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Friday November 5th, 2021
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Lois Denise Pitcher

HAMMOND- A funeral service for Lois “Denise” Pitcher, 84, of Hammond will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at the Hammond Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. with Rev. Shea Zellweger officiating. (Those who are not able to attend may view the service on Hammond Presbyterian Church’s Facebook page.) Internment will follow the funeral service at Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Hammond. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 5, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home, 324 New York Ave, Ogdensburg. Mrs. Pitcher peacefully passed away on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at River Hospital in Alexandria Bay surrounded by the love and support of her family.
Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

Denise was born on January 8th, 1937 in Hammond. She was the daughter of the late James and Stella (LaVack) Wilson. She was a graduate of Hammond Central School. On April 10, 1955, she married Hugh C. Pitcher at the Hammond Presbyterian Church. The couple made their home in Hammond, and with the help of their sons, operated Pitcher Farms for many years. Hugh predeceased her on June 1, 1998, and Denise and her sons continued their partnership until recent years.

Denise loved and supported all things Hammond. She was a founding board member of the Hammond Health Center and Millsite Manor and served on the Hammond Public Library Board. She was a lifetime member of Hammond Presbyterian Church and provided religious instruction for the youth in the community. For many years, she enjoyed judging at the Hammond Fair and also at the Firemen’s Field Day parades. Denise loved her hometown and was especially proud of the progress it has been making in recent years in arts and culture.

Throughout her life, Denise showcased her creativity and ability to make the ordinary extraordinary. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and had a gift for creating clothing in the latest styles, making her three daughters’ bridesmaid dresses for their weddings, and designing quilts for each of her children and grandchildren. She had a deep love of music and filled her family’s life with songs and joy. Denise especially loved playing bridge. A close friend once claimed, “If Denise had a choice between air, water or bridge, she’d choose bridge every time”. Spending time at her camp on the river brought her great contentment, but most of all, she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Faith, family, and friends were the center of her world. For Denise’s family and many friends, she will be remembered as a creative, gracious, witty, patient, and genuine woman. She was a fabulous cook, and it is well known in her family’s and her social circles that “Everything She Makes Is Good”.

Denise is survived by her children: Timothy Pitcher of Hammond, James Pitcher of Hammond, Lynette Thompson (Ron) of Hammond, Karlyen Manke (Andy) of Ogdensburg, Diane Collette (Timothy) of Redwood. Her grandchildren: Katheryn Goltschman, Betsy Adamshick, Arielle Demick, Jessica Thompson, Adam Thompson, Alec Manke, Jack Manke, Robert Collette, Thomas Hayes, Zachary Hayes, Danielle Collette, Tyler Collette, and Brendon Collette. She also has 11 great grandchildren. Denise is also survived by her dear friend of many years, Crayton Buck.

Denise was predeceased by her parents, James and Stella Wilson, her sisters, Betty Lou Wilson and Alyse Segouin, and her grandson Aaron Thompson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Denise’s memory be made to the Hammond Presbyterian Church 217 St. Lawrence Avenue Hammond, NY 13646.

Online condolences may be made at www.LaRuePitcher.com.

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To the Pitcher Family, so sorry to hear of your dear loss. Denise was a lovely person. Please accept our sincere condolences. We share in your grief.
Peace and Prayers, Sue and Bill DiTrinco

Sue and Bill DiTrinco Jan 3 2022 5:37 PM

To all of Denise's loving family, you are in our hearts and in our prayers today. As you celebrate her life here on earth, she is hearing the words of Jesus: " You have done well. You are a good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things. I will put many things in your care. Come and share my joy.'" (Mat. 25:21). With love, Bob and Patty

Bob and Patty Mondore Nov 6 2021 10:09 AM

Tim, Jim, Lynette, Karlyen, Diane and family, I'm so sorry for your loss. I have great memories of your Mom's kindness, patience and great cooking from visiting your house in my youth. Heaven has gained a very special angel with her passing. You are all in my prayers.

Michele Bariteau Nov 6 2021 12:10 AM

The Pitcher family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Clede and Shelley Spooner

Shelley A Spooner Nov 5 2021 4:40 PM

Denise was one of the most dear and beautiful women in Hammond. I am so sorry that she had to suffer for so long. Heaven now has a beautiful angel.

Betty Chapman Nov 4 2021 8:18 PM

Lynette, Tim , and Jim- I am so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a wonderful lady. I know she will be missed by many people who knew her through the years.

Carolyn Noble Nov 4 2021 3:32 PM

I am sincerely sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful lady, inside and out. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel!

Tammy Gallagher Nov 4 2021 11:44 AM

Tim , Jim, Lynette,Karlyen, Dianne, and Families,
Reading your mom's obituary I was flooded with memories that span over 60yrs . Growing up in the farm community I remember many fun-filled days . Your mom was one of my mom's lifelong best friends - they were connected by faith, family community, quilting, and yes bridge!! I recall the last time I saw your mom was probably in the winter of 2016-- it was a cold north country day but the chill faded in the warmth of your mom's kitchen . Your mother the ever-gracious host served us some homemade bread made by one of her daughters -- she told us she had a refrigerator full of meals prepared by them . We sat by the fire chatting for a couple of hrs -your mom, my mom, and a big german shepherd ---Jim stopped to stoke the fire --it was a perfect day !!! May the love and the memories you shared throughout a lifetime sustain you as you grieve the loss of your beloved mother . Denise has entered into the joy of our LORD and savior and am sure she was greeted with "well done oh good and faithful servant -my heartfelt prayers
Sincerely Carol White Smithers

Carol Smithers Nov 4 2021 8:44 AM

My thoughts and prayers for the entire family. Denise was such a kind and caring lady. So very sorry for your loss.

Margo Gessner Nov 4 2021 6:45 AM

My sincere condolences and sympathy to the family and friends of Denise. I met her through my position as secretary to the District Superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, when her husband Hugh was a member of the BOCES Board. Denise was truly a delightful woman and very kind, sweet, and appreciative of people . I was delighted to meet her at an Annual Library Meeting in Watertown- I was a member of the Norwood Library and Denise was on the Hammond Library board. Denise was a beautiful women inside and out and her presence will be missed greatly by all her knew her and all of the residence in her beloved town of Hammond. May she Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory. Love...Karen Morgan

Karen Morgan Nov 4 2021 12:11 AM

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