy years together.  She was also a Registered Dietician and Nutritionist and worked in hospitals in Buffalo NY while her husband attended dental school there.   They later moved to Watertown NY, where together they ran his dental practice and raised their family.

Jeanne was a selfless supporter of her community.  She was a Communicant of Trinity Episcopal Church where she served on the Vestry and the Altar Guild.  She was also a Sister of PEO, a member of the Hospital Twig, Sackets Harbor Wanderlust, and was a founding member of the Green Street Grasshoppers.

Jeanne enjoyed needlepoint, cooking, family vacations on Cape Cod MA, fishing for smallmouth bass on Lake Ontario, cross country skiing, and a good game of pitch with the neighbors.

She is survived by her 3 children; son James (Christine), Sterling, MA, daughter Mary, Rockville Centre, NY, and son Dr. Jon Emerton (Jerrie-Lynn) Watertown NY.  She is also survived by her Granddaughters Isabelle and Sophia – Nana will forever be in your audience.

In accordance with her wishes, her body was donated to medical science research at Upstate Medical Center Syracuse NY– where her son did some of his training to become a physician.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St., Watertown. A brief reception to visit with the family will immediately follow the service.

Arrangements are with D.L. Calarco Funeral Home, Inc.

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In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY or Trinity Episcopal Church, 227 Sherman St., Watertown NY.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Samaritan Summit Village 3rd Floor Skilled Nursing for the excellent care provided to Jeanne.  She spoke glowingly of your care.  You always called her by name, and in the end, you stopped to say goodbye – some of you coming in on your day off to do so.