Veronica A. Bogenschutz, 99, Clayton

CLAYTON, NY —  Veronica A. Bogenschutz, 99, died Friday May 15, 2020 at the Samaritan Summit Village, Watertown, where she had resided since the spring of 2016. She was formerly of Brooks Drive in Clayton.

Veronica was born at Strickland Corners, in the Town of Philadelphia, N.Y. a daughter of Raymond J. and Lucy Marcott Gates. She attended Strickland Corners school and when her family moved to Carthage, she graduated in 1939 from Carthage High School.

Veronica married Thomas M. Bogenschutz, Sr., on July 4, 1941, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sterlingville, NY, with Rev. Albert O’Brien officiating. The couple were the last people to be married in that church as the whole town was torn down for Ft. Drum expansion. Tom, a Design and Development Engineer died on Dec. 25, 2012, after 71 years of marriage.

Veronica was a homemaker raising her eight children.

She was a communicant of St. Mary’s Church, Clayton, and St. Vincent DePaul Church, Rosiere.

She had been a former member of the Weedsport Garden Club, winning ribbons for her flowers.

A member of the Knitwits, Clayton, she also greatly enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, crafts, sewing and spending time with five generations of her loving family.

Surviving are two sons, George T. and his wife Claire Bogenschutz of Nunda, South Dakota, and Thomas M. and  his wife Bonnie Bogenschutz, Jr., Clayton; three daughters, Judy A. George, Suzanne A. Zimmer and Laura E. and her husband Mark A. Reff all of Clayton; a daughter-in-law, Gail Bogenschutz of Depauville; 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and seven great- great-grandchildren, s sister-in-law, Georgette Gates, Castile; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by two sons, Ted F. and Timothy J., a daughter Catherine L.”Kitty” Emm, six grandchildren, Lori Sue Carlisle, Heidi Emm, Michael Bogenschutz, Jimmy George, Molly Bogenschutz Foti, and Lucy Reff ; 4 brothers, John, Carleton, Clifford, and George Gates and two sisters, Reba Perkins and Marlene Drake.

A memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Clayton, NY, at a date and time to be announced. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Clayton.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired of Jefferson Co., Inc., 131 Washington St., Suite 300, Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., or Summit Village Activities Fund, 22691 Campus Dr., all in Watertown, NY 13601. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the entire staff at Samaritan Summit Village for the care given to Veronica.

Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc.

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