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Mary Ellen Denoncourt

June 10, 1935 — November 11, 2022

OGDENSBURG- A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Ellen Denoncourt, 87, of Ogdensburg will be held on Thursday, November 17th, 2022, at 10 a.m at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.  A visitation will be held on  Wednesday, November 16th, 2022  from  4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home, 324 New York Ave. Ogdensburg.  Mrs. Denoncourt died on Friday morning, November 11th, 2022, at St. Joseph’s Nursing Home in Ogdensburg.

Arrangements are under the direction of LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home.

Mary Ellen Gaffney Denoncourt was born on June 10, 1935, in Ogdensburg.  She was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Margaret (Condlin) Gaffney.  A proud lifelong resident of the 4th ward, Mary Ellen graduated from St. Mary’s Academy, class of 1953.   On April 17, 1953, she married Joseph E. Denoncourt at the Sacred Heart Chapel, by celebrant Monsignor Louis D. Berube.    Mary Ellen worked at J.J. Newberry’s while Joe served in the United States Air Force in Korea.  The couple would make their home at 1210 Jay Street, a home that Joe built with his own two hands. 

She loved the holidays and always made them special, she loved to bake cakes for her children's and grandchildren’s birthday parties, and she was a master cake decorator.  She enjoyed square dancing and bowling in her younger years, tending to her garden, and canning the vegetables that she grew.  She was employed by the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in the laundry and for Fleet Bank as a teller until her retirement in 1990.   She was a fixture at  OFA Blue Devils sporting events, cheering on her children and grandchildren over the last five decades.  A devout Catholic, Mary Ellen was a parishioner of St. Mary’s Cathedral. In 2007 she was awarded “Woman of the Year” at St. Mary’s for her contributions to the Parish.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Joseph Edward Denoncourt, her children; Myra Pitcher and her husband Curtis of Ogdensburg, Denise Barse and her husband Fred of Morristown, Joseph Denoncourt and his wife Jennifer of Ogdensburg, Michael Denoncourt and his wife Karen of Ogdensburg and Danielle Denoncourt of Ogdensburg.  She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and  6 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces and nephews.    

She was predeceased by her son, Patrick Denoncourt, her sister, Susan Tynon, brother; Lawrence Gaffney, granddaughter, Monica Barse and grandson, Cory Denoncourt.

Donations in Mary Ellen's memory may be to the Ogdensburg Boys and Girls Club 610 Paterson St, Ogdensburg, NY 13669, or to Our Lady’s Ministry c/o St. Mary’s Cathedral  125 Ford Ave. Ogdensburg, NY 13669.
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Service Schedule

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

LaRue & Pitcher Funeral Home

324 New York Ave, Ogdensburg, NY 13669

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Funeral Mass

Thursday, November 17, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

11:00 - 11:30 am (Eastern time)

St. Mary's Cemetery

NY-812, Ogdensburg, NY

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